Those We Honor

You’ll find more than just fishing celebrities in this list. One can make a significant impact on the lives of many without ever being well known. It is important to honor all of those who had a great influence on the great sport of fishing, whether famous or not. Corporate advances tend to be much more visible to us. For it’s their products that shape the evolution of the sport of fishing.

J. R. Cooper

J. R. Cooper

Inducted 2019

J. R. “COOP” COOPER When nominating J. R. Cooper, Jim Kalkofen said the following about Coop: “In my opinion he is one […]

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Harry Van Doren

Harry Van Doren

Inducted 2019

Harry Van Doren — Pioneer Guide and Mentor to Angling Legends Harry Van Doren began his nearly six decades of guiding at […]

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Ron Hunter

Ron Hunter

Inducted 2019

Ron Hunter has been a fixture on Lake Winnibigoshish over the years. He is not only a fishing guide on this beautiful […]

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Bobber ‘Anne’ Orth

Bobber ‘Anne’ Orth

Inducted 2019

Gapen’s One and Only: ‘Bobber’ Anne The Gapen Company believes Anne Orth is one of the most experienced, informed female outdoor sportspersons […]

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Women Angler’s of Minnesota

Women Angler’s of Minnesota

Inducted 2019

Executive Summary of Accomplishments Longest standing women’s fishing organization in the Nation Founded in 1977 Non-Profit Organization 501(c)3 Donated over 6000 rods […]

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Vados Bait and Tackle

Vados Bait and Tackle

Inducted 2019

Vados Bait & Tackle has been in business since 1947.  Family owned and operated every day of its existence. Greg and Eric […]

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Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher

Inducted 2018

Director of Field Promotions, Rapala USA As Director of Field Promotions for Rapala USA, Mark Fisher could be one of the most […]

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William “Billy” Dougherty

William “Billy” Dougherty

Inducted 2018

Billy Dougherty’s career as a legendary guide on Rainy Lake includes his youthful 1965- 1975 stint at his grandparents’ Kettle Falls Hotel, […]

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Mark Strand

Mark Strand

Inducted 2018

Mark Strand has been an outdoor writer, photographer, and filmmaker for more than 40 years, starting in the summer of 1977. He […]

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Minn Kota

Minn Kota

Inducted 2018

Established in 1934, Minn Kota® has led the way in the trolling industry category and been among the most celebrated companies in […]

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