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.

Ray Gildow

Ray Gildow

Inducted 2021

Ray Gildow is a professional fishing guide with over thirty-five years of guiding experience.  He started guiding out of Sugar Point Resort […]

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Sybil Smith

Sybil Smith

Inducted 2021

“Fishing  sure  beats  housework…and  most  anything  else  you  can  think  of,”  says  Sybil Smith,  who  has  been  publishing  fishing  guides  and  writing […]

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Paul Thorne

Paul Thorne

Inducted 2021

From a young age, Paul Thorne pursued his passion for fishing with an intense focus.  As a child, he was often seen […]

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Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation

Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation

Inducted 2021

Founded in 1974 Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation (MNBN) is a member of the B.A.S.S. Nation.  The B.A.S.S. Nation is a global network of […]

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Chip Leer

Chip Leer

Inducted 2020

2019 Inductee into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, TV and stage host of the world’s most prestigious walleye tournament circuit, the […]

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Steve Pennaz

Steve Pennaz

Inducted 2020

Steve Pennaz specializes in developing and building enthusiast media brands. His credits include the successful launch of more than a dozen national […]

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Tim Lesmeister

Tim Lesmeister

Inducted 2020

Tim Lesmeister has been a full-time freelance outdoor communicator since 1987. He has lived in Minnetonka, Minnesota since 1981, and began writing […]

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Babe Winkelman Productions

Babe Winkelman Productions

Inducted 2020

These are some of the highlights and should give you a bit more insight into what we are about. Started fishing in […]

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Kluge Manufacturing

Kluge Manufacturing

Inducted 2020

Jake Kluge has often been referred to as the father of the portable gas powered ‘ICE AUGER’.  The behind the 1960’s and […]

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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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