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.

Jeff Zernov

Jeff Zernov

Inducted 2004

Aside from being an intense angler, Jeff Zernov is a tireless fishing innovator and inventor. He holds dozens of fishing-related patents, pending […]

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Babe Winkelman

Babe Winkelman

Inducted 2001

As the host of “Good Fishing” and “Outdoor Secrets,” Babe has succeeded in fulfilling his dream of being self-employed in the outdoors […]

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Ron Weber

Ron Weber

Inducted 2000

On a fishing trip North of Duluth, Minnesota in the late 1950s, Ron Weber found himself out-fished by a friend who was […]

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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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Terry Tuma

Terry Tuma

Inducted 2017

Born in 1942 in Northfield, Minn., Terry Tuma was destined to be one of the most prolific outdoor communicators the Upper Midwest […]

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Class of 2022 Gregg Thorne

Gregg Thorne

Class of 2022

Fishing was never a leisurely past time for Gregg Thorne.  Realistically…it would be described as an obsession.  Like so many kids in […]

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Class of 2022 Gregg Thorne

Gregg Thorne

Class of 2022

Fishing was never a leisurely past time for Gregg Thorne.  Realistically…it would be described as an obsession.  Like so many kids in […]

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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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Dan Sura

Dan Sura

Inducted 2012

Dan Sura’s passion for the fishing industry has spanned more than 40 years where he has distinguished himself as a knowledgeable and […]

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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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