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.

Larry Bollig

Larry Bollig

Inducted 2002

Larry Bollig grew up in Pierz and was introduced to fishing by his grandfather. After serving in the Marine Corps, he married his wife of 37 years, Jean Wilek, and they have raised a family of ardent fishermen. During his career, Bollig has distinguished himself as a premier tournament angler, as well as an expert in the use of electronics.

He also popularized the use of jig-worm tackle for bass fishing during the late 1970s. He has become a familiar name in the industry through his work in the media. In addition to frequent contributions to In-Fisherman, Outdoor News and the Star-Tribune, he has co-hosted the program Bear Facts and Fish Tales with Mark Fisher on KSTP Radio.

As he joins the elite members of Minnesota’s fishing legends, Bollig said, “Being elected into the Hall of Fame by my fishing peers gives me the deepest sense of gratitude and pride.”