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.

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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Frank Schneider Jr.

Frank Schneider Jr.

Inducted 2003

Frank Schneider Jr. was an avid angler, hunter, conservationist and citizen-activist who, for more then 35 years, worked doggedly for Minnesota’s hunters […]

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Ron Schara

Ron Schara

Inducted 2000

Ron Schara is a story teller. It’s a skill he learned as a boy sitting on the lap of his grandpa Clate […]

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Class of 2016 Bruce ‘Doc’ Samson

Bruce ‘Doc’ Samson

Class of 2016

Bruce ‘Doc’ Samson, known universally in the walleye world as ‘Doctor Sonar’, is famous for his educational classes, seminars, DVDs and articles […]

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Gary Roach

Gary Roach

Inducted 2000

Gary Roach, known deservedly as “Mr. Walleye,” was born and raised on the shores of Mission Lake, Minnesota. He started fishing off […]

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LeRoy Ras

LeRoy Ras

Inducted 2015

Talk fishing and guiding in the Alexandria lakes area, and one legendary name rates frequent mention: LeRoy Ras. LeRoy’s guiding career, from […]

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Duane Peterson

Duane Peterson

Inducted 2015

Duane Peterson grew up in Bemidji, near the Mississippi River and Lake Bemidji. He kid-fished in boats and fish houses, and from […]

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Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson

Inducted 2000

Jim Peterson grew up near Milaca and his family owned a cabin on Lake Mille Lacs for many years. Jim came to […]

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John Peterson

John Peterson

Inducted 2000

John Peterson was born in Bemidji, Minnesota on February 6, 1949. He grew up on the banks of the Mississippi river and […]

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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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