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.

Dan Gapen

Dan Gapen

Inducted 2000

Many who know the author will call him fisherman. Some may make claim to his fight for running water and call him […]

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Gil Hamm

Gil Hamm

Inducted 2000

Gil Hamm, a 62-year-old building contractor from St Paul, Minnesota, founded Muskies, Inc. in December 1966. Gil and thirteen others made up […]

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Marv Koep

Marv Koep

Inducted 2000

Marv Koep finally accepted what everybody else already knew — that he is a fishing legend. “I finally acknowledged that I was […]

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Bob Lessard

Bob Lessard

Inducted 2000

Bob Lessard served in the Minnesota senate for 26 years. Known as “The Old Trapper,” DFLer Lessard was loved in the Legislature […]

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Al Lindner

Al Lindner

Inducted 2000

During a long career spanning the most revolutionary years in sportfishing history, Al Lindner ranks among the most renowned leaders in the […]

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Ron Lindner

Ron Lindner

Inducted 2000

Over the years, Ron Lindner has become a world-famous sportfishing leader. He continues to fish avidly for all freshwater fish, averaging about […]

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Al Maas

Al Maas

Inducted 2000

Al Maas was inducted into the first class of the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota in 2000 for his numerous contributions […]

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Ray Ostrom

Ray Ostrom

Inducted 2000

Ray Ostrom (1927-2012) is a giant in Minnesota fishing tackle history. Together with business partner Ron Weber, Ray and Ron were the […]

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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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