Awards Committee

For Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Enshrinement/Induction Lists

 Click on the individual's photo below for a brief bio information.  

Bio Info
Tim Lesmeister
Awards Committee Chairman

Tim Lesmeister

Awards Committee Chairman

Minnetonka, Minnesota

committeeIn 1987 Tim Lesmeister began his career as a full-time freelance outdoor journalist. Lesmeister's byline has appeared in all of the major magazines. He has been a guest on many television shows including The Today Show and Across America with Stephen Fry. Lesmeister is currently a columnist for Outdoor News and distributes a syndicated column which appears in many publications throughout the United States. He is a guest host for Outdoor News Radio which syndicates a one hour pre-recorded show which is distributed by the Minnesota News Network and covers much of the upper Midwest. Tim has hunted and fished around the globe, and has documented these trips with his camera and keyboard. Tim has taken his readers to France to hunt Huns, to Alaska to harvest halibut, and England to chase carp, tench, perch and trout, and across the U.S. to hunt, fish, and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer. If it's worth doing in the outdoors, Tim will be there with a great story to tell upon his return.

Bio Info
Wendy Williamson
Awards Committee Vice Chair

Wendy Williamson

Awards Committee Vice Chair

Hayward, Wisconsin

committeeWendy is a fourth generation Hayward, Wisconsin native. After 10 years of guiding flyfishermen in Meeker, Colorado, she returned home in 1998. Wendy and her husband,Larry Mann, began guiding fly fishermen for muskies and smallmouth bass on the local rivers. They started the Hayward Fly Fishing Company fly shop in 2004. Wendy is vice president of the Namekagon River Partnership, a non profit organization that works to protect the St. Croix River watershed. She is an advisor for the St. Croix River Association and has served on the River Alliance board of directors. Wendy says her most important role, "is being a kick ass grandmother."

 

Bio Info
Mike Dombeck
Awards Committee Member

Mike Dombeck

Awards Committee Member

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

committeeMike Dombeck grew up in the Hayward area and spent 11 summers working as a fishing guide. He received a PhD in fisheries biology doing research on natural reproduction and early life history of muskies. He worked for the Federal land management agencies for 25 years retiring as Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. He is the only person to have ever served as both the Director of the Bureau of Land Management and Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Mike was an early leader in focusing land management practices on the protection of lakes and streams, improving water quality and fisheries. He has authored, co-authored, and edited over 200 popular and scholarly publications, including four books. He also served as UW System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Bio Info
Dr. James Gammon
Awards Committee Member

Dr. James Gammon

Awards Committee Member

Greencastle, Indiana

committeeJim has taught and conducted aquatic research at DePauw University from 1961 to the present.  Courses taught include Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Vertebrate Biology, Limnology and Biostatistics.  Research with 26 graduate students focused primarily on thermal and agricultural effects on fish communities in Indiana streams and big rivers including the Wabash River (32 years), Ohio River (11 years) and Willamette River.  Jim has also monitored the effects of toxic landfill on stream fish communities over a 20 year period and assessed gold mining effects on fish in Alaska.  Jim has published two books and 80 plus scientific papers and many reports and continues to serve on a committee of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management relative to N and P (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) limitation.

 

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Dr. Todd Larson
Awards Committee Member

Dr. Todd Larson

Awards Committee Member

Cincinnati, Ohio

committeeTodd has been an avid collector of historical and vintage sportfishing tackle since his father introduced the hobby to him at age 13.  Raised in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Dr. Larson has tirelessly scoured the countryside in search of old tackle boxes, rods and reels.  If one were to visit a flea market, yard sale or estate sale of any consequence the ubiquitous Todd Larson would more than likely be on hand.  As time wore one, Todd's interests in historical things increased.  Eventually he earned a degree in history from the University of Minnesota, ultimately his doctorate at the University of Illinois.  Today, he's a professor of history and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.      

Bio Info
Steve Moyer
Awards Committee Member

Steve Moyer

Awards Committee Member

Virginia

committeeSteve serves as Trout Unlimited's senior advocate on Capitol Hill and with the federal agencies. He works with TU's local chapters and state councils to help them with their state and local advocacy efforts. Additionally, Moyer helps in the development and implementation of TU's grassroots advocacy campaigns. Steve has worked for Trout Unlimited for 23 years. Moyer holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine and an M.S. in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech. TU's mission is to conserve, protect, and restore the nation's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Trout Unlimited has 155,000 members in 350 chapters nationwide.

 

Bio Info
David Rainer
Awards Committee Member

David Rainer

Awards Committee Member

Silverhill, Alabama

committee2006-Present – Public Information Manager/Writer with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Currently writes a weekly outdoors column that is posted online at www.outdooralabama.com and is distributed to media outlets in the Southeast for publication. Subject material covers the gamut of outdoors activities and conservation issues in Alabama, including the vast fishing and hunting opportunities available in the state. Feature writer for Outdoor Alabama magazine.

1992-2006 – Outdoors Editor at the Mobile (AL) Press-Register. Hired as the first full-time outdoors editor in the newspaper's history.

Currently serves as President of the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association. Also serves on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Outreach and Education Advisory Panel, Gulf States Marine Commission Outreach and Education Committee and the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Awards Committee.

Today, he's a professor of history and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.      

 

Bio Info
Lisa Snuggs
Awards Committee Member

Lisa Snuggs

Awards Committee Member

North Carolina

committeeLisa Snuggs, an outdoors industry veteran from North Carolina, has been the executive director of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) since 2000, and has been involved with the organization in some capacity most of her life. She represented PRADCO to SEOPA members from 1984 through 1995 and prior to that attended conferences with her family.

Snuggs manages the daily business aspects of SEOPA and its educational foundation, the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America. She works with the groups' board of directors, and is the editor/publisher of SEOPA News, the organization's newsletter. SEOPA has more than 400 members from the fields of communication, tourism, corporate relations, public relations and state/federal agencies. 

Snuggs grew up with a love of the outdoors, fishing in particular. She is a 2017 inductee into Garry Mason's Legends of the Outdoor Hall of Fame and has recently released the 3rd edition of her popular "I'd Rather Go Fishin'" CD.

For more about SEOPA visit www.seopa.org . To learn more about Snuggs visit www.morrowmountainmusic.com.

 

Bio Info
Gregg Wollner
Awards Committee Member

Gregg Wollner

Awards Committee Member

Hudson, Wisconsin

committeeGregg Wollner is the Executive Vice-President at Rapala based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  In addition to serving on the Awards Committee for the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Gregg is the Chairman of the Board for the American Sportfishing Association and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Gregg and his wife Jacie live in Hudson, Wisconsin with their two children Madison and Sam.  When not working Gregg loves all types of fishing and spends the majority of his time with his son Sam on the St. Croix river.

 

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Forrest Wood
Awards Committee Member

Forrest Wood

Awards Committee Member

Flippin, Arkansas

committeeInternationally known as the "Father of the Modern Bass Boat," Forrest L. Wood was born June 9, 1932 in the tiny town of Flippin, in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

Forrest helped pioneer the sport of competitive bass fishing.  Personally fishing the B.A.S.S. circuit, he did well, winning tournaments and the admiration of others while also qualifying for two of the prestigious BassMasters Classic championship events.  Forrest went on to become the foremost innovator of bass boat design and safety.

Forrest has been a member of the Fresh Water fishing Hall of Fame's prestigious Awrads Committee since 2007.

 

Bio Info
Emmett A. Brown
Awards Program Administrator

Emmett A. Brown, Jr.

Awards Program Administrator

Hayward, Wisconsin

committeeUpon selling his founding interest in a successful financial recruiting firm in Chicago, Illinois, Emmett and his wife Jean moved to Hayward, Wisconsin in order for Brown to assume the helm as Executive Director of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Brown's duties include the overseeing of the Hall's day to day museum operations, the administration of the Hall's fresh water sportfishing world record keeping program and perhaps, most importantly, the administration of the Hall's namesake international Hall of Fame program. Under Brown's watchful eye (and with the unwavering help of the entire Awards Committee), this program has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. It truly has become an international program that is revered by the entire fresh water sportfishing community. Emmett is a lifelong fisherman who enjoys crappies in the spring, summer smallies and battling a muskellunge or two during the late summer and fall.