Museum Complex

Highlight of the Museum Complex is a Landmark

Lures & Artifacts

Inventory of Over 50,000 Dated Lures & Other Artifacts

The landmark

A 7-Acre Site with a 88,000 Gallon Pond

Louie Spray

The 1949 World Record Musky

Lures & Artifacts

Inventory of Over 50,000 Dated Lures & Other Artifacts

Hall of Fame Museum

Is Dedicated to Americas 50 Million Anglers

Hayward, Wisconsin

Great Vacation Destination Region

Vintage Outboard Motors

Over 1000 on Museum Display

The Museum

Hall of Fame also has a Well-Attended Museum

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Our grounds, museum, and offices are open!

Per CDC recommendations masks and social distancing are required at all times while on our grounds.

Beginning Thursday July 2nd we will be open 7 days a week. We anticipate keeping this schedule through October, unless the COVID-19 pandemic changes things. Our hours of operation will be: 9:30am until 4pm – with no one allowed on the grounds after 3:30pm. Thank you for complying and stay safe.

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is the international headquarters for education, recognition and promotion of fresh water sportfishing.

Our mission is to develop and maintain the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and its museum for the preservation and display of historical artifacts of fresh water sportfishing. We strive to conduct and maintain a program for the recognition of persons, organizations and institutions who have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of fresh water fishing. We conduct and maintain a program for qualifying, compiling and publishing all fresh water sportfishing records. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame maintains a library that disseminates information and acts as the clearing house for historical and contemporary publications for the fresh water sportfishing industry. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame institutes programs to foster, maintain and improve our environment for future generations through promotion and education.

2020 Mega 50/50 Cash Raffle
$5 for 1 or 3 for $10
Winner will received exactly one-half of the amount collected!
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We’ll Miss You!
Ranger Boat founder Forrest Wood
On Friday, January 24th the sportfishing community lost one of its giants.
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Class of 2020 Inductees Are Announced!
To the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame!
Our Awards Committee meets annually in August to make their selections for the following year.
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Hall of Fame Inductees
1980-Present List
View the Inductees biographies and photos.
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Collectors Pin
2020 Collectors Pin
Limited edition pins for Hall members and supporters.
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From the Director’s Desk
By Emmett Brown
Read the latest article from the Executive Directior.
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Weather Forecast
Weather Forecast for Hayward, Wisconsin.
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Flyover Video
Fun video flyover at the Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin.
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Featured Hall-of-Famer
Legendary Angler - Virgil Ward
Was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Angler in 1992.
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“Take a Kid Fishin”
How many of you remember the first fish you caught, or more importantly, remember the first time you went fishing?
How many of you remember the first fish you caught, or more importantly, remember the first time you went fishing?
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Articles & Tips
Real World Record Musky
The new record - and we're under oath here - was nothing short of colossal. It weighed in at 3,052,000 pounds and measured a stunning 3,744 inches in length.
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$10 One-Time
Donation Today
Help the Hall with a One-Time Donation Today.
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The Splash
Quarterly Magazine
Available to Bronze and Media Members featuring latest news, the Directory Says, record book updates and more.
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