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.

One Time Donation
Hall of Fame Inductees
1980-Present List
View the Inductees biographies and photos.
2018 Mega Raffle Winner
Collectible Series
ChugR-Bug Lure
The Fishing Hall of Fame is offering Hand-Made Hardwood Lures.
Flyover Video
Fun video flyover at the Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Collectors Pin
2019 Collectors Pin
Limited edition pins for Hall members and supporters. 
2018 Inductees
To the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame!
Our Awards Committee meets annually in August to make their selections for the following year. 
2019 Enshrinees & Inductees are Announced.
For Immediate Press Release
From the Director's Desk
By Emmett Brown
Read the latest article from the Executive Directior.  
  Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.  Herbert Hoover
Featured Hall-of-Famer
Legendary Angler - Virgil Ward
Was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Angler in 1992. 
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. 
Quarterly Magazine
Available to Bronze and Media Members featuring latest news, the Directory Says, record book updates and more. 
$10 One-Time
Donation Today
Help the Hall with a One-Time Donation Today. 
"Take a Kid Fishin" Program
How many of you remember the first fish you caught, or more importantly, remember the first time you went fishing?  





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About the Museum

Today over 50,000 people visit the museum annually to see such sights as the first boat motor that was commercially built by Ole Evinrude or the displays of classic lures. Some want to take a stroll down memory lane while others are just curious when it comes to some of that antique gear. There is something for everyone when it comes to the artifacts and history at the museum.