Museum Information

The highlight of the museum complex is a landmark “Shrine to Anglers” which is one-half city block long and four and one-half stories tall, of concrete, steel and fiberglass, hand-sculpted into the likeness of a leaping fish (a muskellunge). Its gaping, open jaw accommodates about 20 persons and reveals a wonderful panoramic view of Lake Hayward, the city of Hayward and, of course, our grounds. The “Big Musky” sits atop an 88,000 gallon pond.

The adjacent four-building museum complex houses over 50,000 sportfishing historical and vintage artifacts ranging from lures, rods, reels and accessories. Additionally, there are over 300 mounted fish and about 1000 antique motors on display.

Museum Hours

April 15, May, September & October – 9:30 am until 4 pm (no admittance after 3:30 pm).

June, July & August – 9:30am until 4:30pm (no admittance to the grounds after 4 pm). We are open every day of the week (including Sundays and Holidays) from mid-April through October 31st.
Museum and grounds are closed from November 1st through the first half of April.


Adults: $8.95
17 years old and under: $6.95
3 years old and under: Free
Active Military: Free

Become a member and an annual museum pass is free for you, your spouse and dependent children.

Executive Board of Directors

John Dettloff – President
Wendy Williamson – Vice President
Dean Bortz – Secretary
Tom Turngren – Treasurer
Scott Allen – Director
Bill Beckwith -Director
Dean Bortz -Director
Dave Perkins – Director
Don Robinson – Director
Harold Tiffany – Director

Professional Staff

Emmett Brown – Executive Director
Vicki Musiala – Bookkeeper
Deb Lemminger – Secretary
Emmett Brown – Splash Editor
OldCabin – Hosting & Support
AldoDesign – Web Design

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the education and conservation of fresh water sportfishing throughout the world. Our purpose is to collect, display and maintain the artifacts, heritage and history of fresh water sportfishing in our 7 acre museum complex for public viewing. Additionally , we recognize those men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to fresh water sportfishing through our Hall of Fame program. Finally, we are the qualifier and recognizer of fresh water’s sportfishing world records.

For Recognition In The Fresh Water Fishing Hall Of Fame