Angler’s Edge has proudly served the Northern Illinois area since 1997. We have a full line Tackle Pro Shop with live bait, a full service shop, and new/used boat sales.Angler’s Edge offers a Bass Tournament Trail with tournaments from the Rock River to the Madison Chain. We are open seven days a week in an effort to serve our customers better than the competition! Navigate the rest of our site for more information!
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 PM at Cabela’s which is located at 5225
Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates, IL just off Interstate 90 at Illinois Route 59
The Badger Fisherman’s League is an organization dedicated to the interests of conservation in Wisconsin. Established in 1934, the Badger Fisherman’s League is celebrating our 80th anniversary, making us the oldest conservation club in the State of Wisconsin. Throughout the years we have contributed to many important changes to conservation legislation and have had the privilege of serving many area communities with our events. In 1950, the club donated the proceeds from our annual picnic to the Milwaukee County Park Commission to help build a boat landing on Lake Michigan and put a fence around Government Pier. In 1956 the Milwaukee County Zoo received a gift of $500.00 from the club to bring Cormorants to their exhibits. Our Vernon Marsh wood duck house project which is still in existence today began in 1977 when we worked with a group of handicapped children to construct and place 12 wood duck houses in the marsh. Through the years we have worked on the Haven Woods Forest, Paradise Springs river reconstruction, Lepper Pond reconstruction in Menomonee Falls and our Kids Fishing Clinics. Members of the Badger Fisherman’s League volunteer to participate in these events and help to make them very successful. The club has won numerous awards from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation for the efforts we have put forth. In April of 2009 the Badger Fisherman’s League was awarded Conservation Educator of the Year from the Federation. We have seen a lot of changes over the past 80 years and are proud to be an important part of conservation today. Thank you to all of our members who work so hard to make the Badger Fisherman’s League a success
The Badger Fisherman’s League Objective:
Brief Overview of Ice Fishing Rules For Banana Lake
State of Illinois sport fishing regulations apply. Anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Illinois fishing license. Purchase one through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, at a local sporting goods stores.
Catch-and-release fishing is an important part of maintaining good populations, we highly encourage you to release bass or other predator fish you do not intend to keep. These predator fish help to keep panfish populations in balance.
A uniform 4.5-inch layer of ice is required, and the area must be posted safe for fishing. Temporary shelters are allowed but must be removed by the end of the day. Only two poles are allowed, or tip-ups with no more than two hooks on each line. Holes must be drilled six inches or smaller in diameter.
Call The Winter Sports Hotline Before you go for current ice fishing conditions (847) 968-3235
The Burlington Conservation Club provides quality family outdoor activities through shooting sports since 1946.
Our club is open to the public for trap and skeet shooting plus each year we host numerous special shoots. Special emphasis on our youth has always been a focus of the membership. We currently have over eighty members from the Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois area.
The Burlington Conservation Club is located on twenty-eight acres southeast of Burlington, Wisconsin with a clubhouse, four trap ranges with voice activated Pat Traps and one skeet range. Our ranges are all lighted for daytime or nighttime shooting.
Our facility is available for private events both shooting and non-shooting. We also offer pheasant hunting memberships.
The Founding of the Capital City Chapter of Muskies, Inc.
The founding of the Capital City Chapter of Muskies, Inc happened in the early 1980s by three men, Bill Wood, Steve Budnik, and Gilbert Nimm. Steve and Gil read an article in In-Fisherman magazine and Bill happened into it, more on that later.
The issue that got things going was the In-Fisherman magazine issue #38 in August/September 1981 in the “Faces & Places” section where they featured Muskies, Inc. founder, Gil Hamm. Gil founded Muskies, Inc. in 1976 in Twin Cities and one project was raising muskies in Battle Creek Minnesota for stocking area lakes. Both Steve and Gilbert called Gil Hamm asking about a chapter in Madison, Wisconsin.
In that same time frame, Bill Wood ran into veteran muskie angler, Mike Cookas at the Wannigan, a watering hole on the Chippewa River near Winter, WI. Bill and Mike never met, but both would write their muskie releases on a display board that hung on the wall at the Rustic Resort on the shores of Lake Winter and for a good while, they kept missing each other as they placed their names on the board with releases from Lake Winter. Then one day they both were in the Wannigan and they struck up a conversation and found out that the other was placing a lot of muskie releases on the Rustic muskie board. Then as friendship happens, they started fishing together and one day Bill went to Mike’s cabin to go fishing, Mike not being ready asked Bill to step inside and Bill noticed several issues of “MUSKIE”, the official publication of Muskies, Inc. on his coffee table. Bill then asked Mike about the magazine. It turns out Mike was a member of the Chicagoland Chapter. Bill called Gil Hamm asking about forming a chapter in Madison, WI. Gil put him in touch with Steve and Gilbert.
So a call went out for an organizational meeting on February 26th, 1983 at the Quality Inn on Madison’s south-east side. Some of the charter members were already Muskies, Inc members of either Hayward Lakes, Lakeland, or Eagle River chapters. At that meeting besides, Bill Wood,Steve Budnik, and Gilbert Nimm were Will Durant, Gary “Garbo” Mahr, Mike Theis, Tom Mickelson, Dean Tibstra, and Don Borchert. Bill Wood was elected President, Steve Budnik as VP, Mike Theis as Treasurer, Gilbert Nimm was Regional VP and later Sylvia Potempa came on board as Secretary. Also present at the organizational meeting from the national organization was Kermit Benson (1st WI Chapter – Chippewa Falls) and Dick and Diane Petzke (Milwaukee Chapter).
In the following months the Capital City Chapter would meet in the basement of Stevens Bar and then in the mid 1985 moved to Ruby’s at South Towne. Some of the other places in the early years that have been our meeting places were Jingle’s Coliseum Bar, Jingle’s on the River, Park Ponderosa in McFarland. We currently hold our meetings at the 5100 Bar in McFarland, which was the formerly the Park Ponderosa Ballroom.
The Capital City Chapter of Muskies, Inc. (CCMI) is one of over 50 independent fishing clubs affiliated with Muskies, Inc. (MI), an international organization established for the purpose of promoting and improving the sport of muskie fishing. CCMI is one of the largest MI chapters, with approximately 300 members, most of whom come from the immediate Madison, Wisconsin area, but many of whom live in other parts of the state and country.MI member services include a subscription to Muskie Magazine, a publication of Muskies, Inc., and access to Muskies, Inc.’s “Lunge Log,” an online fishing log for all MI members. Locally, CCMI members receive a monthly newletter complete with up-to-date fishing information, contest updates, and information on club-organized outings, events, and other club activities. In addtion, CCMI offers many, many opportunities for members to increase their knowledge and skills to become better muskie anglers and to become involved in local activities and events.Monthly membership meetings, featuring expert speakers on the sport of muskie fishing, are held from September through May. There are two summer “On-the-Water” meetings. A spring fishing seminar, which serves as a fundraiser for our stocking efforts, is held annually featuring a nationally known muskie expert. Additionally, CCMI sponsors local outings, outings in northern Wisconsin, Iowa, and Canada, a youth tournament, a muskie school, and an Awards Ceremony meeting. Members may also become involved in local projects and events, including numerous fishing contests. CCMI is very proud of its close relationship with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Together, we work on a local stocking program and a stocking study which will have statewide implications. The stocking program has made the Madison area lakes a world-class muskie fishery.We invite you to our meetings and events. They are great opportunities to meet other anglers who share a passion for muskie fishing, to learn, and to just have fun.
About Your Guide & Outing
Doug is a US Coast Guard Licensed Charter Captain. He has over 16 years of guiding experience on the highly pressured waters of S.E. Wisconsin and N.E. Illinois.
All guide trips include fishing out of a fully rigged Ranger boat with Mercury outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics.
Each outing consists of using the finest equipment available from Frabill, Tooth Tamer Rods, Pure Fishing products and Cortland fishing line.
Musky Fishing Outings will consist of catch and release fishing only. Providing clients with an educational day on the water. Learn from Captain Doug; casting and lure techniques, trolling, boat control and proper release practices.
Multi-Species Outings will be in pursuit of brown trout, steelhead, lake trout, walleye, northern pike, bass and pan fish. Captain Doug will teach you jigging, live bait fishing and trolling techniques.
2014 Fishing: $6.00 Per Person 7 days a week
Fish Lake has Northern pike, large mouth bass, bluegills, crappies, and catfish. Night crawlers, tackle and Illinois fishing licenses* are available for sale at the Fish Lake Beach Registration office. You may bring your own bait. Fish from the shore, pier or rent a boat and fish around the lake.
The extreme weather conditions we experienced his winter restricted the amount of sunlight that shines into the water to enable the growth of vegetation to oxygenate the water. The lack of oxygen caused fish to suffocate. The phenomenon has been noted throughout the region as many ponds and lakes are reporting a partial fish die-off. For this reason, we are permitting fishing of our lake on a ‘catch and release’ basis only. This will allow the our lake to naturally repopulate over time. As expected, the carp were only minimally affected, so we’re encouraging those that catch carp to bring them in for proper disposal. Thank you.
*Fishing licenses are required by the IDNR for those 16 years and older.
Nothing thrills me more than to see a person catching more and bigger fish. I have learned that “the harder I fish the luckier I am”. We will work hard to teach you how to make the most out of your time on the water.
“I love to teach you how to fish!”
Feel free to call me for any of your information needs I’d be pleased to help.
Brief History of MUSKIES, INC.
by: Jim Smith
Muskies, Inc. was founded December 9, 1966 by Gil Hamm, a 62 year old building contractor from St Paul, Minnesota. Gil and thirteen others, Gary Bennyhoff, Richard D. Hammond, Robert Farinacci, Maurice Hurley, Gerald Palmer, James Peterson, Wally Wilbert, Richard Chapman, Rodric Guindon, Charles Huver, Arnold Lindall, Harold Meir, and Eric Rehnwall made up the original members.
The first Board of Directors meeting of Muskies, Inc. was held February 28, 1967, at Gil Hamm’s office in St. Paul, Mn. Articles of incorporation had been filed and subsequently the I.R.S. granted Muskies, Inc. a non-profit exemption under Section 501(c) (3) of the I.R.S. Code.
Later, one of the Board members, Darrell Trumbauer owned a bait shop and a commercial minnow hatchery at Battle Lake, Minnesota. This facility was to become a Muskies, Inc. rearing pond for muskies and a stocking program that over the years exceeded a $1,000,000.00 in value to the Minnesota DNR. The efforts of Muskies, Inc. to raise muskies in these ponds continued until 1980 when the ponds were drained primarily due to increasing costs of operation and water quality. Over the years as many as six chapters of Muskies, Inc. have established rearing ponds. Their members have spent considerable efforts to raise muskies for stocking around the states.
In 1978 Muskies, Inc. went on a campaign to establish chapters around the area and Larry Ramsell established fourteen new chapters. The Board of Directors took Muskies, Inc. to a new level and became an International Organization.
OBJECTIVES OF MUSKIES, INC.
To promote a high quality Muskellunge sport fishery;
To support selected conservation practices based on scientific merit and carried out by authorized federal and state agencies;
To promote Muskellunge research;
To establish hatcheries and rearing ponds and introduce the species into suitable waters;
To support the abatement of water pollution;
To maintain records of habits, growth and range of species;
To disseminate Muskellunge information;
To promote good fellowship among men, women and children.
ABOUT FOX RIVER VALLEY MUSKIES
Founded in 1981, Fox River Valley Chapter of Muskies Inc. is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year! Our club promotes all kinds of activities related to muskies and the art of musky fishing as outlined in the Articles of Incorporation of Muskies, Inc.
The four driving factors in our mission are youth, fishing education, fisheries and research & community. By focusing on these things, we continue to improve angling opportunities now and in the future for all.
We are entirely self-funded. Our chapter works closely with a variety of civic and community organizations to help promote fund raising activities. We are actively involved in organizing youth programs, youth fishing outings, musky tournaments and stocking activities.
Our chapter has 300+ members including men, women and children of all ages. We consistently promote diversity within our chapter. Our Board of Directors meet monthly to discuss budgetary issues, funding, chapter activities, tournaments, raffles and other issues related to keeping our chapter financially solvent. We establish an annual operating budget and this is approved by the Executive board every December.
We strictly adhere to the guidelines and bylaws outlined in the articles set forth by Muskies, Inc and we are a 501C applicant.
Our club meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month except for June & July when we are off. Our meetings are held at the Chandler’s Chop House located at 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.
$5.00 per car parking & ice fishing access to Nielson’s channel.. Better yet support small business’s who provide hard to find access to local lakes & rivers by stopping in for a drink or a meal.. Tell them WIILFISH sent you!