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:
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.
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.
Although our emphasis is on sport fishing, conservation is the foundation of the Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association (KSFCA). Conservation is our middle name. We are committed to continuing efforts of protecting and improving the environment through education and example, ensuring that future generations sport fishermen will have the same or better resources we now enjoy.
The fishing club began in 1965, spawned by an idea from pharmacist Don Kunkel. Don lived in the Lake Geneva area and loved to fish this great body of water . Kunkel along with other anglers, proposed getting together to share information. The informal gathering rolled along for about 3 years, and it was then decided to put together a formal club with Don Kunkel as its first president. Since 1968, the Lake Geneva Fishing Club has been meeting every month from March thru November..
As the club grew, the word spread and the late Bill Binkelman saw an opportunity to unite other local clubs. He came to Lake Geneva meetings and took an interest in two of it’s members, Spence Petros and Carl Malz. When Bill thought of starting Fishing News (later changed to Fishing Facts), Spence and Carl became reporters, and then editors.
So as you can see, the club has a deep history with some very knowledgeable alumni. We hope you will come visit us at one of our meetings and see what we are about. Our welcome mat is always open, and we’re also ready to help you learn how to fish the wonderful waters of Lake Geneva!
Join Our Club
We welcome new members to join us for camaraderie at our meetings and events and we encourage all members to be generous in sharing information about the lake and catching fish. The Fishing Club of Lake Geneva is dedicated to promoting sport fishing for all species on Lake Geneva unlike many clubs that are devoted to one variety. We also encourage kids to fish and the club sponsors an annual Kids Free Fishing Day as described on our Kids Day page. In the spirit of competition, the club has season long contests in addition to tournaments throughout the year arranged by our Tournament Chairman but one does not have to enter contests to gain knowledge and pleasure from being a club member. We have a speaker; from members to top name pros at the monthly meetings.
The cost for an annual membership is $40, there is also a family membership (husband, wife & children under 16) available for $65, there is a $5 initiation fee for new members. Tournament entry fees are nominal and set by the Chairman, we fish for fun and learning.
About The Club
Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, LTD., Member of the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Council, is an Organization of Sportsmen Dedicated to the Enjoyment, Preservation and Improvement of Salmon and Trout Fishing in the Great Lakes.
Code of Ethics:
- Exchange fishing information with other members.
- Render aid to other boaters in need of assistance.
- Practice water safety.
- Help fight pollution.
- Respect the rights of others engaged in marine activities.
- Help government and private agencies make fish management programs successful.
The Northern Illinois Conservation Club is a not-for-profit, privately funded organization. Funds come from member’s dues, fund-raising activities and donations. Our educational programs on various conservation, wildlife and preservation subjects are open to the public, at no charge. We are a financially and physically viable organization with many more ideas and projects for teaching and encouraging people of our area the beauty and tranquility that nature displays for us.
The Northern Illinois Conservation Club was established in 1960 by a group of sportsmen and persons interested in outdoor activities. They joined together to encourage education, conservation and preservation of wildlife and their habitat. They were concerned about the deterioration of the environment, ignorance of natural processes and the lack of hunter safety. With this, they determined the need for education of hunters, fishermen, boaters and campers of all ages.
For more than two decades, the number of these interested and dedicated people increased, meeting in various locations to hear qualified speakers knowledgeable in various aspects of concern. As the membership grew, so did the treasury, and in 1986 a very appropriate parcel of property became available. The Northern Illinois Conservation Club was able to purchase our present location one half mile south of Hwy 173 and one-quarter mile east of Hwy 83 in unincorporated Antioch Township.
This land consists of 62.5 acres, a large percentage of which is wetlands, including two sections declared “superior wetlands”. The members transformed the original house into a meeting and educational center, carved out and chipped over one mile of walking trails through the woods. Members have cleared and maintained open areas for camping and nature activities.
As the area around Antioch grows with new housing and commercialization, this property is a haven for displaced wildlife.
The club has a goal to protect, enhance, and restore the wildlife habitat of our grounds. In 1995, the Education Committee was instrumental in registering our property with the Illinois Acres for Wildlife.
The Northern Illinois Conservation Club is recognized state wide for its efforts in education and conservation and has had delegates at several conservation congresses held in Springfield. The membership has worked jointly with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, northern district and other local organizations on projects (such as the Spring Grove Hatchery for restocking of the Chain O’ Lakes and other area lakes).
Our Annual Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival has been our main fund-raiser since 1960. We are the longest continuously run winter event in the State of Illinois. This event is held on the Chain O’ Lakes. A portion of the proceeds from this event provides a scholarship to an area high school student.
We are proud to work with local Scout Troops by providing them with resources necessary to achieve the requirements for their merit and achievement badges.
Educational programs are given throughout the year. Information about these programs can be found in local newspapers and here on our website. Contact us and become a member today!
Become a Member
Why would I want to join your organization?
Being a member will give you the satisfaction knowing that you are helping preserve and protect the natural habitat of 62.5 acres.
What are the benefits of membership?
As a member, you will have access to this natural habitat. You will have the opportunity to come out at any time to relax, picnic, hike the trails, and fish the pond (game fish must be released back into the pond and you may keep the rest).
What is expected of me when I become a member?
N.I.C.C. would like to have each member volunteer at least 5 hours per year, either at a fund-raising event or on project days. The event and project days will be posted in our bi-monthly newsletter and here on our website.
The Okauchee Fishing Club was founded in 1967 as a multi-species Wisconsin fishing club. For the past 48 years the club has been teaching people about the great sport of fishing. The club is committed to helping people become better fisherman through meetings, outings, and other educational opportunities.
Our club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall located at 1800 S. 92nd street in West Allis. Guest are always welcome and can attend a meeting for only $5.00. The meetings are educational and are intended to help people at all different skill levels become better fisherman. The meetings consist of two major segments, Fish Talk and a presentation. During Fish Talk all meeting attendees are given an opportunity to share their recent fishing experiences. For our presentations we get the best fishing guides and tournament fishermen from around the state to speak on a variety of fishing related topics. We have had some of the best known fishermen in our state come to speak at our club such as, Larry Smith,, Dale Stroschein, Eric Haataja,, and many more.
Our typical meeting agenda is as follows:
General club business
Outings and Events
Club members can attend any of the many club organized outings. The club fishes all over the state of Wisconsin and has exciting weekend, one day, and weekday outings. There is typically a fishing outing each month. In addition to our great fishing outings, the club has a first class awards banquet each year and a fun family picnic. The club also supports the community by participating in two kids fishing clinics each year as well as maintaining the Okauchee Lake public launch, making it one of the few free launches in Waukesha County.
For More Information
Please come as a guest to one of our meetings to experience our club first hand or contact us.
Hope to see you at an Okauchee Fishing Club meeting soon……
President: Okauchee Fishing Club (2014-2015)
We are a premier southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois fishing club based in Beloit, Wisconsin. Our club has a multi-species focus. We regularly chase panfish, walleye, muskie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and Great Lakes salmon and trout. If it swims, we want to catch it. We have regular outings to some of the best fishing destinations in the midwest. Walleyes at De Pere, smallmouth in Door County, and muskies on Lake of the Woods are just a few. If you are interested in learning, teaching, and, most importantly, fishing, join us in our trophy quest.
Our membership meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. See the Events Page for meeting details and special events. We look forward to seeing you.
Boundaries Bar & Grill
3807 S. Riverside Dr.
Beloit, WI 53511
South of the Border is a chapter of Muskies Inc. out of Antioch, IL. We hold general meetings on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 7:30pm from October through April at the Moose Lodge in Antioch, IL. All meetings are open to the public and include a guest speaker, door prize and raffle table. Moose Lodge offers 1/2 priced pizza and drink specials. There is a $5 door charge for SOB members, free to the general public. From May through September we have outings on the Chain ‘O’ Lakes out of the Thirsty Turtle off of Rt. 173 on Lake Av. in Antioch, IL. Outing hours are from 5:00pm ‘til dark then beverages and fish tales back at the Turtle. All members and those thinking about joining are welcome to attend, if you don’t have a boat, don’t worry, we will be able to partner you up with someone who does. If you have any questions or need further directions please call 815-385-9026 or 847-343-7221. Board meetings are held at Moose Lodge at 7:00pm on the first Wednesday of the month, all club members are welcome to attend.
Stone Bank Sportsmen’s Club, Inc. was established in 1974. As a privately owned club, it offers archery, trap, and rifle/pistol shooting ranges and leagues to it’s members. We relocated to Town of Ashippun in 1978 and are located just north of the Dodge County line off O’Neil Road.
Please explore the links regarding what our club and facilities have to offer our members and the surrounding community. We have archery, pistol, rifle and trap shooting ranges on our club grounds. We host a variety of “open to the public” events ranging from different leagues, fall deer sight-ins, to a wide variety of educational opportunities through Heritage Shooting.
The Stone Bank Sportsmen’s Club has a great Tradition of Recreation and Education.
We are currently accepting new members!
The Pewaukee Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow (Pewaukee Walleyes Website) is a non-profit organization 501 (3) c – dedicated to improving the fishery and future and overall health of Pewaukee Lake.
Founded in 1969, Walleyes Unlimited USA is now recognized as the top multi-species fishing club in the country. In May of 2007 Walleyes Unlimited USA was honored to be inducted into “The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.”
The majority of our members are residents of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Our club attracts a wide variety of anglers and skill levels. By sharing information, Walleyes Unlimited members learn the latest techniques and methods for a variety of species.
Although our main interest is on walleyes, our membership includes some of the top local anglers for bass, northern pike, muskies, panfish and salmon. Whether you are a novice or hard core fanatic, our meetings and membership can increase your skill and knowledge for most freshwater fish.