An Organization of Sportsmen Dedicated to the Enjoyment, Preservation and Improvement of Salmon and Trout Fishing in the Great Lakes.
Quick Update – All Docks are in at the 4 Milwaukee County launch locations and the McKinley Marina Cleaning Station, as well as McKinley Marina, will open for the season on Sunday, May 1st!
The Baby Chinook Are Still Coming, But……..
We still have about 83,797 Chinook Salmon arriving on May 4th, however the timeline has been modified by the arrival of about 11,450 Brown Trout from Brule, Wisconsin. We sent emergency E Mail and Text messages to the membership on Sunday evening. Thanks to 12 Volunteers, including a non-member, we assembled and placed both net pens on Tuesday, 4/26 at 9am. At 5:30pm, the Brown Trout arrived on schedule and were placed into the net pens.They were released tonight in total darkness (with no aerial predation!). The net pens will be removed and re-set at 9am on Friday, April 29th (so we can stay dry!). The DNR will place the Chinook in the pens on Wednesday, May 4th. The Chinook will be released after dark on Thursday, May 5th. We will then meet at the Sailing Center (Tentatively) at 9am on Friday, May 6th to pull the pens, wash them and put them away in the shed. If you are available, your volunteer efforts and time would be extremely appreciated! Please check this website for any date or time changes before you head to the Lakefront! Thank You!
Our Next Membership Meeting is May 10th!
Our program for May is a special panel presentation by 3 of our more successful “Small Boat” fishing members, starting shortly after 7pm. Jerry Kozar of My Boy, Matt Lubecke of Shock Hazzard and Tim Gould of Grizzly Charters will be addressing the club on how to set-up a boat under 20 feet and successfully catch fish trip after trip. Jerry fishes for pleasure, Matt is well known on the Tournament Trail and Tim was a new Charter Captain in 2015. They all continue to catch fish in the face of adverse conditions, at times! There will be an opportunity to ask questions. I am sure that it will be informative, educational and enlightening.
The New Berlin Ale House is located at 16000 W. Cleveland Avenue in New Berlin. Click here for a map to this location. Our monthly meetings are in the NE Hall. We hope to see you there!
Our March program was presented by Brad Eggold, WI DNR Fisheries Manager for Southern Wisconsin. His presentation included updates on the shrinking forage base, increased catches of salmon that have successfully reproduced naturally, the status of trout in Lake Michigan and the stocking numbers for 2016. He advised us of emergency meetings being planned to discuss and make plans to cut the stocking number for 2017, which will require an adjustment of the number of eggs harvested this coming Fall. The Lake conditions continue to change and we must be flexible to maintain the fishery! It was interesting, informative and there were several questions asked and addressed. Our Thanks go out to Brad and the other recent presenters for keeping us up-to-date on the changing conditions of Lake Michigan. River Keeper is hosting a Clean-Up day on Saturday, April 23rd and are looking for volunteers for Estabrook Park that day. All pre-registered volunteers will be treated to a thank you dinner afterwards, along with a Thank You T shirt. It was informative and entertaining!
Here are a few pictures from the event!
We Have Moved Our Monthly Meetings!
Effective January 2016, we now meet at the New Berlin Ale House, 16000 W. Cleveland Avenue in New Berlin. This was done to save money and to provide better, more user friendly, arrangements to you, our members. We apologize to anyone who feels that this is a major inconvenience for them, but hope that all members will at least try our new location. With all the changes occurring in the lake over the past 2 years, we need all the support we can muster! Thank You for your understanding!
2016 Annual Al Kretschmer/GLSF Charity Auction Was March 12th!!
On,Saturday, March 12th we hosted our 38th Annual Auction! It was be held at The New Berlin Ale House at 16000 W. Cleveland Avenue, New Berlin. The doors opened at 9am. Rudy Herschberger was the Auctioneer once again, and will be again in 2017! We hope to see you there! Click Here for a detailed list of Auctions items we auctioned! We hoped to see YOU there, but if not, please plan on being there on March 18, 2017 for our 39th Annual Al Kretschmer Auction. While we tally the net earnings, we would like to personally thank all of the corporate sponsors and donors as well as the 180 , or so patrons who were at the Auction today and purchased a bidding numbers and bought the many raffle tickets that were hawked! To Everyone, THANK YOU and we hope to see you next year. Through your efforts we will continue to support Sport Fishing Education, the support of the Wisconsin Fisheries and support of the Wisconsin DNR’s efforts through our Foundation’s support and donations.
We will have the 2016 Tournament rules and entry forms available here within the next couple of weeks. They will be available at our booth at the Sports show on March 2-6 and at the New Freshwater Fishing Show on April 1-3, both located at the Exposition Building at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Be ready for surprises as the prizes are being increased with over 50 (yes – 50!) prizes available!
The Final results from Brew City 2015 are posted both here and on the GLSF Facebook Page. Thank you too all the participants, guests and Volunteers. Congratulations to all the winners announced at the close of yesterday’s Tournament. We hope to see you again next year at our 16th Annual Brew City Salmon Tournament on Saturday, August 6, 2016 (and there is not a full moon)!
For Everyone at our 2014 December Christmas Party that was waiting for the Salmon Jerky recipe, click on this link and you’ll be delivered to a page you can save or print, Thanks to Matt Lubecke for sharing!
Final Results from our 2016 Club Raffle
Here are the results from the April 12, 2016
Our drawing was held at 8 pm, April 12th, as advertised on the ticket stubs and the following people were drawn as winners:1st Place- Loose Drag Charters- Winner- Kirk Jensen 2nd Place- Blue Max Charters – Winner John Jasczinski 3rd Place- Manhardt Charters-Winner- Andy Wolter 4th Place- Brew City Charters-Winner- Erv Glander 5th Place- Grizzly Charters – Glen Debel 6th Place-$300.00 Cablela Gift Card-Winner- Jim Muszynski 7th Place-$200.00 Cablela Gift Card-Winner- Kathy Todd
Congratulations to all the winners and a Special Thank You to our exceptional Charter Captains for donating their trips and to Cabela’s for donating the $200 Gift Certificate. Thank you to all the participants and we hope you’ll buy a ticket and try to win again next year!
Quick Note – Please check out the new fish scale inside the McKinley Marina Cleaning Station. This $500, very accurate and State Certified scale was donated, by the Mathwick Family Trust, through the GLSF Foundation, to the Cleaning station. It was purchased from and installed by a local company, Floweigh of New Berlin. A dedication plaque has been hung above the scale. When you see Jay Mathwick, please take a moment to thank him and his family for their very generous donation!
We meet at:
New Berlin Ale House
16000 W. Cleveland Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
This is a Net Pen…..
The Milwaukee GLSF Club is working for all Lake Michigan anglers on maintaining our great fishery. 84,000 Chinook Salmon were planted Monday, May 4th, 2015, by WI-DNR. They were placed into our net pens for acclimation. The fish were released into the lake the next evening, May 5th. This extra isolation/help for the planted small Chinook Salmon increases their chances for survival. With more fish surviving, the summer, fall and winter returns have become a really great asset for the port of Milwaukee and the fishermen. If you would like to become a member and help maintain our great fishing here in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, please click on the Become a Member option for the menu above. We are always looking for new active members!
Look for details to be posted here in the coming months for 2016. We will need volunteers again to man the scales during Racine’s 10 day run of Salmon-A-Rama. Please watch for this opportunity!
Fact – A 36 pound Chinook Salmon was caught early, August 1, 2013!
Lake Michigan Sport Fishing…
The Best Trout & Salmon Fishing in the World is Right at our Doorstep… and the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Club is working to keep our fishing great!
Lake Michigan has been called the “World’s Biggest Fishing Pond,” and with good reason. We have the best trout and salmon fishing to be found anywhere in the United States. If not anywhere in the world – right at our front door.
Catching a trophy-size fish is no longer something to just dream about, and you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make your dream come true in Canada or Alaska. You can make it happen right here in Milwaukee!
GLSF club members routinely catch chinook or king salmon over 20 pounds, lake trout over 15 pounds, rainbow trout or steelhead trout over 10 pounds, coho salmon over 8 pounds, and brown trout over 15 pounds.
Join us – the Great Lakes Sport Fisherman – and learn our fishing tips and techniques. We’ll help you to fish with success on Lake Michigan, and make your dream of a trophy-size catch come true.
Your membership will insure quality facilities and good quantities of fish for years to come.
Our club’s strength is in numbers. Collectively, our members do make a difference by preserving and improving the fisheries.