Welcome to the Milwaukee Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Club and Foundation!

An Organization of Sportsmen Dedicated to the Enjoyment, Preservation and Improvement of Salmon and Trout Fishing in the Great Lakes.  

Thank You to all of the Volunteers who helped man the GLSF Foundation Booth at the Sport Show. We just about broke even with the raffle ticket sales, and we signed-up 4 new members with 1 or 2 more coming to take a look soon. Please make them feel welcome!

Next Up, Auction, Auction, Auction, Saturday March 23rd!

We need “all hands on board” for this huge event. Please come to the meeting 3/12 or sign up at: http://signup.com/go/MWvNmMk. Right now we only have 5 people signed up for 2 of the 3 necessary shifts. Please Support Your Club! Remember, this year we have partnered with Hunt of a Lifetime as our Charity of choice! We hope to see YOU there! For all of our Public Supporters, we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd. You don’t want to miss this event!

Congratulations to Fisherman of the Year to Ken Hunt!

Congratulations to Jim and Sandy Jankowski for winning the 2018 Margaret Berendt Award!

Our Next General Meeting will be Tuesday, March 12th at 7pm at the New Berlin Ale House!

For our March 12th Meeting, we will spend the evening discussing our upcoming Al Kretschmer/Hunt of a Lifetime/GLSF Charity Auction on March 23rd. We need a big turnout of volunteers for this to be successful. This will be your chance to listen to Chairman Ron about what all is going on, and where we need the most volunteers. With the Auction only 12 days after the meeting, it will be important for you to attend this meeting. Time permitting, we will give you, the members, a chance to have an open discussion before we adjourn. We will have another of Dave Bowe’s raffles after the meeting.

At our recent membership meeting on January 15th Meeting, we had special guests, Dr. Russell Cuhel and Dr. Carmen Aguilar as our Speakers. They updated us on current scientific conditions in Lake Michigan. Russell asked our membership to come to one of his “Science Bag” presentations on any of the Friday evenings in January, at 7pm, at UWM, as they pertain to the Great Upwelling of 2015. Click Here to view/print the poster for this event. It is FREE to attend!  It was an educational and informative evening. It was be followed by a brief Business Meeting and ended with one of Dave Bowe’s great raffles. If you were not there, you missed a great opportunity to get caught up on some very recent findings!

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.

Everyone is encouraged to visit our website frequently for updates on our activities, both existing and new. Results for the Ongoing Fishing Contest, which runs from April first through October 31st, and the Fish Ins are behind the membership login and you must be a member to possess the login to see this information. If you want to be a member, please scroll up and click on the menu tab titled “About GLSF – Becoming a Member.” We welcome your participation and support!

Here are the Gun Raffle Winners from our (11/13) Meeting/Raffle drawings. They are listed as they were drawn and we kept to the schedule raffle 1 gun every 15 minutes. We were hoping for a larger crowd, but for the folks who were there, everyone had a great fun time! Congratulations to all of the winners and a BIG Thank You to all of the Sellers!
Our last 2018 Members’ Fish In was held on Sunday, August 26th! Members, after they’ve logged in, should click on this link to go directly to the Fish Ins web page for all of the information. A good time was had by all. the fish cooperated for some, and not so much for others. The trip in through the fog was “interesting!” Thank You to Susie and Brandon Oleniczak for another great season of Fish Ins for our members and guests!

Brew City Salmon Tournament – Saturday, August 4th – Final Results!

On Saturday, August 4th, the Milwaukee GLSF hosted their 18th annual Brew City Salmon Tournament! We had 98 Boats registered and 96 of them made it out to try and catch fish. It was a tough day for some, but others found success with large Chinook Salmon and Lake Tout. There were 481 registered caught fish that collectively weighed an impressive 4,413.8 pounds (That’s over 2 tons!) We are paying out over $14,150 in money and gift cards. Congratulations to all of the Captains are due because we surpassed all expectations on the amount of donated fish to the Hunger Task Force. The total amount of donated, cleaned and bagged fresh fish fillets weighed 1294 pounds! Wow! The Folks at the Hunger Task Force are extremely excited and grateful and wish to extend their extreme gratitude to everyone who donated their fish! Click on this paragraph to go to the Brew City Tournament Final Results! 

The Milwaukee GLSF Organization and its Board of Directors, along with the Brew City Tournament Committee want to thank the Fishermen as well as all of the Volunteers who helped make the event a success.We especially wish to thank all of our outstanding sponsors who actually make the Tournament possible! We hope you can come back next year for Brew City 2019, where we will try to have more excitement that we just had at Brew City 2018! THANK YOU everyone!

90,000 Chinook Fingerlings were released into Lake Michigan around 10pm on 5/3/18! Thank you to the volunteers as well as the WI DNR for placing the Chinook into our Net Pens. Please enjoy the following pictures. It was a beautiful sight to behold as they swam away, unmolested! We hope these fish will come back in 2-3 years and let us “enjoy” them!

Final Results from our 2018 Club Raffle
Here are the results from the April 10, 2018

Our drawing was held at 8 pm, April 10th, as advertised on the ticket stubs and the following people were drawn as winners:

1st Place- Blue Max Charters – Winner – Woody Niles                     Boat image
2nd Place- Crazy Fish Charters – Winner – Chris Stroch
3rd Place- Grizzly Charters -Winner- Todd Goodman
4th Place- Center Point Crossbow Package -Winner- Gina Abbott
5th Place- 50 Caliber Muzzle Loader cva -Winner- Stacey Zysk
6th Place-$300.00 Cablela’s Gift Card-Winner- Ron Gray
7th Place-$200.00 Cablela’s Gift Card-Winner- Kenny Kafer

Congratulations to all the winners and a Special Thank You to our exceptional Charter Captains for donating their trips and to Milwaukee Charters 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!

Click Here to see the 2017 Raffle Winners of our Club’s Annual Raffle

Click Here to see the 2016 Raffle Winners of our Club’s Annual Raffle

Click Here to see the 2015 Raffle Winners of our Club’s Annual Raffle

Click Here to see the 2014 Raffle Winners of our Club’s Annual Raffle

40th Annual Al Kretschmer Memorial/GLSF Charity Auction!

Our Annual event is over for 2018.  I hope you didn’t miss it! Thank You to all of the participants, Rudy the Auctioneer and especially our army of tireless volunteers! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! It was a great event and now we’ll see how well everything measures up, There will be another auction in 2019 and we’ll post the date as soon as we get it confirmed! Thank You again to everyone involved!


 Our 2017 Brew City Salmon Tournament was held Sunday, July 30th! Fishing was great and comfortable, but catching was elusive and brutal for most contestants. All of the testing has been completed and the results have been tabulated. Congratulations to all of the winners. Click this link and you’ll be delivered to the Finalized Standings and Payouts for Brew City 2017! Thank You for your patience!

Here are the details for Brew City 2017. We had 79 boats registered, but only 77 fished the Tournament. Seven of the boats did not check in upon returning and ended up being disqualified, even though they weighed no fish. Of the 75 boats, only 57 weighed fish, which totaled in number at 283, weighing 2040.8 pounds.The total payout of prize money was $13,470 and one $100 Gift Card. We have one tied score between 5th and 6th place, with both having 162.40 points. The prize money was combined and split in half for each participant! Even with the small catch, we managed to donate 384 pounds of fresh fish fillets to The Hunger Task Force, for which they say “Thank You!”

To all of the participants, Thank You for signing up and fishing our tournament. If you didn’t win anything this year, hopefully you’ll join us again for our 18th Annual Brew City Tournament next year on August 4th, 2018. To all of our most gracious sponsors, Thank You for supporting us and the Lake Michigan fishery. It is because of your generosity that we can offer many of the great prizes to our participants! We sincerely hope you will consider supporting us again in 2018!


Both Net Pens Are Now Put Away and 84,000 Chinook Are Swimming in the Lake!

On May 8th and 9th, 84,000 Chinook Salmon were delivered and placed into the GLSF Net Pens. On May 9th and 10th, they were released into the lake to grow up to be great table-fair.

The purpose of the pens is to keep the loss from aerial predation to a bare minimum by protecting them in the pens and releasing them under the nighttime cover of darkness. We were successful! Grow babies, grow!

The 2018 GLSF Awards Banquet was Saturday, April 7th!

This Banquet is to honor and offer congratulations to all of the attendees who got recognition for their award-winning fish over the previous summer! The Fisher-person of the year for 2017 will be recognized and honored as well as the winners of the Fish Of The Month! The winners of the 2018 Margaret Berendt Award for Outstanding Volunteerism efforts will also be named! Circle the date now for the 2018 GLSF Awards Banquet which will be held April 7, 2018, so YOU won’t miss it! Once again, it will be held at Meyer’s Restaurant off of 76th Street and Forest Home!

2018 Al Kretschmer Memorial/GLSF Charity Auction

The auction will be held on Saturday, March 24th. We hope to follow last year’s (2017) outstanding success. The GLSF Foundation Board wants to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who showed up in 2017 and invite them all back, with their friends on March 24, 2018! Thank You also to all of the participants who showed up to bid on the items to help us raise money and make the success it was! THANK YOU Everyone and we hope to see you on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the New Berlin Ale House!

 Brew City 2016 Was Held Saturday, August 6th 2016! – The Tournament was well attended, 535 fish were registered and they weighed about 4404 pounds! There were 864 pounds of fresh fish fillets donated to The Hunger Task Force!! THANK YOU

We would like to recognize all of the Volunteers that helped make Brew City 2016 a success for the all of the participants and guests. Their countless hours of donated help is what makes this event possible. There are no paid personnel working working on this Tournament. We are all Volunteers giving freely of our time and talents! To that we say “Thank You Very Much!” We hope to see you again in 2017. We will announce the date for next year’s contest within the next few weeks. If you click on the heading above, you’ll be delivered to our Brew City Tournament Page where you can view “The rest of the story” as well as navigate to the posted, final results. Thank You!

Fishing Has No Boundaries Outing was held Saturday, August 26th at Lake Shore State Park.

More information can be found at their website by clicking here. With the rainy start to the day, there was a little confusion which resulted in more volunteer boats than we had participants. We apologize for the confusion and are qorking with the Fishing Has No Boundaries Team on making it a better event again next year! If you were not there to enjoy the Pulled-Pork Lunch, you missed a great lunch, which was served right time. A big THANK YOU goes to all the volunteers and the FHNB Coordinators!


News Conference/Freezer Dedication

On Tuesday, July 26th at 10 am, there was a news conference/freezer dedication at the Fish Cleaning Station at McKinley Marina. GLSF Member Jim Hainey donated a freezer and the GLSF Foundation has donated a Security Enclosure for the Freezer to the Marina. The purpose of the freezer is to collect surplus fish filets from ALL Fishermen and distribute them to The Hunger Task Force. This is simply a public service to get surplus fish in the hands and bellies of those less fortunate. Please watch your local news on Tuesday, July 26th.

Instructions for freezer use and fish filet donating are taped to the top of the freezer! Thank you in advance of your participation!

New Evening Fishing Challenge Completed for 2016

On the second Tuesday of June, July and August, starting at 6pm from McKinley Marina, there was an informal fishing challenge taking place. At least one crew member on the boat had to be a member of GLSF in order to participate. Please click on this paragraph to see a printable copy of the details and rules! The last Challenge was Tuesday, August 9th. We had 9 boats show up! Thanks to everyone who participated and see you next summer!

Congratulations to the August 9th Winner, Austin Ragotzkie. The complete results for the August 9th Challenge are:

1st 9.8 lb laker Austin Ragotzkie -Going Deep

2nd 8.9 lb coho Andy Korducki-Rays the Limit

3rd with a 6.2 lb king Brandon Witt- Fin-Atic

4th with 5.1 lb Coho Mike Troppmann – Carp Killer

5th with 4.7 lb Rainbow John Yanesh -Heres Johnny

6th with 3.4 lb King Brandon Oleniczak Destined For Trouble


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!

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 

Net Pen Placement 2011

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!


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.