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. 

Extra! Extra! We have a Limited Number of 2016 Brew City T Shirts Available!By clicking this link, you will go to the Tournament page where you can order as many T Shirts as you would like before they are gone forever!

This is a special link for the GLSF members and Associates, looking for a shortcut to the page where you can sign-up on line for our Annual Awards Banquet, April 1st! You must be logged in to the website to get to this location. Thank You

2017 Al Kretschmer Memorial/GLSF Charity Auction

Saturday, March 25th at 9am – Click Here for Details!

Our Next Membership Meeting is Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 7pm!

We would like to invite all members and guests to join us at the New Berlin Ale House in the meeting hall on March 14th at 7 pm. We have Brad Eggold and Cheryl Masterson from the WI DNR Department of Fisheries, Lake Michigan here to give a presentation on the changing conditions of Lake Michigan, stocking forecasts and a request to work with them to change the location of our Net Pens for the stocked fish. This will be a very important meeting with a lot of ground to cover. I hope we can have a large turnout to hear what the DNR has to share with us.! The program will start shortly after 7pm and last about an hour with questions and answers. The presentation will be followed by a brief business meeting and then a great raffle hosted by Dave Bowe. We hope to see you there!

Our February program was given by Marc Kavinsky, the Lead Forecaster for the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin. Marc enlightened us with the challenges of weather forecasting and some of the difficulties forecasting dangerous conditions. Our Lake Michigan Marine forecasts come from the Sullivan Office. Marc also presented a program for our GLSF Club about 4 years ago which was just as informative as this was! If you missed it, you missed a very informative presentation for the benefit of all of our members.

Looking ahead to our April 11th meeting, we will have Chuck Bronte from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Chuck works in Green Bay, but covers all of Lake Michigan. He has been around the lake for numerous years and has seen many changes. He will give us the view of our fishery from the US Government perspective. They also see the changing conditions of Lake Michigan and are trying to manage it best for all of the fishermen and tourists! Like our March meeting, this will be a very important meeting with a lot of ground to cover, too. I hope we can have a large turnout to hear what the Chuck has to share with us. The program will start shortly after 7pm and last about an hour with questions and answers, followed by our Business Meeting and evening ending Raffle! We hope to see you there!

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!

Everyone is encouraged to visit our website frequently for updates on our activities, both existing and new. Results for the Ongoing Fishing Contest, which continues through October, 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!

 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 27th 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 Taco Lunch, you missed a great lunch, which was served right time. A big THANK YOU goes to all the volunteers and the FHNB Coordinators!

The Final 2016 Members’ Fish-In was Sunday, August 28th at 5am

The final Fish In for this summer was held Sunday, August 28th starting at 5am. It was our Annual Picnic, with lunch served at noon! It was a day of “mixed FOG,” but a good time was had by all participants. Look for the results and the final end-of-year Results to be posted very soon.

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

The 83,797 Baby Chinook Are Hopefully Swimming Around the Lake and Growing Up!

About 83,797 Chinook Salmon arrived Wednesday, May 4th, by way of the DNR Truck from the Wild Rose Hatchery and were placed into our net pens! They were released at 9pm, under darkness, Thursday night, May 5th.This kept immediate aerial predation to zero, as the gulls and cormorants do not fly at night, which is when the small fish were released! About 11,450 Brown Trout from Brule, Wisconsin were released safely the previous week using the net pens. The pens are now put away and the nets have been dried.To all of the volunteers, both members and non-members, Thank You, because you potentially saved thousands of fish from being eaten as they were planted!

Recap: About 11,450 Brown Trout were released after dark on Thursday, April 27th.

About 83,797 Chinook were released after dark on Thursday, May 5th. Thank You!


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!!

IMG_1829-1On,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 25, 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.

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!

Click Here for Information on our Ongoing Club Fishing Contest – Fish of the Month for September is Chinook Salmon!

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                      Boat image
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!

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

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!

We Volunteered to Weigh-in Fish for Racine Salmon Unlimited’s Salmon-A-Rama, again in 2017!

Look for details to be posted here in the coming months for 2017. 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.