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!

Hot Notes:

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!

 Our Next Membership Meeting is Tuesday, September 12, 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 September 12th, at 7 pm. Our guest speaker should be the winning Captain of our Brew City Salmon Tournament on July 30th, Tom Zapp and his Crew, from Anger Management. We hope to see you there!

At our May 9th meeting we had the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Regular Coast Guard here for a presentation. They  talked about boating and water safety on Lake Michigan and other federal waters, as well as changing regulations. With an average of 1 boating fatality a year in Milwaukee and a second incident per year with personal injury, safety is an important consideration for the GLSF and all of our members! We had a fair turnout to hear what safety information they have to share with us. It was a great and timely program. The presentation was followed by a brief business meeting and then a great raffle hosted by Dave Bowe.

Our April 11th program was given by Matt Kornis from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. As we learned, Matt has been around the lake for many years and has seen many changes. He gave us views of our fishery from the US Government perspective, including a brief item on the newly introduced re-introduction of fresh water herring or Cisco. (You will be hearing more about this as there is a workshop in Kenosha being scheduled for July 18th, this summer!) With the rapidly changing conditions of Lake Michigan, trying to manage it best for all of the fishermen and tourists is a challenging responsibility!

The May meeting was our last meeting for the Summer. The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm. Our guest speaker should be the winning Captain and Crew of our Brew City Salmon Tournament on July 29th. 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 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!

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!

Final Results from our 2017 Club Raffle
Here are the results from the April 11, 2017

Our drawing was held at 8 pm, April 11th, as advertised on the ticket stubs and the following people were drawn as winners:

1st Place- Loose Drag Charters Manhardt Charters- Winner- Karyn Stroschein                     Boat image
2nd Place- Blue Max Charters – Winner – Molly Doreza
3rd Place- Manhardt Charters-Winner- Mike Sprengel
4th Place- Crazy Fish Charters-Winner- Dennis Martin
5th Place- Brew City Charters-Winner- Tom Deisinger
6th Place – Grizzly Charters – Eckhard Hoffer
7th Place-$300.00 Cablela Gift Card-Winner- Mike Antosiewicz
8th Place-$200.00 Cablela Gift Card-Winner- Tony Umchmar

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 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

The 2017 GLSF Awards Banquet was Saturday, April 1st!

Thank You to all of the members and families who took the time to attend the Banquet and make it a success! Congratulations to Dick and Barb Hanson for another job well done. The food was great and the fellowship was even greater. Congratulations to all of the attendees who got recognition for their award-winning fish! Congratulations to the Fisher-person of the year! Special Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Margaret Berendt Award for Outstanding Volunteerism efforts! Circle the date now for the 2018 GLSF Awards Banquet which will be held March 31, or April 7, 2018, so YOU won’t miss it!

2017 Al Kretschmer Memorial/GLSF Charity Auction

The auction was held on Saturday, March 25th. It was an outstanding success this year and the GLSF Foundation Board wants to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who showed up and helped as well as the many, many participants who showed up to bid on the items to help us raise money and make the success it was! THANK YOU and see you next year on Saturday, March 24, 2018!

 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

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!


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 May is Brown Trout!


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.