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.

Announcing our 2nd Ever Milwaukee Great Lakes Fishing Seminar scheduled for March 19th, 2022. Click this link for details!

The Great Lakes Sport Fishermen will host guest speakers, Jim Buss and Steve Rusteberg on February 8th

Coming up on February 8th, we will be hosting a two guests as we engage is a discussion regarding safety at the Milwaukee County Lake Michigan Boat Launches. Our main talking point will be Bender Park. However, we will be covering South Shore and McKinley launch ramp issues as well. It promises to be an “engaging” and educational evening. 

We are planning on hosting an Ice Fishing Clinic on Saturday, February 12th from 8 to 4 at Greenfield Park off of 124th Street. Kids are invited to participate from 9 am to 3pm. We’ll even provide free lunch for them! We need to find a way to get the message to the kids. We also need to make sure we have volunteers to cover the kids who want to learn about Ice Fishing.

For everyone interested, we signed a new major sponsor for our Brew City Tournament. We welcome Pratt Gears, LLC as our newest major sponsor and proudly announce the the Tournament name for 2022 as: Pratt Gears Brew City Salmon Tournament.

Stay tuned for further updates, but for now let it be known that we have an additional $5000 that will be awarded in the Tournament’s Amateur Division. More details to be released soon!

The Great Lakes Sport Fishermen held their January Membership Meeting on Tuesday, January 11th

The Guest Speaker was Jonathan Moore, owner of Nice Guys Motor Works. He talked about some recommended things to do for your boat in the Spring to allow you to have a smooth fishing season. It was be educational and informative regarding your boat maintenance!. If you missed it, you missed a great program. Jonathan has been very busy lately and urged everyone to make their requests for maintenance early, or they will spill over to the fishing season. His phone number is: 1-414-699-7876!

Attention All Fishermen

The Cleaning Station at McKinley Marina is closed for the season as of Monday, November 1st, 2021! Please plan accordingly!

2021 Johnson Pump Brew City was successfully held July 31st with a Pro and an Am Division again this year. We had 22 boats in the Pro Division and 53 boats in the Am Division! The Tournament location was Milwaukee’s  McKinley Marina. The Fishermen donated  527 pounds of fresh fish filets to The Hunger Task Force! The results can be viewed by clicking on this link! We even got to award the $1000 Sponsor checks from Johnson Pump to the 2 First Place Boats because they had functioning Johnson Pumps on their boats! Checks will be mailed to the winners within the next week! Thank You to all the participants, our fantastic sponsors and the multitude of volunteers for their hours and days of help they gave to the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen!

The Powder Puff/Warm-Up Contest scheduled for Friday, July 30th, was “blown off” by Mother Nature! Hopefully next year the weather will cooperate! Thank You to everyone who was planning on fishing it!

All activities were held in Milwaukee at McKinley Marina. We paid out over $27,000 in prize money to the participants! We paid out 25 Big Fish prizes as well, including $1000 for the heaviest caught in the Tournament, sponsored by Roger Stack and R&R Sports!

We are now looking for sponsors 2022 for any amount! If you are interested, please send an E Mail to Bob@glsfclub.com! The tentative date for next year is Saturday, July 30, 2022!

There was a Fish In on on Sunday, July 25th with a “lines-in” time of 4am. We had 10 boats weigh fish and a fantastic lunch was provided!

This past Saturday, June 5th, there was a Successful GLSF Coordinated Event held at Lakefront State Park. Here is a gallery of 9 pictures from the Event! To Everyone who participated, you are the Heroes, Thank You! Stay tuned for more details on this Great Event!

We had our GLSF Members’ Appreciation Night, Tuesday, May 11 and about 40 members and spouses attended. The refreshments were great, as was the company!

Congratulations to Ron and Theresa Mickinak, winners of the GLSF 2021 Margaret Berendt Award!

Our 1st Ever, Milwaukee GLSF Salmon School, was held, Saturday, March 27th.  If you missed, plan on attending our 2022 Seminar which will be announced soon! Here’s what it looked like:


Here are a few pictures from our April Swap Meet and Vendor Night……

Really Big News: There Were Pro and Amateur Divisions for Johnson Pump Brew City 2020!

Yes, we successfully completed our 1st Pro Division and 20th Amateur Division Johnson Pump Brew City Tournament in Racine at Reef Point Marina. Thank You to Carrie and Reef Point Marina for allowing us to host the Tournament there this year. We were forbidden from hosting it in our “Home” Port, Milwaukee’s McKinley Marina, by Milwaukee County Parks. The test results have been confirmed and we are declaring all winners. Prize money has been mailed to all winners. Click on this paragraph to look at the FINAL Results. 

We had 13 Boats in the Pro Division and 36 Boats in the Amateur Division. A really BIG Thank You goes out to all the Captains who supported us and came out and fished the Tournament. We caught a lot of fish, some LARGE and some small. We awarded over $17000 in cash and prizes and even donated over 1100 pounds of Fresh Fish to the Hunger Task Force.

Special Thanks go out to all of our Corporate Sponsors, especially, SPXFlow-Johnson Pump. We will list all of them individually when we post the Final Results, soon. Without our esteemed sponsors, we would be unable to host the Tournament.

Another Thank You goes out to Racine Salmon Unlimited for all their help in organizing and hosting our Tournament at Racine this year!

Final Results from our 2020 Club Raffle
Here are the results from the April 14, 2020 (There was NO 2021 Big Raffle due to COVID)

Our drawing was held at 8 pm, April 14th, as advertised on the ticket stubs. In lieu of drawing at the New Berlin Ale House which was Covid-ly closed, we drew the winners using the GLSF Facebook page, live broadcast option. The following people were drawn as winners:

1st Place- Manhardt Charters, LLC – Winner – Mark Malinowski                    Boat image
2nd Place- Crazy Fish Charters – Winner – Robert Dittrich
3rd Place- Grizzly Charters -Winner- Dan Kornowski
4th Place- 50 Inch Flat Screen TV Winner – Ron Mickinak

Congratulations to all the winners and a Special Thank You to our exceptional Charter Captains for donating their trips and to our Chairpersons, Dave and DeeDee Bowe. Thank you to all the participants and we hope you’ll buy a ticket and try to win again next year! We’ll be back in booth #402 at the 2021 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show on March 3-7, 2021!

Click Here to see the 2019 Raffle Winners of our Club’s Annual Raffle

Click Here to see the 2018 Raffle Winners of our Club’s Annual Raffle

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

Click this link to go directly to the National Weather Service Marine Web Services Page

To All of our Friends and Supporters looking for information on The Annual GLSF Auction, We apologize!

There is NO GLSF Outdoors Auction this year. We lost our Auctioneer Rudy to retirement and have not been able to locate an Auctioneer generous enough to only charge a reasonable flat rate with no percentage of sales! If we can find a generous Auctioneer soon, we hope we can return next year! Thank You for your support!
The GLSF Net Pens are in storage for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 mess, the net pens could not be used! The Sailing Center had a 2 week delay in getting a commitment for placing the docks along the sea wall. Even without the delay, the DNR Fisheries Division decided to just “dump” the stocked fish into the water to make sure no one violated the “Safe Separation  Edict!” To keep any possible “congregating from occurring, they are stocking the fish at place, dater and time that will be announced after they are planted. Our members will receive an actual copy of the letter sent out to all the representatives. 

For Now, Enjoy the photos from a previous year’s stocking!

Looking for the 2019 Awards Winners? Come back after they are awarded at either the May 12th Meeting or at our Fish In on May 24th!

Congratulations to 2018 Fisherman of the Year to Ken Hunt!

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

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!

2018 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!

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.