An Organization of Sportsmen Dedicated to the Enjoyment, Preservation and Improvement of Salmon and Trout Fishing in the Great Lakes.
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:
Our Next Monthly Meeting, will be Tuesday, April 13th, at the New Berlin Ale House! Our Program will be made up of several activities. First, starting at 4pm, we will have our Annual Members’ Swap Meet in the North Hall. This is open to the public, but only MEMBERS can offer items for sale. If you have something to sell, you can join that evening and set-up a table to sell your items. At about 6:30, the Swap Meet will end and we will have a Vendors’ Night where each Vendor will have a few minutes to showcase their products. We hope they also have or can arrange for their product sales. At 8pm, we will have our 2021 Awards presentations for the 2020 Ongoing Fishing Contest Winners, and the Annual Margaret Berendt Award. It’s a full evening, and it should be fun. We hope to see you there!
At our Membership Meeting on March 9th, we had about 25 people in attendance. We welcomed a new member and had a guest speaker. Our Program was provided by local DNR Fisheries Scientist, Laura Schmidt! In keeping with the guidelines for State Employees, Laura joined us virtually. Afterwards, Dave Bowe had another great raffle!
The fish freezer at McKinley Marina has been cleaned and placed in storage at the Sailing Center. The Cleaning Station is shut down now. The Annual GLSF Members’ Fishing Contest closed at dark on 10/31 for 2020. Thank You to everyone who registered fish this past fishing season! Most of the winners are posted on the Ongoing Fishing Contest Page for our members. The rest of the Awards will be announced and presented at our Awards Banquet, if we are allowed to have one. Otherwise, they will just be announced sometime in the Spring and the awards mailed to the winners, similar to 2020.
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!
The GLSF Members’ Ongoing Fishing Contest started May 8th! The rules are on-line and in your last Tightline. The scale has been calibrated and is “State Certified!” There are weigh-in forms in the writing desk by the fish Scale donated by the Jay Mathwick Family. We really hope to see everyone at our Fish In scheduled for June 21st! We apologize for any inconvenience, but we cannot ignore the Milwaukee Mayor’s Orders?
McKinley Marina is OPEN. The Fish Cleaning Station is open, but only 4 people at a time can be inside the fence! THE BOAT LAUNCH RAMPS AND PARKING LOT ARE OPEN, BUT “SAFE DISTANCING” MUST BE PRACTICED AT ALL TIMES. The 6 Port-A-Johns at the top of the ramp are open and being serviced twice weekly. The indoor bathrooms remain locked, and will be unlocked when the Marina gets permission to open. Boats in rented slips can launch, and fish. The City and County are controlling what can and cannot be done. I will be notified by McKinley Marina as soon as they are given a Full opening plan and date. If you have complaints, please take them to their point of origin, the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, or the newly elected Milwaukee County Executive!
The launch ramps located on the River and in Bender Park continue to remain open as well, but I do not believe there are any bathroom facilities at those locations. Please stay safe and well!
Final Results from our 2020 Club Raffle
Here are the results from the April 14, 2020
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 2nd Place- Crazy Fish Charters – Winner – Robert Dittrich3rd Place- Grizzly Charters -Winner- Dan Kornowski4th 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!
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!
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
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.