Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame Names 2018 Inductees

We at Classic Bass would like to congratulate our good friend, Champions Tour angler and longtime supporter, Mark Fisher on his induction into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame!  It is also with great excitement that Classic Bass Champions Tour sponsor, Minn Kota will be enshrined as well.  Stay tuned to Classic Bass in March as we cover this induction ceremony at the Northwest Sport Show.

The press release from the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame follows –

Little Falls, MN— December 20, 2017—Three individuals and two organizations will be enshrined by The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota in 2018.

Inductees in the Individual Legends category include outdoor writer, photographer and filmmaker Mark Strand, one of North America’s most recognizable faces, and voices, in fishing today, Director of Field Promotions for Rapala USA, Mark Fisher, plus legendary Rainy Lake guide, Billy Dougherty. The Gapen Company and Minn Kota will join the ranks of Legendary Organizations.

The Hall of Fame annually recognizes up to three individuals and two groups or organizations that have made a major impact on Minnesota’s sport fishing industry. The Hall stands to recognize all passionate fishing promoters, whether they have made a difference through education, legislation, guiding, manufacturing, media promotions or other means.

Individuals must be a state resident, have lived in Minnesota for a minimum of 25 years, be at least 50 years of age, and have made meritorious contributions to the sport of fishing. Businesses and organizations may also be nominated, provided they are registered in Minnesota and have made similar noteworthy contributions to fishing. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and the list is reduced to the top ten by current Hall members, after which finalists are voted on for induction.

Mark Strand has written for nearly every outdoor magazine, including many years as a regular contributor to In-Fisherman, Fishing Facts, and other publications. He’s amassed thousands of freelance magazine credits; developed, produced and hosted two nationally-syndicated radio programs and five podcasts. He has authored or co-authored 13 books.

His decades-long drive for offering the best as a tournament angler, TV-personality, and radio host, Mark Fisher, has brought incredible success both personally and for those he represents. “Exposure is the best preparation for opportunity! Whatever your strong suit is, whether it’s painting lures, writing stories, giving seminars or engineering boats, put those skills to use,” he says.”

William “Billy” Dougherty’s career as a legendary guide on Rainy Lake includes his youthful 1965-1975 stint at his grandparents’ Kettle Falls Hotel, plus his work at Rainy Lake Houseboats from 1985 to the present. Billy’s multi-species angling expertise has been featured by In-Fisherman TV, Babe Winkelman’s Good Fishing, and Backroads with Ron and Raven. Billy Dougherty proudly notes that 2018 marks the centennial of his Williams/Dougherty family’s deep involvement with fishing-related tourism on Rainy Lake.

Among the Legendary Organizations, Minn Kota® established in 1934 has served as an industry leader in the trolling category. The company has led the way in product innovation and cutting-edge technology from day one, when O.G. Schmidt first strapped a propeller to a starter motor from a Model A. Since the company has continued to lead the way in innovation with trolling motor accessories, GPS-enabled motors, battery chargers, and electro-mechanical shallow water anchors. The Gapen Tackle Company, a Minnesota firm for 62 years, got its main start when Don Gapen, created the Muddler Fly in 1936. This fly has become the largest-selling Trout fly in the world.

Official enshrinement coincides with the Northwest Sport show and is planned for Friday, March 23, 2018 near the Minneapolis Convention Center. For details, visit www.fishinghalloffamemn.com.

For Media contact or for more candidate information please contact Brenda Perlowski at 320.616.2011 or mnfm@mnfishingmuseum.com

 

 

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