Saturday, May 26, 2007

Fishing & Fishing Tackle Museums

The Minnesota Fishing Museum got me thinking about other museums out there. Here is a partial list, that I hope to add to if anyone can alert me to what's missing:

The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, WI has a large collection of fishing items, mounted fish, outboard motors, rods, reels, and lures. The lure displays (as of about two years ago) were in a terrible state of disrepair, having not been updated since they were first put up a long time ago, but just seeing the giant musky is worth a trip. I went recently and will have a comprehensive report soon.

The Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum is housed in a the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Oklahoma. It houses one of the largest museums in the world.

The Int'l Game Fishing Association has a museum in Dania Beach, Florida. It also houses the IGFA Library, the largest repository of fishing books in America.

In Dowagiac, MI The National Heddon Museumis a must see, a terrific collection of Heddon materials run by the very kind Joan and Don Lyons. I will be touring this museum soon and will have a full report.

--Dr. Todd

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