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Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame opens after late start

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"This is really the first 5,000 members," Executive Director, Emmett Brown said. 

It's the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, founded in 1960 from the museum itself, with over 100-thousand fishing artifacts on display to the world's largest muskie. 

"It's the largest Muskie in the world. Although it doesn't swim. But it's four and a half stories tall and about a half a city block long," Brown said. 

There's a little something for everyone and then, there's the hall of fame. 

"We have a nomination process. We narrow down the nominations to 20 or 30 or 40 different men and women. And then we select 8, 9, 10 or 12 of those individuals for induction every year," Brown said.

These inductions range from people all over the world some of the names are more recognizable than others. 

"The first one that comes to mind - everybody will recognize this name, Lauri Rapala," Brown said. 

Each of these men and women have made significant contributions to the sport of freshwater fishing and their legacies are ready to be appreciated for another season.

"We're open now and ready for business."

The Hall of Fame expects around 45-thousand people in the months of May, up to October. 

The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is raffling off a boat to raise money. They are a non-profit and rely on private donations to operate. Raffle tickets are $5 or three for $10 and can be purchased up until the drawing on November 1. For more information visit their website, here or call them at (715) 634-4440.

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