“Home of the world's largest muskie!”
The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is an American hall of fame in Hayward, Wisconsin, dedicated to promoting freshwater fishing. Approximately 100,000 visitors tour the museum each year. The 143 feet-long muskie sculpture is the world's largest muskie - and you can climb into its mouth! The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is the international headquarters for education, recognition and promotion of fresh water sportfishing. Our mission is to develop and maintain the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and its museum for the preservation and display of historical artifacts of fresh water sportfishing. We strive to conduct and maintain a program for the recognition of persons, organizations and institutions who have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of fresh water fishing. We conduct and maintain a program for qualifying, compiling and publishing all fresh water sportfishing records. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame maintains a library that disseminates information and acts as the clearing house for historical and contemporary publications for the fresh water sportfishing industry. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame institutes programs to foster, maintain and improve our environment for future generations through promotion and education. The hall of fame was founded in 1960, with buildings constructed in 1976. It is located on a 6-acre (2.4 ha) plot of land in Hayward near Wisconsin Highway 27, and occupies 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) in seven buildings. One of the buildings is a 143-foot (44 m)-long fiberglass sculpture of a jumping muskie fish. The lower jaw of the fish is an observation deck that has on occasion been used for weddings. The museum contains exhibitions of over 400 mounted fish, along with 300 outboard motors. The Hall of Fame also maintains records for the largest fresh water fish.
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