Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States


Wisconsin is famous for fishing, beer, and cheese, so I figured this would be an awesome trip.  Milwaukee is an excellent town with delicious food and very friendly people.  As I learned from Wayne's World, Milwaukee is Algonquin for "the good land" and it lived up to its name.  I fished Lake Michigan out of Milwaukee with Chris Busalacchi ( on a very windy day (wind speeds up to 24 MPH with gusts up to 31 MPH).


I caught a wide variety of quality fish:  three king salmon, the biggest being 37 inches; three brown trout, the biggest being 25 inches and about eight pounds; and two coho salmon, the bigger being 30 inches.  The 30-inch coho was big enough for a live-release trophy fish award from Wisconsin.  The 30-inch coho was also my second-best coho (behind the 12-pounder caught on Lake Michigan in Illinois the day before) and the 25-inch brown was my second-best brown, behind the 9-pound brown from the Indiana side of Lake Michigan.  Chris is a very knowledgeable guide and a true Wisconsinite, as proven by his wearing shorts in the 40-degree weather we had at the start of our trip.



Wisconsin Welcomes You 

15-pound king salmon, my first Wisconsin fish

Sunrise over Lake Michigan

30-inch trophy coho salmon

Fat, 25-inch brown trout

My biggest Wisconsin fish, a 37-inch king salmon

Downtown Milwaukee on a beautiful but windy October morning

Mars Cheese Castle. Awesome.