Fishing Club

Madison Fishing Expo
Join the Gathering Place Fishing Club as they attend the 2019 Madison Fishing Expo on Friday, February 22. The group will be leaving The Gathering Place at 3:00 p.m., attend the show and stop for dinner on the way home. Entrance fee is $10.00. Travel will be provided by The Gathering Place. Mark your calendars, this is an outing you won't want to miss.

Ice Fishing 2018/19

Ice Fishing Equipment Available!
TGP's Fishing Club is offering ice fishing equipment available for use. Contact Dave at 608-868-3500 to reserve the equipment. Items available are two man shelter, propane powered ice auger, propane heater and a Vexilar 18 fish finder. Items are available to TGP members only. For information about TGPs Fishing Club or becoming a TGP member, call 608-868-3500.


Picture of fish caught through the ice on Clear Lake
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 12th by Tom Presny.





Afternoon on Clear Lake
Guys:  I snuck out of the house this afternoon and went kayak fishing to Clear lake.  I was on the water from 1:30-4:30. I had a good outing.  Caught 4 nice crappies plus had another in my kayak by my feet but he jumped out before I could grab him.  Used 1” green/yellow gulp minnows alone and with wax worms.  I was about 30 yards out.  Towards the end of the day I went a little closer to shore and cast to the shore and reeled in real slow and got some good hits including the 10” crappie.  A little windy, some clouds but it’s hard to beat a day out on the water!  Walt


Hello Fishermen, as suggested by Dave’s comment above, sharing some fish photos from this afternoon on Clear Lake. With Madison area launches closed, want to remind you that we have very adequate fishing right in our back yard.

Walt and Tom fished in the rain this afternoon for a couple hours and did well. Fish have moved to within 20’ – 30’ from shore in 10’ of water, fishing very close to the bottom. Good bite on most any live bait. Not difficult at all to get a mess for a meal. 10 bluegills in this batch were 8 inches or better. Nice fillets.  Lake is very high but you can get your boats  out, but no access to the launch dock. Bring boots. Get out and have a bunch of fun before its time to winterize and store those boats.




Kayak fishing on Clear Lake
Fellow fisherman:  I had a chance to go solo kayak fishing to Clear Lake this past Wednesday.  Fished from 11-4 pm.  Weather was beautiful.  Caught and released more, I was rather picky.  Have a nice batch of fillets in the freezer.  They were not deep.  I had my best luck about 25’ or so from shore in about 10’ of water.  Used mitty mites, pink gulp wax worm, and gulp green/white “fish”  all tipped with reg wax worm.  My best rod is the ice fishing 28” rod that I got last winter.  Walt



Don't give up on Clear Lake
Despite the ever increasing flooding of Clear Lake, the bluegills are still cooperating. No crappies. With a few rain showers and a follow-up rainbow I was entertained on Clear Lake from 4-6 PM with a rather consistent bite in 11’ – 14’ depths along the north shore. Easily released 40 gills at 7 to 8.5 inch in two hours. Most on gulp and pink sweetcorn. Tom



Walt in his kayak fishing in the rain.


Fishing Club outing July 25, 2018 on Lake Monona


Pictures of Al Hutchison, fishing club member, in Alaska.


Fishing on Clear Lake

Enjoyable morning guys. Thanks for the good conversation and fun. 55 fish, several crappies, for a morning during the heat of this time of the year is doing very well.


State friend of TGP Fishing Club from Arkansas.  These two Muskies were caught this past June by Rick Shemeski from Mountain Home when he was muskie fishing for a week this past June near Rhinelander.  What a Striper and Muskie man!


Went fishing to Clear Lake today from 4-7 pm.  Fished in the middle of the lake tight line using glup with spikes and a red lure with wax worms. The fish were not on the bottom.  I would say a third of the way up from the bottom. At the end of the day I hooked a huge crappie.  As I was pulling it up towards the front of the kayak it jumped out of the water I would say 3 feet and pulled and broke away, hook and all.  Fishing really heated up around 6 pm and sometimes I had bites on both poles.  Perfect weather, I’m living the dream!  Walt


THE TGP Fishing Club hosted a pan fishing seminar in May. Tom Presny and Jim Polarski shared their techniques on how to catch bluegills and crappies.  Also, discussed tackle, baits and reading lake maps.







For those that participated at Clear Lake you know that we had a successful ice fishing outing between our Gathering Place Fishing Club and the Milton H.S. Fishing Club. Some 14 students plus teachers and mentors, and we must have had at least a dozen from our fishing Club. Fished in some challenging temps and wind but turned out just fine. Had bonfire on the ice and cooked panfish, some 250 panfish fillets for the large gathering on shore. Coverage on the ice was provided by reporters from both Milton Courier and the Janesville Gazette, so look for some good exposure to our fishing club.  Nice bonfire on the ice to keep everyone warm. Many prizes awarded to the kids.

The Fishing Club needs your help!
The Gathering Place Fishing Club is seeking donations from you.  If you have extra fishing equipment that isn't being used anymore, please think about donating to the TGP Fishing Club.  Donations would help members who may not have equipment.

We would take any kind of fishing gear.  Also, ice fishing gear as well.

Thank you so much!



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