Two Illinois sportsmen have been selected to join the 2015 class of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Mike Gofron and Bob Maciulis will join 15 other individuals and one organization.
Each year, the Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements in fishing accomplishments regarding career success and innovation in competition, invention, science, education, conservation, communications, technology or other areas related to fresh water sportfishing.
Gofron has a record 37 top-ten place finishes on the Professional Walleye Trail, three victories including a Championship, two Angler of the Year titles, a Top Gun and Sportsman of the Year honors. He has pioneered techniques that have led to many new tackle categories. Fishing in water as shallow as six inches meant new jig designs, tougher line, more trolling motor power and rods for “combat” fishing. The development of lightweight spinners, jigs with plastic for walleyes, shallow running crankbaits and jerk baits were due in large part to his successes and these advancements have significantly benefited walleye anglers throughout North America.
Maciulis has been writing outdoor columns for the Joliet Herald-News, the Southtown Star and Chicago and suburban dailies owned by the Chicago Sun Times. He was the Illinois Editor of Midwest Outdoors from 1975 through 1979. Currently, Maciulis produces and hosts The Outdoor Notebook Radio Show in the Chicagoland area. This weekly program is the longest running outdoor radio show and is celebrating its 32nd season of continuous broadcasting.