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Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: January 14, 2019

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Dale Stroschein is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of walleye. He’s done it all in the word of Walleye fishing and his credentials include guiding, pro tournament angler, world record holder, hall of fame legendary angler, seminar speaker, television personality, product developer, and pro staffer. Dale Stroschien IS walleye fishing. Here he is standing on an iced over, windswept lake in the midwest holding a huge walleye.

The son of Sturgeon Bay, WI resort owners Bill and Ingrid Stroschein, Dale Stroschien answered the call to the wild at a young age. At 20, he started guiding and opened the Wacky Walleye Guide Service in April of 1985 in Door County, WI. Taking customers out on a 13' boat he hauled around on a homemade trailer, Dale was destined for an angling career.

Dale began his pro-touring angling career a year later in 1986 when he joined the Midwest Walleye Circuit, the only traveling walleye circuit at the time. Six years later he would find new opportunities on the Professional Walleye Trail. Soon after, he would find himself fishing with another tour, the North American Walleye Anglers and would become the only pro-angler to ever hold big fish records in both circuits simultaneously.

In 1995, Dale shocked the world when he caught the world record walleye in the ice fishing division for the rod and reel class on a Frabill Rod. Dale was a twelve-time National Championship Qualifier with 6 top 10 finishes. Also, he was a three-time Super Pro Qualifier, where only past champions and top money earners are invited to fish. Dale continued on both circuits until retiring from tournament fishing in 1999. He retired to become a full-time guide and to run his family's resort in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

After thirty years of guiding, tournament angling, television appearances, and over 300 seminars to date, Dale was finally inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Angler in 2014. Dale has made numerous appearances and contributions on countless local and national television shows and was the only ice fishermen to be featured in a coastal magazine as their "coastal character of the month" back in 2003.


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