Dedicated to the boats, people, fish, and stories surrounding this man-powered technique. Also, the official site for the Bob Ellis Classic.

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Due to health and safety concerns for our participants and the hosting community, we have cancelled the 2020 Bob Ellis Classic.

Please feel free to share any of your row trolling successes to our Facebook page; we’d love to see them.

Congratulations to
2019 B.E.C. Winners
Kevin Wallenfang and Jeff Pritzl, 46"

2nd Place Ted Scharl, 45"

3rd Place: Dave Dlobik, 42.5"

View Wisconsin Outdoors article here:

Conservation Award Recipient
Steve Reinstra

Welcome to a site dedicated to to the boats, people, fish, and stories that continue to attract enthusiasts and new-comers alike. For some row-trolling is a hobby, others a sport, many an addiction, and for a select few a love affair.

Those who have been fortunate to have caught a glimpse of a sleek, hand-laid, slatted, hull, rich in color from a dozen or more coats of varnish gliding almost effortlessly across a glassy, Northwoods, lake with each pull of the oars, have a permanent image of perfection burned in their mind, and a longing in their heart to be part of that scene. The image is further enhanced by the bend of a fishing rod bowing to the resistance of a musky plug; many of which are works of art in themselves

Where did row-trolling start? In 1923, the State of Wisconsin disallowed motor trolling on inland waters. Wisconsin's definition of trolling is: "fishing by trailing any lure, bait or similar device that may be used to attract or catch fish from a boat propelled by a means other than drifting or ROWING." Since 1958, a handful of water bodies and counties have become excluded, but for the majority of inland waters, motor trolling is still not allowed.

This site is also the official home of the Bob Ellis Classic row-trolling tournament. This event was started in 2003 by fishing guide, Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller who was killed while trolling in 1989. Bob Ellis was recognized by the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his impact on the sport.
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