WI Women Fish was created to help women become more active in the sport of ﬁshing. When we ﬁrst started there was a handful of women with the same passion.
We started out shore ﬁshing, and now are able to ﬁsh many inland lakes and rivers and have even started venturing out on BIG water of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The club has grown and in addition to social ﬁshing outings, we also give educational clinics on a variety of ﬁshing topics. From new beginners, to tournament anglers, we try to give women the support they need for whatever their ﬁshing goals are.
We are a club and collect dues of $60 per year. With that money we buy a liability insurance policy, equipment, pay for the website and software, cover administrative costs, and continue to provide quality educational opportunities and produce quality group ﬁshing events for you to attend. We have ice ﬁshed on Lake Superior, landed big ﬁsh from the barge on the Mississippi River, and have perfected our fall Fish Camp...which draws in women from many states. We age in range from 18 –86 and everyone is welcome. We even have three generations as members. New anglers will find many mentors and all levels of experience are invited to join.
One big advantage of becoming a club member is to get ﬁrst chance at signing up for some events that by nature, can have only a limited number of women attend. Members are added to the members only Facebook page, and share tips and meet up to fish in-between events.
We try to keep the costs down but the quality of the events are impressive. Some events only have a $20 event fee and some cost a bit more, depending on the activity and whether or not we are going through a guide service. Members are notiﬁed of new events before they are placed on the website.
To join the club, just click on the membership tab. You must be a paid member to attend any of the events and to gain access to our members only Facebook page. I will also note that our primary form of communication is Facebook, so please take that into consideration.
Come ﬁshing with us. You will have a blast!
Captain Barb Carey is the founder and President of WI Women Fish and Women on Ice. She has been producing fishing events for Women since 2003. She currently plans the outings for the WI Women Fish and gives educational seminars. Barb is a USCG Captain and shows women how they can take their own boats onto big water and catch fish. She is a member of the Clam Outdoors Ice Team, Pro Staff for Vexilar, St. Croix Rods, Off Shore Tackle, Crestliner, and Mercury Marine, and is an award winning writer and radio host.
Rikki Pardun is the Vice President and Social Media director of WI Women Fish. She is a certified angling instructor and offers private lessons for ice and shore fishing. She has been active in the fishing industry since 2014 and is a member of the Hobie Fishing Team through Don's Marine in Lodi, WI, a Women on Ice team member, and Pro Staff for Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, and Cold Snap Outdoors. Her passion for fishing doesn't end on the water, she also loves to work behind the scenes; producing award-winning photo, video, and social media content for outdoor professionals and organizations.