FC: NORTHWOOD'S LEGENDARY WALLEYE GUIDE | Greg Bohn Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
3: -Dedication- This book is dedicated to our dad who... "has given me the example of mastery, work ethic, professionalism and a striving for success in every area of my life" - Lisa Marie "has always seen it as an honor and privilege to spend his career in God's beautiful creation, and who has taught us to strive for success in all that we do" - Crystal Jeanne "has always worked to better himself in all the things he does and to constantly encourage me and tell me how proud he is of me; it is an honor to say it back a million times over to him" - Rebecca Ann
4: Introduction Written by Audrey Bohn Greg's Upbringing | Uncle Len Rickert's Woods Motel & Resort Hwy 51 North Woodruff, Wisconsin
5: Greg grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and discovered his passion for fishing at a young age. At the age of seven Greg would ride his bike to nearby parks to fish the lagoons all day long as often as he could. Greg's passion for fishing was supported by his Uncles Ted, Steve, Ralph and Len who would always take him to various lakes to spend time fishing together. Uncle Len would also spend time in Minocqua to fish where he eventually purchased Woods Motel & Resort. This is where Greg would spend a lot of his summers fishing and exploring many lakes in the area. Before Greg and I started dating he came to my house several times to show me the fish he had caught each day in hopes to catch my heart, which he did indeed. In 1973 we married, then a year later moved to Crivitz Wisconsin where we could start a family in a prime fishing area away from the cities. This is where he started his guide career. Greg was always developing techniques and tackle to perfect his fishing. His clients encouraged him to market his products which was the start of our Stinger Tackle Company. This led him to spend the winters traveling to Sport Shows and seminars for speaking engagements and selling his products. In 1983 we moved our family of 3-daughters to Minocqua Wisconsin so Greg could grow his guide career in an area he was familiar with of over 2000 lakes. As his guide career grew so did the Stinger Tackle Company which encouraged us to open a retail store, Strictly Walleye Headquarters where we housed the tackle company and his guide business. Greg also spent the late falls of the year guiding for big walleye on Big and Little Bays De Noc, near Gladstone Michigan. He led his clients to many monster walleyes. After 14 years in retail we decided to sell Stricttly Walleye Headquarters so Greg could concentrate on his guiding, speaking and outdoor writing. Greg always had a big following for his fishing knowledge and teaching techniques. Today he is still guiding some of the same clients he has had for over 30 years.
6: The Early Years | In 1976 Greg Bohn followed the advise of his clients and went door-to-door asking retail stores to market his "Original Stinger Hook". His hopes was to sell his first gross (144) of "The Original Stinger Hook" to Nicholi Sporting Goods in Green Bay Wisconsin. Bill Nicholi liked the idea, and bought them all, luckily for Bohn since he did not have enough gas money to get back home. Excited to tell his wife Audrey about the sale, Nicholi Sports already had called to place another order for 288-hooks. The original order "sold out" in less than 4- hours. This was the start of his Stinger Tackle Company.
7: Greg's guide career began in Crivitz Wisconsin. In l983 he moved his family to Minocqua, an area familiar to Greg that provided more than 2,000 lakes to guide on.
10: Stinger Tackle Company 1976 - 2000 Greg started the Stinger Tackle Company. out of the laundry room of their home in Crivitz, The work table was the top of a washer & dryer located in a back storage room. This is where he designed the Original Stinger Hook. in 1983 they moved it to the basement of their home in Hazelhurst where they hired several employees to help manufacture, package and ship the many walleye products Greg developed. Local guides closely watched and followed Greg across the Northwoods' trying to discover his secret walleye presentations. Greg developed walleye terminal tackle that would defy snags. Today many of their original tackle concepts and inventions are sold at retail stores and catalogs across the country over 35/years later. | 1986 Stinger Tackle Catalog and Guide Brochures
11: 1. The first Stinger Tackle Company sport show booth display. 2. Employees Fran Sconzert and Jeff Stenz manufacturing tackle. 3. Employees Sue, Jeff and Greg 4. Grandpa Roy Vallarta painting Stinger Tackle Company signs. 5. Lisa, Crystal & Rebecca helping to pack Stinger Tackle products to sell.
12: Strictly Walleye Headquarters In 1991, Greg and Audrey opened “Strictly Walleye Headquarters”, a full service bait, tackle and guide service shop, located in the heart of the Northwoods, 8600 Hwy 51 North, Minocqua, WI 54548. Greg owned and managed Strictly Walleye Headquarters from 1991-2001. | This "good luck" horseshoe was given to Greg and Audrey by their employees in 1991 when they moved their business from the basement of their home in Hazelhurst to their new store, Strictly Walleye Headquarters in Minocqua, WI. The horseshoe hung over the front entrance door.
13: Business Logos & Registered Trademarks
14: Strictly Walleye Mail Order Catalog Walleye ONLY products catalog Started 1989 (Mail) - Present 2016 (Website) The Strictly Walleye Mail order Catalog was the 1st to offer "walleye only" products to its mail order customers. The catalog was sent annually to approx. 100,000 customers. Each catalog offered over 100-products including "The Complete Slip Bobber Kit, Slip Bobber Jigs, Slip Bobber Depth Weights, Slip Bobber Knots, Original Timber Jigs, Deluxe Timber Jigs, Oversize Hook Jigs, Larva Jigs, Bohn-Head Floaters, Glow-Head Jigs, Original Stinger Hooks, Leech's Alive-Well, and Ultra-Lite Leaders". In addition to videos, books, On-the-Water schools, and guided fishing trips. Stinger Tackle Company Registered Trademarks: Strictly Walleye, Stinger Tackle, Timber Jig, Timber Hook, Bohn-Heads, Stinger Hook, Removable Stinger Hook, Adjustable Stinger Hook, Larva Jig Leech Stick Rods
15: From 2001-present Greg continues a mail order business at www.gregbohn.com. He also travels the seminar circuit and operates his guide service from his Hazelhurst Residence. | Strictly Walleye Online | Greg's Strictly Walleye Fish Cleaning House
16: Walleye Tournament Circuit 1990 - 9th Place, Sugar Camp Walleye Classic - Greg Bohn and Jim Kiepke, 10.38 lbs. Earnings $275.00. 1991 – 1st Place, Minocqua Fathers Day Walleye Tournament - Greg Bohn and Bruce Gruening. Earnings Evinrude 9-HP Outboard Motor. 1991 – 8th Place, Mariner Sugar Camp Walleye Classic - Greg Bohn and Bruce Gruening. Earnings $250.00. 1992 – 9th Place, Mariner National Mill Lacs Walleye Open - Greg Bohn and Bruce Gruening. Earnings $2,500.00. 1993 – 3rd Place, Minocqua Fathers Day Walleye Tournament - Greg Bohn (Individual). Earnings Evinrude 2-HP Outboard Motor. 1993 – Caught Wisconsin's longest musky 56" in over 23 years 1993 – Caught the longest musky registered in North America 56" - #44 - 8 oz - 27" Girth 1993 – 3rd Place, Vilas County Musky Marathon (50" Musky Release) 1993 – 1st Place, Vilas County Musky Marathon (Guide Division)
17: Minocqua Fathers Day Walleye Open Tournament History | 1986 - Lisa, Crystal and Rebecca in the background watching their father receive his award. Greg's favorite all-time photo. | 9th place, Mill Lacs Lake, Garrison MN Team Bruce Gruening and Greg Bohn | 1992 Mariner Outboards National Spring Classic | 1st - 5th Place Winners
18: On-the-Water Fishing Schools 1988-1994 Greg Bohn teamed up with Bob Knops (Pres) Fishing Hot Spots to hold several 4-day fishing school clinics at various resorts throughout northern Wisconsin to teach Greg's walleye fishing techniques. Greg was known as the "Walleye Wizard", leading the "Weeds 'N Walleyes" and "Workin' the Wood" school series on the famous Minocqua Chain - Lake Tomahawk - Cisco Chain and Squirrel Lake. 6-years of Weeds 'N Walleyes Schools, Fishing Hot Spots Minocqua Chain of Lakes, Minocqua, Wisconsin 3-years of "Workin The Wood" Schools, Fishing Hot Spots Cisco Chain of Lakes, Land O Lakes, Wisconsin 3-years of "Fall Musky Madness" Schools, Fishing Hot Spots Minocqua Chain of Lakes, Minocqua, Wisconsin
19: "Vertical Jigging Walleye" Fishing Hot Spots Squirrel Lake School | "Workin The Wood" Fishing Hot Spots Big Arbor Vitae School | "The Stinger" Walleye Boat Greg Bohn & Steve Worral Tuffy Boats Catalog Shoot Greg Bohn designed "The Stinger" Tuffy Boats Lake Mills Wisconsin
20: Sport Shows In-Store Promotions and Seminar Travels 17 - Different States
21: During the off-season, Greg and Audrey would attend numerous sport shows in IL, MN, WI, SD including Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, and In-Store Promo seminars throughout the Midwest. He is usually conducting lectures and clinics on his favorite pastime, slip bobbering and catching walleye. Seminar States Atlanta, Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Springfield Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin. In-Store Promo Seminar Locations Bass Pro Shops, Bass Pro Shop Headquarters - Springfield, Missouri, Cabelas, Chicago Sport Show, Gander Mountain, Kentucky - Notre Dame, Green Bay Lambeau Field Atrium, Mills Fleet Farm, Milwaukee Sport Show, Scheels Stores, North & South Dakota, Temple Bay Lodge - Canada, Walleyes Unlimited Clubs
22: National Award Winning Tackle Designer - ICAST Best of Show Award - Lindy No Snagg Rig developed by Hall of Famer Ron Lindner and Greg Bohn, Las Vegas, Nevada. | Hank Parker congratulates Greg Bohn Ron Lindner & Greg Bohn display NO SNAGG Rig Kit | ICAST SHOW, Chicago, July 19-23, 2000
23: Greg meets "Mr. Baseball" celebrity Bob Uecker Bob Uecker, A former Major League Baseball player, later a sportscaster, comedian, and actor. Uecker was given the title of "Mr. Baseball" by Tonight Show Host Johnny Carson. He is currently the announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball radio broadcasts on WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network. | ICAST SHOW, Chicago, July 19-23, 2000
24: Tom Mann (Left) Mann's Lure Company Len Hartman Musky Legend (Middle) Greg Bohn Strictly Walleye (Right) | After Greg's seminars, he would spend a half hour or more talking one-on-one to audiences. | Seminar of Pros 1990
25: Len Hartman (Left) Greg Bohn (Middle) Buck Perry (Right) Spoonplugger Chicago Sport Show 1993 | River Walleye Tactics Dan Gapen (Left) Greg Bohn (Right) Quad City's Sport Show 1990
28: GB Packer Player Kabeer Gbaja Biamila "KGB" Defensive End Lake of The Torches Casino 2004 | Greg Bohn (Right) Mike Webster (Left) All Pro Center Pittsburgh Steelers 4-time Super Bowl Champ Rhinelander High School | Famous Athletes at Seminar Events
29: Mention the name Greg Bohn in any state that sports walleye and you'll get the same answer, He's one of the top walleye anglers, speakers and entertainer. Bohn's first seminar was in 1970 at age 18. He has crafted being on stage like few others, while entertaining and sharing his many walleye secrets. An estimated crowd of nearly 2,000 anglers once attended Greg's Milwaukee Sentinel Sport Show seminar. Bohn often joins other top anglers like Al Lindner, Babe Winkelman, Kevin Van Dam, John Gillespie and Jimmy Houston on Pro Panel Discussions. | Panel Seminar Milwaukee Sport Show Al Lindner (Left) Penny Berryman (Center) Greg Bohn (Right) | Scheel's Walleye University North Dakota St. Paul Minnesota | 2006 Walleye Masters Institute Greg Bohn with Ted Takasaki Chicago Illinois Sioux Falls, South Dakota | Seminars - Schools - Pro Panel Discussions | Hawg Through Seminar Chicago, IL
30: National Pro-Staff Affiliations List of Major Sponsors: Fishing Hotspots Storm Lure Company Navionics Maps & Electronics Lowrance Electronics Bottom Line Sonar Ranger Boats Tuffy Boats Mariner Outboards Minn Kota Trolling Motors Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle Lamiglas Fishing Rods Hummingbird Electronics
32: Mr. Slip Bobber "How To" Walleye Videos Cabelas, Gander Mountain, Mills Fleet Farm and Scheels stores use TV video's and endcap displays stocked with Lindy slip bobber tackle to promote consumer tackle sales. Online websites like Lindy Tackle and YouTube promote Greg Bohn's slip bobber rigging segments for anglers wanting additional fishing tips. | John Gillespie Waters & Woods Outdoor Wisconsin Midwest Outdoors with Greg Bohn & Ted Takasaki
33: In-Fisherman Syndicated Radio Show Greg Bohn is a frequent guest on In-Fisherman Radio, Mike Jackson Outdoors, Outdoor Notebook and Steve Sarley Outdoors with "How-To" walleye guide segments loaded with tips and stories. In-Fisherman Radio has syndicated Greg's segments as a Field-Contributor directly in-house at In-Fisherman Radio: Baxter, MN. With more than 430 stations nationwide, In-Fisherman Radio is the largest syndicated radio program in North America. The In-Fisherman Radio Network features hard hitting editorials; special "How-To" tips and examines fishing hotspots around the country. During every 3-minute broadcast, In-Fisherman Radio maintains audience attentiveness as nationally known sportsman reveal their latest angling techniques. | Radio Guest and Contributor
34: Wisconsin's Legendary Walleye Guide- “Bohn could be the finest walleye guide to ever carve a path through the Northwoods” -Lakeland Times Newspaper- Minocqua, WI | “When it comes to the fine points of float fishing, nobody knows it better than Greg Bohn". Al Lindner, Hall of Fame Angler -Host of Angling Edge Television, Brainerd, MN- | “Slipfloat Master Greg Bohn has likely caught more walleyes under slip bobbers than any angler alive!” -In-Fisherman Magazine 2010- | Media Comments
35: Fran Sconzert | Tony Bova | Ken Charnecke | Al and Effie Kruse | Clients over the Years | Marty Smith | Gordon Magee
36: Randy Schlies Manager of Strictly Walleye 1991-1993 | Dave Reinke Salmon fishing in Kewaunee, WI. | Wayne Horn | Mike and Becca Stawicki Son in Law and Daughter | Pastors Kellen and Wendell Anderson | Employees Jeff Stenz and Fran Sconzert
37: Doc Jerome Hagmon | Rich and Ronda Vereecke | Bruce and Charlie Brock | Mark Dummer
38: Shore Lunches | Greg's clients paid a $15 additional fee to include a noon shore lunch with their guided trip. Shore Lunches included deep fried fish, fried potatoes and Bush's beans. Made for a memorable day! | Center photo selected by Wildlife Artist Robert Metropulos Jr. "Shore lunch with the Hall of Famers"
39: Night Fishing Walleye | Ice Fishing | Jim Glanzer 10lb Walleye Lake Tomahawk
40: Papoose Lake Musky Tournament "Stormin Gorman" Thomas and Greg Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder | Celebrity Sports Clients | Gorman Thomas, Top 20 All Time Home Run Hitter
41: Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves Pitcher Known as the top knuckleball pitcher of his era. Paced the National League in wins in 1974 and 1979 | Phil Niekro Atlanta, Georgia Bass Pro Shop
42: Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson Elected1987-2001 U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services U.S. Presidential Election Candidate 2008 | Wisconsin Governors Promote Fishing
43: WJFW TV-12 Opening Fishing Weekend 2003 Interview
44: Ted Takasaki, Greg Bohn, and Spence Petros April 28, 2001 Milwaukee Sport Show Spence is a 1989 Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee, as an outdoor writer, educator and Fishing Facts Magazine Editor Ted is a 2010 Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee as a PWT Walleye Tournament Champion and former president of Lindy Little Joe Tackle Co. | Fishing Hall of Famers
45: USCG Captains License Greg received his USCG U.S. Merchant Marine Officer License in 1995. This allowed him to guide on the five Great Lakes. Master operator of Great Lakes or Inland Steam or Motor Vessels not more than 25-gross tons. This license allowed Greg to guide his clients on both Big and Little Bays De Noc, located in Escanaba, Michigan. During the late fall season Oct-Nov they motor trolled for large walleye day and night. He did this for 11-years. | Professional Guide & Licensed Charter Captain 1975 - 2015 (40+Full Time) - WI D.N.R. Licensed & Insured 1995 - 2015 (20+Full Time) - U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Officer 1995 - 2014 BLS (Basic Life Support) and CPR Certified
46: Legendary Guide Career | Greg Bohn is a full-time guide who does most of his fishing in Northern Wisconsin’s Vilas and Oneida counties with more than 2,500 lakes and flowages. Greg is highly respected for his consistent catches of walleye while other local guides are shaking their heads. He guides on over 400 lakes and several flowages in the area. | FULLTIME GUIDE CAREER 1975 - Present | Minocqua Chain of Lakes Hwy 51 Northern Wisconsin
47: State & National Records 1997 - Wisconsin State Largest Walleye Champ 1996 - Michigan State Largest Walleye Champ 1994 - Michigan State Largest Walleye Champ 1993 - Vilas County Musky Marathon Champ 1993 - Longest Musky 56”- #44-8 oz. taken in North America 4 - Time World Walleye Record Holder (Catch & Release) Line Class Division #10lb, #12lb, #15lb and #17lb Guided 12/yr old Markus Steigerwaldt from Tomahawk, WI to a 33" - #15-7 oz, World Line Class Walleye Record. The largest walleye taken in WI in over a decade and largest ever recorded caught in Oneida County, WI Guided 2-Clients #15lb Walleye and 1-Client #14lb Guided 2-Clients #25lb and #17lb World line Class Walleye Records
48: 25# World Line Class Record Greg Bohn & Markus Steigerwaldt August 2, 1997 Stats: 33.50" - 15#, 7 oz. - Girth 21" Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua, WI 1997 - Largest Walleye State of Wisconsin | National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame World Line Class Records
49: 17# World Line Class Record Greg Bohn & Dr. Gerald Patterson Nov 12, 1994 Stats: 33.25" - 14#, 2 oz. Little Bay De Noc, Gladstone, MI 1994 - 2nd Largest Michigan Walleye
50: 1st Place Vilas County Musky Marathon Guide Greg Bohn June 27, 1993 Stats: 56" - 44#, 8 oz. - 27-1/2" Girth 1st Place Vilas County Musky Marathon Largest Musky Taken in North America 1993 10th Largest Vilas County Musky Marathon History!
51: Greg's Personal Best Walleye of 2008 Long Lake, Vilas County Guide Greg Bohn June 18, 2008 Stats: 30.5" - 9#, 9 oz. 19.3" Girth Lindy Pro-Series Slip Bobber Rig & Crawler Released Unharmed! | Greg's 2nd Place Walleye of 2008 Fence Lake, Vilas County Guide Greg Bohn Sept 20, 2008 Stats: 29" - 9#, 1 oz. 17.3" Girth Lindy Pro-Series Slip Bobber Rig Released Unharmed! | Hey, Just Show'n Off
52: 9th Largest Walleye Released of 2008 Tony Bova August 22, 2008 Stats: 28.5" - 8#, 3 oz. 1/8 oz. Northland Perch Jig & Leech Released Unharmed! Fence Lake, Vilas County Tony and Greg teamed up to produce some of the areas biggest walleyes every season | Largest Kept Walleye 2008 Season Brady Francois Minocqua, WI July 30, 2008 Stats: 32" - 11#, 0 oz. Brady's Largest Walleye 1/4 oz. Purple Jig & Crawler Lake Tomahawk, Oneida County
53: The key to honing these fishing skills is time on the water. Being on the water every day is Greg’s first concern. This enables him to discover patterns and techniques unknown by most anglers and guides. Staying on top of walleye behavior and patterns for long periods of time and fishing them day-after-day has allowed Greg to put together secret guide information found in his books, videos, articles, and more. Greg’s fishing skills allows him to catch nearly every species of fish found in Northern Wisconsin.
54: Author of 5 - Published Books 1988 - Slip Bobbering..."The Deadliest Method for Walleye" by Greg Bohn 1989 - Workin' the Wood..."A Guaranteed Tactic for Walleye" by Greg Bohn 1990 - Weeds N' Walleyes..."Discovering The Secrets for Immediate Success!" by Greg Bohn 2005 - Master The Art of Slip Bobbering..."The Deadliest Method for Walleye!" by Greg Bohn with Scott Richardson 2012 - Master The Art of Night Slip Bobbering..."3rd Shift Walleye Secrets!" by Greg Bohn with Scott Richardson | The Lakeland Times - Minocqua, WI
55: Vol.1 1988 | Master The Art of Slip Bobbering by Mr. Slip Bobber Greg Bohn with Scott Richardson | Fishing Hot Spots Secrets of a Northwoods Walleye Guide Series | Vol.2 1989 | Vol.3 1990
56: Greg Bohn's VHF Videos 1988 - Dog Day Walleye Weed Jigging Secrets! 1992 - Filleting Northerns...Make No Y- Bohns About It Boneless 1-piece fillets with the SUPERCUT method! 1990 - Workin’ The Wood A Guaranteed Tactic for Walleye! 1996 - Bay de Noc's Giant Walleyes Learn Great Lakes Walleye Patterns...Secrets Revealed!
58: Greg Bohn's GUIDES SECRET LAKE MAPS Get your updated fishing map information from someone who makes his living on these waters, everyday, 175-days a year! Greg has over 33-yr's of full time guiding experience on the Northwoods Lakes of Vilas & Oneida counties in Wisconsin. Bohn's personal lake knowledge, secret locations, information, tackle tips, and presentation techniques are valuable tools to increase anyones fish catching success! Easy to read & jam packed with productive fishing locations. Greg began as a top Wisconsin walleye & crappie guide and has evolved into one of North Americas foremost fishing educators and tackle designers. The Guides Secret Lake Map Series will "Improve Your Walleye Fishing Success!". Don't fish the Northwoods without one. Choose your map selections today! | In 1983, Greg started working with Fishing Hot Spots, Inc to put together detailed waterproof lake maps and studies of key waters. Greg has 30-titles of Minocqua area lake maps that contain his personal fishing tips and marked spots. | Guides Secret LAKE MAPS | Big Arbor Vitae Lake
59: STRICTLY WALLEYE FISHING HATS Features quality embroidered design. Top quality construction- "One Size Fits All". Includes size adjuster strap with locking brass buckle. | Greg Bohn's Walleye Limit Minnow Hat | Mr. Slip Bobber Fishing Hat
60: Nationally Published Articles Greg has written over 150 nationally published articles and contributed to hundreds more. Bohn teams up from time-to-time with top outdoor writers like Dave Czanda, Doug Stange, Matt Straw, Scott Richardson, Spence Petros, Ted Takasaki and Cory Schmidt on a variety of walleye, crappie and muskie topics for the following magazines since 1975. In-Fisherman In-Fisherman Walleye Guide North American Fisherman Walleye Insider Fishing Facts Sports Afield Outdoor Life Midwest Outdoors Mills Fleet Farm Field & Forest Outdoor Notebook Wisconsin Sportsman Woods & Waters Crappie Magazine
61: Fishing Facts Magazine 2008 | Crappie World Magazine 1997
62: Wisconsin Outdoor Journal Fishing Annual Spring 1992 | Fishing Facts Magazine October 1988
63: In-Fisherman Magazine Weller Tackle Company 1979 Nitro Produces 9lb. Results | Fishing Facts Magazine Northern Edition 1996 Strictly Walleye Bobber & Jig | High Falls Reservoir Crivitz, Wisconsin
64: Woods & Waters Special Winter Issue 1993 Mr. Walleye Gets Huge Musky! | Woods & Water Spring Walleye Special 1986 | Wisconsin Woods & Waters Magazine
65: Newspaper Articles
66: Wausau Daily Herald Jim Lee Outdoors January 17, 1988 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show Special Section Sunday, March 11, 2001
67: 1989 Davenport Iowa Times
68: Vilas County News Review October 4, 1995 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel October 15, 1995 | Vilas County News Review October 11, 1995 | The Lakeland Times June 10, 1997 | Phelps News June 11, 1997 | Wausau Daily Herald June 15, 1997 | Wisconsin Outdoor News June 20, 1997 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 8, 1997 | Vilas County News Review September 11, 1996 | Greg Bohn vs. The DNR In 1995 Greg was charged with two counts of illegal motor trolling. The case was discovered to be a sting operation by the DNR. Greg was hired as a guide by two undercover DNR officers in summer 1995. Greg caught a large musky that day, deeply hooking his hand which sent him to the E.R. for stitches. Attorney John Albert won the case before a jury trial in 1997. All charges and citations were dropped.
69: Community Outreach Trinity Lutheran Church 1st Annual Seminar Rockford, IL. 2008 | Julia Fittante Memorial Fishing Trip Bents Camp Cisco Chain of Lakes. Cancer patients Fun day with the guides. Fishing Shorelunch Cookout | Lakeland Assembly of God 2nd Annual Church Seminar Woodruff, WI. 2007 | Greg Bohn Family Gives Back Community & Charitable Events
70: INVENTIONS - PATENTS - TRADEMARKS Greg has been a pioneer in walleye tackle technology and presentation techniques for over 35-years! His Walleye Tackle Inventions and developments include: Tackle Inventions & Designs Removable Stinger Hook - 1981 Original Adjustable Stinger Hook - 1981 Mr. Slip Bobber Jig Bugs - 1987 Original Timber Jig - 1988 Floating Bohn-Head Jig - 1988 The Larva Jig - 1989 Leech Stick Walleye Jigging Rod - 1995 No-Snagg Weedless Hook - 2002 Gill Plate Release Method - 2003 Thill Pro-Series Metallic Grommet Grommet Design - 2005 Mr. Slip Bobber Pro-Bead Rigging Kit - 2005 Mr. Slip Bobber Pro Blade Rigging Kit - 2005 Mr. Slip Bobber Float Stick Rod - 2006 The Leech Stick Walleye Jigging Rod - 1991 U.S. Patented Items: The Original Adjustable Stinger Hook -1982 The Timber Jig - 7-Strand Wire Weed Guard The Timber Hook - 7-Strand Wire Weed Guard U.S. Trademark Names & Titles: Removable Stinger Hook - 1982 Adjustable Stinger Hook - 1982 Stinger Tackle Company - 1983 Bumble Bee with Treble Hook Logo - 1984 Floating Bohn-Head Jig - 1988 The Larva Jig - 1989 Strictly Walleye - 1998 Gill Plate Release Method - 2003 Mr. Slip Bobber - 2006
71: Assortment of Greg's Original Tackle Designs (Strictly Walleye Mail Order Catalog) Adjustable Stinger Hooks Removable Stinger Hooks Original Timber Jigs Deluxe Timber Jigs Bohn-Head Floating Jigs The Complete Slip Bobber Kit Ultralite Leaders Jig Bugs
72: Removable Stinger Hooks Old and New packaging. 3/Pkg 1982 | Original Stinger Hook Adjustable Length 7-Strand Braided Wire 3/Pkg 1979 | Stinger Tackle Company
73: Floating Bohn-Heads Jig Orange - Chartreuse - Pink 6/Pkg 1988 | Original Timber Jig 6/Pkg Adjustable Wire Guard Defies Snags! 1986
74: Mr. Slip Bobber® Pro-Bead Rigging Kit The Mr. Slip Bobber (144) piece Pro-Blade Rigging Kit by Greg Bohn will increase your walleye catch by provoking more "Live Bait" strikes! As much as 50% more! Featuring Greg's personal slip bobber bead selection for stop knots, jig bugs, & hooks. Includes (5) Northern Lights and (3) Aurora Borealis bead models. They're top quality "Ruby Red" & Solid Glass. All beads feature the "Perfect Fit" inside hole diameter. Fits mono lines #4 to #12 lb test. Your line "Slides Thru - Like It's Greased!". Bead rigging locations illustrated on individual sleeve containers. Flip Top Lids dispense one bead each time. Know where & when to apply them! Clear Blister "Waterproof" tackle box included. | Mr. Slip Bobber® Pro-Blade Rigging Kit Glo-Blade Rigging Kit The Mr. Slip Bobber Pro-Blade Rigging Kits designed by Greg Bohn, will trigger more Slip Bobber and Lighted Float strikes. Features Greg's guide-tested components for enhancing live bait slip bobber rigs and snells. Instant spin clevis works everytime! Petite light-reflecting blades...drive walleyes crazy! Increases flash & thump, thump, thump vibration to minnows, crawlers and leeches. Fits mono line #4 to #12lb test. Individual sleeve containers with "flip-top" lids provide blade rigging tips. Know where and when to apply them! Clear Blister "Waterproof" tackle box included. | Strictly Walleye® Tackle
75: The Mr. Slip Bobber "Jig Bugs" designed by Greg Bohn exclusively for use with slip bobbers & live bait. Jig Bugs trigger more walleye strikes, (5 to 1) over regular hooks. When tipped with minnows, leeches and crawlers...they're deadly on walleye & panfish. Matchup our "Jig Bugs" & Pro-Bead Rigging Kits...for increased action. You'll never fish slip bobbers again.. without them! Perch, Hot Firetiger, & Black Leech color patterns. Hangs vertical for better hook sets. Hand Painted "Double Eyes" in insect simulating colors. Mustad Gold Aberdeen Hooks. | Mr. Slip Bobber® Jigs Bugs Our Top Seller! | Slip Bobber Jig Bugs 1/32 oz & 1/16 oz Over 100,000 Sold 1987
76: The Original Timber Jig with adjustable 7-strand wire guard was designed and patented by guide Greg Bohn. For fishing flowages and tough snag-infested areas including stumps, timber, downed trees, weeds and rocks with live bait without the worry of hanging up. | The Original Timber Jig®
77: The Lindy Royalty and License Agreement
78: Greg assigned his Timber Jig and design patent rights to Lindy-Little Joe, Inc., Brainerd, MN in 2000 with a royalty and license agreement. Nick Adams, President and co-founder of Lindy reports the purchase will include dozens of Stinger Tackle Company walleye tackle designs, registered trademarks and patents owned by Stinger Tackle Company. | Nick Adams and Greg Bohn worked together for over 10 years at Lindy Legendary Tackle Company in Brainerd, MN. Bohn was instrumental in developing and expanding Lindy's No-Snagg walleye tackle line. Lindy intensely marketed and promoted No-Snagg across the country. Nick closely mentored Greg about product tackle design, consumer purchasing, retail marketing and hi-level promotion. They remained great friends until Nick's passing in 2012. Nick was co-founder and patriarch of Lindy Little Joe, Inc. He was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward Wisconsin. | Ron and Al Linder
79: Greg's original Timber Jig patent was used by Lindy Little Joe to recreate the Timb'r Rock and Veg-E-Jigs
80: Greg's original No-Snagg Hook was used by Lindy Little Joe in the No-Snagg Rig Kit | Greg Bohn has been a pioneer in walleye tackle technology and presentation techniques for over 35 years. He designed, marketed and patented the 1st ever snag-proof walleye tackle products, while guiding on the snag infested waters of High Falls Reservoir and Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Many of Greg's original walleye tackle inventions and patents remain a large part of today's 2016 walleye tackle industry. The Timber Jig, Veg E'Jig, Original Stinger Hook, No-Snagg Hook, No-Snagg Rig, Pro-Series Floats & Pro-Series Rigs with the patented Metallic Grommet Insert, currently hang on peg hooks at major retailers across the country.
81: Thill Pro-Series Un-Weighted Slip Float Kit Float Kit by Lindy Tackle features the line-friendly metallic grommet insert designed by Greg Bohn, Mr. Slip Bobber®. Removable weights and O-Rings for easy On/Off application. You'll receive 4/Pack walleye assortment in our most popular weighted sizes. Each Kit includes (4) hot pink stop knots & ruby red glass (4mm) beads. Geniune balsa wood construction! Top quality! Fluorescent color pattern-highly visible! Your Line slides throughmetallic grommet insert-like it’s greased!
82: Partnership Designs
83: Designer of the "Stinger" Tuffy Boat Greg assisted Tuffy in designing the Stinger model of the Tuffy Boat. A mid-sized walleye rig for cool, dark, pristine lakes of theNorth. Low profile hull with a smooth, dry ride. Tiller operated for versatility needed by the multi-method walleye fisherman. An aerated baitwell and livewell that is insulated to help maintain cool water temperature on the water and allow you to ice down your catch on the trailer. A large rod locker. A built-in fuel system, under deck battery storage. | Greg Bohn was on Tuffy Boats National Pro-Staff for over 25 years. | New 1990 Stinger Walleye Boat by Greg Bohn. Walleye anglers looking for more storage, more maneuverability and better craftsmanship will find many new designs features in Tuffy's Stinger Walleye Boat designed by Greg Bohn. This boat will change the way angler's fish...
84: Lamiglass Partnership: President/Owner Dick Posey of Lamiglass Rods and Greg Bohn have had a long friendship and business relationship. Bohn was the original innovator of the Leech Stick, an unusual long one- piece jigging rod for walleye during the 1980's. Lamiglass was the first manufacturing company to reveal Greg's one-piece walleye rods 7'2" and 7'6" in length. After several Lamiglass meetings in Woodland, WA a new Greg Bohn's Strictly Walleye (5) rod seres featuring the Leech Stick Crank'n Stick, Slip Bobbering and Planer Board rods were marketed & introduced. | Dick Posey & Greg | STRICTLY WALLEYE LEECH STICK ROD
85: GREG BOHN'S STRICTLY WALLEYE LEECH STICK ROD THE ULTIMATE WALLEYE JIGGING ROD!! FEEL THE DIFFERENCE! From the Man that's Strictly Walleye now comes Greg Bohn's personal walleye jigging rod-The LEECH STICK. Designed and developed for catching walleye 7-days a week under all weather conditions. For more than 30yrs, Greg has been 'hammerin' walleye with this beautifully hand crafted 7' 2" 100% graphite rod. The Leech Stick Rod has a solid reputation with clients, pro walleye tournament fisherman and local guides. He made it himself, designed the extra fast tip for detecting the lightest walleye strikes. The sturdy body for the most powerful hook set you've ever tried. Plus it will cast the lightest jig tremendous distance with accuracy and increased control. Greg Bohn and the Lamiglas engineering team designed the winning 5 rod series in 1995. Strictly Walleye Leech Stick Rod 7'2" length graphite rod Strictly Walleye Float Stick Rod 9' length graphite rod
86: Legendary Northwoods Walleye Breading 2000-2015 Present Legendary Northwoods Walleye Breading was originally developed by walleye guide Greg Bohn and distributed by Mies Products Inc, West Bend, Wisconsin. Mies has been in business since 1952. The partnership consisted of David Mies (Owner), Greg Bohn, Dale Staehle and Craig Raeger. The Legendary Northwoods breading is available in Original Walleyte, Mild Cajun and Panfish blends. Distribution is through wholesalers, food catalogs, retail outlets and food markets throughout the Midwest. Top seller! | Greg worked with a group of guys to create this shore lunch breading mix in 2000.
87: Greg Bohn and Bill Selby invented the 1st ever soft plastic musky lure to anglers in 1987. The Vip-R Tail was originally introduced at the Chicago Sport Show. It was the top selling musky lure in America 3-straight years. Both inventors struggled with high manufacturing demands, molding process, embedding hook harness and fish strike durability. Excessive tooth damage to the lure was a major problem and concern of Bohn's. Creating the right texture and consistency was the lures ultimate challenge. The retail and angler interest for the bait was overwhelming that neither Bohn or Selby would handle the growth and finances for marketing the lure. Soon fearsome competition to produce similar baits like Joe's Creature and the Bulldawg began almost immediately. Today there are over 30 companies manufacturing soft plastic musky lures or lure tail attachments. | Vip-R Tail Musky Lure
88: Bohn proposes Life Jacket Bill | Greg biggest concern on the water is SAFETY. Greg teamed up with Rep Al Ott to pass the Senate Bill 587 to mandate all children under the age of 13 to wear life vests while the boat is moving. Greg received enough support to get the Life Jacket Bill to the Senate floor for their vote in Feb 2016. The day before the vote one person wanted a change which removed it from the voting process due to timing to make the change. The bill has been halted and will have to be re-entered with more support to take it to the senate for a vote in 2017.
89: All children younger than 13 years old should be required to wear personal flotation devices. That's what Greg Bohn will tell Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp at a meeting in Madison Sept. 17. Bohn, a local professional fishing guide, is passionate about boating safety and believes state laws pertaining to personal flotation device (PFD) use are too lax. Children younger than 13 cannot be expected to make their own water safety decisions, Bohn said in a recent meeting with DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor David Walz. One reason for changing the state law, he said, is to remove confusion by aligning state law with federal law. In Wisconsin, several waters are enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard and are considered federal waters. These waters include the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. On those waters, all children under 13 years of age must be wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while a vessel is underway unless they are below deck or within an enclosed cabin. Another reason Bohn cites for changing the law is that it puts parents at risk. "Many parents would not even consider going on the water without their children wearing a life vest - unfortunately, most parents don't wear one," Bohn said. | "Many parents would not even consider going on the water without their children wearing a life vest - unfortunately, most parents don't wear one," Bohn said. There have been cases of parents drowning while saving overboard children who were not wearing PFDs. In 2010 on Lake Minocqua, a mother drowned while saving the life of her overboard 8-year-old daughter. In 2014, a woman died helping save three children who were not wearing PFDs on Star Lake. Bohn said strict PFD laws requiring adolescents and children to wear PFDs would help avoid such preventable deaths. Bohn will be bringing his concerns to the DNR later this month, but any change in the law would require legislative action. Current Wisconsin law regarding PFDs requires the following: All vessels (including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards) must have at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket for each person on board; All vessels 16 feet or longer must have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved throwable PFD on board that is "immediately accessible;" Every person on board a personal watercraft must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket; and All life jackets must be in good and serviceable condition, readily accessible and of the proper size for the intended wearer. Those being towed behind a boat on skis, a wakeboard, tube or other device are not required to wear a PFD in Wisconsin. Bohn bemoans the term "readily accessible" as entirely subjective and not applicable during a real boating disaster. He hopes Wisconsin can implement more common-sense PFD laws that have been adopted by other states and thereby save lives by avoiding preventable injury and death on Wisconsin's waters. Article by: Ryan Matthews | Guide wants PFD law revisited Friday, September 11, 2015 - The Lakeland Times | DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor David Walz (left)
90: Greg received the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Award at a ceremony on July 23, 2016. He celebrated with family clients and friends at the newly renovated Town hall in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin. | GREG RECEIVES NATIONAL FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME AWARD
91: Artist Terry Doughty completed "Mr. Slip Bobber" in April 2016 in honor of Greg Bohn's recent induction into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Terry Doughty is an award winning wilfdlife artist whose career in wildlife art has spanned over four decades and has made him one of Wisconsin's most recognizable names in the artist field. Over the years, he has won numerous wards, gained recognition for his amazing elk prints to help fund Wisconsin's elk reintroduction efforts., as well as two runner-up finishes in the world-renowned Federal Duck Stamp Contest. He has won 15 Wisconsin stamp design contests which included the 2016 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp and 2016 Wisconsin Pheasant Stamp. As an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman, Terry has maintained a lifelong commitment to wildlife and preservation of their habitat. | Artist Robert Metropolus Jr. completed this charcoal print of "Shore Lunch with the Hall of Famers" in May 2016. This is the sequel print to his "Shore Lunch with the Guides" from 1988. Greg is featured as one of the hall of famers . . Bob is currently working on the color version of this print. Robert Metropolus Jr. owns Parkside Gallery in downtown Minocqua, Wisconsin. For several years he has been painting on-site in his gallery where he enjoys receiving one-on-one feedback from browsers and buyers. | GREG HONORED THROUGH ARTWORK
92: Our family vacations were fishing trips to some of the lakes in Minnesota with our 3 girls. Once the girls were grown we continued our trips with their family to Cass Lake Minnesota. Rented a huge cabin and Greg would take turns fishing with them for 3 days. GREAT MEMORIES | Family Fishing TRIPS
93: Rebecca Ann
94: Crystal Jeanne
95: Lisa Marie
96: And the legacy continues...
97: With great love and pride... Audrey Bohn Josh & Lisa Kennedy Kellen & Crystal Anderson Michael & Rebecca Stawicki This book was completed in June 2016.