Hayward is a small city in northwest Wisconsin and home to the legendary Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. The centerpiece on the grounds is an impressive 143-foot fiberglass musky. We couldn’t miss this massive roadside attraction and were happily surprised by how interesting we found the fishing museum.
Up in the musky mouth is an observation deck where visitors can peer over the toothy jaw and survey the museum grounds. Inside the musky is a stairwell to the head and on the walls are displays of fishing tools such as lures and fish grabbers, along with information about the construction of the fiberglass musky.
Inside a separate museum building is the bulk of the collection. Whereas some museums approach their collection with an eye for editing, this museum goes for the comprehensive approach. They don’t just have some lures, they seem to have an example of every lure. The same goes for the vast collections of fishing reels, rods, boat motors, mounted fish and more.
The collections are spread across wings of the museum and the number of accessories and displays is impressive.
A large part of the hall of fame is the recognition and documentation of record fish. Dozens of panels feature anglers and their record-setting catches.
If you are in the area, the photo-op of the giant fish is well worth the stop!