Madison, WI Fishing Clubs & Organizations

Madison, WI offers multiple ways to get more involved with fishing regardless of your skill level. There are several bass fishing clubs, trout fishing clubs, a muskie club, and a general fishing club, all of which provide a collection of knowledge and activities for you to increase your angling ability, and also socialize with like minded anglers.  You can also be a member of more than one! Just in case you prefer the multi species fishing profile.

Madison Bass Club

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Welcome to the Madison Bass Club. We thank you for your interest. Let me give you a little summary of our club. We are an FLW/TBF affiliated bass club. Dues for new members are $80 of which $35 goes to FLW, $15 to TBF, and $30 to Madison Bass for operating expenses. We fish 8 tournaments per year with one being a two day overnighter. Our club does pay for one nights lodging for all members at these events to alleviate some of the cost. This is what your $30 to Madison Bass helps pay for. You may fish as many or as few tournaments as you wish. You must catch one fish to be eligible for Zone and State tournaments. We also hold a Spring and Fall open tournament. We expect all members to help out at both these events. There is always plenty to do. Our club is laid back and interested in helping people enjoy the great sport of bass fishing. We usually hang out after tournaments and discuss what was successful and what baits produced best.


Our tournament lakes and dates our posted on our website. We have both boaters and non-boaters and run an optional side pot at each tournament accordingly. New this year Madison Bass will pay the following years dues to the angler with the most weight at the end of the year (we count six tournaments). Also we pay $100 to the angler catching the biggest bass of the year. We also hold monthly meetings usually on the last Sunday of the month. Our next meeting can be found on our event calendar “club meeting”. Thank you again for your interest in Madison Bass. If you have any questions please contact us here.


If you are ready to join us please submit a membership form here.


-Madison Bass Club

Capital City Chapter of Muskies Inc

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The Capital City Chapter of Muskies, Inc. (CCMI) is one of over 70 independent fishing clubs affiliated with Muskies, Inc. (MI), an international organization established for the purpose of promoting and improving the sport of muskie fishing.  CCMI is one of the largest MI chapters, with approximately 300 members, most of whom come from the immediate Madison, Wisconsin area, but many of whom live in other parts of the state and country. MI member services include a subscription to Muskie Magazine, a publication of Muskies, Inc., and access to Muskies, Inc.’s “Lunge Log,” an online fishing log for all MI members.Locally, CCMI members receive a monthly newsletter complete with up-to-date fishing information, contest updates, and information on club-organized outings, events, and other club activities.

In addition, CCMI offers many, many opportunities for members to increase their knowledge and skills to become better muskie anglers and to become involved in local activities and events. Monthly membership meetings, featuring expert speakers on the sport of muskie fishing, are held from September through May.  There are two summer “On-the-Water” meetings. A spring fishing seminar, which serves as a fundraiser for our stocking efforts, is held annually featuring a nationally known muskie expert.

Additionally, CCMI sponsors local outings, outings in northern Wisconsin, Iowa, and Canada, a youth tournament, a muskie school, and an Awards Ceremony meeting.  Members may also become involved in local projects and events, including numerous fishing contests.  CCMI is very proud of its close relationship with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Together, we work on a local stocking program and a stocking study which will have statewide implications. The stocking program has made the Madison area lakes a world-class muskie fishery.We invite you to our meetings and events.  They are great opportunities to meet other anglers who share a passion for muskie fishing, to learn, and to just have fun.

MadTown Bass Club

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 Madtown Bass Club is a registered B.A.S.S. Federation Nation club based in Central Wisconsin founded in 2008 by six blue-collar individuals, and has been rapidly growing ever since. Our mission is to promote the sport of bass fishing regionally, and help each other grow as anglers and individuals. We have a fun, competitive nature upon take-off and a life-long friendship at the weigh-in. No matter what each individual’s background may be, we all have one thing in common - a passion for the outdoors and introducing others to our sport.


          Our club takes pride in being an engaged and positive member of our community. Each year, Madtown Bass is heavily involved in events like the Badger Childhood Cancer Network (BCCN) Take a Child Fishing Day and the BCCN Lake Wisconsin Fund Raising Tournament among others. The club also hosts the largest and fastest growing Big Bass Tournament in the Midwest on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI – The Mendota Big Bass Bash! ( In three short years, we’ve grown this event into one of the top drawing events in the region, and our registrations are already up for 2016.

The Yahara Fishing Club

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The Yahara Fishing Club meets the second Wednesday of each month, September thru May, at the 301 Cottage Grove Road VFW hall.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are FREE and open to the public.   Meetings include fishing reports, a raffle, speakers, a February auction, a magazine exchange, a video/DVD library and a fishing contest.  

June, July and August feature "On the Water" meetings with an emphasis on food, beverage and getting out to fish. These meetings are held at different areas on the Madison chain.

 If you like to fish, come join the Yahara Fishing Club!

Badger Fly Fishers

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Welcome to the Badger Fly Fishers!


Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the Badger Fly Fishers is a non-profit organization that began in the late 1980’s as a chapter of the larger Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF). While the Badgers are no longer a 100% FFF membership club, our beliefs and goals remain the same. You can join just the Badgers for a modest $15.00 annual fee. As a member you can also enjoy our large (free) library of DVD’s covering all aspects of fly fishing!

We meet on the 4th Monday of each month, unless otherwise designated (see our calendar of events), at the Maple Tree Restaurant in McFarland.  Meetings start at 7:00 P.M. and you are welcome to join us earlier for dinner at 6pm. A variety of speakers and programs are presented throughout the year, covering fly fishing and conservation-related topics.


Our major fund raiser of the year held in early February is The Spring Opener. This event presents programs and demonstrations by the world’s finest fly fishing authorities–Gary Borger, Dave Whitlock, Lefty Kreh, Dave Hughes, Ed Engle, Jim Teeney, Mike Lawson, Jack Dennis and Ian Colin James – just to name a few. We often feature Madison area and regional experts on fly fishing as well. The Spring Opener also includes fly tying instruction, a trade show, bucket raffles and a lively auction.  Funds raised from this event support our conservation, stream restoration and education efforts.  An evening banquet ends the day where we present the annual Joan and Lee Wulff Conservation Award.


Come join us at our monthly meetings and at the Spring Opener for fun, education and our conservation efforts.

Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited

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The Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited was founded in 1969. We have grown to over 650 members and have become a strong and respected advocate for cold water resources in the region. Our mission is conservation, protection, and improvement of trout and salmon habitat.

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