Captain Russell Gahagan – Bio

I have been fishing Lake Michigan out of the port of Sheboygan my whole life. My dad George has been a charter captain for 32 years. I grew up one block from the lake and salmon fishing is my passion. At a young age of 14 I took it upon myself to become a dedicated fisherman and work with manufactures like Michigan Stinger as a pro-staff member. Over the years I have been a part of many pro-staffs and even been the head of  few over the years. I enjoy developing new tackle and pride myself upon being one most innovative salmon fisherman in the industry. I have developed hundreds of color patterns for manufactures like Dreamweaver, Stinger, Pro-Troll, Pro King, Rapture Flies, Silver Horde and more.


Tournament fishing is my baby as I love competition and love the passion it brings out. I am the manager of Anglers Avenue tackle store and my family owns both the tackle store and Anglers Avenue Pub & Grill. I have been on the Salmon Showdown TV series for the past 4 seasons that is featured on the Pursuit channel.


Russell NAFMTournament Success
  • Six Tournament Trail Event Wins, including:
  1.  Three Sheboygan Salmon Cups
  2.  Two Miesfelds Super Salmon Weekend and
  3.  One Manitowoc
  • Over ten other single event wins
  • Back to Back Salmon Showdown Final Four Qualifier
  • Four time Masters Walleye Circuit Championship Qualifier
I have had the privilege of fishing salmon and walleye tournaments all around the midwest and gaining that knowledge.
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