1st “Fish Sticks” Project in SE Wisconsin

Here’s a link to the latest article regarding our Fish sticks project

WDNR Wood in the Water article


I grabbed some underwater photos of the Fish Sticks project on March 11th, 2015 under the ice. I probably scared the fish away drilling holes as I didn’t have time to drill and come back. But photos were a success and it really looks good down there. The crew should be proud of their hard work. Here are the photo’s:

Fish sticks 2015 FFish sticks 2015 EFish sticks 2015 D






Fish sticks 2015 CFish sticks 2015 A Fish sticks 2015 B

The Pewaukee Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow knocks out the first fish sticks project in SE Wisconsin. The “Woody Structures” provide critical habitat for all species of life in the food chain of a lakes ecosystem. The bottom of the logs can hold thousands of invertebrates feeding on the wood. The small fish feed on the invertebrates and the larger fish on the smaller fish. The wood provides shore protection and habitat above the water for insects, turtles, wood ducks, and birds as well.


Morning fish sticks crew

The morning crew move into the project area

Dragging trees to the site

Dragging trees to the site

Fish sticks crew moving first trees in

The crew places the first trees


For more information on the latest Pewaukee Fish Sticks Project see the JS Online article below.

JS Online Fish Sticks project WFT Pewaukee Chapter

1st ANNUAL WFT Ice Fishery A Huge Success!!


The First Annual Pewaukee Lake Chapter WFT Ice Fishery on February 22 at Curly’s Waterfront was a huge success. Thank You to all you locals for participating to this worth cause. All proceeds are going back into Pewaukee Lake to improve the fisheries!

Items given away in the raffles to lucky winners were a 60″ flat Screen TV, 2 Jiffy Propane power augers, a Remington .300 win mag raifle, 100 Muskie baits, A Vexilar, Booze Barreles, A Muskie Rod and Reel Combo, and dozens of baskets full of items….don’t miss this event next year. This Ice Fishery had big ticket items, not the little prizes you throw in the back of your truck and never see again.

Thanks again for all that participated! Whether you were a member working, a patron, went fishing, or came for meat raffles, you made this a success, THANK YOU and we’ll see you next year!!

1st Place – 60” flat screen smart TV LED 1080
2nd Place – $500 gift certificate at Goeman’s bp rapidmart (for gas, bait, food, ECT)
3rd Place – Jiffy propane power auger

Additional items include:

• .300 Remington Win mag deer/big game rifle
• Another Jiffy Propane power auger
• A Marcum Fish camera
• Wildlife prints – Bob O’Neill senior donated some – thanks Bob Sr.

• Booze bottles – Steve Grady (2 bottles of Makers Mark), Bob O’Neill (Absolute Vodka), Dave Kawalski (Rum Chatta and wine), Jim Douglas (Captain Morgan) and Cory Mathisen with quality bottles of Bacardi and Rum chatta
• Meat raffles — we had $2,000 worth of the finest meat for the raffles. Tanja “the butcher” cut and packaged, Jody Schmitz and Jeff Schmelzer did an outstanding job (Ticket sales), Jim, Turk, Perch, Dakota, Kristine, Jerad, Jayden, and all the other members that made it happen, THANKS!!

BP Rapidmart comes up big

Special thanks to Larry Goeman, who has become the first patron-level sponsor of
the Pewaukee Chapter of WFT. His $1,000 contribution puts us near our fundraising
goal of $6,000 before we’ve even held our first event. Larry has also promised
his support as a major sponsor of the Pewaukee Chapter Fisheree, scheduled for
February 22, 2014, at Curly’s Waterfront.

Goeman’s BP Rapidmart and Uncle Larry’s Kitchen (and bait shop!) is on the corner
of Hwys SS and G. Be sure to thank Larry for his generous support of our chapter
next time you stop by and fuel up.

In other recent news, plans are continuing to develop for our other upcoming
events, particularly our fall raffle, now only a few weeks away (see sidebar for

Additionally, the Walleye Wagon is looking more and more like it will soon be
rearing thousands of young Pewaukee walleyes.



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the Walleye Wagon is up and running!

Sparks fly during  the trailer tear down and rebuilding by Cory Mathisen, Bobby O’ and Tom Koepp.

Adding doors is Chuck Kaatz and Bob O’Neill Jr.

The walls go up as  Mike Arrowood supervises Pat Burke, Freddie Kaatz, Mike and Greg “Eggy” Koepp.

Working on the roof is Pat “Tru dat pat” Burke, John “Cono” Covert, and  Jeff “Rooster” Roos.

Mike Arrowood is working on the door framing.

The Walleye wagon is now located on site and the pumps have been tested for operation.



Saturday June 22nd several people donated their time to educate potential future members and the general public about the walleyes for tomorrow program. The Clean Water Festival brought a huge crowd to the beaches educational tent. The festival was provided by the Kiwanis and the Pewaukee Lake Waterski Club. The organization donated $7,000 to the Water resource fund, the wetland fund and for testing the quality of Pewaukee Lake. A perfect example of groups working together to protect and improve the quality of our lake and watershed.