A public service organization founded in 1960 for the purpose of developing an attraction and a museum to collect, preserve and display the artifacts of the sport of fresh water angling.
The highlight of the museum complex is a landmark ''Shrine to Anglers'' which is a structure one-half city block long and four and one-half stories tall, of concrete, steel and fiberglass, hand-sculpted into the likeness of a leaping fish (Muskie). Its innards are a museum and its gaping open jaw accommodates about 20 persons or more as an observation platform. The landmark is surrounded by a quarter-acre nature pond.
The mission of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is to be the international headquarters for education, recognition and promotion of fresh water sport fishing.