Club Meetings and Activities

2023-24 Meeting Schedule

Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance and the Badger Fly Fishers have resumed monthly meetings.  The Thirsty Goat restaurant, 3040 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, will be our monthly meeting site.  The Thirsty Goat offers a quiet room which will seat 50 people, excellent and affordable food, and a small bar in the room serving multiple refreshments.  Meetings for both the WSA and BFF will begin with a social hour/dinner starting at 5:30pm and the general meeting starting at 6:30pm.  Currently, we will be able to order off the menu and, as long as enough meals are ordered at each meeting, we will be able to continue this practice indefinitely.  The alternative will be a buffet-style set up with fewer choices.  Therefore, we encourage members to join us for dinner if it will work into your schedule.  WSA and BFF meetings will occur on the first Wednesday of the month as listed below.  Please note that the WSA and BFF meetings will alternate each month.  We look forward to seeing you at our new home.

The following are the dates for our bimonthly meetings:

October 4, 2023 – WSA meeting with Kyle Zempel – Black Earth Angling

November 1, 2023 – BFF Meeting 

December 6, 2023 – WSA Meeting with Nick Hahlbeck – Wisconsin’s Greenfire Fishery Group

January 3, 2024 – BFF Meeting with Tom Lager on “The Giant Mayflies of Wisconsin”

February 7, 2024 – WSA Meeting with Bradd Sims, DNR, Stream and River system Biologist * TBD

March 6, 2024 – BFF Meeting with Jeff Treu on “Fly fishing for Steelhead”

April 3, 2024 – WSA Meeting with Stu Neville, Hayward Fly Fishing Company * TBD

May 1, 2024 – BFF Meeting TBD

We look forward to seeing you soon.

February 7th, 2024 – Bradd Sims

Tilte: Statewide Updates for Stream and River Smallmouth Bass Management

Bradd and Cathie smile. They wear baseball caps and stand in front of a lake.

Bradd Sims (WDNR) – Bradd has worked as a fisheries biologist with the Wisconsin DNR for 25 years. Currently he is the stream and river systems biologist with the bureau of Fisheries
Management out of Madison. Prior he spent 23 years as a fisheries biologist out of the
Dodgeville office working in the Driftless Area where much of his time was devoted to the
management of streams and rivers. When Bradd is not working he is spending time with his wife and two sons enjoying many of natural resources in Southwest Wisconsin.