Captain Greg’s Go-To Lures for Walleye Fishing

Let’s face it: fish are picky when it comes to their food (especially walleye). And trying to find the right lures when you walk into the fishing section with rows of lures looking back at you is tough (and so is not buying them all…). That’s why Captain Greg is sharing his favorite fishing lures for walleye fishing.

  1. Storm’s Hot ‘N Tot®

Storm’s Hot ‘N Tot lure is one of Captain Greg’s favorite lures for catching walleye. This lure features a metal lip and side-to-side searching that walleyes have a hard time keeping their eyes off. What makes this lure so special though are the wide range of fish-catching colors it comes in. They come in classic, chrome, holographic or UV finishes. All of these features make the Hot ‘N Tot one of the best lures for trolling walleyes.

  1. Berkley® Flicker Shad Size 7

When Captain Greg is fishing for walleye in water 8 feet deep or more, his go-to fishing lure is the Berkley Flicker Shad size 7. With attracting colors and finishes, this crank bait is a pro at grabbing the attention of walleye. It also has a unique rattle and rolling, flicker action that mimics fleeing or injured baitfish.

  1. Berkley® Flicker Shad Size 5

The Berkley Flicker Shad size 5 is perfect when Captain Greg is fishing in water 7 feet deep or less. A lot like the size 7, the Flicker Shad size 5 acts as an injured or fleeing fish to trick walleye. Its smaller size makes this one of the best lures to catch Walleye in shallower water.

  1. Hand-tied Crawler Harness

Captain Greg ties his own crawler harnesses using Berkley Vanish, Dsichii hooks and Northland Baitfish Blades in gold, silver or chartreuse. These lures are known for zigzagging through the water and attracting the eyes of hungry fish. What are you waiting for? Grab some night crawlers and brush up on your knot-tying skills to start catching some killer walleye!

Oshkosh Fleet Farm & Learn 2 Fish With Us educate future anglers!!

On Saturday, July 13th the Oshkosh Fleet Farm and Learn 2 Fish With Us volunteers educated the youth to fishing during Fleet Farm’s Kids Fishing Day.  There were so many activities for the youth from a fishing seminar to many fishing educational stations for skills and equipment!!  Some of the educational skill stations which allowed hands on education was safety, casting, fish identification, bait and knot tying.  Youth and families also got to enjoy checking out safety equipment, different types of reels and rods, lines, lures, tackle and more.  Captain Greg even brought out his Triton 216 Fishunter and Mercury motors!!  Talking to the kids, they said they had a blast at Kids Fishing Day.  Thanks to the NPAA each youth went home with a Future Pro Shirt.  Thanks to all Fleet Farm and Learn 2 Fish With Us volunteers that helped at the event!!

Boys & Girls Club Campers Catch Fish

On Wednesday, July 10th Captain Greg of Learn 2 Fish With Us helped take the youth from the Boys & Girls Club Camp Whitcomb Mason which is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  During the day we took a group of boys and another group of girls out fishing and were the fish biting!!  Bluegills and Bass were caught.  The youth even seen turtles and a lot of other wildlife!!  Check out all the smiles.  While fishing the youth learn how to hook bait, take fish off, hold fish, jig and some learned how to tie a Clinch knot.  Captain Greg had a BLAST!!!

Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club Learn 2 Fish

On Tuesday, July 9th the Badger Sportsman and Learn 2 Fish With Us hosted a fishing clinic for the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club at Menominee Park.  The day started out by Captain Greg presented a shortened version of his Fishing Basics seminar which educated attendee’s on the skills and equipment needed to begin fishing.  After the seminar, the youth learned and practiced casting.  It was then time for the youth to put their skills to use when they went fishing with the Badger Sportsman staff.  Many fish were caught; from walleye, perch, catfish and sheephead.  You should have seen all the smiles as you heard, “got another one on”.  After fishing it was time for all to show their catch.  The fish were then filleted and cleaned for lunch.  Lunch was served which included all the different fish they caught.  At the end of the day each youth received a Shakespeare fishing combo and NPAA Future Pro shirt.  All the youth did not want to head back to the building instead they all wanted to go back fishing!!  We all came together to make it a great day for the youth!!

Learn 2 Fish Captain Greg Karch Featured on Cover of Badger Sportsman! 


If you’re not a monthly subscriber to the Badger Sportsman magazine, you missed our own Captain Greg featured on the front cover of the May/June 2019 edition! (If you can’t tell, we’re VERY excited!)  

Flip to page 30 to read the article dedicated to Greg’s story including how he started Learn 2 Fish With Us, and his ongoing love and commitment to the not-for-profit organization.  

We don’t want to spoil it for you, so check out the original article here!

The Ultimate Boating Essentials Checklist – 10 things to bring on your next fishing trip


Fishing rods. Check.

Tackle box. Check.

Fishing net. Check.

Boat keys. Check.

All of the other necessities for successful fishing on the boat? Not check.

While the first four checklist items are a great start, there are many other fishing essentials you should store in your boat before taking to the water. Whether you’re only planning on fishing for a few hours or spending the entire day out on the boat, check out our ultimate boating essentials checklist to prepare for your next big fishing trip. (P.S. Leave a comment below on your must-have boating essentials.)

  1. First Aid Kit

Whether it’s a hook in the ear, sunburn or something more serious, make sure your first aid kit is stocked with waterproof bandages, antiseptic, sterile gauze, medications (like over-the-counter pain relievers) and scissors. Getting help quickly out on the water isn’t an easy task, so plan ahead (and be sure to tell someone where you are fishing and how long you plan to be out)!

  1. Safety Gear

Fishing buddy join you last minute? Friend’s boat broke down and needs to be towed? Boat won’t start? Wisconsin DNR regulations require you to have a wearable life jacket for each person on board and highly recommend you have flashlight (we suggest a waterproof one). Having these items, extra rope and a fully-charged cell phone will keep you prepared for any fishing surprises!

  1. Proper documentation

If you keep it in your car, you should keep it in your boat! Start this good habit now and keep proper documentation like proof of ownership, insurance coverage and emergency contact information onboard in case something goes wrong. Worried about losing your one and only copy? Wisconsin DNR’s new Go Wild system allows you to store some of your documentation like licenses and permits all in one place by issuing you a Go Wild card! Learn more about the Go Wild system here.

  1. A Copy of WI’s Rules and Regulations

Having a copy of Wisconsin’s fishing regulations onboard is helpful to know what fish you can keep and how many to avoid fines from the DNR. It’s also a great way to stay updated on new statewide rules!

  1. Sunscreen, Bug Spray and Clothing

If you want to make your fishing more enjoyable, have some sunscreen and bug spray onboard because it’s not fun to be sunburned and bitten by flies (especially at the same time). Make sure to replace them every year too (or when they expire)! It’s also important to wear (or pack) layers of clothing to protect yourself from the ever-changing weather of Wisconsin.

  1. Fire Extinguisher

It’s a Wisconsin requirement to store a fire extinguisher on your boat. Although it isn’t common, a fire on your boat can be life threatening. So, be prepared for the worse and make sure you know how to use it!

  1. A Sharp Knife

Whether you need to trim off excess rope or cut up bait, a sharp knife is a must-have item to keep in your boat (and even better to store in your tackle box!). Always remember to teach your children proper handling of knives like cutting away from their body and asking an adult before using them. Not sure what type of knife to purchase? Check out the best fishing knives here.

  1. Visual Distress Signals

Wisconsin state laws require you to keep a minimum of three visual distress signals on your boat! It may seem like a lot but having them available in case you get stranded is important! Check out Wisconsin’s boating laws for more information on what type of visual distress signals you should bring along on your next boating trip.  

  1. Extra Water and Food

A long and sunny day out on the boat can increase the potential for dehydration, so be sure to pack extra water so you don’t have to cut your fishing short. You also don’t want a boat full of hangry fishermen and fisherwomen, so pack some food too!

  1. Your Anchoring Skills

We all know that keeping an anchor (or two) on board is essential if you want to stop and fish, or to keep you from floating out to sea if your engine fails or in not-so-lovely weather. It’s also important to choose an anchor that fits your boat and the area you’ll be fishing. Check out these anchoring tips to brush up on your anchoring skills and to determine the best anchor for your boating conditions.


And there you have it: must-have boating essentials you should have before you go on your next boating trip. Although this is a helpful checklist to keep in mind, you should also take a moment to look at the other equipment Wisconsin requires you to have on your boat.

New Anglers Introduced To Fishing At The Urban American Outdoors Fishing Derby

On Saturday, June 29th, Learn 2 Fish With Us our volunteers traveled to Washington Park which is located in  Milwaukee, Wisconsin and partnered up with Urban American Outdoors for a fishing derby.  Learn 2 Fish With Us and are volunteers were there to educate the derby contestants on the skills needed to become better fisherman.  We taught them about water safety,  fish identification, knot tying and fish identification.  While they were fishing we helped them fish, and you should have seen all the smiles!!  For the Sobiech family the day started out by Renee picking up her sister Trina and her daughter Alesha.  They made their way to the Urban American Outdoor fishing derby where they met Captain Greg.  He helped them setup a Shakespeare fishing combo that they picked up at a local retailer along with line, hook, and a bobber.  Captain Greg helped setup their fishing combo so they could fish.  Five minutes later Alesha found Captain Greg and asked if he could help them fish.  Captain Greg said sure and they worked on casting and then went fishing.  On her first cast the bobber went down but Alesha did not set the hook and the fish was off.  After a couple more cast Alesha caught her first fish on her lifetime a bluegill.  She then went on to catch a bullhead to.  Alesha was excited and Renee, Trina and Alesha look forward to going fishing in the future!!


Oaklawn Elementary Thank You Cards To Volunteers And Captain Greg

Oaklawn Elementary fourth graders sent Thank You cards to Captain Greg and the volunteers.  Captain Greg and the volunteers appreciated them and enjoyed the art work and what they liked at the clinic.  Thank you so much Oaklawn Elementary fourth graders!!


Have You Seen A Cow Cast? Racine’s Breakfast On The Farm Attendee’s Learn 2 Fish

On Saturday, June 22nd Learn 2 Fish With Us and our volunteers traveled to Jasperson’s Sod Farm in Union Grove, Wisconsin’s for Racine’s Breakfast On The Farm.  They were forecasting wind and rain but guess what?  It was a great day with the sun showing up.   Learn 2 Fish With Us had a fishing educational booth setup where the families had hands on education for safety while fishing, casting, fish identification and knot tying.  The biggest attraction in the booth was the live bait.  The youth really enjoyed the leeches!!  Each youth went home with Future Pro shirt and were they excited!!

We continue to get invited to events across Wisconsin that allow us to educate future anglers that would most likely not attend a fishing clinic.  I love event organizers that think outside the box and invite us!!

I big shout out to all the volunteers that helped in the Learn 2 Fish With Us booth.  At this event we had two High School students that helped; Cory and Hunter.


How it all began: love for the community, giving back led Captain Greg to launch Learn 2 Fish

For more than a decade, Captain Greg Karch, founder of Learn 2 Fish With Us, has been educating fishing enthusiasts of all ages through his unique seminars called “Fishing Basics” and “Ice Fishing Basics.”  

At the time, he worked fulltime at Thrivent Financial, but said he felt something was missing. That’s when he decided to blend his love for fishing and passion for giving back to the community to develop Learn 2 Fish With Us, a not-for-profit organization 

Greg Karch: Sharing My Passion for Fishing

There are so many things pulling for our attention that it can be hard to find time to spend together. That’s where fishing (yes, fishing) comes in. Captain Greg Karch founded Learn 2 Fish in 2015 to help share his passion for fishing, give kids the skills and equipment they need to get started and give families—and even couples, like Greg and his wife, Karen—an activity they can do together. Will you help him reel in donations this #GivingTuesday to support this non-profit's free fishing clinics that help bring people together?

Posted by Learn 2 Fish With Us on Monday, November 19, 2018

 “It’s a very rewarding experience sharing my passion for fishing with others,” Karch said. “I’ve learned to be a better listener with youth and families, making our fishing workshops stronger and better than I could ever imagine.” 

Greg said he is proud of how much the organization has grown since it was founded in 2006. With the continued support of Learn 2 Fish’s volunteers and sponsors, the organization continues to live up to its mission of “Growing the sport of fishing by educating and inspiring beginner and experienced anglers.” 

As Learn 2 Fish continues to grow, Greg said his main priority is mentoring future angler educators with a passion for fishing and deep desire to give back to the community who he can mentor, and potentially, pass the torch to when the time is right. 

 “Learn 2 Fish is supported by great volunteers, led by a strong board and is really growing in the right direction,” Karch said. While I have no plans of retiring from Learn 2 Fish anytime soon, am actively looking for someone who can help us keep doing what we do best: teaching fishermen of all ages and skill levels the need-to-know fishing basics.” 

To dateLearn 2 Fish has educated more than 35,000 anglers in Wisconsin and hosted over 250 free fishing workshops!