Gary Engberg is a professional tournament angler, fishing guide, and writer. He began fishing tournaments in the early 1990’s and has fished the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT), North American Walleye Association (NAWA), Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC), World Walleye Association (WWA), FLW, and Mercury Nationals in the years since.
Gary is also an accomplished writer, photographer, videographer, radio and t.v. show host, seminar speaker, and an advocate for getting children involved in the outdoors. Gary’s writings and columns can be found in many local, regional, and national publications wich include; Midwest Outdoors, Fishing Facts, ESPN Outdoors, Great Lakes Fishing and Hunting News, Simply Fishing, Buckmasters, In-Fisherman, Muskie Inc. Magazine, The Fishing Wire by Berkley, The Outdoor Wire, Midwest Angling, Wisconsin State Journal Sunday Outdoors, Lodi Valley News, all newspapers of News Publishing Co., the Hometown News Group, and Country Line newspapers.
Outdoor Horizons is one of south-central Wisconsin’s top outdoor radio shows with WTDY 1670 AM and WTDY 106.7 FM in Madison, Wisconsin being the flagship station. Professional anglers and guides Tony Puccio and Gary Engberg are the co-hosts of the show in its 14th year. Fishing, hunting, conservation, and anything “outdoors” are discussed with interviews from some of the nation’s experts in their respective fields. The show runs every Saturday morning of the year. Show time is 8:05 a.m. Saturday mornings. If you can’t get the show on your radio, go online Saturdays at www.wtdy.com or this website. Tune in for the best in the outdoors!
Gary also does a “Gary Engberg Outdoors” radio show weekly on WBEV 1430 AM (Beaver Dam) and WTTN 1580 AM (Watertown) owned by Good Karma Broadcasting, and is also a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio with Larry Meillor and National Public Radio (NPR).
Groups and organizations which Gary belongs to include; Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Walleyes for Tomorrow, FLW, World Walleye Association, Fishing Has No Boundaries, Adaptive Sportsmen, National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA #184), Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs, Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators (WOC), Yahara Fishing Club, Four-Lakes Guide Association, and the West Fork Sportsman Club.
Engberg has fished in most states and Canada for all fish species. But, his favorite fishing is for walleyes, smallmouth bass, muskies, and panfish. He is familiar with all fishing techniques for these and other species. Check out his writing archives for stories on these and many more subjects. He still guides regularly on most Wisconsin waters, so check out his guiding page for dates and prices.
When not fishing or participating in other outdoor activities Gary has raised Labrador Retrievers for 30 years and now lives on the shores of he Lower Wisconsin River with his 2 year old famale lab, Katie.
Gary has won many awards for his writing including the “Readers Choice Award” from Midwest Outdoors. He also has been honored for his stewardship in starting the Wisconsin River Clean-Up and awards from the Wisconsin DNR for his service and working with youngsters in the outdoors. Recently, he was inducted into the Wilderness Fish and Game Fishing Hall of Fame. The NPAA recently awarded Gary for his continued work with getting children involved in the outdoors.
Gary is available for speaking seminars, hosting events, and children’s events. He’s always willing to help and give tips to anyone who asks or contacts him.
His sponsors and companies he works with include; Bait Rigs Tackle, Off Shore Tackle, Mercury Marine, Mann’s Bait, Pure Fishing, Berkley, G. Loomis, Daiwa, Ace Hardware, Mapping Specialists, Bass and Walleye Assassins, Minn Kota, Lowrance Electronics, Mueller Sports Medicine, Scotty Rodholders, Stowmaster Nets, Kalin’s, Smity Baits, The Original Pancake House, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Good Karma Broadcasting, and Winnebago Fishing.