Bio-Gary Parsons


Gary Parsons, of Glidden, WI, is a professional walleye fisherman, specializing in tournament fishing and walleye fishing promotions. Gary is a “Legendary Angler” inductee into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and one of the co-hosts of the popular The Next Bite TV show (now in its 12th season on air), airing on NBC Sports Network, WFN and Destination America networks.

Following are a few of his impressive tournament and career accomplishments:

Angler of the Year Titles:
*The only person to have won “Angler of the Year” titles in three open Professional Walleye Circuits.
1988 – Manufacturer’s Walleye Council (MWC)
1993 – Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
1994 – Professional Walleye Trail (PWT),
* Unprecedented Back-to-back titles
1995 – North American Walleye Anglers (NAWA)
2007 – Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
* Three time (PWT), “AOY” title record
* Along with the regional (PWT), “AOY” never been done before

Championship Titles:
1988 – Manufacturer’s Walleye Council (MWC), Dubuque, IA

Championship Qualifiers:

2012 AIM Championship Qualifier
2015 NWT Championship Qualifier
2014 NWT Championship Qualifier
2012 FLW Championship Qualifier
2011 FLW Championship Qualifier
3 – Time AIM Championship Qualifier
17 – Time Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
9 – Time Master’s Walleye Circuit (MWC)
5 – Time North American Walleye Angler’s (NAWA)
3 – Time Super Pro (PWT)

First place Finishes:
1984 – World Championship Walleye Tournament Circuit (WTC), Sturgeon Bay, WI
1987 – Saginaw Bay Walleye Club, Saginaw Bay, MI
1988 – MWC, Saginaw Bay, MI
1990 – MWC, Bay City, MI
1991 – Montana Governor’s Cup, Fort Peck, MT
1994 – PWT, Mobridge, SD
1998 – NAWA, Green Bay, WI
1998 – PWT, Pierre, SD
2003 – PWT, Mobridge, SD
2004 – Berkley Walleye Cup, Chamberlain, SD
2007 – PWT, Winneconne, WI
2013 – AIM, Oconto Pro/Partner Challenge
And many more not documented

Second place Finishes:
1987 – Walleye Weekend, Fond du Lac, WI
1990 – MWC, Spring Valley, IL
1991 – MWC, Bay City, MI
1991 – NAWA, Pierre, SD
1993 – PWT, Bay City, MI
1995 – PWT, Au Gres, MI
2000 – PWT, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
2009 – AIM, Saginaw Bay, MI
2014 – NWT – Escanaba

Third place Finishes:
1987 – Otter Street, Osh Kosh, WI
1991 – MWC, Dubuque, IA
1991 – PWT, Put-in-Bay, OH
1993 – PWT, Mille Lacs, MN
1994 – PWT, Put-in-Bay, OH
1995 – NAWA, Lake Cumberland, KY
1996 – NAWA, Lake Cumberland, KY
1998 – NAWA, Lake Sakakawea, ND
2005 – PWT, Bull Shoals, AK

Fourth place Finishes:
1988 – MWC, Lake Oahe, SD
1994 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI
1995 – NAWA, Lake County, OH
1995 – NAWA, Pierre, SD
1995 – PWT, Pierre, SD
2001 – PWT, Chamberlain, SD
2009 – AIM, Akaska, SD – Lake Oahe

Fifth place Finishes:
1986 – MWC, Pierre, SD
1996 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI
2005 – PWT, Bay City, MI

Sixth place Finishes:
1988 – MWC, Lake Winnebago, WI
1989 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI
2007 – PWT, Cass Lake, MN

Seventh place Finishes:
1989 – MWC, Dubuque, IA
1994 – NAWA, Isle, MN
2000 – PWT, Bay City, MI
2003 – PWT, Bay City, MI
2008 – PWT, Sault Ste Marie, MI
2008 – PWT, Hudson, WI
2010 – AIM, Winniconne, WI
2015 – NWT, Devil’s Lake, ND

Eighth place Finishes:
1992 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI
1988 – PWT, Stockton, MO
2007 – PWT, Dryden, OT (Canada)
2009 – AIM, Winneconne, WI, Lake Winnebago
2010 – AIM, Brimley, MI

Ninth place Finishes:
1986 – MWC, Osh Kosh, WI
1987 – MWC, Spring Valley, IL
1997 – NAWA, Fairport, Harbor, OH
2002 – PWT, Chamberlain, SD
2007 – PWT, Escanaba, MI
2007 – PWT, Chamberlain, SD

Tenth place Finishes:
1985 – MWC, Pierre, SD
1990 – PWT, Saginaw Bay, MI
1992 – PWT, Devils Lake, ND
2005 – PWT, Russell Springs, KY
2008 – PWT, Bay City, MI
* With more than a dozen other Top Ten Finishes not listed

1983 – State of MI, D.N.R., “Master Angler” Award
1985 – MWC, 2nd place, “Most Consistent Team” w/ Brother-Doug
1986 – MWC, 2nd place, “Most Consistent Team” w/ Brother-Doug
1991 – Lowrance Electronics, “Best Educational Article”
1992 – Lowrance Electronics, “Best Educational Article”
1992 – Book of “Who’s who”
1993 – Lowrance Electronics, “Best Tournament Trail Performance”
1994 – PWT, “Heavy Weight” Lake Oahe, SD
1995 – PWT, “Big Walleye” Au Gres, MI
2000 – PWT, “Heavy Weight” Sault Ste. Marie, MI
2001 – “Legendary Angler” inductee into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
2003 – Storm Lures, “Angler of the Year”
2004 – ESPN, Great Outdoor Games, Qualifier
2005 – Midwest Outdoors Magazine, “Readers Choice” Award
2005 – TNB TV, received The Outdoor Channel’s “Golden Moose Award” for Best Freshwater Footage
2007 – PWT, “Cool Under Pressure” Dryden, OT (Canada)
2007 – PWT, Most Consecutive Top 10 Finishes: 1st, 6th, 8th, two-9th, and 10th * PWT Record
2008 – Optima “TOP GUN” Title
2011- Named as one of Outdoor Life’s 20 Best Anglers on the Planet


Appeared on television shows including: “In-Fishermen”, co-host, Bass Pro Shops “Outdoor World”; and co-host “The Next Bite” To name a few.

Featured in publications including: Walleye In-Sider, In-Fishermen, North American Fishermen, Fishing Facts, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports A field, Bass & Walleye Boats, Michigan Fisherman, Outdoor Canada, Dakota Outdoors, Walleye Unlimited of Montana-Fish Tales, Mid-West Outdoors, Walleye Tips & Trips, and many more.

Author of: “Walleye Trolling Secrets” book

15 Magazine covers

Over 1000 or more published articles
Contributor to Faculty of Fishing website

1983 – First Place, first competitive fishing tournament, Oshkosh, WI
1986 – helped Yarcraft Boats design the “Best deep – V boat design” as awarded by Popular Mechanics magazine

Instrumental in the research and development of:
In-line planner board “Willie Board” & “Off Shore Tackle”
Jigs “Jig-a-Whopper”, “Northland Fishing Tackle”, & “Bass Pro Shops”
Soft Plastics “Berkley”
Crank Baits “Storm”, “Rapala”, & “Berkley”
Reels “Diawa” & “Bass Pro Shops”
Rods “Diawa”, & “Bass Pro Shops”
Boats “Yar Craft” “Skeeter” & “TRACKER”
Outboard Motors “Mercury Marine”
Trolling Motors “Minn-Kota” & “Motor Guide”
Hooks “Mustad”

About Gary:
Born: Appleton, WI 1954
Grew up just 6 miles from Lake Winnebago, & 22 miles from Lake Michigan
Practiced Dentistry for 15 years
Retired at the age of 40 to fish professionally
Passions: Walleyes and Whitetail Deer Hunting, Grouse & Pheasant Hunting with his 5-Vizsla pointer dogs, & any time spent with his wife Mary

Favorite fishing technique: Jigging
Most known for: Open water, Trolling
Favorite Bodies of Water: Bull Shoals, AR and Fort Peck, MT – Both are Reservoirs
Biggest Walleye: 13.3 #, Bay de Noc, MI
Biggest Sturgeon: 79” @ 134 Lbs. Through the ice, Lake Winnebago, WI
Biggest Whitetail: 12 Point 310 Lbs, Saskatchewan Canada, 1995
Biggest Black Bear: 450 Lbs, Bow, Ontario Canada, 1982
WI Grand Slam: w/ a bow, whitetail deer, bear 2003 or 4, & coyote

Race snowmobiles for 3-years in his youth
Master field trial gunner for 5-years.
Proudest Moment: Watching son Chase become a Professional Anger
Best Asset: Tremendous Support from wife Mary

Gary is sponsored by:
Mary Parsons (his wife), Tracker/Nitro Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Outboards, MotorGuide Electric Motors, Berkley Soft Baits, Berkley Lines, Berkley Hard Baits, AMSOIL, Lowrance Electronics, Mustad Hooks, Off Shore Tackle, Strike King, Power-Pole, Moonshine Lures (Shiver Minnows), EGO Nets, Clam Ice Fishing, ION Ice Drills, JT OUtdoors (Hot Box), G2 Gemini, AIM (Anglers Insight Marketing), and The Next Bite Media.