Hometown: Chiscago City, Minnesota
Year Turned Pro: 1996
Website: Chris Gilman's Facebook
Currently Representing: Rapala, Sufix, Storm, and VMC
Your "Must-Have" Lure and Why?
It depends on the lake or river, but I had to rank my arsenal. Shad Rap® - All sizes and colors. Still the best for casting or trolling. Husky Jerk® - Shallow and deep. I have won a lot of money on these. Original Floater® - There is nothing better for three way rigs in the rivers. Original Hot 'N Tot® - When big fish will bite a lure that is going fast, nothing is better. VMC Fast Grip Hooks - Why miss a fish?
This Year's Favorite Lure: Shap Rap 5
The one "Go-To" Rapala Lure: Shad Dancer
Favorite Lake: Lake Winnebago System
Favorite Fishing Memory: This question is impossible to answer. A lot of the best days of my life have been spent fishing. Even though I have won a lot of tournaments and titles, some of my favorite fishing memories center around the fishing opener in Northern Wisconsin. Every year since I was 3, we would camp on an island on a small lake in Northern Wisconsin. I would look forward to that weekend for months ahead of time. It was simpler back then. All we had was a canoe, four or five fishing poles, a tent, hatchet, and some tackle. I trapped my own minnows and would stay up all night on the opener hoping to get a walleye. The time spent with family and friends on the Wisconsin opener are some of my greatest fishing memories. Those days taught me a lot of lessons and helped me become who I am today.