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Register for 2019 Fish with the Pros!

Fish with the Pros got its start in 1999 when several Lifeline executives were casting about for fundraising ideas. They thought about a charity golf tournament, but quickly realized that everybody in the world does a golf event. Then one of the agency’s part-time employees suggested holding a sort of intensive fishing workshop, featuring prominent fishing pros who would donate their time and gear to the cause.

Fourteen people signed up for the trip the first year, mostly businessmen from the area around Fort Wayne, Indiana where Lifeline is headquartered. Guests and pros spent a leisurely weekend at a cabin on Lake Leelenau near Traverse City, Michigan where they fished for the majority of the day and relaxed around a campfire in the evenings.

​Since the first trip, Fish with the Pros has grown from a small fundraising idea into a selection of sought after fishing opportunities.

Special thanks to our sponsors and guests, the 2019 event raised $45,000!

Click here to view photos from the 2019 event.

Save the date! Fish with the Pros will be September 25-28, 2020.

Registration for the 2020 Fish with the Pros Registration is coming soon!


If you’d like to find out more about Fish with the Pros or are interested in participating, contact Amy Shepherd at

To donate via check, please make the check out to Crosswinds, Inc. If designating towards a specific area, please include a note indicating designation. Mail all checks to: Crosswinds, 4150 Illinois RdFort Wayne, IN 46804.