Wil Wegman is an award winning outdoor writer whose fishing articles have appeared in such publications as: Outdoor Canada, Ontario Out of Doors, In Fisherman, Real Fishing and Big Jim’s Just Fishing. He is the fishing columnist for Lake Simcoe Living magazine. He has been a guest several times on Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing Show and the Angler and Hunter Show, with other appearances on various fishing TV shows. Wil taught ice fishing courses at Seneca and Georgian College for 20 years and bass fishing courses for 25 years before hitting the seminar circuit… speaking at venues across the province about ways anglers can catch more fish.
Wil was a member of Team Canada at the 1991 World Ice Fishing Championships, has several top ten finishes in the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship, has won the Perch Attack on Lake Simcoe and the 2011 Perchin for MS event. He has been a successful bass tournament angler since the mid-1980’s and has qualified three times for Team Ontario to compete at large Regional B.A.S.S. Tournaments in the US. He has won many events on Lake Simcoe – his home lake, so his seminars reflect what he has learned here to help other ice and open water anglers maximize their time on the water. He has also travelled extensively to fish across Ontario and from the Yukon to Mexico so this broad knowledge shines through in his presentations.
He has been on the HT Pro Staff team since the mid 1980’s and is also sponsored by Rapala and Tourism Simcoe County. In 2017 Wil was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, won the Rick Morgan Professional Conservation Award and the National Recreational Fisheries Awards for his dedication to promoting the sport and sound conservation principles.
Wil’s ice fishing presentation will cover ice safety and then look at an ever-changing Lake Simcoe and how anglers can adapt to those changes just like the fish have. He will follow that up with several slides on fishing brook trout and splake in Ontario’s wilderness lakes and provide ten top tips to catch more fish this winter. His open water presentation will look at fishing the lake’s top species during the other three seasons – with special emphasis on the incredible opportunities remaining this fall on Simcoe and other area lakes.