Dawn Lavigne started fishing as a teenager with her grandparents, primarily for sunfish in Northern Wisconsin. After college, she moved to Minnesota for her job and eventually met her husband and started fishing again after being away from it for about 20 years. It was like the first time again as the focus was on walleye, not the sunfish and bobbers she was used to. She started fishing bigger water and was catching walleye, northern, and big smallmouth bass. Now, she can truly call bass her favorite species.
Ice fishing was not something that interested her at all as her fear of going out on the ice was real. After some encouragement from her husband, she did go out a few times, but just didn’t really care for it.
A little over 3 years ago, her husband suggested looking into a women’s fishing group called Women Anglers of Minnesota (WAM), and after checking it out, she decided "why not?" Now, as a member for over three years, she has learned new things for open water fishing and has also learned to love ice fishing. The support from WAM has been amazing and the education one can get from our WAM peers is like no other.
Being a part of the WAM Board is an exciting opportunity to help share the knowledge and excitement that was shared with her.