Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2022 at The Alliant Energy Center

Johnnie Candle

Johnnie Candle lives to fish and has for as long as he can remember.

In 1988 his father, Frank, started Reeler’s Choice Charters on the central basin of Lake Erie. Johnnie worked as a first mate for his father and several other captains while honing his fishing and boating skills. At the age of 21 he obtained his Master of the Great Lakes US Coast Guard Captain’s License and began captaining his father’s boat.

After graduating from the University of Akron in 1993 with a degree in Marketing, Candle decided to try his hand at tournament angling. 25 years later, he is still going strong.

In those 25 years there have been a lot of lessons learned and water covered. Candle has guided in five states for a variety of fish. Everything from Trout and Salmon in the Lower Niagara River, to Walleye in the prairie lakes of the Dakotas, Candle has nearly seen it all.

His tournament travels have taken him far and wide, competing at the highest level on the USFA, NAWA, PWT, MWC and NWT tournament trails. Johnnie has fished in 20 states as well as Canada.

Johnnie continues to make a living as an angler today, but it is much more diverse than it was in 1988. Today he fishes the Masters Walleye Circuit, guides on his home waters of Devils Lake, ND, represents his sponsors at various sport and trade shows, and puts on several educational seminars across the country. Add to this the writing of articles and hosting Pro’s Pointers TV on NBC North Dakota News and you can see it is a full time job.

Wisconsin Fishing Expo Logo Wide


Dear Expo Enthusiasts,

We regret to inform you that we have received notification from our host venue, Madison’s Alliant Energy Center, that they have extended the closure of their facility likely until 7/1/21, and therefore they have canceled all during those times, including ours for February 26-28, 2021.

As you all know, we’ve been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming event, despite the various challenges to space planning, safety measures, determining how to have our traditional seminar series in a virtual style, and even the extended closure of the Canadian border.  This setback is disappointing for us, as it undoubtably is for many of you, and our vender partners.

Attempting to prepare options, we spent much of the month of last July researching and visiting alternative sites, in preparation for just such a decision.  Unfortunately, we were unable to contract a space sufficiently large enough, and with the necessary facilities, for a date set which was acceptable to a majority of our vendor partners, as confirmed by a survey we completed in early August.

Thus our 2021 WI Fishing Expo has to be canceled, and we’ll begin making arrangements with our vendor partners for the 2022 event, slated for February 25th through the 27th.

Remember fellow anglers, this isn’t goodbye, just so long, till next year!  Wait until you see what’s new for 2022!