Rikki Pardun & Kelsey Yeska
As a certified angling instructor and Executive Director of WI Women Fish, Rikki helps conduct fishing clinics and events year-round. She has been active in the fishing industry since 2014 and is a member of the National Professional Angler Association and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. She is on the Hobie Fishing Team through Don’s Marine in Lodi, WI, part of the Women Ice Angler Project, and is Pro Staff for Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, and Cold Snap Outdoors. Her passion for fishing doesn’t end on the water, she also loves to work behind the scenes; producing photo, video, and social media content for outdoor professionals and organizations.
Kelsey is a Fond du Lac native spending much of her childhood fishing Lake Winnebago for walleye and perch with her father. Her parents fostered a love for the outdoors by camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing in their spare time. Kelsey attended UW Madison studying Wildlife Ecology and Life Science Communications. There, she met her husband Kevin, largely in part to their shared love of fishing and officially set up roots in the Madison area. Kelsey and her husband began fishing bass tournaments together and joined Madtown Bass Club, which they are both currently officers for. She works for the Department of Natural Resources and gets to share her love for the outdoors as a communications coordinator for the Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Between club tournaments, opens, charity events, and clinics, Kelsey spends her free time camping, kayaking, hiking, gardening, tending to her small flock of chickens and her beehive, and loving on her dog Bella and cat Maisy.