Capt. Eric Haataja is one of North America's best multispecies fishing guides. He has made a living as a full time fishing guide for over 20 years, taking clients on trips 365 days a year. Eric is also a Bass tournament angler, seminar speaker, fishing educator, television show host, plus has over 50 million views on his YouTube page.
I grew up one block away from Lake Michigan in Racine, WI. My dad and grandparents got me started in fishing at an early age.
Perfect is anytime I get to spend time on the water with my family, or friends catching some incredible fish and then cooking up what we catch. I also enjoy taking my girls snorkling and swimming.
The best day of fishing I've ever had was with my son on the ocean catching our first big sharks and tarpon - It all started with pulling my Alumacraft 1100 miles.
I was never told by anyone that I could make a living and support my family in the fishing industry as a professional guide. My mother and grandfather inspired me the most because of what they went through in their lives. The guys I looked up to in the fishing industry were people like Spence Petros and Aaron Martins.
I knew fishing was a true way of life on the day that we fished our first local bass derby. People often say to me that I have "The Dream Job" and they are 100% correct - I do!
I absolutely love to cook fish many different ways for my family and friends, it is actually one of the things I enjoy doing the most!
The future of fishing is headed in the right direction. A goal of mine is to pass on the information I have acquried as a guide here in Milwaukee and help the inner city youth that have never had a chance to experience fishing. I would like to teach these kids the art of fishing, provide them with gear and tackle, and show them first hand that water can be your escape and peace when you need it most.
I would love to fish with Adam Sandler.
Fishing and camping with my family on a remote island in Michigan.
Peak season for me is Salmon Season our days start at 3:30 AM and we finish at 10:00 PM 7 days a week.
Spend as much time on the water as possible.