Lee Tauchen

Raised in Madison, Wisconsin I grew up primarily chasing Bass and Pike on the “Mad-Chain” and the Wisconsin River every moment possible. First wade fishing, to canoe, to jon boat, then to my first v-hull guide boat in 1995… where I started “living the dream”… fishing for a living. Only after selling my first car, a 1969 Chevy Chevelle to buy that first guide boat by the way!

The years went fast while spent on the water and working at various sport shops. Increasing exposure through giving seminars, writing for Esox Angler Magazine, and being a featured guest on a few of the Midwest most acclaimed fishing programs such as Lindner’s Angling Edge, The Next Bite, and John Gillispie’s Waters and Woods have added to my fishing carrier.

In addition, I also started Lee Lures Surface Baits. What I have strived to do is to make smaller numbers of higher quality wooden lures in classic muskie catching actions. Each is made one by one, and completely assembled by me only.

In 2005, I relocated my summer and fall business to the Muskie Mecca of Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, which was certainly a milestone. The “Big Pond” is perhaps ones best chance of catching a forty pound plus fish. Capitalizing on this unique lake was a reputation making decision. As they say “timing is everything”.

Some of the largest muskies taken in recent years have made their way into our boat including some seventy fish over fifty inches, with many over forty pounds, and several breaking the fifty pound mark. The largest specimen in the boat was a 55.5″ x 27.5″ fish, which flirted with the current Minnesota State record of 54 pounds. That fish was released to assure that a record fish would swim in those waters.

Fast forward to 2011, which marks the beginning of Big Fish 365 Television. Partnering up with Milwaukee, WI fishing guide Eric Haataja and producer Jim Steinmetz, we spent the year filming our first season of the show. Proving difficult with each of us having full-time jobs we managed to complete a seasons worth of shows.

January 8th 2012 marks the debut of my thirty-year dream of hosting a fishing show, Big Fish 365. Only time will tell where the show will take us from here. Hopefully we can take it to the next level of sharing our passion for the sport and taking the viewers on our adventures.

Website: http://www.TodaysAngler.com

Phone: 608-444-2180

Email: leetauchen@gmail.com

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Topwater musky fishing can provide some of the most exciting moments in freshwater fishing. Problem is, most folks don’t understand just how many applications there are for topwater fishing, including in finesse situations and when the water is very cold. That’s where the Todays Angler boys have surprised some folks in recent years.     [Read more…]


This is episode #9 of AnglingBuzz TV 2018.   For the ninth episode of AnglingBuzz TV, we’re talking with Lee Tauchen about one of the biggest, meanest fish in the Midwest: The MUSKY!! One of the fastest growing segments of our sport, musky fishing favors the younger generation and the true adrenaline hunters.     [Read more…]

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Lee Tauchen (Todays Angler) shares the latest fishing report from Madison, Wisconsin in mid/late June.


Alright, now this is insane….   Props to our good buddies Lee Tauchen and Robbie Jarnigo from Todays Angler for capturing this ridiculous footage at the Wingra Creek Dam in Madison, Wisconsin.   After re-watching this video a dozen times, we’re still not sick of it!   Robbie and Lee have been doing some really [Read more…]

Explore Alexandria

Lee Tauchen (Todays Angler) shares the latest fishing report from Madison Wisconsin in mid June.

Explore Alexandria

Lee Tauchen (Todays Angler) shares the latest fishing report from southern Wisconsin in mid May.

Blackfish Box

Lee Tauchen gives his Buzz Bite Report for Wisconsin area waters during early July, 2016.


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