Welcome to Row-Troller.com a site dedicated to to the boats, people, fish, and stories that continue to attract enthusiasts and new-comers alike. For some row-trolling is a hobby, others a sport, many an addiction, and for a select few a love affair.
Those who have been fortunate to have caught a glimpse of a sleek, hand-laid, slatted, hull, rich in color from a dozen or more coats of varnish gliding almost effortlessly across a glassy, Northwoods, lake with each pull of the oars, have a permanent image of perfection burned in their mind, and a longing in their heart to be part of that scene. The image is further enhanced by the bend of a fishing rod bowing to the resistance of a musky plug; many of which are works of art in themselves
Where did row-trolling start? In 1923, the State of Wisconsin disallowed motor trolling on inland waters. Wisconsin's definition of trolling is: "fishing by trailing any lure, bait or similar device that may be used to attract or catch fish from a boat propelled by a means other than drifting or ROWING." Since 1958, a handful of water bodies and counties have become excluded, but for the majority of inland waters, motor trolling is still not allowed.