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My Job … My Outdoors: Heather Marenda — one of the 'Musky Girls'

Meet Heather Marenda, a mom of three rambunctious boys and an avid angler for muskies. She is from Milwaukee. In this week’s installment of women who love the outdoors, Heather unveils a new club for women musky anglers in her region. Check out the Musky Girls Facebook page here.

My Job

Heather Marenda -- a true Musky Girl!

My day job – or what pays the bills and allows me enjoy my outdoors – is as a Corporate Safety Supervisor for a transportation and industrial cleaning company in the Midwest.  I’m also a mom to three boys who keep me on my toes all the time.  Because I just didn’t have enough to do, I decided to go back and get my college degree and expect to graduate at the beginning of 2011.

So, what’s a woman to do?  Start a group with other women to promote musky fishing!  Musky Girls was founded last year in an effort to promote the sport of musky fishing to women.  If you didn’t grow up with a parent, sibling, or other family member who fished, let alone fished for muskies, where would you turn?

Or you did grow up with that, and don’t have your own boat or a significant other who fishes.  Well, we’ve all been there at some point.  Musky Girls is not a guide service; it’s a group of women who enjoy the hunt and want to promote the sport!  We fish with guides, and offer clinics. The next event is the Fish, FIre, & Ice – Ice Fishing Clinic February 26-27, 2010, on Pewaukee Lake. Wolf Pack Adventures will educate and guide Musky Girls on ice fishing. Contact Heather at Musky Girls at 262-227-4858 or email her at muskygirls@gmail.com.

My Outdoors

My outdoors is usually on soft water.  This is my first winter ice fishing.  If I’m not on the water, I’m in my snowshoes or just walking the woods.  If I can’t get to a boat or near a lake, I’m on my motorcycle.  Suffice to say, that as long as I’m outside I’m enjoying it – whether it’s grilling in the backyard while my kids swim, or throwing bait!

Musky Girls Jocelynn, Carrie and Heather. Together they created the new organization bound and determined to teach women to fish and to allow for more access on the water. Photo courtesy of Musky Girls.

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The Conversation

  • Nicole says: February 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Heather, I felt like I was reading a story about myself!!!! It’s so nice to know there are other women out there that take the sport of fishing as seriously as I do.

    Although, I often run into certain men that can’t handle receiving tips or answers from a woman. It’s very frustrating. Most men are pretty helpful and back women who fish, but then you’ve got your few that have that bad attitude.

    Well I wish you the best of luck on the ice and water. I love to ice fish and am very experienced with ice fishing so if you have any questions or want advice on anything I will certainly try to help.

    Take Care,

    Nicole (from muskylink)

  • Carol Ahles says: January 7, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Heather is great friend and fishing partner of mine!! I have known Heather for 12 years and have fished several times with her. I am from northern Wisconsin, so the mileage between us makes it difficult to get together often. Our home is her northwoods getaway!! Wishing you the best on your new venture with Musky Girls. Hope to see you again soon!