From my desk.

A note from my fishing room,
The 2018 fishing season is upon us and I am going to do all I can to make it the best year possible for my clients. Pat Harrison Outdoors was a dream of mine for a long time. About a year ago, Dale Bowman (veteran outdoors columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times) and I were fishing on the Chicago River. We have been friends for several years and do our best to fish together as often as our schedules allow. While fishing, he said something that has stuck with me ever since. “Looks like your living a dream” he said. It didn’t take long for my overly excited reply “I sure am”! A dream that started over 30 years ago in small, local tournaments with a team that went by the name “Chasin’ a Dream” fishing team. Needles to say, I finally caught my dream and I’m not letting it go. This one is a keeper!
I take great pride in sharing the decks of my G3 Angler with accomplished anglers, first timers and everyone in between. I really enjoy teaching & sharing my passion for fishing with kids from 4 to 94 years old since we are all kids at heart. I make each trip as enjoyable as possible but as I’m sure you know, every day is a great day to be on the water.
These past few weeks with sub zero temperatures have been tough. I’ve been able to fish the Chicago River year round in the past but this was definitely a cold one for us. I am looking forward to getting back out as soon as possible once this weather breaks. The show season has been a welcome fill in for not being on the water as much. I will be posting a list of future shows that I am attending this year with a Pat Harrison Outdoors booth or in a booth with one of my sponsors. They are such a big part of where I am in my fishing career and I can’t thank them enough.
I have been asked several times what the difference is between getting on pro staffs and becoming a pro? Being a professional fisherman and being on a pro staff are two different things. I would define a professional fisherman as being great at catching fish, having the proper training, licenses, insurance etc. to do the job. Safety is the main concern and knowing what to do on the water with the conditions handed to you daily is vitally important. My father taught me treat people the way I want to be treated so I exercise the correct safety measures for each and every trip.
Being a pro staffer has many benefits. I have received free products to test or products at a reduced rate, depending on the agreement. Pro is short for “promotional”. I help promote the products I know and trust on and off the water. There isn’t a single product I promote that I don’t use daily to catch fish. I take great pride in that.
There are changes being made for the new season and my calendar is filling up fast! I presently do a weekly fishing report for Dale Bowman in the Chicago Sun-Times and I’m looking forward to getting those back out soon. I am also going to post a report on my website weekly as well as frequent updates and live shots from the Chicago River on my Facebook (Pat Harrison Outdoors – Fishing Adventures) & Instagram (@PatHarrisonOutdoors) so make sure to follow me if you haven’t already!
I am looking forward to sharing my G3 Angler with any and all that want to experience a Chicago River adventure or any of the bodies of water I guide on. I also want to thank all my incredible sponsors and my friends in the media that have helped me spread the word. I will be spot lighting friends & sponsors every week starting in February so stay tuned. This is going to be our best season yet as we have stepped our entire game up.
Thanks to my fishing partner Nick D’Andrea for all the support and knowledge you bring to the game.

I’ll see you on the river,

Captain Pat Harrison

– Owner operator of Pat Harrison Outdoors.