WPBS Presents: Fishing Behind the Lines with Don Meissner

Season 5 Premieres, March 20 at 7:30 pm

Fishing Behind the Lines: Season 5, with host Don Meissner, is a series that "takes a Soldier fishing" and in the process, uses fishing as recreation.

In each episode, active duty and retired servicemen and women share their experiences in the military, while fishing, ne of the most popular outdoor activities, is introduced as a natural way to recreate in our region. Fishing Behind the Lines, Season 5, tells their stories, from their lives serving in the United States Military and Canadian Forces, and their overall life experiences.

Each episode highlights active duty or retired service members from different branches of the military, including the Coast Guard. Host, Don Meissner, and his guests enjoy a day of fishing in one of the Great Lakes, regional streams, or rivers. The series helps to link the military and civilian communities, and foster national pride.

This series can be used and adopted with a local campaign by PBS stations nationwide as a tool for integrating military families into the communities they are stationed in by promoting the great outdoors as well as other things to see and do close to home.

Fishing Behind The Lines is Sponsored in part By: Oswego County Tourism, American Military University and Tailwater Lodge


Oswego County Tourism

Oswego County Tourism
  • Tel: 315-349-8322 or 1-800-248-4FUN(4386)
  • Address:46 East Bridge Street Oswego, NY 13126
  • Website:visitoswegocounty.com/

St Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

St Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

Lewis County Chamber of Commerce

Lewis County Chamber of Commerce

Go Fish NY

Go Fish NY

Oswego County Promotion & Tourism

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Oswego Tourism
  • Tel:315-349-8322 or 1-800-248-4FUN(4386)
  • Address:46 East Bridge Street Oswego, NY 13126
  • Website:Visitoswegocounty.com

Ed Monnette- Captain of Cannon Ball Runners Charters

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Ed Monnette- Captain of Cannon Ball Runners Charters

Mike Seymour- Owner of FishMike Charters

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Mike Seymour  Owner of FishMike Charters

John Anderson Canadian Musky Guide

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines John Anderson  Canadian Musky Guide

Tailwater Lodge

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Tailwater Lodge

Project Healing Waters

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Project Healing Waters

Fishing for Freedom Tournament

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Fishing for Freedom Tournament

Bob Shannon

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Bob Shannon

Selkirk Fish Hatchery

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Selkirk Fish Hatchery

Captain Tom Burke of Coldsteel Sportfishing

WPBS: Fishing Behind The Lines Tom Burke

Pink Fishing (Fishing for Breast Cancer Awareness)

WPBS: Pink Fishing
DEC Fishing Resources


DEC Educational Resources
  • Freshwater Fishes of New York Series

    The Freshwater Fishes of New York series was created as a way to allow everyone to see the diversity and quality of New York's fisheries resources. The 14-part series first appeared in The Conservationist magazine, and was published in various issues between July 1989 and August 1994.

  • Freshwater Fish Gallery - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    Photo Gallery showing the various species of freshwater fish in New York State. Click the thumbnail to see a larger image of the fish.

  • Lands and Waters

    New York's forests cover over 18.6 million acres Today New York has more forest than it has had in the past 150 years. New York's forests serve as an important economic and recreational resource. Preserving and protecting our forests benefits local communities and industries, and the state as a whole.

  • Map Collection - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    A list of non-interactive maps available on the DEC website. Includes recreational features of lakes; fishing access; Wildlife Management Areas and other resources open to the public.