Raised in the outdoors
The first thing you have to know about Fischer is that she grew up in a household without a TV.
It wasn’t that her parents couldn’t afford one. It’s that they considered a life in the outdoors far more enriching and educational than time in front a television.
Raised in Weeping Waters, Neb., in the southeast part of the state, she had plenty of water to fish and land to hunt.
“I have a photo of me fishing when I was 2,” said Fischer, who is 33. “I had this little rod and reel and I was out there trying to catch a fish.”
That passion for the outdoors led to a career. After graduating from college, she went to work in the fishing and hunting department of a sporting goods store. She guided on the side, taking clients to small bodies of water in the area.
She was a woman operating in a man’s world at the time, but that didn’t bother her.
“I never had a woman client,” she said. “It was all men.”
“But they treated me with respect and we caught fish, so everything was fine.”
When Fischer saw a flier advertising a kayak bass tournament, she acted on a whim. She bought a used sit-on-top, paddle-propelled fishing kayak and launched it for the first time in that tournament.
She finished third in that event against a field of 49 men, and she was on her way.
“I car-topped my kayak to the lake, and all the guys came up and wanted to help, which was nice,” she said. “But I was too proud to take it.
"I wanted to do things on my own, and it worked out. I was amazed at how easy that kayak was to fish out of.”
“A lot of people were shocked that I did so well. But I knew I could fish. It didn’t matter to me that the other fishermen were men.”