Ted Peck was born and raised in Carroll County, Ill. where incomparable natural resources enabled him to begin the lifelong work of sharing the outdoors experience, starting as a fishing guide on the Mississippi over 35 years ago. He has been communicating the outdoors experience even longer, with at least one outdoor column or broadcast published/aired every week since 1973.
Peck currently writes a weekly column in the Janesville Gazette—for which he was named Wisconsin Outdoor Writer of the Year in 1999.
He has been a regular monthly contributor to Game & Fish Publications since 1987. His articles also appear monthly on the web at www.lake-link.com
Over the years Peck has penned numerous articles for In-Fisherman, Catfish In-Sider, Woods & Waters, Fins & Feathers, Wildfowl, Big River and several other magazines. Google ‘ted peck fishing’ for samples of this work.
He has worked with eight different TV production companies on various hunting and fishing segments-- appearing on ESPN’s Anglin’ USA, Midwest Outdoors TV Magazine, Northland Adventures ,Babe Winkelman’s Good Fishing, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors and Discover Wisconsin
Prior to moving to Iowa in 2006 Peck had weekly radio fishing shows on WJVL-Janesville, Wi. and WXRX, Rockford, Il. for 15 years.
In 2011 he authored a book “Mississippi Musings with the Old Guide” which is a collection of vignettes and observances from his experiences as a fishing guide. In 2015 Peck introduced his own signature series lure, the ‘Teddy Cat’.
When not communicating the outdoors experience in broadcast and print, Peck continues to carry this message with seminars, public appearances and with work as a guide,hunting an fishing an average of 200 days every year all over the United States. He holds a USCG captain’s OUPV license and is a licensed fishing guide.
This work has earned sponsorship by numerous national tackle and recreational sponsors and membership on several pro fishing teams including Lund boats, Evinrude Motors, Johnson Fishing, Plano Molding, Jerry’s Sports Service, Northern Batteries Northland Tackle, Frabill, Bill Lewis Lures ,Vexilar, Vibrations Tackle, Taylor Tackle, HT Enterprises, Bimbo Skunk lures and Cottonmouth Lures.
Peck retired from the Beloit FD in 2001 with the rank of Lieutenant. While on the job he served as Public Information Officer in addition to firefighting/ rescue/paramedic duties. He was graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 with a BS in journalism.
Ted Peck has been married to wife Candy for 45 years and has two adult children, Jessica and Emily, who are both avid anglers and outdoorswomen. The Peck family lives in rural New Albin, Ia.