In the last year, he's taken his love of fishing, the place and of sharing them both with people, and turned it into a business. This was the genesis of Northwoods Trophy Fish Outfitters.
What separates Hanlon from guides based in Michigan is the full-service nature of his business.
"Most of the guides that I know of that are up there wait on the people. I'm your personal guide from the time we leave central Indiana until the time we get back," Hanlon said.
A group of people wanting to take the trip north would normally have to be in at least automobiles, crowded together, with luggage and equipment piled wherever there's spare room.
Hanlon drives his clients up to Michigan in an RV where they can ride comfortably while someone else worries about the driving.
"As far as I know, I'm the only one who provides comfortable transportation up there in a mobile home," Hanlon said.
Hanlon, who is also a Greencastle Police officer, provides the service primarily on the weekends as two- or three-night trips. Trips can be for from three to eight people. Lodging includes one or two cabins or a house. Northwoods can be contacted at 653-7280 or email@example.com for rates.
Trips include transportation to and from Wellston, lodging, transportation to and from the rivers, meals at the cabin, a guide and equipment, poles and reels if needed.
Hanlon is confident that once people have experienced the thrill of fishing these rivers, they will be hooked.