The Ultimate Panfish League - - 2003-2018
Chris Lafean/Mike Stein
Chris Lafean
Birth Date: 2/2/87
Home Town: Coon Rapids, MN
Fun Comments: I have been fishing open
water since I could walk. As a kid, I would
spend countless hours casting off the dock at
the cabin in the Brainerd Lakes Area. My
introduction to ice fishing occurred several
years later with my dad and uncles on Lake
Minnetonka fishing rattle reels and tip ups for
Northern Pike and my passion for ice fishing
definitely grew during my time in college at
Bemidji State University.

I spend the open water season chasing bass
and panfish. Winters are spent targeting
mainly crappies and sunfish with the
occasional game fish (especially bass) trip
mixed in.

The thing I enjoy most about the UPL is going
out to new lakes and trying to put together all
the pieces of the puzzle in order to bring in a
solid bag of fish to the weigh-in.
Career UPL Earnings: (since 2012)  

Notable Events:
1st Place - Lower Prior Lake - 2/11/18
5th Place - Lake Minnetonka - 1/28/18
5th Place - Medicine Lake - 2/15/15
5th Place - Big Marine Lake - 1/12/14
5th Place - Spring Lake - 2/24/13
Big Fish - Lower Prior Lake - 2/11/18
Mike Stein
Birth Date: 7/15/87
Home Town: Sauk Centre, MN
Fun Comments: I am a middle school math
teacher in Monticello, MN. I have been fishing
since I could walk, but only started fishing
competitively in 2009. I spend most of my
summers working the lakes in northwestern
Minnesota. I primarily fish for panfish with
some pursuit of our state fish with moderate
success. My recent interest has come in the
form of summertime wacky worming for big

I am a lifetime learner of the sport. I spend
countless hours learning about new trends,
lures, presentations, and techniques. Of
course, I still get out-fished by my wife.

I am also a member of the elite You Betcha!
Outdoors crew. Find us on youtube or online.