April 2015

Poolside Demo May 19th

Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel in Minnetonka next to Ridgedale  

Don’t miss the Pool Side Lure Demo by John Roundsley of Thorne Brothers, May 19th: 6:30-8:30 pm at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel 12201 Ridgedale Drive; Minnetonka (Just off I-394) instead of normal monthly meeting.

John Roundsley will bring some of the new rods, reels along with the baits and people can throw, and he'll talk about what they are doing. New stuff is cool, especially with all the new rods and reels this year. 

John will also demonstrate how to present lures that are new to the muskie world, as well as some old favorites.  See topwaters, jerkbaits, bucktails, spinnerbaits, gliders, crankbaits, swim baits, and others that shake, rattle and troll!  You will get tips on enticing that monster muskie to eat your bait and make your year more successful!

John has spent several years as a Professional gunsmith  and still spends a lot of time working in the field. On top of working on guns, John is also a competitive rifle shooter and avid hunter. During the open water season, John is a Professional tournament angler who won the NABC Championship in 2011. Outside of hunting and fishing, John enjoys most sports and even captained the 1989 Coon Rapids High School soccer team. 

We thank the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel for the use of their pool, which should allow members to circle the pool to see the lures.

From the President's Boat

The minimum number of ballots was not received to pass the Charter Amendment to expand the voting size of the MI Board by allowing each Chapter a direct voting member representative. Of those received, it was overwhelming in favor of the amendment. It is extremely important for MI’s survival and future that the board be expanded. We hope the Board will take action based on the ballots.
Welcome to all the new members that signed up at the Expo. Thanks to all the volunteers that worked NMMI Booth at Minnesota Muskie Expo. The North Metro Mount winners, Markus Klobe - Junior and Grant Lindberg - Adult were presented with their mounts on stage on Saturday. Unfortunately the Expo turnout was low due to the excellent Spring weather but was still an excellent Show for those that attended. 
This month is the NMMI Poolside Lure Demo by Thorne Brothers at the Sheraton West next to Ridgedale. Come out see the hot new lures demonstrated. This will be the last Members meeting until the 3rd Tuesday of next September.
The Muskie fishing season is only weeks away. Prep your boat and get your equipment ready for a great 2015. Make your plans to participate in our League Night and get some youth and new members in your boat to gain those bonus points! 
Dennis Lappen of Musky Innovations didn’t disappoint us and gave an excellent entertaining and knowledgeable speaker presentation at April members meeting. Members walked away with a lot of new knowledge. We also thank him for the donated lures for the State High School Tournament.
Mark your calendars for the New North Metro Members Challunge & Picnic to be held Saturday June 27th on White Bear, Bald Eagle and Forest Lakes. Our Members Picnic will follow the fishing contest portion at a central location with secure in sight parking for our boats so that we can all enjoy the fun! Details will be forthcoming in the June newsletter and on the website.
Make plans to participate in and support the Paul Hartman Metro Muskie Tournament on June 13, 2015. This is a great event and all proceeds help Minnesota Muskie stocking.
Think about how you can influence other fisherman this season as a positive role model as a member of the North Metro Chapter and Muskies Inc. through your actions, knowledge and assistance. I challenge you again to get at least one new member signed up or a new youth involved in our sport this year to ensure ours and the Metro Muskie fishery future.

Dan Mruz
North Metro President

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Thank You to all the volunteers for our booth

Joe Badalucco
Steve Bates
Charlie Blackbird
Dave Brockel
Tim Connoy
Geno Genosky
Mark Kuether
Ben Limpert
Robb Meyers
Pat Miller
Brad Patterson
Nick Poppler
Mike Riha
Dave Selle
Jim Shannon
Tony Vandanaker
John VonIngen
Bob Wagner
Jason Wegworth
Lynn Weise
Mark Weise
Steve Wernersbach

Thank You for all of your help with setup, manning the booth, help presenting our big fish awards and tear-down. We had a good show with more helpers than spots for help.   We also signed up about 10 new members at the Expo this year.

Steve Sorgenfrei

Thanks to our special friends that helped make our 2015 10th Annual North Metro Muskies, Inc. Banquet a success.

A.J. Wiesner Living Legends Guide Service
Amanda Bever Stylist
Angel Outpost Resort
Baby Beavers
Big Game Lures
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Bob Turgeon
Clam Outdoors 
Custom X Lures
Don Coffey Company, Inc.
Headlock Lures
Hilton Garden Inn Maple Grove
Jason Hamernick Musky Breath Guide Service
Jay Young Muskie Streamers
Jim Hansel Artist
Joe's Sporting goods
John Hoyer ‘Skie Patrol Musky Guide Service
Josh Borovsky Guide Service
Josh Stevenson Mighty Muskie Fishing Guide Service
Just Encase
Knipex Tools
Lake X Lures
Larry Dahlberg
Lax Reproductions
Matt Seifert Musky Mercenary Guide Service
Maynard’s Restaurant
Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club
Monster Lures
Mouldy's Tackle

Musky Busters Lures
Musky Frenzy Lures
Musky Hunter Magazine
Musky Innovations
Musky Mayhem Tackle
Musky Tackle Online
Nelson Marine
Outdoor News
Phantom Lures
Ray Connoy Custom Muskie Rod
Rubber Hairy Tackle
Ryan McMahon Musky Guide Service
Salon Jolee
Shumway Lures
Slammer tackle 
Smitty Baits
Sportsman’s Guide Outlet
St. Croix Rods
Stealth Tackle
Supernatural Big Baits
Thorne Brothers
TrueGlide Small Batch Baits
Tuned Up Custom Rods
Tyrant Tackle
United States Distillery Products
Wood’n Wildlife Mike Purcell
Yeti Coolers

Muskies Inc Celebrates 50 Years

Muskies Inc. will be 50 years old in 2016. A 50 year Anniversary Banquet is planned for March 12, 2016 as part of the celebration. Muskies Inc. members from throughout the country are expected to attend.
The 50th Anniversary Banquet will be held in conjunction with the 2016 annual meeting as well as a 3-day scientific symposium on muskellunge.

An event the size of the banquet will take many volunteers to make it happen. Currently there is an oversight committee in place with members from each of the chapters taking part. As plans are developed, they will be asking for help with the planning and for volunteers the day of the event.
Volunteers are needed to help with planning the dinner, sponsorship and donations, games/silent auction/raffles, merchandise sales, media/advertising.

Our Chapter’s purpose is:

To promote a high quality muskellunge sport fishery;

To support selected conservation practices based on scientific merit and carried out by authorized federal and state agencies;

To promote muskellunge research;

To introduce the species into suitable waters;

To support the abatement of water pollution;

To disseminate muskellunge information;

To promote good fellowship and sportsmanship among men, women and children;

To encourage and support youth involvement in muskellunge fishing for our future.

Join the North Metro Board or as an Event Chairperson or as a Volunteer. The Board meets for only two hours once a month on the first Tuesday, September through June. You can help influence the direction of the Chapter and help the Metro Muskie Fishery.
We are trying to make our Chapter an overwhelming success but need your help with a variety of small tasks and projects.  Contact me or any of the North Metro Board Members to assist us!
Please join us at our general meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Sept. through May. Each month we have a speaker come in and the topics vary from local metro area tactics to the basics of reel cleaning. We also have a rod and reel raffle and lure raffle. You DO NOT need to be a member to attend our general meetings.
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month 7pm – 9pm
Where: Coon Rapids VFW - 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd NW

Registration is now open for the 25th Annual June Jam Muskie Tournament

By Steve Wernersbach

We are looking forward to hosting another great tournament on seven premier Muskie waters in Polk County: Bone, Cedar, Deer, Round, Wapogasset, and Blake Lakes, and the Apple River Flowage. Wilkins on Bone Lake will be the tournament headquarters. The pre-tournament registration party will be at Wilkins on Friday night, June  19th starting at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Enclosed are the rules and an entry form. Remember to sign BOTH releases of liability. Registration is limited to 175 Open-Division participants. The tournament also has a special Junior Division for participants age 15 and under. Confirmation packets will be mailed to registered participants in mid-May. The tournament is still shaping up, so check for updates and download additional forms at
June Jam is a 100% catch and release Muskie tournament hosted by the North Metro Chapter of Muskies, Inc., emphasizing sportsmanship and respect for the resource. There is no weigh-in or transport of fish, and all fish are immediately released in their home waters after being witnessed and recorded for tournament points.
Major sponsors this year are Red Wing Lodge, Fudally Tackle, Phantom Lures, Pro Label, and Wood’n Wildlife.

Metro Muskie Tournament, June 13

The Metro Muskie Tournament gives you a choice of over 20 metro-area waters to fish. Entries will be available after May 15 at Gander Mountain in Blaine, Thorne Bros. or Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle through Friday, June 12. A printable form to mail in by June 4 can be found on the tournament website:

Entry fee is $35 per person. All muskies caught will qualify for the grand prize, a one week stay at Musky Bay Resort on Crow Lake, Ontario, a Slammer lure package, and a Fenwick rod with Abu Garcia reel. Prizes are awarded through 10th place with a junior division.

Contact Paul Hartman at 651-269-2144 if you have questions.

Not Our First Rodeo
Red Wing Lodge & Muskies Inc. 

It’s easy to include yourself in a big-time Canadian fishing trip, join an outing that has successfully taken place for years at a base camp that just works great for muskie hunters. For either that first Canadian trip or for an extra trip for the Canadian veteran, Red Wing Lodge on Sabaskong Bay is an amazing destination. Make it happen! Join the 2015 Muskie Inc. Red Wing Lodge Outing. Dates for the coming season: August 8-15, 2015. 
Last summer 25 fishermen enjoyed this trip, open to Muskie Inc. Chapter members and their guests. This annual Muskie trip to Red Wing Lodge on Sabaskong Bay, Lake of the Woods, is a great choice for that first Canadian trip or for the veteran’s extra trip. Save your surprises for muskie action, you don’t need them at base camp. Red Wing Lodge offers a resort base that has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. The Bartlett family has hosted Muskie Inc. outings for years with personal and friendly service, so they understand what muskie people need and like. Red Wing Lodge is a nine-time Chapter Challenge headquarters, in ’83, ’86, ’93, ’97, ’03, ’04, ’11, ’12, and again in 2014. Check out the muskie information, including the Red Wing Lodge Hall of Fame, as well as the first live cam in Morson, at

Cost per person in housekeeping cabins will be $350 (US Funds) for 2015, just $50.00 per day for big-time Canadian muskie fishing.
Included in the full value of the 2015 Muskie Inc. trip:   
  • Free Dockage  ($72 value), Free Launch (both ways, $25 value)
  • Free Dinner one night, courtesy of the Bartlett’s
  • One Free Trip, given away in drawing, courtesy of the Bartlett’s
  • Free Wireless Internet Service throughout the Resort
  • Free Daily Bag of Ice; door prizes
Reservations require a $50 non-refundable deposit, made out to Red Wing Lodge. Deposits officially confirm reservation holds.  First come, first served. 
Early deposits are appreciated by the Bartletts, these funds are used to purchase materials for cabin improvements, most of which can only be made over the winter.  

To make reservations, or any questions or suggestions for improving the trip, contact: 

John van Ingen
(651) 699-5172
2108 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Pat Miller
651) 429-1629
1645 Ridgewood Ave
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

For answers to detailed questions regarding the Lodge, e.g., about the cabins, you are invited to call Mike and Anne Bartlett toll free at 1-888-488-5601.


President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......... Steve Wernesbach
Regional VP............................. Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
Treasurer........................... Jim Shannon


Dick Hamann................. 763-428-7789
John "Geno" Genosky.. 651-329-4898
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331
Dan Mruz......................... 763-535-4206

Nick Poppler....................651-592-5875
Mike Riha......................... 763-607-2800
Jim Shannon.................. 763-434-9729

Steve Sorgenfrei..............651-789-4360
Tony VanDanacker........ 763-370-5424

Jason Wegwerth.............763-478-1748
Steve Wernersbach........763-242-2625


Membership Chairman          
Robb Meyers ................ 612-791-6331

Members Only Fishing Contest
Steve Sorgenfrei.............651-789-4360

League Night Chariman
Steve Sorgenfrei.............651-789-4360
Newsletter Editor       
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331

Dennis Boehme

Twin Cities Chapter 

Bob Benson has been chasing muskies for 35 plus years, much of the last fifteen from his cabin on Lake Vermilion. Bob is a muskie management advocate, has seen changes in the Minnesota fishery, and is adapting to these changes. 

Bob last visited Twin Cities chapter in May of 2009. How time flies. Bob is a great speaker - we hope we get a good turnout.

Twin Cities Chapter General Meetings are held at 7:00 pm the second Tuesday of every month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1114 American Boulevard West, Bloomington, MN (just off I-494 & Lyndale Ave.).

Working to Preserve, Promote and Advance Muskie and Pike Education and Research in Minnesota

North Metro Muskie League 2015

We have an East Metro Lake option and a West Metro Lake option. You can fish one or the other and get points- no fishing 2 lakes and getting extra points. We have also added one “Any tiger lake in the metro” June 16th and some more options for the August nights.
This is a FREE and ON YOUR HONOR based league. A photo of any fish counted is preferred but not mandatory. Participants must report back within 48 hours after fishing an event.


     3 points for fishing a league event
     2 points for a partner
BONUS 5 points (changed from 2 points last year) if the partner is;
1) a new member of the chapter
2) a Junior member
3) a member of the T.C. chapter during mini challenge.
Max of 10 points if you do not catch a fish. You can only count 1 partner for each event and each partner counts only 1 time.
Scoring Change-10 points for a 30” Muskie 1 point for each inch over 30” scored to the nearest half inch.     (i.e. 40.5” = 20.5 points).

Fishing Times

Tuesday Nights in June and July - 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday June 27th 6:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Tuesday Nights in August - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM


June 2nd - St Croix
June 9th - Bald Eagle - East option       Independence - West option
June 16th - Rush Lake - East option     Waconia - West option
     or any Tiger Lake in the Metro
June 23th - Forest - East option           Minnetonka - West option
June 27th - Saturday North Metro fishing and picnic day. Forest, Bald Eagle and
     White Bear

July 7th - White Bear and Bald Eagle
     Chapter Mini Challunge with Twin Cities. Losers buy Pizza Afterwards!

August 4th - White Bear- East option     Waconia - West option
August 11th - Forest – East option         Minnetonka - West option
August 18th - Rush or St. Croix River - East option    Sugar or Eagle - West options
August 25th - Bald Eagle or White Bear - East options    Independence or
     Minnetonka - West options

August 25th is the final League Night Celebration. Pizza Afterwards near White Bear Lake. Chapter buys!

League Night Prizes:

1st place Trophy Phantom Lure plus a traveling trophy
2nd and 3rd Trophy Phantom Lures
The Awards will be held during the December 15th, 2015 membership meeting.

Participation Drawing!

For each League event a North Metro Member participates they will get one raffle ticket in the end of season drawing held at the December 15th membership meeting for a grand prize. For example if you fished 5 nights, you get 5 chances. Non-members are always welcome to our league nights and picnic but only count for the 2 partner points.

Drawing Prizes:

Grand Prize “St Croix Tournament Legend 9 ft rod”
Drawing for “Lures” for each league night- 10 people fished = 1 in 10 chance


Reporting will by e-mail to within 48 hours after the days event. Please include your name, who your partner was and if they are a new member, Junior member or a member of the Twin Cities chapter.
All updates will be posted on the as well as the forums page.
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson

2015 Members Only Contest    
Member Division Muskies Caught Total Points Largest Fish
Steve Bates Men's 13 109 38.00
Tim Connoy Men's 3 37 39.00
Chase  Evertz Men's 2 12 33.50
Christopher Franzen Men's 1 18 43.50
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