June 2016

From the President's Boat

Thanks to your emails, phone calls to your Legislature Representatives and the strong lobbying effort by the MMPA at the Minnesota State Legislature, the anti-Muskie stocking legislation did not pass and the Minnesota DNR may be allowed to do its job. Although this legislation was targeted at only muskies, if it had passed it would have set an extremely bad precedence for possible future bad legislation affecting other species, public lake access to our states natural resources, hunting and more. This demonstrates how important it is that we have strong active chapters and members to help educate our government representatives in order to maintain our Muskie fishery and support the DNR so that it can do its legislated job based on science and not on bad politics.
Introduce some new people to our sport especially youths and maybe have them participate in a League Night with you. It is a great way to build new friendships, create new members and help us grow the North Metro Chapter.
We have made some slight modifications to our North Metro Chapter Members Only Contest for 2016 as follows:
  The Tiger Division has been eliminated due to lack of participation and fish registered.
  Patches and Individual & Annual Certificates have been eliminated.
  To win the North Metro Laxx Replica Mount requires:
       1) NMMI membership as of June 1st, 2016 and
       2) Minimum size Muskie of 50 inches or greater for both Adult and Junior Mount Awards
All other rules apply which can be viewed on the North Metro Website.
Please note that we are now on our summer break so members can fish League Night and the other many scheduled events. There are no scheduled NMMI Members Meetings for June, July and August. We have lined up our full slate of speakers through the spring of 2017 and will resume with our fall schedule on September 20th at Coon Rapids VFW.
Our thanks to Sheraton Minneapolis West for allowing us the use of their pool on May 17th for the Annual Poolside Lure Demonstration by John Nelson and Dan Altman Thorne Brothers. The 25 people in attendance learned a few new tips, saw new baits and participated in the Jim Shannon lure liquidation garage sale to help support Mavis.
The Metro Muskies Tournament is Saturday June 11th and needs your participation. Your support directly helps the Minnesota Muskie stocking efforts led by Paul Hartman. $18,000 in great prizes will be awarded. Last date to enter in person is June 8th. More details can be found at
Saturday June 25th is the NMMI Jim Shannon F’em Members Challunge and Annual Picnic. Brian Klobe has built the travelling Trophy that incorporates Jim’s Wades Wobbler lure for the winner; we will have a raffle for a Jim Shannon custom built Muskie Rod and other prizes, lure swap, free picnic and more. More details will be forthcoming soon.
The 26th Annual JuneJam Tournament hosted by the North Metro is June 18th & 19th in Polk County WI. It is not too late to register and three are great prizes to win and lakes to fish. For more information go to our website or contact Steven Wernersbach at
If you are interested in forming a Team and representing our Chapter in the Gil Hamm Chapter Challunge on Lake of the Woods August 24th – 26th please contact me.
Please contact any Board Member if you can help with the Chapter, State High School Tournament, Annual Picnic & Jim Shannon Members Challunge or any of our events.
Thank you each and every one that supports our Banquet and our Chapter throughout the year!

Dan Mruz
North Metro President

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2016 June Jam

North Metro member join us for the 2016 June Jam tournament. Tournament dates will be: Pre-tournament sign in Friday June 17th at Wilkin’s Bar and resort on Bone Lake; fishing hours 5AM to 9PM Saturday and 5AM to Noon Sunday, Jun 18th and 19st with the awards ceremony at Wilkin’s starting at 1 PM on Sunday. Those of you who have fished the tournament know how much fun it can be. The two day format is different from most tournaments and adds a lot to the experience. Eight lakes in Polk County Wisconsin can be fished. Results of previous tournaments are available on the North Metro website. If you’ve fished this before joins us again. If you’ve never fished it, give it a try. The two day format really lets you test your skills.
This year’s June Jam flyer, rules and entry forms will be attached available on our website in early March and mailed to previous participants in mid to late March. . Major sponsors this year are Blue Ribbon Bait and Tackle, Red Wing Lodge, Fudally Tackle, Phantom Lures, Pro Label, and Wood’n Wildlife.
Keep an eye on our website or you can contact me through the NMMI website with any questions.
Steve Wernersbach
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

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!

Red Wing Lodge Outing
August 6-13, 2016
Sabaskong Bay
Lake of the Woods

50 Years of Muskie Inc. and Red Wing Lodge Looks Better Than Ever

Q:  Is it the resource or the quality of facilities and services at Red Wing Lodge that draws families and fishing partners back again and again over the years?  It’s both!

On the resource side, over 14,000 recorded releases say a lot, say a lot about the resource and the resulting big fish culture that has developed over the years at Red Wing. On the side of facilities and service, this muskie camp is a big time player: big floating docks, a serious backup generator, air conditioning in all cabins, and special discounts for services for Muskie Inc. guests.  Save your surprises for muskie action, you don’t need them at base camp. Red Wing Lodge offers a resort that has been family owned and operated for 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. 
The annual Muskie Inc. trip to Red Wing Lodge on Sabaskong Bay, Lake of the Woods, is a great choice for either that first Canadian trip or for the veteran’s extra trip. The convenience of a drive-in camp with the privacy you would expect on an island.
Dates for this year’s outing: August 6-13, 2016. 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 remains at $350 (US Funds) for 2016, just $50.00 per day for big-time Canadian Muskie fishing.
Included in the full value of the 2016 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.

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

John Genosky
(651) 329-4898
904 81st St.
Lino Lakes, MN  55014

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.

Mini-Challunge with Twin Cities Chapter

The annual “Mini- Challunge” between our chapter and the Twin Cities chapter on White Bear Lake or Bald Eagle Lake is scheduled for June 28 this year. It is also one of the events for our chapter Summer Fishing League. So, come on out and help us win the Challunge and get credit for participating in the summer league.

Typically, our July chapter meeting is an “on-the-water” event and for the past several years has been the annual Mini-Challunge. This year we are moving the date from the first Tuesday in July to the last Tuesday in June so that it won’t conflict with possible July 4 events and more people can participate.

Fishing hours for the Mini-Challunge are from 5 - 9 pm and you can fish either lake. We would like to see that at least one person in your boat is someone from the Twin Cities chapter. That way each boat will have at least one person from each chapter. More than 2 people can fish from a boat. Your partner from the other chapter must witness your fish’s measurement. The chapter that catches the most fish (points awarded using Muskies, Inc. point system) will win.

All participants are invited to Rudy’s Red Eye Grill for treats after fishing. The losing chapter will treat the other chapter. Rudy’s is located is located on the east side of Hwy. 61 in the Best Western White Bear Country Inn.


President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......... Steve Wernesbach
Regional VP............................. Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
John "Geno" Genosky
Steve Bates........................... 651-399-5745
Chris Cochran....................... 651-239-0773
Jason Espedal.......................763-439-7868
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
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.............651-786-4360
Newsletter Editor       
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331

Dennis Boehme

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

Thanks to our special friends that helped make our 2016 11th Annual North Metro Muskies, Inc. Banquet a success.

Dan Altman
Dave Christensen
Steve Gensen
Jason Hamernick
Andy Hamm
John Hoyer
Andy Hutter
Kevin Kray
Ryan McMahon
Matt Seifert
A.J. Weisner
Amanda Beaver
Angel Outpost resort
Baby Beaver Lures
Big Mama Lures
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Bondy Baits
Broad Head Lures
Chaos Tackle
Clam Outdoors
Custom X Lures
Ghost Tail Lures
Grizzly Coolers
Headlock Lures
Joe Badalucco
Joe’s Sport Goods
Just Big Muskies
Just Encase
Lakco (KMDA, Inc)
Lake X Lures
Limited Creek Rods
Maynard’s Restaurant
Maple Grove Hilton Garden Inns
Monster Lures
Monticello Golf Course
Mouldy Baits
Musky Frenzy Lures
Musky Hunter Magazine
Musky Innovations
Musky Mayhem
Musky Tackle Online
Nelson Marine
Outdoor News
Paul Hartman
Phantom Lures
Pheasant Acres Golf Course
Rapid Marine
Ray Connoy
Red Wing Lodge
Rubber Hairy Tackle
Shumway Tackle
Smitty Tackle
Spanky Baits
Sportman’s Guide Outlet
St. Croix Rods
Stealth Tackle
Supernatural Big Baits
Thorne Brothers
Tim Connoy
Timbuktu Resort
Tooth Tamer Rods
Tuned Up Rods
Tyrant Tackle
United States Distillery Products
Venom Floats
Waterbeast Tackle
Wells Fargo Covered Wagon Club
Wirth Baits
Wood “N” Wildlife


North Metro Muskie League 2016 - FREE

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 an 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 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 25th 6:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Tuesday Nights in August - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM



June 14th - Rush Lake - East option     Waconia - West option
     or any Tiger Lake in the Metro
June 21st - Forest - East option           Minnetonka - West option
June 25th - Saturday
Jim Shannon Memorial fishing and picnic day. Forest, Bald Eagle and
     White Bear

June 28h - White Bear and Bald Eagle
     Chapter Mini Challunge with Twin Cities. Losers buy Pizza Afterwards!

August 2nd - White Bear- East option     Waconia - West option
August 9th - Forest – East option         Minnetonka - West option
August 16th - Rush or St. Croix River - East option    Sugar or Eagle - West options
August 23rd - Bald Eagle or White Bear - East options    Independence or
     Minnetonka - West options

August 23rd 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 2016 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”
10 names drawn in total from all the league nights fished entries



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

2016 Chapter Members Standings

Member Name Division Muskies Caught Total Points Largest Fish
Joe Badalucco Mens 1 19 45.00
Steve Bates Mens 11 112 43.00
Troy Bilbrey Mens 1 16 41.50
Tim Connoy Mens 1 15 41.00
Chris Dolan Mens 2 41 49.00
Chase  Evertz Mens 2 9 31.00
John Genosky Mens 1 20 46.00
Mark Kuether Mens 2 21 37.00
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