January 2020

From the President's Boat

I am proud to be re-elected for my sixth year as your Chapter President and 9th year on the Board.  Thank you for all the Members that stepped up to join me and the Board this year Justin Opheim, Chase Evertz and most recently Nikki Bentley and Luke Pennig and those that have been here for the long haul Nick Poppler, John Genosky, Jason Wegwerth, Jason Espedal, Mark Kuether and Nathan Anderson.  Special thanks to all the members that have stepped up to help out including Dennis Boehme and Jay Aigner.
Last year we improved the June Jam experience, the Red Wing Lodge Trip now sell outs, we made the Annual Fish Fry Fund Raiser even better, we held joint outings with WAM to introduce their members  to Muskie fishing and more actively utilized our Face Book page to name a few.  This year we plan to change the web platform and vastly improve our overall Chapter Website, improve the League Night experience, more actively utilize our Face Book page, continue to enhance the June Jam Tournament Experience, hold more joint outings with WAM and other outdoors groups such as the MN Darkhouse & Angling Association and other groups with common interests.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday January 21st that features renowned fishing guide Ryan McMahon who specializes in fishing our Twin Cities areas lakes, Western Minnesota and operates the Ryan McMahon Muskie School.  He has written articles for Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors Online Magazine, Muskie Magazine and Badger Sportsmen.  He’s appeared on Musky Hunter TV, Keyes Outdoors and other television shows.  Please plan on attending.
We are a month and half away from our 15th Annual NMMI Sportsmen’s Fish Fry Banquet on Saturday February 22, 2020 at the Coon Rapids VFW for the all you can eat deep fried fish dinner.  We modified our Ticket packages and there is an
Early Bird drawing for a Tranx 400 reel for those that buy the Muskie Package by February 8th.  We have wide variety of great prizes and new fun games to unveil.  Check out our online Banquet brochure at and register online now.  We need volunteers to sign up to help during the Banquet.  All workers receive a Chapter T-shirt.  Please sign up at our January 21st Members Meeting or contact me.
Our December meeting featured Brian Boyum Beaver’s Baits who provided the history and origin of his famous bait, current and new baits and how to fish them.  Our Thanks to Brian for speaking, providing a free multiple Beaver Bait raffle and selling baits to those lucky ones in attendance at wholesale cost.  Congratulations to all those in attendance for the League Night Awards and Nick Poppler for winning the Grand Prize Drawing.   We also elected our Board Officers for 2020 as follows:
2020 North Metro Muskies, Inc. Chapter Board Officers are:
            President                     Dan Mruz
            Vice President             Nick Poppler
            Secretary                     Nathan Anderson
            Treasurer                    John “Geno” Genosky
            Chapter Representative          Open

The 2019 NMMI MOC is now final with 368 fish registered and released by members which included 13 fish over 50 inches.  Nick Poppler unseated last year’s Champion Tim Connoy and along with Colin Murphy destroyed the competition in their divisions.  Ryan Wyszynski came in second in the Men’s category just missing making it a family sweep.  Congratulations to the other division winners Joey and Shea Wyszynski as well as Kalina Garaghty and Korey Lindberg.  Korey’s picture with her 47.5”Rainy Lake fish was chosen for the month of February for the 2020 Muskies Inc. calendar.

        Our 2019 Division Champs are:
       Men’s Masters           Nick Poppler
        Men’s                         Colin Murphy
             Women’s Masters      Korey Lindberg
               Women’s                   Joey Wyszynski
                Junior Boy’s                 Shae Wyszynski
               Junior Girl’s                 Kalina Garaghty
 A full listing of the standings can be found on the North Metro Chapter Website.
Congratulations to Jesse Piele, our 2019 Chapter Lax Replica Mount winners who released 53.75” x 22”


Our Banquet and June Jam Event are only successful with the support from our special Friends of the North Metro.  Please show our Thanks by supporting their businesses! 

Dan Mruz
North Metro President

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15th Annual Outdoor Sportsmen's Fish Fry Banquet
All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry Dinner
Saturday February 22nd 2020

Click here for the banquet flyer

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2020 Rod Building Workshop
March 14th 2020
Coon Rapids VFW
Instructed by Gary Wicks of Gary Wicks Custom Rods
Open to all members, families, and friends
Muskie Rod Selections
Heavy action Collapsible 6 1/2' - 8 1/2'          $150
8 1/2' Med Heavy Fast                                   $150
8 1/2' Heavy Fast                                            $150
8 1/2' X Heavy Fast                                         $150
**Extend 8 1/2 rod selection up to 10' add $20**

Walleye Rod
6' 10"  ML Rod                       $100
Questions about class or rods contact (phone or text):
Gary Wicks - 612-810-6046
Ray Connoy - 763-200-3153
Interested in Fly Tying?
Consider Joining the Saint Paul Fly Tiers & Fisherman's Club

Upcoming Meeting dates/topics:
-Tying Musky Flies with Synthetics  |  Brian Smolinski  |  Lunds Fly Shop  | Thursday, February 6th
-Casey Smith  |  Fishing Patagonia   |  March 5th
-Fly Tie-Along |  Bob Feiker  |  April 2
-Primo Tail Night  |  Brad Bohen  |  Primo Tails and Musky Country Outfitters  | TBD
-Understanding Fly Lines   |  Del Kauss  | Fly line designer, expert, guru Scientific Anglers  |  TBD
-More Summit Brew Ties  | TBD
More to come! If you have any ideas for a presentation, please let us know, we'll consider all.

We meet every Thursday at Gulden's, with social hour from 6:30 to 7:30, followed by open tying (except on program nights). Some Thursdays we will have beer ties at Summit Brewery, or other local establishments. Guldens may have booked the room on short notice to other groups. Make sure to watch Club emails, our Facebook page, and web site for more info.

Our Thursday Meetings (except holidays and special events):
Gulden's Bar & Restaurant
2999 North, US-61,
Maplewood, MN 55109

St. Paul Fly Tiers

A New Year’s Resolution with Big Fish Opportunity Built In, Nice!
Okay, we all understand the fun of picking up a new “secret weapon” or two, and what is really fun is when one of these special selections pays off in fishing excitement.   But let’s consider this question:  “Do I need more opportunity or just more baits, more opportunity or just more tools for catching that big muskie?”  Big fish opportunity is awaiting you at Red Wing Lodge on Lake of the Woods, Canada.  The resource and the big fish culture that has developed over the years at Red Wing can be captured in good part with the following single stat:  over 16,000 muskie releases! So, how about this New Year’s resolution: Schedule in Big Fish Opportunity with a reservation for the August Muskie Inc. Outing to Red Wing Lodge? This opportunity is a great choice for either that first Canadian trip or for the veteran’s extra trip.  Red Wing Lodge offers the convenience of a drive-in camp with the privacy you would expect on an island
Dates for the 2020 outing: August 8-15.  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 50 years, is clean and comfortable, where everything works. The Bartlett family has hosted Muskie Inc. outings for years with personal and friendly service, so they understand what muskie people need and like.  Thirteen times Chapter Challenge headquarters, in ’83, ’86, ’93, ’97, ’03, ’04, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’16, ’17, 2018, and again in 2019.  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 $400 (US Funds) for 2020, about $57 per day for big-time Canadian muskie fishing.  Included in the full value of the 2020 trip:         
  • 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
  • Free Dockage  ($72 value)
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 Bartlett’s, these funds are used to purchase materials for cabin improvements, most of which can only be made over the winter. 
One change regarding launching boats:  Due to liability considerations, there will now on be a charge if RW either puts the boat in the water or takes it out.  However, the RW boat ramp remains free to use and the government dock, that some now use, is also free to use.
To make reservations, or any questions, or suggestions for improving the trip, contact:
John van Ingen       or       John Genosky
(651) 336-3622     
(651) 329-4898
2108 Palace Ave.                   904 81st St.
                 St. Paul, MN 55105               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.


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!

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

Dan Altman
Josh Borovsky
Adam Glickman
Jason Hamernick
John Hoyer
Ryan McMahon
Matt Seifert
Andrew Slette
A.J. Weisner

Angle Outpost Resort
Baby Beaver Lures
Big Mama Lures
Blue Ribbon Bait &amp; Tackle
B.M. Musky Lures
Bondy Baits
Broad Head Lures
Chaos Tackle
Clam Outdoors
Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625
Custom X Lures
Gastonfish Lures
Headlock Lures
Hirsch’s Ghosttail Lures
Jeremy Knutson
Joe Getty
Joe’s Sporting Goods
Just Encase
Lakco (KMDA, Inc.)
Lake X Lures
Lakewood Products
Lax Reproductions
Limited Creek Rods
Lindberg Process Equipment
Monster Lures
Mouldy&#39;s Tackle Company
Muskie Bumper
Musky Frenzy Lures
Musky Hunter Magazine
Musky Innovations
Musky Mayhem
Musky Tackle Online
Nelson Marine
Omni Brewing Company
Outdoor News
Paul Hartman
Phantom Lures
Playmaker Lures
Rapala VMC Corp
Rapid Marine
Ray Connoy
Red Wing Lodge
RTIC Coolers
Shumway Tackle
Sinister Tackle
Smitty Bait
Spanky Baits
St. Croix Rods
Stealth Tackle
Steve Wernersbach
Supernatural Big Baits
Thorne Brothers
Timbuktu Resort Lake Vermilion
Todd Cleveland
Tooth Tamer Rods
Tuned Up Custom Rods
Utepils Brewing
Vermilion Dam Lodge
Wirth Baits
Wood “N” Wildlife


President................................ Dan Mruz
Vice President................... Nick Poppler
Secretary...................................... Open
John "Geno" Genosky
Regional VP.................................  Open
Nathan Anderson.................. 715-651-1340
Nikki Bentley .........................                       
Jason Espedal.......................763-439-7868
Chase Evertz........................                       
John "Geno" Genosky.......... 651-329-4898
Mark Kuether........................ 651-216-7080
Dan Mruz.............................. 763-535-4206
Justin Opheim.............................................. 
Luke Pennig.................................................
Nick Poppler...........................651-592-5875
Tony VanDanacker............... 763-370-5424
Jason Wegwerth................... 763-478-1748

Membership Chairman          
Dan Mruz.............................. 763-535-4206

Members Only Fishing Contest

League Night Organizer
Tim Braun
Newsletter Editor       
Jason Espedal.......................763-439-7868

Dennis Boehm

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

Please join us at our general meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month, October 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.
*Note that October's Meeting has moved to the first Tuesday of the month, 10/1*
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month 7pm–9pm
Where: Coon Rapids VFW - 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
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North Metro Muskies, Inc.
2401 Northdale Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN  55433
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