March 2016

Muskies Inc Celebrates 50

Anniversary Banquet is March 12

Muskies Inc., the North Metro and Twin Cities Chapters are celebrating Gil Hamm and the 13 other founding members that held the first meeting of Muskies Inc. back in 1966 and the 50 years of our organization’s existence with a 50th Anniversary Banquet Celebration.  All Muskies Inc. members and friends are invited to attend.
The 50th Anniversary Banquet is being held in Minneapolis, the birthplace of Muskies Inc., on Saturday, March 12, 2016. A hospitality suite, games, raffles, and silent auction are all planned to help offset the costs. Doors open at 5:00 pm. A large amount of unique Muskies Inc. memorabilia and pieces of our history will be on hand all day.
Twin Cities (Chapter #1) and North Metro (Chapter #21) are hosting the Celebration. It is being held in conjunction with our annual spring board meeting and the Hugh C. Becker Muskie Symposium (March 13-15). The Sheraton Minneapolis West hotel is the site of all three events.  We also need volunteers to assist helping out with the Symposium anytime Sunday through Tuesday March 13 – 15th.
Join fellow Muskies Inc. members in celebrating our first fifty years. Cost to attend the Banquet dinner is $50 per person. The event will close out so make your reservations early at
The 50th Anniversary Banquet celebration promises to be a great event for everyone.

Rod Building Class

North Metro and Twin Cities Muskies Inc. members are invited Rod building Class at the Coon Rapids VFW led by Chapter member Ray Connoy and Gary Wicks from Gary's Custom Rod & Reel on Saturday April 16th. Ray and Gary will help you build your own custom rod.

Deadline is April 5th for people to sign up. Because his stock is low at the tail end winter we will not be able to build ice rods. Your selections are the following:
    8' 6" Muskie $150.00
    7'6"  Muskie $125.00
    6'6"  Med Lt casting rod $100.00
    6'6"  Med Lt spinning rod $100.00

Call Ray at home 763-420-7255 cell phone 763-200-3153 or email to sign up.

From the President's Boat

Our February 13th North Metro Annual All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet was an overwhelming success.150 people were in attendance, 300+ prizes worth in excess of $24,000 were given away/won and most importantly we grossed $19,950 and netted $10,000. I want to thank all of the Board Members, the NMMI Members, the many Friends and Non-member Guests including the Wells Fargo Covered Wagon Club that all volunteered and helped run our Banquet. Nick Poppler and Jason Wegwerth spent many hours along with me obtaining donations and prizes. We could not have done it without Everyone’s contributions, hard work and efforts.
This was our MAIN FUND RAISER for the year and provides all the funds for our many goals and events. It is very important that we acknowledge and thank our many supporters that donated items and their services for our Banquet that lead to our success. See below and I apologize if I have missed anyone.) Please support their businesses and personally thank them every chance you get for their support.
Our many Thanks for the great fried fish prepared in the custom deep fryer built by the Greg Larain and Greg Riddell at the VFW for our event; Michelle Riddell our bartender and the kitchen Staff of the VFW. The remodeled Coon Rapids VFW hall had a fresh bright look, new round tables, re-carpeted stage and more that really helped everyone’s comfort and enjoyment. The Keg Kup was a huge success as determined by the 3 kegs of beer consumed, as well as the added games and a variety of new types of prizes such as the Grizzly coolers, TCL 55” LED Smart TV, ACV .50 caliber muzzle loader, walleye and ice fishing rods, Timbuktu Lodge stay on Vermilion, Tree Stand and Hunting Blind and more!
Our year to year planning efforts have resulted in better banquet events and with a lot less stress for the volunteers. Every year we do a very detailed post banquet review to identify what worked well, what prizes were the most in demand and what we can improve upon for the following year to make our Banquet more entertaining, fun, with opportunities to win prizes for all. We already have identified a number of ideas for next year’s Banquet scheduled for Feb 25th, 2017 including a North Metro commemorative glass.
Help support the 50th Celebration and the Symposium by buying one of 400 raffle tickets ($20 each) for a chance at a custom one of kind 50th Commemorative Rifle and one day Jim Shannon Memorial Fishing Trip with Dave Brown of Keyes Outdoors.
Saturday March 12th is the Muskies Inc. 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Sheraton West (next to Ridgedale) put on by the North Metro and Twin Cities Chapters. There will be history displays, dinner, games, raffles, silent auction and more. We need your help to put on this event. Please contact me at 612-916-7426 or at if you can help. We also need volunteers to assist with the Hugh Becker Muskie Symposium, Sunday thru Tuesday March 13th - 15th. The Muskie Symposium is bringing in fisheries specialists and scientists from around the world to present 67 papers on Muskellunge. Please consider attending and volunteering. More information can be found at
Please note that there is “No” NMMI Members Meetings on Tuesday March 15th due to the Muskies Inc. 50th Anniversary Celebration. On Tuesday April 19th we will resume Members Meeting with Muskie Guide Timmy Peterzen and on May 17th we have our annual Thorne Brothers Poolside Lure Demonstration meeting.
April is just around the corner and we will need volunteers to work our NMMI Booth at George’s Minnesota Muskie Expo. Please review your schedule for availability April 8th - 10th.
Please contact any Board Member if you can help with the Chapter, MN Muskie Expo Booth and State High School Tournament, Annual Picnic & Jim Shannon Members Tournament or any of our events.
Thank you each and every one that supported our Banquet and our Chapter throughout the year!

Dan Mruz
North Metro President
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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!

2016 June Jam

Preparations are underway 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

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

Gift Idea: Package up an Opportunity w/ Over 13,000 Muskie Releases

Last month I asked you to consider this question: Do you need more opportunity or more baits, more opportunity or 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: 13,000 Muskie releases!
Package up big fish Opportunity with a reservation for the annual August Muskie Inc. Outing to Red Wing Lodge. This opportunity has been provided for years by the cooperative support of Mike and Anne Bartlett of Red Wing Lodge and our two local Muskie Inc. chapters. 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. 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. 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.

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.


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.............651-789-4360
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


Banquet 2016 was a huge success!

2015 Chapter Members Only Final Standings

Men's Division Total Points Average    
Tim Connoy 38 557 41    
Steve Bates 61 527 35    
Mark Weiss 23 414 44    
Nick Poppler 20 313 41    
Patrick Garaghty 17 224 39    
Chase Evertz 18 207 37    
Christopher Franzen 12 196 42    
Mike Riha 11 173 42    
Mark Kuether 11 172 41    
Andy McClure 12 160 39    
Bob Wagner 10 140 40    
Scott Kersting 6 111 44    
Joe Badalucco 6 108 44    
Brad Patterson 5 106 47    
John Genosky 10 104 36    
Jason Espedal 6 100 43    
Dave Ledman 7 98 40    
Chris Cochran 6 97 42    
Jay (Jason) Stevens 4 80 46    
Grant Lindberg 6 80 39    
Luke Ellis 5 74 41    
Jim Wood 6 74 38    
Christian McHugh 4 66 42    
Troy Bilbrey 4 63 42    
Mark McHugh 5 59 38    
Joe Getty 3 52 43    
Tony Capiak 3 48 42    
Stephen Wernersbach 4 46 37    
Joe Richie 3 42 40    
Dustin Powers 2 38 45    
Nicholas Hagness 4 36 35    
Patrick Thiry 2 34 43    
Larry Klein 3 33 37    
Steve Zeece 1 29 55    
John Van Ingen 2 28 40    
John Santer 1 27 53    
Jason Wegwerth 2 26 39    
Jay Aigner 2 24 38    
Steve Sorgenfrei 1 20 46    
Ed Stogenson 1 20 46    
Jason Dickson 2 19 36    
Dan Mruz Jr. 1 18 44    
Bruce Rauma 2 17 35    
Dave Brockel 1 16 42    
Dobber Stott 1 15 41    
Dominic Schneider 1 14 40    
Jim Dau 1 7 33    
Men's Masters Total Points Average    
Dave Selle 61 1,074 44    
Mark Swanson 59 766 39    
John Maslowski 26 368 40    
Brian Klobe 19 206 37    
Women's Division Total Points Average    
Joey Wyszynski 6 72 38    
Women's Masters Total Points Average    
Korey Lindberg 3 24 34    
Lori Lehman 2 23 38    
Junior's Division Total Points Average    
Jake Evertz 28 289 36    
Ravyn Swanson 7 94 39    
Noah Jacobson 6 93 42    
Markus Klobe 7 34 31    
Emma Lehman 3 24 34    
Daniel Getty 1 17 43    
Nolan Garaghty 1 17 43    
Michael Klobe 2 15 34    
Matthew Klobe 2 12 32    
Brady Bilbrey 1 7 33    
Brendan Lindberg 1 7 33    
Kalina Garaghty 1 6 32    
Monthly Big Fish Date Length Lake State Month
Tim Connoy 4/4/15 39" Clear IA April
John Maslowski 5/30/15 43.75" Cedar WI May
Dustin Powers 6/10/15 50.5" Forest Lake MN June
Brian Klobe 6/27/15 50.5" Vermilion MN (tie)
Dave Selle 7/22/15 53" Vermilion MN July
Bob Wagner 8/27/15 52.5" Independence MN August
Dave Selle 9/23/15 53" Minnetonka MN September
Steve Zeece 10/31/15 54.5" Minnetonka MN October
John Santer 11/29/15 52.5" Mille Lacs MN November
Steve Bates 12/5/15 44" Wisconsin Riv. WI December
Club Totals Fish Average Length    
April 3 40.3"      
May 32 35.4"      
June 74 39.9"      
July 154 38.7"      
August 168 39.1"      
September 49 40.1"      
October 73 41.1"      
November 39 43.4"      
December 5 38.6"      
2015: 597 39.5"      

North Metro Muskie League 2015

What a fantastic league we had this year. 58 different people fished an event. 29 people fished 2 or more events.

We had 17 muskies caught including a nice tiger in the league.

Stay tuned for a more polished write up on the league and when we will offer up the prizes and trophy.
Congrats to Mike Watzl he caught a 41.5" fish on the last night to add to his point total. He even had 50" class fish jumping over his bucktail on the river.
Thank you everyone for participating in our league and if you were a guest of a member consider joining the North Metro Muskies Inc. chapter.
Rank Member Points Fish Caught Nights
1 Mike Watzl 117.5 46, 44, 41.5, 8
2 Nick Poppler 81 41, 35, 8
3 "Geno" Genosky 69 34, 9
4 Pat Garaghty 65 43, 36, 4
5 Jason Wegwerth 61 38, 8
6 Andy McClure 50 0 8
7 Chris Dolan 46 38, 8
8 Steve Bates Jr 46 32, 7
9 Steve Sorgenfrei 40 0 7
10 Jason Espedal 38 0 7
11 Joel Eberle 31 43, 2
12 Ben Limpert 30.5 39.5, 3
13 Wade Palashewski 30 45, 1
14 Dave Brockel 29.5 41.5, 2
15 Joe Getty 29 0 6
16 Dave Coleman 28 34 tiger, 4
17 Chris Cochran 28 0 5
18 Nolan Garraghty 27.5 42.5, 1
19 Dave Youngblom 24 0 5
20 Joe Page 22 0 6
21 Pat Miller 20 0 6
22 Mark McHugh 19 0 5
23 John von Ingen 17 0 5
24 Jay Aigner 14 0 4
25 Daniel Getty (j) 14 0 4
26 Mike Riha 13 0 2
27 Bryan Rodgers 13 0 3
28 Steve Bates Sr. 11 0 3
29 Jessica Reinhardt 8 0 2
30 Joe Tuma 8 0 2
31 Derek Crane 5 0 1
32 Lea Genosky 5 0 1
33 John Rouse 5 0 1
34 Abby Watzl (J) 5 0 1
35 Dan Shei 5 0 1
36 Chad Langer 5 0 1
37 John Kraft(New) 5 0 1
38 Wife Espedal 5 0 1
39 Dean Lewis(non) 5 0 1
40 Tim Connoy 5 0 1
41 Christian McHugh 5 0 1
42 Marc Jefferson 5 0 1
43 Kalina Garaghty(j) 5 0 1
44 Dan Murz Sr 5 0 1
45 Dan Murz Jr 5 0 1
46 Todd Palashewski 5 0 1
47 Nathan Anderson 5 0 1
48 Nathan ander Guest 5 0 1
49 Robb Meyers 5 0 1
50 Morgan Watzl 5 0 1
51 Cecil Cochran 5 0 1
52 Mark Weiss 5 0 1
53 Kolten McClure 5 0 1
54 Dave Schinkoeth 5 0 1
55 Addison Genosky 5 0 1
56 andy Hutter 5 0 1
57 Jeff Arnold 5 0 1
58 Dick Hamann 3 0 1
59 Eric Hone 3 0 1



     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).

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.
All updates will be posted on the as well as the forums page.
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson
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