August 2017

From the President's Boat

August will be hot so cut hooks if necessary and get those fish back in the water as quickly as possible to reduce post catch mortality.  Thank you for practicing catch and release.
Our North Metro State High School Sectional Qualifier was a huge success and included for the first time ever four female participants: Trinity Rittenour, Aftyn Lliff, Claire McArdle and Maddy Ogg. We hope that will be a trend to continue into the far future. Claire and Maddy qualified in second place and represented the North Metro in the State Tournament along with the Garaghty/Klobe Team.
The Sectional was won by the Nolan Garaghty and Markus Klobe Team with Nolan’s 39.5” Bald Eagle Muskie caught with 14 minutes left in the contest requiring them to make a powered beach landing reminiscent of a James Bond movie!
Thanks to Mike Riha and all the other MI Members that helped put on this year 8th Annual Minnesota State High School Muskie Tournament. Although neither of the North Metro Teams won they did give it a strong effort on Lake Vermilion.
Winners of the tournament were Hunter Penrose and Rayce Eggebraaten of Parkers Prairie HS located in west-central Minnesota. Second place went to Colton Gottwalt and Sam Nagel representing Little Falls High School. Third place went to Tyler Carlstrom and Jeremy Gilbertson, both seniors, representing Wayzata High School. 

Our 27th Annual June Jam Tournament in Wisconsin June 17 & 18th was an outstanding success raising more money than any other time in the last decade due to Steve Wernersbach’s efforts. This was the last June Jam ran by Steve. Thank You Steve for all the hard work and decades your dedication to keeping this tournament alive and healthy.

Time is short and this is the last chance to form 2017 North Metro Chapter Teams for the Gil Hamm Chapter Challunge to compete for the traveling Lunge Bucket Trophy. The Challunge will be held Wednesday to Friday August 23rd through and 25th at Redwing Lodge on Lake of the Woods. If interested in being part of (6 person) NMMI Team, please contact me or any other Board member as soon as possible so we can assist with registration and other arrangements.
Congrats to NMMI Member Troy Bilbrey and his partner Dalton Keep who won the Eagle River 2017 Professional Musky Tournament Trail. They released 37.5”, 38.25” and 40” Fish for the Win!

Mark your calendars for Saturday February 24, 2018 for the 13th Annual North Metro Sportsmen’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet. We promise to make it even better than this year’s event.

Please contact any Board Member if you can help with the Chapter or any of our events.
Thank you each and every one that supports our Banquet and our Chapter throughout the year! Please remember our friends of the North Metro and support their businesses!

Dan Mruz
North Metro President
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2017 Metro Muskie Tournament Results

Place Contestant Length Lake
1 REID LARSON 42", 44" Lake Minnetonka
2 JUSTIN SATHER 52" Lake Minnetonka
3 DARREN NORA 46.5" White Bear Lake
4 NICK MALVIN 46" Lake Minnetonka
5 ERIC GRENIER 46" Lake Minnetonka
6 TRAVIS SEURER 45" Lake Minnetonka
7 JUSTIN HARSTAD 45" Lake Minnetonka
8 TIM HOENE 44.5" Lake Minnetonka
9 ALEX BRADLEY 43" White Bear Lake
10 DAVE GUSTAFSON 42.5" Lake Minnetonka
1 ROMAN THURY 43" White Bear Lake
2 JAKE MASTEL 38" Forest Lake
1 MICHAEL AUSTIN 37.5" Lake Elmo
2 LUKE THIELEN 28" Clear Lake


President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......................... Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
John "Geno" Genosky
Regional VP....................................  Open
Steve Bates........................... 651-399-5745
Chris Cochran....................... 651-239-0773
Jason Espedal.......................763-439-7868
John "Geno" Genosky.......... 651-329-4898
Mark Kuether........................ 651-216-7080
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

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

Members Only Fishing Contest

League Night Chariman
Steve Sorgenfrei.............651-786-4360
Newsletter Editor       
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331

Dennis Boehm

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

Dan Altman
Josh Borovsky
Dave Christensen
Steve Gensen
Adam Glickman
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
Fudally Tackle Co.
Gary's Custom Rod & Reel
Ghost Tail Lures
Grizzly Coolers
Hilton Garden Inn Maple Grove
Joe Badalucco
Joe’s Sport Goods
Just Big Muskies
Just Encase
Lakco (KMDA, Inc)
Lake X Lures
Lax Reproductions
Limited Creek Rods
Maynard’s Restaurant
Mepps Baits
Monster Lures
Monticello Golf Course
Mouldy Baits
MuskyFrenzy 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

The new June Jam Trophy is now permanently displayed at the Wilkins Bar, our official tournament headquarters.

2017 June Jam

Our 27th Annual June Jam Tournament in Wisconsin June 17 & 18th was an outstanding success raising more money than any other time in the last decade due to Steve Wernersbach’s efforts.  This was the last June Jam ran by Steve. Thank You Steve for all the hard work and decades you dedicated to keeping this tournament alive and healthy. 

11 fish were caught. 99 anglers entered with fish caught by 10 of them!

Totals for each lake were:

  • Apple River Flowage       3
  • Wapogasset                   2
  • Bone                             2
  • Deer                             4
  • Bear Trap                      0
  • Cedar                            0

Big fish was a 43.5 inch from Deer and was caught by a Junior!

Winners were: Adult

  1. Mike Jasinski - 43" Bone
  2. Nathan Wheeler - 42" Deer
  3. Nathan Ryskiwewicz - 39.5" Wapogasset
  4. Matt Hayes - 38.5" Wapogasset
  5. Dan Power - 38" Bone
  6. Shane Hanson - 37.5" Apple River
  7. Ryan Wold - 34" Apple River 6/17 @ 10:15am
  8. Tanner Clay - 34" Apple River 6/17 @ 6:51pm


  1. Kate Jasinski - 35.5" & 43.5" Deer
  2. Pierre Belisle​ II - 35" Cedar.

Grand Prize Winner – One Week stay at Red Wing Lodge for four – Nick Poppler

Our new June Jam Trophy is now permanently displayed at the Wilkins Bar, our official tournament ceremonies location.  We are in the process of adding Mike Jasinski, our first Tournament Winners name to it. 
Mike Jasinski - 43" Bone

Minnesota Chapters of Muskies Inc with support from the Hugh Becker Foundation held the 2017 Minnesota State High School Muskie Tournament on Lake Vermilion. This was the 8th year of this tournament. Tournament headquarters was located at Vermilion Dam Lodge on the north-central part of the lake.

The day started at 6:15 am with guide Bob Benson giving the 12 teams that competed a few pointers on the tournament waters. Lake Vermilion is so large that we limit tournament waters to the western half of Lake Vermilion. Bob gave sound advice in telling the kids to try the 3 options at this time of year: weeds, rocks, and especially open water.

The weather was cold, cloudy, but thankfully no rain. From 6:30am to 2:30pm the teams tried their best, but alas, as is often the case, the muskies were not cooperative.

Some sad faces coming in turned to glad faces as teams viewed the prize packages waiting for all. Ed Tausk owner and operator of Vermilion Dam Lodge had his chef, Rick, get brats, potato salad, beans, and lemonade ready for the returning participants. They, along with relatives, had a nice meal while Director Riha announced places and prizes.

Every participant received a Plano tackle box with 4 new musky baits. Every participant received a blaze orange Sport-Tek shirt with the Tournament logo.

Winners of the tournament were Hunter Penrose and Rayce Eggebraaten of Parkers Prairie HS located in west-central Minnesota. Both sophomores won by catching the largest Northern Pike of the day. (No muskies were caught on tournament day). They received walnut plaques in the shape of the state of MN and a 9 foot muskie rod each.

Second Place went to Colton Gottwalt and Sam Nagel representing Little Falls High School. They received 2nd place plaques and an 8 foot muskie rod each.

Third place went to Tyler Carlstrom and Jeremy Gilbertson, both seniors, representing Wayzata High School. They also received 3rd place plaques and 7 foot muskie rods each.

Mike Riha would like to thank all the parents and relatives that had to sacrifice time, effort, and treasure to see these kids get a chance to fish a big lake with big fish.

Special thanks go to the adult volunteers who chose to use their valuable resources to help with the tournament. They include: Terry Schar, Nick Poppler, Aaron Peterson, Mark Weiss, Chris Thury, Curt Ellestad, Erin and Josh Knutson, Chris Cochran, Chris Riha, Jim Kath, and the Women Angler’s of Minnesota. Without them the tournament would not happen.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to the tournament, contact the director. We always need the financial help and service help as there are no fees charged by the tournament for participation by kids.

Mike Riha Tournament Director.  763-607-2800

Take a look at our Members Photo Gallery to see some of the lunkers our member have caught.

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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!

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

North Metro Muskie League 2017 - FREE

The second half of the League Night season is now under way after the July hot weather break to protect the fish. The competition has been intense but it is not too late to participate and win as Chris Dolan did last year after releasing two fish on the final evening and in the final hour to come from behind to capture first place. Take advantage of those bonus point opportunities for fishing with New Members/Juniors and catching fish which can easily vault you up into first place.

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 at

Please include your name, the Lake, any muskies caught, your partner are they a new member, Jr member or a member of the Twin Cities chapter.   

All updates will be posted on the as well as the’s forum.

New for 2017- June Jam tournament will count towards our league championship.


     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.
10 Points if you fish with our president Dan Murz
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 August - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
September - Jim Shannon Memorial Tournament Hours



August 8th - St. Croix River and White Bear- East option     Waconia - West option
August 15h - Forest – East option              Minnetonka - West option
August 22nd - White Bear - East option    Sugar or Eagle - West options
August 29th - Bald Eagle - East options    Independence - West options
September 16th– Jim Shannon Memorial Chapter Tournament - Bald Eagle, Forest and White Bear Lake

League Night Prizes:

1st place Traveling Trophy
The Awards will be held during the October 17, 2017 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 October 17 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 Various other prizes 10 names drawn in total from all the league nights fished entries - Must be present to win.

Standings after June 27th    
Member Points Fish Caught
John Genosky 57.5 36.5
Jay Aigner 54 39.5, 41.5
Dan Murz JR 45 35
Brian Klobe 44 34, 37
Jason Proffit 41.5 43.5
Chris Dolan 40.5 42.5
Dan Murz SR 40 40
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson


2017 Chapter Members Only Standings

Men's Division Total Points   Average
Steve Bates 20 178   35
Steven J Sorgenfrei 7 143   46
Andy McClure 7 104   41
Jeffrey Smith 6 103   43
Patrick Garaghty 10 98   36
Jake Evertz 6 97   42
Mark Weiss 4 87   48
Chase  Evertz 6 71   38
John Santer 2 46   49
Joe Badalucco 2 34   43
John Genosky 2 34   43
Troy Bilbrey 3 33   37
Dave Ledman 2 33   43
Daniel Mruz Sr 2 32   42
Mark Kuether 2 30   41
Jason Espedal 2 29   40
Christopher Franzen 1 25   51
Jay Aigner 2 25   38
Dustin Magnan 1 24   50
Cory Gale 1 22   48
Mike Riha 1 22   48
Kyle Nelson 1 17   43
Joe Miller 1 17   43
Scott Gehrman 1 16   42
Luke Ellis 1 15   41
Dominic Schneider 1 15   41
Jesse  Piele 1 10   36
Daniel Mruz Jr 1 9   35
Stephen Wernersbach 1 8   34
Totals 97     42
Men's Masters Total Points   Average
Tim Connoy 20 285   40
Mark Swanson 13 171   39
Nick Poppler 8 116   40
Chris Dolan 5 100   46
John Maslowski 3 37   38
Brian Klobe 3 29   36
Totals 52     40
Women's Total Points   Average
Stacey Svenningsen 1 17   43
Junior Boys Total Points   Average
Charlie Weiss 1 23   49
Daniel Getty 1 20   46
Matthew Klobe 1 19   45
Nolan Garaghty 1 14   40
Totals 4 76   45
Junior Girls Total Points   Average
Kalina Garaghty 1 4   30
Big Fish Club Size Date   Lake
Steven J Sorgenfrei 52.00 7/1/17   Vermilion
John Santer 52.00 7/1/17   Vermilion
Dave Ledman 51.00 6/30/17   Vermilion
Christopher Franzen 50.75 6/7/17   Minnetonka
Jeffrey Smith 50.00 6/25/17   Kitchie
Jeffrey Smith 50.00 7/15/17   Kitchie
Jeffrey Smith 50.00 7/15/17   Kitchie
Dustin Magnan 50.00 6/12/17   Vermilion
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