May 2014

Poolside Demo May 20th

Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel in Minnetonka next to Ridgedale  

Don’t miss this month’s Pool Side Lure Demo by Brett Erickson of Thorne Brothers, May 20th:  7:00 â€“ 8:30 pm at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel 12201 Ridgedale Drive; Minnetonka (Just off I-394) instead of normal monthly meeting.

Brett Erickson 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. 
Brett 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!
Brett has been fishing since the age of 4 and has fished all the Midwest. He is also a successful tournament angler where he's fished in muskie tournaments across the Midwest as well. Approximately 33 years ago Brett began fishing muskies in Canada and now spends most of his time there are either Muskie Bay Resort or Moosehorn Lodge. Brett is on the Pro Staff with Ranger Boats and Evinrude Outboards.
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

June will be a busy month with the opening of the Minnesota Muskie season and the large number of worthwhile events such as the NMMI Members Picnic, JuneJam Tournament, Arms Forces Family Fishing Day, State High School Qualifiers and more. The new and improved North Metro League Night is just a short month away and kicks off June 3rd on the St. Croix River. The Metro Muskie Tournament is June 14 so make your plans to participate in this valuable cause and the other June activities.
The Hugh C. Becker Foundation Grant purchases have been made and the DNR has asked the North Metro Chapter to help catch 10 Muskies on the St Croix River to implant with the ten radio transmitters. We are working out the details and the date to increase the chances of success and will try to involve as many members as possible in this fantastic exercise with the DNR.
Any day we expect to receive the three PIT Readers for our Chapter Members to use on League Nights, NMMI & TC Chapter outings, other events and individually to check caught fish for electronic tags and capture data for the ongoing DNR TC Metro Tagging study. We hope to demonstrate how to use the Readers at the North Metro Lure demo May 20th at the Minneapolis Sheraton next to Ridgedale. They also have a very large pool and open atrium that should make it easy for all to see Brett Erickson of Thorne Brothers demo lures.
A number of members have stepped up and joined the Board and the additional manpower has benefitted everyone in the Chapter. We could still use help to plan the NMMI Members Challunge Tournament. Contact any of the North Metro Board Members if you can assist us!

Dan Mruz
North Metro President

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Membership Report

By Robb Meyers, Membership Director
Greetings – Welcome to new members Steve Bates of North St. Paul, Alex Boutjilet of Hudson and Donald and Diane Swanson of Blaine.
Thanks to these members who have recently renewed their membership. Al Anderson of Brooklyn Park, Roger Van Pelt of Sandwich, Derek Wyszynski of Colman, Tim Acker of Anoka, Steven Duchene of White Bear Lake, Doug Elliott of Maplewood, Wade Palashewski of Andover, Matt DesJardins of White Bear Lake, and Chris Swanson of Blaine
These members are up for renewal this in May and June. Brad Patterson of Champlin, Pat, Debra, Logan, Nolan and Kalina Garaghty of St. Francis, Tom Beatson of White Bear lake, Larry and Melissa Klein of Blaine, Dominic Schneider of Maplewood, Pat Sibbald of Chisago City, Dick Hamann of Rogers, Nicole Michel of Minnetonka, Erick Hone of Rogers, Justin Mihm of Wyoming, Jeremy Wolfe of Stacy, Kathy Sorgenfrei of Lino Lakes, Mark Swanson and Ravyn of New Richmond, Darin Brockel of Robbinsdale, Curtis, Anna and Emma Willcox of Fridley, Barcenas of Winter Haven, Arturo, Anna, Arturo Jose and Audriana Barcenas of Winter Haven, Dave Jacobson of Isle, Chase Evertz of Blaine and Jim Shannon of Oak Grove.
These are member whose membership has expired in April 2014. Trisha Anderson of Elk River, Joe Anderson of Otsego, Ross Fischer of Champlin, Jason Wegwerth of Spring Lake Park, Ed and Lisa Zielinski of Cedar, Keith, Tammy, August and Autumn Johnson of Circle Pines, Allison Lysdahl of Anoka, and JoAnn Oesterich of Forest Lake. If you have inadvertently forgotten to renew we encourage you to continue your support of Muskies, Inc. and our fishery.

Print Your Member ID Cards

A new system has been implemented by Muskies Inc. that allows members to print their own Muskies Inc. ID cards at any time from the website. This new process will save dollars in monthly expenditures for the imprinting and managing of ID cards over the previous method.

To utilize this new process, log in to the Muskies Inc. website using the Member Login button on the left of the home page. Once you have logged in, click on the profile update button. In the upper right corner of the profile, there is a link that you can click and print your card. For family members, the family head can print the IDs for the entire family.

Members who do not have access to computers or are unable to print their own ID cards should contact the MI Secretary to have them produced and mailed to them.

Meeting Winners

The winner of the raffle at our April Meeting was Tom Erickson. The winners of the Door Prize Lure Drawing were: Bob Anderson, John Genosky, Dick Hamann, Pat Miller, John Maslowski, Dan Murz, John Van Ingen and Steve Wernersbach.

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!


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


Dick Hamann................. 763-428-7789
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331
Dan Mruz......................... 763-535-4206

Brad Patterson...............763-464-5548
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
Brad Patterson...............763-464-5548

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

Web Administrator        
By Steve Wernersbach
Registration is open for the 2014 June Jam.  This is a two-day fun tournament on Polk County lakes.  If you fish Deer, Bone and the Apple River Flowage, you will really enjoy this tournament.  Eight lakes in Polk County Wisconsin can be fished. If you fished it in the past but not lately, consider giving it another chance.  The new 40" limits in Wisconsin are working.  Some nice size fish are showing up. We should be due for some nice weather this year as well.  Hope to see you there.
Entry is now open for this year’s June Jam tournament. Tournament dates this year are: Pre-tournament sign in Friday June 20th at Wilkins Bar and Resort on Bone Lake in Luck, WI; fishing hours 5AM to 9PM Saturday and 5AM to Noon Sunday, June 21st and 22nd with the awards ceremony at Wilkins starting at 1PM on Sunday. Those of you that 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.
This year’s June Jam flyer, rules and entry forms are available by emailing Steve at Major sponsors this year are Thorne Bros, Red Wing Lodge, Fudally Tackle, Phantom Lures, Pro Label, and Wood’n Wildlife. Suick and Muskie Mafia. I’ll be hoping to hear from you.
Long time North Metro Member Merv Heitschmidt, of Braham, died on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at home. He was 72 years old. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Braham Evangelical Covenant Church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the Church and also 1 hr. prior to the service on Thursday all at the church.
He was born March 22, 1942 in Holyrood, KS. In 1957 his family moved to Cass Lake MN where they purchased Birch Villa Resort.  In 1968 Merv and his wife Jan moved to Braham, MN where he continued his teaching/coaching career. Summers were spent at Cass Lake where Merv worked as a fishing guide. In 1979, Merv took a leave of absence from teaching and purchased a bait shop in Hayward, WI. After three years the family returned to Braham and Merv resumed his teaching and coaching career until his retirement in 2002.
He was an avid sportsman, wrote a book titled “Netting Reel Memories” about his experiences at Cass Lake, and enjoyed teaching rod building for many years.

Red Wing Lodge
August 9-16, 2014
On Sabaskong Bay
Lake of the Woods


Annual Red Wing Outing Coming into View!

1 Spot Open

The 2014 Outing to Red Wing Lodge is getting closer! Dates for 2014: 8/9-16. Those signed up for this year’s trip: Let us know if you have suggestions for improving our Muskie Inc. outing.  We will continue the Sunday night after-dark bull session, especially helpful to those who are new to the Sabaskong Bay fishery. [One opening for the 2014 outing is still available.  If interested, call Pat or John immediately.]
Red Wing Lodge on Sabaskong Bay is an amazing destination.  Red Wing is the eight-time Muskies Inc. Chapter Challunge Headquarters (in 1983, ’86, ’93, ’97, ’03,’04, and again in 2011 & 2012) and has logged in over 12,000 catch & release muskies.  So Muskie Inc. and Red Wing Lodge together: “It’s not their first rodeo.”
When hunting muskies on Canadian shield water, surprises at base camp can cut down on valuable fishing time.  Red Wing Lodge offers a resort base that has been family owned and operated for more than 40 years and is clean and comfortable, where everything works. The Bartlett family has hosted Muskies Inc. outings for years with personal and friendly service, so they understand what Muskie people need and like.  Check out the Muskie information, including the Red Wing Lodge Hall of Fame, as well as the first live cam in Morson, at
Reservations require a $50 non-refundable deposit, made out to Red Wing Lodge. Cost per person in housekeeping cabins will be $325 (US Funds) for 2013, which breaks down to just $46.43 per day for big-time Canadian Muskie fishing. Included in the full value of the 2013 Muskie Inc. trip:

Cost per person in housekeeping cabins will remain at $325 (US Funds) for 2014, which breaks down to just $46.43 per day for big-time Canadian muskie fishing.
Included in the full value of the 2014 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
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.

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

North Metro Muskie League 2014

New this year – We will 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. This is an ON YOUR HONOR based league. Participants must report back within 48 hours after fishing an event.

 3 points for showing up on a league date
                2 points for Partner- May only count a Partner 1 time only *.
                2 bonus points for fishing with a new 2014 MI Member- on top of Partner Points *.
2 bonus points for fishing with a Junior partner - on top of Partner Points *.
                2 point bonus for fishing with Partner from other chapters- during the challenges *.
                4 points for a 30” muskie 1 point for each inch over 30” scored to the nearest half inch.
 40.5” = 14.5 points.

Bonus points may only be counted one (1) time  by a NMMI Member for each a) new 2014 MI Member, b) Junior MI Member, c) Other Chapter Member.

Fishing Times
June / July                                 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
August                                       5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 â€“ St Croix River--- Inland season closed yet
 â€“                        Bald Eagle –East Option                               Independence - West Option
19th â€“ Thursday ***Rush Lake- East Option                          Waconia – West option
 â€“                          Forest- East Option                                         Minnetonka- West option
*** The North Metro has a Chapter picnic and tackle swap on Tuesday June 17th - All are welcome to attend.
 â€“                            White Bear – Chapter Mini Challunge with TC – Losers buy Pizza Afterwards!
 â€“                          Open- water may be cool this year
 â€“                          White Bear- East option                                                               Waconia- West option
 â€“                        Forest – East option                                                        Minnetonka- West option
 â€“                          Rush- East option                                                            Sugar- West option
 â€“                          Bald Eagle-East option                                                  White Bear – West option

Chapter Final League Night Celebration- Pizza Afterwards near White Bear Lake- Chapter buys!

League Night Prizes:
1st place “Engraved Magnum Phantom” Lure
2nd- 3rd “Engraved Regular Phantom” Lure
4-10th â€œNorth Metro Muskie League” t-shirts
The Awards will be held during the December 16th, 2014 Holiday Lure Exchange meeting versus the annual banquet in order to save time.
New Participation Drawing !
For each League Night a North Metro Member participates in, they will get one raffle ticket placed in the end of season drawing held at the December 16th Members meeting for a variety of prizes.  If you fished 5 nights, you get 5 chances… i.e. 15 member’s fished 6 nights on average + 10 members fish 3 nights you would have 120 total tickets in the drawing.

If you would like to find a partner with a boat or if you have a boat and would like a partner contact Steve Sorgenfrei at He'll be creating a list that will be shared with interested members.

Grand Prize “St Croix Tournament Legend 8½ ft. rod”
2nd - 10th “Various Lures”

Reporting will by an e-mail to a league e-mail and updates will be done on the North Metro Forum as well as the Muskiefirst’s organizations forum.

Email your comments and questions to or call my cell phone 651-792-5502.
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