February 2017

12th Annual North Metro Sportsmen’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet

Please look at the full brochure on our website.

If at all possible please use the PayPal option on the website to purchase packages or tickets that are offered. Please note that the due date for early bird purchase prices and packages end on February 11.
If you are going to mail me a check for your packages:

1) Mail to:  Mike Riha 2401 Northdale Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN  55433
2) Make the check out to: NMMI
3) Include a note with the following information:

a. what meals and/or packages are being purchased
b. How many 17 or under kids will be attending--they are free but we have to plan a meal for them.
c. There are two options for meals--all you can eat fish or a chicken basket.  Please indicate how many of each type you need including the free kids meals.
d. If multiple packages or meals are being purchased for friends or family, please give me all the names of the individuals for each package or meal.
The more information about your order I get, the better I can help you be set on the day of the banquet. If you need more information email me or call 763-607-2800.
Mike Riha Ticket Chairperson

From the President's Boat

There is “No” Members meeting this month on February 21st due to the 2017 12th Annual North Metro Sportsmen’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet.
Below the full slate of great speakers is listed through the spring of 2017. All meetings are free to attend, open to the public and held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Coon Rapids VFW. Bring a guest and get them involved in our Chapter.
Below the full slate of great speakers is listed through the Spring of 2017.  All meetings are free to attend, open to the public and held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Coon Rapids VFW.  Bring a guest and get them involved in our Chapter.
  • February 21       No Meeting due to                          Feb 25th Banquet
  • March 21           Matt Seifert
  • April 18             Dan Altman
  • May 16              NMMI Members                                Picnic and Lure                                Exchange at Bald                            Eagle Regional Park
We are only a few weeks away from our Saturday February 25th, 2017 12th Annual North Metro Sportsmen’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet. We have great New Prizes, New Games, a large number of Guide Trip and more! All paid dinners receive a North Metro Logo pint glass. We are still welcoming any Prize Donations not necessarily fishing related that you can find. Bring your family and friends to the banquet as this is the main fund raiser that creates all the funds for the rest of year to pay for our activities, events and assistance to the DNR and the Muskie fishery. Volunteers are needed to assist the day of the Banquet so that all of Members can enjoy the event and spend their money to try to win prizes as well.
Important:  February 11th is the Early Bird Deadline to buy great money saving discounted Packages, to get the Keg Kup and be entered in the Early Bird drawing for the North Metro Bump Board.  Registering early also helps us plan more effectively for food and beverage counts.

If at all possible, please use the PayPal Option on the
website to purchase packages or dinner tickets that are offered. 

Mark your calendars now for our Saturday February 25th, 2017 12th Annual North Metro Sportsmen’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet. Our online registration site is up and running. (Except there issue and website will not allow IPhone or IPad prompt to display we apologize for)
We have started our planning, have great New Prizes, New Games and welcome any Prize Donations not necessarily fishing related that you can find.
Volunteers are needed to assist the day of the Banquet so that all of Members can enjoy the event and spend their money as well to try to win prizes as well.
The following are some other import dates to note for your calendars:
Please support our friends at the Twin Cities Chapter Banquet on Saturday January 21, 2017.
The Vikingland Chapter Banquet in Alexandria MN on March 25th, 2017. Their first Banquet in 4 years and well worth the drive!
The Minnesota Muskie Expo will be held March 10 – 12th, 2017.
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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Red Wing Lodge Outing

Sabaskong Bay
Lake of the Woods
August 12-19, 2017

Build Opportunity into a New Year’s Resolution via Red Wing Lodge

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 boating excitement.  But now during hard water time, let’s consider this different 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: over 14,000 Muskie releases!
How about this New Year’s resolution?  Schedule in 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 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 12-19, 2017.  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 ten-time Chapter Challenge headquarters, in ’83, ’86, ’93, ’97, ’03, ’04, ’11, ’12, 2014 and again in 2016. 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 2017, just $50 per day for big-time Canadian muskie fishing.
Included in the full value of the 2017 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
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. 

To make reservations, or any questions or suggestions for improving the trip, contact:

John van Ingen     
(651) 336-3622
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.

Thanks to our special friends that helped make our 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


2017 June Jam June 17-18

Preparations are underway for the 2017 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 19th 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.

Steve Wernersbach


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
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
Steve Sorgenfrei.............651-789-4360

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

Dennis Boehme
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

Buffalo Wild Wings Coon Rapids supports MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL MUSKIE TOURNAMENT. On February 15, present this ticket to your server and Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of your total bill to the Minnesota State High School Muskie Tournament. Valid at Buffalo Wild Wings located at Riverdale Village in Coon Rapids only.

2016 Chapter Members FINAL Standings

Men's Division Total Points Average
Nick Poppler 28 401 40
Patrick Garaghty 21 378 44
Rich Lehman 19 300 42
Ryan Wyszynski 21 260 38
Mark Kuether 14 216 41
Chase Evertz 20 215 37
Tim Braun 17 205 38
Steve Bates 20 201 36
John Genosky 15 195 39
John Santer 11 182 42
Scott Gehrman 14 181 39
Andy McClure 14 180 39
Steve Wernersbach 10 133 39
Mark Weiss 8 129 42
Jason Wegwerth 7 110 42
Tony Capiak 8 109 40
Dave Ledman 6 98 42
Mike Riha 6 98 42
Troy Bilbrey 5 88 43
Joe Badalucco 5 80 42
Brad Patterson 3 78 52
Bob Wagner 6 68 37
Chris Swanson 3 68 49
Christian McHugh 5 65 39
Mark McHugh 5 62 38
Jim Dau 4 57 40
Steve Sorgenfrei 3 56 45
Luke Ellis 3 52 43
Grant Lindberg 3 42 40
Scott Kersting 2 39 46
Jason Dickson 2 38 45
Steven Tomasko 2 38 45
Jay Aigner 6 37 32
Thomas Kelnhofer 4 36 35
David Youngblom 1 26 52
Joe Richie 2 25 39
Jim Svenningsen 1 22 48
Ed Stogenson 1 21 47
Dominic Schneider 2 21 37
Noah Fleming 1 19 45
Dan Mruz Jr. 1 18 44
Jason Espedal 1 12 38
Daniel Mruz 1 11 37
Darin Brockel 1 10 36
Nicholas Hagness 1 9 35
Christopher Franzen 1 8 34
Men's Masters Total Points Average
Dave Selle 83 1,475 44
Chris Dolan 42 798 45
Tim Connoy 33 534 42
Mark Swanson 31 373 38
John Maslowski 23 313 40
Nick Eddy 12 227 45
Erik Jacobson 9 178 46
Brian Klobe 21 146 33
Women's Division Total Points Average
Lori Lehman 2 26 39
Carole Kelnhofer 1 11 37
Women's Masters Total Points Average
Korey Lindberg 3 26 35
Joey Wyszynski 1 9 35
Junior Boy's Division Total Points Average
Jake Evertz 19 265 40
Harrison Dau 3 46 41
David Jacobson 2 40 46
Markus Klobe 4 32 34
Max Lehman 1 23 49
Hayden Dau 1 16 42
Jake Klein 1 13 39
Junior Girl's Division Total Points Average
Emma Lehman 1 9 35
Lunker of the Month Date Length Lake
Troy Bilbrey 4/22/16 41.5" Cave Run
Steve Bates 5/7/16 43" Candlewick
Nick Eddy 6/16/16 51" Minnetonka
Erik Jacobson 7/9/16 55" Mille Lacs
Dave Selle 8/1/16 54" Vermilion
Chris Dolan 9/14/16 54" Minnetonka
Chris Swanson 10/22/16 54.25" West Battle
John Santer 11/14/16 52" Mille Lacs
Club Totals Fish Average Length  
April 4 35.9"  
May 15 35.6"  
June 59 39.8"  
July 134 39.5"  
August 209 40.5"  
September 74 41.5"  
October 85 42.7"  
November 51 42.6"  
2015: 631 40.7"  

North Metro Muskie League 2016 Final Standings

PLACE Member Points Fish Caught Length
1 Chris Dolan 89.25 3 33, 45, 53.25
2 Joe Miller 76 1 49, 35
3 Steve Sorgenfrei 74 1 44
4 Cory Gale 72 2 40, 43
5 John Genosky 56.5 1 46.5
6 Mark Kuether 55 1 37
7 Todd Palashewski 51.5 2 45, 41.5
8 Pat Garraghty 49 1 46
9 Ben Limpert 47.5 1 39.5
10 Larry Turner 40    
11 Nick Popplar 40    
12 Dave Coleman 39.5 1 41.5
13 Dave Youngblom 35 1 35
14 Jason Proffit 33    
15 Tim Braun 30    
16 Steve Bates 26    
17 Chase Evertz 25 1 42
18 Andy McClure 25    
19 Jason Wegwerth 25    
20 Pat Miller 24    
   Muskies Caught Average Size    
  17 42.13    

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 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
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson
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North Metro Muskies, Inc.
c/o Mike Riha
2401 Northdale Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN  55433
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