April 2017

From the President's Boat

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.
  • April 18             Dan Altman
  • May 16              NMMI Members                                Picnic and Lure                                Exchange at Bald                            Eagle Regional Park
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.

Invasive Species
Starry Stonewort

What is starry stonewort?

Starry stonewort are grass-like algae that are not native to North America. The plant was first confirmed in Minnesota in Lake Koronis, near Paynesville in Stearns County, in late August of 2015. Plant fragments were probably brought into the state on a trailered watercraft from infested waters in another state. In August of 2016, starry stonewort was confirmed in several north-central Minnesota lakes in Beltrami, Itasca and Cass counties. DNR invasive species staff found that a number of other reports of suspected infestations were native species that appear similar to starry stonewort.

How to identify starry stonewort?

Starry stonewort is similar in appearance to native grass-like algae such as other stoneworts and musk-grass. Native stoneworts and musk-grass are both commonly found in Minnesota waters. Starry stonewort can be distinguished from other grass-like algae by the presence of star-shaped bulbils. 

If you suspect you have found a new infestation of starry stonewort, or any other invasive species, note the exact location, take a photo or keep the specimen, and contact the DNR.

Why is starry stonewort a problem?

Starry stonewort can interfere with recreational and other uses of lakes where it can produce dense mats at the water's surface. These mats are similar to, but can be more extensive than, those produced by native vegetation. Dense starry stonewort mats may displace native aquatic plants.
Like all plants, starry stonewort may grow differently in different lakes, depending on many factors. At this time, we cannot predict how it might grow in any one Minnesota lake.

How does it spread?

Starry stonewort is believed to be spread from one body of water to another by the unintentional transfer of plant fragments and bulbils, the star-like structures produced by the plant. These fragments, or mud containing them, can be transferred on trailered boats, personal watercraft, docks, boat lifts, anchors or any other water-related equipment that is not properly cleaned.

What can people do to prevent its spread?

The most important action you can take to limit the spread of starry stonewort and other non-native aquatic plants is Clean, Drain, and DisposeClean all vegetation, animals, mud and debris from your watercraft and any water-related equipment before you move it from one body of water to another. Drain all water from your watercraft and bait bucket, keep drain plugs out during transport, and Dispose of any unwanted bait in the trash. Clean, Drain, Dispose is required by law in Minnesota.

What can be done to reduce starry stonewort?

The potential to manage the plant is not well documented. It appears that treatment with herbicides can suppress starry stonewort. Some states use hand pulling, which may be a way to reduce biomass in small areas. Mechanical removal can also be effective. In the case of a newly discovered population of starry stonewort that has a limited distribution in the lake, mechanical harvesting is not recommended because it might create fragments that would speed the spread of the invasive plant within the lake.

Starry stonewort fact sheet
Starry stonewort lookalikes

Next Meeting – April 18

Dan Altmann - Dan began chasing muskies around fishing grounds in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. Dan resides in Eagan, MN and spends most of his time on the local lakes and rivers in the Twin Cities area. After winning the Metro Muskie Tournament and the PRO-MAC Autumn Muskie Classic in 2012, Dan has established himself as a dedicated professional muskie angler.

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.
June Jam flyer, rules and entry forms are available on our website 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 & Robb Meyers

Spring Fever!

Don’t miss the spring events that will be happening this month at our favorite stores.

Joe’s Sporting Goods Fish Fest – April 17-23
Save 20% on rods, reels, and lures all week. Save up to 50% on closeouts and rep samples. The week features fishing seminars Monday through Friday at 6 pm each night and Saturday at 10 am and 1 pm on all species. Mike Keyes will give a seminar on River Hunting for Muskies on Tuesday, April 18. The 1 pm Saturday seminar features Humminbird pro staffer Scotty Peterson. Saturday you can take an extra $25 off the lowest price of any depth finder.
Thorne Bros. Annual Spring Sale – April 21-23
Everything in the store will be on sale. Saturday will feature a tent with factory reps and pro-staff members from across the industry. Shimano factory reps will be available to clean and lube one reel. Seminars with Joe Bucher and James Lindner are scheduled for Saturday. A muskie guide panel will be featured on Sunday. A trout pond will be set up for the kids. Cheese curds and other fair-style food will be available.

May Picnic

North Metro will host its Spring Picnic and Lure Swap/Sale at Bald Eagle Lake Park Pavilion.


Tuesday May 16th
5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Bring your lures to swap or sell. The chapter will be provide food and drinks. We will have hot dogs, brats, chips, potato salad, and cookies. We will also have games, including the casting bucket challenge. The park is nice spot with a playground and fishing pier for the kids. This is a great chance to meet other members and line up North Metro Muskie League partners for 2017.  We hope that you come out and enjoy the evening.
Free to all North Metro members.
The pavilion and park are located next to boat launch.
5800 Hugo Road
White Bear Township
If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending a message to This will help us plan for the food. Thanks.

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


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

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

Dennis Boehm
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

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

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 May, June and July - 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM or June Jam Tournament Hours
Tuesday Nights in August - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
September - Jim Shannon Memorial Tournament Hours



May 30th - St. Croix River or Deer Lake, Polk County WI
June 6th - Bald Eagle - East option       Independence - West option
June 13th - Rush Lake - East option     Waconia - West option
     or any Tiger Lake in the Metro
June 20th - White Bear and Bald Eagle
     Chapter Mini Challunge with Twin Cities. Losers buy Pizza Afterwards!

June 27th - Forest - East option                 Minnetonka - West option
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


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 “Lures” 10 names drawn in total from all the league nights fished entries
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson


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"  
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North Metro Muskies, Inc.
c/o Mike Riha
2401 Northdale Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN  55433
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