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!
North Metro President
Red Wing Lodge Outing
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 www.redwinglodge.net
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
2108 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
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.
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 Dispose. Clean 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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Angel Outpost resort
Baby Beaver Lures
Big Mama Lures
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Broad Head Lures
Custom X Lures
Fudally Tackle Co.
Gary's Custom Rod & Reel
Ghost Tail Lures
Hilton Garden Inn Maple Grove
Joe’s Sport Goods
Just Big Muskies
Lakco (KMDA, Inc)
Lake X Lures
Limited Creek Rods
Monticello Golf Course
Musky Hunter Magazine
Musky Tackle Online
Pheasant Acres Golf Course
Red Wing Lodge
Rubber Hairy Tackle
Sportman’s Guide Outlet
St. Croix Rods
Supernatural Big Baits
Tooth Tamer Rods
Tuned Up Rods
United States Distillery Products
Wells Fargo Covered Wagon Club
Wood “N” Wildlife
NORTH METRO OFFICERS
President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......................... Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
Treasurer............. John "Geno" Genosky
Regional VP.................................... Open
Steve Bates........................... 651-399-5745
Chris Cochran....................... 651-239-0773
John "Geno" Genosky.......... 651-329-4898
Robb Meyers........................ 612-791-6331
Dan Mruz.............................. 763-535-4206
Mike Riha.............................. 763-607-2800
Steve Sorgenfrei................... 651-789-4360
Tony VanDanacker............... 763-370-5424
Jason Wegwerth................... 763-478-1748
Dan Mruz.............................. 763-535-4206
Members Only Fishing Contest
League Night Chariman
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331
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.
||3rd Tuesday of the month 7pm–9pm
||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