From the President's Boat
It is Extremely Important that we have strong active Chapters and Members to help elect and educate our government representatives in order to maintain our Muskie fishery and support the DNR so that it can do its legislated job based on science and not on bad politics. A number of important Primary races are coming up on August 9th that you should be aware of. Each and everyoneâ€™s vote is important and you should exercise your right to VOTE for the best candidate including in the crucial race in District 31B that includes East Bethel, Ham Lake, Linwood and Columbus Townships, parts of Oak Grove and Andover. The candidates have made clear their positions on fishing including the incumbent who co-sponsored a Bill against Muskie stocking. You can go to this website to confirm what district you are in and who represents you.
Congratulations to the North Metro League Night Teams for winning the mini challenge with the Twin Cities Chapter on June 28th. This is a great event and a fun way to meet and fish with our friends in the Twin Cities Chapter.
We are now half way through our summer break so members can fish League Night and the other many scheduled events. The release numbers are trending behind last year but we have had some large fish caught so far including 55â€ by Erik Jacobson and 54.5â€ by Dave Selle in July. Congratulations to both.
There is No scheduled NMMI Members Meetings for August. We have lined up our full slate of speakers through the spring of 2017 and will resume with our fall schedule on September 20th at Coon Rapids VFW.
Speakers for Fall 2016/ Spring 2017
* September 20 John Hoyer
* October 18 Adam Glickman
* November 15 MN DNR & Robert Hawkins record musky fisherman
* December 20 Josh Borovsky
* January 17 Thorne Brothers on Electronics
* February 21 No Meeting due to Banquet
* March 21 Matt Seifert
* April 18 Dan Altman
* May 16 Thorne Brothers Poolside Lure Demo
A number of NMMI volunteers assisted organizer Mike Riha with the 13 boats and 26 youth that fished the NMMI State High School Tournament Qualifier on June 13th on Bald Eagle Lake. This was the largest qualifier in the state.
Minnesota State HS Chapter Qualifiers
Lake Superior 3 boats
Star of the North--none
St. Cloud 9 boats
Twin City 9 boats
North Metro 13 boats
30 youth from the qualifiers around the state competed in Minnesota State HS Tournament on Lake Vermilion on June 24th. Our thanks go out to all that volunteered and assisted Mike Riha in putting on this very important event and the Vermilion Dam Lodge for hosting the Minnesota State HS Tournament.
If you are interested in forming a Team and representing our Chapter in the Gil Hamm Chapter Challunge on Lake of the Woods August 24th â€“ 26th please contact me ASAP.
It is not too late to introduce some new people to our sport especially youths and have them participate in a League Night with you. Some of the best fishing is still to come in the fall. It is a great way to build new friendships, create new members and help us grow the North Metro Chapter.
Once again we have made some slight modifications to our North Metro Chapter Members Only Contest for 2016 as follows:
The Tiger Division has been eliminated due to lack of participation and fish registered.
Patches and Individual & Annual Certificates have been eliminated.
To win the North Metro Laxx Replica Mount requires:
1) NMMI membership as of June 1st, 2016 and
2) Minimum size Muskie of 50 inches or greater for both Adult and Junior Mount Awards
All other rules apply which can be viewed on the North Metro Website.
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!
North Metro President
Saturday June 25th was the NMMI 1st Annual Jim Shannon Members Challunge and Picnic. The travelling Trophy built by Brian Klobe that incorporated Jimâ€™s picture and his favorite Wades Wobbler lure was presented by Mavis to our first winner Todd Palashewski who caught a 45â€ and 41.5â€ on Forest Lake to edge out second place finisher Steve Sorgenfrei who caught a 44â€ on Forest Lake. There was no third place finisher and lots of pike caught and released. Our sincere thanks to the Mike Watzl Family for the use of their grill, garage for the picnic, awards and their property for boat parking.
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 7pmâ€“9pm
||Coon Rapids VFW - 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Our Chapterâ€™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!
The weather for this yearâ€™s June Jam was excellent. Saturday saw calm flat water and clear skies, tough conditions one would think. Sunday was much windier, white capping by id morning, with the same clear skies.
20 fish were caught, about half the number we normally register, but better than the 15 caught last year. 82 anglers entered with fish caught by 12 of them...
Totals for each lake were:
* Apple River Flowage 8
* Wapogasset 1
* Bone 2
* Deer 6
* Bear Trap 1
* Cedar 2
Big fish was a 42 inch from Apple River.
Juniors: No junior winner this year
1st Nathan Wheeler â€“ 36.5, 39.5, 36.5, 38 Deer Lake
2nd Bill Peterson â€“ 36, 42, 35.5, 36 Apple River (big fish)
3rd Tyler Eggenberger - 39.5, 40 Apple River
4th Brett Olson - 38, 40 Deer Lake
5th Scott Gehrman - 41 Apple River
6th Steve Peterson - 40.5 Apple River
7th Tanner Clay - 38 Apple River
8th Calvin Austvold - 37 Bear Trap
9th Erik Mortensen â€“ 37 Wapogasset
10th LeRoy Martin â€“ 34.5 Bone
1st and 2nd place tied on pints but Nathan won the tie breaker as all his fish were caught on Saturday.
Grand Prize Winner â€“ One Week stay at Red Wing Lodge for four â€“ Jared Lubber
Be sure to check out this great YouTube video by Tyler Eggenberger and Travis . Tyler & Travis Musky Fishing 2016
Just for the record, the other anglers catching fish were Travis Dietzler and Eli Swift.
Thank you to Robb Meyers and Janet Yde for their help at the awards ceremony on Sunday and a special thanks to Janet for the excellent job of ticket sales for the rod raffle on Sunday.
Hope to see everyone again next year.
NORTH METRO OFFICERS
President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......... Steve Wernesbach
Regional VP............................. Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
Treasurer............. John "Geno" Genosky
Steve Bates........................... 651-399-5745
Chris Cochran....................... 651-239-0773
Dick Hamann........................ 763-428-7789
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
Steve Wernersbach............. 763-242-2625
Robb Meyers ................ 612-791-6331
Members Only Fishing Contest
League Night Chariman
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331
Working to Preserve, Promote and Advance Muskie and Pike Education and Research in Minnesota
Greetings anglers, (North Metro and Twin Cities, Skip to the bold if you read nothing else)
Last week the DNR announced they would be stocking 2 new lakes of those proposed. What that really means is the next round of public input, especially with the special session looming. Immediately the anti-Muskie people started in with another public meeting on Gull and a petition to stop stocking.
We started one as well and I would encourage everyone to sign it (We have the petition link below). With that said, it will probably not be enough to assure the fish go in. Most of our fisheries management has to be dictated through the legislative process for several reasons I donâ€™t need to get into; but let your imaginations run wild and your probably close.
We have another big issue, supporting the legislators who have stood their ground and not buckled for you. Itâ€™s been close and several have been tempted but together they have done this for you, the angler, for you the guide, for you the resort owner and for you the large and small businesses who have some or all of your income generated by our Muskie fishery. Itâ€™s time for us to give something for all their support. These people are in close races and 2 of the 3 are listed in the races to watch list.
So you donâ€™t like Republicans, or you donâ€™t like Democrats; well do you like Muskies? Iâ€™m asking that you send whatever youâ€™re comfortable sending to help get them elected, no parades no door knocks, or phone banks; just a check.
Donâ€™t wait, send your support ASAP.
As well in District 31B (see attached map), we need to get out in the primary if that is our district and vote for Cal Bahr on August 9th, not November but next Tuesday. We have many Muskie and Pike anglers in that district and we need to get to the primary and get Cal on the ballot. Tom Hackbarth, his opponent, has been opposed to anything positive for Muskie management for many years. Vote Hackbarth out.
Petition to stock Muskies
Thanks to our special friends that helped make our 2016 11th 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
Ghost Tail Lures
Joeâ€™s Sport Goods
Just Big Muskies
Lakco (KMDA, Inc)
Lake X Lures
Limited Creek Rods
Maple Grove Hilton Garden Inns
Monticello Golf Course
Musky Frenzy Lures
Musky Hunter Magazine
Musky Tackle Online
Pheasant Acres Golf Course
Red Wing Lodge
Rubber Hairy Tackle
Sportmanâ€™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 â€œNâ€ Wildlife