April 2016

2016 June Jam

Preparations are underway for the 2016 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 19st 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.
Keep an eye on our website or you can contact me through the NMMI website with any questions.
Steve Wernersbach
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!

Timmy Peterzen 
Next Meeting April 19

Timmy is one of the younger guy’s in the sport. He is specializes in muskies and large trophy pike. He spends a lot of time on Lake Vermilion and the Metro waters. He and Andy Hamm had an article published in Musky Hunter Magazine in the June/July 2014 issue titled Spring Forward. He has a website with some fantastic tips on fishing muskies and trophy pike.

He has caught a few giant muskies as well. Hopefully he will have some pics.

Timmy should bring some great ideas on early season muskie fishing. I am sure we can get some of his hotspots out of him as well.

Red Wing Lodge Outing
August 6-13, 2016
Sabaskong Bay
Lake of the Woods

50 Years of Muskie Inc. and Red Wing Lodge Looks Better Than Ever

Q:  Is it the resource or the quality of facilities and services at Red Wing Lodge that draws families and fishing partners back again and again over the years?  It’s both!

On the resource side, over 14,000 recorded releases say a lot, say a lot about the resource and the resulting big fish culture that has developed over the years at Red Wing. On the side of facilities and service, this muskie camp is a big time player: big floating docks, a serious backup generator, air conditioning in all cabins, and special discounts for services for Muskie Inc. guests.  Save your surprises for muskie action, you don’t need them at base camp. Red Wing Lodge offers a resort that has been family owned and operated for 50 years.   The Bartlett family has hosted Muskie Inc. outings for years with personal and friendly service, so they understand what muskie people need and like. 
The annual Muskie Inc. trip to Red Wing Lodge on Sabaskong Bay, Lake of the Woods, 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 6-13, 2016. Red Wing Lodge is a nine-time Chapter Challenge headquarters, in ’83, ’86, ’93, ’97, ’03, ’04, ’11, ’12 and again in 2014. 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 2016, just $50.00 per day for big-time Canadian Muskie fishing.
Included in the full value of the 2016 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.

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

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.


President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......... Steve Wernesbach
Regional VP............................. Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
John "Geno" Genosky
Steve Bates........................... 651-399-5745
Chris Cochran....................... 651-239-0773
Jason Espedal.......................763-439-7868
Dick Hamann........................ 763-428-7789
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
Steve Wernersbach............. 763-242-2625

Membership Chairman          
Robb Meyers ................ 612-791-6331

Members Only Fishing Contest
Steve Sorgenfrei.............651-789-4360

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

Dennis Boehme

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

Thanks to our special friends that helped make our 2016 11th 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


Banquet 2016 was a huge success!

North Metro Muskie League 2016 - FREE

We 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. We have also added one “Any tiger lake in the metro” June 16th and some more options for the August nights.

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.


     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.
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 June and July - 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday June 25th 6:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Tuesday Nights in August - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM



June 7th - Bald Eagle - East option       Independence - West option
June 14th - Rush Lake - East option     Waconia - West option
     or any Tiger Lake in the Metro
June 21st - Forest - East option           Minnetonka - West option
June 25th - Saturday
Jim Shannon Memorial fishing and picnic day. Forest, Bald Eagle and
     White Bear

June 28h - White Bear and Bald Eagle
     Chapter Mini Challunge with Twin Cities. Losers buy Pizza Afterwards!

August 2nd - White Bear- East option     Waconia - West option
August 9th - Forest – East option         Minnetonka - West option
August 16th - Rush or St. Croix River - East option    Sugar or Eagle - West options
August 23rd - Bald Eagle or White Bear - East options    Independence or
     Minnetonka - West options

August 23rd is the final League Night Celebration. Pizza Afterwards near White Bear Lake. Chapter buys!


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 15th 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



Reporting will by e-mail to within 48 hours after the days event. Please include your name, who your partner was and if they are a new member, Junior member or a member of the Twin Cities chapter.

All updates will be posted on the as well as the forums page.
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson

2015 Chapter Members Only Final Standings

Men's Division Total Points Average    
Tim Connoy 38 557 41    
Steve Bates 61 527 35    
Mark Weiss 23 414 44    
Nick Poppler 20 313 41    
Patrick Garaghty 17 224 39    
Chase Evertz 18 207 37    
Christopher Franzen 12 196 42    
Mike Riha 11 173 42    
Mark Kuether 11 172 41    
Andy McClure 12 160 39    
Bob Wagner 10 140 40    
Scott Kersting 6 111 44    
Joe Badalucco 6 108 44    
Brad Patterson 5 106 47    
John Genosky 10 104 36    
Jason Espedal 6 100 43    
Dave Ledman 7 98 40    
Chris Cochran 6 97 42    
Jay (Jason) Stevens 4 80 46    
Grant Lindberg 6 80 39    
Luke Ellis 5 74 41    
Jim Wood 6 74 38    
Christian McHugh 4 66 42    
Troy Bilbrey 4 63 42    
Mark McHugh 5 59 38    
Joe Getty 3 52 43    
Tony Capiak 3 48 42    
Stephen Wernersbach 4 46 37    
Joe Richie 3 42 40    
Dustin Powers 2 38 45    
Nicholas Hagness 4 36 35    
Patrick Thiry 2 34 43    
Larry Klein 3 33 37    
Steve Zeece 1 29 55    
John Van Ingen 2 28 40    
John Santer 1 27 53    
Jason Wegwerth 2 26 39    
Jay Aigner 2 24 38    
Steve Sorgenfrei 1 20 46    
Ed Stogenson 1 20 46    
Jason Dickson 2 19 36    
Dan Mruz Jr. 1 18 44    
Bruce Rauma 2 17 35    
Dave Brockel 1 16 42    
Dobber Stott 1 15 41    
Dominic Schneider 1 14 40    
Jim Dau 1 7 33    
Men's Masters Total Points Average    
Dave Selle 61 1,074 44    
Mark Swanson 59 766 39    
John Maslowski 26 368 40    
Brian Klobe 19 206 37    
Women's Division Total Points Average    
Joey Wyszynski 6 72 38    
Women's Masters Total Points Average    
Korey Lindberg 3 24 34    
Lori Lehman 2 23 38    
Junior's Division Total Points Average    
Jake Evertz 28 289 36    
Ravyn Swanson 7 94 39    
Noah Jacobson 6 93 42    
Markus Klobe 7 34 31    
Emma Lehman 3 24 34    
Daniel Getty 1 17 43    
Nolan Garaghty 1 17 43    
Michael Klobe 2 15 34    
Matthew Klobe 2 12 32    
Brady Bilbrey 1 7 33    
Brendan Lindberg 1 7 33    
Kalina Garaghty 1 6 32    
Monthly Big Fish Date Length Lake State Month
Tim Connoy 4/4/15 39" Clear IA April
John Maslowski 5/30/15 43.75" Cedar WI May
Dustin Powers 6/10/15 50.5" Forest Lake MN June
Brian Klobe 6/27/15 50.5" Vermilion MN (tie)
Dave Selle 7/22/15 53" Vermilion MN July
Bob Wagner 8/27/15 52.5" Independence MN August
Dave Selle 9/23/15 53" Minnetonka MN September
Steve Zeece 10/31/15 54.5" Minnetonka MN October
John Santer 11/29/15 52.5" Mille Lacs MN November
Steve Bates 12/5/15 44" Wisconsin Riv. WI December
Club Totals Fish Average Length    
April 3 40.3"      
May 32 35.4"      
June 74 39.9"      
July 154 38.7"      
August 168 39.1"      
September 49 40.1"      
October 73 41.1"      
November 39 43.4"      
December 5 38.6"      
2015: 597 39.5"      
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