November 2016

From the President's Boat

We have various rules in place to ensure that every member is afforded a fair chance in our Members Only Contest and the chance to win the North Metro Chapters replica mount. At the end of the day it boils down to the HONOR and INTEGRITY of every member. A great example of this is a recent situation where by NMMI Member Brad Patterson caught and released a 54.75” fish while fishing alone on Lake Minnetonka. This fish put Brad in the lead to win our Chapter mount. Later it was noticed that pictures of this fish based on its unique tail were very similar to a fish caught weeks earlier by guide Dan Altman that was measured at 54”. In the excitement of landing this fish, based on a close up look at the pictures of the fish on the bump board, it appeared that the hinge on Brad’s board may have not completely flat resulting in a possible longer measurement. No one would have known and at the end of the day. An honest error by Brad when trying to land a fish alone in a channel with 7 boats waiting to get through and other factors. After looking over all the facts and pictures, Brad submitted a request to me to have his fish reclassified to 54” not only to ensure that it was recorded correctly but also to make sure that it did not take away from any other member’s chances to win the mount. Hat’s off to Brad for demonstrating the Honor and Integrity of being a North Metro Member.
The end of the Minnesota season is fast approaching but there is still time to land that fish of lifetime. The best of luck to everyone.
Thanks to everyone that participated, did their homework to be informed citizens on the issues and that Exercised their right to VOTE in the November General Election for the best candidate. There is now a new representative Cal Bahr in District 31B that includes East Bethel, Ham Lake, Linwood, Columbus Townships and parts of Oak Grove and Andover that should listen and make informed logical decisions regarding the Minnesota fisheries.
October speaker TV Show Host and Guide Adam Glickman’s presentation on river fishing for muskies was extremely educational, entertaining and one every member would have enjoyed. All of us in attendance learned a lot of new information and wish he could have spoken even longer. We will definitely have Adam back in the future.
The full slate of great speakers through the spring of 2017 is listed below. All meetings are free to attend, open to the public and held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Coon Rapids VFW.
> Speakers for Fall 2016/Spring 2017
* December 20   Josh Borovsky
* January 17      Thorne Brothers on                                   Electronics
* 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
We have lined up some great new raffle prizes for the meetings for you to win including North Metro Logo Fat Boy Bump Board, Butterball Oil-free Electric Infrared Turkey Fryer, Rods and more!
Mark your calendars now for the Saturday February 25th, 2017 12th annual North Metro Sportsmen’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet. We have already started our planning and need any donations for prizes that you can find.
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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December Elections for Board of Directors

Nominations for members of the chapter’s Board of Directors will be taken at the November meeting. Board members will be elected at the December meeting and serve a two-year term starting in January.
The chapter Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Coon Rapids VFW. Consider taking part in making decisions that affect you as a member of this chapter. The Board needs people who are interested and willing to participate in the chapter and its future. If you want to be more involved and have a say in what the chapter does on a day-to-day basis, become a board member. If you like to help plan events, or have a say in how they are planned, become a board member.
If you want to be able to have a say in how the chapter uses its funds, become a board member. If you would like to influence how the chapter deals with Muskies Inc. National, the DNR, or other muskie clubs, become a board member.
Contact Dan Murz at 763-535-4206 or, or a current board member if you’re interested in becoming a member of the Board. Current Board members are listed in this publication.
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!
Joel Stiras, Fisheries Specialist
Kristan Maccaroni, fisheries specialists with the Department of Natural Resources, struggled to haul in a net with five muskies on Lake Rebecca.

Next Meeting November 15 


MN DNR Updates on St Croix Tracking & Metro Stocking Studies presented by Joel Stiras, East Metro DNR and Kristan Maccaroni, West Metro DNR Fisheries Offices

The Lake St Croix Telemetry Study that includes Muskellunge tracking and the Metro Tagging Study
These are always very interesting and informative presentations that we look forward to every year. This year there is even more data than before on fish movements and survival rates.

Joel grew up in Brooklyn Park and obtained a degree from Bemidji State University. Joel currently is responsible for monitoring the fish populations of the area's major rivers and assisting in operation of the cool water hatchery.

During the field season, Kristan spawns muskies, does population assessments, and stocks fish. During the winter she ages fish, writes survey reports, and mends nets.

Red Wing Lodge Outing

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

The convenience of a drive-in camp with the privacy you would expect on an island.

This annual August trip is open to members of both the North Metro and the Twin City Chapters of Muskie Inc. This outing is an amazing combination of great fishing in a beautiful shield environment, with a resort base that is clean and comfortable, where everything works.  The Bartlett family has hosted Muskie Inc. outings for years with personal and friendly service, understanding well what muskie people need and like.

34 fishermen enjoyed this opportunity last summer, how about you joining us? And how about getting your name engraved on the Big Fish plaque for 2017?
Facts about this quality lodge on beautiful Sabaskong Bay (no waiting in line for spots):
* Family owned and operated for 50 years.
* Ten-time Chapter Challenge headquarters: in ’83, ’86, ’93, ’97, ’03, ’04, 2011, 2012, 2014 and also again in August of 2016.
* Floating docks provide for the easy and safe boarding of boats
* A/C units have now been installed in all cabins
* Huge generator has been installed for any power outages
* Services available include:  license, maps, premium gas (no ethanol!), ice, tackle
* 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.

2017 June Jam June 18-19

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.
Keep an eye on our website or you can contact me through the NMMI website with any questions.
Steve Wernersbach


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          
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

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


2016 Chapter Members Standings

Men's Division Total Points Average
Nick Poppler 26 360 40
Patrick Garaghty 19 356 45
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
Scott Gehrman 14 181 39
Andy McClure 14 180 39
John Santer 10 156 41
Steve Wernersbach 10 133 39
Mark Weiss 8 129 42
Jason Wegwerth 7 110 42
Tony Capiak 8 109 40
Rich Lehman 8 102 39
Dave Ledman 6 98 42
Mike Riha 6 98 42
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
Troy Bilbrey 4 61 41
Steve Sorgenfrei 3 56 45
Luke Ellis 3 52 43
Jim Dau 3 40 39
Scott Kersting 2 39 46
Jay Aigner 6 37 32
Thomas Kelnhofer 4 36 35
David Youngblom 1 26 52
Grant Lindberg 2 25 38
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 Dickson 1 15 41
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 82 1,453 44
Chris Dolan 33 629 45
Tim Connoy 26 390 41
Mark Swanson 27 334 38
John Maslowski 15 234 42
Nick Eddy 11 208 45
Brian Klobe 21 146 33
Erik Jacobson 6 127 47
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 17 238 40
David Jacobson 2 40 46
Markus Klobe 4 32 34
Harrison Dau 1 15 41
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
Brad Patterson 10/16/16 54.75" Minnetonka
Club Totals Fish Average Length  
April 4 35.9"  
May 15 35.6"  
June 59 39.8"  
July 134 39.5"  
August 208 40.5"  
September 74 41.5"  
October 64 42.5"  
2016 Totals 558 40.1"  

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 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
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson
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North Metro Muskies, Inc.
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2401 Northdale Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN  55433
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