May 2017

Family Picnic & Lure Swap

Tuesday May 16th
5:30 – 8:30 pm.

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

Bring your lures to swap or sell. Bring your family. 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.

RSVP league@nmmuskies 
so we may plan for the food and drinks!

Free to all North Metro members and family!
The pavilion and park are located next to boat launch. 
5800 Hugo Road
White Bear Township 

Click HERE for park information.

From the President's Boat

Our friends at the DNR need your HELP!

Contact your Legislators and tell them you support the Minnesota fishing license fee increases for Residents and Non-Residents. It is only $3 increase to $25 for an individual license. All DNR funding is from license fees and they receive no general funding from the Legislature. The already have many projects and job replacements on hold due to decreasing revenues and more drastic cuts affecting all species will happen without it. 

The Legislature will not pass this increase if they do not hear from you! 

Please contact the chairperson of the legislative committees with authority over DNR budgets and policies. These people need to hear from all anglers, not just their local constituents.

House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
Dan Fabian (Committee Chair): 651-296-9635
Josh Heintzeman (Vice Chair): 651-296-4333
Rick Hansen (DFL Lead): 651-296-6828
Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee
Bill Ingebrigtsen (Committee Chair): 651-297-8063
Carrie Ruud (Vice Chair): 651-296-4913
David J. Tomassoni (Ranking Minority Member): 651-296-8017 
Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee
Carrie Ruud (Committee Chair): 651-296-4913
Bill Weber (Vice Chair): 651-296-5650
Chris A. Eaton (Ranking Minority Member): 651-296-8869
You can also go to this website to confirm what district you are in and which legislator represents you. 
We are done with Speakers and Members Meetings at the Coon Rapids VFW until next Fall.  In lieu of the May Meeting we are holding our Annual NMMI Members Picnic & Lure Swap on May 16th at Bald Eagle Lake Regional Park.  Please come out, bring the kids, bring some lures to sell and feel free to bring guests.  If attending let’s know so we can ensure that we have plenty of free food and beverages for all.
We continue to support the East Metro DNR with the St. Croix Study. On April 18th commercial fisherman caught a couple of muskies for DNR in their seining operations nets.  One was a little 1.65 pounder that they PIT tagged, and the other was a 49.5 inch, 30.8 pound female (see picture) that Joel Stiras placed a 5 year transmitter into that we purchased.  They still have 10 more musky transmitters left to implant in fish.
Our volunteers’ recruited more than 15 new members to our Chapter during the March Minnesota Muskie Expo and in all more than 50 new MI members were signed up across all Chapters.  Dave Selle was presented with his 2016 MOC NMMI Lax Mount on stage during the Expo.
We have come a long way over the past 5 years and the Chapter has never been in better shape based on a number of different measurements including our balance sheet.  That is a direct result of all the hard of our Board Members and Volunteers.  That doesn’t mean we are satisfied.  Our success is allowing us to consider implementing various ideas both old and new for the benefit of the Muskie Fishery, our Chapter and our Members that had to be tabled in the past.  We will continue to find ways to grow our Chapter, make an impact on the Muskie fishery, create fun opportunities and events for Members to build new friendships and make our Chapter a role model for the rest of Muskies Inc.
There is still time to sign up for our 27th Annual June Jam Tournament in Wisconsin the weekend June 17 & 18th and not only get League Night points but also Minnesota Muskies Inc. Tournament Trail Event points as well.  We are hoping for a greater showing of North Metro Members participating this year.
The March 25th Vikingland Chapter Banquet in Alexandria MN was a big success with a great meal, prizes, games and lots of money raised for their Chapter.  Other Minnesota Chapters were there in support besides myself and Dan Jr.  We all were very fortunate winning a number of prizes making it well worth everyone’s drive.  I definitely will be attending next year so plan on coming out and support them with me!
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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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.

Be the first person to get your name on the new June Jam Trophy!

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
Speak Up for Stocking on Lake Vermilion
As you may already know, when Lake Vermilion began being stocked with muskies in the late 80s, it averaged 5,982.5 muskie fingerlings per year (or 11,965 fingerlings every two years) for an 8 year span from 1987 to 1994. This came out to average of 0.15 muskie fingerlings per surface acre of water per year. This stocking density of muskies in Lake Vermilion created a world class muskie fishery with outstanding catch rates and large average sizes as the lunge log will attest to.
That was kind of miracle in of itself, because some lakes get as many as one fingerling per surface acre of water every other year. If Vermilion got that many fish per surface acre it would get 39,272 every other year and average 19,636 per year! Imagine the number of muskies that would be swimming around with that kind of stocking!
Around 2003, drastic cutbacks began occurring in the number of muskie fingerlings stocked in Vermilion. The average number of fingerlings stocked from 2003 to 2010 averaged just 2001.1 fish per year (4002 fingerlings every two years). This came out to an average of 0.05 muskie fingerlings per surface acre of water per year. This lower density of muskies stocked in Lake Vermilion over this 8 year span appears to correlate with a significant decline in catch rates representative of those year classes of stocked fish. This is not really a surprise since we went from 47,860 fingerlings being stocked over the first 8 year period (1987-1994) to 16,009 fingerlings being stocked over the second 8 year period (2003-2010).
The DNR just released it's "new" official stocking plan for Vermilion which is to stock 4,000 fingerlings every other year. So basically, the new plan is to stock at the same density/rate that started creating problems in the first place.  Please tell the DNR going from 11,965 fingerlings every 2 years to 4,000 fingerlings every two years is not acceptable!  We know this because they have already tried this and we have seen the results.
For a short period of time, we have the opportunity to voice our support for an increase in stocking and/or our disapproval with the "new" plan.  Please click on the link below and participate in the public input process regarding the new plan for Lake Vermilion.
Even if you don't fish Vermilion, the well-being of this lake effects all of the other muskie fisheries in the state because of it's size and the amount of statewide fishing pressure it either absorbs or diverts to other Minnesota waters. Even if Vermilion went back to being stocked with 11,965 fish every two years, it would still be stocked at a much lower density than the majority of the stocked muskie lakes in Minnesota!

Please speak up. This effects all of us!
Take a look at our Members Photo Gallery to see some of the lunkers our member have caught.

HERE to Send us your photos!
Metro Muskie Tournament Saturday June 10

Don’t miss the Metro Muskie Tournament on Saturday, June 10. The tournament gives you a choice of over 20 metro-area waters to fish. TOURNAMENT WATERS: 
Bryant Lake - Bald Eagle Lake - Calhoun Chain - Cedar Lake (Scott Cty.) - Clear Lake - Crystal Lake (Dakota Cty.) - Crystal Lake (Henn. Cty.) - Eagle Lake (Henn. Cty.) - Lake Elmo - Forest Lake - Lake Gervais - Lake Harriet - Lake Independence - Lake Johanna - Lake Minnetonka - Lake Nokomis - Orchard Lake - Lake Owasso - Lake Phalen - Pierson Lake - Lake St. Croix - Lake Waconia - Wasserman Lake - Weaver Lake - White Bear Lake. 

Entries are available at Thorne Bros. or Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle through Friday, June 9. Click Here for Tournament Entry.

One Week Stay for two at

Slammer Lure Package
Abu Garcia 6500C3 Reel
Fenwick Muskie Rod

Entry fee is $35 per person. All muskies caught will qualify for the grand prize. Prizes are awarded through 10th place with a junior division and a bonus for largest tiger muskie.

Contact Paul Hartman at 651-269-2144 if you have questions.


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!

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

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


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