2013 Amron Pond Muskie Collection, Eastern half

This is the second pull of the seine to rid the eastern half of the pond of algae before we could seine for muskies. The western half was pulled prior to this. At the end of this video, we were drawing in the lengths of seine net to slowly reduce the area the muskies were in. Unfortunately, the media card was full at this point so we do not have footage where we then scoop the muskies into 5 gallon pails to carry them up the pond wall to the awaiting WI DNR transport tank/truck.

2013 October General Meeting

At the October 22nd  meeting,  Craig Ader announced that tickets are now available for the spring 2014 Fund Raiser 50/50 Raffle.  The cost will be $5 each or 5 for $20.  The winner will be drawn at the Pewaukee Classic on May 10th 2014. Tickets will be sold at the General Meetings, Milwaukee Muskie Expo, and the day of the Pewaukee Classic.

Chapter member Geoff Verges gave a presentation on Sucker Fishing.  Geoff, with the gracious permission of fellow chapter member and local guide Mike Koepp who run’s Mike’s Extreme Guide Service  (www.mikekoepp.com), shared the “Koepp Rig” with the group.  Geoff discussed  some of the techniques that are employed on Pewaukee and area lakes when the “meat of the season” is on the menu for Muskies.

2013 September General Meeting

The Chapter’s September 24’s meeting had guest speaker Kevin Moore who runs Muskies, etc Guide Service (www.muskiesetc.com).  Kevin had a great presentation on some the live bait techniques he uses.  He also spoke on year round presentations he employs on Pewaukee and most in particular Okauchee and Oconomowoc Lakes.   Kevin had some great insight and some lively stories. Kevin has been fishing Okauchee Lake since the early 80s.

2013 September Member Outing

On our Friday September 20th outing, Mother Nature dealt an early kick off to fall with it being a bit windy and a little chilly!!!! Trolling seemed to be the ticket as Lynne Dembiec took the Big Fish pot with a 36.75 incher. She also boated 2 other 35″ers. Steve Berg stuck a 34″ along with a pike casting. Afterwards, a good time was had at Smokey’s Muskie Shop. Thanks to Rick for keeping the shop open for us. Geoff and Jen Verges supplied the meal which was some awesome pulled pork!!  These outings are all about having fun, chasing Muskies and the camaraderie on and off the water.

In the future, if anyone is looking to host an event, pick a date and let the crew know. As President Craig Ader said “I am truly impressed with the cooks we have. If you have not attended one of these outings, you are missing out on a treat in so many ways.”

2013 Veterans Outing Report

August 31st brought about the Annual Veterans outing hosted by Chapter 35 on Pewaukee Lake.  This event was spearheaded by Gene Pokora with assistance from his wife Mary and son Mike.  Sign up was at 0700 with coffee and droughts served. This year saw 10 different veterans team up with 11 of our chapter member boats on Pewaukee Lake.  Fishing was reported to be slow with few follows sighted by most.  Geoff Verges reported moving several fish, with a few bites and his partner having a two muskies coming unpinned.

Jack Mueller's 30" Muskie Caught during the Veterans Outing
Jack Mueller’s 30″ Muskie

Craig Ader stuck a 34” Northern and two casts later got a 42” Muskie.  Veteran John McCaffey boated a 35” Muskie, and Veteran Jack Mueller boated a nice large mouth and a 30” Muskie.  Fishing was followed with a banquet at Post 449 of the American Legion Hall at 124th and Burleigh in Brookfield. A donation of $232 was made to the Fisher House Foundation in Ralph Anderson’s name as a result of donations and raffles from the event.  The Fisher House Foundation works to provide “a home away from home” for military families to be close to their loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.  In the end, a great time was had by all, and a great way to say “Thanks” to some Veterans for serving our country.  Gene states that he is looking at moving this annual event from Labor Day weekend to later in September, and expresses his sincerest thanks to all the members that donated their time. If you would like to volunteer your time to take a vet out next year, please contact Gene Pokora.

2013 June Member Outing

This past summer on the water outings were scheduled for the 20th of each month on Pewaukee Lake followed with socializing at Smokey’s Muskie Shop.

June saw about 9 members participate with Greg Irwin chairing the event.   Rick Wyrwas won the big fish pool with his 37 incher caught during the outing.  He stuck a 38” fish earlier in the day before the outing.  There were reports of seeing quite a few fish, but nothing else being caught.