November 13th, 2014 General Meeting

November’s board/general meetings is this Thursday November 13th at American Legion Post #449 in Brookfield. The board meeting begins at 6 p.m., and the general meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. A vote will be taken for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Regional Vice President. Speaking at the general meeting is Jim from MW Marine. Jim will present on winterizing boat, motor(s), and trailer with a question and answer session. The presentation is compliments of MW Marine. Thanks to Barry Wanasek for helping coordinate.

2014 Championship Open

2014 Championship Open

Total Release Muskie Fundraising Tournament

September 27, 2014 – Pewaukee Lake

Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc is pleased to announce the inaugural run of their Fall Fishing Tournament on Pewaukee Lake. This is a payout fundraising tournament. The purpose of this tournament is to attract new members and raise funds for club programs. This includes but not limited to muskie rearing and stocking efforts for area lakes, monthly membership meetings with guest speakers, youth outings, and veterans’ memorial outings.

Brochure, registration, and release of liability forms

Key Features include:

Entrance fee per person:
• Muskies, Inc member – $125
• Non-member – $175

66% cash payout payout if full field of Muskies, Inc members:
• 1st Place – $6,281.25
• 2nd Place – $3,140.63
• 3rd Place – $2,072.82
• 4th Place – $1,067.80

• 6 a.m. ease out
• fish until 4 p.m.
• Payout at Smokey’s after event

Judge Boat Verification

• 75 Boats
• 2 people per boat
• 1 line per person plus an extra line for live bait per boat

Ease out order determined by order of registrations

Motor trolling is restricted

Tournament Headquarters:
Smokey’s Muskie Shop
N27 W27250 Woodland Dr
Pewaukee, WI 53072

2014 Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outing

From Geoff Verges on June 14th:

Milwaukee Muskies Inc and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee co-hosted a youth fishing event on Saturday with the help of both of Smokey’s tackle shops.

20 Littles with well over 20 Bigs showed up to catch some panfish with their captains from Milwaukee Muskies Inc.

Attached are a few pictures of the catch.

Many, many special thanks go out to the men from Muskies Inc who devoted part of their busy weekend to fishing with the kids: Bryan Blanke, Roy Hinkforth, Mark Miller and Greg Sieren. These were the men who made the magic happen for the kids, along with their helpers who tagged along as first mates.

More thanks goes out to each and every volunteer who showed up from Big Brothers and Big Sisters to assist with check in and help provide lunch for the kids.

On the Muskies Inc side, both Jennifer Verges and Nancy Hinkforth helped with facilitating the event and assisting with the lunch afterwards.

Kids ended up fishing from the Smokey’s pontoon boats from about 10:00 to 12:00. And while we heard that the ‘toons caught 40-70 gills apiece (along with some bass), some of the youngsters couldn’t get enough and also fished off of Smokey’s piers to get more bluegills. There were even rumors of a 10 inch gill.

Anyway, it was a blast for everyone involved. Another thank you goes out to Smokey’s Muskie Shop for not only hosting this event, but also for their Veterans Outing that was running at the same time.

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2014 Pewaukee Classic Results

The 30th Annual Pewaukee Classic took place on May 10th. We had 90 anglers, 86 adults and 4 juniors fish the event. Six muskies were boated and released. First place was Tim Blazek with 3 fish, 35-1/2″, 34-1/2″ and 30-1/2″. 2nd place went to Rich Vono with a 35-1/2″ fish. Third place was Tony Bilgrien with a 27″ fish. There was also a 23″ fish caught and released. Five of the muskies were caught on a Slammer bait and one on a bucktail. The weather was sunny and 75 degrees with a slight westerly wind, too nice for muskie fishing. The banquet followed the day of fishing at the Sussex Bowl. An excellent hot beef and chicken buffet were served. The big raffle item, which was a Minnkota Terrova 80, was won by Don Jahncke. Chapter 35 raised about $3500 for club activities. A big “Thank You” goes out to Captain Bryan Blanke, the Pewaukee Classic Tournament Director for a successful event and to all those who participated.

2014 Quad County – Milwaukee Challenge Results

On Opening Weekend, May 3rd and 4th, the Milwaukee Chapter reclaimed home lake advantage in the Quad County – Milwaukee Challenge on Pewaukee Lake. Six Fish were caught on Saturday, four from Milwaukee and two from Quad County Chapter. On Sunday at 11:50am, Mike Pokora added to the Milwaukee total with a 40 incher bringing Milwaukee’s total to 5 and Quad 2. Besides Mike’s big fish he also had a 34 incher on Saturday. Milwaukee Chapter members also reporting catching fish were Mike Danko – 34.5”, Russ Van Lieshout – 36”,” and Bob Petzke with a 32”. Quad County Chapter reported getting a 34” and a 34.5”. Milwaukee had 26 participants while Quad had 20 participants in the event. Thank You to Bob Petzke for coordinating the event.


The 28th annual Milwaukee Chapter vs. Quad-County challenge will be held on Saturday, May 3rd (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 4th (7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) on Pewaukee Lake. This is an unorganized event that simply awards the winning chapter the bragging rights and the traveling trophy for the year. The honor system is used to “register” fish and the Muskies, Inc. point system is used for length.

As with past challenges, participants will simply launch their boat where ever it is their convenience. You may start fishing before 7:00, but you cannot count fish caught unless it is after the 7:00 start. We usually eat lunch at Curly’s Waterfront at noon to get updated on how everyone is doing. At about 5:30 on Saturday our Chapter puts on a brat feast at Smokey’s. The boys from Ill. join us and a great time is had by all. At noon Sunday we have the trophy presentation at the Waterfront Pub and Grill.

If you’re interested and can make this two day commitment and represent our chapter, sign up at our general meeting in April. Chapter representatives are on a first come-first served basis. We take up to 30 contestants, and it is $5 to cover food and FUN. Contact Bob Petzke at 262-442-6260 or through the contact form below if you can not make the meeting.