2019 Quad County Challenge

The 33rd annual Milwaukee Chapter vs. Quad-County Chapter challenge will be held on  Saturday, May 4th (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 5th (7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) on Pewaukee Lake. This is a friendly event to kick off the season, see our friends from Illinois, and compete for 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, we will have a catered meal to all participants at Nettesheim Park. At noon Sunday we have the traveling trophy presentation at Curly’s Waterfront.

If you’re interested in participating, Contact Bob Petzke at 262-442-6260.  There is a $10 fee to help cover food costs for Saturday evening.

2016 Veteran’s Outing

On August 27th the Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc. had the honor of taking 14 Veterans out musky fishing on Pewaukee Lake. The weather broke just for the event; we had a little rain to deal with, but it turned out to be a perfect day. Some fish were lost, a few “non muskies” were caught, but we ended up with 5 muskies for the group:

Ken Guild/Roy Hinkforth 32”
Mike Burns, Jack Michel/Chad Larson 33”
Del Halverson, Bob Yust/Joel Walczak 34”
Nick Thompson/Geoff Vergas 37, 38”

Special gifts were awarded for the top 3 fish. We had an awesome lunch, and no one went hungry (you can be assured of that). Good conversations and recap of the mornings events occurred, and then we gave each of our Vets a nice gift bag. Jo-Anne and her crew even had gourmet popcorn for the attendees, as an additional “Thank you for your Service.”

It is great to be able to do what we do. A Big thank you to all our sponsors and the Captain’s that provided a great time on the water.

Koshere Realty – Dennis and Susan Koshere
Jean Koshere Ponfil and Scott Ponfil
Jo-Anne Koshere – the queen of coordinating the event
John, Karin Bagley and Jim – cooks
Master Lock
Sport Clips
Smokey’s Musky Shop
Chaos Tackle
Musky Armor

Thank you all!

June Member’s Outing

The Chapter’s June Member’s Outing was hosted out on Okauchee Lake (June 21st). The weather may have not been the most conducive for catching muskies (fish were seen, not boated), but it was just gorgeous enough for those involved to meet up afterwards for food and drink at Foolery’s–a bar & grill on the Okauchee channel. I’m positive that everyone there can testify when I say that it was a fantastic time. In moments like these, seeing everybody enjoy themselves hanging out and talking with all of their fishing buddies is priceless; it is a reminder of why we have clubs such as are own. That’s why Brian Mirek deserves huge props for putting on these events this year. He knows the importance of having these outings, and he took it upon himself to ensure that our Chapter would once again have them. Make sure that you attend these events if you can! They are such a blast, and a they are great way to become acquainted with others in the club.

2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters Outing

All in all, 26 Bigs and Littles were loaded onto 5 separate pontoon boats rented from Good Time Rentals on Pewaukee Lake. The boats were paid for by a generous donation from the Hays Companies.

Our host for the day was Smokey’s Musky Shop and man were they ever nice. It was a very busy day for them, and they allowed us all the space we needed to run this fishing outing. In fact, one of the workers even found a little time to show a youngster how to cast and fish off of the piers. Rumor has it that a bass was hanging around……and was properly exercised.

A very special thank you goes out to all of the volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters who showed up to assist with the event. Another very special thank you goes to all the volunteers from Muskies Inc. Some of these people include, Jennifer Verges (and her ice cream sundae booth donation), Roy and Nancy Hinkforth, Bryan and Sue Blanke, Bob and Daelyn Petzke, Mark Miller, Jeff Spraggon, Greg Sieren, Mike Phelps, Craig Ader, Jo-Anne Kashere and Lynne Dembiec. Apologies to anyone that I may have missed.

I don’t know if the pontoons found more smiles or fish on their outings, but we did hear that most pontoons caught 50 fish or so while on the water. We heard from many of the fishermen that these were the first fish they have even caught, and some of them even got to kiss their first fish.

To wrap up our outing, after lunch, two grand prizes were awarded to two lucky kids those being a razer scooter and a huge (55 inch) kite.

Larry Kleeba Challunge

Milwaukee Chapter had the honor of hosting the 2016 Larry Kleeba Challunge on May 21st & 22nd. Waukesha County musky lakes were those available to fish, including Pewaukee, Okauchee, Oconomowoc, and Lac LaBelle. The two day event ended up with 8 fish being caught in total, on 3 different lakes. The Milwaukee Chapter was lucky enough to win the traveling trophy this year. However, the Northwoods Chapter provided tough competition. Mike Sasse of Northwoods was the only angler in the event to boat two muskies on an individual level (32” and 38” muskies respectively). The largest fish boated during the Challunge was a 40.75 incher by Jim Dembiec of the Milwaukee Chapter. Thank you to Bob Petzke for chairing the event, as well as to Diana Petzke, Nicole Muskaluk, and Daelyn Petzke for all the help with the food.

May Member’s Outing

The first Member Outing for our chapter took place on Pewaukee Lake on Tuesday, May 17th. Fishing from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the evening, 21 people attended. Two fish were caught (Brian Mirek with a 35.5” and Bob Petzke with a 37”) during the outing. Those who were able to stick around met up at Curly’s Waterfront Bar & Grill to talk fishing. Everybody had a great time, and if you have been unable to attend any of the other Member Outings thus far, you should really make an effort to do so! These outings take place every month (dates listed below), and are a great way to become acquainted with other people in the Chapter.

2016 Quad County Challunge Recap

The 29th annual Quad County outing is now in the books. This year, with Mother’s Day landing on Southern Wisconsin’s opening weekend of game fishing, the Quad County Challenge between Milwaukee Chapter and Quad County (IL) Chapter of Muskies INC was a one day affair. Only 1 fish between both chapter was eligible to be counted, a 43″ fish caught by Steve Berg. There were some fish ineligible fish caught on Opening Day by Milwaukee Chapter members. Noteworthy fish boated were Brian Malack with a 33.5″, Marty Foreman with a 34″, and Steve Berg with a 40.5″.
A special thanks to Daelyn Petzke and Lynne Dembiec for all the help with the food after the outing.

Steve Berg with his 40.5″ Fish
Brian Malack with his 33.5″ Fish

2016 Larry Kleeba Challunge – Hosted by Milwaukee Chapter on Waukesha County – Lakes May 21-22

This year the Milwaukee Chapter will be hosting the Larry Kleeba Challunge on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd. Pewaukee Lake, Okauchee Lake, Oconomowoc Lake, Lac la Belle–all of these will be locations available to fish. Milwaukee Chapter will be hosting a cookout at Nettesheim Park on May 21st at 3pm. Trophy presentation will be at Nettesheim Park on May 22nd at 1pm, and all fish must be registered no later than 12:30pm. To register for the challenge itself, please contact Bob Petzke by the contact form below by May 6th.

Milwaukee Chapter decided to host the Challenge on our area lakes in May. This gives us a chance to introduce you to our fine southeast Wisconsin lakes and give the chapters up north an earlier start to their Wisconsin muskie season. In addition, recreational traffic is much lower in May than compared to June. We will have a 3PM meal at Nettesheim Park so to allow anglers an opportunity to fish the evening full moon. This was to create less hassle for those fishing to have to pull off the lake and relaunch. Nettesheim Park is located at the corner of Prospect Ave and Oak Street south of Pewaukee Lake. Nettesheim has good parking for trucks with boats, and also has a shelter in the event of adverse weather.

Pewaukee Lake has several launches around the lake. The West End Waukesha County launch in Naga-Wauke Park off of Maple Ave has ample parking. The last time I checked was $8 to launch. There is also a public launch at Smokey’s Muskie Shop off of Lakeview Blvd north of CTH SS. There are fees to launch at Smokey’s too. Okauchee Lake has a free DNR launch site, just north of State Hwy 16. Take CTH P – Wisconsin Ave to Lakeview Court and go north. Overflow flow traffic to Okauchee is directed to the Golden Mast with a fee charged by the Golden Mast. Both Okauchee and Pewaukee have establishments on the water to stop and get something to eat and drink. Oconomowoc Lake launch site is a very short distance from the Okauchee Launch. It also sits just north of HWY 16 and is off of CTH P – Wisconsin Ave. A recent check in March revealed that fees are $11.75 with attendant present, and $10 with no attendant present. Lac La Belle is in Oconomowoc and the launch for Lac La Belle is right north of Wisconsin Ave on STH Business 16 just west of downtown Oconomowoc. There is a launch fee for this launch and street parking is the norm.

The Lakes Country of Waukesha County is an affluent area that offers some nice hotel accommodations in the area, including but not limited to:

Staybridge Suites Milwaukee West-Oconomowoc-1141 Blue Ribbon Dr. Phone:(262) 200-2900
La Quinta Inn & Suites-Delafield – 2801 Hillside Dr. Phone:(262) 395-1162
Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Delafield -3030 Golf Rd. Phone:(262) 646-7077
Country Pride Inn – Delafield – 2412 Milwaukee St. Phone:(262) 646-3300
Country Springs Hotel -Pewaukee -2810 Golf Rd Phone:(262) 547-0201
Best Western Waukesha Grand – 2840 N Grandview Blvd Phone:(262) 524-9300
Holiday Inn – Pewaukee – N14 W24140 Tower Pl Phone:(262) 506-6300

There are several others in the area that offer different price points and locations.

The Kleeba Challunge is a traveling tournament held annualy among the Wisconsin Chapters of Muskies, Inc. There are currently nine chapters. The tournament was named after a member of Headwaters chapter, Larry Kleeba, who held the position of “Director at Large”. Larry moved to the Conover, Wisconsin area from Illinois. He was well known in the area and had many friends in Muskies, Inc. He has been described as a party kind of guy who loved to fish for muskies and was very good at it. Larry died in a tragic car accident near his home, after which during a Musky Club Alliance meeting, it was decided to name this tournament in his honor.

2015 Veterans Outing

Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc hosted the 2015 Veterans Outing on Pewaukee Lake on Saturday August 29th. We had 10 boats take out 15 Veterans. Four Vets caught muskies with three of them having caught their first. Quite a few Vets caught bass and northern pike too. The muskies caught were 40″, 38″, 36.5″ and 36″. Lots and lots of follows were sighted and a few additional muskies were lost boat side. After fishing, a good lunch was served at Nettesheim Park and door prizes were given away. Thank you to the Veterans for your service to our country and thank you for a great time and memorable outing!!

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2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters Outing with MCMI

BBBS 5On June 20, 2015, volunteers from the Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc. worked with volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters to take about 20 kids out fishing on Pewaukee Lake.Mother Nature made sure that the weather was excellent BBBS 7and that rain showers headed north of the lake.

The guides from Muskies Inc. got the kids into pontoon boats and went out in search of bluegills and other panfish. And in the end, they found just as many smiles on the faces of the kids as they did fish on the ends of lines.
BBBS 6The Littles and Bigs were treated to a fantastic morning of fishing and a nice lunch afterwards. As a surprise, every Little received a fishing rod which was donated by the Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc. There was also a grand prize raffle in which a youngster won a new bike!
In the end, I’m not sure who enjoyed the outing more, the Littles, the Bigs, or the volunteers who helped run the event from Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Milwaukee Muskies Inc. fishing club.