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.
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.