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.
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.
The 32nd annual Pewaukee Classic was held on Saturday, May 14th. We had over 95 anglers fishing in extremely tough cold-front conditions. Multiple times throughout the day, the anglers in this tourney got to fish while it was sleeting. Nonetheless, a total of 5 fish were registered from 30 – 39 inches with over 65 fish seen (follows). 1st place was Rich Vono with a 39 incher, 2nd place was Steve Berg with a 36-1/2 incher and 3rd place went to Mark Hartwig with a 35-1/2 incher. Raffle tables were as follows: musky rod was won by Mike Czaplewski, Just Encase box with baits was won by Scott Schuit and our grand prize winner Michael Gapiepy won the Minn Kota Terrova trolling motor. Thanks goes out to our many donors and sponsors for the wonderful gifts and another successful tournament. The sponsor list this year includes: Minn Kota, Pheasants Forever – Dale Burhardt, Cabela’s, Smokey’s Musky shop, Just-EnCase, Threadsetters, Sussex Bowl, Craig Ader, Eric Croatt (Baits), Jim Dembiec (Baits), Marty Forman (musky rod), George Kasch (Baits), Sig Kaminski (wood fish carvings), Geoff Verges (signed Packer football), and Rob Rehbein (musky baits and books). A special thanks also goes out to Bryan Blanke (chair of the event), as well as everybody else who helped out or participated. This event serves as a major fundraiser for our chapter, and was a great success this year–having one of its most successful results as of recent.
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
In an effort to produce a sustaining and thriving musky fishery in the Greater Milwaukee area, two clubs—The Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc. (MCMI)—are stocking Okauchee Lake with extended growth muskies on April 12th 2016. Both groups are very excited about the potential of this stocking project, and the larger-than-normal size of the muskies that will be released into this trophy-fish producing lake.
Gollon Bait and Fish Farm, a family-owned business in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, will be the source of the muskies provided. Among the fish raised at this facility are panfish (bluegill, crappie, and perch) and baitfish (suckers, fatheads and golden shiners). Since the early 1990s, Gollon has also been deeply rooted in the business of raising gamefish such as small-mouth bass, large-mouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, northern pike, and musky. Their business focuses on supplying bait shops throughout the Midwest, as well as stocking both public waters and private ponds.
Okauchee Lake would not be receiving this wonderful opportunity without not only the successful fundraising efforts of both clubs, but also the generous donations given to each organization to ensure the longevity of musky angling. This stocking project also received a very nice contribution from Waukesha County, who used grant money made available to them.
MCW would like to thank Bill Schwartz and Slammer Tackle for their donation towards the effort of stocking Okauchee Lake this spring. Slammer Tackle, founded in 1989, is based out of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and specializes in the production of high-impact (and high quality) plastic crankbaits. MCW would also like to thank Mike Ebert, Mike Phelps, Nancy Nedilsky, and Emily Guduyron.
MCMI would like to thank Team Rhino Outdoors for their donation toward this stocking effort. Team Rhino is a business that has found a niche in specializing in the sales of custom musky lures, selling a diverse selection of unique paint schemes.
Both clubs want to share their appreciation for all the anonymous donations as well. This project would not have been made possible without the financial support of everybody involved. This stocking event is truly an opportune occurrence, and is aimed at creating a flourishing fishery for the future of our sport.
Our April 26th 2016 Meeting at the Machine Shed will feature Madison Musky Guide Jeff Hanson. Jeff’s topic will be on “Fishing Pressured Waters”. Jeff is a full time guide and has over 20 years of experience guiding on the Madison Chain of lakes and the only Madison Guide to boat 4 fish over 50″ on the Madison Chain. So come on out and join us for a warm up to Musky Season Opener.
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.
The Pewaukee Muskie Classic is a fund raising tournament. This year, we’re celebrating the 32nd anniversary of this event. The money raised is used for our many club programs including our Muskie rearing and stocking effort for Lac LaBelle, Okauchee and Pewaukee Lakes, youth outings, our veterans’ memorial outings, monthly membership meetings with guest speakers and much more.
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When the discussion of top musky anglers comes into discussion Steve’s name invariably enters into the mix and the terms “legendary” and “innovator” are often brought up. He was recently mentioned in a vote by a panel of his peers as one of the top ten musky anglers of all time. With over 28 years of experience guiding and instructing from northern WI’s Vilas County–starting 28 years ago–to the Canadian Shield waters of the famed Eagle Lake for the past 22 years, Steve brings a wealth of new knowledge, patterns, and presentations.”This seminar won’t be an advertisement or entertainment but the real meat-and-potatoes overview of overlooked and sometimes contrary-to-many-popular-belief patterns and thoughts. It will also give a preview of some new and exciting big fish patterns that have been developing more recently and emerging by the ever changing environment and ecosystem–especially on the Canadian Shield water of NW Ontario.” 1994 to date Steve and his clients have boated 43 muskies 40# – 50#+ on Eagle Lake ON and in the prior 6 years guiding in WI’s Vilas Co. 2 times guided clients to the largest musky boated in the state for the yr. with a 55 1/2″ 43# 6 oz. in 1987 and 53″ 47# 10 oz. in 1992. Steve brings to the stage knowledge and passion that is unique and contagious. So come out and see Steve Herbeck present “Techniques to Landing Big Muskies”. This is one you won’t want to miss!! You can find us at The Machine Shed – 7pm
N14 W24145 Tower Place (I-94 & WIS 164 Exit 294), Pewaukee, WI 53072.
MCMI had a great time at the Milwaukee Muskie Expo from Friday, February 12th to Sunday, February 14th. We were given a generous donation from Team Rhino Outdoors and DK Lures to raffle off a DK Glitter Walleye, as well as donate 10% of their show sales to us. In the end, Team Rhino Outdoors was responsible for the club making over $700 at the expo, and that money will go towards stocking. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity to our club. And, to top it off, they are a great group of guys, and always a pleasure to deal with. I know more than one chapter member who dropped some coin in their booth this past weekend.
A “Big Thank You” goes out to Brian Mirek for chairing the MCMI Muskie Expo Booth and to the rest of the volunteers that assisted: Mike Phelps, Steve Berg, Bob Petzke (and wife), James Kwapil, Andy Rosenau, Matt Saric, Dave Kegler, Craig Ader, and Greg Sieren