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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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The team of Travis Smith, left, and Chad Rudie caught the biggest musky of the 2019 Hodag Musky Challenge. It measured 46.5 inches and was caught on Crescent Lake.
Jacob friede/lakeland times The team of Travis Smith, left, and Chad Rudie caught the biggest musky of the 2019 Hodag Musky Challenge. It measured 46.5 inches and was caught on Crescent Lake.
Friday, September 27, 2019 7:29 AM
The 38th annual Hodag Musky Challenge, sponsored by Shoeder’s RV and Marine, was held last weekend on Rhinelander area lakes, and it was a tale of two very different days. (subscriber access)
  • One more year of closure on Minocqua chain proposed at public meeting
    There was a full house on hand at the Woodruff Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to hear results from a 2019 spring walleye population estimate conducted on Lake Minocqua and Lake Kawaguesaga by members of the Headwaters Basin chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow (WFT) and biologists from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). (subscriber access)
  • Mercer Muskie Madness continues its mission
    Headquartered out of the Gateway Lodge, the 2019 Mercer Muskie Madness tournament was held last Friday and Saturday on Mercer area lakes. Twenty-one muskies were caught after 37 teams took to the water for two days of competitive fishing, and those two days were drastically different. (subscriber access)
  • When the Minocqua chain will open up for walleye harvest has been one of the most pressing questions concerning local fishing as of late and a public input meeting planned for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Woodruff Town Hall will go a long way in answering that. (subscriber access)
  • A guide to fishing and happiness
    Bob “Mepp’s” Bertch comes from a long line of fishermen: his father fished, as did his father’s father. Bertch’s father and grandfather taught him to fish at a young age. (subscriber access)
  • Windy weather for 4th annual Boulder Junction Lions Club Walleye Classic
    Braving heavy rain and wind, nine teams turned out for the fourth annual Boulder Junction Lions Club Walleye Classic held last weekend on Boulder Junction township lakes. But despite tough conditions, 58 walleyes were caught during the two day tournament. (subscriber access)
  • Join Gateway Lodge & Resort in welcoming area veterans to the 2019 Mercer Muskie Madness fishing tournament on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. 
  • Winners announced for the 31st annual Greater Wisconsin Muskie Tournament
    Rainy weather on Saturday slowed down the bite a bit for the 31st annual Greater WI Muskie Tournament sponsored by the St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce and Rob Manthei’s Guide Service.  

    However, the rain did not keep the anglers off the lake as 19 legal muskies and 16 legal Northern were caught and released on 10 area lakes over the weekend.  
  • The Boulder Junction Lions Club will host its 4th annual Walleye Classic on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 on 14 Boulder Junction area lakes.
  • 2019 Hodag Musky Challenge a great success
    The 38th annual Hodag Musky Challenge, sponsored by Shoeder’s RV and Marine, was held last weekend on Rhinelander area lakes, and it was a tale of two very different days. (subscriber access)
  • Sayner/St. Germain Musky League completes 10th year
    The Sayner/St. Germain Thursday Night Musky League just completed its 10th year with a banquet at Fibbers in St. Germain.
  • Central Wisconsin River Series takes on Minocqua Chain
    Last weekend the Central Wisconsin River Series took on the always-challenging Minocqua Chain. Anglers could choose to fish Minocqua Kawaguesaga, Lake Tomahawk, Mid and Mud lakes as well as little Lake Tom. (subscriber access)
  • Another big year for the World Championship Musky Classic
    The 43rd annual World Championship Musky Classic was held last weekend and 688 anglers took to the water in the traveling tournament that rotates between the north Lakeland towns of Manitowish Waters, Winchester, Presque Isle, and Boulder Junction. (subscriber access)
  • In 1977, the first administrator of the North Lakeland School District, the late Bill Sherer Sr., along with then-community education director Ken Reinicke, created what is now the World Championship Musky Classic. (subscriber access)
  • The Wounded Warriors in Action (WWIA), a national 501c3 foundation, will be holding its 5th annual Eagle River Muskie Chal-Lunge on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, Sept. 12-15.
  • Inaugural Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament draws a good crowd
    The name Rod Gaskill has been known by many as a tough competitor on bass tournament trails in the Northwoods as well as the former tournament director of the Hodag Bassmasters Boom Lake Open. Last summer Gaskill lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer and plans immediately went into effect to create an event of which he would be proud. (subscriber access)
  • The final free fishing seminar in Boulder Junction for the 2019 season takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at Acorn Lodge, 10370 Main St., Boulder Junction.
  • 2019 Vets and Guides Event a huge success
    An eagle perched in a tree overhead as veterans arrived for the 2019 Vets and Guides Event held last Wednesday in Lake Tomahawk. That living symbol of our country’s freedoms set the tone for a day honoring the men and women who served to protect them. (subscriber access)
  • Inaugural Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament on Aug. 17
    The inaugural Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament will be held on Boom Lake on Saturday, Aug. 17. 
  • Central Wisconsin River Series takes on Lake Mohawksin
    Catching bass on Lake Mohawksin last weekend did not seem to be a big problem for most teams in the Central Wisconsin River Series, with 30 of 42 teams bringing in a limit. Finding the bigger fish, however, did prove to be problematic for many. Most teams reported catching well over their limits of fish, but all of them were “cookie cutters,” fish which might allow a team to cull up by an ounce or two, but not by much more, if at all. (subscriber access)
  • Boulder Junction fishing guides are ready to share some of their best fishing secrets at the free fishing seminars this season.
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