“Off to another promising season, the 2013 Vilas County Musky Marathon has registered some great fish and received some great stories to celebrate our 50th year,” Janet Christianson, Vilas County Tourism and Publicity Department, said.
“We encourage any angler releasing a musky caught in Vilas County waters to be a part of the 50th year of this very special event.”
The Vilas County Musky Marathon, which runs the entire musky season, is a fun way for anglers fishing Vilas County waters to register any musky caught and released from Vilas County waters and be eligible for prizes, prize drawings and plaques. It’s open to anglers of all ages and abilities.
Christianson reminds anglers the Marathon runs through Nov. 30 and there is no fee to register a musky.
“This year, all released muskies – of any length – are eligible to be registered as a musky of any length is a fight on the line and the Marathon wants to recognize both the angler and the ‘Northwoods monster,’ and four divisions – men’s, women’s, youth (age 15 and under) and guides – provide registration opportunities for all anglers.”
Whether fishing specifically for the great fish or catching one by accident while fishing for other species, anglers are encouraged to register their released musky as soon as possible.
In addition to receiving a certificate, pin and a special marathon prize, registrants are also eligible for additional prizes distributed throughout the Marathon, such as prizes to every tenth and one-hundredth registrant in each division as well as drawing prizes at the Marathon’s conclusion.”
Registration details are available on posters at registration stations or online at www.vilas.org.
“With the angler’s permission, submitted pictures are uploaded to the website to share with other anglers,” Christianson said, “and Marathon registrants enjoy sharing their Vilas County memory with family and friends.”
Stories and memories like Michael Cassara’s. Cassara, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., was fishing with a minnow when he caught his first-ever musky – a 21-incher.
Or Dick Albers of Green Bay, who was fishing in early August with a quarter night crawler on a No. 2 hook using 6-pound line when he caught and released a 44-inch musky. He registered his fish in the Marathon.
Or James Bolton of Orlando, Fla., who has registered muskies of 48, 45, 43 and 41 inches he caught while fishing with an Eagle Tail bucktail.
Registrations and pictures are updated weekly on the Vilas County Tourism and Publicity website at www.vilas.org.
An important part of the Marathon are the sponsors who provide prizes and the registration stations located throughout the county that provide information and registration forms for the Marathon.
Sponsors for the 50th annual Vilas County Musky Marathon include: Area chambers of commerce; Elmer Jensen Guide Service; Errington’s Guide Service; Frabill; Headwaters Chapter of Muskies, Inc.; Hillcrest Cottages; Kari Lessner Tackle; Lax Reproductions; Mills Fleet Farm; Musky Hunter Magazine; Plano; Sierra Stream and Mountain; Smith Bait Manufacturing Co.; South Bend Sporting Goods; and Vilas County Tourism and Publicity.
Located across the county, the 2013 Registrations Stations include: Boulder Junction – Northern Highland Sports; Conover – Lax Reproductions and Northern Waters Angling and Archery; Eagle River – Eagle Sports Center and Wild Eagle Corner Store; Land O’Lakes – Bent’s Camp Resort and Lodge and Sunrise Lodge; Manitowish Waters – Townline Sports; Phelps – Phelps Convenience Center; Presque Isle – Up North Sport and Gift; St. Germain – St. Germain Sport Marine; Sayner/Star Lake – Up North Traders.
To check out the current standings or for more information on the Vilas County Musky Marathon or to obtain a registration form, visit the Vilas County Tourism website at www.vilas.org or call Vilas County Tourism and Publicity at 800-236-3649 or 715-479-3649.
Vilas County Musky Marathon standings as of Aug. 16:
Men’s released division
1. Denny Brabec, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 50-1⁄2 inches, July 2, Tallywacker.
2. Todd Osiecki, Weston, 50 inches, July 4, Bulldawg.
3. Brian L. Turner, Wisconsin Rapids, 48-1⁄16 inches, Aug. 3, Topper Stopper.
4. Jack McGill, Waukesha, 48 inches, July 11, jerk lure.
4. James C. Bolton, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 48 inches, July 20, Eagle Tail bucktail.
6. Don Zander, Boulder Junction, 47-1⁄2 inches, June 26, bucktail.
7. William J. Guska, Jr., Chicago, Ill., 46 inches, Aug. 7, jig on 12-pound test.
8. Ken Krueger, Appleton, 45-1⁄2 inches, May 27, Northland chatter lure.
8. Rich Thruman, Baraboo, 45-1⁄2 inches, June 24, homemade bucktail.
10. Rich Thruman, Baraboo, 45 inches, June 28, homemade bucktail.
10. Bryon Andrews, Arbor Vitae, 45 inches, July 7, Super D.
10. James C. Bolton, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 45 inches, July 15, Eagle Tail.
13. Brian V. Verkuilen, Neenah, 44 inches, June 8, Bucher bucktail.
13. Dick Albers, Green Bay, 44 inches, Aug. 2, crawler chunk, 6-pound line.
13. Steve Koehn, Merrill, 44 inches, Aug. 5, Mepps Musky Killer.
16. Rich Thruman, Baraboo, 43-1⁄2 inches, July 5, sucker.
17. James C. Bolton, Jr., Orlando Fla., 43 inches, July 29, Eagle Tail bucktail.
17. Steve Koehn, Merrill, 43 inches, Aug. 6, Mepps Musky Killer.
19. John Phillips, Wilmington, Ill., 42 inches, July 8, Big Minnow lure.
19. Mike McEntee, Edina, Minn., 42 inches, July 8, Firetiger Shad Rap.
19. Steve Koehn, Merrill, 42 inches, Aug. 7, Mepps Musky Killer.
22. James C. Bolton, Jr., Orlando Fla., 41 inches, July 11, Eagle Tail bucktail.
23. Mark E. Schultz, Sheboygan, 38 inches, July 28, 2-inch Mister Twister.
24. Eric Pomplun, Janesville, 36 inches, July 20, Bulldawg.
25. Wendell J. Podulka, Elk Grove Village, Ill., 34-1⁄2 inches, May 25, Buchertail bucktail.
26. Glenn Matula, Eagle River , 34 inches, June 7, Mann’s crankbait.
27. Glenn Matula, Eagle River, 33 inches, May 30, homemade bucktail.
28. Michael Cassara, Elk Grove Village, Ill., 21 inches, July 28, minnow.
Women’s released division
1. Sonnet Uhlenbrauck, Appleton, 44 inches, July 5, bucktail.
Youth released division
1. Cal Hammen, Kaukauna, 44-1⁄2 inches, June 14, Giant Thunder Stick.
2. Madeline Bogathy, Cedar Lake Ind., 34 inches, June 30, Sunset Buchertail.
Guide’s released division
1. Fred E. Brogle, Eagle River, 45-1⁄2 inches, June 16, Whopper Plopper.
2. Bill Jacobs, Eagle River, 43-3⁄4 inches, June 25, Mepps lure.
3. Bobby Orr, Mercer, 41 inches, June 17, Suick jerk.