Eagle River Muskie Open
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center along with the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin are proud to bring you the results of the 26th Annual National Championship Musky Open.
Each year The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin host the largest amateur musky tournament in the United States on seven lake families in the Eagle River, WI area. This tournament is a total catch and release tournament open to all ages and designed for great family fun.
The National Championship Musky Open also hosted the seventh annual "Help Fight Hunger" program. This program was created to help support the Vilas Food Pantry. Each angler was asked to bring a non-perishable food item. In return each angler received 1 chance at winning a Shimano reel and many other musky fishing items for their donation. Thanks to this program the participants in the 2011 National Championship Musky Open again donated over 3300 pounds of non-perishable food items and raised over $700 for the Vilas Food Pantry - the most ever in the seven years this program has been running.
The 26th Annual National Championship Musky Open had 1057 musky anglers representing 12 states enter the tournament - what a great show of participation in this family northwoods tradition.
One hundred and fifty-three muskies were caught and released in this year's Musky Open.
The tournament musky angler winner won the tournament with 4 fish with a total length of 153.5 inches.
Sixty-seven youth entered this year's tournament and what a great time these kids had. There were 63 Guardian/Youth teams of an adult and child entered in this tournament along with 65 husband-wife teams.
The largest fish caught in the tournament was 49.25 inches by Brian Pettingill of Indianapolis, IN. He caught this fish on Lake Family 1 on Catfish Lake. His catch and release happened on Friday afternoon, Aug. 19th on a spinner bait lure. As the largest fish of the tournament, a replica fish will be created by Fittante Taxidermy of Antigo, WI. This replica will be presented to Brian at next year's tournament.
The winner of the 26th annual National Championship Musky Open went to Blair Best of Appleton, Wisonsin with a catch of 4 muskies - 35.75",36",39" and 42.75" for a total of 153.5 inches. All 4 fish were caught on Lake Family 5 - The Sugar Camp Chain.
The winner of the Youth Division was Conner Lodewegen of Iola, WI with a fish measuring 42.5 inches.
The winners of the Guardian/Youth Division was Joel Kuna (guardian) and Jamie Kuna (youth) of Roselle, IL with three fish - 34" , 34: a;nd 37" for a total of 105 inches.
The winners of the Husband/Wife Team was Todd and Barb Perigo of Rhinelander, WI with two fish - 39.5" and 42" for a total of 81.5 inches.
This year's 2011 Ranger tournament boat winner was Don Pestka of Wausau, WI.