Registration for the 2018 Hodag Musky Challenge is open. Anglers from around Wisconsin and the Midwest will cast their lines for the chance to take home part of a multi-thousand dollar cash purse and the title of 2018 Hodag Musky Challenge Champion. This catch-and-release tournament takes place Sept. 21-23 and awards points for the size of muskies caught across five different lake groups in the Rhinelander area.
Lake Groupings for this year’s tournament are: Boom Lake/WI River, Crescent Lake/Oneida Lake/Hancock Lake, Moen Chain, Pelican Lake and Lake Thompson/Lake George/Lake Julia.
In 2015, the tournament moved to a judge boat scoring format rather than lakeside fish registration stations.
In order to provide adequate coverage on the lakes for judging and registering, the tournament will need 20 boats on the water each day. Volunteers must provide their own boat, but official measuring boards and supplies will be provided by the tournament and volunteers will be compensated for the days they are on the water.
Last year, over 190 fishermen competed for over to $18,000 in cash payouts for the top teams in the Hodag Musky Challenge. Thirty-three muskies were successfully caught and released by 22 different teams over the course of the weekend. The largest Musky of the tournament was caught on Hancock Lake and measured 46.5 inches.
Teams are composed of two anglers per boat at a cost of $250 per team. Registration is open through Friday, Sept. 21.
For more information or to sign-up to work the HMC, call the chamber, 715-365-7464 or email email@example.com.