Chapter members, please submit articles or ideas for the next chapter newsletter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitting pictures would be great also.
Please send it in by the 10th of each month to be published in the following month’s newsletter.
April 2021 Newsletter
May 1 – Muskies Inc. Chapter 46 Lure Auction 4-6pm
June 19 – Chapter 46 Bemidji/Cass Lake Muskie Tournament
September 10-12 – Frank Schneider Memorial Muskie Tournament
September 15-17 – Gil Hamm Chapter Challenge
Welcome back to another great year of Muskie fishing. While Covid-19 restrictions had held us back this last year, things are easing up slowly. We will be able to hold more events this year.
Our first event this year will be our Chapter 46 Lure Auction, May 1st At Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge from 4-6 pm. Due to restrictions, we can only have 45 people at this event. If you would like to donate lures you can bring them the day of event or call chapter president Chris Thury (612-590-0785). This will also be a membership drive, so if you know someone who would like to become a member please invite them.
The DNR will again be raising Muskies in ponds, and as in the past, Chapter 46 will be donating funds to support this.
Patrica Lesetmoe, Chapter 46 Secretary
Annual Lure Auction - May 1, 2021
We are having our annual lure auction this year at Ruttgers Birchmont Lodge on Lake Bemidji. Due to COVID restrictions, we have to limit attendance to the first 45 people through the door. Be sure to arrive on time to get yourself a seat!
January 2021 Newsletter
2020 was challenging to say the least: Here is a status report from chapter activities. The chapter basically broke even for the year. We didn’t have our usual big fundraisers: April auction and our June tournament. For the Gil Hamm event we were able to cover most expenses with help from National Muskies Inc. Membership in our chapter declined slightly, but national membership increased. Big fish replica went to Alex McLean with a 55-incher.
Our Bemidji DNR has had very good success with their 3 stocking ponds. However these ponds weren’t utilized in 2020 due to covid. The DNR had such success in 2019, that the excess went to 2020 planned lakes in our area. The DNR is hopeful that missing a year won’t have much long term effects on our area lakes. Even more important to practice safe release of any muskie caught.
Our 23rd annual Bemidji/Cass Tournament is on for June 19th, 2021. We are evaluating using the Fish Donkey app for this tournament, due to covid and because fishing apps seem to be the trend moving forward for all fishing events. If you have suggestions or input, please let me know. Hopefully we can have an actual in person award presentation, with food and raffles. We will have to wait and see. Things that wont change is we will still give away a youth license for paid entrants under 18 years of age and a scholarship donation to BSU Aquatic Studies program.
The Gil Hamm Memorial Challunge will be held again on the Bemidji/Cass Lake chains again. The dates will be September 15th thru 17th, headquarters at Ruttgers again.
Finally, if you were a member at one time, please consider becoming a chapter member once again. Please sign up on the MI website.
Chris Thury, Chapter 46 President