Jim Wiltinger Wins Steve Wiltinger Memorial Outing
Jim Wiltinger (aka Mr. Holcombe) dominated the annual outing held in memory of his brother on Lake Holcombe. Jim boated 5 tournament eligible muskies with the largest being 47.5". In anticipation of a big front coming in on Saturday morning, a lot of musky hunters were out in force on Friday. Some fisherman ventured out very early on Saturday morning to try and catch a musky feeding frenzy just before the front that arrived around 6:30 Saturday morning. The anglers who made it out were greeted with some good musky activity, but not many "big girls" were showing themselves and certainly were still not interested in eating. The steady rain ended around 10:00 a.m. and very nice weather day was welcomed by the outing anglers. In all, 13 fish were registered. . About 10 fish were PIT tagged for our WDNR study.
Big Swedes resort served a great lunch of brats, hamburgers, and all the fixings for about 40 people during our mandatory break on Saturday. A door prize drawing was held and about a third of members received a bait or gift card. President Weidemann won the drawing for a new musky rod. All the kids who showed up for lunch also were giving a bait to help them lure in their next musky. The Blind draw partner tournament was won by the team of Jim Wiltinger and Leif Tolokken with a total of six fish caught. Other anglers to boat eligible muskies during tournament hours were Chuck Ingram, Tim Stensgard, John Degeorge, Jim Mazzone, and Gary Donahue.
The annual Summer Picnic is fast approaching on our regular meeting night of Tuesday July 26th.
The gathering will begin at 5 pm at the park shelter on Lake Neshonec. Dinner will be at 6pm. We are planning the usual array of food, beverages and games. Families are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by responding to this email or calling Kim at 608-769-1931. We need an accurate count for food since we are having it catered from Big Boar Smokers, so please let us know how many attending. Also, if there are children please include their ages in your response so we can have age appropriate prizes.
Holcombe outing had 26 people with 6 legal muskies. Thanks to Leif for hosting.
Winter outing- 20 members participated in the 2016 winter outing. Musky Master Corey Pettis captured the championship with three muskies 43 inch 37 1/2 inch and 30 1/4 inch. He was paired with Paul Marquart who caught a 35 1/2 inch musky the split and $90 Prize. Other members who caught fish are: Leif Tolkien with a 37 ½, Travis Pettis (a junior member) caught 36 inch and 33 inch muskies. Scott Cornish caught a 34" musky and Jim Krause got a 32 3/4" musky for a total of 9 Tournament eligible fish. Justin Sprosty landed 3 Muskies on a Flambeau river float, but didn't make the noon meal Saturday, so his fish couldn't be entered. A great meal was prepared by Mary Kay Mork at MK's Rustic Inn and was enjoyed by all who partook. The camaraderie was at a new level with campfires and countless beverages and fish stories. Thanks to Bob for hosting.
The final outing will be September 24 at Holcombe.
Meeting 4th Tuesday
Annual Banquet is March 11! Get your tickets, get donations, get there and have fun!
God’s Country is located in southwestern Wisconsin in the Mississippi River valley city of La Crosse. As a chapter of Muskies, Inc., we strive to work with the over 50 other nationwide chapters to promote a high quality muskellunge sport fishery. Habitat protection, research, and the promotion of fellowship and sportsmanship are all conservations purposes of our chapter.Our non profit club is also active in the community by assisting our local Department of Natural Resources with an annual river cleanup day, and the Department of Transportation with a bi-annual adopt-a-highway cleanup. We also provide funding to area charities that include the American Red Cross, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and organizing an annual food drive for the needy. Our club has also participated in the recent stocking of Lake Neshonoc.Thank you for visiting our site. Feel free to contact us to find out more about God’s Country Muskies Inc, La Crosse WI.