The past weekend Treeland Resort hosted the 3rd Annual Treeland Premier Musky Fly Fishing Championship. 50 anglers from all over the United States entered the tournament in hopes of catching the elusive muskellunge, and boy did they succeed!
Anglers registered 50 muskies, ranging in size from 25” – 43.5”. The majority of the musky were caught on bodies of water throughout the Hayward Area, including the Chippewa River, Flambeau River, Evergreen Lake and Mason Lake.
The event was kicked off with a Casting Contest sponsored by Pat’s Landing Resort on Thursday night. Entrants had three attempts to land their fly in a hoop. Competitive spirits soared and Michael Krig, from Foxboro, WI won in a sudden death playoff, taking home a Just Encase Musky Fly Box valued at $250!
Friday’s fishing started at 7am, with the crisp smell of fall in the air. A whopping 30 musky were registered with the largest fish coming in at 38” caught by Josh Smeltzer from Eau Claire, WI. He caught this on the Flambeau River with a pink homemade fly.
Saturday turned out to be another beautiful fall day on the lakes and rivers. Entrants kept their streak alive and registered 20 more musky ranging in size from 25” – 43.5”! The majority of the larger fish were caught on the Flambeau River.
Finishing in 3rd Place for the second year in a row, with 55 points was Team Grip It & Strip It made up of Jon Jungers from Sheboygan, WI and Jacob Jungers from Minneapolis, MN. They registered seven muskies ranging in size from 26 inches to 35.5 inches, giving them $375 in cash to take home!
The 2nd place team netted 63.5 points and $750 in prize money! Tim Miller and Dave Paloyan of Glenview, IL and Dave Kuntz of Minneapolis, MN reeled in a 38”, 37.5”, 36”, 31”, 26” and two 25” muskies.
Taking home the 1st place title, $1175 in cold, hard cash plus bragging rights was Team Gettin’ Fishy made up of Brad Bohen and Dan Daly from Winter, WI and Don Larson from Hayward, WI! They registered a total of 11 muskies from 25” – 34.5” throughout the 2 days of the tournament.
Biggest Fish Winner was Mr. Luke Swanson from Big Lake, MN with his beautiful 43.5″. Aside from winning the prestigious title, biggest musky also netted him an additional $750 in prize money!
We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, as without them tournaments like these would not be possible. Our premier sponsor was St. Croix Rods, who donated three St. Croix Legend Elite Fly Rods that were given away each night of the tournament. We’d also like to thank the Angry Minnow Brew Pub for donating all of the beer for anglers to enjoy. And to all of our friends at Just Encase Tackle Boxes, Fishpond and Pat’s Landing, thank you for helping out with so many great door prizes for the anglers to win all three nights!
Thanks to everyone who participated, and we look forward to seeing you September 26th – 28th , 2019 for the 4th Annual Treeland Premier Musky Fly Fishing Championship!