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Nearly 1,400 Anglers Expected For National Championship Musky Open August 18-20

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin will host the 32nd annual National Championship Musky Open August 18-20 at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River, WI.

The event kicks off with registration, a local action seminar, and rules briefings on Thursday, August 17. Fishing begins Friday, August 18, and continues through the morning of Sunday, August 20.

This event is the single largest musky tournament anywhere. Last year, 1,296 anglers registered to fish it and as many as 1,400 are expected this year. Tournament anglers are spread out on waters throughout eastern Vilas County and northeastern Oneida County. Rather than winning cash prizes, anglers compete for trophies.

In 2016, Hunter Mathison of Eagle River caught five muskies on BullDawgs in just a couple hours one morning to be declared national champion. To place in the top six places, an angler needed to catch at least two muskies last year.

The largest musky at the 2016 tournament was a 48-incher by Dan Van Zeeland of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, from Lac Vieux Desert on a Buchertail.

On Sunday afternoon, nearly 1,500 people will be in attendance as trophies are presented to the top anglers. In addition, the winners of two fully-rigged Ranger boats powered by Mercury outboards will be drawn — one winner will be a tournament angler, and one will have purchased a raffle ticket for the boat in advance of the event.

The tournament is the largest single fundraiser for the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin. The Alliance works closely with the Wisconsin DNR to provide funds for musky stocking and research, and donates money for scholarships for students planning to study fisheries in college. 

For more about the tournament, or to enter, click here.

To read about last year’s tournament, click here.

To learn more about the Musky Clubs Alliance, click here.

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