Fishermen reel in muskies during annual tournament
ONEIDA COUNTY (WAOW) -
The 31st annual Hodag Musky Challenge was held in Rhinelander over the September 7-9 weekend.
Robert Petrusky and Ryan Stewart from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin caught the champion muskies while fishing Lake George according to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. The first measuring 40 ½ inches and the next 42 inches.
The chamber reports that 72 teams registered for the annual fishing tournament.
16 total muskies were caught and registered during the tournament.
Kevin and Zach Mahlberg caught the largest musky, measuring 48 inches, on the Moen Chain.
The full results:
1st - Robert Petrusky & Ryan Stewart, fishing Lake George, caught a 40 ¼ & 42 inch musky
2nd - Dave Hershey and Pat Burge, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 40 ¾ and 40 ½ inch musky
3rd - Kevin Mahlberg and Zach Mahlberg, fishing Moen Chain, caught a 48 inch musky
4th - Rodney Reader and Rick Coenen, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 45 inch musky
5th Place (TIE) - Tyler Robish and Dmitry Burgan, fishing Crescent Lake, caught a 44 ½ inch musky and Darrel Mack and Cory Mack, fishing Crescent Lake, caught a 44 ½ inch musky
7th Place - Rich Anderson and Lee Bastian, fishing Boom Lake, caught a 43 inch musky
8th Place(TIE) - Ken Liebnitz and Rod Rodziczak, fishing Lake Julia, caught a 42 ½ inch musky and Kevin Abendroth and Scott Abendroth, fishing on Oneida Lake, caught a 42 ½ inch musky
10th Place - Brock Terzinski and Travis Unverzagt, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 42 inch musky
11th Place - Jim Engman and Rick Ammons, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 41 ¼ inch musky
Largest Musky of Saturday - Rodney Reader and Rick Coenen, 45 inches caught on Oneida Lake
Largest Musky of Sunday - Kevin Mahlberg and Zach Mahlberg, 48 inches caught on Moen Chain
Largest Northern of the Tournament - Dan Brekke and Mick Miller, 32 ¾ inches caught on Lake George