Musky Fest 2016

Musky Fest 2016 was held June 17, 18 and 19. The date this year was a week earlier than the normal. This was the 67th year for Musky Fest. The weather for Musky Fest 2016 was almost exactly the same as the weather in 2015. The weather for the weekend was beautiful–no rain–highs in the 80’s. Several weekends prior to Musky Fest the weather was rainy and rather cool. The crowd attending Musky Fest seemed to be slightly less than in past years. There were several festivals within a 50 mile radius of Hayward the same weekend as Musky Fest. This might have been a factor for the smaller crowd–it certainly wasn’t the weather.

The Lions had their usual beer tent and food station. This year the beer was served in cans instead of from a tap. The customers seemed to enjoy the ice cold cans of beer. Hookstone Winery provided several kinds of wine that were also sold. The food station provided: brats (sauerkraut was available), hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork and steak sandwiches. Chuck Aubart was the BBQ chef that cooked the pulled pork. All the usual condiments were available.

Erin Roehl was the chairperson for the fishing contest. This event is certainly one of the “high points” of the weekend. The event again this year was catch and release. The catch and release concept has proven to be very poplar with the local community as well as those participating in the fishing contest. There are numerous fishing contests in the Hayward area over the course of the summer–under these conditions it is imperative to have a fishing contest of this magnitude based on the catch and release concept. It takes a lot of time and organization to make this event a success. This event is called Musky Fest–it is certainly fitting to have a well organized fishing contest as part of the weekend activities. Musky Fest is celebrating the 67th anniversary–the Hayward Lions Club has been the sponsor for the fishing contest most of that time.

Every young person (age 12 and under) who registered at the fishing booth (next to the Lions food station) got either a youth life jacket, a rod/reel combo or a tackle box. There were about 130 young people who registered for the fishing contest. In order for the young contestant to receive their gift, they only needed to bring in a photo showing a fish they caught (the fish could be of any size). Some of the young contestants were seen at Shue Pond catching their fish for the fishing contest. Frank Pratt was available at Shue Pond for tips on how to catch fish. Walgreens and Walmart cooperated by providing free photos of the fish caught by the young contestants.

Each person who entered a musky got a prize. They were: Treyton Thesing, Regan Belisle, Mary Anderson, Jon Klohs, John Slatinsky (biggest musky of the contest, 41″), Brad Westergard and Mavrik Joos.

The youth division had the following categories: Musky, Walleye, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Perch, Crappie and Bluegill. First and second place prizes were given in each category. The following were the first place youth winners in each category. Musky, Treyton Thesing (34 1/2″); Walleye, Jaden DeMarre (18″); Northern Pike, Treyton Thesing (25 1/2″); Largemouth Bass, Maria Winter (17″); Smallmouth Bass, Treyton Theising (17 1/2″); Crappie, Tori Korich (12″); Panfish, Ridge Lodermeier (8 3/4″); Perch, Jaden DeMarre (10″). Cash prizes/gift certificates were awarded to the first and second place winners.

The first place winner of the fish photo contest was Maria Winter. Her photo was most unusual. The photo was taken underwater showing Maria holding her largemouth bass (17″). The photos were judged by one of the local art teachers.

The adult first place winners in each category were: Musky, John Slatinsky (41″); Walleye, Charlie Prise (29″); Northern Pike, Andrew Tenboer (36″); Largemouth Bass, Isaac Winter (18 1/2″); Smallmouth Bass, Conner Abric (20″); Crappie, Nathan Lodermeier (12 1/2″); Panfish, Gabrielle Koss (8″); Perch, Carl Kozak (9″). There were about 120 adults registered for the adult fishing contest. Cash prizes/gift certificates were awarded to the first and second place winners.

Chuck Roehl conducted a fishing seminar on Sunday Morning (June 19) at the corner of Main Street and Second Street. Chuck is a local fishing guide. His speciality is musky fishing. He kept the crowd well entertained with his musky fishing stories and explaining the different techniques he uses to catch (and release) record setting muskies.

Liz Korpal was the chairperson for the event. The Lions club and the community owe Liz a large debt of gratitude for all the hard work (and time) she spends planning this annual event. Liz has been the chairperson for the Lions club for over 10 years. Special assistants to Liz were: Nancy Nelson, Gary Nelson and Mary Wright.

Please refer to the “Photo” section of this website for photos of this event.


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