Musky Fest Fishing Contest Has Big Changes

In cooperation with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin, the Hayward Lions club will be offering a $100,000 prize to any person catching the first certified state of Wisconsin record fish during Musky Fest. This fishing contest is entitled: $100,000 Musky Fest Lions Family Fishing Spectacular! The fish categories for receiving the prize will be: musky, tiger musky, northern pike, black crappie and small mouth bass. Contestants must be registered ($5 entry fee) for the contest prior to catching the state record fish. Registration will begin May 6, 2017. Application forms will be available at most of the local bait shops and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. The application form indicates the state record fish in each category. The record for each fish category is determined by weight and not length. Please be aware of what constitutes a state record fish and don’t bring any fish to the Lions fishing booth that isn’t a state record in that particular category. The contest will start on Tuesday (June 20th) and end on Saturday (June 24th). The prizes for the $100,000 fishing contest will be awarded on Saturday, June 24th prior to the street dance.

The traditional Lions Fishing Contest will still be held. A person doesn’t need to register and there isn’t any entry fee for the regular Lions Fishing Contest prior to entering a photo of their fish. Each young person (12 years old and younger) that enters a photo of a fish they have caught, will be given some type of fishing gear. Some years the young participants have received tackle boxes, other years they have received a life jacket. The prizes for the young contestants have not been determined at this time. The Lions will have their fishing contest booth at the corner of First and Main Streets (close to the Lions food/beer tent). Prizes will be awarded for this contest on Sunday, June 25th, at the Lions fishing booth on Main Street about 11:00 a.m. The Musky Fest fishing contest has been catch and release for the last several years. This will be the rule again this year (2017) except for the state record fish.

The DNR will be stocking Shue Pond with 50 tagged fish. If a child catches one of the tagged fish, they will win a prize. For more detailed information on Musky Fest and the fishing contests, please go to