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Woman Becomes 1st Musky Champion in Eagle River

19 Aug News

A record number of musky anglers were in the Eagle River Area this weekend for the country’s largest amateur tournament, and in the end Michelle Peplinski became the first woman to win the title.

Each year the Eagle River Chamber co-host the tournament with the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin. This tournament is a total catch and release tournament open to  ages 8 and older and is designed for great family fun. This is the 28th competition.

In all, 1,222 anglers participated, boating 219 muskies. Each were records. Michelle Peplinski of Bear Creek caught 4 of those fish for a total of 150.5 inches.

The anglers also did their part to help fight hunger, by bringing non-perishable food items. In return they received tickets to win musky related items. This year they donated more than 3,000 pounds of food and $2,500 in cash.

With last weekend in the rearview mirror, organizers are already planning next year’s competition scheduled for August 15-17.

Other Winners from the Musky Tournament:

–Overall the largest fish was caught by Dave Stewart of Rhinelander with a 49 incher.

–Bill Nelson ofAppleton’s two muskies were enough to win the youth division and the youth/guardian division.

–Steve and Becky Klesmith of Wisconsin Rapids won the husband/wife division with 4 fish between them at 148.5 inches.

–Finally Aaron Lang of Marshfield won the boat drawing.