KLEEBA CHALLUNGE

The Kleeba Challunge is a travelling tournament held annually among the Wisconsin chapters of Muskies, Inc. There are currently nine chapters. The tournament was named after a member of Headwaters chapter, Larry Kleeba, who held the position of “Director at Large”. Larry moved to the Conover, Wisconsin area from Illinois. He was well known in the area and had many friends in Muskies, Inc. He has been described as a party kind of guy who loved to fish for muskies and was very good at it. Larry died in a tragic car accident near his home, after which during a Musky Club Alliance meeting, it was decided to name this tournament in his honor.

The tournament is a trophy only tournament whereas Headwaters chapter sponsors all club members fishing for the honor of having the chapter’s name added to the trophy for winning the tournament in any given year.


                                                          2017 - Northwoods

                                                          2018 - Between The Lakes

                                                          2019 - Headwaters

                                                          2020 - Gods Country

                                                          2021 - Central Wisconsin

                                                          2022 - Capital City

                                                          2023 - 1st Wisconsin

                                                          2024 - Wausau

                                                          2025 - Titletown

                                                          2026 - Milwaukee



Headwaters Members contact:  Jerry Hollnagel
E mail :
OCTOBER 1, 2016
31 people fished the challenge: 14 from Northwoods &17 from Headwaters.
9 fish were caught: 3 for Northwoods and 69 for Headwaters.
A total of 7 teams fished: 3 from Northwoods and 4 from Headwaters.
4 teams caught fish and placed as follows:
1st Place - Headwaters Team #2, 4 fish 174 points.  Dan Hendrickson and Andy Hendrickson, Dan Pudlo and Herbert Hoover, Gary Myshak and Kurt Kitverow.
2nd Place - Headwaters Team #4, 2 fish 134 points.
3rd Place - Northwoods Team #1, 2 fish 112 points.
4th Place - Northwoods Team #2, 1 fish 18 points.
Big fish pot ($155) wen to Jay Hollnagel for a 44.5 inch Musky.
You could fish any lake from 7am to 5pm and then meet at 12 Pines Resort for awards, pizza and some nice raffle prizes.
Next year's Challunge will be hosted by Northwoods Chapter.

Gil Hamm Chapter Challunge
August  23rd - 25th,  2017

Team  Registration & Info
Red Wing Lodge
Lake of the Woods - Canada

What Gil Hamm said about himself... and MUSKIES, INC.
"We didn't build a knife-and-fork club. We built a working club that does something good for the muskies." "If I had never started this damn club, I would have done more muskie fishing." "I finally decided to stay out of the DNR because I was an irritant. When I didn't get what I wanted, I hollered." "I began to fish at every opportunity. In fact, I fell out of bed twice trying to land big muskies." "If I had realized how difficult or impossible this would be, Muskies, Inc. would have died a-borning. But it seems that anyone with a dream is not very practical and will try most anything." "So many Muskies, Inc. members have given so much of their time and energy that it would be impossible to mention them all." "As a single club, we'll never be able to do it all. But I think Muskies, Inc. will be around as long as a daredevil lure catches fish". "With Muskies, Inc., I've a strong hunch we're anticipating new, massive private interest in the preservation and extension of our outdoor heritage. We didn't make this: the Creator left it to us in trust. We've got to make man the restorer rather than the great predator." "Growing like we have has increased or effectiveness. They're talking muskies and Muskies, Inc. all over the country".

Past Gil Hamm Winners -

2016 - Star of the North
2015 - Star of the North
2014 - Fargo-Moorhead
2013 - Star of the North
2012 - Chicagoland Muskie Hunters
2011 - Star of the North
2010 - Star of the North
2009 - Star of the North
2008 - Fargo/Moorhead
2007 - First Wisconsin
2006 - First Wisconsin
2005 - Fargo-Moorhead
2004 - Fargo-Moorhead
2003 - Southside Muskie Hawks
2002 - Fargo-Moorhead
2001 - North Metro
2000 - Twin Cities
1999 - First Wisconsin
1998 - Fox River Valley
1997 - Vikingland
1996 - Fox River Valley
1995 - Colorado
1994 - Lake Superior
1993 - Colorado
1992 - Colorado
1991 - Fox River Valley
1990 - Fox River Valley
1989 - Southside Muskie Hawks
1988 - Southside Muskie Hawks
1987 - Chicagoland Muskie Hunters
1986 - Upper Great Plains
1985 - Hayward Lakes
1984 - Hayward Lakes
1983 - First Wisconsin
1982 - Twin Cities
1981 - Red River Valley
1980 - Twin Cities
1979 - Headwaters
1978 - Mississippi Valley
1977 - Fargo-Moorhead


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