The Kleeba Challunge is a travelling tournament held annually among the
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.
2015 KLEEBA CHALLUNGE
The 2015 Kleeba Challunge will be June 6th and 7th hosted by the Hayward Lakes Chapter at the Lost Land Lake Lodge on the south shore of Lost Land Lake, it has a launch ramp. The fishing lakes include Teal and Spider Lakes as well as Lost Land Lake in the Hayward, Wisconsin area. Pre-fish on Friday and register at the Lost Land Lake Lodge from 6pm - 8pm on Friday. Fish Saturday 6am until noon, then meet at the Lost Land Lake Lodge for burgers and brats, $9.50 includes tip. After lunch fish 2pm until dark. Sunday fish 6am until noon and again meet at the Lost Land Lake Lodge for a fish fry, $12.00 includes tip, and awards and places.
Places to stay: Lost Land Lake Lodge (715) 462-3218; Northland Lodge on Lost Land Lake (715) 462-3379 or try the Hayward Visitors Bureau (715) 634-8662.
2014 KLEEBA CHALLUNGE TRAVELING TROPHY
CHAMPIONSHIP WON BY TITLETOWN, CHAPTER 4
The 2014 Kleeba Challunge held on June 21st – 22nd enjoyed good weather on both Saturday and Sunday with 54 Muskies, Inc., members participating on eleven different teams. Five chapters were represented: Chapter 4 (Titletown) had 23 fishing on four teams, Chapter 6 (First Wisconsin) had 4 fishing on one team, Chapter 12 (Headwaters) had 13 fishing on three teams, Chapter 20 (Between the Lakes) had 5 fishing on one team and Chapter 35 (
The Challunge was hosted by Chapter
4, Titletown, and the Hillside Resort on
Titletown waived the team
entry fees and provided a Hillside Resort prepared delicious sit-down chicken
dinner on Saturday to all participants. A raffle followed the dinner with many fine prizes. Zachary Scheuers was the only lucky ticket
holder from Headwaters winning a two piece Shimano Musky rod.
Next year’s Kleeba Challunge will be hosted by the Hayward Lakes Chapter on a date and location yet to be determined.
Winner 2014 , Title Town Chapter 4
Headwaters Teams Kleeba 2014
Kleeba Hosting Chapter
Year WI Chapter
2015 Hayward Lakes
2017 Between the Lakes
2019 God's Country
2020 Central Wisconsin
2021 Capital City
2023 Wausau Area
2024 First Wisconsin
The first Muskies, Inc. Chapter Challunge (later named the Chapter Challunge and then in 1985 was again renamed the Gil Hamm Memorial Chapter Challunge) was held on the Minocqua Chain in
The original Challunge concept was pioneered by one of our past presidents and at the time the president of the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters Chapter…Steve Statland. This chapter event was conceived as an outing where anglers would represent their chapters, get to know other chapter members, and have a friendly muskie fishing competition.
This still happens today. The “Lunge Bucket” was created by Steve as a suitable trophy commemorating the event. This bucket held the sucker that caught the very first muskie at around 10:00 am, opening day of the first Challunge by Steve. He had it brass plated, bolted a leaping brass muskie to the lid and had it appropriately engraved. Each year a new chapter is awarded the “Bucket” and has the date, location, winning team and number of points appropriately engraved.
One more note regarding that first Challunge…Statland, as team captain for the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters, made a wager with Bob Schmidt, who was the team captain with the Fargo-Moorhead Chapter. The stakes were a bottle of good whiskey. At the 1978 Spring Awards Banquet in the Twin Cities, Steve presented Bob with the Lunge Bucket, inside, Steve placed a small bottle of Crown Royal. That same bottle remained in the Lunge Bucket for several years until the Hayward Chapter won their first Challunge, whereupon the Crown Royal mysteriously disappeared.
This tournament is open to all MI members. The winning Chapter of the prior year's tournament sponsors the next tournament and chooses the body of water to fish.
The dates for the 2013 Challunge is September 18 - 20 and is sponsored by the Chicagoland Chapter. The host is Spring Bay Resort, on the west arm of Lake Vermilion in northeast Minnesota. The resort features new cabins that have fireplaces, leather couches, wi-fi internet access, free long-distance phone calls, great kitchens, and comfortable beds. The owners are genuine people who treat you more like a friend and are offering a special rate. Vermilion Dam Lodge and the Muskego Point Resort are also offering special rates for the event. Visit the Gil Hamm Tournament website: www.gilhamm.com for information, agenda, teams and leaderboard updates (after the Challunge is underway).