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.




Date: May 21st & May 22nd

LOCATION: Pewaukee Lake, Okauchee Lake, Oconomowoc Lake, and Lac la Belle

REGISTRATION: Please email Robert Petzke at by May 6th 2016

Fishing Times: May 21st from 6am to 5pm & May 22nd from 6am to 12pm


· Milwaukee Chapter will be hosting a cookout at Nettesheim Park on May 21st at 5pm. (cost is $5.00 per person).


· Trophy presentation will be at Nettesheim Park on May 22nd at 1pm all fish must be registered no later than 12:30pm

Places to stay:

Holiday Inn – Pewaukee

Address: N14 W24140 Tower Pl, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Phone: (262) 506-6300

Country Pride Inn Delafield

Address: 2412 Milwaukee St, Delafield, WI 53018

Phone: (262) 646-3300

Hotels listed seem to have the best truck and boat parking.



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.






Winner 2014 ,   Title Town  Chapter 4



Headwaters Teams Kleeba 2014

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  • Kleeba Hosting Chapter

              Year              WI Chapter       

      2016                        Milwaukee 
    2017                      Northwoods
                   2018                       Between The Lakes
      2019                       Headwaters
          2020                       God's Country

                 2021                       Central Wisconsin
                                      2022                       Capital City                               
                                                          2023                      First Wisconsin                                               

    2024                     Wausau      
    2025                      Title Town



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  • The Northwaters Chapter Challunge is an annual event where Headwaters Chapter 12 of Eagle River, Wisconsin and Northwoods Chapter 61 of Minocqua, Wisconsin compete for the coveted traveling Pink Wooden Fish Trophy.
  • The inaugural Northwaters Chapter Challunge took place Saturday, September 27th, 2014, on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes.  The team of Matt Raley, Nate Osfar, Brent Kiedrowski, Nick Durkee, Chad Popp and John Bennett landed a total of six muskies to bring home the trophy to the Northwoods Chapter!
  • Congratulation’s to the Northwood’s Chapter
    who won the 2nd Annual NorthWaters Chapter
    Challunge. Our chapter had 13 members compete
    and the Northwood’s chapter had 14
    members attend. This was held on September
    26th. There were 5 Muskies caught largest 45”
    by 61 member Chad Popp, also catching fish
    were John Bennett 30 ¼”, Howie Meyer 33”.
    Catching fish for our chapter were Tim Muench
    33 ½” and Jim Edwards 31 ½”. Thanks to Fred
    Brogle for organizing our chapter’s teams.
    Thanks to the Northwood’s Chapter for hosting
    this tournament. We will be hosting this next
    year. Date is Oct. 1st with awards being held at 12 Pines restaurant in Eagle River

    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 Wisconsin, September 1977, and hosted by the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters Chapter. The first winner of the famous “Lunge Bucket” went to the Fargo-Moorhead Chapter.

    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: for information, agenda, teams and leaderboard updates (after the Challunge is underway).

    Contact Fred Brogle (715) 617-5873 or Bill Jacobs (715) 891-5574 for more information or for assistance in making reservations.


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