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.
2014 Larry Kleeba Challunge
The 2014 Larry Kleeba Challunge will be hosted by Titletown-Packerland Chapter 06 of Green Bay. The challunge will be held June 21st and 22nd on North Twin-South Twin Lakes and Lac vieux Desert. Host for the event will be the Holiday Lodge on North Twin Lake, Phelps, Wisconsin. Contact Jerry Hollnagel at email@example.com or (920) 295-4174 if you want more information and/or if you wish to fish this event.
2013 Larry Kleeba Challunge
The 2013 Larry Kleeba Challunge was hosted by the First Wisconsin Chapter 6 of Chippewa Falls. The challunge was held June 22nd and 23rd on the Holcombe Flowage. Host for the challunge was Ted's Timber Lodge Resort www.tedstimberlodge.com located on the south shore of the flowage. Contact Jerry Hollnagel firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 295-4174 if you want more information and/or if you wish to fish this event.
We had 60 members fishing from 6 Chapters, 9 fish were caught the biggest ,Russ Gilbert caught a 48" from 1st Wisconsin ,Randy Rudie caught a 45" from God's Country. Five fish were caught on Saturday leaving Sunday up for grab's. Four more fish were caught on Sunday morning . Three by 1st Wisconsin Chapter
35" - 36" - 48" all with in a 2 hour time frame from 3 different boats.
The weather didn't help ! Friday morning we had a bad storm that dumped a lot of rain and the water was high and fast. All had a good time !
1st Wisconsin Chapter won with 41 total points
Looking at the schedule Titletown Chapter (Green Bay) will host the 2014 Kleeba Challunge
2013 Winner 1st Wisconsin (Chip Falls)
Headwaters Teams Lake Holcombe
Team #1 - 4th Place
Jerry Hollnagel, Margie Hollnagel - 31.5", Jay Hollnagel, Louie Dreger,
Zach Scheuers & Sean Scheuers - 32"
Joe Koschnik - 30" & 34" , Glen Matula, Paul Krebsbach, Sam Krebsbach,
Carol Chwala & Lloyd Fisher
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).