John Reynders of Pulaski, Wisconsin is the winner of the 40th Annual Midwest Musky Classic. Reynders caught 50 1/8” Musky on Lac Vieux Desert on the first day of the Midwest Musky Classic. The Phelps Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual tournament that takes place on Big Sand, Lac Vieux Desert, North and South Twin Lakes. The three day tournament has become a tradition for many families with multiple generations fishing. This years tournament drew 172 anglers from across the region. Amy Thomason, Executive Director of the Phelps Chamber of Commerce said, “The Midwest Musky Classic is a great event that highlights the amazing natural resources the Phelps area has to offers”.
This year 19 fish were caught and successfully released. Second place was taken by Kyle Yanke of Kingsford, Michigan with a 48” musky caught on Big Sand Lake. Ken Ederer of Kaukauna, Wisconsin caught a 47 1/2 “ musky taking third place. Awards were also given for Big Fish of the day. Reynders won Big Fish on Friday. Jon Lester of Watersmeet, MI caught a 47” musky on Lac Vieux Desert earning Saturday’s Big Fish award. Sunday’s Big Fish award went to Jaime Henke of Eagle River, Wisconsin with a 46” musky caught on Big Sand Lake.
Thomason said, “We were excited to welcome 43 new anglers to our tournament this year. We are glad to hear that our anglers enjoy the tournament enough to tell their friends. We look forward to seeing them all back next year.” Next year’s tournament is slated for October 1st-3rd.
|Jeff Stemper||43.25″||Big Sand|
|Kyle Yanke||48″||Big Sand|
|Jake Weyker||40.75″||Big Sand|
|Patrick Lewandowski||40″||South Twin|
|Butch Vandenberg||43 5/8″||LVD|
|Brian Fons||41 3/4″||Big Sand|
|Raymond Richard||45 1/2″||LVD|
|Dean Vander Wielen||42 1/4″||LVD|
|Jamie Henke||46″||Big Sand|
|Mike Yanke||42″||North Twin|