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The Hodag Muskie Challenge

2018 Fishing Hotspots Hodag Musky Challenge

September 21, 2018 – September 23, 2018

From September 21-23, musky anglers from around the country will come to Rhinelander to compete in one of the most historic musky tournaments in the nation. Two days of great musky fishing in the beautiful Northwoods! Registrations will take place at the Quality Inn in Rhinelander. Fishing Saturday and Sunday. The awards ceremony will be Sunday at the Quality Inn. Five lake groups to choose from!

The catch-and-release tournament will be headquartered at the Quality Inn Rhinelander, and fishing will take place on area lakes. Cash purse to the winning teams as well as prizes for the first 50-inch musky, the largest musky, the largest northern pike, and more. If you’re a musky fisherman or just someone interested in the sport, don’t miss the Fishing Hot Spots Hodag Musky Challenge!

Group 1: Boom Lake / Wisconsin River
Group 2: Crescent Lake / Oneida Lake / Hancock Lake
Group 3: Moen Chain
Group 4: Pelican Lake
Group 5: Lake Thompson / Lake George / Lake Julia


The 2018 HMC Prize Payout schedule shown is based upon 130 teams participating. Payouts through 10th place will be adjusted based upon the actual number of teams participating. Total payout is 73% of gross team registrations.

Place         Prize Money          Percentage Amount

1st             $9,490                   40%

2nd            $3558.75              15%

3rd             $2372.50              10%

4th             $1898                    8%

5th             $1660.75               7%

6th             $1423.50               6%

7th             $1186.25               5%

8th             $949                       4%

9th             $711.75                  3%

10th           $474.50                  2%

50” Musky: The first 50” or larger Musky caught and successfully released will win a $15,000 cash prize.

Largest Musky: The largest Musky caught and successfully released during the weekend of the tournament will win a rod & reel package.

11th Place Drawing: Each team that catches and successfully releases a Musky but does not finish in the top 10 will be entered into a drawing on Sunday to win $250.

Largest Northern: The largest Northern caught during the Tournament will win $250.

Determination of HMC Tournament Cash Prizes & Placements Cash prizes will be awarded on a point system: Thirty (30) points for each thirty-four (34) inch or larger Musky, plus one point for each one-quarter (1/4) inch over thirty-four (34) inches. For example a 44 inch musky would be worth 70 points. Fish not successfully released will be assessed a 20 point penalty. Prizes will be based on total points accumulated during the two days of fishing.

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