The Kleeba Challunge is a travelling tournament held annually among the Wisconsin chapters of Muskies, Inc. There are currently ten 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 chapters name added to the trophy for winning the tournament in any given year.
2021 – Gods Country
2022 – Central Wisconsin
2023 – Capital City
2024 – 1st Wisconsin
2025 – Wausau
2026 – Titletown
2027 – Milwaukee
2028 – Northwoods
2029 – Between the Lakes
2030 – Headwaters
2031 – God’s Country
KLEEBA CHALLUNGE 2021
June 19th to 20th, 2021
March 4, 2021
Dear Fellow Wisconsin Chapters;
The members of God’s Country MI would like to invite you to the Holcombe Flowage to take part in the 2021 Larry Kleeba Chapter Challunge. We’re hoping for good weather and even better camaraderie.
Here is the info;
Location: Holcombe Flowage and adjoining rivers.
Date: Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th
Contest Hours: Sunrise Saturday through Noon Sunday
Registration Location: Big Swede’s Resort on Hwy. 27
Registration times: Friday anytime after 3:00 or by phone call
Awards Presentation: 1:00 Sunday at Big Swede’s
God’s Country will be hosting a mandatory lunch Saturday from Noon to 2:00 at Big Swede’s outdoor pavilion. It is spacious and offers plenty of room. Those that have been there before know they have great food. We also will be having door prizes and raffles.
Rules: Teams consist of up to 6 or less members from each chapter. No limit on number of teams you bring. Scoring as per the MI International format. 4 points plus 1 for each inch over 30”. The chapter team with the most points will be awarded the traveling trophy and State chapter bragging rights. Wisconsin boating and fishing regulations will be in effect. Team point standings will be posted at Swede’s.
Lodging will be limited in the immediate Holcombe area, but openings are available in nearby Ladysmith. Please book ASAP to insure lodging. The following are available lodging options;
26364 CTH “M” Holcombe (715)-595-4227
There is a wedding booked that weekend, but any blocked rooms not used would be available 2 weeks prior to our outing. Call for availability. $100.00 a night.
Ladysmith Motel and Suites
800 College Ave. Ladysmith (715)-532-6650
We have blocked a group of 10 double occupancy rooms under “Kleeba chapter challenge”. Please refer to that upon booking. Deadline to insure a blocked room is May 19th. Rates @ $99.00 with discounts to our military and the AARP. Additional rooms can be blocked if available.
Cobblestone Hotel and Suites
700 W. 9th Street Ladysmith (715)-532-7811
Kings and suites available @ $150.00 a night. No double occupancy rooms available.
Hi-Way 8 Hotel
420 Edgewater Ave. East Ladysmith (715)-532-3346
This is a smaller family hotel with some availability @ $69.90 a night
Please forward this info onto your respective members and try to get back to me ASAP with a ball park number of attendees. This being needed for the food order.
Also, try to get your lodging reservations in quickly, as we were told with Covid lightening up, summertime reservations at the hotels are returning to normal.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or inquiries, you might have. Looking forward to seeing our State Chapters on the water together again.
Mike Weidemann and the members of God’s Country chapter, MI
2020 Northwoods Challunge – October 3rd
.NorthWaters Chapter Challunge Oct. 3rd
The 7th Annual NorthWaters Chapter Challunge was held Oct. 3rd. This pitted the Headwaters Chapter vs. the Northwoods chapter. We could fish any lakes and the get together was held at the Sayner Pub where we had pizza and salad. This years event was hosted by the Headwaters chapter. The Northwoods chapter came through with 4 fish, 36.5″, 38.75″, 40.75″, and 32.5″ and won. Big fish 40.75″ went to Riley Simmons of the Northwoods chapter. The Northwoods Chapter will host next years event. Headwaters Team #1: Musky Pete, Ken Pedersen, Joe Koschnik and Jim Edwards. Team #2: Bill, Bob, Gary and Linda Jacobs.
Pete Stoltman Winner of the NorthWaters Chapter Challunge 2020
Gil Hamm Chapter Challunge
September 15th – 17th, 2021
Team Registration & Info – Contact Fred Brogle (715) 479-4978.
Bimidji Lakes Area sponsored by the Bimidji/Cass Lake Chapter.
What Gil Hamm said about himself… and MUSKIES, INC.
“We didn’t build a knife-and-fork club. We built a working club that does something good for the muskies.” “If I had never started this damn club, I would have done more muskie fishing.” “I finally decided to stay out of the DNR because I was an irritant. When I didn’t get what I wanted, I hollered.” “I began to fish at every opportunity. In fact, I fell out of bed twice trying to land big muskies.” “If I had realized how difficult or impossible this would be, Muskies, Inc. would have died a-borning. But it seems that anyone with a dream is not very practical and will try most anything.” “So many Muskies, Inc. members have given so much of their time and energy that it would be impossible to mention them all.” “As a single club, we’ll never be able to do it all. But I think Muskies, Inc. will be around as long as a daredevil lure catches fish”. “With Muskies, Inc., I’ve a strong hunch we’re anticipating new, massive private interest in the preservation and extension of our outdoor heritage. We didn’t make this: the Creator left it to us in trust. We’ve got to make man the restorer rather than the great predator.” “Growing like we have has increased or effectiveness. They’re talking muskies and Muskies, Inc. all over the country”.
Past Gil Hamm Winners
2019 – Bemidji/Cass Lake
2018 – Star of the North
2017 – Bemidji/Cass Lake
2016 – Star of the North
2015 – Star of the North
2014 – Fargo-Moorhead
2013 – Star of the North
2012 – Chicagoland Muskie Hunters
2011 – Star of the North
2010 – Star of the North
2009 – Star of the North
2008 – Fargo/Moorhead
2007 – First Wisconsin
2006 – First Wisconsin
2005 – Fargo-Moorhead
2004 – Fargo-Moorhead
2003 – Southside Muskie Hawks
2002 – Fargo-Moorhead
2001 – North Metro
2000 – Twin Cities
1999 – First Wisconsin
1998 – Fox River Valley
1997 – Vikingland
1996 – Fox River Valley
1995 – Colorado
1994 – Lake Superior
1993 – Colorado
1992 – Colorado
1991 – Fox River Valley
1990 – Fox River Valley
1989 – Southside Muskie Hawks
1988 – Southside Muskie Hawks
1987 – Chicagoland Muskie Hunters
1986 – Upper Great Plains
1985 – Hayward Lakes
1984 – Hayward Lakes
1983 – First Wisconsin
1982 – Twin Cities
1981 – Red River Valley
1980 – Twin Cities
1979 – Headwaters
1978 – Mississippi Valley
1977 – Fargo-Moorhead