Headwaters Chapter monies and members efforts is utilized by doing the following projects:

  • Installed KNOW THE DIFFERENCE signs and EURASIAN MILFOIL signs at 111 Vilas County Lakes
  • Bought and distributed 50,000 KNOW THE DIFFERENCE license holders
  • Headwaters Members trained in Boat Safety and give classes throughout the year
  • Purchased ten 5′ wide handicap piers for various lakes
  • Assisted financially with the improvements of 22 boat landings throughout Vilas County
  • Major Supporter of Kids Fishing Days financially and with personnel
  • Donate to the Ben Bendricks Scholarship Fund
  • Financial support to the Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Improvement Association
  • Financial support to the Trophy Lake Research Project by the DNR
  • Financial support for stocking blugills in the Eagle River Chain of Lakes
  • Donated half the cost of publishing Muskies Inc. history book
  • Headwaters stocked over $50,000.00 of Muskies in area lakes
  • Contributed financially to new park and docks on Yellow Birch Lake
  • Headwaters Chapter has hosted Muskies Inc. state and international functions

Headwaters has contributed over $800,000.00
in the last several years on the above projects!

Take a Kid Fishing Card

The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. has a program to get kids to go fishing. It involves giving kids a card provided by the Chapter. Each time a kids goes fishing with a different adult, the adult initials the card. Once the card is filled up, it is turned into a director to get recognition and/or a prize.Contact Tom White to get some Take a Kid Fishing cards to distribute. Email: jcdltbh@nnex.com

Notes from the Secretary

Our Headwaters Chapter is the second larges Chapter with 423 members. While we have stocked over 450,000.00 OF Muskies in our area lakes, at this time we can only stock Muskies in a few area seepage lakes that we consider too small. All other lakes in our area are in the Wisconsin Muskellunge Brood Stock Management Plan that are closed to stocking.

We are the largest Non Profit Organization in this area.

Our Current Budget is more than $93,000.00

Our budget over the last 12 years has infused more than $900,000.00 into this area.

We have 3 major fund raisers

  1. AllianceBoat Raffle
  2. Spring Awards Banquet into our 30thyear
  3. Spring Classic Tournament.In its 29th year

All monies made from our fund raisers are used for local grants and services.

We provide yearly grants and services to the area in dock and landing projects.

On our Eagle River Chain we have paid for and installed Braywood’s landing and pier. Eagle Lake’s landing and pier, Mud Creek’s pier, and had given monies for the T docks landing and piers.In 2008 we made and installed 15’x30’ landing on Seven Mile Lake and have installed numerous other landings and piers throughout Vilas and Oneida counties.

Contribute $5,000.00 yearly to Vilas ($2,500.00 and Oneida ($2,500.00) County Forestrydepartment for the building of landings and related projects in our county forests.

Contributed more than $4,000.00 to Eagle River Chain of Lakes for Milfoil treatment.

Contributed $1,000.00 for the Handicapped fishing pier on star Lake.

Installed $1,100.00 roll in pier at Muskellunge Lake (Oneida)

With our Commitment to our Youth, we contribute to, and help man these yearly programs:

$1,000.00 Headwater Chapter M.I. Steven Bassler Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program(Provided yearly to an area youth continuing their education in a Conservation field)$20.00 ea Provide Free Youth Muskies Inc membership to area youths
$200.00 Boaters safety Classes
$500.00 Conover Kids Day
$500.00 Eagle River Kids Guide Day
$500.00 Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Committee
$200.00 Kids Fishing Tips
$500.00 Home Show Trout Pond
$500.00 Fishing Has No Boundaries
Sponsor rod building class for Sugar Camp school class
Sponsor release trophies for the Vilas County Musky Marathon

In addition to many other worthy organizations or projects.

Collect food at our Spring Awards Banquet for Vilas County Food Pantry

$500.00 2008 Vilas County Food Pantry

$300.00 2009 Eagle River Business Association (Sponsorship-local artist will make a 3 foot eagle perched on a 2 foot rock, that will be viewed until the end of August and then be raffled off with proceeds going to Vilas County Food Pantry).

Yearly Area Advertisements:
$3,900.00 Know the Difference Lighted billboard sign on Hwy 45 by Antigo, WI.
$500.00 Area Newspaper, Tournament and Membership Ad.
$400.00 Area Fishing Magazine, Tournament and Membership Ad.
Place Know the Difference signs at boat landings in Vilas and Oneida Counties.

Membership Contests:
We are the second largest Chapter in Muskies Inc., with 423 members in December 2008 and only 28 members short of the largest Chapter Twin Cities who were at 451 members. We run annual contest to keep our membership consistent and with hopes of being #1.

Drawings each year to win one of three 8’ Muskies Innovations Rods and an Abu Garica Musky Reel.

One for new members

One for sponsors of new members

One for members who enter the fish releases.

Our year starts off with our Christmas Party the 1st Saturday in January. It popularity has us growing each year with 85 attending this year.

Our first club outing is opening day and have numerous outing during the summer. We have an annual Canada outing the first week in September and end our year with our Enduro outing the last Saturday in October.

Our Chapter is on an upwardly mobile course to grow, prosper and share our resources.

These are some of the activites and accomphlishments that Headwaters Chapter has been able to achieve.

Glenn Matula