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It has been awhile since my last post, so I am hoping you all are having a safe a successful muskie season. Throughout your season, be sure to take some time to send those photos in so we can publish them in MUSKIE. Send all photos, along with your name and the names of everyone in the photo, chapter number, and size of fish to our Photo Editor, Brad Waldera, at


I hope you all have noticed the new look to MUSKIE and I hope you all enjoy it. I wanted to bring some color to our already amazing magazine, so in addition to my duties as Editor, I am also the magazine's new designer. We are always looking for new ideas and new writers, so please feel free to send me any and all ideas to


Amy Penza, Editor and Designer of MUSKIE

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The Hugh C. Becker Grant Committee of the Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies, Inc. announced the recipients of grants totaling $93,400 for 2012. Listed below, in chronological order, is the impressive list of grants which will benefit muskie fisheries, research and youth thanks to the foresight and generosity of Hugh Becker.


Minnesota DNR, Bemidji Field Office, muskie trap-netting equipment: $4,000

Chapter 5, Pomme de Terre, matching funds to replace damaged netting over a muskie-raising pool at Lost Valley Hatchery in Missouri: $700

Chapter 21, North Metro, funds to assist 4 Minnesota DNR Fisheries Offices (West Metro, Little Falls, East Metro, Montrose) with muskie management and research equipment: $8,800

Chapter 1, Twin Cities, for promoting, organizing, and operating the Minnesota High School muskie-fishing championship program: $1,500

Chapter 5, Pomme de Terre, for educational shelters at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area near St. Charles, MO: $3,100

Chapter 6, First Wisconsin, youth outings/fishing equipment: $700

University of Illinois/Illinois Natural History Survey, continuing support of the Dam Escapement Study (Dr. David Wahl and graduate student Max Wolter): $2,500

Pennsylvania Fish Commission, assist with equipment rental and purchase for muskie tagging program at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery: $8,100

Chapter 24, Brainerd Lakes, matching funds to continue partial funding of the Pelagic Habitat Preference of Muskellunge and Cisco Study, Elk Lake (Itasca State Park): $6,800

Chapter 37, St. Cloud Chapter, youth programs, including Lake George Outing (with Big Brothers & Big Sisters) and Waite Park Family Fun Festival: $2,000

Chapter 20, Between the Lakes, matching funds for Turning Leaf Youth Program: $4,000

Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisade, MN, assist with purchase of equipment for the new youth fishing camp: $2,000

Chapter 29, Upper Great Plains, support construction of electric fish barrier on West Okoboji Lake, Iowa (with consideration of IL Dam Escapement Study results): $5,700

Chapter 16, Three Rivers, Minnow/Feed Project, Linesville State Fish Hatchery, PA: $2,000

Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, land acquisition for the protection of habitat and muskie spawning grounds in Miller Bay of Leech Lake: $10,000

Chapter 39, Fox River Valley, stocking of muskie fingerlings, Fox Chain of Lakes (and possibly Loon Lake), Illinois: $3,000

Chapter 39, Fox River Valley, youth activities through the Illinois Urban Fishing Program: $1,500

Muskies Canada, Inc., Lake Simco Muskellunge Restoration Project: $8,000

Chapter 13, Hayward Lakes, continued support of stocking program: $4,000

2016 Muskie Symposium, to commemorate the fifty-year (50) anniversary of Muskies, Inc., the Hugh C. Becker Foundation is interested in sponsoring the proposed Muskie Symposium to be held in the Twin Cities area. Funds will go to an escrow account with additional deposits annually to defray anticipated expenses. Other contingencies and consideration will be made public as time approaches: $15,000



*** Youngs Wilderness Camp Offers Rebates for Your Chapter ***

If you stay at Youngs Wilderness Camp on Lake of the Woods they will donate 5% of the value of your fishing package to the muskie club of your choice. Carol and Perry decided this would be a great way to give back to organizations like Muskies Inc. Contact them for details (


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