Musky club to host annual ‘Expo’ in IM

Steve Heiting, managing editor of Musky Hunter magazine, will be the featured speaker Feb. 23 at the Boundary Water Musky Club’s annual Expo in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain. The public is invited and admission is free. Heiting’s talk is slated for 3 p.m.

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Boundary Waters Musky Club will host its 11th annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain.

The event will feature prize raffles, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by guest speakers. The public is encouraged to attend. A food drive also will take place for the Salvation Army. For every canned good or $1 donation, attendees will receive a ticket for giveaways throughout the day.

This year’s speaker lineup includes:

— Jim Pryal, “Flyfishing for Muskies,” at noon. Learn how to target the fish of 10,000 casts with a fly rod.

— Greg Matzke, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist, at 1 p.m. Matzke will give an overview of area muskellunge management, future initiatives and the ongoing partnership between BWMC and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

— Avery Smith, Cabela’s pro staff, “Green Bay Muskies,” at 2 p.m. Smith will discuss tips and tactics for attacking one of the premier trophy muskellunge waters in the world.

— Steve Heiting, featured speaker, at 3 p.m. This will be the first time Heiting has presented his seminar, “Pre-Turnover Muskies.” One of the world’s most accomplished speakers on the topic of musky fishing, Heiting is the managing editor of Musky Hunter magazine and a frequent guest on “The Musky Hunter” television show. He has written, edited or contributed to more than 20 books about musky fishing. He also is co-owner of the University of Esox Musky Schools. Each August, Heiting serves as master of ceremonies for the National Championship Musky Open, the largest musky tournament on the planet. He is on the pro teams of Ranger, Mercury, St. Croix, Mepps, Shoeder’s Marina, Minn Kota, Humminbird and Stealth Tackle.

An annual membership to the Boundary Waters Musky Club is $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. Dinner will be provided for members about 5 p.m. A cash bar will be open throughout the day.

“Interest in musky fishing has grown tremendously in recent years, and we are fortunate to have some of the best waters to fish for them in the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin,” said Benji Wood, BWMC vice president.

“As usual, we have a sensational lineup of speakers that people pay to hear speak in places like Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee. There is no charge to attend our event. The club is very family- and community-oriented, which is why we’ve decided to ask attendees to bring food donations to help stock the Salvation Army’s pantry this year,” Wood said. “It will be a great day and we’re looking forward to another great turnout.”