Musky anglers compete in Eagle River tourney

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with local Professional Musky Tournament Trail sponsors, welcomed 118 professional musky angler teams to the Eagle River area for a competition Saturday and Sunday.

These teams represented musky anglers from throughout the United States.

The PMTT anglers started on Eagle Lake at 7 a.m. Saturday, where they were able to fish the 10 lakes on the Eagle River side of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes for the entire tournament.

Thirty-three muskies of 30 inches or greater were registered on Saturday and 20 muskies of 30 inches or greater were registered on Sunday –a two-day tournament total of 53 muskies caught and released.

The largest fish caught and released was 45.25 inches by the team of Jared Adamovich and Clayton Spiess of Eagle River, Wis. Adamovich and Spiess placed ninth overall in the tournament.

First place in the PMTT went to Matt Raley of Arbor Vitae, Wis., and Nate Ostar of Marathon, Wis. They won the tournament by catching and releasing four muskies –34 , 36 , 36 and 37 inches — on jerk baits. With their win, they took home $16,300 in cash, two trophies and two commemorative PMTT tournament rings.

Second place went to Ben Michlig of Minocqua, Wis., and Matt Michlig of Milwaukee, Wis. They caught and released three muskies —  30 , 37 and 43 inches — using medusas.

Third place went to Lance Seasor and Darrel Seasor of Ashland, Kentucky. They caught and released four fish of 31, 33 33 and 34 inches, using crankbaits.

For more information on the tournament, go to www.promusky.com.