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July 2022 BLC Newsletter
Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm @ American Legion Nisswa
Greetings BLC Members,

Can you believe it’s already September? It seems like such a short time ago that I was putting away ice gear and getting the boat ready for open water and suddenly, it’s nearly fall again. Getting a little older has certainly helped bring into perspective that time goes quickly and it’s important to take advantage of each moment you can. I hope this early fall offers you some opportunities to get out on the water as this time of year offers arguably some of the best fishing of the season. 

Speaking of great fishing and special moments, our very own Noah Moss, BLC JR Division member, had an incredible early fall outing with his Uncle Dave that has made some state and national headlines. Noah scored not one but two giant muskies on a recent family outing. He will hopefully be sharing this incredible story at this next month’s meeting. 

We have lots happening as we move into the fall season and of course our biggest event is the upcoming Jeff Young Memorial Leech Lake Muskie Shootout. The event will be held October 1st and 2nd, 2022 and hosted out of Agency Bay Lodge (ABL). Bob and Jen, the owners of ABL, are some of the best in the business and we are thankful to be able to work with them again this year. We are looking to have a record number of teams this year but there are still some spots open. The event is a ton of fun, has great cash payouts to the top 5 placers, and offers the chance to catch a true giant with 50+ inch fish registered nearly every year. If you haven’t done it yet, find a partner and get registered today. 

The BLC Board has been working to secure a date and venue for our 2023 Sportsman’s banquet and should have confirmation details coming within the next month. This event sold out last year and we are hoping to do the same this next year. You can expect plenty of prizes, a great meal, and lots of chances to meet and talk with other sportsmen and women in the area.

With our upcoming outing and Jeff Young Memorial Shootout coming up, we will be focusing this month’s meeting on fall fishing on Leech Lake. And who better to share some tips, tricks, tactics and experience than Leech Lake’s own, Bob Weeks, owner of Agency Bay Resort. Bob spends every opportunity he can chasing muskies on Leech and also guides part time with Leisure Outdoors. He brings a wealth of information and does a great job of networking with other anglers through the MN Muskie School hosted on Leech Lake. Make it a point to stop in and listen to Bob at this month’s meeting, held September 13th, starting at 7 pm at the Nisswa Legion. 

Set the hook,

Jim Kath
September 13th Meeting, 7pm
Bob Weeks - Agency Bay Lodge

Bob Weeks, owner of Agency Bay Lodge and guide for Leisure Outdoor Adventures will be joining us this month. Bob will be giving us the lowdown on what has been happening on Leech Lake and what we can expect as we head into early October for our tournament. This will be a great meeting to attend for many reasons, but especially if you will be fishing the Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout on October 1st and 2nd.

Bob will also talk briefly about Agency Bay Lodge and what they have to offer to those visiting Leech Lake throughout the year.

Meetings are open to the public and FREE to attend! Chance to win various prizes from lures or maybe a rod in our meeting raffles. Come to hear and share fish stories and more. One random door prize drawing for those in attendance. Bring your friends!
Jeff Young Memorial -
2022 Muskie Shootout
The 2022 Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout is almost here and we still have openings if you haven't yet signed up!

If you would like to pick up some new Shootout SWAG for this year's event, we currently have an online store open for a limited time. Check out the online store for new Shootout merchandise to be picked up at the tournament. Limited options will be available the weekend of the Shootout for purchasing.

Last day to order - September 13th

All merchandise from prior years will be available at discounted prices at the event.

The BLC Muskie Shootout on Leech Lake is excited to be heading back to Agency Bay Lodge and they have recently sent us some updated information on launching your boats (free at the lodge for those fishing the tournament), parking and some food options for that weekend. See those updates on the website through the link below.

Find all the details and sign up on the Shootout page of the website.
September 13
Monthly Meeting - Bob Weeks - Agency Bay Lodge

September 17
Outing - Leech Lake - 7 am to 3 pm

September 24 to October 1
Lake Vermilion Fall Outing

October 1 to 2
Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout

October 11
Monthly Meeting - TBD
BLC 2022 Outing Schedule - MHOTY
June 25 (Saturday) Lake Plantagenet 7am to 2pm

June 28 (Tuesday) Lake Alexander 5pm to 9:30pm - Sponsor Night

July 16 (Saturday) Lake Miltona 7am to 2pm

August 14 (Sunday) Wabedo/Little Boy 7 am to 2pm (Alternate lake option - Cedar)
September 6 (Tuesday) Lake Shamineau 5pm to 9pm

September 17 (Saturday) Leech Lake 7am to 3pm

October 22 (Saturday) Rice Lake/Upper Mississippi 9am to 3pm

October 29 (Saturday) Roosevelt Lake 9am to 3 pm
Congrats to Jordan Moss on winning our September outing on Lake Shamineau with this great looking 46" fish!

NEXT UP: Leech Lake on September 17th
  • Are you looking for someone to fish with? Are you without a boat and wondering if someone has an open seat? Just looking to fish with someone new? Let us know and we will post this information on the website to help facilitate this for you. Likewise, if you are fishing an outing and would be willing to have someone new join you, please keep an eye on the website. You never know, it might result in a new lifelong fishing partner! At the very least, fishing with someone you haven't fished with before always results in learning something new.
The BLC wins the 2022
Gil Hamm
Chapter Challunge!!!

The Gil Hamm Chapter Challunge was held in August on Leech Lake. This is an annual event (the location changes every year) that began back in 1977. And for the first time in the history of the event, the Brainerd Lakes Chapter came out victorious in 2022! (See Vikings fans, anything is possible!!)

Not only did the BLC take home first place, but of the two teams that we had, we were able to take both first and second. Congrats to both BLC teams on a strong showing during a challenging bite! So what does this mean? The winning chapter gets to host next year's event and also gets to decide where it will be. We're still working on the location. But expect a decision on that soon!

While the BLC has never been the official host of the Gil Hamm, we have helped host several events and we are hearing that some are really looking forward to us hosting next year. There are some pictures floating around of a particular Hamm on Lake Vermilion from about a decade ago that might explain some of that anticipation!

Stay tuned for more details. Location announcement will also be posted on the Gil Hamm website when it's official.

2022 Release Standings

Congrats to Jody Young on winning the Musky Tackle Online gift card at the August meeting! Will you be the lucky winner at the September meeting? All you have to do is have at least one fish registered in August and attend the September meeting for a chance!

If you would like to participate in our 2022 release contest or be eligible for a free replica, please make sure to check out the above link and scroll down for requirements. Also remember that it can pay to participate in our release contest. All fish registered the previous month will go into a monthly drawing at our monthly meetings for a $25 Musky Tackle Online gift card. Must be present to win!
Lake Vermilion Fall Outing
The Fall Outing on Lake Vermilion has been set! Join the crew at Muskego Point Resort this fall for a fun, laid-back event. Great fishing, great food, great camaraderie, great accommodations and hosts, and an even greater time!

September 24th - October 1st, 2022
Muskego Point Resort - Cook, MN

•$55/person/night (plus tax).
•Bedding, towels, and kitchen equipment provided by the resort.
•Come for a couple days, or come for the whole week.
•You don’t need to be a member to attend.
•Friendly fishing competitions.
•Meal plan options
•Beautiful historic cabins.
•Bring your own bring your own boat and fishing gear OR partner up with a friend to fish with.

Cabins fill fast! Contact Jody Young at (218)-821-3727 for more details or to make a reservation!

*Deposit of $100 (unless only staying one night) must be paid as soon as reservation is made*
Save 10% at Musky Tackle Online
Orders placed with Musky Tackle Online that are delivered at monthly meetings are eligible for a 10% discount (and no shipping charge, of course). You need not be a member. You simply need to show up at the meeting to receive your order. It's that simple!
How does it work?
1) Register an account at Musky Tackle Online.
2) Email Aaron at MTO to let him know that you would like to have your order delivered at the next meeting.
3) He will set your account up to receive the appropriate discount.
4) He will let you know when you can proceed with putting in your order. Discount will apply automatically in your cart.
The BLC will get paid too! For every order that is placed this way, MTO will match the discount amount in the form of a donation to the chapter in the same amount. So not only will you get a great deal on some gear, but you will be contributing financially to the BLC!
BLC Youth Sponsorship
Our 2021-2022 newly created, Business Partnership Program announces the first stage of this ongoing effort to raise funds for our Youth Programs, Muskie Fisheries, and Muskie Research.

The first Partnership we are seeking is that of a PRESENTER PARTNER of our rapidly expanding YOUTH Program. With the increased cost of entry to Muskie Fishing, coupled with the fact that Muskie Fishing has grown 300% over the last decade, dictates that we do more to get Families involved in the sport. Who would have ever predicted that we would know how HS Muskie Fishing Teams and that HS Fishing has become a major activity in our Schools?

As PRESENTING Youth Sponsor, your company will enjoy the benefits: Presenting Partner with Naming Rights, Logo advertising in all our Print, In Person Muskie Seminar for Beginners to an audience you select, and a one Muskies Inc. Membership to be part of our National MI Team. We will also customize other assets as requested to meet your Marketing needs.

Please contact: Ron Sanders, our Partnership Chair, by phone (612-386-1100) or via email at for further information and details.

Please support our great sponsors that support us. We wouldn't be able to do the things that we do without their help!