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National Championship Musky Open
August 17 - 19, 2018


The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, Inc. are pleased to announce the 33rd Annual National Championship Musky Open Tournament August 17 – 19, 2018.

Our door prizes and raffle prizes will be better than ever! The Grand Door Prize is a 2018 Mercury Powered Ranger Boat with a RangerTrail trailer. Other prizes have been supplied by Shimano, PowerPro Line, G Loomis Tackle, Lowrance, St. Croix Rods, Shoeder’s RV & Marine, Super Slayer Tackle Company, Musky Hunter Magazine, Minn Kota, Fittante Taxidermy/Replicas, H3O Polarized, Musky Bumper, Days Inn of Eagle River, Enticer Tackle,  General Beer Northwoods, Suick Lure Company, Waterworks Specialists and Z Leaders Fishing Rigs.

Our tournament headquarters will be at Vilas County Fairgrounds on Highway 70 West, just blocks from downtown Eagle River. Registration and orientation will be at the headquarters where you will receive your registration packet.

Please note the registration hours, briefing times and fishing hours. All contestants must attend a briefing before fishing and must register in person.

The entry fee will be $60.00 on or before August 1, 2018.  Please note that all walk-in entry fees at the tournament headquarters will be $65.00 cash. We would like as many entrants as possible to pre-register before August 1, 2018. This makes it easier for the tournament to have the proper number of hats, entrant bags and any other information. Should you need to register after August 1, 2018 you will need to do so at the tournament headquarters.  No pre-registration will be accepted after August 1, 2018.

To be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing, you must register before May 15, 2018. Our Early Bird Prize is two nights lodging by the Days Inn in Eagle River (subject to availability).

Food is available for purchase at Tournament Headquarters Thursday and Saturday night from 3pm – 9pm and on Sunday from 11am – 3pm.  Food provided by the Eagle River Rotary Club.

We will mail you a confirmation registration card. Please keep your copy and bring it to tournament registration.

It’s going to be a great tournament! Remember, a portion of the proceeds always goes for fish stocking and habitat improvement. If you have any questions regarding the tournament, please call the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 800-359-6315.


Get a chance to win one of many wonderful musky fishing prizes by donating a non-perishable food item or cash.  For each food item or dollar you donate, you will receive one chance in the Help Fight Hunger drawing.  Non-perishable food items and cash donations can be brought throughout the weekend to the Help Fight Hunger Tent located at tournament headquarters.  All food donations will be donated to the Vilas County Food Pantry.


A registered adult (18 and older) and a child (8 – 17 years) can enter to win this category by catching the most fish in inches.  The winners of this category will receive a trophy for their efforts.  This category is just like the Husband/Wife category.

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Bring a “New Angler” Drawing

Any prior angler of the National Championship Musky Open who gets a NEW angler to enter the 2018 tournament, can enter their name into a special drawing for a musky rod and reel.  The more people you have entered, the more chances you have to win this great musky rod and reel.  You do not have to fish with this person(s), just recommend our great event and have the new angler register to be in the tournament.

Download and print this year’s 2018 Bring A New Angler Form – Click Here

2018 Registration Form/Rules and Regulations Information

2018 Musky Registration Form – Click Here

2018 Musky Rules and Regulations – Click Here

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm

6:00 pm

Friday, August 17, 2018

6:00 am to 6:30 am
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

6:30 am (morning)
6:00 pm (evening)
8:00 pm (evening)

Fishing Hours (optional)
6:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 18, 2018

6:00 am to 6:30 am

6:30 am

Fishing Hours (optional)
6:00 am to 5:00 pm

Door Prizes
6:30 pm
You must be present to win.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fishing Hours
6:00 am to 11:00 am

Turn in all fish verification slips by 12:30 pm

Tournament Results, Door Prizes & Grand Drawing 1pm
You must be present to win.


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