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National Championship Musky
Open August 20 - 22, 2021

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, Inc. are pleased to announce the 35th Annual National Championship Musky Open Tournament

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 register in person, receive all tournament information, and attend a briefing before fishing by Saturday morning at 6:30 am.

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.

Note: Food is available for purchase at Tournament Headquarters Thursday and Saturday night from 5pm – 9pm and on Sunday from 11am – 2pm.  Food is provided by the The Warehouse Center for the Arts.

The entry fee will be $65.00 on or before August 1, 2021.  Please note that all walk-in entry fees at the tournament headquarters will be $70.00 cash. We would like as many entrants as possible to pre-register before August 1, 2020. 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, 2021 you will need to do so at the tournament headquarters.  No pre-registration will be accepted after August 1, 2021.

Please note the registration hours, briefing times and fishing hours. All contestants must register in person, receive all tournament information, and attend a briefing before fishing by Saturday morning at 6:30 am.

To be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing, you must register before May 15, 2021. Our Early Bird Prize is two nights lodging in the Eagle River Area (subject to availability).


Please note that credit card transactions are subject to a $3.50 transaction fee.


Print, Complete, and Mail your Registration Form to:

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

PO Box 1917-MT

Eagle River, WI 54521

2021 Registration Form


Drop off your Registration Form at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center prior to August 1st, 2021.

Or register at Tournament Headquarters  (Vilas County Fairgrounds) on Thursday, August 19, 2021 – Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Thursday August 19, 2021

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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

6:00 pm

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday August 20, 2021


6:00 am to 6:30 am (morning)

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (evening)


6:30 am (morning)

6:00 pm (evening)

8:00 pm (evening)

Fishing Hours (optional)

6:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Fish Verification Slips can be turned in for fish caught and released on Friday at tournament headquarters between 5 pm and 8 pm.)

Saturday August 21, 2021


6:00 am to 6:30 am


6:30 am

Fishing Hours (optional)

6:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Fish Verification Slips for fish caught and released on Friday and/or Saturday must be turned in on Saturday evening at tournament headquarters.  Friday and Saturday fish not turned in on Saturday evening will not be scored.)

Door Prizes

6:00 pm

You must be present to win.


5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday August 22, 2021

Fishing Hours

6:00 am to 11:00 am

(Fish Verification Slips for fish caught and released on Sunday must be turned in at tournament headquarters by 12:30 pm.  Fish turned in after 12:30 pm will not be scored.)

Tournament Results, Door Prizes & Grand Drawing

1:00 pm

You must be present to win.


11:00 am – 2:00 pm

2021 Printable Schedule - Coming Soon

There are seven (7) “Lake Families” available to fish. These families can be requested and will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each lake family is limited to 500 participants.  Once a lake family is filled you will have to fish your 2nd choice. You must fish your assigned lake family at all times during the tournament.  No changes or exceptions.

Lake Family 1: The Eagle River Chain Area – 10 lakes of the Eagle Chain from dam to dam, Lower Ninemile Lake, Sevenmile Lake, Kentuck Lake, and Deerskin Lake.

Lake Family 2: The Three Lakes Chain – All lakes in the Three Lakes Chain from dam up river.

Lake Family 3: The “Big Lakes” Family – North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake, Long Lake, Big Sand Lake, Lac Vieux Desert Lake and Pioneer Lake

Lake Family 4: The “Western” Family – Big St. Germain Lake, Little St. Germain Lake, Star Lake, Found Lake, Lost Lake, Laura Lake, Little John, Big Muskellunge Lake, Irving Lake, Ballard Lake, White Birch Lake, Plum Lake and Razorback Lake

Lake Family 5: The Sugar Camp Chain Area – Five Lakes of the Sugar Camp Chain, Gilmore Lake, Pickerel Lake (off Hwy. J), Rainbow Flowage, Little Arbor Vitae Lake and Big Arbor Vitae Lake

Lake Family 6: The “Eastern” Family – Pickerel Lake (off Hwy. G), Upper and Lower Buckatabon Lake, Muskellunge Lake (off Hwy. G), Snipe Lake, Boot Lake and Stella Lake

Lake Family 7: The “Northern Lakes” Family – Fishtrap Lake, Palmer Lake, White Sand Lake, High Lake, Tenderfoot Lake, Boulder Lake, and Wildcat Lake

Trophies are awarded for the winners of each division. Winners are determined by a point basis by length in inches. Anglers may bre eligible for more than one division.

Most points accumulated
Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th places.

Largest musky registered for each lake family.
The largest registered musky measured in inches in each lake family will receive a trophy.

Husband/Wife Trophy
A registered husband and wife pair can enter to win this category by catching the most fish in inches.

Guardian/Youth Trophy
A registered adult (18 and older) and a youth (8 – 15 years) can enter to win this category by catching the most fish in inches.

Youth Trophy
A youth (8 – 15 years) can enter to win this category by catching the most fish in inches.

Largest Fish
The largest registered fished during the tournament will also receive a graphite replica mount.

Eligibility & Registration

  1. All persons are eligible to enter the National Championship Musky Open on August 20, 21 & 22, 2021. All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Due to safety issues, children under the age of 8 are not eligible for this tournament.
  2. Entries for pre-registration must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2021 in order to be received as a pre-registration. Contestants whose entries are received prior to May 15, 2021 will be eligible for  an Early Bird Drawing – a two night stay at an area lodging facility in Eagle River, WI.  All pre-registration entry fees are $65 per person.
  3. No entries will be accepted after an August 1, 2021 postmark. After August 1, 2021, entries need to be done at on-site registration at the tournament headquarters—Vilas County Fairgrounds.  All on-site entry fees are $70 per person and must be paid in cash.
  4. Cancellation. No refund can be given should you need to cancel your entry into the tournament after August 1, 2021. Credit for entry can be transferred to the 2022 tournament.
  5. Registration is available on-line at www.muskyopen.com


  1. Each boat and contestant will be required to abide by all of the State of Wisconsin’s boating and fishing laws.
  2. Each entrant must personally sign their own attached insurance waiver form along with the registration form.  A parent/guardian must sign for a minor. No exceptions
  3. All partners must be listed on the registration form
  4. All contestants must register in person at the tournament headquarters and must attend one mandatory tournament rules briefing before fishing.  Report your attendance of a briefing to your lake family.

Boats & Equipment

  1. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard and State of Wisconsin boating rules and safety standards and must be registered in accordance with regulations of the home state of the contestant owing the boat
  2. All boats must be clean and free of Aquatic Invasive Species prior to leaving and entering  another lake.
  3. Cameras/digital cameras are recommended.


  1. Registered participants who immediately release muskies which are 34” and over will be counted and scored on ALL tournament lakes. Measure to the nearest 1/4”.
  2. No fishing from bridges, piers, docks or the shore.
  3. Only muskies caught legally on a hook and line will qualify for scoring.
  4. Each person fishing is allowed only one (1) line in the water at any time. No live bait allowed.
  5. Row trolling is permitted. No motor trolling allowed.
  6. There shall be no less than two (2) registered contestants per boat at all times while fishing and all people in the boat during fishing hours must be registered tournament anglers.
  7. Tournament hats MUST be worn while fishing.
  8. Only muskies caught and released on Friday, Saturday or Sunday during tournament hours will be accepted for scoring.  Verification catch slips will be issued to each contestant.
  9. All muskies caught must be verified and released immediately. Verification catch slips may be done by fellow contestants from a different boat or the nearest person not in your boat.  All slips must be turned in to Tournament Headquarters as soon as possible.  Fish caught and released on Friday or Saturday MUST be registered by 8pm on Saturday night and fish caught and released on Sunday must be registered by 12:30pm on  Sunday.  Failure to do so will result in fish being disqualified from scoring.
  10. This is a total catch & release tournament. Contestants may resume fishing upon successfully verifying and releasing their musky.  If a musky is killed, the contestant must cease fishing for that day. As the legal bag limit is one (1) fish per day.
  11. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by earliest fish registration time on verification slip. Any disputes will be settled by the Official Tournament Committee and their decision is final and binding.

Alcoholic Beverages

NO alcoholic beverages may be consumed while fishing by contestants or tournament officials.

2021  Printable Tournament Rules and Regulations – Click Here

Bring a “New Angler” 

Any prior angler of the National Championship Musky Open who gets a NEW angler to enter the 2021 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 2021 Bring A New Angler Form – Click Here



Get a chance to win a Rod and Reel 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 donated on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at the Help Fight Hunger Tent located at tournament headquarters. (Food donations will not be accepted with expired expiration dates.)  All food donations will be donated to the Vilas County Food Pantry.


Door Prizes and Raffle Prizes

The Grand Door Prize is a 2020 Ranger Boat powered by a 2020  150 XL Pro XS Mercury Outboard Motor with a RangerTrail trailer. Other prizes have been supplied by Shoeder’s RV & Marine, Fittante Taxidermy/Replicas, H3O Polarized, H2O Tackle, Musky Bumper, Sportsman’s Repair Shop, Enticer Tackle, Suick Lure Company, General Beer of the Northwoods, Waterworks Specialists and Z Leaders Fishing Rigs.


Early Bird

To be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing, you must register before May 15, 2021. Our Early Bird Prize is two nights lodging in the Eagle River Area. (subject to availability). 

Major Sponsors

Associate Sponsors

Partial Sponsors

Days Inn of Eagle River

Enticer Tackle

General Beer Northwoods

Kwik Trip

Suick Lure Company

Waterworks Specialists

Z Leaders Fishing Rigs

Your Help is Needed in Controlling Invasive Aquatic Species

For more information Click Here

Your Help is Needed in Protecting the Musky Population

For more information Click Here

Lake Information

To find information about the individual lakes in the area Click Here

Musky Population

To find information about the current musky populations on Wisconsin Lakes Click Here

Free Boat Wash

In an effort to help prevent the spread of invasive species in our area lakes during the duration of the tournament a free boat wash will be available. Boat washing is not required by WI law, but removes certain species like zebra mussels and spiny waterfleas better than the required steps. The free boat wash is made possible by: Vilas County Land & Water and UW-Oshkosh ERIC Intern Program.


2020 Schedule Coming Soon

Friday,  Aug 16, 2019
9:30am – 4:30pm
Star Lake – East Hwy N Landing

Sat Aug 17, 2019
9:30am – 4:30pm
Big Muskellunge Lake – Hwy N Landing

Sun Aug 18, 2019
9:30am – 4:30pm
Plum Lake – Razorback Rd Landing


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