Fall Muskie Tournament

October 5, 2024 7am-4pm

Proceeds will go to CCMI to continue our youth activities, research projects, and stocking muskies in the Madison Chain

Click here to Register Online

Entry fee

2 people per team—one team per boat, Limited to 100 boats. $50 deposit will hold your spot.

  • Muskies Inc. members $75/person*
    *Must be a Muskies Inc member at time of registration to receive discount.
  • Non-Muskies Inc members $100/person
  • Includes Raffle Ticket for each team member

A down payment of $50 per team is required to reserve your spot. The balance is due by October 3rd.  Deposit is refundable up to October 1st.


  • All participants must be at least 18 years old or be fishing with a parent or legal guardian.
  • All participants must fill out a Capital City Muskies Inc. (CCMI) waiver.
  • No one other than the two participants are allowed in a boat.
  • NO alcohol is allowed in team’s boat during tournament hours.
  • When operating your boat above trolling speed, PFDs must be worn.
  • All participants must follow all local and state boating and fishing regulations.
  • Participants shall conduct themselves in a sportsman-like manner at all times to all boaters.
  • No fishing within 100 feet of another participant.
  • No fishing for any species before takeoff on the day of the Tournament.
  • No spotter or guide boats.
  • You may not leave your boat during tournament hours, except in an emergency or dangerous weather.
  • Open Waters:  Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa, and the waters connecting them
  • Off limits:  Any creek or river at the point they enter or exit tournament waters
  • Fish must be caught during tournament hours 7am-4pm on October 5th, 2024.
  • Casting or trolling only, no live or dead natural bait, 2 lines/lures per TEAM.

Tournament officials will be on the water to assist participants, take photos of the event, and make rulings if needed.

CHEATING: Any team caught cheating will result in disqualification, forfeiture of entry fee, and be banned from this event in the future.

Failure to follow tournament rules will result in disqualification.

All rules potentially have “loopholes”, CCMI’s intention is to have a fair and honest event. “Common sense” and “spirit of the rule” shall apply at all times. CCMI Tournament officials have the final ruling.

Teams are responsible for: 

  • Having their own bump board, no sticks or tape measures
  • Having a valid Wisconsin fishing license
  • Having a smartphone to photograph and register fish

Must register in person prior to Takeoff.   Olin Boat Launch or Lake Farm Boat Launch.

  1. You will receive your starting position (determined by random drawing)
  2. An item that must be in the photo of your fish
  3.  Sticker for your bump board and outboard motor

Takeoff: 7:00 am – Two Locations, Olin Boat Launch and Lake Farm Boat Launch

End of Tournament: 4:00 pm – You do not need to return to the take off location to check out

Awards and Door Prizes:  5:00 pm  Must be Present to Win.  Location TBD

When a Muskie is caught

  1. Immediately call the phone number provided. Keep the fish in the water.
  2. Take a photo of the fish on the bump board, with sticker showing. Pinching the tail is allowed.
  3. Take a photo of the person holding the fish and the item given to you at registration.
  4. Put the fish back in the net and make sure all items above are clearly visible in the photos.
  5.  Release the fish and text the photos to the number provided.

In the event that a fish dies, half of the points for that fish will be deducted. That angler will be done fishing for the tournament.

Muskies Inc scoring system

  • 30″ = 4 points
  • 1 point per inch over 30 (Round up for ½” or greater)

Late penalties

  • Late up to 5 minutes -4 points.
  • Late 5-10 minutes -8 points.
  • Late more than 10 minutes -lose all points.

Tie Breakers

  1. Actual length of fish
  2. The team that caught the fish first
  3. With multiple fish, the team with the longest single fish
  4. If still tied, it will be decided by a coin toss

Awards and Raffle starting at 5pm. Location TBD

In the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstance that is out of the control of CCMI, the tournament will be cancelled, and entry fees will be refunded. The decision will be made Wednesday evening.

Questions or concerns with the rules? Contact Brian Falleck, fmt@capitalcitymuskiesinc.org

Prize Payouts (per team)

  • 1st $5000 + trophies
  • 2nd $1500 + plaques
  • 3rd $1000 + plaques
  • 4th $500

Big Fish of the Tournament: $250

Prize payouts based on a full field of 100 boats, prize amounts will be adjusted downward by the percentage of teams participating. If less than 4 teams catch muskies, the prize amounts will be adjusted upwards. If no muskies are caught the 4 places will be determined by a random drawing.

There will be 2 door prize drawings immediately before the Award Ceremony. One prize for teams that did not catch any fish, then more prizes for all participating teams.

Teams winning cash prizes must bring their bump boards to the Awards Ceremony for verification.

Cash prize winners will need to submit their SSN for tax purposes.

A down payment of $50 per team is required to reserve your spot. The balance is due by October 3rd.  Deposit is refundable up to September 30th. Tournament is limited to 100 boats.

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2022 Results

We held our 3rd Annual CCMI Fall Muskie Tournament on October 15th.  We didn’t have as many participants as previous years, but the muskies didn’t care. There were 3 fish caught during the tournament.

Congratulations to Dale and David Burgenske on their 46.5″ muskie that took First Place and the $250 Big Fish Bonus! 2nd Place went to the team of Aaron Laking and Adam Bergendahl with a 33.5″ and Steve Reinstra and Geoff Crandall came in 3rd with a 32.75″.  If you don’t believe in “bite windows”, all 3 fish were caught between 7:30 and 8:30am!

We gave away almost $2000 in prize money and most importantly, we raised just shy of $1600 for CCMI!

Thanks to all that registered. And thanks to all that helped make it happen! We hope to see you next year for our 4th Annual Fall Muskie Tournament, October 14th, 2023!

2021 Results

The 2nd Annual CCMI Fall Tournament was held on October 16th.  Once again anglers had to fight the wind. The fishing was tough, but 4 teams managed to catch fish. Thanks to all who attended and to our sponsors for helping us put on this great event.  There was over $3000 in cash prizes and we raised over $2000 for CCMI.


  • 1st Place- 49 inch caught by Luke Lagomasino and Ryan Roeming
  • 2nd Place- 46 inch caught by Karen and Dave McGaw
  • 3rd Place- 41.5 inch from Tim Halloway and Scott Puls
  • 4th Place- 37.5 inch by Randall Frie and Jarod Donar

Congratulations to all the winners!


We hope to see you at next year’s tournament

2020 Results

35 teams were met with absolutely brutal wind at the CCMI Fall Muskie Tournament.  The first fish was registered at 7:12 am and a total of 6 were caught during the event. Five on Monona and one on Waubesa. The top four teams took home a over $3000 combined.  Most importantly, we raised over $1900 for Capital City Muskies Inc!

1st Place- Winston Hopkins and Brett Schulze with a 38” and a 46”, which was big fish of the day.

2nd Place- Dustin Loveland and Lane Johnson with a 39” and a 33”

3rd Place- Steve and Tripp Soma with a 37”

4th Place- Tim (Pops) Voeck and Gary Lehnherr with a 33.5”

Keep an eye on “Madison Angling Guide Service” and “Angling Anarchy” YouTube channels as Noah Humfeld and Brian Skaife were both filming while “riding the waves” in the wind.

Thanks to Chaos Tackle and Westin lures for providing the great door prizes.

I appreciate all who participated and withstood the weather. When we started planning this tournament there was no COVID, so we had to make some changes, but we pulled it off thanks to you.  Next year’s event will be bigger and better, and hopefully we can all meet at an establishment for our Rules Meeting and Awards…so I don’t have to hand out awards from the back of my truck in a windstorm!

Huge Thank You to Brett Cook for handling the registrations and Facebook Live, also to Tony Enger, Paul Twardy, Duffy Kopf, and everyone else who helped me with the Takeoff and Awards afterwards.

See you all next year at our new annual event!