Fall Muskie Tournament

October 17th, 2020 7am-4pm

Proceeds go to CCMI to promote and support muskie fishing in the Madison area

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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
  • 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 gaurdian.
  • All participants must fill out a Capital City Muskies Inc. (CCMI) waiver.
  • 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 17th, 2020.
  • 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.   Location TBD.

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

Takeoff: 7:00 am – Two Locations TBD, one on Lake Monona and one on Lake Waubesa

Return: 4:00 pm – You must return to the takeoff location to check out before 4pm. Late penalties will result.

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. 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 raffles 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.

Registration for this event is online only.

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. Tournament is limited to 100 boats.

Click here to Register Online