The Ohio DNR has broadcast a Webinar of the Muskellunge Program in our state. The seminar covers the Introduction to the Species, the Muskellunge Program in Ohio, Angler Collaboration, and the new Tagging Study. The Webinar is a little over an hour in length and can be viewed at this location:
Phone and Email Inquiry
Paul Anderson, President
Mail for Membership
John Ringenbach, Treasurer
Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc
17712 Edgewater Dr.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
All dues paying members receive a copy of our quarterly newsletter to keep you abreast of what is happening around the State. In addition to, informative articles, tournament results, & upcoming events, the newsletter contains helpful hints to assist you in your pursuit of a muskellunge.
Two outings with steak fry’s per year, a night bite contest (night fishing tournament), and a banquet every March, along with the Annual Open Contest held in mid July. Also, don’t forget to stop by our booth at the Annual Ohio Muskie Show.
You have the opportunity to exchange muskie information with fellow anglers, and to meet new fiends who share your interest. The opportunity to exchange ideas theories, tackle, techniques and to gain knowledge about different lakes around the state. Spending time with others who share your enthusiasm for muskie fishing, camping, conservation, and spending time with our families in the great outdoors.
Through trophies, plaques and annual certificates for outstanding catches and achievements. Anglers who report their catches during the season, and qualify for an award, will receive their plaques at the next annual March Awards Banquet. Those not attending the banquet will receive their award by mail. Any trophies earned at our events will also be awarded at the banquet. All certificates can now be printed directly from the (MAL) when the fish is reported.
A free membership will be awarded to an angler who catches his/her first ever muskie by legal means from Ohio waters, reports this muskie catch to the Ohio Division of Wildlife using the Muskie Angler Log (MAL), applies for the free membership below, and then returns to the MAL to check the box as “Member of OHMC” and puts their assigned member ID into the MAL. If the reported muskie is less than 42 inches, the angler is eligible for a Free Honorable Mention Membership. If the reported muskie is 42 inches or longer, then the angler is eligible for a Free Regular Membership. Anglers must apply for the free membership during the year in which the qualifying fish was caught and reported. All muskie catches, regardless of fish length, must be reported in the Muskie Angler Log (MAL) to qualify for any awards or free membership.
To complete your Free Membership request, you must submit a Membership Application directly to the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc. Once it has been confirmed that your catch has been reported within the Muskie Angler Log, we will mail you your free membership ID card with your member number, and some information on the club. When you receive your unique member ID number, go back to the Muskie Angler Log site, edit your profile and add in the member ID number to your profile. Also make sure you select the switch for “member of OHMC”. It takes a little bit of work on your part, but now you have fully registered with the ODNR’s Muskie Angler Log and OHMC. Remember all of our annual awards are taken directly from the M.A.L. at the end of the year. If you need any assistance, first see if one of your fellow muskie anglers who have already registered can help you. If not give one of the Trustees a call and we will be glad to walk you through the process, step by step. A FREE membership is considered Honorary if your catch is under 42″ and then changed to Regular status after you catch a 42″ or larger muskie in Ohio. You membership is automatically established as Regular if your first catch is 42″ or larger. Upon catching your FIRST MUSKIE 42″ OR LARGER, regardless if it is your first muskie caught in Ohio, you will receive (1) one free dinner at the awards banquet. Note: this is a one time offer to get a free meal at the awards banquet.
Please understand that a free membership into the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club is for the remainder of the calendar year, starting upon submission of your catch data on the M.A.L. (free memberships expire on December 31 of the current calendar year). If you wish to continue to receive Club benefits and Club mailings, you must renew your membership thereafter. Annual dues are $15.00 per person or $25.00 for a family membership a year. Family membership is considered husband/wife and all children under 16 years of age, and must be paid for. Free memberships are for an individual, not a family. Normal dues renewal may be paid anytime after January first. A renewal form will be sent with the February newsletter along with you awards banquet reservation form for convenience, and as a reminder. Yours renewal dues MUST be paid prior to the first fishing event, The Spring Outing to be fully eligible for your annual awards. If you pay after the first fishing event, you will only be eligible for event trophies and not the annual awards such as the prestigious “Pooch” Curry award.
An Honorable Mention Membership is achieved by paying annual membership dues (regardless of whether you have ever caught a muskie). Your membership will remain “Honorary” until you have caught a muskie by legal means from Ohio waters, measuring 42 inches or more in total length, whether it be harvested or released. The muskie catch must be reported in the Muskie Angler Log (MAL). To complete your Honorable Mention Membership request, you must complete and send in an Honorable Mention Membership Application and associated fees (see Membership Application for details) directly to the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc., follow the link below. An Honorary Membership fee is $15.00 a year. An Honorary Family Membership fee is $25.00 a year.
A Regular Membership is achieved by: 1) paying annual membership dues and 2) having caught a muskie by legal means from Ohio waters, measuring 42 inches or longer in total length, whether it be harvested or released. The muskie catch must be reported in the Muskie Angler Log (MAL). Your membership in the club will remain as “Regular” as long as annual membership dues are paid. To complete your Regular Membership request, you must complete and send in a Regular Membership Application and associated fees (see Membership Application for details) directly to the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc., follow the link below.
The Life Membership is achieved by paying a one-time membership fee of $250. This membership may also be awarded by OHMC’s Board of Trustees to an individual who has shown an outstanding dedication to Ohio’s muskie fishery. This person must be an example to all other muskie anglers, and make considerable contributions to Ohio muskie fishing to be considered for this prestigious honor! To complete your Life Membership application, you must complete and send in a Life Membership Application and $250 directly to the Ohio Huskie Muskie, Inc., follow the link below.
Ohio Huskie Muskie Club
Seeing an opportunity to expand on the then sparce muskellunge fishery in Ohio, The Ohio Division of Wildlife first attempted to propagate muskie in 1948. Native brood fish were live trapped from Ohio streams and placed in hatchery ponds at Kincaid Fish Farm, in hopes that natural reproduction would occur. Because of poor success with this project, in 1953 the Ohio Division of Wildlife started an artificial propagation program. Over the next few years with the increased catch of muskellunge from Ohio waters, interest among fishermen grew and the Ohio Division Of Wildlife needed to obtain information on the muskellunge catch and harvest. So in 1961. Merrille C. Gilfillan and John Z. Pelton formed an organization aptly named The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club to officially record all the muskies caught each year. The club has proven to be an excellent vehicle for obtaining statewide information, which is valuable in evaluating fish management activities, and planning for the future of muskie fishing in Ohio.
Over the years OHMC grew and grew with the success in holding club outings and tournaments throughout the state of Ohio. Angler catch rates grew with the success of the stocking program and the return of angler information back to the Division. The size of caught muskies also grew largely due to or commitment to return muskies back to the lake. Current return rates average around 99.6% release.!
In 1994 the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, incorporated to a 501 C3 non- profit organization. Slightly changing our name to The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc. A sport fishing club dedicated to promoting better muskie fishing in the state of Ohio, by providing the Division of Wildlife with biological information on catch and harvest through out the state. By educating and promoting current and future anglers on Muskie fishing through out the state.
The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc. is you, your family, neighbors and any other avid muskie angler.