Recap of 2023 Banquet

Our 62th Annual Ohio Huskie Muskie Club business
meeting and awards banquet was held on Saturday, February 18,
2023 at the SYB Party Center located at 4157 Hudson Drive,
Stow, Ohio 44224.

We had 70 members and guests attend the banquet, with vendor tables, business meeting and a great presentation from Kevin Page of the Division of Wildlife.

The key part of the banquet was a presentation of the awards earned in 2022.  Here is a rundown on the awards as well as many pictures from the banquet.


Joe Blackwell “Mr. Muskie” Award 2022

Elmer Heyob

February 18th, 2023

Matthew Smith Memorial Award for Juniors


Cooper Marshall


Piedmont Lake, June 25th, 2022


Lucy Marshall


Leesville Lake, June 30th, 2022

Fifty Inch Award

Brad Evans


Salt Fork Lake, November 27th, 2022

Kyle Jones


Caesar Creek, July 2nd, 2022

Jeff Cooper


Caesar Creek, August 5th, 2022


 E. “Pooch” Curry Award 2022

Brad Evans


Salt Fork Lake, November 27th, 2022


Queen Royalty Award 2022

Maggie Butara


Leesville Lake, September 4th


2022 Event Awards 


March 26th, 2022

Piedmont Lake

1st Place – David White

48” Muskie 


May Madness

May 14th, 2022

Salt Fork Lake

1st Place – David White

43.75” Muskie



June 11th, 2022

Leesville Lake

1st Place – Jabez Burford

43.5” Muskie


52nd Annual Summer Contest

July 9th & 10th, 2022

Pymatuning Lake

1st Place – Chuck Land Sr.

4 Muskies

64.25 Points

2nd Place – Frank Smith

1 Muskie

22 Points


10th Annual Minnow Fund Outing

October 1st, 2022

West Branch Reservoir

1st Place – Drew Bennett

46” Muskie


2022 Overall Tournament Champion

David White

5 Muskies

65.75 Points

10 or More Release Award Dunmire Award
Patrick Klingensmith 253 51
Mike McKenzie 207 24
Chuck McKnight 186
Bob Marshall 143 18
Elmer Heyob 134
Bill Schultz Jr. 127 14
David White 110 28
John Thompson 104 18
Kyle Jones 92 48
Brad Evans 63 13
George Weber 60 14
Derek Halas 58 5
Carl Conrad 53 3
Maurice Potvin Jr. 53
Donald Gutshall 51 9
John Proch 50 4
Charles Klingensmith 44 10
Robert Basic 42 5
Sam Reichenbach 35 4
David Simmons 33 9
Mike Wile 29 3
Thomas Morris 29 3
Greg Them 27
Kevin La Roche 26 6
David Stephenson 26
William Lambert 25 4
Jim Cook 24
Ray Elkins 24 3
Adam Starr 24 4
Phillip Jarvis 23 6
Tony Crisp 21
John Ringenbach 21 9
Patrick Andino 16
Michael Kinney 16 3
Jim Mayberry 16
Cooper Marshall 15
Josh Marshall 13
Mike Erwin 11
Kathy Mitchell 11 3
Neil Butara 10 4
Paul Shepherd 10
Chuck Harmon 4
Jeff Cooper 4
Matt Foose 3
Philip Ringenbach 3








2023 Banquet Saturday February 18

Our 62th Annual Ohio Huskie Muskie Club business
meeting and awards banquet will be on Saturday, February 18,
2023 at the SYB Party Center located at 4157 Hudson Drive,
Stow, Ohio 44224.
Doors will open at 3:30 pm with the business meeting
starting at 4:00 pm, followed by time to socialize and buy that
lure which will make all the difference in 2023. All members
are urged to attend. During the business meeting, you will be
electing new officers and choosing your 2024 Main Event lake.
You must be a paid up member to vote in the meeting.
The banquet will start at 6:00 pm followed by our dinner
and award presentations. The banquet meal will be $30 per
person for adults and $15 for children age 10 and under.
You can register for the Banquet on line at the following site:

At the site you can register yourself and anyone
attending with you and pay for the meals thru PayPal. This
application has proven successful for our events because it is so easy
to use, so please give it a try.

If you would like to register by mailing the form back, please
make you check payable to “OHMC” and mail to :
OHMC, 17712 Edgewater Dr., Lakewood, Ohio 44107

The mail in form can be found here:

Minnow Fund Outing Results

Well Mother Nature can always make things interesting.  Fishing in some wind can help concentrate the bait fish and the muskies.  Fishing in  a lot of wind can make staying on those muskies very challenging.  A total of 29 anglers proved to be up to the task as they caught 17 muskies during the 10 and one half hours of the Minnow Fund outing on West Branch.  Winning the event with a 46″ heavy bodied muskie was Drew Bennett who also caught a 40″ and 38″.   Close behind was David Simmons who caught a beautiful 44.25″ .  David along with John Proch who caught a 40.25″ and a 41.25″ challenged Mother Nature more than the rest of us by fishing from their kayaks.

We would like to thank all who attended the outing for their contributions to the Minnow Fund thru their entry fees but also for the many additional donations to the fund.


Here are the additional anglers who put muskie in the net under tough conditions:


Phil Cummings 39″

Chuck Land Jr. 43″

Joseph Zargari 35″ and 38″

Mike Sandridge 35″ and 40″

Fred Lederer 39″ and 34.5″

Kris Bennett 40″

Russ Roberts 38″

Chris Alfrano 34″



David Simmons with a solid 44.25″

10th Annual Minnow Fund Outing Saturday October 1st at West Branch

The final event of 2022 is our 10th Annual Minnow Fund Outing at West Branch on Saturday, October 1st.     Given that we are in a pre-turnover period, the fish should be feeding heavily to begin bulking up for the winter.  The tournament will run from 7:30 am Saturday and end at 5:30 pm.  Tournament registration is online at

You can also register in person at the West Ramp of West Branch from 7:00 am to 8:00 am on Saturday.  All fish must be turned in to the tournament director by 6:00 pm on Saturday at the West Ramp.

All entry fees will go directly into the Minnow Fund.  We will not be having any raffles, so any donations also would be very much appreciated and would go directly into the Minnow Fund.  Entry fee is $20 with a Big Fish pool of $5 if you chose to participate.  First place will receive a trophy at our banquet in 2023.  The longest fish caught that day will be the winner of the event.   All fish entered will be based on an honor system, no pictures are required but we’d love for you to share your pictures with us to be featured on our social media pages and website!

Summer Contest Results and 2022 Grand Prize Winner

A total of 28 anglers ventured to Pymatuning Lake for our Summer contest event.  Saturday was one windy day with gusts to knock your socks off.   Sunday was a more typical summer day.  Fishing was tough but 7 anglers put fish in the boat lead by Chuck Land.  Winning  the tournament  with 4 fish, Chuck netted a 48.25″ beast as well as a pair of 41″ fish and a 38″.  In second place with a beast of his own, Frank Smith landed a 48″ Huskie.  Also catching fish were

Tom Morris 30″, Rick Mayor 40″, Diane Daniels 39″, Bob Basic 36″ and Jack McAllister 32″.


The Summer contest is also the time we draw the winner of our Grand Prize Raffle.  Shelley Leglise is the winner of a one week stay at the North Fork Studio Cabin at Leesville, a Excalibur Rod Works custom rod, a Shimano Tranx 300 reel,  a Muskie Bumper measuring board and a Muskie Train tackle box with lots of baits.  Congratulations Shelley and thank you for all who supported the raffle through their donations and for all who took a chance to be the winner.

Our final event of the year will be the 10th Annual Minnow Fund Event, Saturday Oct 1st at West branch.


Here are some pictures from the weekend


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