The weather people said it would be a tough day with rain and thunderstorms, but except for an occasional light rain, Saturday June 19th turned out to be a great day to catch muskies. We had 35 anglers sign up to fish the LungeFest at Leesville and most saw action in terms of follows, lost fish and catches. When the day was finished 21 fish hit the nets with 8 being over 40 inches. Rick Thorp led the way with a 5 fish day. The winner of the event was David White with a beautiful 45″ fish. Dave also claimed the big fish pot and graciously donated $60 back to the Minnow Fund. Here is a list of all the fish caught and a few pictures from the event.
Jerry Rice 31″
John Diez 38″ (caught on a fly)
Scott Donohew 33″
Don Gutshall 43.5″
Jack McAllister 39.75″
Bill Schultz Jr. 38.5″
Matt Litten 38″
Leo Soehnlen 37.25″
Rick Thorp 44″, 39.5″, 40.25″, 42.5″, 42.5″
Dave White 39.5″, 45″
Tim Smith 43.5″, 40.5″
Anna Marie Land 36″
Russ Roberts 35″
Jeff Lucas 34.5″
Jason Basic 36″
June is a busy month for the OHMC. The Leesville LungeFest will be held on Saturday, June 19th from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. This is a one-day event where the longest muskie 30 inches or over by length wins the event. All fish must be turned in no later than 5:30 pm at the launch ramp parking lot. Registration will be from 6:00 am -7:00 am at the launch ramp south of the dam. You can also register online at
Entry is $15 with an optional $5 Big Fish pool.
Just a reminder, the Saturday before, June 12th, is our banquet at the SYB Party Center. Please try to get your reservations in before June 8th. You can register online at
or you can mail in your reservation using the form on our website at
We look forward to seeing you at the LungeFest and the Banquet.
Our 60th Anniversary Banquet will be Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the SYB Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio. Doors will open at 3:30 pm with our Business Meeting set for 4:00 pm. The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm with the awards shortly thereafter. The agenda for the Business Meeting is short, with just the election of officers and the selection of the Summer Contest lake for 2022. Members also have the opportunity to discuss any other club business on their minds.
We are conducting the Banquet with an eye on the recent Covid announcements from the CDC. If you are vaccinated, you do not have to wear a mask. Tables will be set for 6 or 8 people. We want to provide the opportunity to sit with family members or people of your choice. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any seating arrangement you would like. The dinner will be a buffet, but the caterer will be serving the food and not have each individual plate their own dish.
In addition to the awards, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be presenting an update on our stocking program. Each person attending will be receiving a 60th anniversary lure from Xtreme Muskie Lures.
The adult meal is $30 with children 10 and under for $15. You can register online at:
or register by mail using the following application. Please register for the Banquet as soon as possible so we can accommodate as best we can the seating requests.
Wow….two tournaments in the books and two absolutely gorgeous days. We had 41 anglers start out Saturday with 40 degree temperatures which quickly climbed to 70 degrees with calm breezes and sunny skies. The shad were set up near the shores early in about 8 to 12 feet of water but as the shallow waters warmed up, they made a movement closer to shore. Yet, some of the bigger fish were set up on deep structure, starting to eat but also recovering from the spawn. So what ever pattern you wanted to work, it was probably there. The deep water fish proved most elusive, with many follows and a couple of large ones lost. The near shore bite proved the most productive for casters and folks trolling.
The overall event winner with the longest fish was Phil Jarvis, putting a 41 inch fish in the net. We had two side pools for May Madness, our normal Big Fish pool with a $5 contribution which 14 anglers choose and a Total Points pool with a $35 contribution which 27 anglers selected. The folks in the Big Fish pool only managed a 28″ muskie by Kevin Proffitt which didn’t qualify for the big fish so the $70 in the pool was donated to the Minnow Fund.
The Total Points pool anglers accounted for a total of 8 fish. Third Place was taken by Jason Hubert with a 38.75″ caught on a top water. (Who knew). Second Place was claimed by Jonathan Kinney with a 40.25″ beauty. First place with two legal fish of 41″ and 39.25″ and a sub was Phil Jarvis. The $945 pool was divided $567 to the winner, $283.50 to second and $94.50 to third.
Here are the other anglers who caught fish and some great pictures.
Donald Klauss 34″
Troy White 35″
Lon Grant 32.5″
Sixty years ago this year, the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club was founded thru the efforts of Merrill Gilfillan and John Pelton, both working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club is one of the oldest muskie clubs in the United States. We will celebrate our anniversary at our banquet on June 12th at the SYB Party Center in Stow, Ohio.
To begin the celebration, in partnership with the Cleveland Fishing Company, we are offering a selection of apparel commemorating our 60 years. Included in the offering are Performance Long Sleeve shirts, Sun shirts, Tee shirts, Hoodies and Sun Hoodies.
Cleveland Fishing Company is providing the shirts at a reduced rate with profits being donated to the Minnow Fund to help continue the strong stocking program of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
To order, just visit Cleveland Fishing Company’s site at
The apparel will be available to order beginning Monday, April 19th and will available only thru Sunday April 25th. This is a one-time opportunity, OHMC will not be carrying the apparel in our merchandise inventory.