Muskie anglers descend on St. Louis River

If you’re on the St. Louis River this weekend, you might notice more boat traffic than usual. The muskie hunters are coming to Duluth and Superior.

The Professional Musky Tournament Trail’s fourth qualifying event will be held Saturday and Sunday on the St. Louis River with a $20,000 first-place prize (based on total entries). The event is hosted by the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce with headquarters at Barker Island Inn.

Contest hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The tournament requires anglers to release all muskies after they’re measured. Fish are scored on a points basis by length, and extra points are awarded for “good” releases with fish upright and healthy, according to contest rules.

Only a handful of local anglers will fish in the contest, said Pete Brzezinski, a muskie guide on the St. Louis River. About 50 two-person teams have entered, Brzezinski said. He will not be participating, but the event is good for the communities, he said.

“Muskie guys, when they come to our area, they don’t stay in tents,” Brzezinski said. “They’re bringing some money to the economy.”

Fishing should be good.

“It has been really good,” he said. “I haven’t been out the last three days, but before that it was good. We were having multiple-fish days.”

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