If youâ€™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 Trailâ€™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 theyâ€™re measured. Fish are scored on a points basis by length, and extra points are awarded for â€œgoodâ€ 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.
â€œMuskie guys, when they come to our area, they donâ€™t stay in tents,â€ Brzezinski said. â€œTheyâ€™re bringing some money to the economy.â€
Fishing should be good.
â€œIt has been really good,â€ he said. â€œI havenâ€™t been out the last three days, but before that it was good. We were having multiple-fish days.â€