Between the Lakes Chapter
PO Box 61
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
What is Chapter #20 of Muskies Inc. All About?
Between The Lakes is the local club for Muskies Inc. There are 50 chapters throughout the United States with about 6,000 members that make up Muskies Inc. International. We call the main office of Muskies Inc. "The International".
Dues: Chapter #20 has no dues or any requirement you need to work so many hours in a year to be a member. Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings to hear the speakers, fish with us on our outings, and receive the monthly newsletter. To officially join Muskies Inc. please see the "membership" section of this site. This section also has the benefits of membership listed on it.
Club Fishing Contest: Kevin Rortvedt is our "Release Chairman". Our club has "release forms" on which you put down your catch, size of the fish, lake caught on, day, time, etc. and send/give it to Kevin. He then tallies the catches and sends it onto Muskies Inc. which keeps a nationwide database (lunge log). Through the Muskies Inc. website you can see lake to lake what fish have been caught, on what lure, and under what conditions. Each year at our spring banquet award plaques are given out for the most fish caught, longest of the club, longest for the county, junior, and ladies. Fisherman catching the longest fish for the year gets a traveling trophy consisting of a framed muskie print to hang in his or her home. The release forms can be picked up at the meetings.
Attendance Raffles: If you have been coming to our meetings you probably have won a lure, hat, shirt, or pliers from our monthly attendance drawings. Each person in attendance gets a ticket and a chance to win one of usually 4 or 5 prizes for the night. There is also a grand raffle in December. You get one ticket for each meeting attended, and one ticket for each fish over 30" in length.
Outings: During fishing season we usually have a club outing the Sunday after our monthly meetings. We alternate between Elkhart Lake and Random Lake each month. We start in the morning, and whenever you can get there to fish if the starting point. Around noon we have a fry out with beer, soda, and food provided by the club. You get to sit around and talk fishing. Friends and non-members are welcome to these outings.
Fall Trip: The last 3 years some club members have gotten together and fished the Chippewa Flowage as a group for a longs weekend. The first year 6 members went, 2nd year saw 12, and 3rd year saw 20 members going.
Spring Banquet: This is the clubs means of raising money for all club business. Whether it is speakers, fish stocking, or other projects this is how we finance them.
Speakers: Last year we had about 6 meetings with speakers, professional guides, pool-side demonstration, and our own members. We have them come in during our regular monthly meetings, and friends/family are welcome to attend as well.
Helping Each other Fish: When Tom Ehren helped start this club years ago, one of the things he had in mind was the club members helping each other out with fishing. We are willing to share ideas, places, and times to fish. We are doing that with group discussions and the willingness to help each other. This is truly a club with members you can ask advice and get straight, honest answers. Each meeting night we have "fishing reports" where members share their information about the fish they have caught.
Turning Leaf Youth Muskie Fishing Weekend: Since 2004 BTL has taken 10-14 kids ages 12-18 and a parent or guardian musky fishing in Vilas County for two days. This weekend event is at no cost to the kids. The youth accompanied by one parent or guardian will be introduced to muskie fishing with two evening education sessions in Sheboygan County, and then a weekend even at a resort in northern Wisconsin on a Class A muskie lake. Club personnel will be providing boats and serving as "guides". This is being conducted with assistance from the Outdoor Skills Center and the Sheboygan County Conservation Association.
It Is Not Just Muskies, Muskies, Muskies! Between The Lakes has been involved in more than just muskie fishing. We are part of the community and are proud our actions show it. We have contributed in buying land for the Gerber Lake recreational site, buying land to protect Trout habitat, contributing to Campus Life and St. Peter Claver food pantries, stocking fish in the Campus Life pond and walleyes in Lake Ellen, providing paddle boats for Camp Rokilio, paid for the Lake Ellen boat landing pier, contributed to the Sheboygan Co. Marsh carp trap, scholarships for graduating high school seniors and continuing college students who are pursuing careers in outdoor fields. We also contributed to the Outdoor Skills Center, the Howards Grove Rod & Gun club free fishing day, Marshview Conservations Club, and Christmas in May home rebuilding program. We have given guns to hunter safety programs and contributed to Fishing Has No Boundries which allows people with handicaps to fish. We have paid for materials for a Boy Scout to build a bridge over the creek at Silver Springs and earn his Eagle Badge doing it. Along with the Helen Shaw Fly Tying Club we have sponsored Sheboygan Area Girl Scouts for a day of introduction to fishing. We have no club house, no buildings to maintain. Almost all our money is given back to the community, much of it to non-muskie programs!