The 45th annual Paul’s Pro-Am Musky Classic will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. 

Paul Riedel Sr., former owner of Hiawatha Resort and Supper Club, started the tournament 45 years ago with the intent of bringing fishermen and -women together to enjoy the beautiful Eagle River Chain of Lakes.

“Paul’s Pro-Am was known as one of the biggest and best tournaments around for many years,” said Tom Rahlf of the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., the organization behind the tournament today. “Paul did a great job at setting the standard for many tournaments to follow.

Registration will be at Shotskis Bar in Eagle River Friday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Anglers can sign up by contacting Rahlf at (715) 367-4990 or email at tomrahlf@gmail.com. 

First place is $12,000 based on a full field of 150 teams. The top 10 places will be paid. If the tournament field is not full leading up to Sept. 18, anglers can still sign up Friday night at registration.

Take off will be at Eagle Lake Park at 7:30 a.m. both mornings, with fishing until 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be given out at Shotskis Bar at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Last year, Dan Wojtusik and Phil Hahn, both of Eagle River, caught three fish to win the Pro-Am Musky Classic.

The team also caught the largest fish registered in the tourney, a 46 1⁄2-inch muskie caught by Hahn. The two anglers also caught fish measuring 43 1⁄4 and 38 1⁄2 inches. They won more than $4,000.

A total of 46 teams participated in the tournament last year.