March 2024 BLC Newsletter


Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm @ American Legion Nisswa

Hello Everyone, 

I'm excited to let you know that we have our summer schedule of events lined up. We've been working hard on getting everything ready so you can add it to your summer plans. The schedule of events is posted in the newsletter. 

We have a few new lakes on the outing line up, along with some that we haven't been to in a long time. I'm looking forward to a good summer on the water. 

We also have our 20th annual sportsman's banquet coming up on March 23. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet and are interested in going, I'd recommend getting them soon. We limit our ticket sales to 160 tickets. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the banquet, if you are interested please reach out to us. 

One of the first things we have going this summer is the Lake Access Cleanup. We will start it when this newsletter is sent and will run till the April meeting (more info below). 

Our next meeting is on Tuesday March 12th at the Nisswa Legion at 7 p.m. It will feature Mille Lacs Lake, with Capt. Ryan Kelly.

Levi Stifter

March 12th Meeting - Ryan Kelly - Guest Speaker

Ryan Kelly of Lagoona Guide Service will be joining us this month to discuss Mille Lacs muskies! Ryan brings over a decades experience guiding for all species on Mille Lacs and will be sure to have some good insight on the current status of the fishery.

Meetings are open to the public and FREE to attend! Chance to win various prizes from lures or maybe a rod in our meeting raffles. Come to hear and share fish stories and more. One random door prize drawing for those in attendance. Bring your friends!

* 2nd Tuesday of the Month - Nisswa American Legion - 7 pm *

March 12

Monthly Meeting - Ryan Kelly - Guest Speaker

March 23

BLC Sportsman's Banquet

April 9

Monthly Meeting - John and Ashley Holmgren - Guest Speaker

May 14

Monthly Meeting - Lure Swap and Membership Drive

2024 Sportsman's Banquet - March 23

The 20th Annual BLC Sportsman's Banquet is just a couple of weeks away and we only have a very limited number of tickets still available. Get your tickets today so you don't miss out! Fewer than 20 tickets still available as of March 6.

Minnesota Muskie Expo - This Weekend!

The Minnesota Muskie Expo is being held this weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Come check out all of the great vendors and a great schedule of speakers.

The BLC will have a booth as well. Come find us just to say hello, buy your banquet tickets, sign up for the 2024 Shootout, or just chat to see what we all have planned for 2024.

Lake Cleanup Challenge

Do you want a chance at a $50 gift card to Mills Fleet Farm?  Here is all you need to do; simply take a picture of you cleaning up the trash at any of our area waters and send the picture to us via email or Facebook message. 

So that we can share with our community where we have been, we ask that pictures include a lake access sign or other visible landmark at a public landing.

The winner will be chosen at our April 9th monthly meeting. Need not to be present to win but your attendance is encouraged:) Our goal is to help improve our local lakes and help promote great stewardship.

Youth Member Spotlight

We’re looking for more youth members to spotlight for our newsletter! Contact Jadyn at to be featured!

Jeff Young Memorial - 2024 Muskie Shootout

Registration for the 2024 Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout is officially open and we already have 24 teams signed up!

We will once again be headed back to Agency Bay Lodge on beautiful Leech Lake. Clear your calendar for the weekend of October 5 - 6, 2024 and register your team today. Remember, starting positions are determined by the order of registrations. So it pays to sign up early!

2024 BLC Muskie Hunter of the Year (MHOTY) Schedule

June 23

Lake Bemidji - Northwoods Access - 7am to 3pm

July 20

Virtual - Any lake in Minnesota - 6am to 11pm

August 6

Lake Roosevelt - Ladies/Kids get double points for muskies caught - 4pm to 9pm

August 11

Lake Pokegama - 7am to 3pm

September 3

Cedar Lake - Sponsorship night - fish must be caught using a BLC sponsor's lure - 4pm to 9pm

September 21

Leech Lake - 7am to 3pm

October 12

Lake Waconia - 8am to 3pm

October 26

Lake Roosevelt - 8am to 4pm

** Schedule subject to change **

** Potluck following most outings **

BLC Memorial Outing

September 14

Mantrap Lake - 7am to 5pm

This is separate from the MHOTY schedule and is run a bit more like a tournament style with prizes for the winner as well as big fish pot and raffles afterwards.

Save 10% at Musky Tackle Online

Orders placed with Musky Tackle Online that are delivered at monthly meetings are eligible for a 10% discount (and no shipping charge, of course). You need not be a member. You simply need to show up at the meeting to receive your order. It's that simple!


How does it work?

1) Register an account at Musky Tackle Online.

2) Email Aaron at MTO to let him know that you would like to have your order delivered at the next meeting.

3) He will set your account up to receive the appropriate discount.

4) He will let you know when you can proceed with putting in your order. Discount will apply automatically in your cart.


The BLC will get paid too! For every order that is placed this way, MTO will match the discount amount in the form of a donation to the chapter in the same amount. So not only will you get a great deal on some gear, but you will be contributing financially to the BLC!


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