"Sharks of the Fresh water". Teal Lake is and has always been famous for its musky fishing. The great "Muskelunge" was originally native to the Northern Mid West and the reason many of the resorts came into being, as it was the trophy fish, the executive's fish, the sport that everyone who anyone should do. Today many fisherman, be they anglers or novice, continue to enjoy the challenge and excitement of catching these feisty "sharks of the Fresh water".
Musky Fishing is said to be the catch of 1000 casts, so it is with great pride and honor that one gets to add your name to the MUSKY LIST. The Musky List (all 2ft by 5 ft long) hangs center stage in the summer office, for all to see. (Each area resort has one hanging in their bar or lodge). But at the end of the year, we take it down, type it up for the web page, so one can "show and tell" your fishing story back at home!
Come see our 2013 Musky List. As well as 2012 Musky List and 2011 Musky List.
See WHO caught, WHEN caught, on WHAT bait, on WHICH lake, and the name of the Fishing Guide or Witness that were with them. Make notes for yourself but beware fisherman are not known to be honest about the secrets of their bait!
We have past years of the Musky Lists dating back to the 1960's on paper. Not all have made the jump to the modern world and onto the web (but we are working on it). But come see past Musky lists and Fishing reports. Come see how NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED.
2001 Musky List and Fishing Report, 2002 Musky List and Report, 2003 Musky List and Report, 2004 Musky List and Report, 2005 Musky List and Report, 2006 Musky List and Report, 2007 Musky List and Report, 2008 Musky List and Report.
For those interested, we also have the 2006 Quiet Lakes Visioning Session.
Historical tid bits. As many of our guests know, the Ross Family love to add a little historical prospective and story to things. Here are a few interesting historical notes about the Musky.
Back in the day, it was not uncommon to find a pistol in the fishing boat. Instead of trying to net a fighting, sharp toothed, slippery 50in musky into a small boat, the guides would SHOOT the Musky when it got along side the boat. (ask us later for stories of holes in boats!). OR they used a wooden club to "calm" the musky before pulling it into the boat. We still have one of these wooden clubs in the office… now only used as a threat to unruly teenagers.
In the 1960's a movement was started that not only saved the musky population but become a norm within 30 years. We have been told that CATCH and RELEASE program for Musky is unique as it is the only conservation movement that was started by the sportsman, verse Governmental decree. We are proud to claim a small part in this as Nelson Ross (2nd generation) was a strong advocate of the program. He commissioned Wooden Musky trophies that were given out as a thank you to anyone who released their musky. Two of these trophies can be found today on the Fireplace mantel in the Main Lodge. It was efforts like these by the resort owners and guides, the giving of trophies, plaques, patches and certificates, that truly made this program a success.
In our Main Lodge is a picture of President Calvin Coolidge with Walter Ross (1st generation) , and a musky from Teal Lake. Coolidge was a trout fisherman with a summer retreat on the Brule river, and never spent a day musky fishing, but the musky was important enough to the north country economy and had the enough prestige to present the president with his own Trophy Musky.
The musky has play a huge role in the history of Ross', of Hayward, and of Northern Wisconsin and well deserves its 4.5 story replica as the symbol of Hayward (The BIG MUSKY, that you can walk into at the Fishing Hall of Fame), as well as its own Summer Festival, Musky Festival celebrated every June.)
ALL HAIL THE MUSKY