Tournament Lake Families - Each angler must choose a lake family to fish. During the entire tournament each angler can only fish on the lakes with in the lake family declared and assigned to the angler.
Lake Family 1 - Eagle River Chain Area Family includes 10 Lakes on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes (dam to dam), Kentuck Lake, Lover Ninemile Lake and Sevenmile Lake.
Lake Family 2 - Three Lakes Chain Area Family included all lakes on the Three Lakes Chain from dam to river.
Lake Family 3 - The "Big Lakes" Family includes North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake, Long Lake, Lac Viewx Desert Lake, Big Sand Lake and Pioneer Lake.
Lake Family 4 - The "Western" Lake Family includes Big St. Germain Lake, Little St. Germain Lake, Star Lake, Found Lake, Laura Lake, Big Muskellunge Lake, Irving, Ballard and White Birch Lake, Plum Lake, Razorback Lake and Lost Lake.
Lake Family 5 - The Sugar Camp Chain Area includes the Five lakes in the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes, Gilmore Lake, Pickerel Lake (off Hwy J), Rainbow Flowage, Little Arbor Vitae Lake, and Big Arbor Vitae Lake.
Lake Family 6 - The "Eastern" Lake Family includes Pickerel Lake (off Hwy G", Upper & Lower Buckatabon Lake, Muskellunge Lake (off Hwy G), Snipe Lake, Boot Lake and Stella Lake.
Lake Family 7 - The "Northern Lakes" Family includes Fishtrap Lakes, High Lake, Palmer Lake, Tenderfoot Lake, White Sand Lake and Wildcat Lake.
The National Championship Musky Open is a total catch and release tournament.
- Trophies are awarded to the largest fish in each lake family and to the top 6 anglers with the most total inches of fish caught. There is also a Husband/Wife trophy, a Youth trophy and a Guardian/Youth trophy also award for the total inches of fish caught.
- The angler who catches and releases the largest fish of the tournament, will receive a replica mount of his/her musky (to be received at the following years tournament.
- Grand Door Prize - Every entry into the tournament is eligible to win a 2013 Ranger Boat with 115 H.P Mercury Outboard Motor and a RangerTrail Trailer regardless of rather they catch a fish or not.
For complete rules and regulations for this tournament contact the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 800-359-6315 or go on line to www.eagleriver.org or www.muskyopen.com and click on area event - scroll down to this event and click for more information.