Congratulations to the 2018 Musky Cup Winners
Joe Cooper and Steve Theis

Joe and Steve caught four fish for a total length of 174 inches to win the 2018 Nestor Falls Musky Cup.

Photo of winners

Joe and Steve caught four Musky measuring 46.5", 46.5", 46.5", and 34.5" during the two day tourney.

Mike Kolisnik and Billy Hoard, challenged the eventual winners by also catching four fish, but came in second with a total of 163 inches.

Thatcher Haggberg and Dave Bonke came in third catching four fish for a grand total of 161 inches.

Matt Gynra and Matt Hoffman caught the largest Musky of the tournament at 49.5 inches.

Photos from the 2018 Cup are here.

What is the Musky Cup?

Lake of the Woods is one of North America’s top Musky fishing destinations. There are more 50-inch plus muskies residing in Lake of the Woods than anywhere else in the world. The Nestor Falls Musky Cup tournament was originated to bring together those fisherman who search the lakes for this magnificent fish to participate in one of the most challenging fishing tournaments. Held in the Canadian portion of Lake of the Woods, the Nestor Falls Musky Cup format is a two person team, fishing for 2 days, daily and total combined length, live release tournament. The tournament is limited to 40 boats. The inaugural event attracted 15 teams and has grown each year. The Muskellunge, or Musky as they are better known, is a large, relatively uncommon freshwater fish and is the largest member of the pike family. Muskies can live as long as 17 years without reaching 30 inches in length, but in an ideal habitat, a Musky can reach 30 inches in as little as four years. Females tend to be longer and heavier than males of the same age. Muskies can live to be as old as 30.

Most Musky fishermen know that one of the most important things they can do to ensure the well being of the Musky population is to practice Catch and Release and to handle them carefully. The Musky Cup organizers worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources when setting up this tournament to protect all Muskies caught. To document the length and live release of a Musky, teams were required to shoot a video.
 
This video shows Darcy Finlan and Luke Fehr cathing and releasing a 50" Musky during the 2013 tournament.