Emmett Brown, who was a teenager at the time, formed Muskie Hunters in 1968.
Reintroduction of Muskellunge to Illinois waters was the primary goal of the
chapter. The Illinois Department of Conservation opposed the chapter in its
early months claiming that Muskellunge would not spawn nor could it survive
in Illinois waters. Subsequent to negotiations with the state and various
fund-raisers, the stocking program was finally instigated.
The Muskie Hunters joined Muskies, Inc. in January of 1975. The chapter was
known as Muskie Hunters until 1981 when the name was changed to Chicagoland
Muskie Hunters. The chapter currently has more than 200 members from several
states and Canada.
Since 1975 the chapter has stocked thousands
of muskies in Illinois. In conjunction with the Illinois Muskie Alliance,
the chapter currently sponsors stocking program efforts.
Working closely with the Illinois Department
of Conservation, the Adopt a Fish program was established. This project
has made the general angling public more aware of Illinois muskie fishing
and has gained financial support from the state.
The chapter initiated and hosted the very
first Chapter Challenge in 1977 and won the event in 1978. In addition,
the chapter has had many winners of the International Members Only Fishing
In appreciation of the chapter's efforts,
a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois Department of Conservation
and Governor James Thompson was awarded the club in 1989.
As a result of the conservation work completed
by the chapter, in 1991 the Illinois Department of Conservation nominated
the chapter for the very prestigious Chevron Award. An individual or group
is given this award on a national basis for outstanding conservation work.
At this time, chapter activities include hosting
an annual Indoor Fishing Flea Market with the Rolling Meadows High School, assisting
Tri Essox Productions with its annual fishing exposition, and sponsoring
muskie fishing trips throughout the mid-west and Canada.