Saturday, November 9, 2019

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/24 to 8/31 2019

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/24 to 8/31 2019

Monster 48.5-inch Trophy Tiger Muskie by Kerry Klimes at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada



Kerry Trying to Lift 48.5-inch Trophy Tiger Muskie Fishing in Ontario Canada





Weather was variable this week with some major changes taking place moving from a summer pattern into fall. That’s correct Fall at the end of August does happen sometimes and this is one of those years. We had several cold fronts move in and out and high winds for 5 days, causing a drop in water temperatures by almost 10 degrees. The fishing totally changed turning on the Muskie and Northern Pike, and Big fish made their presence known. 


HUGE 43-inch Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Bill in Canada


BIG Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada by Matt



Bill Browne from Minneapolis, MN and Matt Bachinski from Ninety Six, SC
Musky Fishing is a Blast by Fishing by Matt in Canada
arrived for their second experience fishing at Fireside Lodge. DOA they got started by catching two  Smallmouth Bass and 6 Northern Pike before supper. 1st day was a super fishing day catching 30 fish, 28 Northern Pike being all bigger fish toping out with Matt’s 34-incher, Plus Matt caught a very thick 36-inch Muskie and Bill a HUGE 19-inch Trophy Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. They said every Northern Pike they caught had shoulders, meaning they were very heavy thick fish.


Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Bill at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


2nd day was severe cold front conditions, with heavy winds and on again off again rain all day long so they decided to target Muskie since bad weather usually gets them moving, according to the magazines. Well it proved correct today with Matt catching his second 36-inch Muskie for the trip and a 33 inch fat Pike, plus they had well over 30 Follows and 5 or six strike their lures and come off after a quick confrontation. Also some were right behind their lures bumping and surging towards them. Bill also caught a Muskie on what he called a figure 16 as that’s the number of figure eight rotations he did before the fish hit his lure. All and all it was a very productive day Muskie fishing, full of excitement and fun.

Great Fishing for BIG Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Matt


3rd day similar conditions prevailed but started to show signs of relief with the sun peaking out at about 3PM, however the winds were persistently strong and temps were colder. Matt and Bill fished all day long and into the evening catching 20 Northern Pike up to 34 inches and had several Muskie follows.

Amazing Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada by Bill


4th day they had to face another very windy rainy day, but even colder than the day before with the high of only 58 F, but they did well catching over 20 Northern Pike with a lot over 30-inches, and Bill caught the fish of the day, probably the week landing a GIANT 43-inch Muskie.

 
One of 7 Muskie Caught in 1 day Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


5th and final day was an unbelievable day of Musky fishing catching 7 in one day and Bill had a Muskie get off that both him and Matt thought was bigger than his 43-inch Muskie he caught the day before. Bill landed a 30, 33, 36 and 39-inch Muskie while Matt caught a 27, 35, and 36-inch Muskie. Fantastic way for these two best friends to conclude another memory filled fishing trip.

One of Many Nice Northern Pike Fishing by Dave at Fireside Lodge in Canada




Wade Keiss and David Goacher from Mount Prospect and Libertyville, IL returned for their 4th time to chase Toothy Critters. Day of arrival they caught some northern pike before supper. 1st full day they did well on this very windy day catching 16 northern pike, some in the 30 to 34 inch range with the biggest measuring 35-inches.


Dave Having Fun Fishing Northern Pike in Ontario Canada


2nd day was another good day catching 17 Northern Pike and Wade caught an 18.5-inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. This happened after a slow period and Wade decided to use a lure he never used before which was an elongated double prop bait. According to David it was very ugly and said it was not qualified to be a lure. But on Wades first cast with this lure a huge 18.5-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass attacked it leaping clear out of the water. Great Story and Great catch by Wade. 3rd day was severe cold front conditions with high winds and rain all day long, however despite difficulty positioning their boat and unable to fish certain areas they still caught 20 nice Northern Pike. 

Kameron Fishing BIG Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada


4th and final day the winds would not quit, but neither did they fishing well into the late afternoon. It was one of those days they had to keep moving to catch fish, but did have a Northern Pike double which is always exciting causing a bit of a fire drill in the boat. Both left having great fun and meeting some Fireside Friends from the past and making some new friends. Their departing words were “until next year”.

1st BIG Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing by Jan at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada


First time guests Jim and Jan Loud from Creede, Colorado were here to apply their fly-fishing skills to catch Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Never fishing lakes in Canada they were very excited to get started. 1st day they caught some nice Northern Pike on Streamers while learning the lower half of Little Vermilion Lake. 


 
Terrific Fly Fishing for BIG Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


2nd day they had a great morning catching some nice Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike plus Jim said he lost some flies that Northern Pike stole from him. It was also a gorgeous late summer day that they enjoyed to the fullest. 3rd day was very windy however Jan and Jim managed to find productive water for fly fishing despite the winds and caught fish throughout most of the day. 

Jan with Her 1st Northern Pike Fly-Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada


4th day was threating rain all day but it held off until suppertime so Jim and Jan had lots of fun catching some fish fly-fishing, and found plenty of entertainment watching Eagles, Loons with their young, and various wildlife activity that surrounds you while fishing at Fireside Lodge. 5th and final day they had to face a severe cold front with very windy conditions making it tough for fly-fishing. Being the skilled fly-casters they are they fished right up to suppertime catching fish making the best of there last day. Both said they thoroughly enjoyed their stay fishing in our pristine wilderness, and making new Fireside Lodge friends.

Jordan with a BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada



The Klimes family Group returned for their 7th consecutive year headed by
Northern Pike Release Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada

Brian & his boys Tyler, & Jordan, from Willow Brook, IL, Kenny with his son Kameron from St Louis, and Kansas City, MO and brother Kerry from Phoenix, AZ.











Awesome Tiger Muskie Fishing by Tyler at Fireside Lodge in Canada


Northern Pike Fishing with my Sons at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Brian


First day they started their trip with the third annual Eddie Clark fishing tournament. Rules are based on a total point value attained by selecting your largest fish and if a Smallmouth Bass you can double the length, a Northern Pike is it’s length straight up, and a Muskie is it’s length plus an additions 2.5 points. So a 20-inch Smallmouth is worth 40 points, a 41-inch Northern Pike is 41 points and a 40-inch Musky would be 42.5 points. At the days end after all the fish were tallied it was Kenny who won with his 34-inch Northern Pike.


 
Master Anglers Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jordan in Canada



 
Fishing BIG Smallmouth Bass are GREAT by Tyler in Ontario Canada



 
Terrific Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Brian at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada


2nd day was very good fishing for Brian and Tyler catching 20 fish including some nice Pike and Tyler landed a great looking 34-inch Tiger Muskie. Kerry and Jordan did very well Smallmouth Bass fishing and Jordan caught two Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass measuring 18 and 18.5-inches.

Monster 39-inch Northern Pike Fishing by Kenny at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


Third and final day was a super day fishing with Brian, Tyler and Jordan catching many Northern Pike and some Smallmouth Bass while Kerry, Kenny and Cameron got into some very large fish. Kameron catching a 38.5-inch Muskie, Kenny caught a 39-inch Northern Pike that was a brute, and Kerry hooked and landed an Enormous 48.5-inch Tiger Muskie. These three caught about a half dozen more Northern Pike all coming on a Suick lure all within a short period of time.

GREAT BIG Musky Fishing by Kameron at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


This was a Fantastic end to another very memorable Klimes family fishing vacation. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge once again to make some of your special family memories.


Tyler and Pete on Their Traditional Fishing Trip To Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada




Tyler Tennant from Lakeway, TX and Pete Higman from Gurnee, IL returned for their 17th trip with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day out they had very windy conditions, limiting their presentations and locations, but stopped counting the Northern Pike they caught after the 12th biggest being 31-inches. 2nd day was all about Muskie fishing and did they had a very exciting day. Tyler said the action they had was incredible having countless follows plus Tyler had 4 Muskie on and lost. The best part was the Muskie were aggressively attacking surface lures and at times leaping totally out of the water, which was magnificent to see. Tyler did catch a 35-inch Muskie, Pete a 34-inch Northern Pike with a very large girth, and an 18-inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass.


 
GREAT Muskie catch by Tyler at Fireside Lodge in Canada


3rd day we had a classic Canadian cold front move in with cold rain and very windy conditions. They persevered all day long coming back weather beaten but not without fishing stories catching some nice Northern Pike and Pete caught his 2nd Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18-inches. 4th day stayed very windy and was a bit colder but they fished all day long Tyler saying they caught plenty of fish however not the big fish they were looking, except that Pete caught his 3rd Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18-inches making it three trophies in 3 days.

Pete Enjoying Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


5th day was targeted towards Muskie and was it ever a rough weather day having only a high of 58F with high winds and cold rain, but they pushed through fishing all day and were rewarded for it by catching two nice Muskie with Pete’s being a large 36.5-inches and plenty of nice size Pike. 6th and final day they topped off their trip catching numbers, all Northern Pike. Both had a fabulous time and hope to return in 2020.


Very Large Northern Pike Fishing by Bob at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


Bob & Jane Babcock from Midland MI arrived for their 22nd consecutive year fishing with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day was a very windy rainy day with classic cold front conditions but they managed to catch some Northern Pike with Bob coming up with a BIG FAT 37-inch Northern Pike. 2nd day Bob continued his success catching Northern Pike on a Blue Fox spinner with a purple pink blade and a purple bell. He has a terrific assortment of specialty lures for big Musky and Northern Pike but every time he throws this spinner he catches fish. 3rd day Bob kept his streak going catching Northern Pike 30-34.5-inches, again using his special lure. Jane also caught fish but missed a HUGE Muskie while using a favorite Spoon of hers made by Sebile. 4th day Bob had another good day catching a number of 30-inch plus Northern Pike, Largest 35-inches plus he landed a 37.5- inch Tiger Muskie.


Super Fishing for Tiger Muskie by Bob at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada


5th and final day Jane said Bob seemed to catch a fish on ever lure he threw catching more fish for the day, however Jane caught the largest fish, a 33-inch Pike, and exciting event happened upon its release. The fish was a little slow in swimming away when all of a sudden a very large Muskie showed up and appeared to be sizing up Jane’s catch for its next meal. Jane and Bob got a good look at the fish saying it was huge, and I guess it would have to be big wanting to eat a 33-inch Pike. Both left having fabulous time and Bob had already made mention on what he may do different next year.

Another BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Bob in Ontario Canada



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Multiple Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Jordan at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


Hot Lures: Mepps Spinner, Mepps Musky Maribou, Blue Fox Spinner, Dardevle Spoon, Rapala Skitter Walk, Suick,

Catches of The Week: 48.5-inch Tiger Muskie, 43-inch Muskie, 39-inch Muskie, 38-inch Muskie, 39-inch Northern Pike, 19-inch Smallmouth Bass 7-18 to 19-inches, 21 Muskie caught 100’s of Follows 



Fabulous Sunsets at Fireside Lodge Docks in Northwest Ontario Canada


Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/17 to 8/24 2019

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/17 to 8/24 2019 

HUGE Trophy Muskie Fishing by Rob Delamatre at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


Weather this week was text book August temperatures being in the low 70’s or high 60’s for daytime highs, and lows of 45 to the low 50’s at night. We had a few windy days and a cold front however fishing seemed to be stimulated by these changing conditions as you wills see and read below.


Muskie Fishing is Terrific at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Al


Al Sins and Don Funderude from Asheville, NC returned with us at Fireside Lodge for Al’s 19th time. Their main objective was to catch Muskie, as they have always been successful doing. Day of arrival Al did not waste any time raising a Muskie on his third cast. 


Don with a Great Looking Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada

1st day fishing had them catching some Northern Pike and having some Muskie follows. 2nd day was a good day Muskie fishing with them having 15-20 follows, and Al caught two Muskie the largest was a heavy 35-inch fish and Al also had a monster hooked and lost it when the Musky completely leaped out of the water by at least a foot, and at the same time spit Al’s lure back to him almost like the fish was saying “back at ya”. Don and Al estimated the fish to be between 42 and 45–inches. 

One Of 11 Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Al

3rd day they again had success Muskie fishing with Don hooking up on two and one was on a figure eight during the 8th pass. The fish hit hard but Don was not able to get a good hook set, and the Musky threw his lure after a brief fight. Al without even fishing for Smallmouth Bass somehow came up with 2-trophy size Smallmouth Bass measuring 19 and 18.5-inches.

GREAT Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Don

4th day was another very good day Muskie fishing getting a lot of follows and both Don and Al hooked up and landed two in the 30-34-inch range and caught some Northern Pike. 

Late Summer Muskie Action Fishing by Al at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada

5th day had them catching another Muskie, a 34-inch Northern Pike along with other Pike. 6th and final day they almost doubled their Muskie catch for the week catching four, losing one and having many follows. Totals for the week were 10 Muskie caught, 5 lost, 50+ follows and had incidental catches of 32 Smallmouth Bass and 46 Northern Pike. This was a great week for them and before leaving Al said he hoped to return for his 20th time in 2020.


Many Northern Pike Fishing for Muskie in Ontario Canada by Don


Long time guests Joe and Marilyn Foos from Apharetta, GA were glad to be back searching out those big trophy Smallmouth Bass. Day of arrival they did well catching some very large Smallmouth Bass. Marilynn said it was Joe that had the hot hand at the beginning of the day and she had some catching up to do.


Super Fishing for BIG Smallmouth Bass by Joe at Fireside Lodge in Canada


1st day was very good with Joe starting out very strong catching most of the fish but by mid-day Marilynn made a big comeback catching her fair share of the larger Smallmouth Bass. Second day started out in the early morning before breakfast catching some nice Smallmouth on the surface, and for the balance of the day Marilynn had a strong day inching her was closer to catching up with Joe. They love the Smallmouth Bass fishing concentrating their efforts targeting them with mostly surface techniques catching some of the largest Bass this way. 3rd day they had waves of activity amounting to another good day. 4th day started with heavy rains but then by noon things shaped up weather wise and they had a good day catching Smallmouth Bass and a few of those Pike that tend to steal their good Smallmouth Bass lures.

Marilyn With a Huge Top-water Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Ontario Canada


Day 5 was very windy making them fish places they normally would not, but still caught a dozen Smallmouth Bass and two Northern Pike. While using surface lures a Smallmouth Bass first hit Joe’s lure, then went after Marilynn’s and then back after Joe’s, with Joe finally catching the Bass. 6th Day they did well catching 9 nice Smallmouth Bass and 3 Pike working surface lures on a very windy day. Joe said they probably could have caught more fish using another technique but they love using top-water lures.

Big Northern Pike Fishing Smallmouth by Marilyn in Ontario Canada


7th day was surprisingly good thinking that a cold front would have slowed down the Smallmouth Bass bite but it did not. They had a lot of action on surface lures even though it was windy again and had very cool temperatures. 8th and final day was slow until 10AM and then all heck broke loose and catching Smallmouth Bass on Surface lures and it never stopped until about 3PM. What a great finish to a wonderful fishing vacation for Marilynn and Joe.

Al The Masked Fishing for BIG Northern Pike in Canada


Al Fishhaber from Northfield, OH and Rob Delamatre from Sandusky, OH have been fishing with us at Fireside Lodge for over 25-years. These two had a great day catching Northern Pike, only a few fish in each spot, but by having knowledge of fishing Little Vermilion Lake for many years and moving a lot enabled them to catch many fish. 2nd day was very good fishing but Rob had a special pre storm happening. This was a text book catch as thunder was being heard far away in the background the fishing was really active and then Rob tied into a HUGE FAT 42-inch Muskie landing it after a spectacular fight. After all the activity of a big catch calmed down they realized that the approaching storm was getting closer and called it a day getting back in time to watch the T-Storms undercover at the Lodge.


21-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Rob at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada

3rd day had them catching many average to medium size Northern Pike. 4th
day was very windy catching a mix of Smallmouth Bass and bigger Northern
Great Smallmouth Bass Fishing  by Al in Canada at Fireside Lodge
Pike. 5th day they both caught huge Trophy Smallmouth Bass, Al with a 19-inch and Rob’s hit the 21-inch mark. Not bad for a couple of Muskie and Northern Pike fishers. 6th and final day Rob and AL caught many Northern Pike in the 30-inch plus range before coming in to pack at about 2:30pm. Rob said when fishing out on Little Vermilion Lake and embracing Mother Nature it is the only place he forgets about all the stressful things that tend to occur during his daily life. Both left with smiles already planning their 26th year fishing at Fireside Lodge in 2020.


Giant Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada at Fireside Lodge by Dave


David Sowatsky from Dallas, TX returned for his 3rd time with his son Kyle for his second visit. First day they got a great start catching Many Northern Pike and 29 nice size Smallmouth Bass.


 
BIG 40-inch Musky Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Dave in Ontario Canada


By the end of their second day, which was fabulous fishing, Kyle said they had caught 41 Smallmouth Bass, 32 Northern Pike, and three Muskie. The catch of the day was when David tied into a BIG Muskie and after a great fight landed a 40 inch very heavy Muskie. 3rd day they attempted a portage lake but got blown off the lake because of high winds. While fishing the bigger lake they caught Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass each catching the largest Smallmouth of their lives.

Trophy 19-inch Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Kyle at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada


Kyle caught a huge 19-inch Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass and David landed a Massive Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 19.25-inches that was so wide in girth it looked distorted. 4th and final day they had a great finish catching both Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass looking to catching their 4th Muskie in 4 days of fishing but that goal eluded them. They departed saying their fishing was terrific, service was great leaving with lifelong father and son memories.

Big Northern Pike Fishing by Catherine at Fireside Lodge in Canada



Steve Having a Blast Fishing Northern Pike with Dad and Sister at Fireside Lodge in Canada



The Borowski Family of Ray, Catherine, and Steve arrived thrilled to be back fishing at Fireside Lodge on Little Vermilion Lake. 1st day fishing they were greeted with strong winds catching some fish, but it was a challenge to fish in certain locations.


 
Smallmouth Bass are BIG Fishing by Steve at Fireside Lodge in Ontario Canada


Second day was much better catching Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike and Steve landed the fish of the day being an 18.25-inch Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was a great day fishing catching many Northern Pike, a lot being over 30-inches, and Catherine caught the largest of the day at 33-inches. They also had a fun shore-lunch visiting Twin Falls. It was a cool day only reaching a high of 61 degrees so cooking over an open fire not only tasted good but also felt good.

Ray Loving Fishing Northern Pike With my Daughter and Son at Fireside Lodge in Canada


4th day was very good catching many Northern Pike in the 28 to 33-inch range, and Ray lost a BIG Northern Pike right at boat-side. For Ray that moment was a little disappointing but said fishing with his daughter and son is the biggest catch he can ever have.

Ray with a BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada


5th and final day we discussed some spots to increase their odds of catching a trophy Muskie or Northern Pike. Well, not for lack of trying they did not hook up with Mr. BIG Musky / Pike but caught a bunch more nice size Northern Pike while enjoying a picture perfect day. All left having a wonderful time making family fishing memories during another traditional Borowski Family fishing vacation.

 
BIG Fish Catherine with a Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario Canada



  

Bob Fishing in Canada with Family for Smallmouth Bass Northern Pike and Muskie
Trophy 19-inch Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Dave in Canada


Dave Henry with son Jacob from St Charles, and Bloomington, IL with brother-in-law Bob Mezo from Dixon, Il were back for their 9th time, and joining them for the first time was friend John Lindsey from Atlanta, GA. DOA they targeted Muskie and ended up catching 4 and had many follows. 1st day was super fishing for Northern Pike catching most fish between 26 to 31-inches all being very hefty, and by the end of the day their total group catch was 76 Northern Pike and several Smallmouth Bass, plus Dave landed a HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 19-inches.


 
Jacob Catching Many Fishing Northern Pike in Canada


2nd day Jacob and Bob fishing together had some great success catching bigger Northern Pike while David and John caught Northern Pike while searching for a Muskie. John had never caught a Muskie before so their goal was to accomplish this by days end, which did not happen. 3rd and final day they had a terrific numbers day catching 61 Northern Pike and all left smiling saying that can’t wait until next year.

First Time Fishing in Canada by John Lindsey




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Over 75 Northern Pike in 1 Day Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
 

Hot Lures: Mepps Spinner, Blue Fox Spinner, Yo-Zuri, Grandma Bait, Jointed Rapala,

Catches of The Week: 42-inch Muskie, 40-inch Muskie, 19-inch Smallmouth Bass 


Flowering Water Lilly on Little Vermilion Lake in Ontario Canada






Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan

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