Friday, June 15, 2012

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 5/26 to 6/9 2012

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 5/26 to 6/9 2012
Ladies Muskie Trophy Fishing in Canada
 Weather this week was terrific having highs in the high 70’s, sunny, & calm every day except Friday when we received a half-day of rain. The major Smallmouth spawn happened between June 1st-4th making it 10-14 days early.
First Trophy Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Big Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Canada
Muskie Surprise While Pike Fishing in Canada
Returning for their second year were Nick Christner, Resit Unal, and brothers Mike and Matt Chytka from Barhamsville / Yorktown, VA and Raleigh, NC. First day offered up some nice Northern Pike catches  with Nick catching the biggest, & loosing a near 40”er. We also enjoyed celebrating Nick’s birthday in the dinning room.  Second day Nick and Matt got into a bunch of nice Smallmouth Bass. All caught some nice Northern Pike & Resit was the perch master of the day. Third day had Nick and Matt catching a bunch of Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, & both landing their first Muskie. Resit and Mike caught Pike & Resit got the perch award. Fourth day, the coldest with a high of 45 degrees and snow, was Mike and Resit’s turn to each catch a Muskie, & Resit did it in a BIG way landing a HUGE 42-inch Musky. The pictures and expressions say it all. Last day was their best weather day finally seeing the sun and temps got up to 59. This day was spent catching a mix of Pike & Smallmouth as they enjoyed their final day soaking up the wilderness that surrounded them. All had a GREAT trip & said they will be back next year.
Large Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
Ladies fishing for Trophy Northern Pike in Canada
Terrific BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
 Long time guests Larry and Scott Seibenthal from Creve Coeur, IL returned with their better half, Diane and Candy for the third time as couples. First day Candy set the “BIG FISH” bar as she landed a BIG FAT beauty of a Northern Pike measuring 37”. All caught fish with Larry landing a fat 34” Pike & Scott a 35” fat Tiger Muskie. GREAT Start!!! Second day was great despite heavy rain and temperatures only reaching 45 degrees, catching 18 Northern Pike, three Muskie and Scott landed a huge 39.5” Musky. Third day came with cold temps & snow and the fishing was slow, however a very heavy 40” Tiger Musky landed by Larry made the day much warmer and dryer. Fourth day it was Diane’s day even though she did not feel that way until her last cast of the day. After struggling catching fish, Diane was about to call it a day. With a little encouragement from Larry and a move in location Diane hooked and landed her biggest fish ever. It was a BIG 40” Musky. Great going for Diane sticking with it all day. Last few days were enjoyable as the weather turned around being sunny with temps in the 60’s. They all enjoyed catching fishing and taking some fabulous photographs which is Diane’s specialty. All left wanting to stay another week with hopes of returning soon.
Tiger Musky Lakes in Canada Trophy Fishing
 Long time guests Jim Nelson from Oak Brook, IL and Ken Beta from Fox Lake, IL were very glad to be back and continuing the 40+ years tradition of fishing in the great Canadian Wilderness. Hoping the bass are going to be in their spawning ritual they went out with great anticipation on their first day. It wasn’t gangbusters however they did catch 15 nice Smallmouth along with several Pike. The next two days they caught 25 each day with Ken landing 2 Trophy Master Anglers award Smallmouth at 18 & 18.5”, and Jim got close many times at 17.5” to 17.75”. The fourth and fifth days they caught plenty of Smallmouth Bass, some Northern Pike and Jim had a blast trying a technique he never attempted before, fishing a sinking worm ‘WACKY’ style. Gerald (below) was doing great catching Smallmouth this way and encouraged Jim to try the method. Well, when Jim decided to fish the wacky worm he caught 6 Smallmouth in a row. I guess that’s enough to convince anyone. The highlight was when fishing for Smallmouth Bass with a #3 spinner & 6lb test line Ken hooked a Monster fish. The battle was on, and after a few close calls, Ken landed the HUGE 40” Tiger Musky. It was so heavy they believed it to be 22-24lbs. You could see the excitement in their eyes and hear it in their voices as they recaptured the moment in the dinning room. The last few days were spent catching many more nice Smallmouth Bass, with a lot in the 16 – 17.5” range, some Pike, and Ken landed his third Musky of the trip. Both left having a wonderful time and hope to return in 2013.
First Muskie ever fishing in Canada
 Father & Son Gerald & Zack Adams arrived, who are also long time return guests of Fireside Lodge from Shawnee, OK. The were thrilled to be back to chase their favorite fish, Smallmouth Bass, in the wonderful wilderness setting Fireside Lodge is situated. 1st day out 28 were landed, and Zack caught a Master Anglers Trophy measuring right at 18”. But Gerald had the numbers, 19, with his tops at 17.75”. From here the fishing just exploded for Gerald & Zack as they had super Smallmouth Bass fishing catching 50, 64, 61, and 57 on consecutive days. Among these were a lot of bigger fish, 15-17.75” plus, Zack caught 5 Trophy Smallmouth between 18-18.5-inches and Gerald landed two at 18 & 18.25-inches. For Gerald & Zack the fishing is a big part of their trip however so is the wilderness connection and the wonderful serenity they find when visiting Fireside Lodge. We had many terrific conversations and noticeably missed them the first night they were absent. Both made another set of special memories between father & son and hope to return again soon.
Fabulous Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Canada
Super Fun Northern Pike fishing in Canada
 Visiting with us at Fireside Lodge for their first time was Ken Koresch from Downers Grove, IL and good friend Tony Zupkas from Witchita Falls, TX. DOA within just two hours these two caught 6 BIG Smallies with Tony’s first being an 18.5” Master Anglers Smallmouth. 1st full day they caught 34 landing 6 Trophies & Tony had 5 with the largest being 19”. Second day they had a super day with a total of 39. Most of these fish are bigger fish ranging between 15 to 18 inches. Third day had these two landing another 34 before supper and a half dozen after, with Tony catching another 18.5” Trophy Smallie. Fourth & fifth day the weather changed and we had thunderstorms rolling in and out all day long along with a cold front and rain the next day, so it was decided it would be good to fish for Northern Pike. During these two days they did very well catching many Northern Pike and the bonus was Tony caught two Musky at 38 and 42-inches while fishing for Pike. Both left having a wonderful time with hopes of returning with there other 4 fishing buddies.
Trophy Sunset Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Canada
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Hot Lures: Yo-Zuri, X-Rap, Countdown Rapala, Sinking Worm fished Wacky Style, Blue Fox Spinner, Pop-R, Topedo,

Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 19” & over 20 between 18-18.75”. Northern Pike 39”, 38”, 37”. Muskie 42.5”, two-42”,40”, 39.5” 38”, Tiger Muskie, 40”,39”,35”

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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