Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/6 to 7/13 2013

 Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/6 to 7/13 2013

Beautiful 38.5-inch Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
It was another terrific mid-summer week in Northwest Ontario however we did have a few Thundershowers which is expected at this time of year.

37.5-inch Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
Cathy Ramsey Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada for Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Big Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing Fireside Lodge Canada by Nick Ramsey
The Ramsey Family father & daughter Mike & Cathy from Roseville & Sacramento, CA and father Butch with sons Will & Nick from Hillsboro OH, were returning to fish with us again. 1st day they tore them up catching a total of 76 Northern Pike. 2nd day they were faced with a cold front, which, made fishing slow during the day, but after supper, caught over 20 Smallmouth Bass on sinking worms. 3rd day was phenomenal as the group caught 200+ Northern Pike & 20+ Smallmouth Bass. Cathy caught her most ever at 17, & both Will & Nick landed BIG Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass. This was Cathy’s 1st real fishing trip so this was a record day for her as she also caught her biggest at 30”. 4th day was all about targeting bigger fish ending in good results as both Mike & Will tied each landing 35” Northern Pike, & Nick came out on top landing a nice 36” Muskie. 5th day was an all out day leaving the dock at 5:30 am to maximize their fishing time. The results was a very strong finish catching 206 Northern Pike and over 40 Smallmouth Bass, most being big including 8 Trophy Size Smallmouth Bass 18” to 19”. Will caught 4, Nick 3, & Cathy caught her 1st Trophy Smallmouth Bass at 18.25”. All had a FABULOIUS time and will be talking about the family fishing memories made at Fireside Lodge for years to come. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge for your family fishing vacation.


41.5-inch Trophy Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
Trophy Catch and Release Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
Trophy Bass Fishing is Great at Fireside Lodge Canada by Lisa
Jig Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge Canada
Ron & Lisa Vincent from Sherrills Ford, NC were back for their 14th consecutive year. 1st day out these two fished like 14-year veterans catching a lot of NP & SB on a special Jig that a friend of Ron’s ties for him. 2nd day they did terrific catching over 60 fish, mostly large Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was all about Northern Pike catching over 50. On the 4th day they were targeting Muskie & did very well. After they lost several big Muskie at boat-side during the netting process, Lisa managed to hook and land a beauty at 38.5”.  She also caught several BIG SB. 5th day they did really well catching over 35 Smallies, most being big, 12 Northern Pike and a 34” Musky. 6th day Lisa guided Ron for a change & did great as they caught many Pike and Ron caught the biggest Northern Pike of his life, a 41.5” Trophy. Maybe Lisa needs to do the guiding more often? 7th day was rain however Ron & Lisa discovered the Big Smallmouth Bass are in there summer pattern being primarily in the weeds between 8-13ft deep. They caught many & all were BIG. 8th & final day was terrific as they caught over 80 Northern Pike and 6 Smallmouth Bass. Ron & Lisa come here to fish but always leave having great conversations with others & making new friends & many memories together.

Trophy Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada by Jerry
Jerry & Susie Florea from Martinville, OH returned for their 2nd consecutive year. 1st day was great as they caught more fish in one day than ever before landing 28 Northern Pike. 2nd day was not about numbers however these two experienced a first ever for the 2nd day in a row as Jerry caught a HUGE 40” Muskie, his biggest to date. It was an impressive fish and the picture tells the whole story. 3rd day was cut short by a big rainstorm, and the 4th day high winds hampered everyone’s ability to fish where the wanted to fish. 5th day ended up being very active as Jerry said he was getting many fish interested in his buzz bait, however the story of the day started as Susie was leaving the lodge after breakfast saying that she probably would not see the moose she was hoping to see. I told her that she still has one more day on the water and anything can happen. Guess what, they saw two moose, a cow with her calf & the got a great photo of both together. They were very excited explaining their special story in the dinning room. Jerry & Susie had such a wonderful time that they reserved the same dates for 2014 before departing.

38.5-inch Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Ray Heika
Father & Son Ray & Mike Heika from Inverness, IL returned for their 5th time. DOA these two caught fish right off the bat landing 10 fish within two hours. 1st day
1st Trophy Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
2nd day was dedicated to Muskie without great results but not without effort as they pounded the water for 8 hours, but the Muskie just were not cooperating on this day. 3rd day was very different searching for those BIG fish as they made contact having follows, and Mike caught the fish of his life after first landing a Trophy 19” Smallmouth Bass then he hooked & landed a HUGE 42” Muskie using a Silver Rap. Then Ray got in the act catching a 38.5” Northern Pike having a large girth. Both were smiles ear to ear telling their fish stories in the lodge. 4th day had these two having a great numbers day catching Northern Pike until they got tired of catching them, then went is search of bigger fish. Mike caught a nice 17.5” Smallmouth Bass, both him and his dad had about 8 big follows and Ray caught a 33” fat Northern Pike. Both left really enjoying their time together and making another set of Father & Son memories.

Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada by Will Ramsey
Steve & Lawrence Sandler from Richmond Hill & Stouferville, ON, returned for their   annual fishing trip with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day had them catch 25 fish, a combination of Northern Pike & Smallmouth. Steve said Lawrence definitely had the advantage with a Top Prop lure he was using. 2nd day was so good that they were catching fish non-stop. They just could not keep count & estimated at 80-100 Northern Pike. When I asked how many they caught at their dinning room table they said that it felt like millions. 3rd day Steve’s elbow was so soar that he asked for some fishing relief, which meant leeches. They caught 26 Smallmouth Bass & several Northern Pike. 4th day was another Millions Pike day as they caught Northern Pike all day long & seemingly at will having another 80-100 fish day. Both left having a great time catching fish, and catching up with each other as brothers. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge to spend this special time together.

Trophy Fly Fishing Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge Canada
Steve & Nancy Jensen from Springfield, MO returned for their 3rd year together and Steve’s 11th time. Steve strictly is fly-fishing however Nancy for the 1st time brought a new spinning rod & reel. Well, she got a chance to break it in on their 1st day as they caught over 30 fish, Nancy landing 8 Northern Pike, and Steve also caught a 17.5 and an 18.5” Trophy Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was a rain out with most retreating about 11 AM to noon. 3rd day found them looking for the elusive Muskie, as Steve is still looking for his 1st Fly-Fishing. The Muskie did not show up however they did catch a few Smallies & Pike. 4th & final day had them finish strong catching about 30 fish. Both had a fabulous stay with us and made reservations for 2014 before leaving.

Tremendous Trophy Fishing for Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge Canada
The family of Mike, Sue, and Any Pritzl returned for the great fishing and pristine wilderness we have to offer. 1st day they went out & caught 35 Smallmouth Bass most being 15-16” with a few 17”+. Before fishing on their 2nd day Sue had a goal of sighting a Moose so her & Mike went looking after breakfast and within 20 minutes saw a moose. Mike is hired as a Moose guide! After getting a few viewing moments it was off to fish Musky for Mike & Andy. After getting many follows and no takers, they fished for Smallmouth Bass between 3-5:30PM catching 25-30 nice fish. 3rd & final day was a very strong finish as the caught well over 70 Northern Pike. WOW, what a great day of fishing & catching. All left enjoying their stay in anticipation of their next.

19-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Connor Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
Mark McDermotte with son Connor from Chicago, IL returned for Mark’s 6th trip, Connor’s 2nd. First day was gangbusters as they caught over 50 Northern Pike and several really big Smallmouth Bass with Connor landing a Trophy over 18”. 2nd & 3rd days they were in search of Big fish having tons of follows & catching a fair share of 28 to 36” Northern Pike. 4th day was another numbers day as the caught well over 60 Northern Pike up to 32”.  5th & final day was spent Trophy hunting for toothy critters. Well, they made plenty of contact seeing a bunch of BIG fish and catching some in the 30-36” class. After supper that evening they hit a pre-storm bite that Mark never experienced before having fish all over their lures. If fact a Muskie leaped out of the water after a lure Mark had already removed from the water. Both left having a GREAT father & son trip making reservations for 2014 before departing.
Nice Musky catch Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
Friends Mike Kamp from Chicago, IL, Chris Cusick from Bolingbrook, IL Tony Weber from LaFayette, IN and Ken Benkeser from Clover, SC returned for their 5th visit
HUGE 20-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st full day of fishing they took out 6-dozen leeches between them & caught a Smallmouth Bass for every leech along with several NP. That’s between 60-70  Smallies. 2nd day was very rainy and they were at the dock by 11:00AM.  3rd day had Ken & Tony catching over 50 Pike while Mike & Chris Musky hunted getting lots of action & Chris caught a 38.5” Muskie.  4th day the roles were reversed with almost the same results. Mike & Chris caught over 50 Pike and Tony just about landed a Trophy Muskie, upper 40” range, but flopped out of the net leaving only Tony’s lure. Ken did land a Trophy 20” Smallmouth Bass. After some psychiatric care for Tony and a little pep talk the following morning Tony & Mike went back to chase those Muskie with some success, but Trophy Musky Tony lost the day before did not show. All had a GREAT trip & can’t wait to return.
Many Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada

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First Northern Pike ever Fishing Fireside Lodge Canada
Hot Lures: Super Shad Rap, Senko, Blue Fox Spinner, White Custom Hair Jig

Hot Flies: EP Perch, Clouser Red/White, Harry Fodder Black Leech

Catches of The Week: 41” Northern Pike, 38.5” Musky, 20” Smallmouth Bass

GREAT Musky Fishing at Fireside Lodge 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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