Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/14 to 6/21 2014
Weather again was cooler than normal & on Thursday we had a big Nor-Easter storm dumping heavy rain with very high winds & temps dropped to 42F by 2PM. All stayed in until after supper which only happened 1 time before in 25 years.
Charles Row from Maitland, FL & Jin Deck from Ellijay, GA returned for trip 2 to Fireside Lodge. 1st day was a non- fish day because of weather mentioned above. 2nd day they did great catching 21
Smallmouth, all good fish
except two, including Charles landing 2 trophies one at 18.25 and the 2nd
measuring 18.5”. 2nd day they caught less but the quality was
terrific as they caught mostly 17 to 18.5” Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day
we had another big rain event with another cold front & high winds which
kept Charles & Jim from fishing & the 4th day they were
grounded until after supper. 5th day they choose not to fish because
of wind. Well they saved everything for the 6th & final day by
catching 39 Smallmouth Bass while hooking and having strikes on many more. Most
of the Smallmouth were BIG, with half being 17” or better & Charles caught
a HUGE Trophy measuring 19.5”. Terrific end to a fabulous trip by the two most
polite & positive angles anyone could ever meet.
|Trophy 18.5" Smallmouth Bass by Al Sins|
Long time, 15-year guest, Al Sins with return guest Don Funderud
from Asheville, NC
brought Mack Cox also from Asheville and his son David from Flectcher, NC. Grounded
from the storm on their first day they went out and caught a few nice Pike in
the evening. The 2nd day Mack caught his first Muskie ever at 35” & AL landed
two Trophy fish, an 18.5” Smallmouth Bass & a GIANT 44” Northern Pike. Al
needs the 44” plus Muskie to get the Trophy Tri-Fecta, which has never
been done by 1 person in 1 week. 3rd day had David catching his first Muskie
ever and all caught plenty of Northern Pike & Don also caught a nice Muskie.
4th day Al & David caught 22 Pike with Don & Mack landing 12 along with
2 Musky. 5th day David & Mack caught 25 Northern Pike. 6th
& final day they found some cabbage weed and had a bunch of Northern Pike
in the high 20” to mid 30” range and Al missed catching a Trophy Muskie by 5”
landing a large 39” Musky & Don landed a Trophy 18” Smallmouth Bass. Great finish.
|Northern Pike Fishing is Fun at Fireside Lodge|
|35-inch Muskie 1st ever by Mack Fishing|
Return guest Max Terrien from Littleton, NC came with good friend Henry Baque from New Iberia, LA. 1st evening on DOA Max started out of the gate quick catching Smallmouth, Northern Pike, & Muskie. I guest he was making sure Henry believed all those fish were in the lake. Next two days Max said Pike were everywhere and both him and Henry enjoyed the fun, as they don’t have the opportunity to catch Northern Pike in NC or LA. They had two off days because of weather having had two severe cold fronts while they were here along with high winds & all day heavy rain. Last day they had a remarkable finish fishing for toothy critters, with Henry landing a 47” Giant Trophy Muskie, a 42” Tiger Musky, a 38” Northern Pike & in the netting process Max lost a 45-48” Muskie. What a way to end a fishing trip!!
Brothers Leo & Larry Priebe from & Walter Henkels from Westchester, IL returned for their 2nd consecutive year. 1st & 2nd day they did great catching Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike landing 3 Trophy Smallmouth Bass 18 to 19.5”. 3rd day they had terrific Smallmouth Bass fishing catching about 30 and all caught a Trophy at 18” & Leo landed a 2nd one at 18.5”. Walter also hooked and landed an over 30” Muskie on a tube jig with no leader. 4th day was another terrific day as they caught another 7 Trophy Smallmouth Bass over 18” & many others 15-17.5”. 5th day was very windy affecting their catch. 6th & final day was a half-day of great Smallie fishing before they left at 1:00 PM. All had a great time.
Dave Bone from Colorado Springs, CO, & Mark Forsyth & his wife Julie from Gold Canyon, AZ returned to Fireside Lodge with friends
Reed & Peggy Harrison
from Andover, KS. 1st full day of fishing was terrific as they all
caught Smallmouth Bass & Pike with the ladies coming up with the 2 largest
Northern Pike. 2nd day was a “Fabulous” day for all having loads of fun
catching Smallmouth Bass & Julie hit the Big fish catching a Huge
measuring 19.5”. Ladies did it for the 2nd day in a row. 3rd
day Mark made the leader board with a Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 19”. All
had fun catching fish & seeing a bunch of follows. Soft Plastic baits were
suggested to catch these following Pike & the next morning Mark used a
sinking work & immediately caught a Northern Pike. Last day all caught
plenty of Pike & Smallmouth Bass with Peggy catching two over 17”, her
personal best. Also, they enjoyed a wonderful shore lunch together, which
concluded a memorable trip between family & friends.
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Mark Forsyth in Canada|
|BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada|
Father & son Jeff & Austin Heckman from Milford, NE were fishing at Fireside Lodge for their 1st time. 1st day was very tough because of a heavy rainstorm with a cold front & high winds, however the 2nd day was very successful as they caught a bunch of Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike. 3rd and final day they did well catching both Smallies and Northern Pike really soaking up the time together. Austin is in the Air Force Academy & their time together is short. They left making many good memories, which is the biggest catch of all.
Kevin Coon & Craig Debbiak from Germfask & Custer, MI were fishing with us for their 1st time. 1st day on the water they caught plenty of Smallmouth & Northern Pike and saw a cow moose with her calf swimming across the lake. 2nd day they did well catching a mix of Pike & Smallies however on the morning of the 3rd day Craig required a hack saw to refine his home made lure. Next two days these two had a ball seeing more big fish than ever before while catching some nice Northern Pike and each went home catching there 1st ever Muskie & more fishing memories logged between two long time fishing buddies.
Alan Berdan from New York, NY and Vito Racanelli were here for their 1st fishing adventure at Fireside Lodge. 1st day on new water was very successful as they caught many Pike in the upper 20” to 30” range & Vito caught a 37-38” BIG Northern Pike. 2nd day was slower they caught some fish and enjoyed the beautiful day. 3rd day was very good fishing for Northern Pike and the 4th day they did great catching a bunch of Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike. As Alan stated when checking out “ We left the fish biting”. Both left saying they will return.
|Great Fishing Pike in Canada by Reed Harrison|
|Big Muskie by Dick Oksanan|
Walt LaCasse, from Minnetonka, MN, & his group returned for their 16th consecutive year including Dick Oksanan from Mabank, TX, John Hietala from Northfield, MN & David McCorkle from CA. 1st day John & Walt caught a lot of Smallmouth & Walt landed a 37.5” Northern Pike while David & Dick did well catching Northern Pike. 2nd day all had great action with Walt & David catching BIG Pike & John & Dick did great with Dick catching a Big Muskie-37”, Pike-37” & Smallmouth Bass 18.5”. 3rd day was a slower day but the 4th day was FABULOUS at Walt & David caught over 50 Pike while Dick & John caught a bunch of Smallmouth Bass with Dick catching 2 more trophies. Also, on Dick’s last cast he caught a 39.75” Northern Pike just missing the trophy size by1/4”. Before departing Walt made their reservations for 2015.
|Great BIG Muskie by Jerry Amer Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada|
|Fly Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass|
Jerry Amer & Bill Calhoon from Columbus, OH returned for their 13th year in a row. DOA they caught 45 Smallmouth Bass with most 16.5 to 17.5”, 6 Pike and 1 big Lake Trout. 1st day the wind made for a tough day until the last 2.5 hours when they hit some good action on Smallies. 2nd day had them catch close to 100 fish including some Pike, mostly Smallmouth Bass including 10 Trophy size 18-19”, & Jerry caught a Muskie. 3rd day was all about Musky as they portaged to a lake & caught two right off the bat, then Jerry said it became more like Muskie fishing. 4th & final day was another stupendous day as they had another 100+ fish day 80% Pike & 20% Smallmouth Bass catching more trophy size bass over 18”. Before departing they reserved their dates for 2015.
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Hot Lures: X-Rap, Mepps & Blue Fox Spinner, Tube Jig, Tiny Torpedo, Tube Jig, Floating Rapala
Flies: Clouser Minnow, Popper
Catches of The Week: Muskie 47”, 39”, Tiger Musky 42”, Northern Pike 44”, 39.75”, 47 Trophy Smallmouth Bass 10 19-19.5”.
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