Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/8 to 8/15 2015
This week was a mixed bag having a few warm days, a few average days but the fish were on catching numbers and size.
Returning group since 1994 of Mike Strohl, Jay Lind, Indian Trail &
Mattews NC. Jeff Lind,
Liverpool, NY. Mike Muir, Knoxville, TN. & Andrew & Thomas Hurdman
Chester, NJ & Jacksonville, FL 1st day this group accounted for
over 35 fish per boat or 105+ fish mostly Northern Pike. 2nd day was
a tremendous day as a group catching 250 Northern Pike several Smallmouth Bass
& Andy caught a 35” Muskie.
|Muskie Have HUGE Girth Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
3rd day they all did well catching 30-40 fish per boat, Tom landed a Giant Trophy 20”+ Smallmouth, & Mike M with Jeff while Muskie fishing hooked 4 & landed 2 very nice Musky in the mid 30” range. Many of the Pike caught were 30-36”, Mike S coming up with the largest at 37.5”. 4th & final day was terrific Pike catching day as they said they landed over 50 each making the total over 300 in one day for the group.
Returning for his their 2nd time were father & sons Tom, Jim, & Jeff
McGlade from Palatine, IL. 1st day was great catching 34 fish being
a mix of Northern Pike & Smallmouth & Jim landed the largest Pike at
34” with Tom landing the biggest Smallmouth at 18” & 17.5”. 2nd
day was even better catching 51 fish mostly Pike 90% being 28-34”plus the
biggest was Jim’s at 36.5”. Jeff also lost a
big fish & had some large
follows & all finised the day with a triple Pike catch on their last cast. It
was also a special day being Tom’s birthday, and ended with all three siting on
the screened in porch, having great conversation between father & sons,
while seeing about 30 shooting stars, That’s a moment for the memory book. 3rd
& final day was there best day catching 48 Northern Pike with a lot being
30-35”. All left having had a wonderful stay & hope to return in the near
|Jeff with a Big Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
|Double Pike catche Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
|Double 16" Smallmouth Bass on 1 cast|
Ron Vincent from Sherrills Ford, NC returned for his 16th consecutive year bringing his son Jake from San Francisco, CA. 1st day was terrific catching over 45 fish mostly nice size Northern Pike with Jake loosing a monster near the boat plus Jake landed 2 Trophy Smallmouth Bass at 18 & 18.5”. Also, Ron managed to catch 2-16 inch Smallmouth on a Chug Bug on one cast. 2nd day had them catching 20+ Smallmouth 15-17.5” and three Muskie at
34, 35, & 37”. 3rd day was absolutely fabulous as they caught 70-80
Northern Pike while seeing a
Bull Moose with a rack partially shedding its velvet. 4th day they
did well on Smallmouth Bass each landing Trophy Smallmouth Bass over 18” plus
Ron caught a BIG 39” Northern Pike. Next day was with focus on Muskie each
catching one, Ron’s being the largest at 37.5”, plus they caught Pike
|Trophy Smallmouth Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Ron|
|Jake with a Trophy Smallmouth Bass|
& each landed a trophy Smallmouth Bass. 6th day Jake started with a nice Muskie then they caught a bunch of Pike & had follows from the biggest Muskie Ron ever saw. Last day was a good one catching 40+Pike & 20+ Smallies & Ron had Big Daddy or his brother hooked for a only a minute. Both left making a lifetime of memories & Ron intends on returning in 2016 with his wife Lisa.
|Trophy Smallmouth Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Ron|
Brothers Bob & John Zukas from Baltimore, MD returned for their 3rd
day they caught a total of 38 fish, 15 SB with the rest being Pike & John
caught 2 Trophy Smallmouth at 18.5 & a GIANT 21”er. Unfortunately both had
to depart the next day because of an unexpected situation. We very much
appreciated them being here & have since been in communication with Bob &
both made it home safely.
|21-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass by John Fishing|
|Big Pike are Common Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Randy|
Greg Benton, John McDonough, Randy Genord with his sons Dane &
Ryan all from
Grand Blanc, MI were back for their___ time. 1st day they did well
catching many good Pike while in pursuit of a Trophy Musky, & Dane caught
his 1st Northern Pike Fly-Fishing, a nice 29”er. 2nd day
was spent catching some Pike & Dane landed a nice 36” Musky on a Bull Dog.
John & Greg’s day ended with and exciting double on
|First Pike Fly Fishing by Dane at Fireside Lodge|
Northern Pike. 3rd day while trying a method of targeting open water baitfish Greg caught a 38” Pike & John landed a 40” Tiger Musky plus all caught a bunch of Pike. 4th day Randy, Dane & Ryan caught 12 Pike 30-35” & had 10 follows from big Muskie with John & Greg doing about the same however John saw a fish that Greg lost saying whatever it was it was huge.
5th & final day was another good day catching Pike & Ryan ended their trip with a nice 35” Musky on a new lure he bought from my tackle shop. When saying goodbye’s Greg said the countdown has started and is 359 days & counting until their 2017 trip.
Tyler Tennant from Lakeway, TX returned for his 13th trip along with
brother Warren, from Bellaire, TX for his 2nd visit. After two days
of searching for MR Big on the 3rd day they had fun catching a bunch
of Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass. 4th day these two caught a
lot of fish being a mix of NP & SB again but could not hook up with the big
fish that were following their lures. 5th day was another good
action day on Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike up to the mid 30” range. 5th
day they had a ball catching Many Pike 28 to 35”, seeing some huge Muskie.
Warren thought it odd spotting two logs under water laying parallel to each
other when one started swimming away Warren realized one of the logs was a very
large Muskie. Both left having a great time making some new entries to there
fishing log for future reference.
|Nothing Like Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing|
|Trophy Fishing Smallmouth Bass by Andy|
Long time return guest Leon Robbins was back with his group Andy Thomasson, Justine Sebastian, & Tyler Heath from Yadkinville, Cary, Mt Holly, & New London, NC. Early morning 1st day Andy caught a huge 19.5” trophy Smallmouth. After breakfast they struggled until noon and then started to hit on Pike catching close to 30 per boat. 2nd day they focused on Musky fishing doing great catching 5 as a group,
Justine, along with landing 3 Muskie caught, a big 35” Pike & both Andy & Leon caught Trophy Smallmouth Bass . 3rd day was all about concentrating on Muskie again & sticking with it proved worthy as they had only 2 hours out of 12 that were active, but caught 8 Muskie during that time. Leon was unstoppable as he landed 6 of the 8.
4th day Tyler started with a bang landing a HUGE 20” Smallmouth Bass in the morning while the rest of the day was filled with a lot of Northern Pike action. 5th & final day they finished strong catching so many pike the lost count. All left having a great time and hope to return in 2016.
The repeat family group of Mike & Dawn Baker Nakoosa, WI, Bill & Jane Pierce and Randy & Nancy Gentz Ellijay, GA, Terry & Jason Baker Oak Creek, WI & Adam Baker Cudahy, Wi were all very happy to be back which was evident from the laughter in the dinning room.
1st day was loads of fun catching fish & Mike had a scary Muskie
follow saying it was at least 50”. Nancy won the Big
fish of the day contest with her 33” fat Pike. 2nd day they had a
lot of Muskie follows, Nancy loosing a HUGE Musky in the netting process, Jason
caught a Trophy 40” Northern Pike, Mike a Trophy 18.75” Smallmouth Bass, plus had
some fast action on Pike & Smallmouth Bass after supper. 3rd day
was a great day number
wise as a group catching about 60 fish, most being Pike,
& Jason landed a trophy 19.5”Smallmouth Bass which put him in play for the
trifecta. 4th day before breakfast Jason caught his 2nd
40” Pike in hunt for the trophy Muskie trying to be the 1st to
accomplish a trifecta Master Anglers Award for all 3 species. 5th
& final day was spectacular as a group catching well over 100 Northern Pike
& a few Smallmouth Bass including an 18.5” for both Terry & Jason.
|Thumbs Up to Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing|
|Terry with a Trophy Smallmouth Bass|
All left having had a wonderful family fishing vacation & hope to do it all over again in 2017.
|My First Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Billy|
Friends Bill Winland & Gerry Kleinhenz from Massillon & Del Roy, OH
time guests. 1st day these two caught over 20+ Pike and 6 Smallmouth
Bass with Gerry catching a Big Trophy size Smallmouth. 2nd day they
were in search of Muskie having some great Musky follows but could not hook up
on one, however they did catch some nice Pike. Day 3 was great catching Pike in
pursuit of a Musky & Billy found one. After a good fight & having it
netted the fish thrashed and got out of the net leaving his lure behind. This
was Billy’s 1st Musky catch going about 36”. 4th &
final day was all about Musky again seeing lots of follows, some very big,
& Billy ended up catching 2, largest being 35”. Both had a great time &
Billy hopes to return with his wife in 2016.
|BIG Smallmouth Bass are a BLAST to catch Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
Back were David Henry & son Jacob St Charles, IL 4th time, Bob Mezo Dixon, IL 3rd time, & Tom Traveny Hershy, PA.
2nd time. DOA all had some Musky follows, caught Pike & SB & Tim set the BIG FISH bar by landing a 35” Muskie & Northern Pike. 1st day was a “WOW Day” as a group landing 92 Northern Pike.
2nd day they were in search for Muskie which was a success as Tim caught a big Tiger Muskie, Dave landing a 33” and Jacob caught 2 Musky. That’s 5 Muskie for this group in 2 days. 3rd & final day had them catching 50+ Pike & Bob caught his 1st ever Musky. All left having had a ball & are already planning a return trip.
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|BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Tim Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
Hot Lures: Mepps, Blue Fox Spinner, X-Rap Deep Diver, Trophy Minnow, Yo-Zuri
Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 21,20,18.75,2-18.5, Northern Pike 2-40”, Tiger Musky-40”, Over 40 Musky Caught
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