Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/22 to 9/2 2015
This week started with the most severe cold front of the summer lasting 3 days having lots of rain, high wind and dropping temps down to a high of 47.8F on 8/23 & a low on 8/24 of 37F.
Long time return guests of 8-years, Steve & Debra Johnson from
Halltown, MO were very
happy to be back. 1st day they did well catching Smallmouth Bass some
being quality fish 16 to 19”. 2nd day they caught plenty of Pike
& Smallmouth but no picture fish. 3rd & 4th days were
severe cold front conditions with all day rain, high winds with the high being
only 47.8 degrees. Steve tried it for a while by himself in the afternoon
surprising himself catching
Pike & hooked a Muskie that came clear out of
the water spitting his hook out at the same time. Next few days Steve tried
fishing further from shore in about 15ft of water & that seemed to work as
they caught some big Smallmouth Bass with Linda catching what Steve calls a
Toad, a Trophy 18.5” Smallmouth Bass with huge girth. 7th day was
Debra again catching an 18.5” Master Anglers Trophy Smallmouth Bass
while Steve caught more numbers, most being 15-17”. 8th day they did
really well catching lots of Smallmouth with 10-12 being 15-17” & Debra
caught another Trophy 18.5” Smallie making that a total of 8 Trophy Bass
between 18-19”. 9th day was a great day catching many Smallmouth
Bass including 2 more Trophy fish over 18” increasing their trophy total to 10 &
just missing on 2 more measuring 17.75”.
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Debra|
|Many Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
|Terrific Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge|
10th & final day they finished strong catching lots of Smallmouth, all over 15” many 16.5-17.5” & yes they caught their 11th trophy with Steve landing the biggest of the trip a HUGE 20” Smallmouth. He also caught a 36” Northern Pike. This concluded their trip both having had wonderful time making many memories.
|Jerry Miller with a 38-Inch Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
Long time guests, since 1994, Larry Beard & Jerry Miller Erwin, TN
returned for their
2nd trip this year coming back with Jon Beard Virginia Beach, VA,
John Hook Jonesborough, TN returning for their 2nd & 4th
time plus guests Duke Osborne & Bryan Gast Coeburn, VA. DOA Jerry &
caught some nice Northern Pike including 2 at 38”. 1st day
Brian got a nice Muskie, his 1st ever, John caught an 18.5 football
of a Smallmouth & Jon also had a big Trophy Smallie. 2nd day all
caught fish with Larry & Jon alone landing about 25 Pike.
|John with a Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
|Catch Many Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Duke|
|Larry with another BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
3rd day brought our most severe cold front of the summer making
these avid anglers
stay in, but all had a fun & plenty of laughs telling past fish stories. 4th
day this group was ready to fish, having an active day with Larry & Jon
doing the best catching 40-50 Pike. 5th day despite being slower
than they are accustomed to all caught fish & Jerry landed a Trophy
Smallmouth Bass. 6th & final day they went out big catching so
many Northern Pike they lost count. Jerry lost the BIGGEST Muskie he very saw
in the 30 trips with us, the fish straightening out the snap on his leader and
Duke caught a nice Tiger Musky. Before leaving Larry said he would be in touch
soon to reserve dates for 2016.
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Jon Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
|BIG Northern Pike by Sal Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
|BIG 37.5" Northern Pike by Brian Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
Ed & Brian Ulch, Sal & Kim Leone, plus father daughter Brian & Sylvia Havlicek all from Solon, IA were visiting us for their 1st time for a family fishing adventure. DOA they caught some fish & Sylvia set the bar catching the largest Pike. 1st full day all caught fish, mostly Northern Pike, and Brian caught a big 17.5” Smallmouth Bass.
2nd day they had to face a severe cold front, which started on day 1, with rain & very windy conditions. This is tough conditions for the most experienced on our lake system however the did great fairing the weather all day, being the last boats in for supper and caught some nice fish with Brian having the hot hand at the end catching 10 Northern Pike just before supper. He said the action was fast catching 4 Pike in 4 casts. 3rd & final day that front hung around until about noon then finally cleared & got nice.
They caught fish throughout the day & had a shore lunch at Twin Falls. During lunch, Sylvia while fishing below the falls got hung up on what she thought was a log. While attempting to free her lure from what she thought was a log, all of a sudden it took off taking line very fast before the lure popped free. Obviously Sylvia had hooked a BIG fish that felt like a log. Sal also caught his biggest Northern Pike a nice 35”er. All had a fabulous day and a terrific family trip making memories to last a lifetime.
Returning was long time guest George Marshall bringing his father
Bill for the 1st
time both from Sparta, TN & return guests Rick Stewart Mount Juliet, TN
brother Steve, Jimmy Trout, & Justin Tomko from Lusby, Frederick, &
Dunkirk, MD. 1st day these guys were slapped in the face with a
cold front with high wind & lots of rain. All faired well
catching fish, with Jimmy & Steve doing very well catching many Pike and a
few nice Smalllmouth Bass. 2nd day between George, Bill, Rick, &
Justine they caught over 70 Northern Pike. 3rd day fishing was good
with Justin catching his 2nd & 3rd Muskie of his
life, landing his first the day before, Steve caught 2 Trophy Smallmouth Bass
& Jimmy also landed a Trophy
Smallmouth Bass after supper. 4th
day Justin had the hot hand catching many Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike
on a white spinner bait. George & Bill while fishing a portage lake for
Muskie caught 4 plus spotted a Moose & were able to get within 15 yards of
this magnificent animal watching & videoing it feeding in the water. George
said it was huge & by far the biggest Moose he had ever seen.
|HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Justin at Fireside Lodge|
|Fishing Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge by Bill|
|GIANT Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by George|
5th day George caught 2 Muskie & some nice Smallmouth Bass while
Rick & Justine
caught a lot of Pike & Smallies. Jimmy & Steve spent 12 hours fishing
for Muskie & it paid off catching 8 including 2 over 40” Steve landing both
a Barred & Tiger Muskie plus Jimmy landed a nice 33”er. That’s a FBAULOUS
day Muskie fishing in anyone’s book. Because of flights Jimmy, Steve, &
Justin stayed one more day a it paid off having a terrific finish catching
45-50 Northern Pike & having a lot of action on the surface. All left
having & fabulous time & saying they will be back.
|Super Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing is Best at Fireside Lodge|
Here for their 1st visit were Greg Mruk & Mike Catuscelli from Park Ridge & Prospect Heights, IL. 1st day was spent learning the new waters & Greg caught the fish of the day a mid-30” Pike. Also they were happy to see their friends Wade, Dave, & Kurt mentioned below who arrived. 2nd day they did great catching many Northern Pike, Greg with 10 & Mike about the same & landed some Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day did about the same day 2 but today the ticket was a throw back lure the old stand by Red Eye Spoon. Greg even caught a few Smallmouth Bass with this spoon. 4th & final day they finished catching some nice Pike.
Also here for their 1st time was Wade Kiess, Dave Goacher, & Kurt
from Mount Prospect, Libertyville, & Prospect Heights, IL. DOA these three
went out & caught a half dozen Pike in a few hours before supper. 1st
day was great as they hooked up with over 30 fish landing 27 Northern Pike. 2nd
day was even better catching 29 bigger Northern Pike, 90% between 28 to 33”,
& David came up with a HUGE 38” very heavy Pike. 3rd & final
day even was better catching 32 Northern Pike with 10 being over 30” including 2-34”,
2-36” and another 38” Monster that looked over 40” having a huge girth. All
left having a fabulous time looking forward to their return.
|One of 32 Big Northern Pike in one day Fishing by Wade at Fireside Lodge|
|Monster Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
Harlan Johnson & John Utley from Park Rapids & Vadnais Heights, MN were fishing with us for their 1st time. 1st day they had a wonderful day getting the feel of our lake system and by day 2, using the old stand by red & white Dardevle, caught a bunch of Northern Pike. Both John & Harlan are long time friends growing up together in a fishing community in Bemiji, MN and just love being on the water as a way of catching up with each others daily lives & reminiscing about their early days. 3rd & final day they enjoyed catching some nice Northern Pike with Harlan having the hot hand, John saying he was the expert net man. Both left having an enjoyable stay loving every minute of their time.
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|Moose Picture by George Marshall While Fishing at Fireside Lodge|
Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Spinner Bait, Zara Spook, Mepps, Red Eye Spoon, Dardevle Spoon, Mepps Spinner
|Memorable Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada|
Catches of The Week: 2-40” Muskie, 40” Tiger Musky, Smallmouth Bass 1-19.5” 3-19”, 16-18”-19” 38” Northern Pike
|Friends Making Memories Fishing At Fireside Lodge in 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