Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/25 to 7/2 2016
This week the weather gave us average temperatures with the exception of a 36-hour cold front preempted by a few thunderstorms. This did cause a disruption in the fishing patterns but most adjusted and had some good fishing as you will see below.
Bob & Ollie Waldeck from Cotter, AR returned for their 5th
year. 1st day was very productive catching some Smallmouth up to
17.5”. 2nd day was slower but got some advise from another guest. 3rd
& 4th day they fought some windy
conditions but still caught
some good SB. 5th day was a very good Smallmouth Bass day catching
some sizable fish along with numbers. 6th day had some great Northern
Pike fishing catching about30.
|Super BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Ollie Waldeck from Cotter AR
|Terrific Trophy Smallmouth Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Bob Waldeck
During the rest of their 14-day stay they had several days catching 20-25 Northern Pike, another landing 28 Smallmouth Bass, Bob catching a 19” Trophy & on the last day they finished with a bang catching 39 fish, mostly Pike plus Ollie caught a very large 18” Trophy Smallmouth Bass. Both thoroughly enjoyed their stay and before departing made their reservations for 2017.
19-year guests Al Fishhaber and fishing buddy Rob Delamatre from
Sandusky, OH were back to chase the BIG Dogs. 1st day they went to
it catching over 50 Northern Pike, Rob catching a good number on his fly rod. 2nd
day they focused on bigger Pike landing 20 during the day & 20 after
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass are Common Fishing at Fireside Lodge
3rd day had them catching 50+ northern Pike. 4th & 5th days were
BIG Numbers catching well over 100 on one day a
slightly less on the other day. 6th and final ½ day, as they got an
early start on the road, they caught some nice size Pike to finish off their
|Father & Son Having Fun Fishing at Fireside Lodge
|Hunter Fishing for his 1st Trophy Smallmouth Bass
|Special Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Long Time Return guests Chris Grimes & Bob Fischer from Thurmont & Frederick, MD bringing a good friend Skip Johnston for his 1st time and Chris brought his son Hunter for his first Canadian Wilderness Fishing Experience. DOA Chris & Hunter each caught a trophy Smallmouth Bass. 1st full day was a group total of over 100
Northern Pike and Chis landed a 19” & Hunter
had his 2nd trophy in 2 days at 18.5”, with Bob also catching a
19”er. 3rd day Bob said at 2:00PM it was like the switch was turned
on catching over 50 SB in just a few hours & Bob also caught a Muskie. 4th day had Chris & Hunter
Muskie fishing until noon, with Chris landing 1, but then Hunter got hot on
Little Vermilion Lake catching 8 Northern Pike in a row 30 to 35 inches. 5th
day was a super day fishing, as a group catching well over 200 fish with Hunter
landing a special 20” Trophy Smallmouth Bass. 6th & final day
was searching for a Trophy Muskie in the 50” class Chris had seen the day
before, but it was not meant to be. All left having a great time, with Chris
already discussing 2017 plans.
|Big Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Katie Noblett
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Stacey
3rd time return guests Lyle Willis, William Morrow, Adam Miller, & Nate Hendricks all from Erwin TN, and Stacey, Traci, & Katie Noblett from Dardanelle, AR were all thrilled to be back. 1st day The Noblett family caught a bunch of Pike, Katie caught a BIG 17.5” Smallmouth Bass & Stacey caught a 19” & 18.5”. Adam & William caught well over 30 Pike, Adam catching his 17 Fly Fishing with Lyle & Nate catching 99 Pike & 1 SB. Next day was also good with Nate & Lyle having
many Muskie follows & Nate caught his very 1st Muskie ever. The Noblett family caught both Pike & Smallmouth, Katie landing another big 17.5” Smallie. 3rd day they were fighting a cold front with high winds making fishing difficult however the 4th day was gangbusters with the Noblett family catching 103 fish, mostly Pike, Nate & Lyle catching more Northern Pike than they could count, with Adam & Will having a great day Fly Fishing for Pike. 5th day had Stacey, Traci, & Katie spending the 1st half day enjoying the Twin Falls area & the other half day catching 60 Pike & 7 Smallmouth Bass with
Traci landing a Trophy at 18”. Nate & Willy caught near 100
Northern Pike and Adam & Lyle caught many fish Fly Fishing with Adam
landing a Muskie and big 36” Pike. 6th & final day was wonderful
as all caught fish with Lyle catching the fish of most peoples lifetime as he
landed a HUGE 44” Tiger Muskie. All went home with many memories, which is the
biggest catch of all.
|Great Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Willy Moorow
Father & son Erik & David Staub from Greeley & Denver CO were
their 2nd visit. 1st day was a good day Pike fishing, also
doing well catching 15 fishing for our canoe in the evening. 2nd day we had
very turbulent weather affecting the fishing but they still caught & had
the opportunity to catch a few BIG fish, with David losing a HUGE
cold front conditions were the story on the 3rd day. 4th day was
Great catching over 40 Northern Pike almost all Fly-Fishing. 5th day
was a portage lake adventure having a ball catching some nice fish and enjoying
the serenity of being on the only fishers on the lake. 6th &
final day in search of large fish they saw plenty having opportunity, however
on this day the fish won. They left making some wonderful father & son
| Fishing BIG Smallmouth Bass in a Canoe by David Staub
|Four Trophy Smallmouth Bass in 1 day by Geno
The Klimes family Group returned for their 5th consecutive year
by Brian & his boys Zach, Tyler, & Jordan from Willow Brook, IL, his
brother Kenny from St Louis, MO area, brother Kerry & son Kody from
Phoenix, AZ & Geno Dombrowski from Orland Park, IL. DOA & 1st
day were great as all got into a bunch of Smallmouth Bass, Kenny & Geno
25-30 with 6 Trophies over 18”, both.
Zach & Tyler also landed a Trophy
Smallmouth Bass & all caught Pike, with Zack landing the biggest Northern
Pike at 34”. 2nd day had Brian, Zack, Tyler, Jordan, & Geno
catching a bunch of Pike with each Tyler & Jordan catching a 36-37”
Northern Pike. The catch of the day however came from Kody who landed a HUGE
41-inch Trophy Northern Pike while Fly-Fishing.
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing with family by Brian
|Love Those BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Kenny Klimes from St Louis MO
|Family Fun Fishing on a Rainy Day Featuring The Klimes Family
3rd day came with some gaps, but picked up after supper as Zack, Tyler, & Jordan caught a number of large Northern Pike with Jordan catching the largest. The final two days had a number of T-Storm moving through, limiting fishing time, catching a mixed bag of Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass with Jordan catching another 18” Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass a & Kerry a HUGE 19” Trophy.
All had loads of fun as a family making priceless memories & we thank them for choosing Fireside Lodge for this special family time together.
Father & Son David Ziletti & Son Henry returned for their 2nd time
|Lot Of BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Dave
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Matt
Most of the 3rd day was spent fishing for Muskie having many follows & Matt Sr landed his 1st ever Muskie plus they also had good Smallmouth fishing catching bigger fish including Henry landing a HUGE 19” Trophy. 4th day was unreal as they caught over 120 fish most Pike plus SB 20,19, & 18 inches with Henry landing the 20”er. 5th & final day was hindered by all day T-Storms, but all left having had a terrific fishing trip making many father & son memories.
Guest since 1995 Lloyd Morton returned with grandson Cole from
Lawrence, OH for his 3rd
trip. 1st day they were searching for Smallmouth Bass but found out
that they were a little off as it was the time period just after leaving their
nests. 2nd day was targeting larger Toothy Critters getting a lot of
follows & catching 9 Pike 28-32-inches.3rd day was amazing
catching 50+ Northern Pike by noon. 4th & 5th days
were good, catching many bigger Northern Pike on a new lure Lloyd purchased at
my tackle shop.
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing with Grandpa by Cole
Lloyd landed a 32” & 40” Muskie plus Cole caught an 18.5” Trophy Smallmouth Bass. Both left having a great trip and making special lifelong memories between Grandfather & Grandson.
Long time guest since 1993, David Drake from West Terra Haute, IN
was back with his good
friend Dan for his 1st experience. 1st two days were hampered
by very windy conditions & cold front conditions making finding fish
tougher catching only 1 or two fish in a spot so the had to keep moving to be
productive. 3rd day was great getting into 40+ Northern Pike, having
great action all day. 5th & final day brought another cold front
however the Smallmouth fishing was good most of the day, plus they caught some
nice Pike with Dan getting the prize catch landing a fat 36” Northern Pike on
lite line, a #4 hook & no leader. It took a long time but Dan managed to
land this fish. Both left having a very enjoyable stay.
|First Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Dan
Father & son John & Matt Boecker & Chuck Boecker were fishing with us for their 1st time. 1st day on the water with windy cold front conditions these 3 caught 12 SB & 12 NP. 2nd day was windy cold front conditions but the did well fishing again catching a mix of Smallies & Pike. 3rd day was a portage catching so many Northern Pike they could not keep count. 4th & final day was another great day fishing catching many Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass & Matt caught the prize fish of the week landing a HUGE 20-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass. Fun was had by all along with making many family memories.
|Fly Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Doug
First timers Donn Loy, Tom Wiersema, & Doug Richardson respectively from Kearney, NE, & Laramie & Casper, WY went out the first day and caught 9 fish with Don landing a large 18.5” Smallmouth after supper stetting the bar. 2nd day was fabulous as they caught well over 50 Northern Pike & a few SB. 3rd day was a good day Smallmouth fishing getting some good action on surface poppers
with a mix of sizes up to 17.5 inches. 4th day was great action on Smallmouth with surface fishing being the ticket again catching many 15-17.5” & Doug caught an 18” Trophy Smallmouth Bass the only way he knows how, Fly-Fishing. 5th & final day was a fabulous finish as they caught 40 plus fish, mostly Pike with a few Smallmouth Bass & Doug caught a BIG 19” Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fly-Fishing. All left as high spirited as the arrived saying they had a fabulous fishing trip.
Father & sons Bill, Jeff, & Mike Kengor from Pittsburgh, PA returned for their 3rd time. DOA before supper they caught some Pike & Bass with Jeff catching his personal largest Smallmouth Bass measuring out at 21-inches. 1st day was all about Muskie fishing having opportunity with follows but could not land a fish. 2nd day they did great catching countless Northern Pike plus a few Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was a portage for some walleye for half a day and even thought the walleye fishing was slow they caught many pike. 2nd half day they got into some bigger Northern Pike. 3rd day they caught 50+ northern pike & Mike caught a Monster 19” Smallmouth Bass, which they said was so fat it, was almost square. Mike said it was the BIGGEST Smallie he had ever seen. 4th & final day was spent looking for large toothy critters & Jeff had the opportunity but the fish won. All left having another great father & sons fishing trip, making great memories together.
|MONSTER Trophy Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Henry
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Hot Lures: Yo-Zuri, X-Rap, Mepps Spinner, Beatle Spin, Trophy Minnow
Hot Flies: Streamer, Popper
Catches of The Week: 44” Tiger Muskie, 41” Northern Pike (Fly-Fishing) 40” Muskie, Smallmouth Bass 2-20”, 1-19.5” ,7-19”, 10-18.5”, 16-18”
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