Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 5/31 to 6/7 2014

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 5/31 to 6/7 2014
45" Trophy Muskie caught Fishing by Chris Grimes

Weather at Fireside Lodge for our second week was normal with the exception of a 24-hour cold front. The cold front affected the fishers but not the fishing as during that 24 hours the fishing was excellent, especially for two guests your will read about below.
20.5" Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing by Robert Thomas at Fireside Lodge
Old college buddies Rich Vanasse from Wolcott, CT Ron Villa from E
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing
Falmouth, MA, Steve Sears from Falls Church, VA & Dan Bridges from Thomaston, GA were here to celebrate there 50th birthdays. 1st day fishing on Little Vermilion Lake they caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike including two 34”ers & two big Lake Trout. All fish were good size with a lot of

Fun Northern Pike
Pike 30”+. 2nd day was great landing Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike & visually seeing many more having a lot of big Northern Pike follows. 3rd & final day a severe cold front with heavy rain was their challenge and they met it catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass & a few Pike. All left having a wonderful reunion birthday celebration among good friends hoping to return in the near future.

41.5" Muskie by Michael Kucenic

Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Chance Grey
1st Musky by Mike Kucenic
Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Fathers & sons Mike & Mike Kucenic with Ron & Chance Grey from Kansas City & Leavenworth, KS joined us for the first time. After supper on DOA they got to it catching some Pike and Smallies. 1st day had Ron & Chance catching 30 Northern Pike in their boat & as a group the saw a large amount of follows. The Mike’s also did well with younger Mike landing a big 38.5” Pike. 2nd day was another good day, despite severe cold front conditions with heavy rain, Ron caught a nice Muskie, his 1st ever, and Mike the younger connected with a Trophy 18” Smallmouth Bass. 3rd & final day was a terrific as they caught many fish with Ron having a Northern Pike so wild it nearly jumped in the boat. The fish actually slammed into the side of the boat, took another run and got off. Mike & Mike had a Musky day that most dream of as they hooked 7 and landed for over 30” and Mike younger caught his biggest ever measuring 41.5”. A great finish to an even greater fishing trip with many father & son memories made.
Huge Pike are Caught at Fireside Lodge by Todd Grimes
19" trophy Smallmouth Bass by Bob Fischer
Long time guests Bob Fischer & Todd
Big Northern Pike caught by Bob Fischer
Grimes from Frederick & Thurmont, MD were glad to be back. DOA before supper each caught a Trophy Smallmouth Bass Bob’s at 18.5” & Todd’s was 19”. 1st day they caught 30 Smallmouth Bass, Bob catching an 18.25” Trophy, several Pike, and saw a few Giant Northern. 2nd day facing severe cold front conditions with rain all day long was terrific fishing as they caught 50 Smallmouth Bass 15-19” with each Bob & Chris catching Trophy 19” Smallmouth & 20 Northern Pike, Chris landing a big 37.5” Pike having a huge girth. 3rd day was slower catching 17
19" Trophy Smallmoth Bass by Chris Grimes
fish and the 4th day had them having fabulous action until 11AM then the fish just quit, catching only a few more afterwards. 5th day was Big fish day as they landed 3 Muskie over 30” and Chris had the prizes of the day landing a big Lake Trout 32” and a GIANT 45” Trophy Muskie. The only thing standing in the way of Chris attaining the Fireside Lodge Master Anglers Trophy Tri-Fecta is catching a 40” or better Northern Pike. 6th and final day they gave it there best effort and despite catching Pike and Smallies a Trophy Pike was not in the cards. Both left having a great trip already talking about next year’s dates.
Big Musky caught by Chris Grimes
Vernon & Rebecca Davis from Pueblo West, CO were happy to be at Fireside Lodge for the 1st time. They spent three very enjoyable
Big Lake Trout caught by Chris Grimes
days fishing and having good conversation with other guests in the dinning room. Never having done this type of fishing before all was new, and one of Vernon’s goals he stated upon arrival was to have Rebecca catch a Pike. After a day of exploring and learning the waters Vernon accomplished his goal. In fact one day Rebecca out fished Vernon, to his delight. Both really enjoyed their stay and said they wished they had arranged to stay longer because three days just went by too fast. There parting words were, next time we will stay longer, and we hope to see them again soon.
38.5" Northern Pike by Michael Kucenic
Tom Bogdan from Montauk, NY and good friend Thomas Nyitray from Medina, OH were visiting us for their 1st time. 1st day on Little Vermilion Lake they did great catching many Smallmouth Bass &
Northern Pike as they termed it “their way” in shallow water. Next
20" Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Robert Thomas
day we discussed some locations specifically for Smallmouth Bass & at super time they told me that all my recommended locations worked, and they caught many Smallmouth Bass all day long. 3rd and final day was fabulous catching lots of Smallmouth Bass and some Northern Pike ending with a high note. Both left very happy and Tom Bogdan, being in the tourism business for 45 years, left us with a high compliment saying that staying at Fireside Lodge was one of his best experiences ever.
Great Smallmouth Fishing for Trophies by Art Girard
HUGE 19.5" Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Dick Chapman
Return Fly Fishing guests Art Girard, Dick Chapman, Larry Baron, & Robert Thomas, from N Chesterfield, Midlothian, & Richmond, VA were glad to be back. These guys are serious fly fishers and it is the only way they fish. 1st day out Robert picked up where he left off last year catching a nice Muskie. All caught many nice Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike with Dick landing a HUGE Trophy 19”er and lost a BIG Northern Pike at the boat. 2nd day was
Fly Fishing For Northern Pike by Larry Baron
a great Smallmouth Bass day for all, catching 25-30 fish per boat both on surface & wooly buggers, and Robert landed 2-18” trophies. 3rd day all did well despite the wind & Robert & Dick did exceptional catching near 40 Smallmouth Bass including 7 trophies, 5 at 18”, 1-18.5”, & 1 at 19”. 4th day was a 20 fish day per boat
Fly Fishing for Muskie by Robert Thomas
having a mix of Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. 5th day Robert caught the biggest fish of the trip, a GIANT Trophy 20.5” Smallmouth and another 18’ Trophy. Art had a story to remember. As he set his fly rod down with his hellgemite fly dangling in the water a Muskie decide to attack it, & after fighting the Muskie for a short time it came off and swam away. 6th & final day Robert & Dick had a Fabulous day catching over 75 Smallmouth Bass with Robert landing 4 Trophy Smallies at 18,, and 20” and Dick caught two both at 18”. Fabulous finish to another fabulous Fly-Fishing trip at Fireside Lodge.
Fly Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge by Robert Thomas
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Hot Lures: Sinking Worms, Blue Fox Spinner, Spinner Bait, Floating Rapala, X-Rap

Hot Flies: Popper, Pencil Popper, Woolly Bugger, Hellgimite

Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 20.5”,20”, 2 at 19.5”, 6 at 19”, 18.75”, 5 at 18.5”,  2 at 18.25” 17 at 18”
Muskie 45”, Northern Pike 38.5” 37.5”

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

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