Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/30 to 9/6 2014
This being our last week you could feel a nip in the air at morning & evening time with the days being very pleasant. Fishing was great with the large toothy critters showing up.
Brain Neel & Time Stewart from Rochester, MN returned for their 2nd time in 2014 & their 12th consecutive year.
|GREAT Musky Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Paul & son Tony Capecchi from Inver Grove & Woodbury, MN
returned for their
annual traditional fishing trip with us at Fireside Lodge 1st day
was fabulous catching 6 Smallmouth Bass & 85 Northern Pike. 2nd
day they portaged to Closs Lake for Muskie & they had a great time catching
3, one being 35” & a Tony landed a HUGE 40.5” Muskie. Tony also caught an
18” Trophy Smallmouth Bass. After leaving Closs Lake they caught another Muskie
& 36” Pike. 3rd day they caught 22 Northern Pike a walleye,
caught his 2nd Master Anglers Award Smallmouth bass at 18”.
4th day was a Super day Northern Pike fishing as they caught 105. 5th
and final day they fished 3 lakes in 1 day, Little Vermillion, Closs, &
Booger Lakes catching 91 Northern Pike and a 33” Muskie. They caught 7 Muskie in
5 days with numerous follows, which would be heaven for most Musky fishers.
Both left having had a wonderful stay, meeting many new Fireside Lodge friends,
and most important making another set of father & son memories.
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Paul
|Fall Northern Pike Fishing in Canada
Reed Thacker & Todd Cambron from Indianola, IA were visiting us for their 1st time. DOA they caught fish immediately landing some nice Smallmouth Bass 16-17”, a few Northern Pike & had many
follows from both. 1st
full day they did well catching Smallmouth Bass with Todd landing the biggest
at 17”. 2nd day they caught 18 Northern Pike & some nice Smallmouth Bass.
Reed also had a big fish on for almost 2 minutes on a big spoon but somehow it threw
the lure. 3rd & final day they had a fabulous & fun fishing
day catching bigger fish, both Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass with Todd
landing the biggest Smallmouth of the day at 17.5” & Reed caught the
largest Northern Pike at 37”. Reed said he wanted me to return all the Chompers
he lost to Pike biting him off. Both had a terrific time and hope to return in
|Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Todd
|40.5-inch Trophy Northern Pike Fishing Solo by Fran
Long time guest Fran Stack from Lorain, OH returned for his 12th time. DOA before supper he caught a 40.5” Trophy Northern Pike for a GREAT start to his trip. 1st day Fran caught 7 Pike & 5 Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was super as Fran kept very bust landing 54 Northern Pike & 2 Smallmouth Bass including a Master Anglers Award Trophy at 18.5”. His last 4 pike of the day were 2 at 29”,
32”, & a big 37.5”er. 3rd day had him catching a mix of Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike. 4th day Fran had a great day catching 16, bigger Pike including twin 37”ers. 5th & final day was post cold front conditions but in the Morning he did well catching Northern Pike including some big fish 1 at 35” and a huge 38.5” Pike. Fran had a ball & enjoyed conversations he had with other guests in the dinning room, all of which he read about in our newsletters but met for the first time.
|Best Fishing Day Ever by Carol at Fireside Lodge
First time guests Bob & Carol Baeumel from Buda, TX were here to test new waters. 1st day was windy but productive as they learned the waters catching a bunch of Northern Pike. 2nd day they caught 14 Northern Pike & several Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day they had their personal best day ever catching 16 Northern Pike up to 31”, Bob saying several times he was very impressed at the size of the Northern Pike. They also caught 15 Smallmouth Bass some being 16-17” &
when I greeted them on the dock Carol said she never
had such an active day fishing. 4th day Carol took the whole day off
to rest & just enjoy the wonderful atmosphere at Fireside Lodge. Bob was on
his own & did great catching 8 Pike up to 32” & 11 Smallmouth Bass. 6th
& final day was another fun day catching 9 Northern Pike & 15
Smallmouth Bass with Bob landing a MONSTER Trophy 19.5” Smallmouth Bass. Both left
having loads of fun & making some new Fireside Lodge friends. Upon leaving
Bob shook my hand saying they will return.
|19-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Bob
Jerel Hoffman & Gerald Clark from Nebo & Charlotte, NC were
Lodge for their 1st time. 1st day was spent learning the
waters and catching a few Smallmouth Bass & Pike. 2nd day
brought a hot bite for them on Smallmouth Bass both landing Trophy Smallies
over 18” with a lot of 12-17”ers. They also caught some Pike in-between all the
Smallmouth Bass action. Their secret was simplicity, a night crawler on a
Carolina Rig. Sticking with their proved method they did
terrific catching many
Smallmouth Bass on the 3rd day including Gerald landing 3 Trophy
Smallmouth Bass measuring 18,18.5, & 19-inches, & he also caught a
large Pike. Jerel just missed a monster Smallmouth Bass coming off at the boat.
4th & final day was a very strong finish as they caught 37
Smallmouth Bass & a half dozed Pike. Both were sad to leave but said they
would be back.
|BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Jerel
|Two 19-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Gerald
Returning for his 4th visit was Charlie McDermid from Broomfield, CO with Anita Brower from Rocklin, CA. Charlie was here for the Musky hunt & Anita was in awe of the atmosphere while learning the
technique of lake fishing. Anita is more
accustom to fly-fishing in rivers & streams. Having such well-rounded
personalities they made fiends in the dinning room instantly enjoying
conversation & many laughs. They also did well fishing having a lot of
Northern Pike action while pursuing that Muskie of a lifetime. One of their
fishing days they saw that Muskie not once but three times following there
lures a teasing them as Musky tend to do to Muskie fishers. They continued to
catching plenty of Pike but that Trophy Musky eluded them & won this round,
to be continued at another time. Both left with hugs and thoroughly enjoying
their stay with us at Fireside Lodge.
Musky Fishing in a Wonderful Thing
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|Father & Son Memories Fishing
Hot Lures: Rad Dog, Blue Fox Spinner, Phantom, Doctor Spoon, Black Fury, Chompers, Night Crawler, Mepps #5, Original Floating Rapala
Catches of The Week: 48” & 40.5” Muskie, 40.5” Northern Pike, 19.5” Smallmouth Bass with Many Pike & some Muskie caught in the mid 30” range
This being our last week of the 2014 season, Audrey and I want to once again thank all of our guests in 2014, and for years past, for making our 25-years at Fireside Lodge possible and so memorable. It is you, Fireside Lodge guests, that have made Fireside Lodge come alive for the last 25-years, and hopefully for many years to come. For that we sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Audrey & Alan
Hope to see you in 2015
|Fireside Lodge Wilderness Fishing in Canada
Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report & the 2014 fishing season. Please stay tuned for the 1st weeks report in May of 2015. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan