Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 9/2 to 9/12 2015

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 9/2 to 9/12 2015
Several Trophy Northern Pike in one Trip
BIG Trophy Northern Pike Fishing by Bryan Neel

We started this time period with 5 Days of highs in the 80’s when our normal is 65F. Then we had a cold front along with windy rainy conditions for several days with things getting back to normal the last two days. Fishing for this time period fluctuated with the weather with all having some great fishing during their stay.
HUGE Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Tony

Mike Kamp, Chris Cusick, Chicago & Bolingbrook, IL Tony Weber
FABULOUS Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Chris
Lafayette, IN returned for their 6th trip bringing Matt Liszka Homer Glen, IL for his 1st visit. 1st day these guys did terrific with all catching a bunch of 30 -36” Northern Pike fishing in 15-20ft of water. 2nd day was another good Pike catching day & Tony stole the show catching a 40”+ Muskie. Third day had Matt catching his first ever Muskie, Mike landed a 35” Pike while Chris & Tony caught Smallmouth Bass & 25 bigger Pike. 4th & 5th days they did very well with Chris & Tony alone catching over 25 Northern Pike along with some Smallmouth Bass. All left having had a terrific fishing trip and Mike was talking about having a bigger group next time.
BIG Heavy Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Tony
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Bob
Long time guests of 17 years Bob & Jane Babcock were here to hunt for trophy Northern Pike & Muskie. They came well equipped as they made a few purchases on the trip up. 1st & 2nd days they did well catching Pike & having a few large Muskie / Pike follow their lures. 3rd day they they floated through Cedarbough Lake creek targeting Muskie. Right off the bat they had action on BIG Smallmouth Bass, Bob landing a Trophy 18.5”er, and while he was landing his fish he had 4-5 bigger Smallmouth following & circling the one he was
BIG Tiger Musky Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jane
fighting. They also had Muskie follows catching two nice fish and caught a few Northern Pike. 4th day was 19 degrees F above normal & humid resulting in some follows and a few fish. 5th & final day was better as Jane caught 2 nice Muskie, 28 & 35”, and had many follows. Bob also hooked up with Bubba in one of his favorite fishing spots but after a brief encounter Bubba won. Both left with smiles on their faces already looking forward to next year.
BIG Northern Pike are common Fishing at at Fireside Lodge
Love Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jim
Jim & Kathy Cron from Roanoke, IN returned for their 3rd consecutive year. 
Kathy Wacky Worm'n for Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge
1st & 2nd days these two enjoyed catching Smallmouth Bass & soaking up the great weather in our beautiful wilderness. Next day after discussing & going over the map where large Smallmouth Bass hold up at this time of year Jim & Kathy went out and made it happen catching 2 over 17” Smallmouth Bass within minutes & proceeding to have a good day Smallmouth fishing. These two have become friends with Jane & Bob (above) having a blast in the
HUGE Northern Pike are common Fishing at Fireside Lodge
dinning room every evening at suppertime. Kathy also brought here float tube using it for after supper fishing. She propels herself with scuba fins & it was fun to watch her move around navigate our bay plus she caught a Pike & lost a BIG Smallmouth Bass in a short time period. 4th day was our 4th day of 80+ degrees (normal 64) being calm & sunny. They caught some nice Smallmouth right away in the morning but it slowed down after the noon hour. 5th & final day they finished with a bang catching many BIG Smallmouth Bass. It was so active that many of the Smallmouth being caught were being chased & circled by 4-5 other Smallmouth. Jim caught a dandy Trophy measuring 19.5” Kathy saying it was the largest Smallie they had ever seen.
Northern Pike Fishing for the First Time at Fireside Lodge by Peggy
First Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Carl
Peggy & Carl Olofson from Roselle, IL. were visiting us for their 1st time & this was their very first time in the Canadian Wilderness. 1st day brought all new adventures as they caught some nice Pike & Smallmouth Bass on some new lure purchases from our tackle shop. In fact they had to resupply at the days end. 2nd day was just as exciting catching fish & they were fascinated by how quiet our lake system was, not seeing another boat all day. 3rd & final day they did great catching many fish, mostly Smallmouth Bass and visited one of our natural wonders, Twin Falls. They really enjoyed this whole event and had a fabulous stay making memories in the Wilderness Setting nature provides at Fireside Lodge. **
BIG Trophy Northern Pike are Normal at Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Mike Uebelherr from Stow, OH returned for his 2nd time this year & 13th trip. 1st day Mike caught a few Northern Pike but came in early
Many Northern Pike in the 40-inch Range
because of some back spasms. 2nd day was 19 degrees over our normal high of 64F, which was a repeat of our last three days & Mike felt the fishing was slower because of these abnormal temperatures. Mike did have a HUGE Northern Pike surface right by the shady side of his boat appearing to just look at him & Mike was not sure if it followed his lure or was following the shade of his boat. After a discussion about depth of water Mike went out and had a great day Northern Pike fishing catching 14 great size fish and having all kinds of action. It was a fun way to finish & Mike’s departing words were see you in the spring.
Tim Stewart with another GIANT Northern Pike fishing at Fireside Lodge
Brain Neel & Tim Stewart from Rochester, MN returned for their 2nd
Terrific Trophy Northern Pike Fishing
time in 2015 & their 13th consecutive year. 1st day they had an exciting time catching some nice Smallmouth Bass on a Zara Spook. 2nd day they had fast action on Northern Pike between 11:30AM & 2:30PM catching 19 Pike up to 36” & Tim lost a 40”+right by the boat. 3rd day was even better landing 24 up to 35”. 4th Day was super landing 32 Northern Pike, 6 Smallmouth Bass including 2 at 36” & Bryan landed a 38”
Plentiful 34-inch to 38-inch Northern Pike
& Trophy 40” Pike. Next 2 days were cold front rainy conditions with high winds but persistence paid off catching 24 Northern Pike, Tim landing a big 38”er. 7th day was cold, rainy & miserable however they did not notice because the big fish were on as they caught 22 Northern Pike at 34,35,36,38, & Brian landed another trophy at 40” Northern Pike. After a rainy cold 5 days the weather turned beautiful plus they caught some nice Pike Tim finishing with a 35” Pike & Bryan landing an 18.5” Trophy Smallmouth Bass. Both left already looking forward to their return opening week in 2016.
Spencer Fishing BIG Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge

Paul Loves catching BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge

Paul Letourneau, (returning for his 2nd trip in 2015) son Michael, &
Michael Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Spencer Olson from North Oaks & Minneapolis, MN & Metairie, LA returned to chase BIG toothy critters. DOA they all caught Pike & 1st day was a numbers day catching many Smallmouth Bass & Pike all landing a 17-17.5” Smallie. 2nd day was an adventure as they made their way through shallow silt entering into Muskie Creek then had to break up a Beaver dam further up the creek, but it was well worth the effort as they caught Many Pike
HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Spencer

Approaching Beaver Dam Fishing at Fireside Lodge

Breaking Through Beaver Dam with Big Boat Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Paul
The big story was the attire, or lack thereof, that Spencer was wearing during the process of working their way through the creek. 3rd & 4th days were very similar being cold & rainy but had them catching many Northern Pike between 28-36” & several big Smallmouth Bass between 17.5-18.5”. 5th day was a fast action day for Pike catching nearly 40 up to 33”. Last day they finished strong catching many nice size Northern Pike & Spencer finished with a 35” Muskie. All left having a great time & hope to return in 2016.
Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Spencer

GREAT BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Colleen

Fran & Colleen Stack from Lorain, OH were returning for there 12th
Large Smallmouth Bass are common at Fireside Lodge
consecutive year. 1st day was great as they caught over 35 Northern Pike. 2nd day saw a big change in weather with a major cold front a extreme winds, but despite these conditions they caught 11 nice Northern Pike up to 32” had have several very large Muskie follows, before retreating from the windy conditions high waves. 3rd day was still windy & cold but Colleen came up with the Big catch by landing a beauty 36.5”, very heavy, Northern Pike. 4th day was Muskie hunting doing very well having over 20 follows & both landed a Muskie Fran catching a nice 37”er. 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass catch by Fran Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Final day was fabulous as they caught 52 Northern Pike & 3 Smallmouth Bass Fran landing a 17.5 & Trophy 18” Smallmouth Bass. Both left with excitement about their fishing adventures with us at Fireside Lodge.
Trophy Fall Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Special Note:
This being our last week of the 2015 season, Audrey and I want to once again thank all of our guests in 2015, and in years past, for making our 26-years at Fireside Lodge possible and so memorable. It is you, Fireside Lodge guests, that have made Fireside Lodge come alive for the last 26-years, and hopefully for many years to come. For that we sincerely thank you all for making our wonderful lives possible. Audrey & Alan
Hope to see you in 2016
Make sure to go to our website below to see some GREAT Fish Photos. For Fabulous Fishing Video, Wildlife Events, and Current Happenings go to our Social Sites Below.
Hot Lures: Sinking Worm Wacky Style, Blue Fox Spinner, Rattl’n Rap, Rad Dog, Spoon

Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 19.5”, 2-18.5”, 3-18” Northern Pike 2-40”, 3-38” many 34”-37”
Big Northern Pike Fall Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for our opening week fishing report in May of 2016. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/22 to 9/2 2015

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/22 to 9/2 2015
First Trophy Muskie for Steve Stewart Fishing at Fireside Lodge
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.
Trophy 20-inch Smallmouth Bass by Steve Johnson Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Long time return guests of 8-years, Steve & Debra Johnson from
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Debra
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
Many Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
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 good with
Terrific Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge
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”. 
BIG Northern Pike While Fishing for 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
John with a Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
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 & Brian
Catch Many Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Duke
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. 
My 1st Muskie ever Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Bryan

Larry with another BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge

3rd day brought our most severe cold front of the summer making
Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Jon Fishing at Fireside Lodge
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.
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. 

Silvia Fishing for Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge
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. 
Ed Fishing for Large Pike with Family at Fireside Lodge
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. 
GREAT BIG Tiger Muskie by Steve Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Returning was long time guest George Marshall bringing his father
HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Justin at Fireside Lodge
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 northeast
Fishing Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge by Bill
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
GIANT Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by George
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. 
GREAT Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jimmy
5th day George caught 2 Muskie & some nice Smallmouth Bass while
Super Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
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.
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
One of 32 Big Northern Pike in one day Fishing by Wade at Fireside Lodge
Koziol 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.

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.
Adventure Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Make sure to go to our website below to see some GREAT Fish Photos. For Fabulous Fishing Video, Wildlife Events, and Current Happenings go to our Social Sites Below.

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