Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/10 to 6/18 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/10 to 6/18 2016
GIANT Trophy Northern Pike Fishing by Jeff Stewart from Oak Pk IL
The week’s weather was pleasant but having a 30-hour cold front
Huge Muskie Fishing by Jack Starnes
that brought some heavy rain & winds. The fishing however stayed very good as you will see below.
Terrific Fishing for BIG Muskie by Steven Starnes from Duffield_ VA
Big Pike are Abundant at Fireside Lodge by Steven

BIG Pike BIG Muskie or Both by Steven
Father & So Jack & Steven Starnes from Wise & Duffield, VA returned for their 11th time. 1st day they hit it BIG getting into a flurry of large fish 30-38” including a 40.5” Trophy Northern Pike, plus a 41” & 44” Trophy Muskie. 2nd day was about 50 Northern Pike & 12 Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day each caught a Muskie 34-35” and loads of Pike. 4th day they hooked 7 Muskie landed 4 up to 37” 4 BIG Pike 12 SB between 15-18” plus 30-40 Pike. 5th day 
One BIG Pike after another by Steven Starnes fishing at Fireside Lodge

the Smallmouth were hot on Top-water catching over 30 plus 40 Northern Pike. 6th & final day was a good finish catching close to 50 Northern Pike and each caught another Muskie making the week total 11 Muskie landed including a 40, 41, 44”. Before leaving they made their 2017 reservations.
BIG Northern Pike Fishing is a BLAST by Adam at Fireside Lodge
Big Northern Pike Father  Son Fishing by Tim Bergen

Tim Bergen & son Adam from Palos Hgts, IL were back being here
Large 19 inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Tim Bergen
every year since Adam was 9. DOA They started things off with some nice Northern Pike, Adam landing the largest at 36”. 2nd day was a great day finding a few new areas catching many Northern Pike, Adam again landing the largest at 36”, plus Tim had a 37” Muskie & caught a Trophy 19” Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day 
GREAT BIG Muskie catch Fishing by Tim Bergen
More BIG Pike by Tim Bergen Fishing at Fireside Lodge

was a good day catching more Pike. 4th & final day brought a big weather change with rain and colder temps but the got wet and caught some good size Northern Pike finishing on a high note
Super Tiger Muskie Fishing by Al Janoucek from Midlothian_ VA
Return guest Alan Janousek with good friends Winston Read both

Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Jeff Stewart
from Midlothian, VA Jeff Stewart & Conrad Joanis from Oak Park, IL were excited to get started fishing. 1st day Alan & Winston said they had the best day of their lives catching 80-90 Smallmouth Bass all being 15-17.75” & Al caught a huge 19.5” Trophy plus a nice Tiger Muskie. Also Jeff hit it Big catching a Trophy 42” Northern Pike. 2nd day Winston & Jeff caught over 65 Smallmouth Bass with Winston catching 2 over 18”, nothing under 
BIG Northern Pike Fishing at its Best at Fireside Lodge
15” & most were 17” plus. 3rd day was another good day despite a cold front moving in all catching many Smallmouth Bass along with some Northern Pike. 4th & Final day all did great catching 30-40 fish per boat; mostly Smallmouth Bass & Al caught another Muskie.
BIG Northern Pike catch by Jim Jones from McKinney TX
Show That BIG Muskie Fishing by Walt LaCasse from Wayzata MN

Pike Fishing with Friends by Ron Ditillo from Pittsburgh PA
Long time Guests Walt LaCasse, John Hietala, Waysata & Northfield, MN, Ronnie Ditillo Pittsburgh, PA & Jim Jones McKinney, TX were returning for their 18th year. 1st day was very good catching between 15-20 fish per boat being a mix of NP & SB plus Walt caught a 35” Muskie. 2nd day Walt & John had a banner day catching well over 50 Northern Pike using the wind to their advantage fishing in a wind blown bay having several doubles & even a triple as John caught 2 while Walt was catching 1. Also John missed on the biggest Muskie he has seen. 
Multiple BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Jim Jones
3rd day was good fishing in cold front conditions catching many Smallmouth Bass & Pike. 4th & final day was a good day for all catching Pike & Smallmouth Bass with each boat catching 20-25 fish.
Brilliant BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Stuart Adams from England
--> Stuart Adams, Norman Dearlove, & Stephen Thompson returned to
Impressive Large Northern Pike Fishing by Norman
Fireside Lodge for their 2nd stay coming all the way from Wedlebury Bicester, Oxford, England. 1st day they caught 16 Northern Pike and 2 Muskie. 2nd day was a 26 Northern Pike day. 3rd was a portage adventure which they loved the walk through the bush and solitude of the lake plus caught 60 Northern Pike, a PB for all. 4th day Norman had a BIG Fish day catching a 37” Muskie & 36” Northern Pike plus they caught over 20 fish total. 5th day was like nothing they ever experienced before catching over 90 Pike. 6th day
Marvelous Muskie Fishing by Steven
had them having another bang up day catching well over 60 Northern Pike in search of the BIG fish. 7th day was very windy but they managed to catch some nice fish including Steve’s PB landing a BIG 37” Muskie off a lure purchased from my tackle shop that very morning. 8th & final day they were shooting for Muskie and were successful, Norman catching the best fish at 36-inches. Totals for the week were 289 Northern Pike 4 Muskie, & 14 Smallmouth Bass, which was their PB for a fishing trip. All left having had a great holiday and said that they will be back
BIG Muskie PB Fishing by Stuart Adams from England

20-Inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Frank Kerr
Cousins Frank Kerr from Plainfield, IN & Doug Kerr from Henrico, NC
20-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Doug Kerr
returned for the 6th consecutive year with Greg Stowe also from Henrico. DOA they started with 20 Smallmouth Bass. 1st full day was a surprise as they caught 58 Smallmouth Bass despite a cold front, rain and wind, with a lot 15-17 & Greg landed a BIG Trophy 19”. 2nd day was even better catching 65
19-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Greg Stowe
Smallmouth Bass 15-19” Greg with another 19”. 4th day was incredible as they caught 87 Smallmouth Bass with 90% being 15-18” & Doug had a HUGE Trophy at 20”. 5th & final day was another good day catching 51 BIG Smallmouth with both Doug & Frank both catching 20-inch Trophies. Total was 331 Smallmouth Bass. All left having a great trip already planning for 2017.
GREAT Smallmouth Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Al
Al & Aylin Abayrak from Charlotte, NC were excited to be visiting us
    My 1st Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Aylin
for the 1st time. These two had a great 1st day exploring catching some fish along the way. 2nd day was even better as they caught Northern Pike with a few Bass mixed in, Al landing a 35” & Ailylan had a huge fish follow. 3rd day they did great catching Pike & Bass, Al landing a 36” Pike & Aylin caught a trophy 18” Smallmouth Bass & was all smiles in the dinning room. 4th & final day was great as they caught over 30 Smallmouth Bass, really getting down the technique of fishing the sinking worm. Both thoroughly enjoyed their experience and hope to return.
Fantastic Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Doug & Mary Bergman returned for their 5th visit bring their son
Giant Muskie Fishing by Norman Dearlove from England
Brett & his good friend Ben Zordani all from New Lenox, IL DOA Mary got right to where she left off in 2014 landing a nice Tiger Muskie. 1st day they struggled through cold front conditions with some heavy rain catching 8 Smallmouth and a few pike. 2nd day was spent catching a mix of Smallmouth & Pike plus Muskie Mary did it again landing a barred Muskie. 3rd day proved to be tremendous, catching 101 Northern Pike. 4th & final day was a HUGE day catching day as Doug & Mary caught 131 Pike with Brett & Ben landing 50. Doug & Mary’s departing words were “We plan to see you Next Year”.
Large Walleye Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
4th time return Fly Fishers from the Greater Toronto Area Jeff
 Northern Pike Fishing by Steven  from England
Chisholm son Brian, Alan Paxton, Bud McLaine, Jeff’s other son Matt, Rowley, MA & Charlie Piermarini, Chicago, IL 1st day was fabulous fly-fishing with each boat catching 25-30, mostly BIG Smallmouth Bass up to 5lbs & a few Pike. 2nd day was very similar to the first with Jeff & Charlie also catching some Pike. 3rd day by noon each Bud & Alan caught 6-8 Trophy Smallmouth Bass 4-5lbs lost almost as many. Jeff, Charlie, Brian, and Matt all had a good day Smallmouth fishing catching over 20 per boat with many being large in the 17 inch class. 4th & last day was great as Jeff & Charlie caught 40+ Northern Pike Fly Fishing, Brian & Matt did about the same with Bud & Alan staying after the Smallmouth having another good day.
BIG Walleye Caught Fishing in Northwest Ontario Canada at Fireside Lodge
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English Type Northern Pike Fishing by Norman Dearlove from England

Hot Lures: Fluke, Sinking Worm, X-Rap, Blue Fox & Mepps Spinner, Pointer Minnow,

Catches of The Week: Muskie 44”, 41” 40”, Northern Pike 42”,40.5”, Smallmouth Bass 2-20”,2-19” Dozens of 18-19”
GREAT Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Steven Starnes from Duffield, VA
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


Friday, June 17, 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6-4 to 6-11 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6-4 to 6-11 2016
Trophy 21-inch Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Horace Phillips
Weather was, Tough, Tougher, and beautiful starting with several cold fronts having lows at 32F and one day it was still 48F at 2PM with a strong wind. By the weeks end it turned sunny having highs in the mid 70’s.
HUGE Northern Pike Fishing by Barry Bennett
Horace Philips from Oklahoma City, OK returned with his son &
Large Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Tom Green
group of 12 friends Perry, Steven & Ethan Culpit, Bob Murrell, Tom Green, Barry Bennett, Tim Turner, Van Shelton, Keith Mitchell, & Dan Jollif all from the same area o Edmond, Newcastle, Moore, & Okarche plus a few from Canyon & The Colony, TX. 1st day was just coming off cold front conditions so the fishing was slow but by
Giant Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Tim Turner
evening this turned around with Tom, Barry, & Perry getting into some nice Smallmouth Bass & Pike after supper. 2nd day this group did very well with Horace & Dan alone catching over 35 Smallmouth all BIG including Horace with a HUGE 21” Trophy plus 20 Northern Pike, keeping my Tackle shop busy after supper. 3rd day was gangbusters as all caught lots of Smallmouth Bass & Northern
Super Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Dan Jollif
Pike, with 3 of their 5 boats catching 40-50 Smallmouth each, most being 16-19”. Tim & Perry had a fabulous day catching 131 Northern Pike. 4th & final day was a continued effort
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Steve Buchanan
from day 3 some catching 30-40 Smallmouth Bass between 15-19”, many pike being caught, Perry caught a Muskie, and the biggest catching was had by Bob as he landed two Muskie, 37” and 38”. Plus two Pike measuring in the 35-36” zone. All left having a blast with all intentions of returning.
BIG Muskie Fishing  at Fireside Lodge by Bob Murrell

GREAT Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Paul Letourneau
Long Time consecutive year return guest Paul Letourneau from N
Fly Fishing for Northern Pike by Chris Honda
Oaks, MN was here for his 1st of 2 trips in 2016 bringing a friend for his 1st time, Christopher Honda from Roseville, MN. These two wasted no time catching big Smallmouth Bass within a few hours of arrival, Chris with 2 17.5”ers and Paul a Trophy 18.5”. 1st day they caught over 40 big Smallmouth Bass including 10 over 18” and 15 Pike. Chris had 7 of the 
Huge Northern PikeFishing by Chris Honda from Roseville MN
Trophy SB & commented that he never thought it possible to catch that many big fish in 1 day. 2nd day was 18 Northern Pike, 6 SB. 3rd day while struggling through a cold front they still managed to catch 12 Pike & several Smallmouth Bass plus Paul had a very exciting time landing a 28” Tiger Muskie on 6lb test while jigging for Bass. 4th day they caught over 30+ BIG Smallmouth Bass, including several Trophy fish, each landing a 19”er. Chris also caught his 1st ever Northern Pike fly-fishing, a nice 28.5” fish. 5th day was a portage lake adventure for Pike catching over 30 & Chris accomplished his goal landing 10 Pike in a day Fly-Fishing. 
Muskie Jig Fishing for Smallmouth Bass by Paul Letourneau from N Oaks MN
Final day had them catching 28 bigger Smallmouth Bass with just a few shorty’s mixed in, several Pike up to 30” & the BIG surprise was Chris hooking into & landing a HUGE 33” Lake Trout. Chris left having a great 1st experience and Paul counting his days down until his return in August.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Smile Fishing by Ken Heflin from Elmhurst IL
Ken Elmhurst, IL with son Kenny Heflin, Berkeley, IL retuned for the
My 1st Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Dennis Heflin
7th year with Ken’s brother Dennis 1st timer, 2nd timer Anthony Miceli, Somonauk, John Healy, Franklin Park, & Lon Adams, Sandwich, IL both 1st time at Fireside Lodge. Ken set the pace for the group catching many Smallmouth Bass 14-16” several 17.5” and an 18”
Great Fun Fishing for BIG Smallmouth Bass by Kenny Heflin
Trophy on the DOA. Ken & Dennis did the best on the 1st day catching many 17.5” Smallmouth Bass & Dennis had 1 Trophy over 18” & Ken caught 3 more. This whole group had a special 2nd day catching lots of Smallmouth Bass between 15-19”, Anthony & Lon landing 7 Trophies over 18”, Ken having 3 more with 1 at 19”, and John also had a 19”SB. Their 3rd plus 4th & final day were full of Smallmouth Bass action catching countless fish between 16 – 17.5”. Total they caught 28 Trophy Bass between 18 to 19.5 inches. John also caught his 1st & 2nd Muskie and Dennis landed his 1st. All had a fabulous time making many fishing memories together.
Awesome Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by John Healy from Franklin Park_ IL
3rd time return guests Dan Garry, Willoughby, OH & Neil Newman arrived 1 day before the other 6 members of their group and did well catching 12 Northern Pike in the 30” or better class fly-fishing.
Big Northern Pike are a Blast Fishing by Keith Mitchell
Second day these two had 12 NP by supper before the rest of their group members arrived, Mike Pece, Paul Cardinale & Son Paul from Solon & Mentor, OH Mike Stauffer, Rod Dennison & Dave Caldwell all from the greater Cleveland, OH area. 1st day for the whole group was slower mostly due to the cold windy day only having temps of 48F at 2PM. For their 3 day stay fishing was good and very good for some, with Mike P landing a number of bigger Pike, Mike S & Dave catching numbers of Pike, Paul & Paul Jr catching 18 in one day & Dan & Neil caught more 30+ Fly Fishing. Neil commented that he had a 4ft+ Muskie open its mouth ready to inhale his fly but turn away at the last second. This would have been a record at Fireside Lodge for a Pike on the Fly. All left having a wonderful stay and plan on return visit.
Best Smallmouth Bass Fishing Ever at Fireside Lodge by Chris Honda
2nd Time Return guest Lewie Barber and fishing buddy Ron Baker from Austin, TX started off on the day of arrival with 6 Smallmouth Bass, Ron with 2 over 17” plus a Trophy 18.5”. 1st day was good action for Smallmouth up to 15”. 2nd day they caught a lot of Smallmouth up to 17”. 3rd day had them catching 4 Pike plus many Smallmouth Bass including a number of 15, 16, 17 inches & Ron caught his second trophy Smallmouth Bass over 18 inches. 4th & final day was great for Smallmouth with Ron landing his 3rd trophy Smallmouth bass at 18.5 inches plus many more 15-17”. The big bonus was Lewie getting excellent pictures of an adult eagle in the neat with the eaglet. Amazing photo, which is the first captures for the 27 years Audrey and I have owned Fireside Lodge.
Trophy Lake Trout Fishing by Chris Honda
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Hot Lures: Fat Ike, Twister Tail, Shallow Rapala, Sinking Worm, Suspending Crank Baits,

Hot Flies: Streamer

Catches of The Week: 21” 15-19” 8-18.5” 20-18” Many 17-17.5”, 38” Muskie, 37” Northern Pike, 33” Lake Trout

 Tiger Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Perry Phillips

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