Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/10 to 6/17 2017

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/10 to 6/17 2017
Trophy Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Tony Chambers
This weeks weather was on the rainy side getting showers most every day but they came and went quickly. It seemed as if the constant change in weather brought the big toothy critters out to play as our guests did well catching Big Northern Pike & Muskie.
Second Trophy Size Northern Pike Fishing At Fireside Lodge in Canada
Huge Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Long time guest Carl Quertermus returned with Tony & Margie
Great Muskie Fishing
Chambers for their second time. First day Carl & Tony had a quantity day catching a lot of Northern Pike. 2nd day the T-storms & high winds restricted their fishing time but still caught 20 Pike. 3rd day had them catching 18 Northern Pike and Carl Landed 2 Muskie 33 & 34-inches with the Blue & Silver Syclops being the hot ticket. 4th day was super catching 34 Northern Pike, Carl catching a 34 Pike and 34 & 35-inch Muskie on a whopper plopper.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Canada at Fireside Lodge
5th day they had another super day catching Many Northern Pike and Tony got the prize as he landed a 40-inch Trophy Northern Pike that was very heavy estimating it to weigh about 20 pounds. 6th day was very special for Tony and Margie as they celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary and we were honored that they choose to stay with us at Fireside Lodge. 7th day they did terrific catching exactly 50 Northern Pike with a lot 30+inches, plus Tony did it again catching a very large 38.5-inch Pike. 8th and final day they ended up with 20 nice Northern Pike which concluded a great fishing trip. All left wishing there were just a few more days of fishing.

HUGE Northern Pike are Abundant at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Over 20-year guest Paul Letourneau from North Oaks, MN returned with his nephew Nick from Maple Grove, MN for his second trip. 1st day they caught some Northern Pike, 20 really nice Smallmouth Bass and Nick caught his first ever Lake Trout. 
Super Fishing for BIG Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Paul
2nd day was fabulous Smallmouth Fishing, catching over 40 with most 16.5 to 18-inches and multiple Smallmouth over 18-inches. 3rd day was one of those more challenging days fishing. 
1 of 25 Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
4th day they portaged to Booger Lake and had a fabulous time catching 75+ Northern Pike. 5th day was a great day catching a mix, landing over 20 Smallmouth Bass 7 Northern Pike and 3 Muskie, Paul with a nice Tiger Muskie and Nick landed two-barred Muskie. 
Number of BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
6th and final day was all about hunting big fish and they finished strong catching a 37, 37.5 and 38.5-inch Northern Pike, which was a great way to end the trip. Paul & Nick had a fantastic time and Paul will be retuning in August with good friend Spencer and hopefully his son Michael.
Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge at 92 Years Young by Charles Row
Third time guest Charles Row from Maitland, FL returning at the young age of 92 with good friend John Puckett from Blue Ridge, GA for his first experience at Fireside Lodge. 1st day these two caught 27 Smallmouth Bass with Charlie landing a big 17.75-incher and John catching a Trophy measuring right at 18-inches. 2nd day weathered them in with T-storms & high winds. 3rd day brought better weather and great fishing as these two caught 26 Smallmouth Bass, Charles landing a very fat 17-incher and John catch a whopper Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 19-inches. 
1st Canada Fishing Trip caught 4 Trophy Smallmouth Bass by John
4th day they had another good day catching 23 Smallmouth Bass with Charles biggest at 17.5-inches and John caught his 3rd trophy in 3 days landing a beauty Smallie measuring 18-inches. 5th and final day was all about quality as they caught 18 Smallmouth Bass with Charles catching 5 17 to 17.75-inches and John caught 2 more trophies over 18-inches and two more over 17-inches. Both left having a great trip and hope to return.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing a Tiny Torpedo at Fireside Lodge by Linda
Long time guests from Tucker, Georgia Mike & Linda Lapresi were
Fly Fishing For Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge by Mike
glad to be back to enjoy our wonderful Smallmouth Bass Fishery. The 1st time they came to Fireside Lodge was 21-years ago with their two boys who are now married with children. 1st day weathered in with T-storms & high
GIANT Trophy Smallmouth Bass Surface Fishing by Linda
winds had them catching a few Smallmouth before the storm. 2nd day was great as the caught many Smallmouth Bass all but a few were big, Mike fly fishing using surface poppers and Linda caught an 18” Trophy using her favorite, a Tiny Torpedo. 3rd day had them catching 30+ nice Smallmouth Bass during the day and catching 25 more after supper totaling 55 for the entire day. They said most were bigger fish 16- 17-inches. 4th day was another great day as they caught over 40 Smallmouth Bass, all again being bigger fish. 
Great Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
5th and final day the weather was not on their side but they still managed over a half-day fishing catching more nice Smallmouth Bass
Large Trophy Northern Pike Fishing by Steve at Fireside Lodge
Steve Dentinger from Elgin, IL with vey good friend Ralph Fruehauf
Trophy Muskie Too Big to Lift by Steve
from Tomball, TX returned for their 4th time. These two are true fishing buddies always arriving ready to make a new set of memories. 1st three days these two caught a good number of Northern Pike with 2 in the 34-35-inch range, several Smallmouth Bass and Ralph caught a Muskie on his favorite lure the blue and silver Blue Fox Spinner. 

Trophy Northern Pike Fishing by Ralph at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Next day was great especially for Steve while fishing for Smallmouth Bass with 8lb test line he hooked into a monster fish that had him all over the place, and with the excellent use of the cradle by Ralph, managed to land a Beautiful Trophy Muskie measuring in at 45-inches. Both were very excited with the event as they were telling the story. Another day these two caught over 20 Northern Pike each catching a 39” very heavy Pike. Last day was spent fighting more rain and high winds catching some nice Northern Pike with Ralph landing a big fat 38.5-inch Pike.
Muskie Fishing is The Best at Fireside Lodge by Ralph
Les Schalla from Sault Lake City, UT returned for his 2nd year in a row bringing 4 other fishing buddies Jim Parker, Len Mazz, Tom Kramer from Palatine, IL, and Tom Kuppell from Clearwater, FL. This group has fished faithfully together for 35-years despite some members being relocated to other parts of the USA. What a great way to reconnect with good friends and family. After a day of getting to know the waters and catching a few fish, days 2 and 3 had them catching both Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass and some were following Ralph’s (above) lead and purchased Blue Fox Spinners in hopes of replicating their success with bigger fish. This did not happen for them but they sure had fun trying. Their special annual fishing time together showed through every evening at the supper table with discussion and laughter.
Fun Catching Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge by John
Mark Donovan, Chicago, IL returned with first time guests Joe
Great catch Muskie Fishing by Jordan Calta
Herdegen, Father and son Kenny & Jordon Calta, Lake Villa, IL and Sam Santiemmo from Itasca, IL. 1st day Mark, Sam & Joe caught 15 Northern Pike and 27 Smallmouth Bass, with Kenny & Jordan catching about 20 fish and Jordan had the hot hand with Northern Pike using a white spinner bait. 

BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Sam
Fabulous Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Mark
Second day was a fabulous day Smallmouth Bass fishing as each boat caught over 50 Smallmouth Bass totaling over 100, most being 15 to 18-inches with Sam, Joe, and Jordan all catching a Master Anglers Award Trophy 18-18.5-inches and Jordon also caught a very nice 33-inch Muskie. 3rd and final day ended with another stellar Smallmouth Bass day catching over 50 before supper as a group. All left having a short but great trip and hope to return in the near future.

Trophy Smallmouth Bass caught Fishing by Kenny at Fireside Lodge in Canada

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Amazing Trophy Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge

Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Tiny Torpedo, Syclops Spoon, Suspending Twitch Baits

Hot Flies: Popper

Catches of The Week: 45-inch Muskie, 40-inch Northern Pike, 28 Smallmouth Bass 18-19-inches

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/3 to 6/10 2017

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/3 to 6/10 2017
Trophy 19.5-inch Smallmouth Bass by Augi Agostini Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Weather this week was beautiful with temperatures in the 70’s and low or little wind. Most of our guests this week were targeting Smallmouth Bass and the fishing was fantastic catching numbers and many Big Trophy Smallmouth Bass.
Over 100 BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Gerald Adams at Fireside Lodge
Long time, 25 year guests, Gerald & Zack Adams from Shawnee and
Best Trophy Smallmouth Bass at 19.75" by Zack
Moore, OK arrived thrilled to be back fishing for Smallmouth Bass. 1st day fishing they got right to it catching 32 Smallmouth Bass all being big except 2, with Zack catching 3 Master Anglers Trophy Bass 18-18.5-inches and Gerald landing one at 18.5-inches. 2nd day had them catching 26
Double FatherSon Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing
big Smallmouth Bass including Zack catching his biggest Trophy Smallmouth ever measuring at 19.75-inches. 3rd day had them catching 22 nice Smallmouth Bass learning a few new areas. 4th and final day these two were on fire catching 38 BIG Smallmouth Bass, most being over 17-inches and 10 over 18-inches. What a finish to another terrific father & son fishing trip full of another set of wonderful memories. They not only were successful at catching fish but they gave valuable tips and instruction to father and son Al & Allan and Ken, Sandy, Scott, Nancy below to help them be just as successful. For Gerald & Zach it’s not just about the fishing, but always all about the other guests they meet and befriend, which have been numerous over the last 25 years.
Massive Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Al Erwin at Fireside Lodge
1st time guests Al & Allan Erwin from Tomahawk, WI and Cody, WY
54 BIG Smallmouth Bass in 1 day By Allan Erwin
had a great first day catching both Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass while learning Little Vermilion Lake. 2nd day after talking to old Fireside Lodge veterans Gerald and Zack, showing them their Wacky Worm technique, Al & Allan went out an did an excellent job executing, catching a total of 55 Smallmouth Bass, most over 17-inches and they had 5 Trophy Smallmouth Bass over 18-Inches. 
Amazing Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Al
Giant Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Al
3rd day had them searching for Northern Pike having no problem finding them as they got follows all day long and caught about 15. Fourth day they caught 21 Northern Pike up to 31-inches, Allan (son) catching the largest and they lost at least 20. Allan was very impressed with how hard they fight, this being his first experience catching Pike. 5th day was a slower day, which tends to humble all us fishers. 6th and final day they finished very strong catching 58 Smallmouth Bass with only 2 being under 16-inches. For their entire stay they caught 20+ Trophy Smallmouth Bass between 18-20-inches with Al Sr catching the 20-incher and son Al caught a 19.75-incher. Both went home having the fishing trip of their life and making wonderful father and son memories.
Northern Pike Fishing is Great at Fireside Lodge
Max & Jeb Terrien from Littleton, NC and Penn Laird, VA were back to hunt big toothy critters. 1st day was a good start as Jeb had the hot hand landing a 34 and 38.5-inch Northern Pike and they had a lot of follows.  2nd day they caught Northern Pike all day long, one after another, until they tired of catching them, most in the 25 to 30-icnh class. Next day was another great Northern Pike day catching just as many as the day before but bigger fish, Jeb landing a 34 and 35-inch Pike and Max catching a Giant 43-inch Trophy Northern Pike. Great catch but lost picture as Jeb forgot his phone in their cabin, but they will have a father and son memory to last forever. Already catching so many Northern Pike they decided to fish for Smallmouth Bass catching many bigger fish over 17-inches and had several 18-19-inches. 5th day was one of those tougher days we all have, but 4 great days out of 5 ain’t bad. Last day was another good day Northern Pike fishing and Max had a Huge either Northern Pike or Muskie hooked, saying it was bigger than any he has ever seen, stating several times that is was a Giant, but the fish came off. Both Max & Jeb had a great father & son trip spending very valuable time together doing what they enjoy, Fishing.
First time Fishing for Northern Pike by Allan from Cody WY
Long time guest Ken & Sandra Beta from Fox Lake, IL returned with good friends Scott Dubois and Nancy Beguhn for their 3rd consecutive year. 1st day they warmed up catching some Pike & Smalmouth Bass but the second day they broke loose catching 53 Smallmouth Bass almost all over 17-inches and between the four of them landed 15 Smallmouth Bass over 18-inches including 3 at 19.5-inches and 4 measuring 19-inches. Ken who has been fishing in Canada every year since 1972 said it was his best Smallmouth Bass fishing day ever and for Sandra, Nancy and Scott it was their personal best day ever. 3rd and 4th days were super fishing catching many more Smallmouth Bass and had Nancy catching 4 more Trophy bass including her best ever measuring 19.5”, Scott also had 4 more Trophy Smallmouth between 18 to 19-inches. Ken & Sandy tore it up with Ken catching for more Smallmouth at 19.5-inches, 1 at 19 and two more measuring 18.5-inches while Sandy had 1 at 18.5-inches, four between 19 to 19.5-inches and the biggest Smallmouth of the trip a monster measuring 20-inches. On top of that while fishing for Bass she hooked & landed a very large 40-inch Muskie. 5th and final day they decided to chase toothy critters, had success but Sandra still came out the leader in both the Smallmouth Bass and Toothy Critter category with her 40-inch Muskie. Also this group ended up catching 36 Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass between 18 and 20-inches. All left having a fabulous stay and hope to return next year.

Nice BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Wayne Agostini

Father & son Augi & Wayne Agostini from from Northvale, NJ & Mooresville, NC returned for their 5th trip with Greg Rubino from Hasbrouck Hgts, NJ for his 2nd trip. 1st day these three caught 27 Northern Pike with many 28 to 32-inches and Wayne had the biggest of the day landing a nice fat 36-inch Pike. 2nd day had them catching 22 Northern Pike and having twice as many follows, and Augi caught a nice Smallmouth Bass and a 32-inch Muskie. 3rd day was a super Northern Pike day as they portaged to Terry lake catching over 140 and they also caught 6 nice walleye up to 24-inches, with Augi catching everyone. 
Northern Pike Fishing is Great by Augi

4th and final day they switched to Smallmouth Bass catching 16 Smallmouth Bass all over 16-inches Wayne landing 2 Trophy fish at 18-inches but Augui came up with the largest Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring a HUGE 19.5-inches. They also caught some Pike with Greg catching the largest of the day at 31-inches. All left having a fantastic stay with us at Fireside Lodge and Augui only had one complaint. He told me the only problem he has with Fireside Lodge is that it is so darn addicting. Upon departing they all said they look very forward to their return.
Super BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Allan
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Hot Lures: Sinking Worm, Blue Fox Spinner, Spoons

Catches of The Week: 43.5-inch Northern Pike, 40-inch Muskie, 56 Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass 18 to 20-inches
Best Smallmouth Bass Fishing of my Life at Fireside Lodge by Al Erwin
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 9, 2017

Fireside Lodge Opening Fishing Report 5/20 to 6/3 2017

Fireside Lodge Opening Fishing Report 5/20 to 6/3 2017
Huge 47.25-Inch Trophy Muskie by Greg Foley
Our Opening started out with a North East Cold front with rain that lasted 2.5 days finally clearing to beautiful spring type weather. Despite the weather challenge our guests did very well fishing catching some really BIG fish.
Giant Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Frank Hazzard
Frank Hazzard from Irving, TX made his 27th consecutive yearly visit
Big Lake Trout by Greg Fishing with Frank
to Fireside Lodge. 1st day while fishing with a friend they caught 79 Smallmouth Bass 1-19-inches 1-18, 17 at 17-inches and 23-16-inches or larger. Day 2 brought 75 Smallmouth Bass with 4 at 18-inches 14 at 17-inches or better and 17 over 16-inches, 5 Trout and a half dozen Pike. The 3rd day had Frank fishing with two other guests Don & Greg Foley from MD. 
One of Many Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Frank
Monster Lake Trout Fishing at Fireside Lodge
They had a fabulous day catching 45 Smallmouth Bass with 7 at 17-inches, 10 over 16-inches with Don landing a trophy at 18 inches and Greg caught a Trophy Northern Pike at 41.5 inches plus they caught several BIG Lake Trout. 4th day was a 20 Smallmouth day and 5 was another fishing with Don & Greg Foley catching 6 Smallmouth Bass 11 Northern Pike and both Don & Greg caught
Musky with Greg landing a Monster Trophy Muskie measuring 47.25-inches on light tackle while fishing for Smallmouth. Day 6 was 63
Super Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Frank
Smallmouth Bass with 3 trophies 19, 18, and 18-inches 12 over 17-inches and a dozen over 16-inches. 7th day was 56 Smallmouth Bass with 3-18-inch trophies, 12 at 17-inches or better and 11-16-inch plus. Last day was met with a cold front but Frank alone still managed 26 nice Smallmouth bass with 5 over 17-inches and 12 at 16-inches or over. Frank left having had another wonderful Canadian Fishing Adventure packed full of memories and struggling at the fact that it will be another 350 days until he will be back.
Many Big Northern Pike by Don Foley

41.5-inch Trophy Northern Pike Fishing by Greg Foley

Father son Don & Greg Foley from Pasadena & Crownsville, MD back
Nice Lake Trout Fishing by Don
for their 7th consecutive year, started out with a bang on day one catching 32 Northern Pike up to 37-inches and a couple of Lake Trout, biggest being 32-inches. 2nd day they fished with another guest Frank Hazzard, having a fabulous fishing day noted above that Greg caught a Trophy 41.5 inch Northern Pike and Don an 18.5” Trophy Smallmouth. 3rd day was a great Northern Pike day catching 26 in the 28-33-inch range and two nice Lake Trout, 32 and 33-inches. 
Common Lake Trout Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Greg

4th day found these two fishing with Frank Hazzard again (above) catching a bunch of Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, several Lake Trout and each Greg & Don caught a Muskie with Greg landing a monster Trophy Muskie measuring 47.5-inches. 
Spring Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Greg
5th and final day was all about Smallmouth Bass, in an attempt for Greg to capture the tri-fecta trophy fishing feat of landing a Master Angers Award Trophy for Muskie, Northern Pike, and Smallmouth during the same trip. They caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass but saw many more just swimming around as the trophy eluded Greg on this day. Both left having another terrific father and son trip.
Huge Lake Trout Fishing by Tim Stewart
Nice Muskie catch by Tim
Returning for their 15th consecutive year and 25th trip to Fireside
Muskie caught by Bryan Neel 
Lodge from Rochester, MN were Bryan Neel III and Tim Stewart. These two are all about catching Northern Pike and DOA they got right to it catching many Pike and two Big Lakers. They mix it up using trolling and casting techniques and many different presentations, which attributes to their success. 
Terrific Big Lake Trout Fishing by Bryan Neel
They caught many fish, well over one hundred, mostly good size Northern Pike with many Lake Trout getting in the way. Because the water temperatures are so cold at this time of year the Lake Trout roam the same waters as all the other fish species so catching them is inevitable. 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Bryan Neel

Bryan & Tim, though spending very little time fishing for Smallmouth Bass caught several dozen with Bryan catching two Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallies at 18.5-icnhes and a Monster at 20-inches. Both left having another fabulous fishing trip, hoping to return a second time in August.
One of Tonys Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Long time returning Guest since 1993, Tony Majcher from Hawthorne Woods, IL was here once again to enjoy our fabulous Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge. DOA Tony caught 7 nice Smallmouth Bass, 6 Northern Pike & a Lake Trout. 1st day it was big or go home as Tony landed 3 Master Anglers Trophy Smallmouth Bass between 18 to 18.5-inches. 
Early Spring Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Tony
2nd day was an off day but the 3rd day Tony did very well including another 18-inch Trophy Smallmouth and landed a 34-inch Muskie solo. 4th day Tony caught 10 Northern Pike up to 37-inches losing huge pike that bit him off plus caught a half dozen smallmouth. 5th and final day was met with a cold front and high winds but Tony managed to catch some Smallmouth and Pike. Tony left having a great time wishing he had more time.
Big Beautiful Smallmouth Bass by Sandor
Back for his second trip was Sandor Epstein from Manalapan, NJ with very good friend Bob Hilland from Stafford, VA for his first trip. With
First Experience Fishing in Canada by Bob Hilland
only 3-days of fishing      ahead of them they left the dock at 5:00AM their 1st morning despite cold front conditions. The weather turned around on their second day and they did well catching Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike with Bob catching the largest Pike in the
Huge Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Sandor
upper 30-inch range, and Sandor said he caught a Smallmouth well over 4lbs maybe 5lbs. They also saw a lot of Smallmouth Bass getting ready to spawn. Sandor had a few HUGE Muskie follows with one attacking his lure right at the boat but breaking off on its initial run. Bob said he never saw such a big fish hit a lure so close to the boat and both had another look at this big Muskie as seconds after taking Sandor’s lure it came flying out of the water and shook it’s head violently trying to throw the lure. Sandor also caught a few big Pike on the figure 8, of which Bob was very impressed. These two knew each other since Bob was 15, now 49, and it was fabulous for them to spend time together enjoying a sport they enjoy. Before leaving there was talk about a return trip with their son’s to make another sent of memories.

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Super Early Spring Fishing for Northern Pike by Greg Foley
Hot Lures: Spinner Bait, Tube, Twister Tail, X-Rap, Rad Dog, Doctor Spoon with Pork Rind Trailer, Blue Fox Spinner

Catches of The Week: Muskie 47.25-inches, Northern Pike 41.5-inches, Smallmouth Bass 20-inches, Lake Trout 39-inches
Muskie Catch Muskie Smile Fishing by Don Foley
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