Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/20 to 8/27 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/20 to 8/27 2016
GREAT Smallmouth Bass Catch by Kim Thomison Fishing at Fireside Lodge
The weather this week was mostly in the low to mid 70’s and had one rain even with winds & a slight cool front.
The nights were cool and a slight change in the foliage gives every indication that fall is very near. As for the fishing all guests enjoyed catching many Northern Pike & BIG Smallmouth Bass along with a Muskie or two.
Many BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Marilyn Foos
Joe & Marilyn Foos from Alpharetta, GA returned for their 7th visit
    Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Joe Foos
with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day was very good fishing catching over 30 Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day they had another great day Smallmouth Bass fishing using a slow surface presentation with a wake bait. 3rd day was slower and Marilyn was bummed after losing her favorite bass lure to a Northern Pike. 4th day was another great day for
Marilyn Surface Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass fishing catching a lot of quality size fish. 5th day was all about catching many bigger Smallmouth Bass their current favorite lure, The Wave Bait. It runs to about 6ft deep max but Joe & Marilyn have been working it on the surface with a very slow retrieve giving the lure a slow walk the dog presentation which is effective over weed beds without getting hung up. 6th day was an unusually slower day for them but the 7th day they had a hot bite in the morning then a lull, then having great action later in the day. 8th and final day was not fast action but they caught several good size Smallmouth. Both had a great stay & hope to return soon.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing By Pat Hobson at Fireside Lodge
Pat Hobson from Elwood, IN and best friend Larry Hinshaw from Blue
Larry Himshaw With a Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Grass, IA returned for their 9th visit. 1st day was about BIG fish as Larry caught an 18” Trophy Smallmouth Bass and Pat caught two measuring 18 & 19”. 
BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing Is Great at Fireside Lodge

2nd day Larry seemed to have the hot hand catching Smallmouth Bass into the 17.5” range plus 5 pike. 3rd day had them catching 14 fish on post cold front conditions including Pat landing 2 trophy Smallmouth Bass at 18 and 19.5-inches. 4th day was a portage day for Smallmouth Bass hoping to replicate a day they had in the past where they caught over 40 BIG Smallmouth Bass, but the fish were not that cooperative today. As they say that’s why it’s called fishing not catching. 
BIG & Barred Smallmouth Fishing at Fireside Lodge
5th day they lost a half-day fishing however they still caught some nice Smallmouth Bass, Pat seeming to have the advantage on larger fish. 6th day they really got into the Northern Pike saying they caught as many as they wanted to but lost actual count. 7th day a good cool front moved in with heavy rain which put a damper on the day. 8th day they had a great day catching a mix of Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass. 9th & final day it poured on them for a few hours but they made the best of it catching their favorite target, Smallmouth Bass.
Super BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Return guests from 1998 Bob & Sandy Veitch from New Wilmington, PA and Carolyn Mullinax from Fort Wayne, IN were glad to be back. 1st day fishing they really enjoyed getting back on our waters to rediscover what they learned 18-20 years ago. It was a very windy day causing some boat control issues, however they did catch Pike. 2nd day they waited out the rain until after the noon hour to fish and had a good time catching Northern Pike. 
BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing at it's Best
3rd day 4th day were spent fishing for a catching some Northern Pike. Bob really wanted to duplicate what he did on his last stay with us, which was catching a Trophy Muskie & making front billing on our brochure. That did not happen but it was not for lack of trying. The last day they faced heavy rain plus a cold front, and after the noon hour they waved the white flag and came off the water. All had a fabulous time enjoying the sport they love, fishing, while absorbing all the wilderness atmosphere and wildlife that surrounds us at Fireside Lodge. We thank them for returning to see us and hope to see them again.
Biggest Smallmouth Bass Ever Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Ed

Ed Tieman & Dan Brennen from Cincinnati, OH were thrilled to be
HOG Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Dan Fishing at Fireside Lodge
revisiting us from their last visit in the 1990’s. They have of recent years started fishing in kayaks so they brought them along as an option. 1st day they opted fishing in a boat as it was a rainy cold front day and they did well considering the conditions catching both Smallmouth & Pike. 2nd day was a Kayak day portaging from Back Bay to Portage Bay to fish the Upper Arm of Little Vermilion Lake. They did very well with Ed catching several 17-17.5” Smallmouth plus he landed an 18” Trophy. 3rd day was even better catching many Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass with Dan catching an 18” Trophy, plus Ed caught 3 at 18, an 18.5, and a MONSTER 19.5-inch Smallie and had one at 17.5”. 
Multiple Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
4th day they had terrific Northern Pike fishing catching 37 along with lots of other action. 5th & final day was spent on another portage lake catching some fish and enjoying the final hours in the wilderness they enjoy so much.
Numerous Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Nancy Hoffman
John & Nancy Czernek from South Carolina, were visiting us for the first time. 1st day they enjoyed catching Smallmouth Bass the simple but forgotten way, using large minnows on a jig. 2nd day John & Nancy had a good day catching Smallmouth Bass and Nancy had a nice Muskie follow her lure right to the boat and just hung out for a while, until it slowly swam away. 
Terrific Smallmouth Bass Fishing for Trophies at Fireside Lodge
3rd day in pursuing the fish of a lifetime they again had some Muskie follows that seemed interested but not aggressive. 4th day they again found Muskie having some nice follows but just could not hook up. 5th day was met with heavy rain followed by a cold front having some Muskie follows and catching some Pike. 5th and final day the weather rebounded giving them a good last fishing day and a nice send off until the can return.
GREAT Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Rick

Return Guests Rick and Nancy Hoffman from Olathe, KS were glad to
    Big Smallmouth Big Smile Fishing by Nancy Hoffman
be back. These two have been fishing here for a long time, first time being 1985 and Nancy has been fishing here since she was a young girl. 1st day was GREAT catching 27 Northern Pike while having other action on hook ups and lost fish. They really enjoyed the creek ride and seeing white & yellow water lilies in full bloom. 
So Many Pike So Little Time Fishing at Fireside Lodge
2nd day was even better catching over 30 Northern Pike fishing on the windy side of the Little Vermilion Lake. 3rd and final day was their best yet catching 35+ Northern Pike up to 31-inches before 4PM as they had to leave at 5:30 to catch an early morning flight home the next day. Both had a fabulous time and will return one day in the near future.
HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Jim Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Jim and Kim Thomison from Silver City, NM were visiting us at Fireside Lodge for their first experience. 1st day was very fun taking a creek portage to an out lake catching about 20 fish, with Kim stealing the show catching the biggest Smallmouth Bass at 17.5” and the largest Northern Pike. Side story was when Jim rigged a plastic worm Texas style to teach Kim how to use it, on her first cast as Jim was describing the technique, Kim hooked into and landed the largest Smallmouth Bass for the day. Great teacher and fast learner. 
Another Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Jim
2nd day they did well catching more Smallmouth Bass with Jim catching the bigger fish today including two Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18”. That evening while fishing for Pike & Muskie Jim had a BIG fish on which they both got a good look at as it jumped & completely cleared the water before cutting Jim’s line with one quick shake of it’s head. 3rd day they caught 12 fish being a mix of Smallmouth Bass & Pike. 4th & final day was spent fishing and soaking up the scenery & wildlife. Kim’s goal was a Muskie which just was not in the cards, but gives them every good reason to come back to try again.
Fabulous Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Long time guest Bill Aulenbach from Barberton, OH was thrilled to be back after a two-year absence. Bill is 83-years old and in fantastic shape. In fact he just retired this year but is already arranged to start working on a special project for the company he worked for 60-years. Congratulations to Bill on his retirement. Bill has come with groups of 4-6 people, & his son Michael in the past, plus several times by himself. Bill is a toothy critter guy always shooting for a Trophy Northern Pike or Muskie, coming close a few times with his personal best being a 39-inch Pike. Bill had a wonderful week catching fish and being where he loves to be; out on the water among the quiet wilderness we have at Fireside Lodge. Bill left saying that he now has a year to work on getting hos son Mike to return in 2017.
Huge Muskie Fishing by Keith Dedrick at Fireside Lodge
Fishing at Fireside Lodge for there first time were Keith Dedrick &
Scott Fishing with a Nice Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Scott Link from Avilla & Huntertown, IN. DOA they caught a good number of Smallmouth Bass before suppertime. 1st day they also caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass, most being larger and 5-6 in the 17-17.5” range and Keith caught a HUGE 40-inch Muskie that was remarkably fat and the picture verifies that story. 
BIG Trophy Northern Pike Fishing by Scott Link at Fireside Lodge
2nd day was also good catching some bigger Northern Pike and some Smallmouth Bass and I found out that Scotts go to lure was soft plastic spinner frog not only for Smallmouth Bass, but some bigger Pike & Muskie bit him off several times. 3rd day was another very good day catching Northern Pike up to 36-inches, Scott landing a BIG 38-inch Pike, plus some nice Smallmouth Bass. Scott caught two trophies both measuring 19-inches. 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Love That Frog Fishing by Scott
One great story is when Scott was using a suspending twitch bait a big Muskie attacked his lure biting through his line. Scott then watched the Muskie spit it out and with the lure just suspending in the water and slowly moving the Muskie attacked it again only to spit it out a second time and swam off. Good news was Scott was able to reach down with the net and retrieve his lure. 4th and final day they had another very good Northern Pike day catching many until about 1PM. Both left have a great time as said they will return.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Are Abundant Fishing at Fireside Lodge
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Hot Lures: Wave Crank Bait, Soft Plastic Frog, Mepps Muskie Killer, Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon

Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 4-19”, 5 18.5”, 8- 18”, Muskie 39”, Northern Pike 38”
Great Picture of BIG Northern Pike being caught Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Keith Dedrick
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, August 26, 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/13 to 8/20 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/13 to 8/20 2016
GIANT Trophy 49-inch Muskie by Tim Stewart Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Weather this week was Fabulous with temperatures being in the mid-70’s but having some variation with cloud cover and one rain event which helps spur fishing. Some had BIG FISH show up, as you will see below
HUGE MONSTER Trophy Northern Pike Caught by Spencer Olson with an Ultra-Lite Rod and 3-inch Lure from Finland   

Ultra-Lite Rod and Lure Spencer Used To Catch Trophy Pike

Returning for their 7th year were John & Monica Ziegler from Union
Spencer's Lure from Finland
Hall, VA. John fishing alone, on his 1st day had a good day fishing for Smallmouth Bass, had fast action on Northern after some rain moved in which kept John very busy with two of the pike being over 30” & one measured 34”. 2nd day after a slower start John had the Pike turn on catching one after another using a slow swim presentation with a Storm Wild eye Shad. 4th day John caught 7 Northern Pike and 3 Smallmouth Bass. 5th day & 6th days John caught some nice Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass enjoying every minute of his time on the water. Before departing both John & Monica mentioned that their son & his wife Crystal want to return with them in 2017 as they did in 2015.
GREAT Muskie catch Fishing by Paul at Fireside Lodge
Long time guests Paul Letourneau from North Oaks, MN, returning for his second time in 2016, was with Spencer Olson from Minneapolis, MN. 
BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge

Always Catch BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Balsa Wood Fishing Lures from Finland
1st full day on the water was BIG for Spencer as he caught a absolute GIANT Trophy 43-inch Northern Pike on an ultra lite rod with a 3-inch hand made lure from a personal friend, Otto Muikku, who is a lure maker in Finland. 2nd day they caught some nice Northern Pike including two over 30” and one at 35”, plus several Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day had them catching Pike with two over 30”. 3rd day was very similar to the 2nd. 4th day they did well on Northern Pike and Spencer caught a nice Muskie. The real story here was that
Fishing Lures from Finland Made by Otto
Spencer & his wife have a cabin in Finland and knows a custom lure maker Otto Muikku. Well Otto wanted to know how his lures preformed in Canada so he let Spencer use some of his handcrafted lures made from balsa wood. Guess what he caught his Muskie on, Otto’s lure, plus he has been catching most of his fish on these lures including the 43-inch Northern Pike mentioned above. 5th day was a portage adventure having fun catching Northern Pike then fished on Little Vermilion Lake to continue to catch some larger Pike. 
Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Spencer
6th & final day had them catching more Pike and chasing Muskie, with Spencer losing a 37-38” by a leader failure, Paul landed a 33-incher and they had a 40”plus up to the boat a half dozen times, with Paul hooking it once, but lost it after the fish got slack as it charged the boat at lighting speed. That concluded another fun Fireside Lodge fishing experience.
Tim with a 2nd Trophy Muskie at 45.5-inches Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Bryan Neel with Tim Stewart from Rochester, MN were back for their
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Bryan Neel at Fireside Lodge
traditional 2nd trip within the same season, and for the 14th consecutive year. 1st day these two knocked it out of the park catching over 30 Northern Pike up to 35”, a Tiger Muskie, plus Tim landed a HUGE 45.5-inch Trophy Muskie.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Tim
2nd day was another good day Northern Pike fishing catching over 30. 3rd day was another great Northern Pike fishing day catching over 30, plus they got into a bunch of nice Smallmouth Bass 16 to 18 inches & Bryan caught an 18.5-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass, however the biggest catch was by Tim as he landed a GIANT Trophy Muskie measuring 49-inches without compressing the tail. 4th day had them catching 35+ Northern Pike, some 35-38”, plus 6 Smallmouth Bass with three 18-19 inches. 5th day had them catching 27 Northern Pike. 6th day they caught 16 Northern Pike and several Smallmouth Bass between 17 to 18.5”. 7th & final day they finished by catching some nice Northern Pike and their parting words were we will see you in the spring of 2017.
BIG Muskie Lakes Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Tim
Previous guests from 1996 were father & two sons Dave Sr, Dave, & Doug Anewalt from Greensburg, IN returned to visit us at Fireside Lodge. First 3 days they portaged to three different lakes catching Northern Pike, landing over 20 in a day, and chasing Muskie one of these days. 4th day they had a great day catching some fish and Dave Sr hooked a huge Muskie near Twin Falls area and they all watched this Muskie just spit out Dave’s lure. They also had a fun shore lunch over an open fire and it was an all around wonderful day between father & sons. At supper that evening Dave Sr turned to me and asked where could we catch 40+ Pike tomorrow. I gave him an answer and that’s where they headed on day 5 not to catch 40 but 50 Northern Pike plus Dave Sr & Doug both landed Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass, Doug with an 18” & Dave Sr caught a 19”. They all said it was a fantastic day. 
Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge is Great
6th & final day they searched for Muskie until just before noon then switched to Northern Pike catching over 20. All remarked what a wonderful time they had spending quality father & son time together in our wilderness setting at Fireside Lodge.
Love BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Steve
Long time 10-year guests, brothers Steve & Lawrence Sandler from
Lawrence with a HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
the Greater Toronto Area arrived pumped and very glad to be back.  DOA Steve set the bar catching a BIG 35” Northern Pike with very heavy girth. 1st day was great
GIANT Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
catching many Northern Pike before supper and after focusing on Smallmouth Bass catching several. 2nd day was another good day catching a mix of Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass and Lawrence caught fish right away on a Polish Shad I sold to him that morning. 3rd day was exceptional starting out by Lawrence hooking into several big Muskie but losing
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing Surface Lures
them on the jump. Then they changed locations and caught a whole bunch of Pike and at the end of they day they got into a flurry of BIG Smallmouth Bass 17.5 to 19-inches surface fishing. Lawrence, before this experience, was not so hot on fishing for Smallmouth Bass but after this night I believe he is a convert forever. 4th and final day was full of action on Northern Pike, but the real fun came later when the winds calmed and the Torpedo’s came out. They again had a blast getting blow ups, hooking and loosing Smallmouth Bass and catching about 8 that would qualify as Trophy Smallmouth Bass 18-19.5-inches. They left making some great memories between brothers and definitely hooked on Surface fishing for Smallmouth Bass.
Biggest Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Rich Sr
Father & Son Richard Sr & Richard Nagengast from Woodway, TX & Dorr, MI, were visiting us at Fireside Lodge for their 1st time. DOA in just s few hours Rich landed a big 36-inch Northern Pike and a nice Walleye. 1st day they caught some Pike as they learned the lower end of Little Vermilion Lake. 
Northern Pike Fishing is Super Fun by Rich Jr
2nd day they did very well trolling, catching Northern Pike with Rich Sr landing his 1st Muskie ever and caught a big Northern Pike. 3rd day these two did great catching many Northern Pike searching for that Trophy Muskie. 4th day they caught 40+ Northern Pike and when I saw Rich Sr walking up to the lodge from the dock he turned to me and said he was plain tired of catching fish. They left having had a wonderful time making lifetime memories between father & son.
Super Fishing for BIG Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge by Walt
18-Consecutive Year Guest Walt LaCasse, Waysata, MN returned for
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Keeghan
his 2nd trip with us this year with Grandson Keeghan (14) for their 8th trip together. DOA they caught some Pike up to 33” and Keeghan caught a Trophy 18-inch Smallmouth Bass. 1st day their morning was excellent catching 14 Northern Pike, but after the sky cleared the fishing slowed catching only a few in the afternoon and picked up 6 after supper. 2nd day was full of fast action catching over 40 Northern Pike. 
Another BIG Northern Pike by Walt fishing with his Grandson

Big Northern Pike by Keeghan Fishing with his Grandpa
3rd day had these two catching 12 Northern Pike 6 Smallmouth Bass and Keeghan caught a nice Muskie. After supper fishing was cancelled because of T-Storms. 4th and final day they seemed to catch Smallmouth Bass wherever they were fishing for Northern Pike, and Keegahn lost a HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass plus they caught some nice Northern Pike and Walt landed a 36-inch Muskie. 
Keeghan with a nice Tiger Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge

Beauty of a Muskie by Fishing by Walt at Fireside Lodge
All good things come to an end but not without making another set of wonderful Grandfather / Grandson Fishing memories together and before departing Walt made their reservations for 2017.
Lots of BIG Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Walt
The Woodhams, Terry / Larry from Blackhawk & Irvine, CA and Bill
    GREAT BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Terry
from Mattawan, MI were making their 2nd appearance at Fireside Lodge. 1st day was GREAT catching numbers of Smallmouth Bass and 30 Northern Pike with some Pike in the 30-35” range. 2nd day was terrific catching over 50
Muskie Man Bill Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Northern Pike. 3rd day seemed to be more focused on Muskie but they continued to catch Pike and Bill broke the ice catching the 1st Muskie of the trip. 4th and final day was a bit slower however they still caught some nice Northern Pike. All left having a GREAT time fishing, making wonderful memories, and catching up as brothers. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge to spend this valuable time together.
Great Tiger Muskie Fishing for Smallmouth Bass by Tony Majcher
Long time guest since 1993 Tony Majcher from Hawthorn Woods, IL was glad to be back. 1st day he caught 5 Smallmouth bass and 3 Pike. 2nd day by 9:30 AM he had 7 SB on and landed 4 including an 18” Trophy and caught a total of 10 Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was met with heavy rain and a cold front but Tony still caught a few Smallmouth Bass and some Pike. 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Tony
4th day was all about Northern Pike catching many and loosing a lot of plastic grubs on bite offs by Pike while fishing for Smallmouth Bass. Ironically the Woodhams brothers (above) met Tony on their last trip and invited him to there table to eat with them, so when I walked into the dinning room there was Tony sitting with Terry, Larry, & Bill enjoying a meal together. I guest you can consider Tony their Fireside adopted brother. 5th day & 6th days the Bass fishing was spotty just catching a few but Tony also caught some Northern Pike and a beauty of a Tiger Muskie. Tony left saying he had a great trip.

BIG Smallmouth Bass Heaven at Fireside Lodge

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Tim with a Muskie release at Fireside Lodge

Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Spinner, Spinner Bait, Sinking Worms, Tube Jigs and Twin Twister Tail, Torpedo, Rad Dog Spinner Bait, Pop-R, Hand Crafted Balsa Wood Lures Made in Finland by Otto Muikku

Catches of The Week: Muskie 49”, 45.5”, Northern Pike 43”, Smallmouth Bass 1-19.5”, 3-19’, 3-18.5”, 15-18”
Arlo Working Towards Excellence in Dock Service at Fireside Lodge
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