Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/24 to 7/1 2017


Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/24 to 7/1 2017
 
Babe Winkelman with a GIANT Trophy 50-inch Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
This week started with wet and cool weather having rain 5 out of the
Kris Winkelman Trophy Smallmouth Fishing 
7 days and temperatures stayed consistently in the low to mid 60’s with an exception of one day getting into the 70’s. We had a TV celebrity visitor this week as Babe & Kris Winkelman paid a visit to Fireside Lodge of which more will be heard of in the near future. See Picture below.




 
Rich Santos Fishing Huge Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge
Terrific Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Bob at Fireside Lodge
Bob & Ollie Waldeck from Cotter, AR returned for their 6th consecutive year reconnecting with very good friend Rich Santos from Pasco, WA for his 4th consecutive year. 1st day was a terrific start catching exactly 50 Smallmouth Bass & Bob had a BIG Muskie on bass tackle but lost the battle. 2nd day was good bass fishing and Bob again hooked a nice 33-inch Pike on a Ned Rig and managed to land it on 8lb test with no leader. 3rd day
Ollie Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass
had they catching 39 Smallmouth Bass with Ollie having a bang up day landing 2-18.5-inch and 1-19.25-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass. 4th day was spent catching mostly Pike with a few Smallmouth Bass mixed in. 5th day these three had fun exploring new waters and increasing their knowledge of our lake system. 6th and final day they did great catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass with Rich also catching a good number of his Fly-Fishing. Rich was sad to leave and parted saying he hopes to return next year. Rich made great memories with very close friends, Ollie & Bob, who will be spending another week with us.
 
Rich Santos with Another Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Rick Leever from Lornville, AZ with fishing buddy Steve Brockman from Saint Mary’s, GA were back for their 2nd consecutive year. 1st day had Rich catching mostly Pike and Steve got into some Smallmouth Bass after they found some emerging mayflies & Steve just threw into them getting some good action. 2nd day was a great day catching Northern Pike using the simple set up, a twister tail grub, as they caught over 150 Northern Pike. 
 
Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass is a Blast at Fireside Lodge by Steve
They were actually tired of catching Pike by the end of the day. 3rd and 4th days were spent targeting Smallmouth Bass and catching some  Northern Pike. In the Smallmouth category they caught some nice fish up to 17.5-inches. 5th day had them again catching many Northern Pike plus Steve got into some Smallmouth Bass up to 17.5-inches. 6th and final day was very windy limiting their locations to fish & fishing presentations but still caught a mix of Smallmouth & Pike. Great trip between two fishing buddies.
 
Great Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Chris Heppel
First time Group from TN were Billy Douglas, West Newman, Chris Heppel, from Memphis, Joel & Jay Fulmer from Nashville, and Mark Whitaker from Cordova. 1st day had Billy & Chris catching over 50 Smallmouth with the other two boats catching 20 to 25 per boat. 2nd day had Billy & Chris catching 59 Smallmouth Chris landing a trophy at 19-inches and Billy landed a 20-inch Monster. West & Mark had a 20 Smallmouth day & Joel & Jay caught about 70. Another milestone
was Chris catching his 1st ever Muskie. 3rd day was another good
Fishing BIG Northern Pike Trolling
day fishing with the high total going to West & Mark catching over 70 Smallmouth Bass, Billy & Chris were just over 50 with several Pike, & Joel & Jay had over 30 and some Pike. Lot of the Smallmouth and Pike were caught on Blue Fox Spinners so that evening I had a run on the #5’s from this group. 4th day they caught Smallmouth Bass at the tune of 20 to 40 per boat & a good number of Pike using the Blue Fox Spinner. 5th and final day the had another great day catching Smallmouth Bass on the Ned Rig being their go to bait this trip. All left saying they had a terrific stay and intend on returning in 2018.
 
Super Fun Fishing for Northern Pike and Muskie at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Jesse
Jack Black from Norris, TN with son Mike & grandson Jesse were with
Fishing for BIG Northern Pike by Jack
us for their 1st visit. First day they caught both Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike and Mike had a huge 15 to 20lb Muskie roll on his lure right at the boat. 2nd day Mike said that they found them catching Northern Pike mostly by using trolling methods with diving hard baits in either silver blue or firetiger colors. The highlight fish were two very large upper 30-inch Northern Pike and Jesse hooked and landed his very first Muskie at 33-inches. 
 
My Second Muskie Ever Fishing by Jesse at Fireside Lodge in Canada
3rd day they discover some new areas catching some nice Pike and
First Ever Muskie Fishing by Jesse
Jesse continued to have success on a particular lure in the Firetiger color which got mangled beyond use so all three bought similar lures from my tackle shop. The next day they put them to good use catching Northern Pike & Jesse caught his 2nd Muskie. 5th and final day, after a map discussion they fished several areas new to them with one working out particularly well landing many Northern Pike, trolling the lures they purchased, through a narrows with current. All left having a wonderful and very memorable 3 generations fishing trip.
 
Big Northern Pike on Live Bait Quick Strike Rig Fishing by Rob Delamatre
John Murphy (Dad / Grandfather) from Bloomfield, MI son Brian with his sons Quinn & Jack from Darien, CT returned to Fireside Lodge for their 5th consecutive year. 1st day out was great catching some Smallmouth Bass on sinking worms then hitting a great Northern Pike area catching 75. 2nd day was even better as this family teamed up to catch over 100 Northern Pike. Third day, because of flight times, they only had a half day which they spent catching Smallmouth Bass and several Northern Pike. This concluded another traditional family fishing trip full of memories, originating when Brian was a young boy. They departed leaving some equipment with all intentions of returning in 2018.
 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Rob Delamatre at Fireside Lodge
Cousins Frank Kerr from Plainfield, IN & Doug Kerr from Henrico, NC returned for the 7th consecutive year with Greg Stowe also from Henrico for his 2nd. 1st day they did very well catching 36 Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was fishing post mayfly hatch still managing to catch 20 good fish. 3rd day was much better catching 38 Smallmouth Bass with Doug being the BIG fish master for the day. 4th day was another good Smallmouth Bass day catching a total of 33. 5th day was a super Pike fishing day as they caught 65 Northern Pike having lots of action and fun. 6th and final day wasn’t their best but after such a great week fishing they were very satisfied all really enjoying the laughs and conversation among two cousins and a very good friend. Upon departure Doug mentioned he would be calling within a few days to arrange their dates for 2018.
 
Super BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Al Fishhaber
Long time return guest, since our 1st year in 1990, Kevin & Brenda Kubiak from Willoughby, OH were thrilled to be back. 1st day was a trip into Cedarbough. They had a wonderful day catching some fish and enjoying the day. 2nd day was a great day catching many Northern Pike plus Kevin caught a few large Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day had them catching 25 Smallmouth Bass. 4th day they caught numbers of Northern Pike. No monsters but loads of fun, plus Kevin caught 3 nice Smallmouth Bass. 5th day was very active with Northern Pike and they caught a few Smallmouth Bass with Brenda coming up with a BIG 18.5-inch Trophy Smallmouth. 6th & final day was a great day Smallmouth Bass fishing with all being 15 to 16.5-inches. Both said they had a terrific visit and before departing made their reservation for 2018.
 
Terrific Tiger Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Referred to us by a good friend the Kashin family of Aaron, Brian, Ron, Toronto, ON & Andrew New York, NY were here for their first Fireside Lodge fishing experience. They got started the first day catching a mix of Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike plus Brian caught a 20-inch Walleye.  The 2nd day of their quick 2.5 days they ventured further down the lake catching Smallmouth Bass using leeches and lures plus few Northern Pike. During there last half day before having to catch their mid afternoon flight, they made the most of their time catching fish and making family memories between 3 generations.
 
Terrific Tiger Muskie Catch Fishing by Al Fishhaber at Fireside Lodge  Canada
20-year guests Al Fishhaber and fishing buddy Rob Delamatre from
Amazing Fishing for BIG Northern Pike by Rob
Northfield & Sandusky, OH were back to chase the BIG Toothy Critters. DOA within minutes of getting on the water Rob caught a nice Muskie. 2nd day had them catching a lot of Northern Pike before supper and afterwards they caught 6 more Pike and Al caught Muskie & Tiger Muskie back to back, both being in the mid to high 30-inch range. 


 
Muskie Magic Fishing by Rob at Fireside Lodge
1 of 12 Muskie in 6 Days Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
Third day they caught Northern Pike in numbers by noon & Al landed a HUGE 19-inch Smallmouth Bass. Then they searched for the BIG Dogs catching some fish in the mid 30” range and seeing some enormous Pike & Muskie follows. By the end of the day they landed 10 Muskie total since day one. 5th day the caught endless Pike until noon, Rob catching 25 fly fishing on 1 fly with multiple misses. Then they searched for bigger fish catching 12 larger Pike   including their 12th Muskie of the trip. 6th day was a half-day fishing, as they got on the road at 5:00pm finishing with some very nice size Northern Pike. Upon departing Al talked about bringing his grandson next year.
 
NICE BIG Tiger Muskie Fishing by Lloyd Morton at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Guest since 1995 Lloyd Morton N Lawrence, OH, returned with
Giant Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Cole
grandson Cole from Forth Worth, TX for his 4th trip. 1st day was a slightly tougher day getting the fish to hit a lure as they got a lot of follows. They did catch several Pike and Smallmouth Bass plus Lloyd caught the largest fish of the day landing a 34-inch Pike. 
Fishing Northern Pike with Grandpa is Great by Cole
 
Biggest Trophy Smallmouth BAss Ever Fishing by Cole
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing with my Grandson by Lloyd
2nd day Lloyd said they caught as many Northern Pike as they wanted to all day long. 3rd day was searching for bigger toothy critters seeing plenty of follows but only getting a few to hit. They did catch some other smaller Pike and a few very nice Smallmouth Bass, Cole coming up with a 19”er. 4th day had them catching a good amount of Pike and getting an amazing amount of follows. 5th day they caught Northern Pike all day long and Lloyd again said they caught as many as they wanted to catch. 6th day they did great catching well over 20 Smallmouth Bass, Cole catching the majority of them on a Ned Rig and Tiny Torpedo. 7th and final day was a very good day Smallmouth Bass fishing putting a very nice finish to a great fishing trip making memories between Grandfather & Grandson. As Lloyd was saying goodbye to his newfound Fireside Friends Ollie & Bob (above) he said see you next year.
 
Big Muskie are a BLAST Fishing by Ron Tucker at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Long time guests Jim McCollam son Ryan, Jim Havlin son Jim Jr, Ron
Nice BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Ryan
Tucker son Shane brought newcomers Eddie, Dan Dugdale, Dan Carie, and Phil Cuddy. From Orland Park, Orland Hills, and New Lennox, IL. 1st day was a super Northern Pike day with Jim & Ryan catching the most at over 80 Northern Pike themselves and well over 150 for the group. 


 
Great Big Pike Great Big Smile Fishing by Jim
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Ron at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Second day was a mixed bag of this group catching Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike with some boats doing well on Numbers and others on size fish. Phil who has never been on a fishing trip like this before had a great day and Ron Tucker while fishing with his son Shane caught his biggest ever Muskie measuring a BIG FAT 38-inches. 
 
Biggest Northern Pike Ever Twice in One Day Fishing by Dan
Next day the reports were also very good as Jimmy & son Jim did well Smallmouth fishing and Dan Dugdale said he had the best fishing day of his life landing a 37 and 38-inch Northern Pike. Eddie had an encounter of the 3rd kind with a Giant mid-45-inch plus Northern Pike roll on his lure. 

Big Northern Pike are Great Fishing by Dan
4th and final day Dan Carie and Phil teamed up for over 20 Northern Pike while Jim & Ryan caught well over 60 and for the second day the group caught about 150 Northern Pike. All had a blast as you can hear their laughter in the dinning room and at the dock every day and the chatter before departing was about a return trip.     
 
Personal Best BIG Muskie Fishing by Mike Pritzl at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Mike, Susie, and Andy Pritzl from Caledonia, WI, guests since 2003, were back to fish and enjoy our wonderful atmosphere and wilderness surroundings. 1st of their 3 days was fabulous Muskie fishing getting follows and landing 4 Muskie with Mike getting the top billing catching a very nice 38.5-inch heavy fish being his personal best Muskie. 2nd day was all about Northern Pike and they had absolutely terrific action ending up catching 67 total for the day. 
 
Muskie are GREAT at Any Size Fishing by Andy at Fireside Lodge in Canada
3rd and final day (boy 3 days goes fast) they targeted Smallmouth Bass and had a more challenging day. The Mayflies were in full hatch and had plenty to eat so they ended up catching some but not what they have done in the past. Susie, not being a fisher, enjoyed the atmosphere and wilderness setting we have to offer at Fireside Lodge and all went home making some wonderful family memories.

 
Pritzl Family Evening Cabin Fun with a Dice Game
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Babe Winkelman Visiting with Guests Talking About Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
 
Three Generations Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Twister Tail, Tube Jig, Ned Rig, X-Rap, Mepps Muskie Killer, Sinking Worms Wacky Style

Hot Flies: Surface Popper

Catches of The Week: 50-inch Northern Pike, 39-inch Muskie, 20-inch Smallmouth Bass
 
Traditional Fishing Trip Photo for Cole and Grandpa Lloyd 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
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/17 to 6/24 2017

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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/17 to 6/24 2017
 
Monsterous Trophy Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Jack Starnes
This week gave us below normal temperatures along with on and off rain showers that only let up for a day and a half. Our guests however were hardy souls not letting the weather get them down and as a result they were rewarded with fabulous fishing.
 
Big Trophy Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Tony Capecchi
Long time guest Mike Uebehlerr Stow, OH returned with his daughter Kate and her fiancé Chad who are currently living in Ethiopia and few almost half way around the world to fish with Mike. 1st day out they
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Kate Fishing at Fireside Lodge Canada
had a blast catching some fish while fighting some very strong winds. Second day was great as they caught Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Muskie. Both Kate & Chad caught HUGE Trophy 19.5-inch Smallmouth and Chad had his first encounter with a Big Muskie as it hit his lure at boat-side, thrashed violently and as Chad did his best to keep it on the fish did what Big Muskie tend to do more often than not, throwing Chad’s lure and waving goodbye to him with it’s tail. 3rd and final day was a great finish to a terrific trip as they caught over 70 Northern Pike. They all had a fabulous time making some wonderful family memories together.
 
Great Fishing for BIG Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Dan
Every year guests since 1999 brother and sister Tom Nayder Orland
Ade Fishing with Her First Northern Pike Ever at in Canada
Park, IL Leah Bezin Norwalk, WI with good friend Dave Sivicek Pierceton, IN who brought his wife Helen, and son-in-law Dan daughter Katie and granddaughter Ade for their first experience. 
 
Ade Proud Young Angler Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Tom with a Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Fly Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Leah

1st day they went out and caught Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike
1st Northern Pike Fly Fishing in Canada by Helen
and Dave landed a beauty spotted Muskie. 2nd day had them doing fantastic with Leah and Tom catching 38 Northern Pike, Leah catching one after another fly-fishing and the Sivicek family caught just as many with Ade catching her 1st and 2nd Pike ever both over 30-inches, and Helen caught her 1st Northern Pike Fly Fishing. 
 
Great Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Dan
Great BIG Smallmouth Bass Catch Fly-Fishing by Helen at Fireside Lodge in Canada
3rd day was great catching a mix, Leah
landing a Muskie keeping her Muskie queen title and also an 18-inch
Ade With Grandpa Fishing
Trophy Smallmouth Bass and Tom caught 2 Trophy Smallmouth at 18 & 19”, and others were caught in the 17-inch range. 4th day was a great day catching many Northern Pike in the inclement rainy and cold weather with temperatures reaching a high of only 55F. 5th and final day was very good for Tom & Leah catching Smallmouth Bass, Tom with an 18-inch Trophy and Leah with a 19 & 20-inch Trophies. All left very happy for the memories they made but somewhat sad it was over.


 
Bronze Back Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Jerry
Back for there 16th consecutive year were Jerry Amer & Bill Calhoon from Columbus, OH. DOA these two got to it catching 57 Smallmouth Bass with lots in the 16-17.5-inch range and Bill caught 4 Trophy Size between 18-19-inches with Jerry catching one that size. 
 
Super Trophy Fishing For Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge by Bill
1st full day was even better catching 70+ Smallmouth Bass in the same size range and Bill had two-trophy size over 18 and Jerry had one. They also caught a big pike in the mid 30-inch range and two Muskie 33 and 34-inches. 2nd day they targeted Muskie catching two at 33-inches and Bill landed the largest, a nice 36-incher, while also catching a few Pike in the 30-inch range and some Smallmouth Bass. 
 
Big Muskie Fishing By Bill at Fireside Lodge in Canada
3rd day had these two catching 20 Smallmouth Bass with two Trophy size and 54 Northern Pike. Their 4th and final day they, they thought was an off day at first as the weather, cold & rainy, beat them up, but after tallying their total they caught 36 Smallmouth Bass with 3 over 18-inch Trophy fish and 21 Northern Pike. When departing they both laughed and said they are spoiled with the fishing at Fireside Lodge. 
 
Great Muskie Catch by Jerry at Fireside Lodge in Canada
They caught 19 Trophy Smallmouth Bass between 18 to 19.5-inches for their 4 days, 4 Muskie & countless Pike. Jerry will be returning with his Grandson at the end of July and both reserved the same dates for 2018.
 
BIG FAT Trophy Northern Pike Fishing by Steven Starnes Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Back for their 16th consecutive year were father & son Jack & Steven
 2 Trophy Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jack
Starnes from Wise & Duffield, VA 1st day these two did great catching 50+ Smallmouth Bass and 60+ Northern Pike. 2nd day was a fantastic Smallmouth day catching over 100 BIG Smallmouth Bass on surface poppers. 3rd day was targeting Muskie catching 5 and losing a few along with landing 20+ Pike and a few
20-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Canada
Smallmouth Bass. 4th day was another day targeting Muskie having very few follows but catching 2. Steven with a nice 33-inch and Jack caught a Huge 45-inch Trophy Muskie, which made the whole day. Later in the day they fished for Smallmouth Bass catching 35-40 nice fish all being 16.5 to 18.5-inches. 5th day was a special day in any Fishers book as Steve caught a 40-inch Trophy Northern Pike and Jack caught a 46.5-inch GIANT Trophy Muskie. They also caught about 20 other pike and 25 Smallmouth Bass. 6th and final day had them catching 35 Smallmouth Bass and 30 Northern Pike. Both left having another great father and son fishing trip & made their reservations for 2018.
 
Fantastic Fishing for Muskie at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Dan Skolza
Another guest returning for their 16th consecutive year were very good friends Don Landbo & Dan Szkolza from S Elgin, IL and Sugar Grove, IL. 
 
Giant Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Don Landbo at Fireside Lodge in Canada
1st day despite the windy conditions they caught 26 Smallmouth
Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass in Canada by Dan
Bass, 5 Pike with Don landing a Trophy over 18-inches and Dan catching two Trophies. Also each caught a Muskie. 2nd day was a super day catching 9 BIG Smallmouth Bass and 176 Northern Pike using Buzz
BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Baits 80% of the time. 3rd day had them catching 122 Northern Pike using Buzz Baits, & 16 Smallmouth with 5 being Trophy Size over 18-inches. 4th day they caught 116 Northern Pike & 12 Smallmouth. 5th day was focused on Smallmouth Bass catching 28. The 6th and final day they were searching for both Smallmouth Bass and Muskie finding them both catching 32 BIG Bass plus Dan landed 2 Muskie with one being a very large 39-inches. This ended their trip on a high note and after taking their traditional picture in front of my tackle shop they reserved the same dates for next year.
 
Beauty Trophy Muskie Fishing by George Siemer at Fireside Lodge in Canada
1st time guests George Siemer and his sons Alex & Andy from
Alex Fishing Topwater Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Hamilton and Harrison OH were excited to arrive & fish our well know excellent Smallmouth Bass fishery. 1st day before supper the caught over 3-dozen nice Smallmouth & both Alex & Andy landed a very nice Northern Pike. 2nd day was even better as they caught 57 Smallmouth
Fishing BIG Pike is a Blast by Andy
Bass with Andy catching a Trophy at 18-inches & a 31-inch Pike. 3rd day they caught 28 Smallmouth Bass with a few Northern Pike. 4th day they did well on both Pike and Smallmouth Bass with Andy catching a BIG heavy 37.5-inch Northern Pike and had some fast action on Smallmouth after supper with both Andy & Alex catching BIG Smallmouth Bass on surface poppers. 5th and final day was a great finish with them catching 38 Northern Pike both Alex and Andy landing 19.5-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass and George caught a large 42-inch Muskie. All left making great father and son memories for years to come.
Special Day Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Ted at Fireside Lodge in Canada

 
MY First Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Ted Payseur & Jan Anderson from West Des Moines, IA were here for
Jan Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing
there 3rd year in a row bringing with them 1st year fishers Alan Lepley from Plymouth, MN and Gerhard Rivera from Phoenix, AZ. 1st day out they caught a mix of Pike and Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was a Pike fest as the caught many Northern plus Jan landed an 18.5 and 19.5-inch Smallmouth Bass & Gerhart caught an 18-inch Trophy. 3rd day Jan & Ted fished together having a banner day catching 43 Smallmouth Bass with 18 being over 17-inches and 11 Trophy Smallmouth Bass over 18-inches, each landing 20-inchers, 4 at 19-inches, and 6 between 18 to 18.5-inches. WOW, what a fabulous day!! The next day had Alan & Gerhard having fantastic Northern Pike fishing Alan saying they caught as many pike as they wanted to as long as they kept fishing. 
 
Many Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Ted
5th and final day weather & wind were not on their side however Ted & Jan still managed 14 Smallmouth Bass with 8 over 17-inches and 2 over 18-inches. This ended a great fishing trip for these guys to talk & reminisce about for some time to come.
The Capecchi Fishing Family at Fireside Lodge Dinning Room

Paul Capecchi with son Tony from Inver Grove Hgts & Woodbury, MN
Paul Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Canada
returned for their 15th year in a row, 17th trip, and with them for the 2nd year was Tony’s wife Jody and their 3-year old son Joseph. They wasted no time on the DOA going to an original familiar location, Chicago
Family Fishing for Northern Pike in Canada
Bay, all catching Pike. 1st full day had Paul & Tony hunting Muskie with Tony landing two up to 35-inches and also caught a 38.5-inch Northern Pike. They also caught 5 Smallmouth Bass and 3 Trophy fish 18 to 18.5-inches. 2nd day Tony & Paul went fishing catching over 100 Northern Pike. 3rd day all four went fishing catching many Northern Pike again, Jodie catching a fish on her 1st cast & was on top of the daily leader board. 4thand final day Paul & Tony caught over 50 Northern Pike along with 8 Smallmouth Bass and Tony caught 3 Trophy Smallmouth Bass 18-inches plus. The also took a fun family boat ride to see Twin Falls which concluded a fabulous family fishing vacation making three generation memoires that will last their lifetime. Before departing Paul made their reservation for 2018. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge to make your special family memories together.
 
Personal Best BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Frank Berry at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Great Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing Canada by Adam
Returning for their 4th trip were father and sons Dan, Adam, & Ryan Spartz from Columbus, OH and with them for his first Fireside Lodge experience was Frank Berry from Savannah, GA. 1st day these guys had a fantastic Northern Pike day catching 102 total. Both Adam & Ryan said the fish were all bigger with al lot of fight and Frank caught his biggest Northern Pike ever measuring a fat 34-inches. 2nd day this group targeted Smallmouth Bass with Adam & Ryan teaming up for a total of 25, Adam catching a Trophy over 18” and Frank also caught an 18.5-inch Trophy Smallmouth. 
 
Nice Muskie caught by Dan at Fireside Lodge in Canada
3rd day had Adam & Ryan catching exactly 50 Northern Pike and
Ryan Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing Canada
Dan hit a milestone landing his very 1st Muskie measuring 33-inches. 4th day had them searching out Smallmouth Bass doing well catching 35-40 fish and Frank landed a trophy 18.5-incher. 5th day was a Pike fest with the group catching well over 100 Northern Pike. 6th and final day Frank took the day off so Dan, Adam, & Ryan went Muskie hunting having a fantastic day hooking up on 6 Muskie, landing 3 and Dan came up with the largest at 37-inches. This ended their trip with much to talk about on the travels back home.
 
Muskie Surface Fishing with a Zara Spook by Craig at Fireside Lodge in Canada
Back for their 2 consecutive year were brothers Craig & Jeff Wilson
Nice Tiger Muskie Fishing by Jeff
from the Greater Toronto Area and Nova Scotia. These two had a great first day catching some BIG Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was great catching 34 fish total, a mix of Smallmouth Bass & Pike both landing Trophy Smallmouth, Craig at 18.5-inches, Jeff a huge 19.5-inches and Craig caught a Trophy 40-inch Northern Pike slamming his Zara Spook after missing Jeff’s. Jeff also had a much bigger Pike miss another top-water bait right at the boat. Almost all their fish were caught on the surface with the Zara Spook being the lure of the day. 

 
Master Angler Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Craig at Fireside Lodge in Canada
3rd day they caught Pike & Smallies and Jeff had
a very big Muskie roll on his lure. 4th was a day of lots of BIG follows
Super BIG Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Jeff in Canada
while hunting Muskie and Northern Pike, catching a few but not able to hook up on the Trophy fish they were looking for. Last two days they searched for big fish catching some Pike in the mid 30-inch range and on the last day within the last 3-4 hours Craig got hot catching the Tri-Fecta, a Northern Pike, Muskie and landed a huge 19-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass. This put an exciting finish to a fabulous brother fishing trip. When departing Craig yelled out, See Ya Next Year.


Back for their 6th time were Jim, Rich, Pim Shell Knob & Carthage, MO. Robert Dorsey Sarcoxie, MO. Steve Howlett Shell Knob & Steve Barton from Shell Knob and Joplin, MO. Joining them for their 1st time were Doug Pim from Frisco, TX Scott Bryant Glencoe, MO. & Aaron Elliott from Springfield, MO. DOA Rich & Doug teamed up for over 40 Smallmouth Bass almost all over 16-inches with Rich’s secret being the Ned Rig. The other 3 boats all caught between 30 to 35 Smallmouth Bass per boat Robert & Steve B caught 5 over 18-inches and Scott caught 33-inch Pike. 1st full day they caught 30 to 40 Smallmouth Bass per boat plus 20 to 30 Northern Pike per boat. Most of the Bass were 16-17.5-iches & many Trophies over 18-inches were caught. 2nd day they tore the Smallmouth Bass up catching over 200 as a group. 3rd day was slower, but each person in the group caught a Trophy Smallmouth Bass between 18–20-inches with Rich landing the 20-incher. 4th and final day wind made it difficult Smallmouth Bass fishing but all caught Fish and everyone landed a Smallmouth Bass 18-inch to 19-inches. All left very happy and already looking forward to a return trip in 2018.
 
My First Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge in Canada by Dennis
Biggest Pike Ever Fishing by Jason at Fireside Lodge
Father, sons, and Grandson Dennis, Ross, Chadd, & Jason Beavers from Cozad & McCook, NE were at Fireside Lodge for their 1st time. DOA they caught both Smallmouth & Pike. 1st day Dennis caught his first ever Muskie while Ross, Chadd and Jason caught a mix of Smallmouth Bass & Pike and Ross caught a very nice 18-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass. Second day they did well locating some big fish, getting many follows and landing several nice size Northern Pike. 3rd day was great fast action as they caught about 75 Northern Pike as a group having many other strikes & misses. 4th and final day had Chadd & Jason catching many Northern Pike while Ross & Dennis chased some bigger fish catching some Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike. All left having had great family fun making wonderful memories together. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge to do so.

 
Great Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Chadd
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Trophy Smallmouth Bass are Terrific at Fireside Lodge by Ross Beavers
Hot Lures: Husky Jerk, Zara Spook, Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Spinner, Sinking Worm, Ned Rig, Twister Tail Grubs, Pop-R, Pointer Minnow, X-Rap

Catches of The Week: 46, 45, & 42-inch Muskie, 40-inch Northern Pike, 20-inch Smallmouth Bass with many 19.5 & 19-inch

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
800-545-0815