Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/6 to 8/13 2016



Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/6 to 8/13 2016
 
GIANT Trophy Tiger Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Scott Kimball
This week was absolutely gorgeous starting out with temps in the
Super Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
high 70’s the cooling off to the high 60’s just giving us a hint that fall in our area is just around the corner. As for the fishing the cooling affect seemed to spark some BIG fish activity, as you will read about below.



 
Terrific Fishing for BIG Muskie at Fireside Lodge by Dick
 
Big Northern Pike Fishing by Scott
Father & son Scott & Sam Kimball from Olathe, KS made their 5th
Sam with a HUGE Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
appearance at Fireside Lodge with father-in-law / grandfather Dick Dalebout from Provo, UT for his 2nd trip. 1st day had them catching some nice Northern Pike. 




 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Dick   

2nd day Dick started things off with 3 fish on his 1st 3 casts and 5 in 8 casts. All ended up catching some nice fat heavy Northern Pike and seeing some Muskie follows. 3rd day they again caught some good size Pike and Sam lost the Trophy Northern Pike of his life having it on for a while until it threw his lure. 

 
One of Several BIG Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge
4th day they did well hunting Muskie, getting follows and hooking up
BIG Northern Pike HUGE Smile Fishing by Sam
on one and landing one. In the process they also caught a few good size Northern Pike. 5th day was super catching 38 Northern Pike and Scott caught 2 Master Anglers Trophy Smallmouth Bass. 6th day they were searching for BIG Fish only catching 2 Muskie and several Pike 32-36-inches. 7th day they hit it BIG with Sam staring it off with a very large Northern Pike, Dick coming up with a BIG 41-inch Muskie, and Scott bringing up the rear with the largest fish of the day being a Monster 44” Trophy Tiger Muskie. WOW what a great day!!! 8th day was full of fun catching 14 Pike in search of the monster toothy critter. 
 
Marvelous Muskie Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Dick
 
9th they set out with the same goal using every last minute of daylight. All left making wonderful memories between three generations, which was their biggest catch of all.

 
BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Jim OToole At Fireside Lodge
 
Fly Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass by Leah
Long time return guests since 2001 Tom Nayder, Sister Leah Bezin,
Love Summer Pike Fishing by Mike
and good friends father & son Jim & Bryan OToole and Mike Kobit from Orland Park & Downers Grove, IL, Norwalk, WI, and Boise, ID were very excited to arrive. 1st day the group did well catching Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass with Jim taking the prize landing a trophy 18.5-inch Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day Tom & Leah did great catching Smallmouth Bass 15-17.75”, and Leah caught a nice 16.5-inch Smallie Fly-Fishing, while Jim, Bryan & Mike had a bang up day catching Northern Pike with a few Smallmouth. 
 
Northern Pike Fishing With Family & Friends by Bryan

 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Tom at Fireside Lodge
Jim with a Smallmouth Bass Trophy Fishing at Fireside Lodge
3rd day was a charm with Jim, Mike & Bryan catching over 40 Northern Pike and Leah & Tom catching over 30 Pike. 4th day Tom & Leah caught many Smallmouth Bass 14-17-inches along with some Northern Pike. Leah, while learning to use a new lure, a suspending stick bait, and using the technique of stopping the bait and counting to 8-one thousand, was really surprise when a large fish attacked the lure and zipped off line taking her into the weeds, where her line snapped. 5th & final day they did very well catching big Smallmouth Bass, Leah catching a Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth plus they caught several pike. Both left talking about & looking forward to returning next year.
 
GREAT Muskie catching Fishing by Braden at Fireside Lodge
 
Top Water Fishing HOG Trophy Smallmouth Bas
Brad Sammons & son Braden from Indianapolis, IN returned for their 10th trip. This is the first trip without other son / brother Ryne as he just left to serve in the armed services. I just wanted to take time to recognize Ryne for this noble act, as we should for every man & woman who gives his or her service for his or her country. DOA & 1st day they did well catching some larger Pike and two Muskie in the 34-36-inch range, plus had a few Smallmouth mixed in. Day two Braden had two Muskie on and they
Father & Son Muskie Fishing by Brad
caught some nice Smallmouth Bass up to 19”. 3rd day was good Smallmouth Bass fishing catching several Master Anglers Award Trophy Bass 18-19.5-inches. 4th day was Braden’s Muskie day landing 2, one at 37-inches and Brad caught one the same size. 5th and final day Braden caught another 37” Muskie and they got into some bigger Smallmouth Bass again catching several Trophies 18-19-inches. They both left making wonderful Father & Son memories together and Brad was already talking about 2017 hoping to work his dates around Ryne’s leave.

Another Nice Muskie Fishing by Braden

Long time return guest Tyler Tennant from Lakeway, TX & father-
Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge are Absolute Tanks 
in-law Pete Higman from Libertyville, IL were back to chase those Big Trophy toothy critters. 1st day was good with
Giant Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Pete catching 2 Muskie, having some follows and catching some big pike. Second day Pete caught another Muskie, 3rd in 2 days, plus both caught several nice Pike and 4 very large Smallmouth bass measuring 19, 18.5, 18, and 17-inches. 3rd day they located so many big Muskie and had follow after follow but could not get the big dogs to strike. Good news is they know where these big fish live and have 3 days to revisit them under different conditions with varied presentations. 4th day had them having many Muskie follows, some in the trophy size category, and Pete caught two making his Muskie total to date at 6. 5th day was a good day for locating those trophy toothy critters getting plenty of follows while catching some Northern Pike and Pete caught his 7th Muskie of the trip keeping his streak going of at least 1 Muskie per day. 
Great Muskie catching Fishing by BIG Bait Guy Jeff McGlade

6th & final day they had a good day catching Pike and 2 Muskie, Pete catching his daily Muskie his 8th in 6 days & Tyler landed a heavy Tiger Muskie measuring 34-inches. Both had a fabulous trip catching fish, learning new spots for future reference while making great memories.
 
GREAT BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Tom McGlade
Jim With a Very Large Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Father Tom McGlade with sons Jim & Jeff, Palatine, IL, returned for their 3rd trip with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day was SUPER Northern Pike fishing catching a total of 39 plus 3 at 36” being very heavy fish. 2nd day was a portage to Closs lake where they had countless follows, caught some Smallmouth Bass and the BIG lure guy of this group, Jeff cashed in on his theory of go big or go home. He caught a nice Pike and three Muskie one measuring 36” plus one was a Tiger Muskie. 
 
BIG Fish Release Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jim
3rd and final day, boy 3 days goes by fast, they had a great last day with Jeff landing another Muskie on a Suick plus they caught 26 northern Pike. We also had a small celebration for Tom’s birthday. What more could a father want for his birthday than fishing & making memories with his two sons. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge to do so.
21-inch Monster Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Matt Holesinger

 
HUGE 20-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Don
Don & Audrey Holesinger, Fulton, IL with son Matt from Roscoe IL
Audrey with a Great Big Trophy Smallmouth Bass
were back for their 10th consecutive year. 1st day was great despite a slow start in the morning ending up catching over 40 fish including a 19 & 18.5-inch Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was terrific Smallmouth Bass fishing catching over 60 fish, many being BIG including another 18.5 and 19-inch trophy. 3rd day was another
So Many Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
very good Smallmouth day catching 34, most were BIG including a absolute Hog Trophy measuring 21-inches caught by Matt. Matt also had two Muskie on and the bigger Muskie caused some excitement as it tail walked spitting his lure right back at Matt. 4th day was their traditional portage day to Closs Lake to search out Smallmouth Bass.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing Heaven at Fireside Lodge by Don
They did very well catching 34 Smallmouth most were big including Don catching GIANT 20-inch Trophy Smallmouth. Also, Matt had some excitement after hooking a BIG Muskie, which he fought for a while
Couples Trophy Smallmouth Fishing
but lost it on the second jump. 5th and final day was not heir best but still caught some nice Smallmouth Bass with Matt landing 2 trophy size at 18 and 18.5-inches plus they caught some Pike 28-30-inches. This family had so much fun fishing together during the day, playing cards after supper and the smiles & laughter told their whole story.



 
BIG Bronze Back Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jim Leever 




 
BIg Trophy Smallmouth Bass Makes Me Smile Fishing by Steve

Rick Leever from Lornville, AZ with fishing buddy Steve Brockman
Fishing BIG Northern Pike are Wonderful
from Saint Mary’s, GA were visiting Fireside Lodge for their first experience. For their 1st time ever on Little Vermilion Lake they did well catching Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass with some being very good size. 2nd day they caught a bunch of Northern Pike and really enjoyed the scenery while making the long creek ride to a few of our back lakes. 3rd day was a portage to Closs Lake for Smallmouth Bass. Rich
    Fun Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
caught a huge 4 pounder on his 1st cast and they had a fun day fishing this lake all by themselves. 4th day these two set out to learn a portion of Little Vermilion Lake initially doing well until the cloud cover burned off. They both agreed it could not have been a nicer day weather-wise reaching 71F with a slight gentle breeze. 5th day was Super GREAT catching 75 to 80 Northern Pike and several Smallmouth Bass. 6th & final day was a good day fishing catching some Smallmouth & Northern Pike. They really enjoyed their stay with us & discussed possible dates for 2017 before their departure.

 
PB Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Scott Willett

 
Best Smallmouth Fishing Ever at Fireside Lodge by Mark
Long time guest Mark Reese from Alexandria, VA returning with
    PB Huge Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Mark
Scott Willett from Atlanta, GA for his 1st experience at Fireside Lodge. 1st day was FABULOUS as Scott caught his 1st Northern Pike on his very 1st cast plus they caught over a dozen other Pike and many Smallmouth Bass both landing a trophy, Scott’s at 18.5” and Mark had a 19.75”er his personal best. 
 
My Biggest Northern Pike Ever Fishing by Scott
Friends Fishing for Northern Pike
2nd day these two had a super day catching 40-45 Northern Pike, Mark caught a Trophy 18.5” Smallmouth while Scott caught two Trophy Bass measuring 18.5 and 18.75-inches.  3rd day they did great catching many Smallmouth Bass several Pike including Scott catching his PB, which was a 34-inch fat Northern Pike. 4th & final day these two had fun fishing for and catching Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike concluding there trip. For Mark it was a trip down memory lane reminiscing when him and his father would take their traditional fishing trip with us, and for Scott it was a terrific 1st experience fishing at Fireside Lodge.
 
Multiple Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge

 
Niko's Smile Tells The Story Fishing for BIG Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge
Father & Son Mike & Niko Robinson from Frankfort, IL were making
Brute of a Trophy Smallmouth Bass
there first visit with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day they did some learning while catching a few fish. Niko saw a lot of Smallmouth Bass that just would not bite. 2nd day was great fishing as they caught a lot of Northern Pike, could not keep count, & Niko caught a 15” Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day they visited Twin Falls for the first time really enjoying this natural wonder, while fishing for Northern Pike and Smallmouth
Fishing BIG Throphy Smallmouth Bass
Bass on the trip there and back. 4th day was fun taking a creek ride to another lake having action on Northern Pike, & Mike proved that fishing barbless is not only good for the fish but also for the fisher as after hooking himself was surprised at the easy removal. 5th & final day was terrific catching 45-50 Northern Pike as the fish just turned on with an approaching rain system moving in, plus Niko caught a nice Smallmouth Bass. Mike & Niko had an absolute blast during their stay making many priceless memories together.
 
Monster Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge

Big Trophy Smallmouth are Common
Make sure to go to our website below to see some GREAT Fish Photos. For Fabulous Fishing Video, Wildlife Events, and Current Happenings go to our Social Sites Below.

 
The McGlade Family Making Special Fishing Memories at Fireside Lodge
Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, X-Rap, Leeches, Yo-Zuri Stick Baits, Sinking Worm, Gulp Alive, Pop-R, Suick

Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 1-21”, 1-20”, 1-19.75”, 8-19.5”, 11-18.5”, 10-18” Muskie, 44”, 41”, Northern Pike 38”
 
The Holesinger Family Preparing for Supper After a Day of Fishing 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
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/30 to 8/6 2016

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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/30 to 8/6 2016
 
HUGE Trophy Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Mike Heinl from Pittsburgh, PA
This week started out on the warm side near 80F and varied
BIG Muskie by Jennie Heinl Fishing at Fireside Lodge
between 75-82 during the week. This was also accompanied by several days of high winds and a few thunderstorms. Guests managed these few days and enjoyed the wonderful fishing we have to offer at Fireside Lodge.



Another BIG Muskie Fishing At Fireside Lodge by Jennie Heinl

1 of Many BIG Northern Pike Fishing by Jennie
Mike & Jennie Heinl from Pittsburgh, PA returned for their 4th consecutive year. DOA they caught some very nice Northern Pike with Jennie having the hot hand. 1st day they caught over 25 Northern Pike & Mike caught several big Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day they had a super day Northern Pike Fishing catching 50+, 10 over 30” and Mike caught a huge 41” Trophy. Also, Mike caught 5 large Smallmouth Bass. 
 
Muskie Jennie Does it Again Fishing at Fireside Lodge
3rd day was all about Muskie and had Jennie catching two, one being
Super Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge by Jennie
in the high 30-inch range. 4th day was another great BIG Northern Pike day catching fishing in the 30-36-inch range.  5th day they focused on Muskie catching 2, largest being about 36-inches plus caught several nice pike. 5th and 6th days were full of more large Northern Pike with Jennie catching two more Muskie & Mike landed a nice Tiger Muskie. 7th day was all about searching out Muskie and they did excellent meeting this challenge catching 5, yes 5 Muskie in one day plus a big pike. 8th & final day was a very good day fishing spending every last minute on the water catching more nice size Northern Pike. Both left expressing what a wonderful time they had and mentioned several times about next years trip.
 
Don Heywood with one of Many Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Returning for his 4th time was David Lilja from Woodbury, MN with
Dave Northern Pike Fishing
good friend Don Heywood from Mound, MN for his 2nd trip. DOA they caught 7 Pike & a Smallie before supper. After a slow morning at 1:00 Dave said someone turned the Pike switch on having lots of action & landing 18. 2nd day was a repeat in timing as the fish again turned in the afternoon catching 27 Northern Pike. 3rd day was very windy catching 8 Pike and 3 Smallmouth. 4th and final day was better wind wise and fishing was good catching mostly Pike. Both thoroughly enjoyed their stay and the many conversations had with others in our dinning room.
 
GREAT Rainy Day Northern Pike Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Good friends Steven Dentinger South Elgin, IL and Ralph Fruehauf, Tomball, TX returned for their 3rd consecutive year bringing Les Schalla from Salt Lake City, UT for his first visit. 1st day these three managed to catch over 60 Northern Pike. 2nd day was a good day fishing but a slower day catching however they still caught a dozen fish. 3rd day they did well catching a mix of fish and enjoyed the friendship & laughter that comes naturally among good friends. 4th & 5th day they caught Northern Pike experimenting with different techniques and locations. The 6th & final day they finished with a BANG catching close to 50 Northern Pike but a fishing trip, even though focused around catching fish, is much more for most and this group is a great example of the camaraderie and fellowship among friends and family that takes place.
Family Fishing Fun fro Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge


Father Tom Williams & sons Scott & Craig from Waterloo & South
Great Fun Northern Pike Fishing by Janet Kline
Point, OH with Tom’s sister Janet Kline & her husband Jerry from Ironton, OH were fishing at Fireside Lodge for their 1st time. 1st day was spent catching some Northern Pike and having a great lunchtime break at Twin Falls. 2nd day was their break out day catching about 25-30 Northern Pike per boat and had an absolute ball doing so. 
 
Jerry Kline Fishing for Northern Pike at Fireside Lodge
3rd day was another good day fishing, even through the winds held them back a little; they still caught plenty of fish and enjoyed every minute of their day. This group knows how to have fun, not only fishing but engaging in great conversation and playing cards every evening, and there is no lack of laughter in this group. 4th and final day was great catching plenty of fish including Craig & Scott catching 5-6 in the 35-36” class. Tom caught his largest of the trip and sister Janet her smallest. These two made some special brother / sister memories along with Jerry and Tom’s two sons Craig & Scott. All said their trip was much more than expected and they will return.
 
Northern Pike Fishing is a Blast by Craig
Father & Son Paul & Jeff Biernacki from Joliet, IL were fishing at Fireside Lodge for their 1st time. First timers & on their DOA they caught some nice size Northern Pike & Smallmouth up to 17.5” on surface poppers. 1st day was very good as they caught over 20 fish, mostly Northern Pike with a few Smallmouth mixed in. 2nd day was hampered by T-Storms but they still managed 19 Northern Pike plus a Smallie. 3rd day was similar to the 1st two except that Paul caught a Muskie. 4th day was very windy which contributed to a slower day catching. 5th & final day fishing they soaked up every minute of the wilderness atmosphere before having to head back to the busy suburbs of Chicago. They made another set of father & son fishing memories which is the biggest catch of all.
 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Scott Williams
Returning guests from the past, 1998, were Mark McGuire & John Latall from Naperville. IL & were glad t be back, and Mark brought his son Luke for his 1st experience. 1st day they went for numbers and they accomplished there goal catching so many Northern Pike they lost count, and Luke caught his fair share. 2nd day was searching for larger fish getting some follows, catching mid-size Northern Pike but the BIG Trophy eluded them. 3rd day was FABULOUS catching so many they lost complete count. Most were Northern Pike with a few Smallmouth plus Mark caught the Smallmouth Bass Hog of his life. 
 
Trophy Smallmouth Bass are Numerous Fishing at Fireside Lodge
4th and final day had them having another good day catching Northern Pike with a few Smallmouth Bass. All left having fun and enjoying their stay.
 
Ezekiel Catching His 1st Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge
Consecutive year guests since 1994 Jerry Miller from Erwin, TN
Grandpa with Ezekiel Fishing Trophy Smallmouth Bass at Fireside Lodge
brought his son Jerry for his 3rd time & grandson Ezekiel for his first Canadian Fishing Experience. After their 1st full day fishing Jerry Sr commented at suppertime that he thought it was the single best day he ever had catching Big Smallmouth Bass. They caught 6 Smallmouth 18-18.5-inches and Jerry Sr & Zeke each caught 19-inchers. 
 
Nothing But BIG in Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Fireside Lodge
They also caught numerous 16 to 17.5 inches. 2nd day was just as good as they first for Smallmouth but they also caught 8-9 Northern Pike in the 28 to 34 inch range. By the end of day two between the 3 of them they caught 10 Smallmouth bass between 18-19.5 inches and Ezekiel caught 4 of these plus landed his first Northern Pike ever and saw a Moose which he thought was cool. 
 
GIGANTIC Trophy Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Jerry Miller
3rd & 4th days were full of catching many Smallmouth between 15-18” and 3 more trophies over 18 plus some very nice Pike 30-36-
Big Beautiful Trophy Smallmouth Fishing at Fireside Lodge
inches, Ezekiel caught a BIG 24-inch Walleye, his 1st ever, and Jerry Sr caught a huge 42-inch Muskie. Unfortunate no picture were taken as their camera got wet the day before and was not functioning. 5th & final half day they finished catching a lot of large Smallmouth Bass and Jerry Jr caught a HUMONGOUS 29.5-inch near 10lb Walleye. This fishing trip between Grandson, Grandpa, & Great Grandpa could not have possibly been scripted any better and the memories made are absolutely priceless. We thank them for choosing Fireside Lodge to make those special family memories.
 
HUGE 10lb 29.5-inch Trophy Walleye Fishing by Jerry Miller Jr
Bob Kopfer from Lake Zurich, IL was visiting for his second time bringing Jim Swett from Crystal Lake, IL. Bob is a remarkable man at 91 years old spend all day long in a boat fishing in sun, rain or wind, and walks up and down our hill to the dock better than some at age 50. He also still catches fish as him and Jim had 3 fun days Northern Pike fishing having their best day on the 3rd and final day. All guests marveled at and his abilities and gave us all hope that we may be fishing when we are 90 plus years old. Bob also writes self-published novels and gave us 4 editions, so when you visit us at Fireside Lodge you may want to look for Bob’s novel in our lodge.
 
Big Smallmouth Bass Fishing by Ed Evers at Fireside Lodge
Father & Son Ed & Joe Evers from Cincinnati, OH were making their 1st appearance at Fireside Lodge. 1st day ever being on our lake system they did great catching both Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was a very good day for beginners learning new water catching numerous Northern Pike and some nice Smallmouth Bass.
Joe Evers Fishing Large Smallmouth Bass
3rd and final day (boy that went by fast) they did very well catching many Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass and in the three days of fishing made a lot of progress learning the lake, fishing locations, and techniques that were working. The only goal not accomplished was Joe catching a Muskie. What they did accomplish is making some great memories between father & son and they can always look forward to a return trip for Joe to catch his 1st Muskie.

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

 
The Action Fishing at Fireside Lodge
Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Spoon, Yo-Zuri Twitch Bait, X-Rap, X-Rap Magnum Deep, Jointed Cisco Kid, Large Floating Rapala, Chug Bug

Catches of The Week: Muskie 42” Northern Pike 41”, Smallmouth Bass 20”, 19.5”, 19.25”, 3-19”, 3-18.5”, 2-18.25”, 4-18”
 
The Results From The Action Fishing 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
800-545-0815