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Fireside Lodge Weekly Fishing Report
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 7/16 to 7/30 2005
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 7/16 to 7/30 2005
Hello from Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario, Canada. The heat continued for the first few days of this week, and then we had a cold front come in on Sunday evening that dropped temperatures 30 degrees. This was the first time I saw everyone happy for a cold front.
Father and sons Allen and David Shogren from New Hope and Inver Grove Hgts, Mn came with father and son Dennis and Dave May from Cookville, Tn, and St Paul, Mn. This group was here for 3 days of fishing and mixed it up by fishing for toothy critters and Smallmouth Bass. One day as a group they caught 35 Northern Pike, as they fished a little deeper than usual, and ended up catching larger Northern Pike. They other days they did well catching Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass, and one day Dan and Dennis connected for over 25 Smallmouth, with Dan catching a Master Anglers Award Smallmouth measuring 18 inches, and a few good size Northern Pike. Their time passed by quickly as usual, and all had a wonderful time fishing, conversing (especially Dennis and my mom Camille), and making memories between father and sons. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge to spend your special time together.
Their fourth time back Ryan Briggs, Scott Tourtellot, Brian Stoner, Alan Gage, Matt Ashe, and Tom Gohr from Bartlett, Streamwood, Frankfort, Carol Stream, and North Aurora, IL were here to fish and have fun. They arrived with all smiles eager to get on the water. Fishing for four days they had a great time catching Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Muskie. Ryan and Scott fished together, and discovered catching Northern Pike with a whole new method and were rewarded with some larger Pike. Big fish addicts, these two one day while fishing for Musky had countless follows from BIG Musky, one of which scared both of them, and Ryan described as a submarine. Brian Stoner and Alan Gage seemed to be the top catching duo on this trip, having a few fabulous days fishing, one of which they landed well over 50 Northern Pike, not to mention the ones they did not land. Alan also had a milestone as he caught his first Muskie a nice 30 incher. Matt and Tom were the most relaxed, and you would find them constantly smiling. Because of this positive influence they did very well catching Northern Pike, and Matt within a couple of days fishing caught some larger Pike 34, 36, and 37 inches. Ryan also caught a 37 inch Northern Pike. This group had a great time, and especially loved our boats and motors. Another set of memories were made, and some rekindled for Ryan and Scott remembering the times when they came to Fireside Lodge with their fathers. Fun was definitely had by all, and all intend on returning. Special Message: Hi to Cathy from Scott.
First timers Bill Aulenbach, James Lonsway, father and son Bill and Kyle Rasbach from Barberton, Oh, Campbeville, Ontario, and Hudson, Ohio were all here after reading and enjoying my weekly fishing reports. They decided to be actively involved in the fishing reports instead of being a spectator. First day was spent learning about the lake and fishing locations. Second day they did very well catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass, and they discovered the value of leeches. Fun day was had by all. The next day Bill and Jim caught some nice Northern Pike up to 31.5 inches, and a good number of Smallmouth with Jim becoming a Smallmouth Master Anglers Award winner landing a 18 Smallmouth. Bill and Kyle also had a very good day catching Smallmouth Bass. In fact Bill and Kyle in a short time period were becoming very proficient at catching Smallmouth Bass. Next day Bill and Kyle again caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass, while Bill A and Jim fished for larger Northern Pike and caught some in the 32 to 33 inch range. The second to the last day was a fantastic day with all four catching a lot of Northern Pike. The final day was going to be in search of the elusive Musky. Well, the Muskie won on this day, however the Northern Pike fishing was great for Bill and son Kyle as they fishing with a bang catching 27 Northern Pike, many over 30 inches up to 36 inches. Great finish to a great first fishing trip to Fireside Lodge. Upon leaving they have already made reservations for 2006, and we are looking forward to having them back.
Back for their 6th consecutive year Ed Burns and Todd Smith from College Station and Richardson, Tx. brought two new guests, Gene Hruzek and Craig Brazier from Wallis and Flower Mound, Tx. Todd, Gene, and Craig are former graduate students of Ed's which all have something in common. They all enjoy fishing. This group did well as always catching Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. They had a few days where they caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass and a few others where they had good Northern Pike fishing. Every group has a natural fisher, and Todd is it in this group. He hooked up on six Musky as he has developed a new way of release. Just give them slack at the boat and off and away they go. Effective for the fishes survival, and effective for Todd, as there is no mess, of unhooking, getting possibly hooked himself, and hurting the fish or the fish hurting Todd. Todd, said he knows what he caught, had fun catching the fish, and he does not need to know the weight and length. After all fun is what fishing is all about. Gene and Craig had a fun first stay at Fireside Lodge, and Craig is considering coming back with his son. Ed had a ball as usual, giving all the dock help special names, but not explaining to them what they meant, which is a good thing, and he even gave me a special name. It was obvious though that Ed missed his fishing buddy of many years Rick Jameson, who intends on joining them again in 2006.
First time guests of Fireside Lodge father and son Steve Pacilio from Hoffman Estates, IL came with father and daughter Brian and Ann Garrity from Naperville, IL. On the evening of arrival and the first full day of fishing Steve and Joe caught about 14 fish mostly Smallmouth and a few nice Northern Pike, and Joe came up with a great Smallmouth catch qualifying for a Master Anglers Award measuring out at 18 inches. Brian and Ann also caught a few Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Great start for being new to our lake system. The next day they targeted Smallmouth and continued their streak by catching close to 30 as a group. The third day was portage day and collectively they caught 40 to 45 Northern Pike. The best story of the day was when Brian was trying to land a big Northern Pike in a canoe, he used his Boga Grips, however failed to put the rope handle around his wrist, and as a result the fish shook and took off with the Boga Grips. Still hooked Brian fought him to the side of the canoe, grabbed his Boga Grips and in doing so pulled the release and off went the fish. Still hooked Brian got the fish up to the canoe again, grabbed the fish with the Boga grips, only to have the Northern Pike violently shake loose, and this time the fish waved good-bye to Brian and Ann with his tail. Great excitement, fun, and memory made, that will never be forgotten by father and daughter. The fourth day had Steve and Pacilio catching 20 plus Northern Pike and a 17.5 inch Smallmouth, and one equally as big getting away. The fifth day brought great action for all, as Brian and Ann did great catching Smallmouth on Gulp Leeches, and Steve and Joe caught about 30 Smallmouth up to 17.5 inches using the same thing. The last day ended great with the group catching 41 Northern Pike, Steve and Joe landing 27, and having some great Smallmouth surface action in the evening. Brian and Ann caught 14 Northern on their last day. The best catch of the week amongst these four were the memories made between father and daughter and father and son.
David and Sheila Warner from Foxboro, Ma. were her for their first time together. For Dave it was his fifth time returning to Fireside Lodge to fish and enjoy the wilderness. First day on the water they caught 35 fish combination Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass, and had many other follows from toothy critters. Sheila was enjoying herself right away, and getting into that many fish the first day did not hurt. After getting some numbers the first day they decided to fish for the monsters. They saw them, had their opportunities with hook ups, but failed to land one of these water wolves. They did catch some fish that day but the big ones eluded Dave and Sheila. The last day the did well catching some bigger fish and enjoying wildlife as they saw eagles, loons, beavers and everything else this great northern wilderness has to offer. Sheila and Dave left having a ball for three days, and Sheila wanting to return with Dave in 2006.
Third time back was Jim Havlin, with father and sons Jim McCollam and Ryan, and first timers Kevin and Jason Haff, and Ron and Shane Tucker all from Orland Hills, IL. First day out they caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass as a group and Jim, Kevin, and Jason caught 25 just in their boat, with Jim landing a Monster 19.5 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. Ron and Shane followed up also with a lot of Smallmouth. The next day Jim and Ryan had a very good day Smallmouth fishing and in the evening, Jim, Kevin, and Jason got into a hot Northern Pike bite where for a while they could not miss, and caught a Northern on every or every other cast. Third day had Jim and Ryan catching 18 Smallmouth and Jim landing his daily 31-32 inch Northern Pike. That same day Jim, Kevin, and Jason landed 14 Northern Pike and also caught their fare share of Smallmouth in the evening. Ron and Shane also had a fabulous day each catching their first Northern Pike together plus others, and having a ball doing one of our portage lakes. Ron expressed that being out in the middle of nowhere was a humbling experience. The last day Jim and son Ryan caught a lot of Northern Pike, and Ryan had a fabulous experience at such a young age. He hooked and had the opportunity to fight a 45 to 50 inch Musky. Ryan did such a great job getting the fish to the boat several times, and the last time this Monster dove under the boat and got the line in the motor. That was not the end as the fish just laid there looking at Ryan and father Jim for what seemed like minutes, but was probably 10 seconds or so, and then it turned and ran breaking the line. The best part is when Ryan was telling me the story at the tackle shop he was proud for the fight he gave this Monster Musky, and not disappointed he lost the fish. I think a lot of adults can learn a lot from Ryan, as fishing is all fun, weather you land the fish or not. The other two boats had a fabulous day catching over 40 Northern Pike, and both Kevin and Ryan caught their first Muskie ever. Great accomplishment for both. Jason found an unusual but seeming effective way to catch fish on his last day. At the beginning of the day he started singing the Bohemian Rhapsody, and started catching fish so he continued to sing it all day long, and this group had a fantastic day catching fish. So remember the next time you are not catching fish start singing this tune, and things are likely to pick up.
All had a great deal of fun fishing at Fireside Lodge in our wonderful wilderness atmosphere, and many family memories were logged. Thanks for making Fireside Lodge your pick to make these priceless memories.
Brent and Angie Bostic, from Hurricane, WV., returned to Fireside Lodge for their third time excited, happy to be here, and ready to fish. Smallmouth Bass is all they want and did they ever catch Smallmouth. First day out they caught 68 Smallmouth Bass, with 45 of these fish being 15 to 17.5 inches, and Angie caught an 18 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. Wow! What a start. Each of their next two days they caught 25 to 30 Smallmouth, and three Master Anglers Award Smallmouth, Brent catching and 18" and both catching HUGE, GIANT hump back 19 inch Smallmouth. Another day they adventured into one of our portage lakes, and caught about 30 Smallmouth. Another day they caught 44 Smallmouth with Angie ringing the bell again catching an 19 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. Both had a great time getting away from it all, enjoying our great wilderness atmosphere we have to offer catching what they love to fish for, Smallmouth Bass. Thanks for choosing and returning to Fireside Lodge to spend your valuable vacation time together.
Dennis Jowaisas and Lee Willinger from Oklahoma City, Ok and Norman, Ok were at Fireside Lodge for their first time. As all good fishers do these two spent their first day on our lake learning the system and catching 10 nice Smallmouth Bass. The next day they not only increased their numbers to 17, but also increased the size to mostly larger size Smallmouth up to and over 17 inches. The following day was a repeat, but in much tougher windy conditions. On their fifth day while concentrating on large Smallmouth, they accomplished their goal by catching 22 larger Smallmouth Bass between 15 and 17 7/8 inches, just missing the Master Anglers Award. The last day brought them another good day catching 18 good size Smallmouth. They both had a great time and hope to return.
Good friends Tim Stewart and Brian Neel III both from Rochester, Mn. were back to Fireside Lodge for their 3rd time in two years. First couple of days in search for the big fish, the fish were winning, however Tim and Brian were enjoying catching some Smallmouth. Their third day they saw a number of Muskie, but again did better catching Smallmouth, catching 20 plus, and loosing a few large Smallies. Brian was in the process of testing out a new way for fishing plastic tubes, and as with any new learning experience there is a learning curve, and they lost a few monster Smallmouth. On their fourth and final day the big lunkers again eluded Tim and Brian, however this did not discourage them as they will be returning in September to try to even the score.
First time group of four Steve Sibilski from Parma Hgts Ohio, Jim Frustere from Broadview, and Jeff Stossel and Kevin MaCarthy both from Medinah, Ohio were here to have fun and fish. This group takes a trip every two years, and were they ever excited to be at Fireside Lodge for their first time. First day out they caught a bunch of Smallmouth. Second day out Jeff and Kevin had a very good day catching Northern Pike with Jeff catching the largest at 36 inches. Third day the whole group caught a lot of Northern Pike, and a funny thing happened at lunchtime. We supplied a Fireside shorelunch for this group, which includes fish filets. Well, when Steve went down to the lake to wash the filets off, he slipped on a wet rock, and plunged into the lake with hands in the air, and the fish filets were in the water slowly sinking. Steve thinking quickly just started throwing the filets up on the rock, and saved their main course for lunch. You could imagine how funny this looked to the other three, as Steve provided free entertainment, plus cooked the lunch. The last day brought them some great Northern Pike fishing, as they caught well over 50, with Jeff catching about 20, and loosing a Monster over 40" Northern Pike at the boat. Also, Kevin early in the day lost what they thought was a 6lb Smallmouth, as it jumped after a netting attempt, and spit the lure back at Kevin. They also lost about 35 fish. Great day ending another great fishing trip with family and friends.
Father and son Mike and Zack Gerulski from Huntington Woods, Mi were back fishing at Fireside Lodge for their fourth consecutive year. First day out they portaged into a lake for a half day and caught some Northern Pike. The second half of day, they caught Smallmouth and had to fight the raging wind all day long. By the end of their second full day they had caught 52 Smallmouth, and on their third day caught 36 Smallmouth Bass. Funny thing on this day they had just a few fish caught until about 2:00 in the afternoon, and between 2:00 and 4:30 the got into a bunch of fish, and caught 32 within 2.5 hours. Zack caught all but six, and him and Mike were using the same swim bait but just a different color. That evening before supper I sold a secret new product, I just received this week, to Mike and when they went out that evening Mike out fished Zack and his swim baits 12 to 4. Mike also caught some larger Smallmouth including an 18 inch Master Anglers Award, and their daily total ended up being 52. On their last day of fishing they had what they called their typical day fishing at Fireside Lodge, catching 25 to 30 Smallmouth Bass. Mike and Zack had a wonderful father and son trip, and made another set on Fireside Lodge memories. Thanks for doing so at Fireside Lodge.
Father and son Bill and Mark Westbrook from New Philadelphia, Ohio returned to fish in the wilderness atmosphere at Fireside Lodge for their third straight year. Well, these two are Smallmouth fanatics, and on their first day Bill and Mark tore them up by catching 46 good size Smallmouth and missed a Master Anglers Smallmouth by a fraction of an inch. Next day they did even better by landing 68 Smallmouth Bass, with a lot 14 to 17 inches, four between 17 to 17.5 inches and two Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bill catching an 18.5 incher, and Mark landing a Monster 20 inch Smallmouth. The third day while Northern Pike fishing they caught about 20, and lost at least 30, catching one 17.5 inch Smallmouth. Fourth day they caught 54 Smallmouth, and after a discussion with where some of the larger Smallmouth live, Bill and Mark went to some weed line areas I showed them, and caught another 23 Smallmouth. All were larger, bringing their daily total to 77 Smallmouth, and Mark caught an 18 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. On their final day they caught 34 Smallmouth Bass all between 15 and 17.5 inches, and Mark caught his third Master Anglers Award Smallmouth landing an 18 inch Smallmouth. Both had great fun and made some great memories again.
Hot Lures of The Week: Swim Bait, Spinner Bait, Gulp Leeches, Tube Jigs, Slimers Grub Leech, Blue stick bait, Blue Fox Spinner
Catches of the Week: 20 inch Smallmouth, 4 over 19 inch Smallmouth, 39 inch Northern Pike, 38 inch Muskie
Largest Non - catches of week: Approximate 6lb Smallmouth, over 40 inch Northern Pike, 48 to over 50 inch Musky
Well, that's it for this weeks fishing report from Fireside Lodge, Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan