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Fireside Lodge Weekly Fishing Report
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 6/29 to 7/6 2002
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 6/29 to 7/6 2002
Hello to everyone from Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario. The summer time period is here and you can tell by the weather. We have been having spectacular weather the last three weeks, as we should have in the summer months. The summer time period is also a time of plenty for the fish and angler, as at this time the fish are feeding heavily, and become more susceptible to being caught.
I will start the report off with three peat Ed Burns, from College Station, Tx., Rick Jameson, from McAllen, Tx., Mike Langdon, from Wylie, Tx., and Todd Smith, from Richardson, Tx. These fellows had a fabulous trip, not only fishing, but also enjoying the fellowship amongst one another. After Ed and Rick got over the loss of a 22" Smallmouth, Rick had hooked and lost at the boat while Ed was trying to net it for him, they had fabulous fishing. Just in one day they caught 60+ Northern Pike, most in the 30" to upper 30" range, and they all landed a Muskie, except for Ed. This groups goal was to have Ed catch a Muskie, which has eluded him in their 3 visits to Fireside Lodge. Another day they landed 50-60 Northern Pike, and some Muskie. Despite the fishing skill and expertise of Ed's, the Muskie still eluded him. Mike Langdon, while fishing for Muskie with Rick, landed three in one day including a 43", 39", and 35". On the last day Ed and Todd had a bang up day on Pike, but still no Muskie for Ed. This group is patient and has perseverance, so hopefully Ed will break this Muskie jinx on a future fourth trip to Fireside. Thanks for returning guys.
By referral from Rick Jameson, (above), Eldon McKee, from Canyon Lake, Tx., brought friends John Moffitt, from Fort Gibson, Ok., and Clyde Sutton, also from Canyon Lake, Tx., to Fireside Lodge for their first time. Here for a short three day trip they got things going fast catching 30 Northern Pike and 2 Smallmouth Bass, one measuring 22 inches and weighing in at over 7lbs. WOW!!!!!!! what a fish and what a first day on a new lake system. This was followed up by another Master Anglers Smallmouth being another huge 19 incher. The next day these three caught over 50 Pike, and on their last day caught closer to 40 fish. Great short stay.
Father, son, and grandpa combination of Ewell Scott, from Morehead, Ky., Adam from Lexington, Ky., Earl, from Frankfort, Ky., along with Tony Burchett, from Morehead, Ky., were also here for their first trip to Fireside Lodge, and they also were here for a short three days. They also caught on and started catching fish early in their trip landing 30+ Smallmouth Bass on their first day. Well from here on out they just soared with success, and on their second day caught over 30 Northern Pike per boat, and on their last day they targeted Smallmouth catching well over 100, between Ewell and Adam, and Tony and Earl caught about 65 Smallmouth Bass. Remember that this was their first trip ever on our Lake System. Great trip and wonderful memories were made by three generations, and a close friend.
Brian and Kay Butterfield, from Finger, Tn., were meeting up with Kay's parents, Harold and Juanita Carpenter, from Kent, Ohio for there third consecutive reunion at Fireside Lodge. Brian and Kay got a jump on Harold and Juanita by two days, and on their first caught 26 Northern Pike and several Smallmouth. The next day the went Smallmouth fishing and caught 27, with Brian catching a Master Anglers Award Smallie at 18.5 inches. He also caught another at 18 inches later in the week. Monday Harold and Juanita arrived and they all seemed delighted to be together. They all continued to catch a lot of Pike and Smallmouth, with one day Brian and Kay catching 36+ Northern Pike, and also had some Muskie action. Kay with her light rod, line, and small lures beat everybody catching the majority of fish. This was no surprise as Kay is well known for this method, but what was a surprise was when Brian and Kay met a cow and calf Moose in a creek they were travelling through. They came around a turn and their they were, almost face to face with these huge creatures. Not enough time to get the camera, however they have a memory snapshot in time that will last forever.
Brothers Don and Dick Johnson, from Batavia, IL., and Millersville, Pa., were back to Fireside Lodge for their second time in as many years. Living a distance apart from each other, this fishing trip is how Don and Dick re kindle their friendship as brothers. What a great way to spend time with each other, and catch up on their lives. They had a wonderful fishing trip as always catching Smallmouth and Northern Pike. One day Dick described their fishing as having caught dozens of Smallmouth Bass during the day, and in the evening, Dick committed to a fly rod and caught 12 more Smallies, and lost a Master Anglers Award Smallmouth on the fly. Way to go Dick. Lots of fun was had by these two, and another week of memories were made amongst two brothers.
Bob Babcock and Jane were back for their third trip with Bob's son Jeff and Dallas Mowery, from Midland, Mi. This group is smiling and anxious to fish when they get here, and every morning in the dinning room when talking to them they show the same anticipation and excitement towards the fishing day ahead of them. They had another great fishing trip at Fireside catching a lot of Northern Pike., and Bob catching his biggest Muskie, not only once, but breaking his record twice during his stay. Jane is another story as she always is very excited about fishing, and according to Bob has a passion for fishing. She also did well catching a lot of Northern Pike, and some Muskie. Jeff and Dallas did well fishing together, and one day had one of those great but fustrateing days catching only 4 Pike, but lost at least 30 Pike and or Muskie. You could see the gleam in their eyes as they talked about the one or many that got away. Great stay - Great memories. Thanks
Lloyd Morton, from Lawerence, Ohio is a long time guest of Fireside Lodge, many times coming twice a season, and this trip brought a friend for the first time who is a walleye fisherman, and never fished for Northern Pike and Muskie before. Talk about excited, Ken was, and Lloyd is always excited when fishing. Lloyd as usual did very well, and had a ball showing Ken the challenge of fishing for Northern Pike and Muskie. He had some wonderful days of catching 15 to 25 Pike along with some Muskie. There best day could have easily been a 50+ big Northern Pike and Muskie day, however they ended up landing about 35, with Lloyd catching a 43 and 35 inch Muskie, and lost a 40 incher at the boat. Ken found it frustrating yet humerus that a big Pike? or Muskie? tore the back end of his #18 Blue Rapala so bad, that it was rendered damaged beyond repair. He only wishes he had a picture of the monster that did this deed, so he could hang the lure aside the fish picture, which of course Ken will always have in his mind. Thanks for coming to Fireside Lodge to help develop the material to make these fishing reports possible.
David Dunnett Sr, from Long Beach, Ca., son Dave, from Aurora, IL., John Dunnett, from Evergreen Park, IL., Rick Dunnett, from Chicago, IL., Bill Ogren and son Jeff, from Chicago Hgts., IL., and Lance Cattoor, from Corpus Cristie, Tx., were all here to enjoy a 6th year in a row at Fireside Lodge in pursuit of the lunker toothy critter. This group has historically done well catching big fish, and being very productive on landing Muskie. Last year their total count of Muskie boated was 31, and this was the tall order they were trying to meet. They come about the same time every year, and because of the cold spring we had, the weed development was not as advanced as normal. Because of this they had to change their fishinglocations, but still wound up boating 25 Muskie with numerous hook ups and follows. For example Rick and John while fishing one day found Rick landing three Muskie, 33", 34", and 37.5", but also had 7 others hooked and lost, and John had four others on and lost. That's why Muskie are referred to as elusive, because once hooked they are hard to actually land. This group does fish for, and catch a lot of Pike while here. Dave was fishing with his friend Lance, who hasn't done a lot of fishing in the north, and on there first full day they caught 40-45 Northern Pike up to 36", and Lance caught his first official Muskie, which jumped out of his hands before getting a picture, but they got a picture of his second at 35". They had another great day catching 35 Pike and Muskie, Lance landing 3 Muskie, and Dave catching a 34" Pike on the fly. Great catch Dave. Dave while fishing with his dad Dave Sr. caught 50 Northern Pike, Dave Sr loosing an over 40" fish, and Dave Sr said they lost close to the same number of fish they caught. Bill Ogren was very proud to have his son Jeff with him at Fireside Lodge for the first time. Bill is very enthusiastic while in pursuit of Muskie, and you should have seen the smile on his face when showing the picture of his sons first Muskie. Great catch and great memory for both. Many memories were made by all again, and thanks very much for returning to Fireside Lodge.
Lief Hoffman, from Surry, Va., returned for his second trip to Fireside Lodge with his partner Susan Reid, from Spring Grove, Va. What an amazing trip these two had, catching fish and viewing wildlife. After fishing for a few hours on the day of their arrival, Susan said she wanted to live here as she had already landed several Pike before supper. They continued to catch a lot of fish throughout the week, one day landing 40-50 Northern Pike, and as Susan was having two smaller Pike follow her lure as she did a figure 8 at the boat, a huge Pike came up and slashed at one of the Pike following her lure. Well Susan just about jumped out of the boat with surprise. Other days they caught 20 Northern Pike, 30+ Pike and had 5 Muskie hooked and Susan landed her first a 37incher. Another amazing catch they had was captured on video. Twice, while going through a creek they came upon a bull moose swimming in the creek, and both times they were able to tape this event. From the size of their racks they were different moose. This sure created a stir in the dinning room as everyone reviewed this remarkable experience had by Lief and Susan. A great trip was had by these two, and they were very sad to leave, but hope to return one day soon.
Joe Metzke and son Brian, from Toledo, Oh., had a great fishing trip at Fireside Lodge. Second day ever on the lake system they caught 20 Northern Pike, 2 Muskie, and 30 Smallmouth Bass, with Joe landing three mammoth Smallies two at 19.25" and one at 19". All three qualified as Northwest Ontario Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. Another day saw them catching 55-60 Pike, 3 Muskie, and one Tiger Muskie, and on their last day they caught over 50 Northern Pike, and Brian who had not caught a Muskie all week long caught his first, and they caught 8-10 throughout their stay. Great fishing and wonderful memories for this father and son.
Rex and Eve Dillinger, from Noblesville, In., were back at Fireside Lodge, another of many trips made to Fireside. Eve was so glad to be back after missing last year because of a change in jobs. Too bad we all have to work for a living. Well these two had a fabulous catching trip. Some of their catches were, 1) 40 Pike, 2 Smallmouth, 2 Muskie, 2) Bunch of Smallmouth, of which they lost count, up to 17.5 inches, 3) 34 Northern Pike 27 to 35 inches and 2 Smallmouth, 4) 53 Smallmouth up to 17 inches. They not only caught a lot of fish, but they got some well deserved rest and relaxation from their everyday life activities. Well Rex will be returning later in the year with his brother Steve and 17 friends. Looking forward to reporting on this groups successes.
Friends and fishing buddies Dave Hamilton, from Laurel, MD., and Al Sins, from Asheville, NC., were at Fireside Lodge for their third time. They are always here in search of BIG Muskie and Pike, and were here to visit a few friends called Bubba. Bubba is the name for several huge Muskie which somehow managed to elude this talented fishing duo on their last several trips. These two did very well as usual, catching a lot of good size to big Pike just about every day, having days of 17, 14, Pike which were all bigger fish, as that is all they ever try to catch. When trying to catch bigger fish you tend to catch less but are rewarded with size. One day they caught Pike 1-30", 4-33", 1-35", and Muskie 1-33", and 1-37.5". Another day they caught 14 Pike in the 30" range and Dave caught a 35", 37.5", and a HUGE! 44 inch Northwest Ontario Master Anglers Award Muskie. Way to go Dave. At the end of this trip Dave caught his biggest Muskie ever at 44 inches, Al caught his biggest Northern at 38", and Muskie at 37.5 inches, so their BIg fish search was accomplished, however the friends known as Bubba still managed to elude their angling talent.
This concludes this weeks Fireside Lodge fishing news report. Thanks for stopping by and reading our fishing report, and looking forward to the coming week. Until then "Keep On Fish'n". Alan