A Canadian Wilderness Experience
Your satisfaction is our uppermost consideration!
Fireside Lodge Weekly Fishing Report
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 5/28 to 6/4 2005
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 5/28 to 6/4 2005
Hello From Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario, Canada. This is the second week of our season and a beautiful week it was. The rain stayed away for the most part, and we had above normal highs for temperatures.
This weeks report will start with first time guests father and son Ken and Eric John from Motgomery and Springfield, Mo.. Here for a short three day package, they had a ball. The first day they spent getting familiar with our lake system and catching a few fish, their second days catch accounting for over 50 Northern Pike, and on their third and final day they got into Smallmouth Bass, finishing strong at the end of the day. They left with smiles on their faces, already talking about their possible return to Fireside Lodge.
Joe Richter and good friend Jim Seman from Kempton and Yardley, Pa were making their first trip to Fireside Lodge. Their first day was spent doing some learning of the lake system and catching some fish, and by the second day they had located fish getting some big follows and landing a few. The third day was a great day catching five big Northern Pike and 18 Smallmouth. The fourth day they caught a lot of Northern Pike and Smallmouth. On their fifth and sixth day the had fabulous Northern Pike fishing, catching 78 and 46 Northern Pike. Funny side story was when Joe had to call his office at a certain time by satellite phone, he had left his lure dangling over the side of the boat. While talking to his office a Northern Pike jumped out of the water and hit his lure. After catching and releasing the Northern Pike he picked up the phone to finish his conversation. Yes, unbelievable but a true story. Joe and Jim also enjoyed our new and comfortable cabins, great meals and service and were discussing with me on when to return for 2006. Jim celebrated his 54th birthday at Fireside Lodge, and what a great way to enjoy your birthday.
Jack and Dorie Hires, from Valparasio, In. were back to Fireside Lodge for their fourth time. These two are a special couple as they take in the whole experience we have to offer at Fireside Lodge. Jack is an avid angler / Fly Fisher and Dorie enjoys the wilderness, and beautiful environment we have to offer. They had a fabulous time, and Jack accomplished catching a 40 inch Northern Pike while fly fishing. Throughout the week they had a few slower days, and some very good days landing a good number of Northern Pike, many Smallmouth Bass and Jack also caught a Muskie. One particular day Jack, hit the Jack Pot, finding numerous Northern Pike and having all kinds of action on his fly rod. Jack and Dorie are also wonderful conversationalists, and every evening we would have good discussions, and many about fisheries management. Surprise being that Jack is very involved is some fisheries committees, and I have also been a representative on a fisheries committee for 11 years. They ended up having another wonderful stay at Fireside Lodge and we had a wonderful time enjoying their company.
Father and two sons Peter, Larry, and Don Carnabuci, from Maple Hgts, Broadview Hgts, and Twinsburg, Ohio were guests at Fireside Lodge for their first time. After talking with Audrey for a number of years at the Cleveland Fishing and Outdoors Show they decided to make the long trip from Eastern Ohio. They had an excellent trip catching bigger fish than they ever have in Eastern Ontario, and more big fish than they ever caught before. They caught many Northern Pike between 30 to 38 inches. I think all caught the biggest Northern Pike of their lives, and I know Larry, while fishing for Northern Pike, caught his first and Biggest ever Muskie, at a HUGE 40 inches. Great fishing, Great fun, and great memories made by this father and sons trio.
Bill Stayer made even a longer trip (from the very eastern side of Pennsylvania) from New Freedom, Pa. to stay at Fireside Lodge for his third time in four years. Bill has built a relationship with several people from other areas since his first trip to Fireside Lodge, and fishes with some of these people. We find that over the years our repeat guests get to know each other to the point that it feels like a home away from home for some. For Bill this is a special time to relax and de-stress. That's just what he did, and he did very well catching what he comes to Fireside Lodge for and that is catching Northern Pike. He had a number of double digit days and most over 30 inches, and a good number over 34 inches catching his largest Northern Pike ever. Bill had a fabulous stay fishing, fishing with Fireside friends, and having good conversation in the evenings.
A group of seven people from Dupont Corporation choose Fireside Lodge for their company trip for the first time, recommended by Bill Goodwin, from Wilmington, De who was with us for the first time in 2004. The rest of the group consisted of Brian Shaw, from Shrewsbury, Ma., Russell Strickter from Marietta, Ga., David Skoczylas, from Ware, Ma., Ken Smith, from Roswell, Ga., Russell Buea and Pat Stephenson, from the Toronto, Ontario area. These fellows had an absolute ball while here, and all you ever heard is their hearty laughing in the dinning room at supper time. Here for three days they made the most of it with Bill and Dave starting off great catching over 20 Smallmouth Bass and several Northern Pike, with Bill landing a fabulous Master Anglers Smallmouth Bass measuring 19 inches. Their second day, which was June 3rd, they caught some Smallmouth Bass, however it was a tougher day, and we felt the reason was because the Smallmouth were just about to spawn. Well, on June 4th we discovered our hunch was correct, as the Smallmouth Bass did spawn that night and it was evident in the next days activity. First off this group ended up catching 107 Smallmouth, which were very aggressively hitting just about anything they were throwing their way. This was a big change, as the previous two days they had to use slow meticulous techniques. On this last day Bill ended up catching another Master Anglers Award Smallmouth at 18.5 inches, Russell Stricker had the most Smallmouth caught at 31, Bill in Second at a close 30, and Pat received the award for best photo opt (without a fish), which I am sure will be a bribery tool for Brian for many years to come. Russell Buea was the comedian of the trip, and a very good one at that. For Ken it was his first fishing trip and he had an absolute blast fishing, learning, and sharing good times with friends. I believe this fishing trip hooked Ken. This was a successful trip for all, and we hope to be writing about Dupont Group in our fishing report for many years to come.
A group of twelve returned to Fireside Lodge for their 6th straight year. Father and sons Neil MacKinnon, Rob, Greg, and Niel III, from Perrysburg, Sylvaina, and Rossford, Ohio, Bob Schwertfeger from Toledo, Oh., Tom Ferguson from Rossford, Oh., John Ferguson from Port Clinton, Oh., father and son Bill and Brian Romp from Rossford and Perrysburg, Oh., and Dennis Carsten, Andy Alcroft, and Joe Shedlock from Perrysburg, Rossford, and Canal Winchester, Ohio. Another very successful trip was had by all. From catching a lot of BIG fish, to catching numbers in one day, this group did it all. Here for a short three days Bob wasted no time on the first day and caught the first BIG fish, catching a Master Anglers Award Northern Pike at 40 inches. The third day Tom also caught a 40 inch Master Anglers Northern Pike measuring 40 inches, and a Master Anglers Smallmouth, a GIANT 19 incher. Dennis also landed an 18 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. One day Rob and Greg were catching Northern Pike about as fast as they could cast, and stopped while the action was still fast and furious to hunt BIG fish. Well, the big fish eluded Rob and Greg, but not brother Neil lll. While fishing with father Neil he landed a whopping 49 inch Muskie. Well, this was the first time Neil lll was fishing on this trip, and he was just amazed at the size of this fish, and said the fight completely exhausted him. Father and son Bill and Brian Romp set off on their own to fish Smallmouth Bass and were very successful by catching over 25 the second day, and on their third and final day caught well over 30. A small side story is when John and Joe were fishing and catching Pike one day Joe landed an average Northern, and after picking it up with Boga grips to have a picture taken, the fish flipped itself loose of Joe's grip and there went the fish with the Boga grip in the water. Well, after several attempts, and an hour of fooling around, John managed to hook the handle of the Boga grips and get the fish released, and their Boga grip back. Fortunate for these two the fish cooperated and stayed glued to the bottom beneath the boat. For Andy it was his first trip with the group, and he caught some fish and had loads of fun. Great fish stories, and fabulous fun had by all in this group. In fact they had so much fun that they are considering extending their trip for 2006 to 4 days of fishing. Never can collect too many of these type of memories amongst family and friends.
Father and son Larry and Scott Siebenthal from Creve Couer, IL. returned to Fireside Lodge for their fourth consecutive year. They come to Fireside Lodge to catch what we are well known for, and that is Large Northern Pike. This year was a great year for Larry and Scott as they landed 149 of these brutes, and over half were over 30 inches. They also said that they caught 12 to 15 over 35 inches, and both on their last day caught an over 40 inch toothy critter. Larry's was in the morning, and he caught a GIANT 42 inch Northern Pike. Scott's catch came in the final hours of fishing, and he landed a gorgeous 41 inch brute of a Tiger Muskie. Both were amazed that they caught fish over 40 inches in the same day. Both of these fish can be seen by all as they are pictured on our viewer in the lodge. Before leaving both Larry and Scott said that every year their fishing experience at Fireside Lodge gets better and better.
Note: All 2005 Fireside Lodge guests should remember that if you bring a digital camera we can post your pictures on our viewer in the lodge the same day. This gives you an opportunity to see your photos enlarged the same day. Also everyone can actually see what others are catching throughout their stay, which causes great excitement and conversation. Just like the old days when everyone use to bring back their catch so people can see what they caught, we now do this at Fireside Lodge while releasing every catch.
Hot Lures: Johnson Silver Minnow, Floating Rapala, Black Twister Tail, Gulp Worms and Leeches, Stick Baits
Big Fish of The Week: 42 inch Northern Pike, 19 inch Smallmouth Bass, 49 inch Muskie, 41 inch Tiger Muskie, 39 inch Lake Trout
Well, that's it for this weeks fishing report from Fireside Lodge, and the first of this years many experiences to come in 2005. Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n Alan