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Fireside Lodge Weekly Fishing Report
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 6/4 to 6/11 2005
Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 6/4 to 6/11 2005
Hello From Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario, Canada. This week was a changing weather week to say the least, as after a beautiful day on Saturday the wind blew in with cool shower activity that never left us all week long. The old saying "you should have been here last week" held true weather wise, but not fishing wise as you will see below.
I will start with return guests Stan Ballard, from Summerville, FL and Paul Gathany from Cedarville, Oh. These two had a very fun four days of fishing, and were very surprised at all of our new cabins. The last time they were at Fireside Lodge was in 2000 just before we started replacing all of our cabins with new cabins. They had some good fishing catching some big Smallmouth Bass and a few Northern Pike while Smallmouth fishing. Right off the bat Paul caught what we all believed to be a Master Anglers Smallmouth but he did not measure the fish. From the digital picture we showed on our digital picture viewer in the lodge, we all thought it was a Master Anglers size. Every day they seemed to catch fish despite the tougher weather and some very nice size Smallmouth, and on the last day Stan caught a Northern Pike in the mid 30 inch range. He can now show his neighbors his picture and what a Northern Pike looks like. Fun was had by these two gentlemen, and they hope to return.
Dan Mosier from Lincoln, Ne was back again to Fireside Lodge but this time with his nine year old Nathan. On his other trips he was with daughter Abby, Sara, and several times with son Caleb. It all started when Dan first came to Fireside Lodge with daughter Abby, choosing a fishing trip with dad instead of a senior trip to Colorado with school friends. Well, how could Dan refuse. Abby choose us from the internet and the last 7 years have been history. Dan's goal is to visit Fireside Lodge with every one of his children. Well, Dan had the worst weather he ever had, and to say the least it was tough on both him and 9 year old Nathan. Nathan was a trooper, catching his first, and five more Northern Pike on his very first day. They caught Northern Pike every day, and on the last day Dan hooked and landed the biggest fish of his life, a 42 inch Master Anglers Award Northern Pike. Nathan was a very big part of this catch as he had to net the fish for Dan, and he did a great job along with some help from Dan at the end. Surely a moment and memory these two will hold forever together. Certainly the memory made between Dan and Nathan is the bigger catch than any fish catch can ever be. Thanks for making Fireside Lodge part of your life long family memories.
Return guests 4 of the last 5 years Mitch Kane from Hayward, Wi, Matt Halleran and Pat Klee from Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL. and Victor Howard from Louisville, Ky were back to enjoy our wonderful fishing, wilderness, and atmosphere we offer at Fireside Lodge. After missing a year this group arrived anxious and ready to fish. That they did every day despite the weather being rainy and cool. Catch fish they did, having several days with their group catching 25 to 30 Smallmouth per boat, and caught a number of good size Muskie and Northern Pike. One day Mitch and Vic teamed up to catch 28 Smallmouth most between 14 to 16.5 inches, and several between 17-17.5 inches. Another day it was Mitch and Pat catching over 30 Smallmouth Bass. Every day they also caught some nice size Northern Pike or Muskie and sometimes both. On the last day Mitch and Victor caught a bunch of Smallmouth, which they did not have a number for me, but said they just lost track they caught so many. Great finish to a great fishing trip.
First time guests Dick Growe and Bob Johnson from Mountain Home, Arkansas were new to Fireside Lodge but not new to fishing in Northwest Ontario. Here strictly for the Smallmouth, that's exactly what they caught. I could depend every day, at 5:00 PM when I start my evening tackle shop hours, that Dick and Bob would be there to give me their Smallmouth Bass fishing report of the day. These two did better on some days than others but had a few great days, and even the tougher days caught their share of Smallmouth Bass despite the wind and rain. First day ever on our lake they caught 18 Smallmouth, with Dick catching an 18.25 inch Master Anglers Smallmouth, and Dick caught 3 Northern Pike loosing a big one, and Bob lost three. The next two days brought windy cold rain and they still managed to catch a dozen a day and both caught their biggest Smallmouth, both Master Anglers Smallmouth at 19 inches. After the weather settled down they had a 29 Smallmouth day. Their last two days they caught a lot of Smallmouth between 14 to 19 inches, catching two more Master Anglers Smallmouth, and Dick caught a whopper measuring 19.75 inches. Both enjoyed their first stay at Fireside Lodge
Kevin Schmitz and Alan Favata from LaGrange and Bloomingdale, IL were fishing at Fireside Lodge for their first time. First day they learned the lake and caught some Smallmouth and Northern Pike, with Kevin catching a great Pike at 36 inches with a heavy girth. The next day Kevin caught several other bigger Northern Pike in the 30 to 35 inch range, and they caught more Smallmouth, with Alan hitting some bigger Smallmouth between 17 o 19 inches. That same evening both Alan and Kevin hit a spot where they caught 20 nice Smallmouth, landing 4 Master anglers Award Smallmouth between 18 and 19 inches, each catching a 19 incher. On their last day they hit it big catching over 50 Smallmouth Bass, and actually got tired of catching Smallmouth, and switched to Northern Pike, catching several. Both had a fun stay and hope to return in the future.
Gary Rose from Mid West City, Ok. back for his 10th year came with good friend Bob Dimsky from Oklahoma City, Ok. back for his second trip to Fireside Lodge. The name of the game with these two is Smallmouth Bass. Gary would rather not deal with the toothy critters, but they eventually find him, like it or not. After their first full day of fishing the count was Gary 45 Smallmouth and Bob 41, and it did not take long for the toothy critters to find Gary as he also landed a good size Northern Pike. The next day they caught a little less, but all were BIG as Gary caught 25 and Bob 12, and Gary caught an 18 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. The third day was also a bigger fish day and Gary landed 34 and another Masters 18 incher, and Bob caught 23. Most all of these Smallmouth were between 15 and 18 inches. Last day had Bob topping Gary at 21 to 12 but Gary's highlight was managing to land a 37 inch Northern Pike with a light rod and 4lb test line. Great time was had by both, and Gary won the total game, but both equally had a fabulous stay at Fireside Lodge. Gary is use to winning as he is a High School football coach and has won state championship 6 out of the last 8 years at a High School named Carl Albert, in Mid West City, OK. This is a great accomplishment in any competitive sports. His son Mike, who has fished with him at Fireside for years, was not able to make it this year because he just got his first coaching job in Joplin, Mo. We wish him the very best in his new career.
John Rabinsky and son John from Easton, Pa., came with good friend Frank Holzl from Wayne, NJ for their first Canadian Wilderness Adventure at Fireside Lodge. They had a lot of fun fishing for toothy critters. While fishing they caught a number of Northern Pike and Muskie and Frank and John Sr each ended up landing a 39 inch Muskie. They also caught several Northern Pike in the mid to high 30 inch range and most over 30 inches. The big toothy critters eluded John, but John was the only member of the group to become a Northwest Ontario Master Angler, catching an 18 inch Smallmouth Bass. Great going John. These three had a fabulous time and are already planning their return in 2006.
A Group headed by Daniel West, from Magnolia, Delaware, Wayne George, and father and son Mike and Michael Scott, from Dover, Delaware were all at Fireside Lodge for their first time. First day every on the lake and they caught Smallmouth Bass, which is why they came, and Dan on his very first cast connected with a Master Anglers Award Smallmouth landing a 18.25 inch bronze back. This groups intent was just to have loads of fun with family and friends, and after meeting these four I had no doubt that they were going to accomplish that goal. They caught fish every day saving their best day for last, with Mike and Michael teaming up for a good number of Smallmouth, and Dan and Wayne catching over 25 and Wayne caught the largest of the trip by landing a 19.25 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. This group enjoyed their shore lunches every day and were always laughing and having fun. Great fishing trip was had by all. Thanks for coming half way across the country to fish at Fireside Lodge.
Tony Majcher, from Hawthorn Circle, IL was back for his 7th time and John Olander from Lake Zurich, IL was returning for his fourth trip. Smallmouth Bass is also why they came to Fireside Lodge, and on their first day they did great catching a lot of Smallies, and John caught a HUGE girthy 18 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth. Every day of their 4 day trip these two did well catching Smallmouth Bass, and John accomplished a goal this trip. He is a learning fly fisher, and he caught his first Smallmouth while fly fishing, and it was a big fat 16.5 inch Smallmouth. Great accomplishment John. John did catch a few others on a fly rod, and both a a ball throughout their four day stay cathcing a lot of nice size Smallmouth Bass
Joe Denise from Palos Heights, IL and Bob Nelson from Elmwood Park, NJ were back for their 7th consecutive year. The first two days they caught some fish, but struggled a little as the fish were in different locations form years past. The third day they found the action they love the most as they got into a lot of fish just exploding on their surface lures. They had a ball as you can see on their faces while describing the action. It also promoted a conversation about old lures from years gone by when we were all kids. We talked about the Jitter Bug, CP Spinner, Cheek Chub and how we always kept the box, Broken Back Minnow, Worm Harness, the old fish scaler, the Hula Popper and how after being in the tackle box for a while the rubber skirt melded together in a clump. It was a fun time reminiscing about how we all got started as kids in an activity we all now love and enjoy so much as adults. Well, the next day they had one of their best days Smallmouth fishing, as again on surface lures they caught well over 50 Smallmouth Bass. In reference to the old lure conversation we had the evening before Bob broke out an old Hula Popper, caught two Smallmouth, and when I asked if his Hula Popper skirt was melded together he said "of course." The next day they caught about 16 Smallmouth, but Bob also hooked and landed a 41 inch Muskie, which topped Joe's Muskie of 40 inches two days earlier. Joe actually saw the fish after seeing a GIANT Smallmouth in the water, so Bob threw a cast in the Musky's direction and then the rest is history, with Bob having a great photo to prove his catch. We have this picture showing on our digital picture viewer in the lodge. Their last day was full of fabulous action and fun catching well over 50, almost 60, Smallmouth Bass and again all on the surface with their favorite top water baits. Upon departure they already made tenative arrangements for 2006 to return to Fireside Lodge.
Hot Lures of the week: Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps, Floating Rapala, Plastic Twister Tails and Leeches, Pop-R, Chug Bug, Torpedo
Catches of the week: 42" Northern Pike, 19.75" Smallmouth Bass, 41" Muskie and we had 31 Master Anglers Award Smallmouth caught.
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