Total Baits 734
Reading Access 90
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/27 to 9/10 2016 Part 1|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/27 to 9/10 2016 Part 1
Long time return guests, father & son, Rich & Brian Jicha from Avon, OH & Middleton, WI were glad to be back and quick to hit the water. DOA they caught 15 Northern Pike. 1st full day they had a fabulous day catching 57 Northern Pike with a lot 28 to 32-inches. 2nd day was all bigger fish landing a dozen & having many more follows. After supper Brian had a MONSTER, over 40" Northern Pike, follow his lure up to the boat several times but would not hit his bait. 3rd day was searching for big Muskie and they found them. They had many follows on BIG Muskie and Rich said that without exaggerating one of the Muskie was at least 4 feet long.
4th day they had one of the best days they ever experienced fishing catching 70 fish, 64 Northern Pike and 6 Smallmouth Bass & each caught an 18.5-19-inch trophy. 5th and final day they fished a portage lake for Muskie catching two up to 31-inches, Brian saying they had many BIG Muskie follow their lure to the boat. They also caught a bunch of Big Smallmouth Bass with Rich landing 3 Trophy qualifiers at 18, 18.5 and 19-inches. Both went home having a FABULOUS time making fishing GREAT memories between father & son.
Guest since 1994 Gerald Adams from Shawnee, OK was back making his traditional father & son fishing trip with son Zack. 1st full day they caught 15 Smallmouth Bass with Gerald catching an 18" Trophy. 2nd day was a very rainy day with Gerald & Zack deciding to opt out and have a relaxing day in. 3rd and final day they caught some of their favorite fish, Smallmouth Bass and soaked up as much of the wilderness atmosphere they have become so attached to. Gerald & Zack come to Fireside Lodge for other reasons than the Great Smallmouth Bass Fishing they have experienced. The wonderful Wilderness and Wildlife are a big reason but it is also a lot about the people. The numerous people they have met and enjoyed conversation with over the many years staying with us at Fireside Lodge since 1992 have created a special connection with Gerald and Zack that I think means more to them than anything else. Also, the people that have met them have been blessed to do so. We thank Gerald & Zack for making Fireside Lodge their home away from home to make wonderful memories between father & son.
Ed and JoAnn Piotrowski from Hampshire, IL returned for their 3rd consecutive year. A lot happens in a year and for Ed he finished a personal goal of writing a book about his life journey with a fishing theme relating to his experiences since he was a little boy. I have known Ed & JoAnn since 1984 and they are truly wonderful people married for 42 years, a rare commodity these days, and I am sure EdÃ?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s book will be enlightening and fun to read which I intend to do as soon as I have the chance. The title is "A Life Well Fished" and it can be purchased on Amazon.com. As for the fishing during their stay they enjoyed catching Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike every day with both JoAnn & Ed each catching two Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass. Ed caught their only Muskie measuring 31" and JoAnn directed this catch. As Ed was searching for a new lure, JoAnn out of the blue said use the Tequila Sunrise Rattle Trap. Ed followed JoAnn's direction and about 10 casts later he caught his Muskie.
On the last day with only a few stops from calling it a trip Ed hooked into what he calls the "Chamber of Commerce Fish" and the fight was on with a mid-40" Muskie. As Ed described it was a great battle until the Muskie completely cleared the water and ungraciously flung the Rat-L-Trap back at the boat. Guess what color?? Tequila Sunrise! Both left having a wonderful time fishing, meeting other guests and are already looking forward to their return in 2017, already having reserved their dates.
Long time return guests Steve & Debra Johnson from Halltown, MO were glad to be back. 1st day was good caching 15 Smallmouth Bass up to 18-inches. 2nd day Debra stayed back for half a day and they had good total results catching quality fish 16-17.5". 3rd day was very good catching a good number of bigger Smallmouth Bass and Steve caught a big old pike measuring 38-inches. 4th day was a very good day catching Big Smallmouth Bass and it was Debra's turn landing a big 38-inch Northern Pike. 5th and 6th days were spent hunting down Smallmouth Bass and a good side story was during a lull in catching fish, which we all have from time to time, Debra pointed a fishing spot out to Steve and Steve reacted like, what are we doing here. Well no sooner that those words came out of his mouth Debra hooked and landed a Trophy Smallmouth Bass.
7th day was a good day finding the Smallmouth more grouped catching some beauties. Next day they did well catching some big Smallmouth with Steve landing a 19-inch Trophy and losing one the same or bigger, plus they caught 17-17.5 inch Smallies. 10th & final day started with heavy rainfall that continued until about noon. As Debra decided to stay dry Steve fished alone doing very well catching a lot of large Smallmouth Bass. Both left having a fabulous visit and left hoping they can do it all over again in 2017.
Carl & Peggy Olofson from Roselle, IL returned for their 2nd year in a row. 1st day fishing the caught a bunch of Smallmouth Bass and a few Northern Pike. 2nd day was a blast catching some Northern Pike and Smallmouth however the big excitement of the day was when Peggy hooked into a Muskie in the high 30" range. Well the fight was on a Peggy did everything to get it at boat side however the fish got off in the netting process. Also, Carl caught an 18" Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass.
3rd day Peggy had the hot hand as they had great action on Smallmouth Bass & Pike. After returning to the dock for supper they were full of excitement but a bit worn out so that evening was spent enjoying conversation and a beauty of a sunset. 4th and final day was all about action on both Pike & Smallmouth Bass and according to Carl; Peggy was on fire catching most of the 18 fish. Both went home as they came with Big smiles on their faces thoroughly enjoying their stay and already looking forward to a return visit.
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Hot Lures: Twin Blade Bucktail, Sinking Worm Wacky Style, Double Bladed Mepps, Mepps Muskie Killer, Top Raider, Soft Plastic Crayfish, Blue Fox Spinner
Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 7-19", 8-18.5", 7-18", Muskie 1-49", 1-42", Northern Pike 1-40", 1-39", 2-38"
Special Note To All Fireside Lodge Guests:
At the beginning of our 27-year tenure at Fireside Lodge Audrey and I never imagined the friendships we would develop with our guests, and the limitless memories we have made, which is truly a gift to us. We want to take a moment to thank all of our guests for this special gift and for supporting us over all these years making our lifelong goals become a reality. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and hope to continue our relationships while developing new ones in the years to come at Fireside Lodge
Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for the next weeks report in May of 2017. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan