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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/17 to 6/24 2017 Part 1|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/17 to 6/24 2017 Part 1
This week gave us below normal temperatures along with on and off rain showers that only let up for a day and a half. Our guests however were hardy souls not letting the weather get them down and as a result they were rewarded with fabulous fishing.
Long time guest Mike Uebehlerr Stow, OH returned with his daughter Kate and her fiancé Chad who are currently living in Ethiopia and few almost half way around the world to fish with Mike. 1st day out they had a blast catching some fish while fighting some very strong winds. Second day was great as they caught Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Muskie. Both Kate & Chad caught HUGE Trophy 19.5-inch Smallmouth and Chad had his first encounter with a Big Muskie as it hit his lure at boat-side, thrashed violently and as Chad did his best to keep it on the fish did what Big Muskie tend to do more often than not, throwing Chad’s lure and waving goodbye to him with it’s tail. 3rd and final day was a great finish to a terrific trip as they caught over 70 Northern Pike. They all had a fabulous time making some wonderful family memories together.
Every year guests since 1999 brother and sister Tom Nayder Orland Park, IL Leah Bezin Norwalk, WI with good friend Dave Sivicek Pierceton, IN who brought his wife Helen, and son-in-law Dan daughter Katie and granddaughter Ade for their first experience. 1st day they went out and caught Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Dave landed a beauty spotted Muskie. 2nd day had them doing fantastic with Leah and Tom catching 38 Northern Pike, Leah catching one after another fly-fishing and the Sivicek family caught just as many with Ade catching her 1st and 2nd Pike ever both over 30-inches, and Helen caught her 1st Northern Pike Fly Fishing.
3rd day was great catching a mix, Leah landing a Muskie keeping her Muskie queen title and also an 18-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass and Tom caught 2 Trophy Smallmouth at 18 & 19”, and others were caught in the 17-inch range. 4th day was a great day catching many Northern Pike in the inclement rainy and cold weather with temperatures reaching a high of only 55F. 5th and final day was very good for Tom & Leah catching Smallmouth Bass, Tom with an 18-inch Trophy and Leah with a 19 & 20-inch Trophies. All left very happy for the memories they made but somewhat sad it was over.
Back for there 16th consecutive year were Jerry Amer & Bill Calhoon from Columbus, OH. DOA these two got to it catching 57 Smallmouth Bass with lots in the 16-17.5-inch range and Bill caught 4 Trophy Size between 18-19-inches with Jerry catching one that size. 1st full day was even better catching 70+ Smallmouth Bass in the same size range and Bill had two-trophy size over 18 and Jerry had one. They also caught a big pike in the mid 30-inch range and two Muskie 33 and 34-inches.
2nd day they targeted Muskie catching two at 33-inches and Bill landed the largest, a nice 36-incher, while also catching a few Pike in the 30-inch range and some Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day had these two catching 20 Smallmouth Bass with two Trophy size and 54 Northern Pike. Their 4th and final day they, they thought was an off day at first as the weather, cold & rainy, beat them up, but after tallying their total they caught 36 Smallmouth Bass with 3 over 18-inch Trophy fish and 21 Northern Pike.
When departing they both laughed and said they are spoiled with the fishing at Fireside Lodge. They caught 19 Trophy Smallmouth Bass between 18 to 19.5-inches for their 4 days, 4 Muskie & countless Pike. Jerry will be returning with his Grandson at the end of July and both reserved the same dates for 2018.
Back for their 16th consecutive year were father & son Jack & Steven Starnes from Wise & Duffield, VA 1st day these two did great catching 50+ Smallmouth Bass and 60+ Northern Pike. 2nd day was a fantastic Smallmouth day catching over 100 BIG Smallmouth Bass on surface poppers. 3rd day was targeting Muskie catching 5 and losing a few along with landing 20+ Pike and a few Smallmouth Bass.
4th day was another day targeting Muskie having very few follows but catching 2. Steven with a nice 33-inch and Jack caught a Huge 45-inch Trophy Muskie, which made the whole day. Later in the day they fished for Smallmouth Bass catching 35-40 nice fish all being 16.5 to 18.5-inches. 5th day was a special day in any Fishers book as Steve caught a 40-inch Trophy Northern Pike and Jack caught a 46.5-inch GIANT Trophy Muskie. They also caught about 20 other pike and 25 Smallmouth Bass. 6th and final day had them catching 35 Smallmouth Bass and 30 Northern Pike. Both left having another great father and son fishing trip & made their reservations for 2018.
Another guest returning for their 16th consecutive year were very good friends Don Landbo & Dan Szkolza from S Elgin, IL and Sugar Grove, IL. 1st day despite the windy conditions they caught 26 Smallmouth Bass, 5 Pike with Don landing a Trophy over 18-inches and Dan catching two Trophies. Also each caught a Muskie.
2nd day was a super day catching 9 BIG Smallmouth Bass and 176 Northern Pike using Buzz Baits 80% of the time. 3rd day had them catching 122 Northern Pike using Buzz Baits, & 16 Smallmouth with 5 being Trophy Size over 18-inches. 4th day they caught 116 Northern Pike & 12 Smallmouth. 5th day was focused on Smallmouth Bass catching 28. The
6th and final day they were searching for both Smallmouth Bass and Muskie finding them both catching 32 BIG Bass plus Dan landed 2 Muskie with one being a very large 39-inches. This ended their trip on a high note and after taking their traditional picture in front of my tackle shop they reserved the same dates for next year.
1st time guests George Siemer and his sons Alex & Andy from Hamilton and Harrison OH were excited to arrive & fish our well know excellent Smallmouth Bass fishery. 1st day before supper the caught over 3-dozen nice Smallmouth & both Alex & Andy landed a very nice Northern Pike. 2nd day was even better as they caught 57 Smallmouth Bass with Andy catching a Trophy at 18-inches & a 31-inch Pike. 3rd day they caught 28 Smallmouth Bass with a few Northern Pike. 4th day they did well on both Pike and Smallmouth Bass with Andy catching a BIG heavy 37.5-inch Northern Pike and had some fast action on Smallmouth after supper with both Andy & Alex catching BIG Smallmouth Bass on surface poppers. 5th and final day was a great finish with them catching 38 Northern Pike both Alex and Andy landing 19.5-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass and George caught a large 42-inch Muskie. All left making great father and son memories for years to come.
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Hot Lures: Husky Jerk, Zara Spook, Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Spinner, Sinking Worm, Ned Rig, Twister Tail Grubs, Pop-R, Pointer Minnow, X-Rap
Catches of The Week: 46, 45, & 42-inch Muskie, 40-inch Northern Pike, 20-inch Smallmouth Bass with many 19.5 & 19-inch
Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan