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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/1 to 7/8 2017 Part 1|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/1 to 7/8 2017 Part 1
Weather this week was pleasant but below normal temperatures with only having one major rain event at the beginning of the week. Some guests did well Smallmouth Fishing while others did great catching Northern Pike.
Dave, Dan, Jacob, and Jack Ellis from Traverse City, MI were here for their first time. First day out Dave & Jack caught 35+ Smallmouth Bass while Dan & Jack caught about 12 and after supper they hit a Mayfly hatch catching about a dozen good size Smallmouth fishing right in the emerging Mayflies. 2nd day Dave & Jacob caught 16 Smallmouth Bass before supper, 7 being over 17 inches and Jake caught an 18-inch Master Anglers Trophy Bass while Dan & Jack caught 9. They said moving was the key as they were only catching one fish per spot.
3rd day was another very good quality Smallmouth Day catching all bigger fish 16 to 18.5 inches and Jake again came up with the trophy. 4th day when I asked how their day was at suppertime they all said, GREAT!! They caught a good number of quality Smallmouth Bass in the 16 to 17 and 7/8 category and Jack landed a beauty Master Anglers Award Trophy at 18.5-inches. The rig of the day was the Zieka Rig. 5th & final day was there best and David said conservatively they caught 45 to 50 Smallmouth Bass and Jake caught his 3rd Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth. All had a fabulous time making wonderful family memories together.
John Papp and son Michael from Atlanta, GA were fishing at Fireside Lodge for their first time. 1st day they caught some Pike & Smallmouth Bass while getting to know the waters. 2nd day had them again catching a mix of Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass having fun learning locations and presentations. 3rd day was there best catching a bunch of Northern Pike, a few Smallmouth Bass and enjoying the creek ride to Maskinonge Lake and at the end of the day Michael had a slight edge over his dad in their personal contest.
4th day they had a ball investigating the Little Vermilion Lakes Upper Arm catching Smallmouth Bass & then turned to the West End catching many Northern Pike and at the end of the day the contest was tied. 5th day when asked at supper John said they had a really fun day catching over 30 Northern pike together and the smiles on their faces told the whole story. 6th & final day finished with their strongest day catching 51 fish total, 49 pike and 2 Smallmouth Bass. Mike expressed what a great time they had and have all intentions of returning in 2018.
Ollie & Bob Waldeck from Cotter, AR were continuing their 2nd week stay starting out by having a fantastic day catching 40 Northern Pike and 2 Smallmouth. 2nd day was a 15 Smallmouth Day with half on the bigger side. 3rd day was even better landing 30 Smallmouth Bass and Ollie had an absolute ball catching most of hers on the surface using a Tiny Torpedo. 4th day was very special catching 13 Northern Pike but the special part was catching 12 Smallmouth with 10 being 18 to 19.5-inches. They were using a Z-Man Popper and had three times as many miss the lure. 5th day had them catching some Smallmouth but they found it to be a challenging fishing day.
Next day was a super day Smallmouth Bass fishing as the bass stared to show up on rock reefs and islands which is the 1st movement to the summer pattern. These two caught 42 Smallmouth Bass most being bigger in size using the sinking worm. Last day they ended very strong catching 44 Smallmouth Bass. The last two days successes were on a floating worm attached to a weighted hook that allowed them to crawl the worm on the bottom with minimal snags. Both had a wonderful two week stay and upon departing reserved the same two weeks for 2018.
First time guests James Head from Miromar Lakes, FL & Brett Berty from Indianapolis, IN were excited to be on new waters. First day was spent getting familiar and catching a few Pike and Smallmouth. 2nd day was terrific catching, as Brett stated, dozens & dozens of Northern Pike plus they caught 4 Big Smallmouth Bass with Brett catching a Trophy while fly-fishing.
3rd day was almost as good as there second catching 35 Pike plus they caught a few Smallmouth Bass with James landing a Trophy 18-inch Smallmouth Bass. 4th and final day was fabulous catching a bunch of Northern Pike and a lot of Smallmouth Bass with 6 being between 18 to 20-inches. Both were very excited when explaining their catch in the dinning room. They said about 70% of the fish caught over 4 days were landed while fly-fishing and Bret caught over 75 fish just using two of the same flies.
Return guest since 2003 Ed Bromeier was back with good friend Gary Tuberty both from Boone, NC. 1st day these two spent catching some nice Smallmouth Bass and Pike. 2nd day was a super day catching 43 Northern Pike & having at least 20 misses. 3rd day they got into catching Smallmouth Bass with a few Pike mixed in, and Gary had a Pike hit his Baby Torpedo. 4th day was another great Northern Pike fishing experience catching close to 40-Pike and Gray caught his 1st Northern Pike Fly-Fishing. 5th day was a fun day catching Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass with surface lures. 6th and final day was a FABULOUS finish to a fantastic fishing trip as they got into a bunch of Northern Pike catching over 40 and it was so good these two where late for supper because the fish just would not quit. Both left thoroughly enjoying their stay hoping they will have another opportunity to return.
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Hot Lures: Yo-Zuri, Suick, Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Spinner, Pop-R, Baby Torpedo, Ned Rig, Zieka Rig
Catches of The Week: 41-inch Northern Pike, Several 19.5-inch Smallmouth Bass
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