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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/22 to 8/5 2017 Part 1|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/22 to 8/5 2017 Part 1
Weather was fabulous with temperatures being in the low to high 70’s and there was only one day we were threatened by Thunder Storms but all the really bad weather seemed to go just to the North of us. The fishing for some was super as you will read about below.
Jerry Miller returning for his 22nd consecutive year and over 30 trips was with another long time Guest Larry Beard, repeat guest Duke Osborne and first timer Robert Hardin all from Erwin, TN 1st full day Jerry & Duke caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass with Duke catching two over 18-inches and Jerry caught a really nice 24-inch Walleye / Larry & Robert caught about 10 Smallmouth Bass and 20 Northern Pike with Larry losing a very large toothy critter. 2nd day was great with Larry & Robert catching over 50 Northern Pike, Larry caught a 19-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass, while Jerry & Duke stuck to Smallmouth Bass fishing catching 40-50 with Jerry landing a 19.5 and 18.5-inch Trophy fish and Duke caught a 41-inch Trophy Northern Pike fishing for Smallmouth.
3rd day Duke & Jerry called it a day at 12:30 because of T-Storms approaching but not before they caught 54 Smallmouth Bass, most on the larger side landing 3 more Master Anglers Award Trophies. Larry & Robert also did good catching about 25 fish being a mix of Smallmouth Bass and Pike. 4th day Jerry & Duke caught 56 Smallmouth Bass having a lot of BIG fish 16 to 19-inches, while Larry and Robert did the same catching about 40, and Larry lost the grand daddy of Smallmouth Bass. 5th and final day Jerry & Duke caught 56 Smallmouth Bass with Larry & Robert catching 44. Many as Larry said “Were Big Hogs”. All left having a super fishing trip and Larry made arrangements for a group in 2018 before departing.
Mike and Leann Sebade returned from Lander, WY for their 2nd consecutive year. DOA they got right to it with Mike fly Fishing for Northern Pike catching several nice Pike and had a heart stopper Muskie follow his fly not once but twice. He said it was the biggest fresh water fish he has ever seen and was very excited and expressive when describing his experience to me at my tackle shop. 1st day was very good catching Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike having some great top-water action and had to re-supply at my tackle shop. 2nd day they caught Northern Pike all day long saying at times it was one after another where they just could not keep count.
3rd day was interrupted by T-Storms but they caught fish in the morning and Mike took a nap while Leann did some Yoga. After the storms past they were right back at it and the caught a few more Smallmouth & Pike. 4th day was amazing fly-fishing for Mike as he caught 34 Smallmouth Bass fly-fishing all on the same black popper. 5th & final day was more of the same having great top-water action for Smallmouth Bass. Both left just as excited about fishing as they left and hope to return again soon.
Father & Daughter Dan Mosier & Abbi Mota returned to Fireside Lodge for there 3rd time as a pair while Dan has visited Fireside Lodge for at least his 18th time with 4 different children. Abbi was the first in 1999 coming with her Dad as part of her graduation present. 1st day they got right to it catching both Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike. 2nd day even though it was slower than the first they still caught some fish and Dan caught an 18-inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass.
3rd day was a good day, even though T-Storms brought them in for three hours, they caught pike and Smallmouth Bass and Dan caught a very large 39-inch Northern Pike. 4th day these two had a ball portaging to another lake and then came out and fished Little Vermilion Lake biggest fish of the day was Dan landing a 35-inch Northern Pike plus Dan caught a nice Muskie. 5th and final day they had some fast action with Abby doing well. Both left with great sadness and very hopeful for a future return.
Ed & JoAnn Piotrowski from Hampshire, IL returned for their 4th consecutive year and 6th trip and with them were Larry Starzec Hainesville, IL returning for his 3rd time and Rich Starzec from Round Lake, IL for his 1st visit. 1st day JoAnn caught 15 Smallmouth Bass with her favorite worm (The Worm) including 2 Mater Anglers Trophies measuring 18 and 19-inches plus a 34-inch Northern Pike. Larry and Rich caught 22 Smallmouth Bass and had multiple follows on Muskie and caught a few Northern Pike.
2nd day was another good day with them all catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass and some Northern Pike. JoAnn continued to get the best results from her worm. 3rd day all caught fish but the wind made it tough to fish certain locations.4th day Larry & Rich had a really good day catching 34 Smallmouth Bass and 1 Pike. 4th day they all had a good day catching mostly Smallmouth Bass with Larry and Rich landed 38 Smallmouth up to 17.5-inches. 5th day was really good with Ed & JoAnn catching 18, Ed having 2 over 18-inches and lost at least 4 between 18 to 19-inches. JoAnn also caught a BIG 36-inch Northern Pike. Rich and Larry had a GREAT Day catching 49 Smallmouth Bass up to 17.5-inches.
6th and final day at breakfast we were kidding about Larry & Rich toping their 49 Smallmouth Day and the conversation ended with us all agreeing that probably would not happen. Well it did as they caught 54 Smallmouth Bass. All left having a great fishing vacation and made their reservations for 2018 before departing.
First time guests Dennis Norton Clarkson, MO Dennis Boldrey Manchester, MO James Stangl Yorba Linda, CA and Dick Lockard Glendale, MO were here to hunt Smallmouth Bass. 1st day they did well learning the waters all catching Smallmouth Bass and at supper Dennis B said he caught several 17 to 17.5-inchers and a 19-inch Trophy. After supper Jim caught some nice Smallmouth fly-fishing with a surface popper. 2nd day was good learning new locations and catching Smallmouth Bass and Jim, after we discussed a technique of just dropping your fly and giving a do nothing approach, went out and applied the technique with success.
3rd day was excellent as they caught at least 75 Northern Pike. The 4th day was even better with them catching well over 100 fish, with most being Pike, and some Smallmouth mixed in. 5th day had the catching upwards of 50 Smallmouth Bass but the bigger fish evaded them. 6th and final day they all caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass ending their trip on a high note and considering when their return trip might be.
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Hot Lures: Yo-Zuri Popper, Pop-R, Blue Fox Spinner, Spinner Bait, Tube Jig, Ned Rig, Sinking Worm, The Worm, Crank Baits & Twitch Baits, X-Rap, Yo-Zuri 3D Sinking Twitch Bait
Hot Flies: Black Popper, Pencil Popper,
Catches of The Week: 41-inch and 39-inch Northern Pike, 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