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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/19 to 8/26 2017 Part 1|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/19 to 8/26 2017 Part 1
It was a fabulous week with the weather being in the low to upper 70’s on most days, with one cool day having a little moisture and wind. All had fun and the fishing was very good on most days with the windy day being a bit of a challenge for most.
Here for their first time were Ken & Ginger Sprague from Indianapolis, IN. 1st day on the lake they fished as they learned new waters catching some Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike. 2nd day was productive with Ginger catching Smallmouth Bass up to 17.5-inches and Ken caught Northern Pike. 3rd day after talking at the tackle shop and deciding that they should try to position themselves in a certain depth of water while fishing similar areas they did very well with Ginger taking care of the Smallmouth department catching some nice Smallies up to 17.5 inches and Ken had the Pike touch catching all Northern Pike.
4th day was very windy which caused some boat control issues but they caught some pike and smallmouth with Ginger losing a very large Smallmouth when it jumped and threw her lure back at her. 5th day they had a ball catching Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike with the magic lure since they arrived being a Mepps Spinner with a red and white blade. Last day was Very rainy and windy as a cold front moved in and being very satisfied with their fishing over the last 5 days they returned to the dock by mid morning and called it a day spending the rest of their time just enjoying their very comfortable accommodations in our wilderness setting. Before departing they talked about returning with another couple n 2018.
Long time Guest Bill Aulenbach from Barberton, OH returned solo for his 12th trip with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day was great catching many Northern Pike up to 33-inches, discovering the challenge of landing a fishing without help, but doing a fine job. 2nd and 3rd day Bill did well catching Northern Pike on what he described to be an ugly lure. It was a blue, red, and yellow Jake but as ugly as it is a big Smallmouth Bass even attacked it, jumped, spitting the lure out and waving goodbye to Bill with it’s tail.
4th day before returning at noon hour for some lunch and a rest Bill got into a bunch of Northern Pike on a spoon dressed with a yellow twister tail. 5th day Bill, despite the inclement weather of rain & wind, got into a flurry of activity catching one Northern Pike after another until he hooked a 160 pounder, himself making him come back to get a little first aid. After that and seeing the weather getting worse he called it a day. 6th and final day was post cold front conditions, but Bill still caught Northern Pike. Bill left self-satisfied that at 85 he was able to make another fishing trip and did well catching his favorite fish Northern Pike. Upon departing he was hopeful to make it back next year with his son Mike.
John & Monica Ziegler from Union Hall, VA returned for their 8th visit with us at Fireside Lodge and for their 2nd time were John & Monica’s son Dan & wife Crystal from Rock Mount, VA. 1st day on the water they did very well catching 28+ nice Smallmouth Bass with John landing a HUGE Trophy 19-inch Smallmouth Bass, and Monica caught one 17.5-inches. The fish kept them busy enough just making the dinning room hours. 2nd day was windy but they still managed to catch 16 Smallmouth Bass and several Northern Pike. 3rd day was a good day for all 4 catching Smallmouth Bass and Dan was getting much more comfortable operating the boat for his first time.
4th day Monica and John had a very good day catching Smallmouth Bass even though it was a windy, rainy, cold front day, catching a good number of 16-17.5-inchers and Monica caught an 18.5-inch Trophy. Crystal & Dan did well on Northern Pike and Dan landed his first Muskie. 5th day was post cold front so the numbers were down a bit but Jon & Monica still caught Smallmouth 16 to 17.5 inches and John caught 2-30-inch Northern Pike while Monica lost a very large Pike. Dan & Crystal caught Northern Pike. Next day had Crystal and Dan taking a new adventure to a portage lake having a terrific day catching Smallmouth Bass with Crystal being hot catching two 19-inch Smallmouth Bass and had a BIG Muskie on that had her rod doubled over feeling like it was going the break her hand, as well as the rod, the fish coming unhooked under the boat. John and Monica again caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass, John coming up with an 18-inch Trophy and Monica finally caught a fish on her whopper plopper.
7th day was the final one for Dan & Crystal doing fantastic easily catching over 30 fish mostly Smallmouth Bass with some Northern Pike. 8th day John and Monica missed not having Dan & Crystal around and their fishing was a little slower however they still caught several 17-17.5-inch Smallmouth and Monica caught an 18-icnh Trophy. 9th and final day they relaxed a bit more just to absorb the wonderful wilderness surroundings, that John says makes him feels so good. They only fished for a few hours with Monica catching all the fish. Their departure was sad but also glad at the thought of their possible return.
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Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Spinner with White Tail, Yo-Zuri, Red & White Mepps Spinner, Silver Minnow Spoon tipped with a Twister Tail, 5-of Diamonds Dardevle Spoon
Catches of The Week: 19.5-inch Smallmouth Bass with many 18-19-inches, 37-inch Northern Pike, Several Guests catching either their first Muskie or Northern Pike Ever
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