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Subject: Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/26 to 9/9 2017 Part 1  
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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/26 to 9/9 2017 Part 1

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/26 to 9/9 2017 Part 1

The weather was variable during this time period having many some beautiful days in the low to mid 70’s but we did have two distinct cold fronts with rain and the second front brought day time highs down to 48 F and a low of 30 F. This seemed to turn on the toothy critters and some big trophies were caught along with many Trophy Smallmouth Bass.

Long time return guests Steve & Debra Johnson from Halltown, MO. were back to chase the BIG Smallmouth Bass that roam our waters. 1st day was a weather-in day for Debra as it was windy, cool, & rainy so Steve faired it alone catching 9 Smallmouth Bass including a 19.5-inch and 18-inch trophy and 6 Northern Pike. 2nd day despite cold front conditions they managed to catch 24 Smallmouth bass with most on the bigger side up to 17.5 to 18-inches. 3rd day Steve said they caught a bunch of Smallmouth Bass with a lot over 15-inches up to 18.5-inches. 4th day was more of the same with a mix of sizes toping out with Steve landing a 19-inch monster Trophy Smallmouth Bass.

5th day was slower then previous days, and we blamed it on the light SE winds, but they still caught 9 Smallmouth Bass. 6th day the light SE winds persisted but managed to catch a few more fish. 7th day was as calculated when talking at breakfast Steve mentioned the wind had changed to the SW and we figured the Smallmouth Bass would be good in the afternoon. Well they caught only 2 Smallmouth up to 1:00 PM and ended up with 25 by 4:00 PM with some nice fish 16 to 17.5-inches. 8th and 9th days they caught about a dozen Smallmouth each day with most in the 15 to 17 inch range plus some Northern Pike. 10th day Steve lost a huge Smallmouth first thing, and then caught 9 others and several Pike. 11th day they did very well catching 19 BIG Smallmouth Bass with 4 over 18-inches up to 20-inches.

12th and 13th days were not about numbers but excellent quality catching most of their fish 17, 17.5, and an 18-incher weighing 4 pounds. That is a HUGE 18-inch Smallie. 14th and final day they were faced with windy cold front conditions, temps not expected to get out of the high 50’s. Debra opted out and Steve fished just a partial day alone ending his fishing with two BIG Smallmouth Bass measuring 19.5 and 18.5-inches. Both had a fabulous stay visiting with the other guests and enjoying the wilderness surroundings at Fireside Lodge.

Guest of 20 years, Paul Letourneau from North Oaks, MN returned for his 2nd trip in 2017 with Spencer Olson from Minneapolis, MN for their traditional August fishing trip. 1st day they caught both Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day they caught some Smallmouth Bass and a lot of Northern Pike casting a trolling.

3rd day was a good day for Northern Pike but the big fish they were looking for just did not show up. 4th day was a great day catching over 33 Northern Pike and two nice walleye. 5th day these two caught some nice Northern Pike to 31-inches and got chased in by thunderstorms. 6th and final day they were really trying for a trophy fish catching well over 20 Northern Pike but the large trophy fish evaded them this trip.

2nd year return guests Wade Keiss, David Goacher, and Kurt Koziol respectively from Mount Prospect, Libertyville, and Prospect Heights, IL were glad to be back chasing Northern Pike. DOA in just a few hours of fishing they got a good start catching 12 fish. 1st full day was very good catching 24 Northern Pike up to 30-inches and 2 Smallmouth Bass.

Day 2 was spent exploring a new arm of the lake they have never fished before and the results were not as good as day one, landing 8 Pike, but that’s fishing. 3rd day the caught 18 Northern Pike and Dave caught a Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18-inches. 4th and final day they finished strong catching 29 bigger Northern Pike Wade catching the largest measuring 37-inches. All had a great time and hope to return next year.

Return guests Donn, Matthew, and Christopher Seidholz from Omaha, NE were glad to be back. 1st day was great catching many nice fat Northern Pike using the magic Yo-Zuri suspending twitch bait. They have the pause technique down to a science getting most fish to hit on or just after the pause. 2nd day was a great day catching many numbers of Northern Pike and a nice walleye. The also enjoyed a fabulous shore lunch taking about 2.5 hours enjoying the whole experience cooking over an open fire on a beautiful day.

3rd and final day they had a blast fishing and just making great conversation. Fishing is one of the best ways to reunite and being that these three are traveling their opportunity to see each other is slim. All left having a wonderful stay, making some special father & son memoires and thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge for your family fishing destination.

Special Note:This is our final fishing report for 2017 so Audrey and I would like to thank all of our guests from this year and the last 28-years for making the success we have had a Fireside Lodge possible. It is all of you that bring energy to Fireside Lodge and make it come alive. Also all the friendships we have developed with our guests is way beyond our expectations, and we thank you all for making that possible. As I write this we are hard at work already preparing for the opening of or 29th fishing season in 2018 which is looking to be very active. We have been receiving an unusual number of early reservations and for those of you planning to visit us in 2018 you may want to start early so your preferred dates are available. With that we wish you all a wonderful fall and winter, Thanks Audrey and Alan.
Next Fishing Report will be May of 2018.

Make sure make sure to read Part 2 of this Fishing Report and to go to our website below to see some GREAT Fish Photos. For Fabulous Fishing Video, Wildlife Events, and Current Happenings go to our Social Sites  From Our Website Below.

Hot Lures: Rad Dog Spinner Bait, Mepps Giant Killer, Sinking Worms, Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow, Blue Fox Spinner

Catches of The Week: 45 and 38-inch Muskie, 37-inch Tiger Muskie 42, 41, 40.5, and 40 inch Northern Pike, Many Smallmouth Bass 18-19.5-inches

Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for the next weekly report which will be published at the end of May in 2018. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan
12-3-2017 11:20#1
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