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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/4 to 8/11 2018 Part 2|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/4 to 8/11 2018 Part 2
The Noblet Family, Vince & Judy from Speedway, IN and son Nathan from Fishers, IN were making their first appearance at Fireside Lodge. 1st day Vince said they did great catching a mix of fish, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike & a Small Muskie. 2nd day was a fabulous day for this family as they caught a lot of fish, Nathan catching nice size Northern Pike at the same time Vince was catching Smallmouth Bass on surface lures, and Judy, making a selection of a Little Cleo spoon because of color, being silver / orange, and she was right on because a BIG 42-inch Muskie hit her lure right at the boat. It made for an exciting catch and it was a little bit of a fire drill in the boat but all went well as Judy landed the Muskie and got a great picture. They also enjoyed their lunch at beautiful Twin Falls.
3rd day these three had another very good day with Vince catching many Smallmouth Bass up to 17.5-inches while Nathan picked up on his Mom’s tip using an orange / silver spoon catching some nice size Northern Pike. After supper they all took a walk down the road to work off some of Audrey’s fantastic cooking and they were fortunate to see a very large Black Wolf cross the road only about 50-60 feet in front of them. This happened so quick that Judy was the only one to see this magnificent sight as Vince and Nathan had there heads turned the other way at the time. Judy said it was silent and appeared to have no stress from their close encounter. 4th and final day was another great day catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike using the same combination of fishing locations where rock structures drop off with weeds around them or nearby. All went home saying they had a wonderful time with high hopes of returning in the future.
Warren Tennant from Houston, TX was back for his 3rd time with good friend Joel Bourbeau from Flint MI for his first visit to Fireside Lodge. DOA was great in just a few hours catching 10 Pike, Warren saying hey should have caught 20, plus he caught a BIG 17.5-inch Smallmouth Bass. 1st day they did very well fishing for Northern Pike, caught 1 Muskie, and while doing so found a pocket of Smallmouth Bass catching many 17-17.5-inches and Joel caught a trophy measuring 19-inches. 2nd day they had a great Northern Pike day catching many fish 28 to 37 inches both saying the body thickness on all the fish were very impressive. 3rd day had these two chasing Muskie having a lot of follows, landing one, plus Joel caught a very large Northern Pike. Also, both caught several Smallmouth Bass 17-18 inches.
4th day was a very good day catching Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and they landed 5 Muskie including a 35-inch Tiger Muskie. WOW a 5 Muskie day with lots of follows is an amazing day Muskie fishing. 5th day was a quantity day for Northern Pike while fishing for the big dogs, seeing a few. 6th and final day they caught a lot of fish but despite all their efforts to take a picture with one of the many big fish they saw follow their lures during their 6 days of fishing it was not meant to be on this trip. Both had a fabulous time reuniting after 20 years of not seeing each other, their friendship going all the way back to childhood years in Michigan.
Brian Schmidt from White Bear Lake, MN with his sons Dylan & Kyle were experiencing their first time fishing at Fireside Lodge. DOA these three found fish right away catching many Northern Pike before supper. After several purchases at my tackle shop they were ready for day one, with both lures working, catching many fish being a combination of Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike plus Dylan & Kyle both had big follows that they were very excited about. 2nd day they portaged into Terry Lake for a few hours catching some nice walleye, then came back to Little Vermilion Lake so the boys could throw some big lures for Muskie and they brought up a Monster Muskie, the one they were looking for.
3rd day they had the best day ever having 30+ Muskie follows, hooking up with 6 Muskie and landing 4 between the three of them, and for both Brian & Kyle it was their first Muskie they ever caught. At supper that evening they were discussing a strategy to turn a few of those bigger follows into catches having one more day to apply their new methods. 4th and final day they had the fever, Muskie Fever that is, having a lot of follows again and catching one more Muskie. They ended their trip by each catching a nice size Northern Pike after supper at sunset time and when checking out Brian expressed what a wonderful time they had making fishing memories together, which of course is the biggest catch of all?
Long time guests from North Carolina Leon Robbins, Yadkinville, son Andy Thomasson Cary, returned with Houstin Butler from Jacksonville, FL for his second consecutive year. With this group was Michael Heath New London, NC returned with his son Tyler from Mount Gilead, NC for their 5th time, and son Walker for his 3rd, also Jeff Sepesi from New London, NC returned for his 2nd visit with us at Fireside Lodge bringing friends Richard Smithson, Milton, GA and Gary Moore from Concord, NC for their 1st time. First day out they spent an hour breaking us a beaver dam and caught a bunch of average size Northern Pike and Michael landed the 1st Master Anglers Award fish of the group catching a huge 18-inche Trophy and his son Walker also caught a Trophy measuring at 18-inches.
2nd day started with Andy catching an 18-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass on a surface popper and Tyler fishing with Houstin catching some good size Northern Pike all before breakfast. 3rd day it was Michael getting things started by catching Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 19.5-inches. Leon fishing alone caught 2 Muskie at 30 and 35-inches plus Andy while fishing with Houstin caught 3 Muskie. Tyler also caught a Muskie making it a 6 Muskie day by this group, which is a fabulous day Muskie fishing. 3rd day was a great for all catching a lot of fish but it was a special day for Leon landing two Muskie and a 19.75-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass, and for Walker it was an extra special day landing 5 Muskie in one day at 22, 34, 37, 38, and a giant 41-inch Muskie. WOW!! that is one for the special family fishing memory book.
4th day Michael caught a Muskie plus Andy had a Super Day catching a 35 and 39-inch Muskie plus a 19.5-inch Smallmouth Bass and Houstin landed a large 36-inch Northern Pike. Leon also had a special fishing happening catching a 19-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass fly-fishing with a fly he tied himself. 5th and final day the group caught a lot of Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass and all ended their trip by having supper together and taking their traditional group picture. As a Group these guys had a great week catching a total of 24 Muskie, a lot of Big Smallmouth Bass including 10 Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth between 18 and 19.75-inches, and the largest Pike was a 36-inch fish by Houstin. All had a wonderful week fishing with family and friends and all mentioned their hopes to return in 2019.
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Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Spoons, TRD Finesse Worm, Yo-Zuri, Mini-D, Little Cleo, Sinking Worm, Mepps Spinner, Bull Dog, Mini-D, Silver Minnow Spoon, Nip-I-Diddie, Red & White Spoon, Bayou Boogie
Catches of The Week: 41-inch Muskie, 20-inch Smallmouth Bass, 52 Muskie caught for the week, 31 Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass between 18 to 20-inches
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