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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/11 to 8/18 2018 Part 2|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/11 to 8/18 2018 Part 2
This week started out with some of our warmest temperatures of the year reaching 88.5F on Saturday and on almost 90f on Sunday. We had heat and smoke warnings from fires burning all the way out in British Columbia and Alberta. Towards the middle of the week we did get a cool down but not a bad cold front.
Long time return guest of 20 consecutive years Walt LaCasse from Minnetonka, MN returned with his 16-year-old grandson Keeghan for his 9th time at Fireside Lodge. Day of Arrival Keeghan got off to a great start by catching 35-inch Muskie and an 18-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass before supper in just a few hours of fishing. Magic lure for Keeghan was an orange Blue Fox Spinner. 1st day they were facing post cold front conditions and did well landing 14 nice Northern Pike with Keegahn doing most of the catching. 2nd day they caught both Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was great catching 16 Northern Pike with 10 being over 30-inches and several nice Smallmouth Bass.
4th and final day the morning was slow but it really picked up after the noon hour catching mostly nice size Northern Pike and Keeghan hit on another Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18-inches. Walt also accomplished catching a Pike on his new lure “The Bat” which was exciting. Both left making a 9th set of memories between Grandfather and Grandson fishing together at Fireside Lodge. Thanks for choosing us to spend this special time together.
Dave Henry and Son Jacob from St Charles and Bloomington IL, Bob Mezo from Dixon and Tim Traveny from Palmyra, PA were returning for their 8th trip to Fireside Lodge. DOA they caught fish quickly Bob setting the bar on Smallmouth Bass landing a Trophy 19+inch Smallmouth Bass within a few hours of arriving. 1st was great fishing and as a group they caught 58 Northern Pike. They also enjoyed a great shore lunch plus Dave and Bob had a wildlife experience sighting a Cow Moose with her Calf. Very Large Day for this group. 2nd day was very hot, high of 93F, which seemed to either slow the fish or the fishers. All caught enough fish to keep interest throughout the day. 3rd and final day was good trying to hunt down Muskie getting a lot of follows and were able to land one. All had a great time, which went by all too quickly.
Returning guest since 1992 Bill Hochstetter from Rockford, IL with good friend Jim Trier from Byron, IL. were very glad to be back. 1st day was very good catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass, several Northern Pike and hooked 3 Muskie with Jim landing two, and Bill losing a 36-37-inches during the netting process. 2nd day was GREAT as they caught a 25+ good size Smallmouth bass, a 35-inch Muskie, and a 33-inch Northern Pike plus had some other Muskie follows.
3rd day was a very good day catching Northern Pike and Bill landed another nice Muskie. 4th and final day they had a blast fishing for Northern Pike and Muskie not catching the Monster they were looking for but sure did have fun trying. They both had a fabulous trip and can’t wait till next time.
Shawn Moore from Salem, MA and good friend Aaron Little from Canterbury, NH were fishing at Fireside Lodge inspired by the Xtreme Bass Angler TV show hosted by Karl Klalonka, which was filmed in August of 2017 and aired in January on 2018. For those of you interested in viewing the show go to www.fishxtreme.com . DOA they spent a few hours getting familiar catching fish and Aaron lost a big Smallmouth Bass. 1st day fishing at supper they said was great day catching 11 nice size Northern Pike, Shawn caught a Muskie, his 1st ever, and they caught some Monster Smallmouth Bass with both Shawn and Aaron landing Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth bass measuring 18.5-inches. The same evening they fished catching more Northern Pike with Aaron missing a very large fish. 2nd day when I saw these two at supper Shawn said they Slammed the fish catching numerous good size Northern Pike and some quality Smallmouth Bass, Aaron landing another Trophy measuring over 18-inches. Also, Shawn caught his second Muskie, this time being a Tiger Muskie, which was another first for him. Formula today was 8 to 15 feet of water over weeds using in-line-spinner fished very slow.
3rd day after a very slow morning the fishing turned on catching many 28 to 32-inch Northern Pike, Aaron caught his 1st Muskie, and on a lure I sold Aaron hooked into a MONSTER Muskie that had him all over the place for 10 minutes. After thinking his rod or line would break, neither happened, in the netting process the lure got caught up in the netting before the fish was fully in the net and as it flopped all that was left in the net was Aaron’s lure. After all was said and done they were both very excited and were thankful they had the opportunity to have an encounter with such a BIG fish. 4th and final day they had another good day, being spotty at times but caught some great size Northern Pike 30 to 33-inches. Both left having the fishing of their lives and could not say enough about the great time they had fishing with us at Fireside Lodge.
Father and Son Richard and Brian Jicha from Avon Lake, OH and Madison, WI returned for their traditional fishing trip with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day of arrival they had a good start catching 12 Northern Pike and missed 3. 1st day these two did terrific having great Northern Pike fishing landing 43 with a lot of other action. 2nd day they were in search of bigger fish seeing a few, catching 10 Pike and having several Muskie follows. 3rd day was another Northern Pike day catching 15 plus, and both caught some bigger fish 35 to 37-inches.
4th and final day was great chasing Muskie with Brian getting a lot of follows, including the Gran Daddy, saying it was so large he could not believe what he was seeing. Both caught some nice Northern Pike and Rick caught two Muskie largest being 34-inches, and he caught a 36-inch Northern Pike. After supper they caught a few more Pike and Brian came up with an 18-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass. This finished their trip off their trip strong, while making another set of father and son memoires at Fireside Lodge.
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Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Spinner, Fluke, Sinking Worm, Spoons,
Catches of The Week: 19.5-inch Smallmouth Bass, 38.5-inch Tiger Muskie, 37-inch Northern Pike
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