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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/25 to 9/1 2018 Part 1|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/25 to 9/1 2018 Part 1
This week started out on the warm side with temps at about 80 and then the bottom fell out with a severe cold front moving in driving the temperatures down to highs of 50-55 for 2 days then moving to the mid 60’s the third day and into the low to mid 70’s for the end of the week. Sometimes summer cold fronts can be good for fishing after the first day passes, and that’s just what happened, as you will read about below.
Long time return Guest Paul Letourneau from North Oaks, MN returned for his 2nd trip this year coming with son Michael from Metairie, LA who has been coming with his dad since he was 16 and now he is 34 and also returning was Paul’s nephew Nick from Maple Grove, MN. 1st day they caught some fish and had a few Big follows but the fish today did not seem very interested, just looking at their lures and just slowly swimming away.
Day 2 was met with a severe cold front which got the pike moving and these three did well catching a bunch of Northern Pike 27 to 30–inches and Nick had the golden touch catching two BIG Northern Pike measuring 38 and 39-inches. That evening they added to their total of nice size Northern Pike. 3rd day they caught many Northern Pike and Nick was the numbers guy today plus he caught a Master Anglers Award 18.5-inch Smallmouth Bass. Wow, when your hot your hot!! 4th day they had a great day catching Muskie landing 7 up to 32-inches, also having many follows and Michael said their were three different trophy size fish they saw but could not hook up on. Also Paul caught a very large 38-inch Northern Pike.
5th day was a BIG day for this group and especially for Paul as he caught a BIG 37-inch Northern Pike and a 40.5-inch Master Anglers Award Trophy Northern Pike. 6th and final day they all caught plenty of fish and finished their trip fishing in the rain. All had a great time and are already planning their return in 2019.
Long time return guests Joe and Marilyn Foos from Alpharetta, GA were glad to be back in the Northern Wilderness chasing Smallmouth Bass. 1st day was windy making it a challenge to surface fish but they caught 10 nice Smallmouth by the end of the day. 2nd day was better catching more but they still were not aggressive on the surface. 3rd day was a charm as they did excellent in the morning until about 1pm catching many BIG Smallmouth all on surface lures, Joe using a Wake Bait and Marilynn using her favorite Torpedo. 4th day was another fabulous day catching many Big Smallmouth all on the Wake Bait and Joe caught a Giant 19.5 inch Smallmouth Bass that he said had to weigh at least 5lbs, and Marilynn was all smiles in the dinning room at supper time saying the fishing action was great. 5th day was more of the same with both catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass, but Joie still had the hot hand with the BIG Smallmouth landing another 19-inch plus fish. Joe said it is attributed to his long precise casts and in Marilynn’s opinion it was luck, but I took the middle ground position saying it was a little of both.
6th day Joe and Marilynn both did great for the first half day catching many big Smallmouth Bass with the same lure presentation despite the crumby weather, having a severe cold front come through bringing rain and wind. Joe did it again catching the largest fish of the day a 19.5-inch Trophy before they called it a day at about 1:00PM. 7th day was a very good day for being the day after a cold front as they got consistent Smallmouth Bass action again on the surface, with Marilynn giving Joe a run for his money doing very well and making Joe catch up to her for a change. No trophy size today but a lot of good size fish. 8th and final day they had another good day fishing catching Smallmouth Bass and finishing strong while having a pleasant weather day. In addition to having great fishing Joe and Marilynn had a sighting of a Lynx walking right in front of their cabin, being able to view this wild cat for a few minutes from their living room. Both left having a great stay and plan to return to chase our Big Smallmouth Bass again.
Bob & Jane Babcock from Midland MI arrived for their 21st consecutive year fishing with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day out was very good catching some Northern Pike and seeing what they were looking for, some very large fish, Muskie and Pike, following their lures. Jane did best using what she called her secret lure, which was a spinner bait type lure with a pink silicone skirt dressed with a pink twister tail which did not last long. The twister tail in pink is hard to find and not having any in my tackle shop Jane had to revert to orange. 2nd day was slower, having some big follows and catching some medium size Pike. 3rd day was a miserable cold front day with rain a wind but they toughed it out all day with good results catching some nice Northern Pike. 4th day was day after the cold front and they fished a new area getting very good results seeing and catching some nice fish and Bob caught a beauty, an extremely heavy, 35-inch Tiger Muskie. 5th and final day they had a very good numbers day catching many Northern Pike all day long. They left having another great trip with us at Fireside Lodge and as Bob said it’s been “21-years of good fishing, great fun, and meeting lots of Great people”.
Wade Keiss and David Goacher from Mount Prospect and Libertyville, IL returned for their 3rd time to chase Toothy Critters. DOA fishing for a few hours before supper they got off to a good start catching 15 Northern Pike up to 32-inches and 3 Smallmouth Bass. 1st day they did well catching a dozen nice Northern Pike and Wade had the fish of his life on. While Trolling, after thinking he was snagged, Wade telling Dave to back up, then all of a sudden his rod tip started shaking violently. The fight was on and lasted about 10 minutes with the fish taking Wade through the weeds and jumping clear out of the water twice. Getting a good look at the fish it was a HUGE Muskie, Wade saying the biggest freshwater fish he has ever seen, but in the end during another run the hook just came out. That evening we had to have Wade under psychiatric therapy recovering enough by morning to go fishing again.
2nd day the weather turned and the winds blew from the north with rain, and temperatures dropped into the low 50’s. Despite the conditions Wade & David did very well catching 27 Northern Pike between 28 to 33–inches. 3rd day after a sever cold front they did very well catching 21 Northern Pike having 6 over 30-inch two at 33-inches+. 4th and final day they had a very good finish catching 14 large Northern Pike with over half being 31 to 33 –inches. They also mentioned that all the fish they caught during their 4 days were very heavy and thick saying it was the best trip as for quality fish they have ever experienced. Before leaving Dave was already discussing their possible return in 2019.
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Hot Lures: Mepps Muskie Killer, X-Rap Magnum Dive Bait, Blue Fox Spinner, Ned Rig, Wake Bait, Rapala Spoon, Mepps Spinner Aglia, Rave from Muskie Technologies, Spinner Bait, Rattln Rap
Catches of The Week: 41.5, two 40.5, 39, several 38 –inch Northern Pike, 38-inch Tiger Muskie, 40.5-inch Musky, and many Smallmouth Bass 18-19.5-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