Fireside Lodge Multi-Lake System
Information & Fishing Details


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Fireside Lodge is the only lodge located on Little Vermilion Lake, being the largest of a 10 lake system, having ??FABULOUS? fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Tiger Musky. For Fireside guests the advantage of Fireside Lodge being the only lodge on this Ontario Lake system is obvious, and being located on a multi-lake system gives Fireside Lodge guests the opportunity to fish lakes of all different sizes and shapes with water clarity ranging anywhere from clear to stained. Little Vermilion Lake is large enough, but not overwhelming, so for those who want to focus on the main larger lake they have enough area to keep them busy for years to come, never having to travel more than 40 minutes from the lodge with a 20hp engine, and having all available fish species to pursue. For guests who want to venture into other waters the opportunity is awaiting them to explore in the form of creek accessible and portage lakes. These classic Canadian Lakes are anywhere from 5500 to 300 acres some being long and narrow, and others being wider, and all having the fish holding structure Ontario Lakes are known for, being full of rock and reef structures, many bays, and expansive weed-beds. Little Vermilion Lake System has an abundance of forage in the varieties of, many different Minnow Species, Crayfish, Leeches, White Sucker, Perch, White Fish, and Lake Cisco along with the countless other insects, larvae, and micro-organisms that are a natural part fishing in Ontario near Sioux Lookoutof a lake??s ecosystem. With all of these qualities Fireside Lodge guests experience excellent fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Tiger Musky not only catching numbers of fish, but also catching what most come to Ontario, Canada Fishing for: Catching BIG fish!!! Over the years most guests at Fireside Lodge have enjoyed the best fishing trip, best day of fishing, or caught their largest fish ever while fishing at Fireside Lodge. The real bonus is that this terrific fishing will be enjoyed in a pristine wilderness setting in the middle of the largest and only sustaining Boreal Forest in the world. Millions of Boreal Forest acres will surround you with an endless opportunity to see wildlife, birds, waterfowl, and all the natural wonders of how this ecosystem functions and survives. Below are a description of each lake and lake specifics under the Details section, and what fishing opportunity each can provide for Fireside Lodge guests. All of the lakes below have ??FABULOUS? fishing for what each has to offer, which I have described in the Fishing section of each lake write up. All the fishing at Fireside Lodge is catch and release so all Fireside Lodge guests will have the opportunity to experience the fabulous fishing described. Please email with any further questions. Enjoy, Alan Brandys / Fireside Lodge fireside@xplornet.com

Little Vermilion Lake Details: Little Vermilion Lake is a 5500 acre classic spring and creek fed Canadian Glacier formed lake 17 miles long with approximately
50 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of over 110 feet. Little Vermilion Lake fishing lakes in Ontario near Sioux Lookouthas lower and upper sections with three distinct arms, and several very large bays smaller than each arm but larger than our biggest portage lake. The widest section is just over a mile wide with most areas being a half-mile or less in width. Being able to see both shorelines from anywhere on the lake makes navigation easy, and windy days more manageable. Little Vermilion Lake is clear water having numerous weedy bays, weed flats. points, rock reefs,
humps, and islands which creates excellent fish holding structures and interesting for any angler to apply their skills. Fishing: Fish species available are Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Tiger Musky. Little Vermilion Lake has excellent fishing for all four species. Smallmouth can be caught in large numbers, with 100 in a day being a reality. Smallmouth between the 14 to 17 inch range are very common and caught in numbers, many Smallmouth are caught in the 17.5 to 20 inch range (see the Master Anglers Award section), and exceptional Trophy Smallmouth over 20 inches are caught every year with the largest to date being 23 inches. The Smallmouth are commonly very heavy with very large girth. Northern Pike are abundant, but the special thing Pike fishers find at Fireside Lodge is that Northern Pike are very heavy solid fish, and weigh more than the average Northern Pike. Northern Pike are caught in numbers in the 28 to 36 inch range, plenty being caught 37 to 42 inches,  Trophy 40 to 45-inchers are caught every year, and the largest to date is 48 inches. WOW!!! Tiger Musky, are caught in the sizes described for Northern Pike, and all fishers are amazed at the special markings and colors of this special fish. Little Vermilion Lake is well know to Muskie fishers and has a great population of all sizes. Catching Muskie in the 34 to 42 inch size is very common, and there are plenty of fish up to 50 inches with monsters in this size category landed every year. Then there are those really GIANT Trophy Muskie over 50 inches that elude and tease us all, and are caught occasionally. Largest caught to date is 54 inches. Also in Little Vermilion Lake you have an opportunity to catch all four Muskie types, which are a Clear Musky, Barred Musky, Spotted Musky, and Tiger Musky. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.

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Cedarbough Lake Details: Cedarbough Lake is a narrow clear water creek accessible lake about 700 acres, 2.5 miles long having a maximum depth of 120 feet. Cedarbough has a lot of rock shore lines and gets it??s name from the numerous magnificent Cedar Trees that boarder the lakes shores. Fishing: Fish species available are Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Tiger Musky. Cedarbough Lake is known for quality big fish catches. All the fish species categories produce large heavy trophy fish, with Smallmouth up to 22 inches or more, 6 pounds plus, Northern Pike and Tiger Musky reaching the mid 40 inch range, and Muskie over 50 inches. In a half-day effort two people caught 6 Master Anglers Smallmouth Bass between 18.5 to 21 inches, and two other guests caught over 50 between 14 to 17.5 inches. There have been days that guests landed 6-7 Muskie 34 to 43 inches in one day, and the best day has been 12 Musky in one day??s effort. The potential to land a Northern Pike or Tiger Musky in the 40 to 45 inch range is excellent. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.

Maskinonge Lake Details:  Maskinonge (Muskie) Lake is an expansive slightly stained water creek accessible lake with about 1200 acres of water surface and a maximum Ontario creek fishing lakesdepth of 60 feet. Maskinonge has a lot of rock structures with far reaching weed flats, having some sandy areas and main lake humps. Fishing: Fish species available are Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Tiger Musky. Expect excellent fishing for all four species in all size categories. Big Smallmouth 17 to 20 inches are caught and the lakes largest have been 23, 23.5, and 25 inches. I have personally caught many Smallmouth between 18 and 20.50 inches, and landed three between 21 and 21.50 inches. Daily catches of over 100 Smallmouth Bass have been recorded. Northern Pike fishing can be fast action in sizes up to 36 inches, with many caught between 36 to 40 inches. Daily catches of well over 100 Northern Pike have been recorded. The Master Anglers sizes of 40 inches and better are caught every year with the tops being 47 inches. Many Muskie are caught between 30 to 39 inches along with some 40 to 45 inches. During an MNR netting project they did record Muskie over 50 inches. Tiger Musky is abundant in this lake and many are landed 30 to 39 inches with some reaching up to 43 inches. 
Special Information: Maskinonge, along with Hooch and Cloudlet Lakes below are three lakes connected by a series of creeks, and accessed from the west end of Little Vermilion Lake. There is a special history surrounding these three lakes. Back in the 1930??s the Ministry of Natural Resources claimed these three lakes as special fish sanctuaries to be set aside as a natural fish hatchery and closed to all angling. With plans and intentions that never became a reality they remained closed simply serving as a natural fish hatchery for Little Vermilion Lake as some fish do migrate with the flow of water that empties into Little Vermilion Lake. After some review and many committee discussions it was decided to make a regulation change and allow an angling opportunity in these three lakes. This regulation change took place in 1993. Because these three lakes were considered special for there quality and reproductive potential regulations were created to allow angling while trying to preserve the lakes, as best as possible, in retaining there current fish populations and quality.
Special regulations for Maskinonge, Hooch and Cloudlet are as follows:
1)    Season opens for fishing on third Saturday in June to protect spawning of all fish species.
2)     All lures used must have only one hook, and that hook must be barb-less. Pinching the barbs down with a pair of pliers can accomplish this.
3)    The use of live bait, or organic bait is not allowed.
4)    All fishing is catch and release only.
5)    Slow, no-wake travel through creeks to protect spawning habitat.
Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and
daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.

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Hooch Lake Details: Hooch Lake is a 750 acre stained water creek accessible lake stretching North and South having wider areas on either end, and having a maximum depth of 35 feet. Hooch Lake on its southern end is a big weedy belly shaped area with a mixture of rock and fallen wood shoreline. The North half gets deeper and the shorelines have increased rock structure, with weed beds developing out from the shoreline rock structure. At the North end you will find a creek flowing into Hooch Lake from Cloudlet Lake, which is the headwaters of our lake system. The lake shape resembles a Seahorse. Fishing: Fish species available are Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Tiger Musky. Northern Pike fishing can be very fast at times with a lot of fish in the 25 to 30 inch range, and holds good numbers of 33 to 36 inch Pike. Northern Pike 38 to over 40 inches are caught every year and the largest to date is 46 inches. Hooch is known to have a terrific top water bite in the summer time period and can be a Northern Pike Fly-Fishing haven. Smallmouth Bass fishing can be great and will produce some Big Brawny Brown colored Smallies. Many Master Anglers Smallmouth Bass (18 inches or larger) swim these waters with the largest landed to date being 24, and 24.50 inches each weighing over 8 lbs. Two Fireside Lodge guests caught 21 Smallmouth Bass between 18-20 inches in six days, along with many others 14 to 17.5 inches. My personal largest is 20.5 inches. Muskie and Tiger Musky are fun in Hooch most being 28 to 38 inches but over 40-inchers are caught every year. My personal best is a 42-inch Tiger Musky. Best Muskie recorded is 48 inches. One Fireside Lodge guest experienced catching three fish, on three consecutive casts consisting of a 44-inch Muskie, 33-inch Northern Pike, and 19.5-inch Smallmouth Bass. WOW!!! Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.



Cloudlet Lake Details: Cloudlet Lake is a stained water lake with approximately 300 acres of surface water and a depth of 35 feet. Currently this lake is not available however is being considered for future use. Fishing: Fish species available are Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Tiger Musky. Other current information is not available. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and
daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.



Terry Lake Details:  Terry Lake is a 450 acre stained water portage lake, with the trailhead accessed from Little Vermilion Lake. Portage is 20 to 25 minute walk and rated slightly difficult to difficult depending on personal ability and ground Ontario poratge fishing lakes Sioux Lookoutconditions. Equipment on the lake is a 14 ft boat with a 8 hp engine. Fishing: Fish species available are Northern Pike and Walleye. This lake??s specialty is fast action and fun Northern Pike fishing. Fish range from 22 to 30 inches, and are very scrappy. Loads of fun on light tackle or while Fly Fishing. Best one-day effort for two people is 115 Northern Pike landed in a 6 to 7 hour day. Walleye population is great with a lot caught in the 20 to 25 inch range, a good number have been caught over 25 inches, and the biggest to date is 31.5-inches. The Walleye are all healthy having big bellies. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and
daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.


George Lake Details:  George Lake is a 225-acre mostly clear water portage lake, with the trail-head accessed from Little Vermilion Lake. Portage is a 25-minute walk and rated slightly difficult to difficult depending on personal ability and ground conditions. Equipment on lake is a 16ft canoe and paddles. Fishing: Fish species available are Northern Pike. This lake is the only portage lake a canoe is used which brings a challenging variable to Northern Pike Fishing. All size Northern Pike are found in these waters up to and over 40-inches. Best-recorded daily catch by a father and son were 26 Northern Pike with several being in the mid-30 inch range and the largest 36 inches. Those larger Pike were actually moving the canoe around during the fight. Very busy day fishing in the canoe. Because of the canoe variable, George Lake is fished much less than the others. It is a beautiful setting and there is something special to be said of fishing in the quiet serenity, all alone, on a Canadian Shield Lake in Ontario, surrounded by the Boreal Forest, Wildlife, and all of nature at it??s best. Then suddenly have it all disturbed by a huge Northern Pike exploding on your lure, and at that the challenge has just begun. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and
daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.


Booger Lake Details:  Booger Lake is a 275-acre clear water portage lake, with the trailhead accessed from Little Vermilion Lake. Portage is 20 to 25 minute walk Ontario fishing portage lakeand rated slightly difficult to difficult depending on personal ability and ground conditions. Equipment on the lake is a 14 ft boat with a 8 hp engine. Fishing: Fish species available are Northern Pike. Booger Lake is full of Northern Pike with sizes varying between 22 to the high 30-inch range, with most falling in the 25 to 30-inch category. Largest caught is 38 inches. Best day ever recorded on the lake is 166 Northern Pike caught by three people fishing eight hours. WOW!!! That??s fast action.  I recommend lighter tackle and the action is normally fast and furious. Fly-Fishing potential is great for the beginner or experienced fly-fisher as landing fish is a given. You will also find yourself all alone on a long narrow body of water stretching east to west with the terrain elevating quickly and bordered all around the lake with tall pine trees. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and
daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.


Closs Lake Details: Closs Lake is a 450-acre clear water portage lake, with the trailhead accessed from Little Vermilion Lake. Portage is 5 minutes or less and is an easy walk compared to other portages. Equipment on the lake is a 14 ft boat with a 8 hp engine. Fishing: Fish species available are Smallmouth Bass, and Muskie.
Closs Lake has a very high population of both Smallmouth Bass and Muskie. Closs Lake has the potential to catch both numbers and size of Smallmouth Bass and Muskie. A large number of Big Smallmouth Bass and Muskie roam these waters, Smallmouth up to 22 inches and Muskie over 50 inches await the adventurous angler. A lot of Smallmouth are caught 16 to 20 inches and many Muksie are landed between 33 to 40 inches every year. Best Muskie day recorded is 13 Muskie landed in one day??s effort from 28 to 42 inches. Best Smallmouth Bass day recorded is 81 Smallmouth Bass with 5 Master Anglers Smallmouth landed over 18 inches and the largest being a monster 20.50 inch Smallmouth. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and
daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.


Black Fox Lake Details:
  Black Fox Lake is a 450 acre stained water portage lake, with the trailhead accessed from Hooch Lake. Currently this lake is not available however is being considered for future use. Fishing: Fish species available are Northern Pike. Other current information is not available. Fish photos really tell the story with the smiling faces of Fireside Lodge guests holding their catch. Go to our photos page to take a look, and also go to my weekly fishing reports page and
daily fish catches page for examples of what Fireside Lodge guests actually experienced during their fishing trip.

Conservation = Great Fishing,
and we are keeping it that way with the commitment of fisheries
management. At Fireside Lodge, Little Vermilion, Cedarbough
and all portage lakes are managed as catch and release lakes.
Maskinonge, Hooch, and Cloudlet are catch & release, barbless
hooks only, one hook only, and no live bait. This gives every
Fireside Lodge guest the best possible opportunity to have the
fishing trip of their life. Fireside Lodge guests catch many fish
and very large fish. Just about everyone fishing in these lakes has
experienced the fishing day, or catch of their lifetime. Many had
both. After all this is what we all go on a fishing trip for.
For some examples of what Fireside Lodge guests experienced while fishing at Fireside Lodge go to our Daily Fishing Catches, Fishing Reports, Fishing Photos and Master Anglers Award Page.

2016 FISHING SEASON:
May 21st - September 10th 
Special Seasons & Regulations
All Lakes Are Catch & Release Only
Muskie Season Opens June 18th
Closs Lake is opened to fishing on June 18th
Maskinonge, Hooch & Cloudlet Lakes are Opened to fishing on
June 18th
Maskinonge, Hooch & Cloudlet & all Portage Lakes are catch &
release only
Maskinonge, Hooch & Cloudlet Lakes are barbless, one hook only
& no live bait
REMEMBER ??THE FUTURE OF FISHING
IS IN YOUR HANDS?



This page is written by Alan Brandys / Owner of Fireside Lodge
If you have any questions please email at fireside@xplornet.com


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