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Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 6/7 to 6/14 2008
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Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 6/7 to 6/14 2008

Hello from Fireside Lodge in beautiful Northwest, Ontario, Canada. Weather was the head topic again, as it was another very cool and rainy week. If you saw some of the fishers coming off the water you might be mistaken that they were fishing in very late fall. These temps along with a lot of cold rain and wind created some tough fishing conditions.

Bill Goodwin from Wilmington, Delaware returned to Fireside Lodge for his fifth consecutive year, Mike Dittoe from Rockwall, TX. for his second year in a row, and Mel Harper from Petersburg, VA was at Fireside Lodge for his first Canadian Wilderness Fishing Adventure. They come to Fireside Lodge to enjoy our fabulous Smallmouth Bass fishery. The weather sea sawed for their six days of fishing, and despite getting 3 very rainy, windy weather involving two cold fronts, they did catch a lot of fish on the three days that were more accommodating. If you don??t think weather matters look at these results. On the three days of cold, and rainy weather they caught a total of 19 Smallmouth Bass, 2 Northern Pike, 1 Lake Trout, and 1 Whitefish. The other three days had them catching 30 Smallmouth Bass and 2 over 30 inch Pike, with Bill landing an 18 Inch Master Anglers Smallmouth Bass, 56 Smallmouth Bass, one 33 inch Pike and Mike caught a Huge 19 Inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth, and 47 Smallmouth Bass, one Whitefish, one Pike and Mike came up with another GIANT Master Anglers Award Smallmouth, the biggest of the trip, being a 19.5 incher. They attributed their success to one lure and most importantly it??s presentation. It was a # 5 or 7 Sliver Shad Rap fish as slow as possible with a stop and go action. Bill, had another technique, not recommended for most, which was carefully (RIGHT) casting his Rapala over a tree limb, then letting it dangle ticking the waters surface. Bill did this twice and caught a good size Smallmouth both times, mostly because of Mike??s creative netting technique. This was Mel??s first trip to Canada and he had an absolute blast not only catching fish, but experiencing the sport he loves in a unmatched Wilderness Atmosphere which is becoming harder and harder to find. All intend on returning in 2008.

Mark and John Grundwald from Wyandotte and Romulus, MI and Zygmund and Gene Gorka from Southgate, Mi and Seabrook, TX were all fishing at Fireside Lodge for their first time. It was the Grundwald brothers that started off with a bang the first day catching 14 Northern Pike and loosing 8 others. Gene and Ziggy did not have the same action and visited the tackle shop after supper for some advise and select lures. These four had a fabulous stay at Fireside Lodge catching Northern Pike and a few Smallmouth Bass. Mark caught his biggest Northern Pike ever measuring 36 inches and brother John was close second with a big fat 34 inch Northern Pike. Mark also had a big fish bonus as he accidentally hooked and landed a HUGE 32 inch Lake Trout. That tells you how cold the water is as this cold water species is usually living in the deeper depths at this time of year. Ziggy and Gene knew how to kick back and enjoy their time as they took several days to stay back, enjoy the surrounding and have brother bonding time. Wind, cold, and rain were all factors in this weeks fishing but Mark and John still left having their best fishing trip ever catching many Northern Pike. All had loads of fun and were very sad to leave. Because of John having a commitment for 2009, Mark said they would certainly be back in 2010.

Good Friends Joe Denise from Palos Heights, IL and Bob Nelson from Elmwood Park, NJ returned to fish at Fireside Lodge for their 11th consecutive year. They were able to manage three very good fishing days out of six. One of these days they really got into Smallmouth Bass catching many fish in the 15 to 17 inch range and Joe came up with a Master Anglers Award Smallmouth at 18 inches. This day they started fishing for Northern Pike, but the Smallmouth turned on and were hitting surface plugs, which is right up Bob??s alley. Joe caught most of his on his favorite plastic jigging technique. Another day they did catch a lot of Northern Pike with a few Smallies mixed in the bag. After a few tough days they had another great Smallmouth day catching a lot of nice solid fish, and Joe managed another 18 inch Master Anglers Smallmouth. Bob was a little skeptical as Joe was doing the measuring, but he gave Joe the benefit of the doubt. Their last day was cold and very windy which pushed them off he lake early, which seldom, of ever happens. Both had a ball and were discussing there return date for 2009.

Father and son Jim and Bryan O??Toole from Mokena, IL were back fishing at Fireside Lodge for their sixth year. Here for their normal 4 days visit they made the most of their time fishing and relaxing. Jim??s tradition when he arrives is not to be in a rush, and have a beer and good cigar at the end of the dock. After that they rested from the drive, had supper, then went fishing. Sounds GREAT doesn??t it? Jim and Bryan had the toughest weather to fish in since they have been coming to Fireside Lodge. Every day was cold and rainy except their day of arrival. But with their positive attitude and perseverance they did very well catching both Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Bryan seemed to have the hot hand on a few days, and Jim caught the exotic landing several good size Lake Trout, which shows that the water temperatures are still cold for this time of year. Both had a great stay and are already looking forward to their return.

Richard and Frieda Klose from Sevierville, TN were at Fireside Lodge for their first visit. Richard and Frieda ended up at Fireside Lodge because of this fishing report. After reading the Fireside Lodge fishing reports over time Richard had doubts about it??s accuracy in fish catch reporting, so he decided to randomly call several people mentioned in a few of the past reports. After the accuracy was confirmed by these previous guests Richard made reservations. Even though the fishing for Richard and Frieda was not like some of the examples he read about, they had a great time. Fish catching success is built on a many factors, lure, location, presentation, weather, wind, boat handling, time periods, familiarity with the lake system. ect. Richard a Frieda had loads of fun fishing and catching a few fish, and one day made contact with many larger Northern Pike, however they were not very cooperative as the followed their lures. but just would not hit. That??s fishing and a good reason why it??s not called catching. Well, Richard did get what he came for, which was a GIANT catch, however the fish species was a surprise. Tying hard for a big Pike Richard tied into a big one, however it was a HUGE mid 34-inch Lake Trout. Definitely not the expected, but the smile on Richard??s face was no less for it. Richard and Frieda also made a new friend while at Fireside Lodge, and actually visited in their cabin one evening with Ed (below) from Westlake, Ohio. This happens often at Fireside Lodge. Audrey and I always refer to it as the ??Fireside Lodge Magic?. For those who have visited Fireside Lodge you will probably know what we mean. Richard and Frieda had such a wonderful stay they assured us they would return again, and most likely next year.

Ed Bromeier from Westlake, Ohio was fishing at Fireside Lodge for his first time. I believe Ed also experienced the ??Fireside Lodge Magic? on his first visit with us. Ed was here to fish but also, and more importantly, to have some personal time alone, and meet some new friends. During his stay he accomplished all three. He made new friends, especially Richard and Frieda from Tennessee (above) and Jack and Doirie from Indiana (below). Ed also did well catching fish, as he caught just about all there was to catch. He caught Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, Lake Trout, and a Perch. There were three highlights in his catches, one being catching an unexpected HUGE Lake Trout, The second was learning to Smallmouth Bass fish with a jigging technique, which was very successful as he landed a number of good Smallmouth Bass including a 17.5 inch monster. Third happened when while fishing for Smallmouth Bass with 8lb test and light / medium gear he hooked and landed his first, second, and third Muskie ever in his lifetime. Ed was very excited about his accomplishment. Ed left Fireside Lodge accomplishing exactly what he set out to do, and said he was a refreshed man, hopefully with the ability to slowly move forward and make progress toward his future. We thank Ed for choosing Fireside Lodge to help find a new beginning. Ed mentioned he might return in August with a few other family members.

Father and son Tom and Joel Nayder from Orland Park and Chicago, IL with sister/aunt Leah Bezin from Berwyn, IL were back fishing at Fireside Lodge for their tenth consecutive year. Day of arrival, within just a few hours, Tom caught 3 Northern Pike and 8 Smallmouth, Leah had 2 pike and 4 Smallmouth on the Fly Rod, and Joel caught 1 Pike. First full day they caught a few Northern Pike and Smallmouth and weather was definitely a factor being cold, rainy, and windy. Second day the weather did not change much but they did well with Tom catching 14 Smallmouth Bass, Joel having the hot had catching a lot of Smallmouth and some Larger Northern Pike, and he set the pace landing a GIANT 19 inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. One more of many Master Anglers Awards over the years, Joel??s success is his persistent use of a not so secret lure. Sorry I promised not to tell. The next day they also caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass, some Northern Pike, and while spending some time at our beautiful Twin Falls area they broke out the rods at the bottom of the falls and ended up catching some Lake Trout, which was a first for this group. Leah, the MUSKIE QUEEN proved to be the LAKER QUEEN as she caught the largest Lake Trout. Tom also caught a Master Anglers Award Smallmouth right at 18 inches, guess who measured the fish, (just kidding Tom) and Joel also landed one at 18 inches. Despite them looking like they were fishing in the Artic waters they did well the whole week, and had a ball. Leah and Tom also did a Sister / Brother entertainment session in the lodge. They brought their guitars with them, and Leah is a professional in a band, and Tom is a good armature guitar player and singer. For the first time ever in 19 years we had live entertainment at Fireside Lodge. They played some good old fashion songs and it made Audrey and I feel like they were taking us back in years gone by at Fireside Lodge. Thanks very much. During their stay and as they left they were already discussing plans for a bigger group in 2009. Hopefully they will bring their guitars again.

Paul and Martha Weaver from IN were back to Fireside Lodge for their fourth visit and this time with their two grandchildren James (JP) and Matthew. On the day of arrival, for a few hours before supper, Paul caught a HUGE 38 inch Northern Pike, a 16-inch Smallmouth, Martha caught a Smallmouth, and JP caught a 29-inch Northern Pike. Great start. Their first day the fish were not jumping in the boat as the weather was not that great, but they managed to catch fish with Matt catching some Smallmouth and Paul landing a nice Muskie. For Matt everything was a first as it was his first Canadian Fishing Adventure. Next day they did well catching a lot of Smallmouth and Matt caught a 34-inch Muskie, his first ever and quiet a fishing feat for a sixteen year old. All had big smiles on their faces at suppertime. These four were troopers as every day was windy, cold, and rainy but they fished all day and most evenings. Their final day they finished with a bang as they caught fish, including some bigger fish. Paul caught another Muskie, JP on his very first cast of the day caught a HUGE 40 inch Muskie, Matt caught his largest ever Smallmouth at 17.5 inches, and Martha caught an over 30 inch Northern Pike. Great finish to a great trip for this family. They had a great time playing games in the cabin at night, Monopoly being the feature game, and made wonderful family memories together. Thanks for choosing Fireside Lodge to spend your precious family time together.

Jack and Dorie Hires from Valparasio, IN returned to Fireside Lodge for their fifth trip and Jack??s sixth time. They had a wonderful time being on the water, fishing and seeing what the great wilderness of Northwest Ontario has to offer, and meeting and conversing with other guests. Jack and Dorie are very sociable, and catching up with new and past friends of Fireside Lodge. Dorie does not fish but spends time, while Jack is fishing, reading, enjoying the nature surrounding them on and off the water, and helping Jack net and photograph fish when caught. In fact Dorie took great photos, sequenced, while Jack was catching a BIG over 40-inch Muskie. I believe this was Jacks?? largest ever, but I never actually asked. They also had the rough weather, as it was windy, cold, and rainy during their entire day. In fact one day they never went out, but enjoyed the day reading, looking out the big windows in our water front cabins, and they enjoyed a new addition at Fireside Lodge. We have recently put up Hummingbird Feeders at each cabin, and theirs was one of the first. They got Hummingbirds instantly and enjoyed watching them on their day off from fishing. Also Jack and Dorie enjoyed the entertainment provided by Leah and Tom (above) and Dorie was also part of the one and only kitchen tour with Audrey and Leah. There last day fishing, despite the persistent weather, the caught nine Smallmouth Bass and Dorie will surely be on the 2008 placemat. Upon leaving they were talking about their possible return in late August or early September.

Long time return guest Paul Letourneau along with second time guest Spencer Olson and first timer Link Wilson from North Oaks and Minneapolis, MN. were at Fireside Lodge to have a fun fishing trip and they accomplished their goal. These three had four days of great fun and fishing. Here for four days they caught fish despite the weather. Mostly after Northern Pike they did catch fish each day with some being more active than others. For Link it was his first Canadian Fishing Adventure and he expressed his excitement at the supper table when they got into a bunch of big fish that just followed the lures. Link sure had the correct attitude as he said the fish were there, gave them the opportunity, and they just could not catch them. The next day they were rewarded as they converted some of those follows into landed Northern Pike, and after supper got into a surface bite. There is nothing like surface action. The highlight day for Paul, Spencer, and Link was when they caught 60 Northern Pike. Talk about fast action and fun, and Link??s explanation of his superman act as he pushed the boat into the water was hilarious, and had us all laughing in the dinning room. Only Link deserves telling this story. All left having a great time at Fireside Lodge and hope to return in 2009.

Make sure to go to our website listed below to see the 2008 Photos

Hot Lures of The Week: #5 & #7 Shad Rap, #3 Blue Fox Spinner, plastic tubes and twister tail, crayfish fly, steamer fly, wooly bugger, #5 Mepps spinner

Catches of the Week: 19.5 inch Smallmouth Bass, 32 inch Lake Trout, 38 inch Northern Pike, 40 inch Muskie, and three people catching 60 Northern Pike in one day

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

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