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Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 8/30 to 9/6 2008
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Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report 8/30 to 9/6 2008

Hello from Fireside Lodge in Northwest Ontario. This week started off with way above normal temperatures, actually hitting the 90-degree mark. It stayed warm for the next few days then cooled down to more normal temperatures in the low to mid 60??s. The warm temps at the start of the week helped keep the surface top water action going for the rest of the week, which is always a good thing.

First time guests of Fireside Lodge were Richard Standish and Randy Heil both from St Louis, MO. First day on the water and they started out the day in pouring rain. Despite it being tough conditions for first timers they caught Smallmouth Bass and a few nice Northern Pike. The second day a shore-lunch was planned, however the fish seemed to keep Rich and Randy busy enough to fish right through lunch. They caught Smallmouth Bass and some Northern Pike. Third day Randy took a day off of fishing to just enjoy the wonders of the Boreal Forest that surrounds us at Fireside Lodge, viewing wildlife, birds, and just enjoying the lakefront view from his cabin. Rich did go fishing and did very well catching a good number of Northern Pike in a new location we discussed at the tackle shop, and he caught some bigger Smallmouth Bass. Both had a great day fishing at Fireside Lodge, each in their own way. The last day Rich took Randy to some of the newly discovered fishing spots from the day before, and they both had fast action on some nice size Northern Pike. Randy said from 9 until about 2 PM it was non stop action. A perfect way to end a fishing trip.

Long time guests of Fireside Lodge Bob and Jon Reinhardt and Charlie Geinosky from Joliet, Aurora and Burbank, IL were back in hunt of the big toothy critters. DOA within 15 minutes they were into Northern Pike, and Jon hooked a BIG Pike estimated at over 40-inches, but it got off very right at boat-side. First day they had a great day catching many Northern Pike, Charlie and Jon had a double, Charlie caught a 38.5-inch Northern Pike and a HUGE 18-inch Master anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. Second day was even better with them catching many Northern Pike, some in the mid to high 30-inch range, and when I asked what they were catching their fish on they said ??Everything?. The third day as the wind picked up and the weather changed the fishing turned on and both Bob and Jon lost very BIG Northern Pike near the boat. Bob said it was the biggest Northern Pike he had ever seen and they both thought Jon??s might have been bigger, but could be sure. Jon said his strike was the most exciting he had ever experienced as the BIG Northern came from under his buck tail, just a few feet from the boat, hit it hard and ran away from the boat. After a fight Jon had the fishes head in the net when it just shook off. Disappointing but very exciting. Fourth day was full of Northern Pike action, and when asked, Charlie said they caught Pike, more Pike and More Pike with a lot of 30-inch plus fish. They again had a few BIG fish get off in battle. Fifth day as Jon said was ??Big Fish Thursday?. They caught again a bunch of Northern Pike over 30-inches. They also caught a good number of Pike over 34-inches with Jon and Charlie having a 36 and 37-inch double Northern Pike catch, and Bob caught a Master Anglers Award Northern Pike at 40-inches. His son Jon landed the MONSTER of the day, which was a 42.5-inch Master Anglers Award Northern Pike. They said it was by far one of their best days ever Northern Pike fishing. That same evening Bob caught another 34 and 37-inch Northern Pike. Great fishing on BIG FISH THURSDAY. Last day was good fishing, catching a good number of Northern Pike, and most of the time was spent soaking up the natural surroundings, and beautiful atmosphere before returning to the Chicago, IL, area. All had loads of fun, fishing, playing cards, having laughs, and making memories, and hope to return next year to do it all over again.

Sam Hameister and Doc Phillips from Coral Springs and Coconut Creek, Florida were back fishing at Fireside Lodge for their third year. First day on the water they caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike with Sam having a better day catching, but Doc was full of top water action, but had a lot of misses. That??s not bad! Second day was Doc??s day as he caught more fish and a lot of BIG Smallmouth Bass. For the next two days Sam and Doc caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike with Doc landing two Muskie. They caught a lot of Smallmouth 15 to 17-inches, and missed a lot on top water. The fourth day was special as they had a top water bonanza, catching both Big Smallmouth and Northern Pike their way, on the top. Doc missed two Big fish one estimated at a 19-20 Smallmouth, which Sam was very vocal about as he felt if Doc had waited for him to net the fish they would have gotten a picture. The other Big lost fish was the biggest Northern Pike that Doc had ever seen, bigger than his over 40-inch Master Anglers Award Northern Pike caught at Fireside Lodge in 2007. Both were charged and full of excitement at suppertime describing their great day. Fifth day was fabulous, and as Sam walked into the dinning room he looked at me and said, ??we got pictures today?. They caught it all, Northern Pike, with Sam and Doc catching Big Pike, Doc caught a Muskie, and many Smallmouth were caught with a lot in the 17+ or ?? inch range. Doc caught a HUGE Master Anglers Award Smallie measuring a Giant 19-inches. Final day these two targeted Musky and before leaving that morning Sam expressed his hope of catching his first Musky. I told him I thought it would be his day. Sure enough they had a fabulous day Muskie fishing and catching, and Sam landed two Musky, his first and second ever, and Doc caught four. They also had many follows, and caught some nice Smallmouth Bass. Great finish for these two, and both were all smiles as they were enjoying their supper in the dinning room.

Steve Sutton lll from Dayton, OH found himself fishing at Fireside Lodge for the first time. First day fishing we had heavy rain on and off which tested Steve??s old rain jacket. After getting very wet it was time to purchase a new rain jacket. Because of poor weather conditions Steve fished less than a half day but did very well catching 24 Northern Pike as he figured things out quick. The deeper the weeds, the bigger the fish. Great first day fishing at Fireside Lodge. Second day was very windy for one person fishing by himself, however Steven still managed to catch a few Northern Pike. His third day was a fun day on the water catching some fish and enjoying the wonderful 60 degree temps, calm winds and partial sunshine. Fourth day was another beautiful calm day with clouds and temperatures in the low 60??s. This was Steve??s last day and he soaked it up for all it was worth, and caught some Pike. Upon leaving Steve said that Fireside Lodge was the best lodge he had ever fished at, and he hopes that after his experiences his friends will join him next time.

Fran and Colleen Stack from Lorain, OH were back to Fireside Lodge for their second trip in 2008 and their sixth trip in 5 years. First few hours on the water, fishing a brand new spot they caught a Big Smallmouth and 5 Northern Pike including a 37-incher. First day they portaged for a half day and fished Little Vermilion Lake the other half catching some Big Smallmouth Bass and had a number of Muskie follows. Second day was terrific as they caught fifteen toothy critters, mostly Northern Pike, however Fran caught the fish of his life and his biggest Musky, landing a HUGE 42-incher. Fran said it had to be close to 25 pounds, and from the looks of the photos I think he is very close to being correct. I know that a Muskie this length usually weighs a little over 20 pounds, but when you see this fish it has an enormous girth. Look for the photo on my 2008 photo page on our website at
Third and final day Fran started early, as normal, fishing before breakfast, and he caught a 22, 33, and a BIG 37-inch Northern Pike. Great start before some eggs and potatoes. The rest of the day it rained and got colder by the hour as our first major cold front arrived, telling us that fall is here and Old Man Winter is knocking at our door. Yes, it happens fast in this part of the world. The set-in of winter is still about 8 weeks away but close enough to heed the warning. Even though the weather was cold and rainy Colleen and Fran did great catching a lot of good size Northern Pike, including a 31,32, 33, 34, 35.5, 37, and Fran landed the biggest which was his personal best, a 40-inch Master Anglers Award Northern Pike.  If you get a chance look at this one on my website under the 2008 Photo Page as it has a massive girth. Great Finish to a fabulous fall get-away for Fran and Colleen.

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

Hot Lures of The Week: Blue Fox Spinner, Yellow Ghost Tail, Buck Tail, Bandit, Suick, Top-water Lures, Tube Jigs, Fluke, Mepps Spinner

Catches of the Week: 42.5, 41, 40, Many 37 to 39-inch Northern Pike, 19, 18.5-inch Smallmouth Bass, 42-inch Musky

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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