started out on the cool side but by mid week heated up, one day reaching over
90 F. Even though the temperatures varied the fishing stayed consistently good.
& son Bob & Ron Ramsey from Leavenworth, KS & Asheville, NC
returned for their 12th consecutive year. Discovery is great &
rewarding as when investigating some new rock structure location they caught
some quality Northern Pike in the 33-34 inch range.
2nd day they did
the same fishing new open water structures catching fish on just about every
structure all being 30-inch plus fish. After talking about more of these rock
structure locations they again did well following this pattern catching a lot
of good size Pike. 3rd day was a portage lake for Muskie getting
more follows than they ever saw, but got rained out after a half day by
4th & 5th days they stuck with their established pattern &
caught a lot of bigger Northern Pike & went home with the biggest catch of
all, another set of memories between father & son.
Mike & Jim McDonough from Pinetop, AZ & Rescue, CA returned for their
4th time. 1st day they caught over 20 Northern Pike up to 31-inches.
2nd day they caught so many Pike they lost count, Mike caught a very
fat 34-inch Muskie plus Jim caught 4 Trophy Smallmouth Bass between 18.5 to
20-inches. 3rd day was a portage for Muskie fishing doing well
having follows with each catching a Muskie plus Jim landed a 38-inch Northern
Pike. A side story was when Jim was trying to land a Muskie that got off after
the fish jumped two nearby adult loons swarmed and attacked his Muskie thinking
it was a threat to their baby loon. This is the first Muskie deemed lost by a
at Fireside Lodge. The final 2 days they did well catching a lot of
Northern Pike most between 27 to 32-inches. Both enjoyed their stay making
memories between brothers.
Miller with Son-In-Law George Carney returned for the 10th year wasting no time
catching Northern Pike with George setting the bar landing a 34” thick fish. 1st
day they caught a lot of Northern Pike with Tom having the hot hand. 2nd
day was amazing catching 60-70 Northern Pike before suppertime. 3rd day was another
great day catching about 50+ Pike, but the fish bigger & heavier. 4th
day was very warm, 88F & humid so their day was cut very short. 5th
& 6th days they did well catching some larger Northern Pike and
some Smallmouth. Both had another great visit making father & son-in-law
Haines from Avon, IN returned very happy to be back with Kim Wade for her first
time. 1st day Kim caught her 1st ever Pike & they
caught 20+ fish. 2nd day was a fun day catching as many pike as the
1st. 3rd day was a portage lake day having some big
follows from Muskie & Kurt landed 1 Muskie. 4th day they did
well catching 20 Northern Pike & their 5th & final day they
caught well over 40 Northern Pike. Both had a great time and hope to return in
time Guests Robert & Clair Griesinger with Larry & Marybeth McClure
from Signal Mountain, TN were very happy to arrive. 1st day they
found good success catching many Northern Pike. Next day was great Northern
Pike fishing with both boats catching 20-25 nice size Northern Pike & Bob
caught a lunker 19.5” Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was outstanding Larry
saying that Mary Beth and him were catching so many Northern Pike he lost count
after 35 with Bob & Claire doing equally as well. 4th day was
great fishing but slower catching, however they had
a fabulous shore lunch by
Twin Falls & Mary Beth finally out fished Larry. 5th day they
caught plenty of fish but the windy conditions did play a factor. In fact Larry
was quoted as saying that he was tired of catching so many Northern Pike. All
left having a wonderful stay and plan on returning one day soon.
for their 5th consecutive year were Jerry & Susie Florea from
Martinsville, OH. 1st day they got right to Muskie fishing with
great success having plenty of follows & landing two Muskie. Jerry caught a
27” & Susie caught a BIG 39” Muskie which was her 1st. That same
evening Jerry went out by himself & hooked a MONSTER Muskie on 8lb test line
fishing a Jitter Bug for bass. After a 30-minute fight Jerry was able to manage
landing this fish that fully filled our 48-inch cradle. After some care the
fish released fine awaiting another angler encounter. During their other 4 days
they caught fish, mostly northern Pike, one day catching close to 40 and Jerry
caught a HUGE Master Angles Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring at 19-inches. They
left having a great time and already reserved their dates for 2017.
his 3rd visit was Jerald Lester with his wife DJ and friends Lee
& Mary Webster, from Waconia & Maple Grove, MN, for their 1st
Fireside Lodge experience. 1st day they had some nice Northern Pike
action for several hours. 2nd day all had fun catching 0ver 20 Northern Pike
and both Jerry & Lee caught Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. 3rd
and final day was loads of fun catching a mix of Northern Pike of a variety of
sizes and from the looks on their pictures they were having a blast fishing
together. All left having a great time saying the will return.
& LeAnn Sebade from Wyoming were visiting us for the first time. Mike is a
Fly Fisher and he or LeAnn have never fished in Canada before. DOA they found
fish quickly having follows and Mike switching to poppers caught a few big
Smallmouth Bass plus missed several others. 1st day they did great
with Lee Ann catching her 1st ever Muskie, & Mike doing very
well catching Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass fly-fishing.
was excellent catching many Pike & Smallmouth & Mike said they caught
many Big Smallmouth Bass. 4th day was FABULOUS catching over 40 Smallmouth Bass
16-18” LeAnn catching 19” & Mike a 20.5” Master Anglers Trophy Smallmouth
Bass. Both left saying they had a terrific visit and would love to return in the
& son Paul & Tony Capecchi from Inver Grove Hgts & Woodbury, MN were back for their 2nd time this
year making their 16th trip bringing for the 1st time
Tony’s wife Jody & there 2-year old son Joseph. 1st day was
wonderful with Paul & Tony fishing in the morning & then all went to
Twin Falls & had a great shore lunch. This was a fun event with Jody &
Joe discovering Twin Falls for their first time on a picture perfect day. Also,
Joe took his first boat ride and experienced the catching of a Northern Pike. Their
2nd day was focused on Muskie fishing in the morning having follows
with Paul catching 1 & on the 3rd & final morning they
caught a lot of Northern Pike. Both days as a family they enjoyed our Fireside
Lodge surroundings and each day had a swim. All had a wonderful family
experience making memories for years to come.
& sons Dan, Mike, Patrick, & Don Cahalan from Rockwell, Urbandale,
Adel, & West Des Moines, IA were visiting us for their 1st time.
This was a special trip as Dan had made a trip to Canada many years ago and had
always wanted to come back. His sons decided to make it happen so they could
share the experience of fishing in the Canadian Wilderness together. The group
did well catching Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass during their 3 days and
were very impressed with the wilderness atmosphere. All had a great time and
made some wonderful family memories.
Grandfather John Murphy from Bloomfield, MI and Brian with his sons Quinn &
Jack from Darien, CT returned to Fireside Lodge for their 4th time
for their traditional family fishing trip started years ago with John &
Brian. 1st day they did great catching 30 Northern Pike. Their 2nd
and final 3rd days were just as good or better catching many
Northern Pike and a few Smallmouth Bass. Every evening Brian & his dad
would fish until sundown enjoying good conversation along with a good cigar.
All left with another set of memories between 3 generations.
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