started out on the warm side near 80F and varied between 75-82 during the week.
This was also accompanied by several days of high winds and a few thunderstorms.
Guests managed these few days and enjoyed the wonderful fishing we have to
offer at Fireside Lodge.
& Jennie Heinl from Pittsburgh, PA returned for their 4th
consecutive year. DOA they caught some very nice Northern Pike with Jennie
having the hot hand. 1st day they caught over 25 Northern Pike &
Mike caught several big Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day they had a super day
Northern Pike Fishing catching 50+, 10 over 30” and Mike caught a huge 41”
Trophy. Also, Mike caught 5 large Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was all
about Muskie and had Jennie catching two, one being in the high 30-inch range.
4th day was another great BIG Northern Pike day catching fishing in
the 30-36-inch range. 5th day they
focused on Muskie catching 2, largest being about 36-inches plus caught several
nice pike. 5th and 6th days were full of more large
Northern Pike with Jennie catching two more Muskie & Mike landed a nice
Tiger Muskie. 7th day was all about searching out Muskie and they
did excellent meeting this challenge catching 5, yes 5 Muskie in one day plus a
big pike. 8th & final day was a very good day fishing spending
every last minute on the water catching more nice size Northern Pike. Both left
expressing what a wonderful time they had and mentioned several times about
next years trip.
for his 4th time was David Lilja from Woodbury, MN with good friend
Don Heywood from Mound, MN for his 2nd trip. DOA they caught 7 Pike
& a Smallie before supper. After a slow morning at 1:00 Dave said someone
turned the Pike switch on having lots of action & landing 18. 2nd
day was a repeat in timing as the fish again turned in the afternoon catching
27 Northern Pike. 3rd day was very windy catching 8 Pike and 3
Smallmouth. 4th and final day was better wind wise and fishing was
good catching mostly Pike. Both thoroughly enjoyed their stay and the many
conversations had with others in our dinning room.
friends Steven Dentinger South Elgin, IL and Ralph Fruehauf, Tomball, TX
returned for their 3rd consecutive year bringing Les Schalla from
Salt Lake City, UT for his first visit. 1st day these three managed
to catch over 60 Northern Pike. 2nd day was a good day fishing but a
slower day catching however they still caught a dozen fish. 3rd day
they did well catching a mix of fish and enjoyed the friendship & laughter
that comes naturally among good friends. 4th & 5th
day they caught Northern Pike experimenting with different techniques and
locations. The 6th & final day they finished with a BANG
catching close to 50 Northern Pike but a fishing trip, even though focused
around catching fish, is much more for most and this group is a great example of
the camaraderie and fellowship among friends and family that takes place.
Tom Williams & sons Scott & Craig from Waterloo & South Point, OH
with Tom’s sister Janet Kline & her husband Jerry from Ironton, OH were
fishing at Fireside Lodge for their 1st time. 1st day was
spent catching some Northern Pike and having a great lunchtime break at Twin
Falls. 2nd day was their break out day catching about 25-30 Northern
Pike per boat and had an absolute ball doing so. 3rd day was another
good day fishing, even through the winds held them back a little; they still
caught plenty of fish and enjoyed every minute of their day.
This group knows
how to have fun, not only fishing but engaging in great conversation and
playing cards every evening, and there is no lack of laughter in this group. 4th
and final day was great catching plenty of fish including Craig & Scott
catching 5-6 in the 35-36” class. Tom caught his largest of the trip and sister
Janet her smallest. These two made some special brother / sister memories along
with Jerry and Tom’s two sons Craig & Scott. All said their trip was much
more than expected and they will return.
& Son Paul & Jeff Biernacki from Joliet, IL were fishing at Fireside
Lodge for their 1st time. First timers & on their DOA they
caught some nice size Northern Pike & Smallmouth up to 17.5” on surface
poppers. 1st day was very good as they caught over 20 fish, mostly
Northern Pike with a few Smallmouth mixed in. 2nd day was hampered
by T-Storms but they still managed 19 Northern Pike plus a Smallie. 3rd
day was similar to the 1st two except that Paul caught a Muskie. 4th
day was very windy which contributed to a slower day catching. 5th
& final day fishing they soaked up every minute of the wilderness
atmosphere before having to head back to the busy suburbs of Chicago. They made
another set of father & son fishing memories which is the biggest catch of
guests from the past, 1998, were Mark McGuire & John Latall from
Naperville. IL & were glad t be back, and Mark brought his son Luke for his
1st experience. 1st day they went for numbers and they
accomplished there goal catching so many Northern Pike they lost count, and
Luke caught his fair share. 2nd day was searching for larger fish
getting some follows, catching mid-size Northern Pike but the BIG Trophy eluded
them. 3rd day was FABULOUS catching so many they lost complete
count. Most were Northern Pike with a few Smallmouth plus Mark caught the Smallmouth
Bass Hog of his life.
4th and final day had them having another good
day catching Northern Pike with a few Smallmouth Bass. All left having fun and
enjoying their stay.
year guests since 1994 Jerry Miller from Erwin, TN brought his son Jerry for
his 3rd time & grandson Ezekiel for his first Canadian Fishing
Experience. After their 1st full day fishing Jerry Sr commented at
suppertime that he thought it was the single best day he ever had catching Big
Smallmouth Bass. They caught 6 Smallmouth 18-18.5-inches and Jerry Sr &
Zeke each caught 19-inchers. They also caught numerous 16 to 17.5 inches. 2nd
day was just as good as they first for Smallmouth but they also caught 8-9
Northern Pike in the 28 to 34 inch range.
By the end of day two between the 3
of them they caught 10 Smallmouth bass between 18-19.5 inches and Ezekiel
caught 4 of these plus landed his first Northern Pike ever and saw a Moose
which he thought was cool. 3rd & 4th days were full
of catching many Smallmouth between 15-18” and 3 more trophies over 18 plus
some very nice Pike 30-36-inches, Ezekiel caught a BIG 24-inch Walleye, his 1st
ever, and Jerry Sr caught a huge 42-inch Muskie.
Unfortunate no picture were
taken as their camera got wet the day before and was not functioning. 5th
& final half day they finished catching a lot of large Smallmouth Bass and
Jerry Jr caught a HUMONGOUS 29.5-inch near 10lb Walleye. This fishing trip
between Grandson, Grandpa, & Great Grandpa could not have possibly been
scripted any better and the memories made are absolutely priceless. We thank
them for choosing Fireside Lodge to make those special family memories.
Kopfer from Lake Zurich, IL was visiting for his second time bringing Jim Swett
from Crystal Lake, IL. Bob is a remarkable man at 91 years old spend all day
long in a boat fishing in sun, rain or wind, and walks up and down our hill to
the dock better than some at age 50. He also still catches fish as him and Jim
had 3 fun days Northern Pike fishing having their best day on the 3rd
and final day. All guests marveled at and his abilities and gave us all hope
that we may be fishing when we are 90 plus years old. Bob also writes self-published
novels and gave us 4 editions, so when you visit us at Fireside Lodge you may
want to look for Bob’s novel in our lodge.
& Son Ed & Joe Evers from Cincinnati, OH were making their 1st
appearance at Fireside Lodge. 1st day ever being on our lake system
they did great catching both Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass. 2nd
day was a very good day for beginners learning new water catching numerous
Northern Pike and some nice Smallmouth Bass. 3rd and final day (boy
that went by fast) they did very well catching many Northern Pike and
Smallmouth Bass and in the three days of fishing made a lot of progress
learning the lake, fishing locations, and techniques that were working. The
only goal not accomplished was Joe catching a Muskie. What they did accomplish
is making some great memories between father & son and they can always look
forward to a return trip for Joe to catch his 1st Muskie.
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