Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 6/18 to 6/25 2016
Weather in Northwest Ontario can be very unpredictable and this week was no exception, as it seemed to be constantly changing. Fishing can be the same as the weather, and fishers who change techniques to compensate for these changes usually do the best.
Best Friends Don Landbo & Dan Skolza from S Elgin & Sugar Grove, IL were back for there 15th time in 16 years. DOA they caught 31 Smallmouth Bass wit 9 being Trophy size (8 by Dan) between 18-20.75 inches, which was Dan’s largest ever. 1st day they caught 38 big Smallies with 1 more trophy. 2nd day was fabulous catching 115 Northern Pike, 10 Smallmouth Bass with 4 more Trophy Bass. 3rd day was 59 Pike & 5 Smallmouth Bass. 4th day had them portaging to catch 34 Pike and 2 nice walleye. Their 5th day was outstanding catching a total of 114 Northern Pike & finished the 6th & final day with 43 Smallmouth Bass and 5 more Trophy Bass. It was another great fishing trip for great friends making great memories together and ended with taking their traditional photo shaking hands in front of our tackle shop. Before departing they made reservations for 2017 and are already counting down the days.
Bill Calhoon & Jerry Amer from Columbus, OH returned for their 15th consecutive year. 1st day was just unreal as they caught over 100 Smallmouth Bass including 23 Master Anglers Award Trophy size between 18-19.5” & 96% were caught Fly-Fishing. 2nd day was 1/2 day of Muskie fishing having follows & landing a 37, 35, 28” & spent the rest of the day slamming the Smallmouth Bass catching 10 more Trophy Smallmouth Bass 18-20 inches & about 45 total. 3rd day was non-stop action on Pike plus 2 more trophy Smallmouth. 4th & final day was very difficult wind conditions but they still caught fish & Jerry kept their daily Trophy streak going by landing an 18” Smallmouth Bass & before leaving they made their reservation for 2017.
Returning for their 2nd year was the Bob Miles group of 15 consisting of Jim Bartling, Jim & David Hover, Bob Reynolds, Ted Hollo, John Fields, Kris Gamble, Ed Wadington, Stu & Jason Storrs, David, Josh, & Luke Kreimer, & Ed Ruddy from Overland Park & Olathe, KS, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, & Blue Springs, MO, Tucson, AZ & Sommerville, MA. 1st day was Super, as a group catching 347 Northern Pike. 2nd day was a day where 6 members decided not to fish and just enjoyed a relaxing day. 3rd day was very windy which is always a challenge. Jim B, Stu, & Jason had a great day catching many Pike plus Jason caught a Trophy 19.5” Trophy Smallmouth Bass & Bob Mile’s caught a very BIG 37 inch Muskie. 4th was a big fish day as Jason met his goal catching his 1st Muskie at 32” a BIG 36” Northern Pike, Jim B had a 37” Muskie & Northern Pike, Stu caught a mid 30’s Pike, Bob just missed a BIG Muskie, Kris lost a Monster Trophy Muskie as it spit his lure right back at him, but Ted took home the prize catching an over 41” Northern Pike estimated at 25lbs+. 5th & final day was fun with 2 boats catching 35-40 Northern Pike, others caught Smallmouth Bass and all enjoyed the beautiful 70-degree day.
Long time return guest, since our 1st year in 1990, Kevin & Brenda Kubiak from Willoughby, OH were glad to be back. 1st day it was great to be on familiar waters again as they caught Smallmouth Bass & a few Pike. 2nd day was T-Storms which changed plans to stay closer, which was good as they caught fish in some new places. 3rd day was excellent catching close to 30 Northern Pike. 4th day was reason for celebration as it was Brenda & Kevin’s 31st anniversary. They did very well catching over 25 Smallmouth Bass some Northern Pike & Kevin caught Muskie. 5th day was terrific catching over 30 Northern Pike, Brenda also enjoyed some of the day reading in the boat enjoying the wilderness setting, plus they saw a huge cow Moose with her calf crossing a creek they were traveling through. 6th & final day was spent catching some great Smallmouth and savoring every moment on the water. Before departing they expressed how wonderful their day was & made reservations for 2017.
Paul Capecchi with son Tony from Inver Grove Hgts & Woodbury, MN returned for their 14th year in a row. DOA & 1st day they caught 20 Pike, 2 Muskie, & 1 Trophy Smallmouth. 2nd day was great catching 120 Northern Pike having 17 doubles. 3rd day was a 65 Northern Pike day plus a special sighting of a cow moose swimming with her small calf across the lake. 4th day had these two fishing machines catching 13 Bass & 48 Pike & on the 5th & final day they caught 48 Northern Pike & 2 Smallmouth finishing their week with their traditional double catch of a Northern Pike. Both went home having logged their 14th set of wonderful father & son memories at Fireside Lodge and have already made reservations for 2017, plus are returning this July with a few more family members.
Jim & Rich Pim, Steve Barton, & Steve Howlett from Shell Knob, Carthage, & Joplin, MO returned for their 5th trip. DOA this group got to it catching nearly 50 Smallmouth Bass per boat, almost all 15-17.5 inches & two over 18. 1st day was good for 4 more Trophy Smallmouth between 18-19.5 inches plus over 100 Northern Pike. 2nd day one boat caught over 30 SB and the other close to 40 with 4 more Trophy Smallmouth between 18.25-19”. 3rd day was spent catching loads of Northern Pike & Steve H caught 3 Trophy Smallmouth 18-19.5-inches, Rich also landed a 19” trophy 4th day had each boat easily catching 70-75 Smallmouth Bass per boat from 12 to over 18” most 15-17.5”. Before departure Jim made reservations for 2017.
Here for their 1st time were Paul, Paul Jr, Ralph, & Mark Dusing, Tom & Kevin Annear plus Kenneth Kopp, from Florence, Erlanger, Villa Hills, Burlington, & Union, KY. 1st day ever on the lake these guys did great catching Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike plus Tom & Kevin both caught BIG Northern Pike at 36 & 38 inches on a very special BAT lure that Tom ordered from a comic book when he was 10-years old. 2nd day they had a ball catching fish, but the story of the day is when after catching & releasing a Northern Pike with and identifiable sore an hour later Ken saw that fish sideways in the mouth of a HUGE Northern Pike, ended up hooking this fish still with the pike in it’s mouth, and when trying to net the big fish it got away in a flurry leaving the original Pike in the net. WOW, that’s a story to be remembered. Next day they did great catching many Northern Pike. 4th & final day was spent Smallmouth fishing & the whole crew did GREAT catching many Smallmouth Bass with the afternoon action being very hot. All left having a wonderful stay with all intentions of returning.
Gordon Zaagsma, Dick Brekken, & Terry Breckham from Springfield & Steelville, MO visited us for the 1st time. 1st day was extreme wind conditions and these 1st timers found their way & caught Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was better but still windy. 3rd day they did very well catching many Northern Pike, a few Smallmouth Bass, with Terry having the catch of the day landing an 18” Trophy. 4th day was spent having fun among friends catching a good number of SB. 5th & final day they again caught Smallmouth and Gordon ended up catching an 18” Trophy Smallmouth Bass ending on a high note.
Mike Skowronski returned with cousin Jon both from Philadelphia, PA. 1st day was spent catching a huge number of Northern Pike, so many they could not keep count. 2nd day was all about quality starting before breakfast catching Smallmouth Bass, Mike landing a BIG 18”+, Jon a 34” Tiger Muskie and both caught several mid 30”s very fat Pike. 3rd was terrific catching SB, Muskie & Pike. Jon was on fire catching 3 Muskie, one was a beauty 34” Tiger, some BIG Northern Pike plus a special Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 20 inches. Both left having a great time & Jon was just amazed at his whole experience fishing with us at Fireside Lodge.
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Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Husky Jerk, Twister Tails, X-Rap, Yo-Zuri, Spoons
Hot Flies: Poppers, Deceiver
Catches of The Week: 41” Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass 1-21”, 1-20”, 10-19.5”, 19-19”, 18-18.5”, 39-18”
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