This weeks weather began with a severe rainy cold front & high winds but after 1.5 days turned it very sunny with perfect pleasant temperatures. More importantly the fishing was great.
Long time guest Lloyd Morton from Lawrence, OH returned with his grandson Coleston for his 1st Canadian Fishing Adventure. 1st day Grandpa came through as they caught many Northern Pike & Cole caught his 1st ever Trophy fish, a Big 18” Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was tough boating day with high winds & heavy rain, but they did catch some Pike & a few Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day was a super day as Cole had the fishing experience of his life catching 60+ Northern Pike with his grandpa. 4th day Cole thought he was dreaming as they caught 60-70 Pike & after dinner the caught 6 Smallies Cole landing another Trophy Smallmouth Bass at 18.25”. The 5th & 6th days were very similar as they caught between 35-40 Northern Pike each day & 6 Smallmouth on day 5 & 9 on the last day. Lloyd caught two Trophy Smallmouth Bass with his last being a very large 19.5” Bass. These two made wonderful memories together to be remembered for a lifetime.
Father & son Jack & Steven Starnes returned for their 10th consecutive year. DOA they caught 30 Pike & 20 Smallmouth Bass. 1st day had them catching 20 Smallmouth, 40 Pike, & Jack caught a Musky. 2nd day Steven landed 2 Muskie catching 9 Smallmouth Bass & 50 Northern Pike. 3rd day facing a sever cold front #’s were down but they caught 4 BIG Northern Pike 37-39” & Steven landed a HUGE 42” Muskie. 4th day was a Fabulous Muskie day as Steven caught 3, one being a GIANT 48”, plus they caught about 35 Northern Pike & 20 Smallmouth Bass. 5th day they caught 30 Smallmouth Bass & 40 Northern Pike. 6th & final day had them catching 40 Smallmouth Bass & 25 Northern Pike. Both were sad to leave however they have another trip to look forward to as Jack made their reservation for 2015
Dave Minson from Burlington, ON returned with sons Steven & Jonathan for their 4th trip & 2nd in 8 months. 1st evening Steven caught the fish of his lifetime landing a BIG Heavy 37” Northern Pike. 1st was “FABULOUS” catching 60+ Northern Pike. 2nd day was very windy with heavy rain, which limited their fishing, but they still caught Pike & Smallmouth. 3rd & final day was severe cold front conditions but they were out almost all day a caught some nice Northern Pike & Smallies. All had a GREAT time and made wonderful memories together.
Returning for their 3rd trip were Bob & Ollie Waldeck from Cotter, AR bringing a good friend Richard Santos from Pasco, WA for his first experience. 1st day was rainy with high winds but they managed to catch Smallmouth Bass & Ollie caught a Musky. 2nd they did really well catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass & 4 Pike, Rich catching his 1st Pike ever. 3rd day these three caught Northern Pike all day long landing near 40-50 & both Rich & Bob caught trophy Smallmouth Bass 18.5 & 18” respectively. 4th day was and excellent Smallmouth Bass day catching a lot in the 15 to 17” range & they caught 3 Pike. 5th day was unreal as they caught over 100 Northern Pike & 6 nice Smallmouth Bass. 6th & final day Rich caught 35+ Smallies, Ollie 30, & Bob about 15. All stated that on this trip they had the best day of their life fishing for both Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike. All had a wonderful fun fishing trip together & made reservations for 2015.
Steven Pearson & Bill Birkby from Columbia, MO returned for their 2nd consecutive year & joining them was good friend Stanley Ingman from Denton, TX. 1st day they did great catching mostly sizable Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was all about a great day catching Smallmouth Bass and day 3 was all about Northern Pike, catching 40-50 Pike. 4th day was their 1st slower day, but all caught fish. 5th day they had a great time catching many Smallmouth Bass & Stan had the hot hand catching the most & landing a Trophy 19.5” er. 6th & final day they finished with another super day catching over 50 Northern Pike. All left having fabulous fishing trip.
Retuning for their 2nd trip was George Meravi from IL & Christ Fosbinder from Elgin, IL 1st day fishing time was limited by a severe rainy cold front, catching some Smallmouth & Pike. 2nd day they could have caught Pike all day long changing, after catching 30-40, to fish for Muskie without success. 3rd day was a Musky day & the Musky did not cooperate. 4th day they were on a Muskie hunt having follows & after sizing down Christ landed a nice 35” Muskie. 5th & final day was another Musky hunt with Christ again having many follows, George had one on & lost it as it broke the waters surface & Christ caught one near 36”. Very exciting way to end their fishing week.
Long time return guests since 1994 are Linda & Mike Lapresi from Tucker GA 1st day despite a sever cold front with cold rain they managed to catching a lot of nice Smallmouth Bass 15-17.5” their way, all on top water, Mike fly fishing with poppers & Linda with a Baby Torpedo. 2nd day was a fabulous Northern Pike day as Linda loves Pike fishing & caught 40+, keeping Mike very busy. 3rd day had them catching 40 Smallmouth by 2PM and another 8 after supper. Mike said that over 50% were 15-18”. 4th day was another terrific day Smallmouth Bass fishing catching again about 40 having a lot of bigger fish 16-18”. 5th & final day was a planned half-day of fishing which they caught 20 Smallmouth on surface Poppers, finishing just in time before the thunderstorms came. They each caught 2 trophy Smallmouth with many just missing & enjoyed all aspects of their trip.
Jim McCollam & 2 sons James & Ryan, Jim Haviln & son Jimmy, with Ron Tucker & his son Shane all from Orland Hills, IL were back for their 5th time. Day 1 Ryan & his dad Jim set the pace for BIG fish as Jim landed two large Northern Pike 1 at 37.5” & the other 39” & Ryan after switching from large Muskie baits to a simple #4 in-line spinner hooked & landed a huge 41.5” Tiger Musky. 2nd day Jim & sons James & Ryan were Musky fishing with Jim landing 1, Ryan saw 1 hit his lure, but by seeing it set the hook too soon & pulled it out of the fishes mouth. They also had a lot of follows, some BIG, & Ryan caught a 17.5” Smallie. Ron, Shane, Jim, & Jimmy Northern Pike fished & hade the fishing day of their lives as they landed over 150 Pike. 3rd day all got into catching Northern Pike like they never did before & as a group caught 191, WOW what a day! 4th & final day they caught many Smallmouth Bass & finished in the evening landing several 30” plus Pike.
1st time three generations guests Don Sr, Don, &, 6 year old grandson / nephew, Joseph Bizzaro from Meford & Stoneham, MA were here to make fishing memories together. 1st day ever fishing on Little Vermilion Lake & they did “FABULOUS” catching 36 Northern Pike & 2 Smallmouth Bass. Joey caught 6 by himself. 2nd day was even better as Joey caught over 20 Northern Pike with all three catching 87. 3rd & final day started with fast action on Northern Pike landing over 25 by 12:00 noon however T-Storms drove them in. All had a wonderful stay and made many family memories together.
Father & sons Larry, Bryan, & Brent Gleckler from Griggsville, & Springfield, IL & Webster Groves, MO were here for their 1st time. 1st day before breakfast they caught 3 Pike in less than an hour. 1st day they did very well catching many Smallmouth Bass with Brian doing well on the bigger Smallmouth on a #13 Jointed Rapala, 2nd day was the best fish catching day of their lives as they caught over 70 Northern Pike & also had many get off & follows. 3rd & final day was a great Smallmouth day & Brian had the hot hand catching many 15-17.5” bass, but Brent caught the biggest landing a Trophy 19.5-inch Smallmouth. They also enjoyed a fabulous shore lunch by Twin Falls. All left having a great time & making wonderful memories.
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Hot Lures: X-Rap, Blue Fox Spinner, Dardevle Spoon, Tiny Torpedo, Pop-R, Sinking Worm,
Hot Flies: Popper
Catches of The Week: Muskie 48”, 42,5”, Tiger Musky 41.5”, Pike, 39, 37.5,37”, Smallmouth Bass 25 18-19.5”.
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 / Fireside Lodge