The weather was finally consistent for more than 3 days this week and the fish started to show up in the summer locations indicating that the early Summer Period for fishing has started.
Bob Ramsey from Leavenworth, KS returned with his son Ron from Arden, NC for their 10th year. 1st day they did very well catching many Northern Pike in some of their old haunts. 2nd day while fishing for Musky they caught some nice Northern Pike & accomplished their goal of the day as Bob landed a 37” Musky. 3rd day had them again searching for Muskie which they found, however only getting follows & caught a few big pike including a 36”er. 4th day had them facing cold front conditions with high winds & rain but they developed a plan an boy did it work as they caught 20 nice size Northern Pike between 27 to 32-inches. Their plan was to fish the windy side. 5th & final day was terrific as they caught even more Northern Pike between 27 – 33” than the previous day ending their trip with a strong finish. Before departing they reserved the same dates for 2015.
Mark McDermotte from Chicago IL, returned for his 7th time with his daughter Cailin for her 3rd trip. 1st day out was phenomenal as they caught over 100 Northern Pike. 2nd day was very fun catching many Smallmouth Bass & Cailin caught several in the 17-17.5” range. 3rd day was a little slower for them however the 4th day was gangbusters as these two caught 73 Northern Pike & were back at the dock by 3PM. They enjoyed their deck & had a short knap before supper. 5th & final day was a more relaxed day as they went to see Twin Falls & enjoyed a beautiful sunny 68F degree-day catching 10 fish all good size. They also caught many memories on their 3rd fishing trip together. Before leaving Mark made his reservations for the same dates in 2015
Steve, Jensen returned for his 12th year bringing a friend Rick Creson both from Springfield, MO. 1st day they caught 100 Northern Pike with Steve landing all of his fly-fishing as that is the only way Steve fishes. 2nd day these two got into Smallmouth Bass and landed about 35 & Steve had the hot hand with his fly-fishing presentation. Not surprising as the May-Fly hatch was happening in full swing starting today.3rd day was another fast action Northern Pike day with Rick catching 25 & Steve 35 fly-fishing and both caught a BIG Trophy Smallmouth Bass over 18”. 4th day was a milestone-making day for Steve as after 11 years of attempting to catch a Musky on a Fly Rod while Fly-Fishing he did. Steve landed a dandy 35-36” Muskie & his smile tells the whole story. Congrats to Steve from all at Fireside Lodge. 5th & final day they finished strong with Steve & Rich catching over 100 Pike. Before departing Steve mad their reservation for 2015.
1st time guests Ralph Eichholz & Garry Moss from Ozark & Pevely, MO were referred to Fireside Lodge by long time guest Steve Jensen (above). 1st day Ralph caught 6 Pike fly-fishing while Gary landed 18+ with many hook ups & follows. 2nd day they caught a few Smallmouth and enjoyed. 3rd day was a wonderful fishing day as the both caught many Northern Pike & Ralph caught all of his while Fly-Fishing. 5th & final day they had a blast catching over 50 Northern Pike, both of their personal best. Both said they had a fabulous time & hope to return.
Visiting Fireside Lodge for their 1st time were Sandor Epstein & his 2 sons Adam & Jordon from Manalapan, NJ. They had a great first day catching many nice Smallmouth Bass & Sandor caught his 1st ever Muskie. It was 35” & was caught on a figure 8 exploding on a spinner bait at boat side. Jordan also had the catch of his life landing a Trophy 18.5” Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day way over exceeded their expectations as they caught easily 50 Northern Pike before suppertime, Sandor said it was just nuts as they doubled and tripled up a few times. 3rd day was another good fishing day as they caught many nice size Smallmouth Bass & had BIG pike 37”, 35”, 34”. 4th & final day they had a super day leaving the dock at 5AM to soak up all the peaceful wilderness atmosphere possible, & in hope of seeing wildlife. Well they did, first hearing a bear clawing at a tree, then having this BIG Black Bear stand on it’s hinds as it tried to sniff their scent. At that point they were glad to be in their boat on the water. They caught 45—50 Northern Pike all being 28-31” and Adam caught a HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18”. They made wonderful father & sons memories while staying with us & Sandor’s departing words were “I’ll Be Back”.
Returning for their 3rd consecutive year were Jerry & Susie Florea from Martinsville, OH. 1st day they caught fish and simply enjoyed being back in the wilderness they have become semi addicted to. I would say a, as quoted in the book “Crazy White Man” the have become “Bushed”. 2nd day was fabulous enjoying a creek ride through a wilderness area and really getting into a bunch of Northern Pike catching 25 +, & missing more than they could count on Buzz Baits. 3rd day was a great Smallmouth Bass day as they caught over 20 until a BIG Pike took Jerry’s small lure, & the fight was on. It took Jerry 4-5 years to find this lure on E-Bay & after about 25 minutes the fish took another strong run & broke his ultra light rod. It wasn’t over yet as Jerry was able to still land the fish, with a great cradle assist from Susie, & it was a 37.5” Northern Pike. For a great catch & great memory. 4th day Susie took a day off of fishing to just relax in our beautiful wilderness atmosphere while Jerry went out & caught about a dozen Northern Pike between 26 to 32”. 5th & final day they said they broke all their records having 5 double ups while catching 53 Northern Pike. Both were very sad to leave however were excited to make their reservation dates for 2015.
Robert & Sharon Milashus from Mercer, WI returned with good friends Mike & Peggy Janik from Oak Lawn, IL for their 1st visit. 1st day out was spent catching some Smallies & a few Pike. 2nd day was full of fast action & fun as they caught as many Pike as they wanted plus Bob found the Smallmouth pattern & him & Sharon did very well catching these great fighters. Mike & Peggy had a blast with the Northern Pike, catching one after another. Congrats to Peggy as she caught here very 1st Pike ever + many more. Also, we wished Peggy & Mike a very Happy 26th wedding anniversary, & thanks for spending it vising with us at Fireside Lodge. 3rd day was another terrific day fishing for all as Sharon caught Pike all day while Bob caught a bunch of Smallmouth Bass. In 3 days Bob caught many BIG Smallies including 2 at 18”, 2 at 19”, plus a 20”er. Mike & Peggy also did well catching Pike & Smallmouth Bass, Mike’s being all on soft plastics. 4th day was another excellent day for Bob & Sharon as Sharon caught a lot of Pike but Bob fished for Smallmouth & caught more big Smallies including another 18”, a 19.5”, and a 20” monster. 5th & final day was excellent as Bob & Sharon caught 107 Northern Pike with Mike & Peggy catching 40+. All left very pleased with every aspect of their trip & said they will be back.
Brothers Dave & Steve Anater from Lancaster, PA returned for their 10th trip with father & son Rick & Ricky Poulin also from Lancaster. 1st day the Northern Pike fishing was crazy as Rick & Dave caught 89 & Steve & Ricky catching about 30. 2nd day Rick & Ricky had a memorable fishing event as Ricky hooked into a MONSTER Northern Pike, estimated to be in the 45” range, but when trying to land the fish it got off. Ricky’s dad felt terrible however Ricky responded like a veteran fisher, disappointed but ready to move on & catch another. That good attitude paid off the next day as Ricky again hooked into a huge Trophy Northern Pike but this time father Rich was able to cradle this big 40” Pike. Ricky’ smile says it all. This day was also excellent for Dave & Steve catching 16 bigger Northern Pike all in the 28-34” range and saw a bunch. 4th & final day they had “Great” numbers day as they caught 40-50 Northern in both of their boats. All had a “GREAT” time & made some great memories.
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Hot Lures: Gold Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Spinner, Sinking Worm, Tube Jig, Burt Bait, Spinner Bait
Hot Flies: Murdich Minnow
Catches of The Week: Smallmouth Bass 2-20”, 5-19.5” 3-19” 10 18-18.5”, Northern Pike 40”
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