This being our last week you could feel a nip in the air at morning & evening time with the days being very pleasant. Fishing was great with the large toothy critters showing up.
Brain Neel & Time Stewart from Rochester, MN returned for their 2nd time in 2014 & their 12th consecutive year. 1st day they caught 22 Northern Pike up to 35”. Second day they had 20 toothy critters before supper, 17 Pike up to 37” & 3 Muskie with Tim landing a “MONSTER” 48” barred Muskie. Happy Birthday to Tim 1 day early. 3rd day was just how they like it, cloudy with rain, & it paid off as they caught 32 Northern Pike up to 35” the biggest being 37.5”. 4th day was slower catching a dozen Pike & 2 Muskie. 5th & 6th days they caught about a dozen Pike each day along with 8-12 Smallmouth Bass. 7th & 8th Days they caught 10-12 Northern Pike & mixed in some Smallmouth Bass and few 31-34” Musky. They had a fabulous stay with Tim breaking his biggest musky record with his 48” Muskie plus hey made some new friends in Fran, Charlie, Anita, Todd, Reed, Bob & Carol, Tony & Paul (all mentioned below) as our dinning room was full of fun conversation & activity every evening at suppertime. Tim left saying several times that it is only 35 weeks until they can return.
Paul & son Tony Capecchi from Inver Grove & Woodbury, MN returned for their annual traditional fishing trip with us at Fireside Lodge 1st day was fabulous catching 6 Smallmouth Bass & 85 Northern Pike. 2nd day they portaged to Closs Lake for Muskie & they had a great time catching 3, one being 35” & a Tony landed a HUGE 40.5” Muskie. Tony also caught an 18” Trophy Smallmouth Bass. After leaving Closs Lake they caught another Muskie & 36” Pike. 3rd day they caught 22 Northern Pike a walleye, & Tony caught his 2nd Master Anglers Award Smallmouth bass at 18”. 4th day was a Super day Northern Pike fishing as they caught 105. 5th and final day they fished 3 lakes in 1 day, Little Vermillion, Closs, & Booger Lakes catching 91 Northern Pike and a 33” Muskie. They caught 7 Muskie in 5 days with numerous follows, which would be heaven for most Musky fishers. Both left having had a wonderful stay, meeting many new Fireside Lodge friends, and most important making another set of father & san memories.
Reed Thacker & Todd Cambron from Indianola, IA were visiting us for their 1st time. DOA they caught fish immediately landing some nice Smallmouth Bass 16-17”, a few Northern Pike & had many follows from both. 1st full day they did well catching Smallmouth Bass with Todd landing the biggest at 17”. 2nd day they caught 18 Northern Pike & some nice Smallmouth Bass. Reed also had a big fish on for almost 2 minutes on a big spoon but somehow it threw the lure. 3rd & final day they had a fabulous & fun fishing day catching bigger fish, both Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass with Todd landing the biggest Smallmouth of the day at 17.5” & Reed caught the largest Northern Pike at 37”. Reed said he wanted me to return all the Chompers he lost to Pike biting him off. Both had a terrific time and hope to return in the future.
Long time guest Fran Stack from Lorain, OH returned for his 12th time. DOA before supper he caught a 40.5” Trophy Northern Pike for a GREAT start to his trip. 1st day Fran caught 7 Pike & 5 Smallmouth Bass. 2nd day was super as Fran kept very bust landing 54 Northern Pike & 2 Smallmouth Bass including a Master Anglers Award Trophy at 18.5”. His last 4 pike of the day were 2 at 29”, 32”, & a big 37.5”er. 3rd day had him catching a mix of Smallmouth Bass & Northern Pike. 4th day Fran had a great day catching 16, bigger Pike including twin 37”ers. 5th & final day was post cold front conditions but in the Morning he did well catching Northern Pike including some big fish 1 at 35” and a huge 38.5” Pike. Fran had a ball & enjoyed conversations he had with other guests in the dinning room, all of which he read about in our newsletters but met for the first time.
First time guests Bob & Carol Baeumel from Buda, TX were here to test new waters. 1st day was windy but productive as they learned the waters catching a bunch of Northern Pike. 2nd day they caught 14 Northern Pike & several Smallmouth Bass. 3rd day they had their personal best day ever catching 16 Northern Pike up to 31”, Bob saying several times he was very impressed at the size of the Northern Pike. They also caught 15 Smallmouth Bass some being 16-17” & when I greeted them on the dock Carol said she never had such an active day fishing. 4th day Carol took the whole day off to rest & just enjoy the wonderful atmosphere at Fireside Lodge. Bob was on his own & did great catching 8 Pike up to 32” & 11 Smallmouth Bass. 6th & final day was another fun day catching 9 Northern Pike & 15 Smallmouth Bass with Bob landing a MONSTER Trophy 19.5” Smallmouth Bass. Both left having loads of fun & making some new Fireside Lodge friends. Upon leaving Bob shook my hand saying they will return.
Jerel Hoffman & Gerald Clark from Nebo & Charlotte, NC were visiting Fireside Lodge for their 1st time. 1st day was spent learning the waters and catching a few Smallmouth Bass & Pike. 2nd day brought a hot bite for them on Smallmouth Bass both landing Trophy Smallies over 18” with a lot of 12-17”ers. They also caught some Pike in-between all the Smallmouth Bass action. Their secret was simplicity, a night crawler on a Carolina Rig. Sticking with their proved method they did terrific catching many Smallmouth Bass on the 3rd day including Gerald landing 3 Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18,18.5, & 19-inches, & he also caught a large Pike. Jerel just missed a monster Smallmouth Bass coming off at the boat. 4th & final day was a very strong finish as they caught 37 Smallmouth Bass & a half dozed Pike. Both were sad to leave but said they would be back.
Returning for his 4th visit was Charlie McDermid from Broomfield, CO with Anita Brower from Rocklin, CA. Charlie was here for the Musky hunt & Anita was in awe of the atmosphere while learning the technique of lake fishing. Anita is more accustom to fly-fishing in rivers & streams. Having such well-rounded personalities they made fiends in the dinning room instantly enjoying conversation & many laughs. They also did well fishing having a lot of Northern Pike action while pursuing that Muskie of a lifetime. One of their fishing days they saw that Muskie not once but three times following there lures a teasing them as Musky tend to do to Muskie fishers. They continued to catching plenty of Pike but that Trophy Musky eluded them & won this round, to be continued at another time. Both left with hugs and thoroughly enjoying their stay with us at Fireside Lodge.
Make sure to go to our website below to see some GREAT Fish Photos. For Fabulous Fishing Video, Wildlife Events, and Current Happenings go to our Social Sites Below.
Hot Lures: Rad Dog, Blue Fox Spinner, Phantom, Doctor Spoon, Black Fury, Chompers, Night Crawler, Mepps #5, Original Floating Rapala
Catches of The Week: 48” & 40.5” Muskie, 40.5” Northern Pike, 19.5” Smallmouth Bass with Many Pike & some Muskie caught in the mid 30” range
Special Note: This being our last week of the 2014 season, Audrey and I want to once again thank all of our guests in 2014, and for years past, for making our 25-years at Fireside Lodge possible and so memorable. It is you, Fireside Lodge guests, that have made Fireside Lodge come alive for the last 25-years, and hopefully for many years to come. For that we sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Audrey & Alan Hope to see you in 2015
Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report & the 2014 fishing season. Please stay tuned for the 1st weeks report in May of 2015. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan