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Fireside Lodge Season End Fishing Report 9/1 to 9/8 2018 Part 1

Fireside Lodge Season End Fishing Report 9/1 to 9/8 2018 Part 1  

Our final open week of 2018 started out with exceptional weather having temperatures in the low to mid 70’s with very lite winds, but by mid week things changed and a Northern Cold Front pushed its way into the area dropping the temps into the mid 50 degree range for the high on Wednesday moderating by the weeks end. Fishing for Northern Pike and Muskie was ignited by the weather change, as you will see below.  

Todd Cambron and Reed Thacker from Indianola, IA returned for their 5th consecutive year. DOA they started things off by catching 14 Smallmouth Bass on a new plastic rig they purchased from my tackle shop and never used before. 1st day was a fabulous day fishing Little Vermilion Lake catching over 35 fish of 3 species mostly being Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike and Todd seemed to have the hot hand and caught the bigger fish landing an 18-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass, very fat 31-inch Northern Pike, and a HUGE 39-inch Tiger Muskie all on the Pink Ned Rig. This made for a Great Day and Fabulous fun.

2nd day they did well again on the Pink Ned Rig catching both Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike. 3rd and final day, boy the time flies on a 3-day trip, they caught a few Smallmouth Bass but got into some Northern Pike trolling with Reed catching a very large 39-inch Northern Pike. Their final humble words about their fishing is they are still learning, which all fishers are, and we intend to keep leaning more when they return again in 2019.  

Long time return guests Steve & Debra Johnson from Halltown, MO. were back to chase Little Vermilion Lake BIG Smallmouth Bass. 1st day out they caught 4 Smallmouth and 4 Pike which was much slower for them than usual and after talking with Todd and Reed (above), who did well on Pink TRD Finesse Worms, Steve purchased a pack. Well they worked well catching Smallmouth and a lot of Northern Pike. At supper Steve & Debra stopped by the tackle shop and purchased two more bags. 3rd day was even better catching a bunch of Northern Pike and 8 sizable Smallmouth Bass on the same bait.

4th day they had a very good morning catching mostly Northern Pike with some Smallmouth Bass mixed in, Debra really having a good day. 5th day Steve while fishing alone caught 22 Smallmouth Bass and several Pike and said none of the Smallmouth Bass were small, one being a 19.5-inch trophy. 6th and final day they were faced with severe cold front conditions with sunny skies, temps in the mid 50’s and high winds however Steve did better than he expected finding those bigger Smallmouth Bass he loves to catch landing another GIANT 19.5-inch Trophy. Both had an enjoyable stay with us at Fireside Lodge hoping to return in 2019.  

Rodney Vannoy Sr, from Madison, TN, with son Rod and his son Jacob from Arnold, MO were all very happy to arrive at Fireside Lodge for their first time for a three generations getaway. 1st day was a good day catching Northern Pike with Rodney landing 8 good size Pike plus he caught a very heavy 34-inch Tiger Muskie. 2nd day they portaged to a lake that has been hot lately however a severe cold front blew in overnight that changed everything. They had an excellent day having countless follows from BIG Muskie and each landing one in the mid 30-inch range. They both said it was very exciting seeing all those BIG Musky. 3rd day was again getting some BIG Muskie follows and landing several Northern Pike.

4th and final day they had a terrific day catching many Smallmouth Bass and Rod said the pike were coming so fast that it was hard to keep up with them. They all had their best day and Jacob caught a BIG Smallmouth Bass plus a couple of really nice Northern Pike. Rod SR and Rod said that there stay with us at Fireside Lodge far exceeded their expectations making some wonderful three generation memories.  

Bryan Neel III and Tim Stewart from Rochester, MN returned for their 16th consecutive year to hunt down BIG Toothy Critters. 1st day was FABULOUS Fishing catching 28 Northern Pike Bryan catching two very BIG fishing one at 39-inches and the other being a Master Anglers Award Trophy Northern Pike measuring 42-inches. To top this after supper Tim caught the fish of a lifetime landing another Trophy Northern Pike, a 48-inch Monstrous fish, while fishing a Zara Spook surface lure. 2nd day they had a good day catching 15+ Northern Pike saying they missed three good fish coming off during the fight.

3rd day was another very good day catching Northern Pike and Tim came up with another Trophy Northern Pike measuring 40.5-inches. 4th day was terrific day for these two catching 31 Northern Pike only counting the sizeable fish, plus Bryan caught another Trophy Northern Pike measuring right at 40-inches and Tim caught a HUGE Master Anglers Award 45-inch Muskie. The unusual thing about this Muskie is that it had a series of old healing wounds along both sides of it’s back. Tim and Bryan felt as if another fish grabbed and T-Boned this fish creating these wounds before releasing its hold. So for Tim and Bryan that would be 4 Master Anglers Award Trophy Northern Pike and one Trophy Muskie in 4 days of fishing. I found them quietly celebrating on their deck after supper with a cigar.

5th day brought in a fall type cold front with no rain but cold temps in the mid 50 degree range with high winds, and as expected this made it a bit more challenging finding fish but they still caught 16 nice Pike in the 30 to mid 30-inch range. 6th day was about the same as day 5. 7th and final day was a picture perfect weather day with temps in the mid 60’s and sunny, enjoying it until the final minutes catching Northern Pike and soaking up the wilderness surroundings we have at Fireside Lodge. Before departing they were already planning a return trip in 2019.  

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 From Our Websites Below.  

Hot Lures: Rad Dog Spinner Bait Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Muskie Giant Killer, Ned Rig, Top Prop, Zara Spook, Mepps Muskie Killer, Yo-Zuri Suspend Twitch Bait   

Catches of The Week: 48–Inch Northern Pike, 42, 40.5, 40, several 39 and 38 Inch Northern Pike and Many 35 to 37-inches, 45-Inch Muskie 13 Muskie 32 to 39 -inches   

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
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