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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/20 to 7/27 2019 Part 2

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 7/20 to 7/27 2019 Part 2  

Long time guest since 1995, Kevin Marks from Hebron, KY brought his wife Eileen for her first ever experience fishing in Canada. 1st night out there was excitement as Kevin hooked a big Muskie and had it boat side, but got off during the netting process. 1st full day fishing was unreal for Eileen as she caught 22 Northern Pike and three HUGE Trophy Smallmouth Bass, two measuring at 18-inches and one very special fish measuring 21.5-inches. Wow that is a fish of a lifetime. Kevin also caught 29 Northern Pike.

2nd day was a great day portaging to Booger Lake. They really enjoyed the walk in seeing Moose and Bear tracks and Eileen said as they approached the lake the beauty was astounding. Fishing was also great catching many Northern Pike sometimes one right after the other. Kevin had one streak where he caught 5 Northern Pike on 5 casts. 3rd and final day was GREAT as they visited Twin Falls, which was Eileen’s 1st time, and she was amazed at this natural wonder. The fishing was great finishing very strong catching 59 Northern Pike. Eileen, never doing a trip like this before, when asked if she would like to do it again, said without hesitation without a doubt, Yes. She not only enjoyed the fishing but also the wildlife and the natural wilderness, which surrounds you when fishing. She also said that hardly ever seeing another boat was something she never imagined and really loved the whole experience. Both left as they came smiling and full of excitement.  

Duke Osborne from Osborne Ridge, VA returning to Fireside Lodge once again to chase BIG Smallmouth Bass, which we are well known for at Fireside Lodge. 1st day he had such great fishing he was in by 2:30 catching over 40 Smallmouth Bass. Great first day in anybody’s fishing book. 2nd day was a good day of 12 Smallmouth Bass and a BIG Walleye that broke off right at boat side. It is tough to land a fish while fishing by yourself. 3rd and final day of Duke’s abbreviated trip was another good half day Smallmouth Bass Fishing however he left in early afternoon to help a very good friend in need. Before Duke left he said he wanted to make a reservation for two in 2020, and we hope all goes well for Duke’s good friend.  

The Apt Brothers Doug (Better known as handsome Doug) and Chris from Crete, IL were making their 2nd consecutive year visit with us at Fireside Lodge. After the first day being on the slower side the 2nd day was much better catching a good number of both Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass and Chris caught a Master Anglers Award Trophy 18.5-inch Smallmouth Bass. Also, Doug caught some Smallmouth Bass while fly-fishing.

OK it is time to set the record straight from my 2018 Fishing Report during the week of 6/30 to 7/7. The two statements needing correction are 1) Chris caught a HUGE 43-inch Muskie. This was incorrect as Doug caught the 43-inch Muskie and 2) Chris, fairly new to fly-fishing, caught his largest fish ever while fly-fishing landing not one but two Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass both measuring 18-inches. Doug was the one who accomplished this fly-fishing feat not Chris.

3rd day they were shooting for Muskie all the way and did they ever do great having over 20 follows and catching four Muskie in one day, largest being 36-37-inches, two in the low 30-inch range and one under 30-inches. That is an amazing day Muskie fishing. 4th day they caught about 20 Smallmouth Bass but the bigger fish evaded them. 5th and final day was cut short finishing about noon because of expected heavy rain showers but they did OK for short day catching some nice Smallmouth Bass.  

Returning for their second time were Billy Douglas, and West Newman from Memphis, TN Joel Fulmer from Nashville,TN and Mark Whitaker from Cordova, TN. 1st day Joel and Billy fished together having a good day catching Smallmouth Bass in a mixed bag of sizes, and Billy had the fish of the day, a nice 18-inch Master Anglers Award Trophy. Billy’s go to lure today was a #10 X-Rap. West and Mark also had a good day, although Mark said that the Smallmouth were tentative and not very agreeable, but the use of finesse techniques made their day productive. 2nd day at breakfast I was talking to Billy and Mark about using slow presentations for Smallmouth Bass and how productive it can be almost doing nothing with your plastic bait. Well these two went out and applied the do nothing technique and had great success doing so catching 57 Smallmouth Bass before suppertime. West and Joel also had a very good day catching about 20 Northern Pike, 10 Smallmouth Bass and Joel hooked into a very large Muskie on his lite weight Smallmouth Bass rod with 6lb test line. Well the fight was on and after some time Joel managed to land the Musky estimated at 38-40 - inches.

3rd day Billy and West teamed up for 20 plus Smallmouth plus Billy caught a dandy 4 pound Trophy Smallmouth Bass. Mark and Joel caught 18 Smallmouth Bass. The fishing event of the day was when using a jig technique Mark hooked into and landed a HUGE very heavy 39.5-inch Northern Pike on 6lb test line and no leader. 4th and final day for West and Mark was good catching 20+ fish, mostly Smallmouth Bass, while Joel and Billy finished very strong catching upwards of 50 Smallmouth Bass and 3 Northern Pike. All said they had a great stay and I found Mark and Billy studying the lodge map of Little Vermilion Lake saying there are so many places to fish and so little time, wishing they had at least one more day. West said there are already talks of a return trip in 2020.  

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Hot Lures: X-Rap, Yo-Zuri, TRD Finesse Worm, Sinking Worm, In-Line Spinner, Surface Poppers,   

Catches of The Week: 21.5-inch Smallmouth Bass, 40-inch Muskie, 39.5-inch Northern Pike  

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

10-8-2019 08:56#1
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