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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/31 to 9/7 2019 Part 1

Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/31 to 9/7 2019 Part 1  

This week the weather settled into a fall like pattern with daytime highs from 58 to 64 degrees and nights falling as low as 39-degrees. This was a warning that winter weather is only 6-8 weeks away. As for the fishing it was fabulous for Muskie and Northern Pike for not only numbers, but also the big fish were showing up regularly.

20-Year guest Ron Vincent from Sherrills Ford, NC was making his second appearance in 2019 this time with good friend Jeff Fink from Mooresville, NC. DOA these two caught fish right away with Jeff catching 15+ Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass alone and Ron’s totals were about the same. For Jeff this is his very first Canadian Fishing Adventure and he could not have a better person to show him around Little Vermilion Lake for the first time. 1st full day they faced severe cold front conditions with very high winds but still caught about a dozen Pike along with some Smallmouth Bass, and Ron landed a Muskie. 2nd day was a super fishing day catching 5 Muskie, with Jeff catching his first and second ever being a 35 in Muskie and a 36-inch Tiger Muskie. Ron caught two Muskie and 1 Tiger Muskie and had one break him off. Ron hooked up 3 Musky on 3 consecutive casts landing two of them. Jeff’s story was after he purchased a lure from my tackle shop he asked if it would catch a Muskie and kiddingly guaranteed it would. Well it not only caught a 36-inch Tiger Muskie but the next cast caught a 34-inch Northern Pike. They also caught several very large Smallmouth Bass in the 17-18 inch range.

3rd day these two targeted Muskie. I guess they have Musky Fever, and did well catching two more; having dozens of follows and caught several BIG 17-18-inch Smallmouth Bass. 4th day they did great catching over 25 fish, Ron catching a 38-inch Muskie, both catching a lot of Pike over 30-inches and some Smallmouth Bass in the 16-17.5-inch range. 5th day was only imaginable by Jeff before this trip, as they caught over 100 Northern Pike and at one point Jeff told Ron he would never say he did not want to catch another Pike period, however for today he had enough of catching Northern Pike. They also caught some Smallmouth Bass and they were dandy fish with Ron landing 3 Trophy Size Smallmouth over 18-inches and Jeff had 2 over 18-inches.

6th and final day they caught lots of fish, nothing giant but a lot of nice size Northern Pike. This finished off a fabulous week of fishing for Ron and Jeff, sending Jeff home with a Canadian Wilderness Fishing Experience a Lifetime.  

Long Time Return guests Chris Grimes & Bob Fischer from Thurmount & Frederick, MD were back to chase anything that swims. They got started by catching a few fish on their day of arrival. 1st day after some tackle purchases they targeted Muskie each catching one in the Mid 30-inch range, and seeing a ton of follows. They had an unusual experience while fishing a structure as Muskie jumped clear out of the water behind them over 90-100 feet of water, so they casted to this area and Chris hooked up on something. First thinking he snagged up he realized that was impossible in 90 feet of water and the fight was on. He got the Muskie to the boat but it came unhooked just before Bob could get it netted. 2nd day was a fantastic day Muskie fishing catching 9 total Musky in the 30-45-inch range with Bob coming up with the fish of the day, landing a HUGE Trophy 45-inch Barred Muskie.

3rd day they caught some Smallmouth Bass 15 to 17-inches and about 12 Northern Pike. 4th day they had one of those special days fishing catching over 100 fish, more than 80 Northern Pike and 20 Smallmouth Bass. The catch of the day was by Chris landing an 18.5-inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. 5th day was another very good day catching all three species with the highlights being Bob catching a 34.5-inch Northern Pike and Chris caught two more Muskie, biggest was 36.5-inches and he caught two more Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18 and 18.5-inches. What a terrific Muskie week for these guys, Chris catching 12 and Bob 2 but Bob had the Trophy Muskie measuring 45-inches. 6th and final day had them ending with 20 total fish split evenly between Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Both left saying they had a great time and we will definitely see them again.  

Long time guests Gary Johnson from Midlothian, IL, with sons Pete, Josh and Pete’s father-in-law Steve Trafficanta were back for their second trip in 2019. 1st day one boat caught 8 Northern Pike and saw a few very large follows with the other boat catching 15 fish mostly Northern Pike and a few Smallmouth Bass. Pete landed the first Trophy of the trip being an 18-inch Smallmouth Bass, Steve and Pete said the Pike were huge in girth and most were 30-37-inches.

2nd day Pete and Steve were searching for Muskie and they found them despite a Cold front from the Northeast having many follows and caught four from 35 to 42-inches, Pete catching the largest one, and two of the Musky jumped completely out of the water. Lure of they day for these two was Bucktails. Gary, Kevin and Josh also had a great day catching 28 fish, mostly larger Northern Pike and Kevin came up with the special catch in their boat being a large Tiger Muskie that jumped clear out of the water during the fight. Best lures were the Head-Banger and Spinner Baits. 3rd day was another very good day with each of their 2 boats catching 18-20 larger Northern Pike and Steve came up with the prize fish of the day landing a 40-inch Master Anglers Award Trophy Northern Pike.

4th day was a great day having Gary’s boat catching 21 Northern Pike while Pete and Josh went Muskie hunting hooking four and catching two 30-33 inches with plenty of follows. 5th and final day was a good day catching mostly Northern Pike in the 26 to 34 inch range. Gary and Josh found a new spot where they raised a very large Muskie banking it for future reference. All had great fun again making family memories 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 From Our Website Below.  

Hot Lures: Spinner Bait, Blue Fox Spinner, X-Rap, Bucktail, Head-Banger, Husky Jerk, Mepps Spinner, Rattl’n Rap, Sinking Worm, Ned Rig  

Catches of The Week: 45-inch Muskie, 42-inch Muskie, 40-and 39-inch Northern Pike Many Smallmouth Bass 18-19-inches, 41 Muskie caught in 6 days with hundreds of follows  

Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report and this is the final Fishing Report for our 2019 season at Fireside Lodge. Please stay tuned for our next weekly fishing report which will start at the end of May 2020. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan  

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