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The Lunge Lodge on the Upper French River

Brian Bernhardt
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  • Independence, OH
  • United States
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Brian Bernhardt's 30th Anniversary Trip at Lunge Lodge, Upper French River, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2018 at 5pm to July 28, 2018 at 7am
July 20th, 2018 will mark 30 years since my first trip to Lunge Lodge in 1988.  I was 14 years old.See More
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Brian Bernhardt's 30th Anniversary Trip at Lunge Lodge, Upper French River, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2018 at 5pm to July 28, 2018 at 7am
July 20th, 2018 will mark 30 years since my first trip to Lunge Lodge in 1988.  I was 14 years old.See More
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27 Since 1988 (Never Enough!)
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History

My grandfather, John Bernhardt, started going up to Lunge Lodge in 1963. My father Gary Bernhardt in 1972. My first time was in 1988 when I was 14 years old.   It's been my passion ever since.  Wolfgang and Barb Strahfl owned it back then.

I first met Mike O'neil and Todd Klaas in the Summer of 1998. We were the only guests that week and the place was very run down (Take a look at the "Yesterday Today" video on their dvd and you will see what I mean. I think I actually fell through the dock that year. Anyways, Mike and Todd were up there scouting the area because they knew the lodge was for sale. They spent a night or two in the cabin next to us. Low and behold we go to the Sportsman Show the following year and they are the new owners! We became fast friends (Who says Pittsburgh and Cleveland can't get along?) We were just so impressed with the way they turned that place around and breathed new life into it. Being in video production I asked them if they would be interested in doing a video to hand out to their potential guests. I have been doing their dvds ever since.

After a 10 year run, we were sad to learn the news that Mike and Todd had sold the lodge.  But were happy to hear that long time guests Steve Zacharyasz and Mike Pettry were the new owner and manager.  We had met them years prior at various muskie madness weeks, so we knew that lunge lodge was in good hands.  The improvements they have made in the first 4 years has been nothing short of awesome!  Mike Pettry and his dad have been guests since the 1970s. He's a great guy, very down to earth, and cares about his fellow fisherman having success on the Upper French River.


I usually go 2 times a year.  1 Week in July with my dad, son, friends and extended family.  And Musky Madness week in September with my dad. It's a great family tradition that continues every year and now my 11 year old son Alex is hooked!

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2017 Highlights Video (Please Submit Pics Asap)

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 4:18pm 0 Comments

Hello friends of Lunge Lodge!  It's that time of the year again where we recap this year's Lunge Lodge/French River successes and look forward to the 2018 season.  This is addressed to all of the guests from the 2017 season.  I am putting together the annual highlight reel.  I am asking everyone to please email me any pics or video you may have from the 2017 season that you think would be worthy of a highlight reel.  It doesn't have to be…

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3 New Videos!

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 1:16am 0 Comments

Just a reminder, we have 3 new videos that were posted this week on the "Videos" Page.

1.  2016 Lunge Lodge Pettry/Collins Bass Tournament

2.  2016 Muskie Madness Tournament Results…

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2016 Highlights Video (Please Submit Pictures ASAP)

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 11:58am 0 Comments

Hello friends of Lunge Lodge!  It's that time of the year again where we recap this year's Lunge Lodge/French River successes and look forward to the 2017 season.  This is addressed to all of the guests from the 2016 season.  I am putting together the annual highlight reel.  I am asking everyone to please email me any pics or video you may have from the 2016 season that you think would be worthy of a highlight reel.  It doesn't have to be just fish, it can be scenery, or anything related to…

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July 16th - 25th Bernhardts

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Had another great time at Lunge this year with our group of 11.  Hot weather and steady winds made a few days really tough but we still managed to catch some nice fish throughout the week.  The Walleye window of opportunity came mostly in the evenings between 8pm and 9:30pm.  After hardly seeing any pike all week, they seemed to finally turn on fri evening.  And after raising a couple Muskies during the week, I managed to end the trip on a high note catching a nice 42" Muskie Sunday morning…

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July 16th - 24th Emmit, Jeff, Keith, & Pete Muskies and Pike

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 10:30am 1 Comment

Here are some Muskie and Pike Pics caught the week of July 16th - 25th sent from Jeff.

Emmit Pike

Emmit 32" Muskie…

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At 7:40am on April 30, 2014, Tony Petras gave Brian Bernhardt a gift
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Happy Birthday, Brian - have a drink on me!
At 4:45pm on December 30, 2011, Robert J. Folino said…

Brian, I have some pictures. Can i e-mail them to you? Your address?

 

Bob Folino

At 4:04pm on December 27, 2011, Robert J. Folino said…

I will send what I have when I am back in Cleveland

At 2:20pm on November 22, 2010, steve zacharyasz said…
Brian, looking for any winter pics, let me know if you have any. Steve.
At 1:42pm on April 29, 2009, steve zacharyasz said…
Hi Brian, I need to square up with you for the dvds can you call me at 216-314-9612.
At 3:55pm on February 5, 2009, John McCullough said…
Hi Brian.. Welcome to the new Lunge Lodge Reports site. I hope you don't mind, but I've already uploaded the entire video that you created. It's in the "Videos" section of the site. If you have any suggestions on how to make this a better place, just let me know.
At 11:41am on February 5, 2009, Tony Petras said…
Hey Brian - welcome aboard!
 
 
 

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