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Mid-July news

The after-effects of forest fires in Northern Ontario are reaching the Lodge in the form of smoke in the air.  The actual fires are still far removed, however, so there's no danger to the Lodge itself.

Numerous reports of musky sightings have been made, a few of which hit on…


Added by Lunge Lodge on July 21, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Lunge Lodge - 1st Trip 1978 - Last Trip 2018

Kudos to Scott, Mike, and the rest of the staff. This was my 8th trip to Lunge Lodge. The first since Barb and Wolfgang owned the lodge. The staff was friendly and helpful and the accommodations were about the same. I do admit that I did miss coming in for lunch for some type of cooked food, but all of the meals were both plentiful and good, (Scott's fried fish and Germaine's tomato rice soup- fantastic) The fishing was a little off, but 90 - 95 degree weather was a part of it, however I did…


Added by Michael Twigger on July 11, 2018 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

What a week!!

Well, we made it back from our fishing trip of a lifetime.  I don't think I can describe how great this year's trip to Lunge Lodge was but I will try.  

First of all, the weather was unbelievable!  If there is anything close to being too hot, it was!  But having the cool…


Added by Mark Beaven on July 11, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

First week of July

Mark Beavan is in with his daughter Julia. She hit it big when a very large pike nailed her Blue Fox spinner. Scott posted a picture earlier. Unfortunately, they didn’t get a measurement on the beast before they released it. Nonetheless, it was a beauty!

In addition to that huge pike, Julia caught a 27" walleye and her father got himself a 29 incher. They’ve also reported a huge musky follow, but as of yet, no hookups on one. Mike Pettry plans to take Julia out today in search of the…


Added by Lunge Lodge on July 6, 2018 at 9:43am — No Comments

Congratulations Julia Beaven

Added by Scott Siler on July 4, 2018 at 1:03pm — 3 Comments

June 16 to 23 musky week opener!

The Knecht group of Bill, Mark, Doug and Steve had a nice week of fishing. Caught many muskies, bass and northerns. The largest pike was 34". Mark caught a nice 36" musky in the rapids between fighting the fish and the current it was a thrill. Doug got a nice 40 musky. Steve caught several bass in the 4 to 5 pound range. Bill Knecht topped us all with a 49" beast on light tackle.…


Added by Mark Soeder on July 1, 2018 at 10:59pm — No Comments


June 25-29 

With high expectations after reading many other reports from previous weeks we began by fishing for smallmouth. Using both walking baits and whopper ploppers/buzzbaits along with shad colored diving cranks the five of us landed a total of 90 smallies ranging from perch-sized to five-pounders. We also totaled 42 pike during the week. Occasionally caught some walleye even though we were not targeting them, and some largemouth back in the weedy areas of Bob's Bay. The…


Added by Mitchell McGreal on July 1, 2018 at 11:46am — No Comments

Closing out June

After one of the best opening musky week's in years, the annual lull is upon us.  With at least 5 groups in camp chasing the top-of-the-line predator, all are struggling to locate and catch them.

The Karpinsky group, a contingent of 7 from Buffalo, NY, Wisconsin, and Michigan are searching for musky.  Their only reported catch so far is a 27 incher.  They are on the housekeeping plan and will be in camp through Saturday.

Bob Farrell, his wife and son are in from Buffalo as…


Added by Lunge Lodge on June 27, 2018 at 7:54am — No Comments

Bischoff Group June Trip

Our Group of 12 just returned from another great trip at Lunge Lodge, in fact our best trip we've had.  For the 4 days, we landed 12 Muskies(2-20", 3-26", 28", 39", 40", 2-42", 44", and a 46").  We also lost several at the boat.  In addition, we had plenty of pike, a few largemouth, tons of smallmouth, a handful of Walleye, and a couple perch.  The black fly were pretty much gone, and the mosquitos were horrendous, but well worth it for the fishing success we had.  I will attach additional…


Added by Brian Bischoff on June 21, 2018 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

Musky Season Opener

The musky season for Zone 11 opened on Saturday, and many catches of 40+” muskies have been reported, just 4 days in!

Jeff Eggleston from the Akron, Ohio area caught a 40” musky and some good pike.

The Bishoff’s, a group of twelve from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area have boated 9 muskies! Their largest is a 46 incher.  Today is their last day and the contest is on for topping that big one.

Bill Knecht, Mark, his brother Doug and friend Steve are on the prowl for…


Added by Lunge Lodge on June 19, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

June Trip

As Tony mentioned in the prior post, my group of 4 recently returned from our annual trip to God's Country.  It was a phenomenal trip as always.  Things were a bit different without Mary in the Lodge, however it was a pleasure meeting Germaine and we certainly left a few pounds heavier than when we arrived!!!  The food was great as always and the fishing was even better.  I added an album which I assume folks can see??  If for some reason you cannot view the photos, please let me know and…


Added by Gino Ciotola on June 12, 2018 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

Mid-June update

The Ciotola Group left Saturday after having a tremendous week of catching pike and bass.  The guys saw a number of muskies as well.  According to them, the population of A1 predators is quite high!

Paul Heino, with his group of 4 others, got in over the weekend and are leaving today.  They've logged a 32" pike as their biggest.  The guys are housekeepers and tooled around the river in the Pontoon Boat.

Bug action has been heavy.  It brightened up some yesterday, which brought…


Added by Lunge Lodge on June 12, 2018 at 7:38am — No Comments

First week of June

Gino Ciotola and his friends Scott, Jason, and Tim are the only guests in camp this week and they are patrolling the river making all types of catches on topwater baits.  With the warming waters and long days, the fish have become super active.

Zara Spooks are once again the lure of choice due to the explosive strikes and lack of weeds at the surface to mess up their action.

We can count on Gino to post some photos on his return, for sure!

Added by Lunge Lodge on June 6, 2018 at 7:47pm — No Comments

May 2018 Trip Diary

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

This was my travel day. I didn’t hit the road until nearly 9am since my packing wasn’t complete, which was unusual.  But with the demands of the job, my free time has shrunk, plus my dog Duke was sick all night and that created other problems. Anyway, I got him walked and even gave him a bath before I left.

The driving was uneventful, but I was on the phone a lot and made too many side trips to get stuff I forgot or didn’t have time to…


Added by Tony Petras on June 4, 2018 at 10:09am — 8 Comments

Two weeks in…

A few guests arrived on Friday in advance of the 2018 season opener on Saturday, May 18.

As mentioned previously, John Busgos spent the long weekend doing his thing, fishing from the dock in front of Beach.

Raul Santos worked to locate walleye and found several sweet spots, anchoring just off drop-offs that held fish. Learning from others in camp that the pickerel were hitting on minnows, he dug through his tackle box and found a Rapala Jigging Rap that worked wonders.  He…


Added by Lunge Lodge on June 3, 2018 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment


RIP Tara

It saddens me to tell you that our puppy has passed away. She was born on Valentine's Day, 2008. And passed away in my arms on Mother's Day. She was at the Lodge 3 days. 3 months ago we were told by a vet that she had a heart condition and was required to be on heart medication for the rest of her life. Well, she left us on Sunday, May 13th. Tiffany and I and and Tara's two puppies Brody & Taylor will love and miss her forever. 

This photo was taken on our way to…


Added by Scott Siler on June 1, 2018 at 10:21am — 4 Comments

2018 Officially underway

The 2018 season is officially underway! Bernie’s crew, consisting of Dennis, Ricky, Bob, Rich, and Jim have come and gone.  They worked in conjunction with Scott and Mike, who were also joined by Steve and Jeff.  Working as a production line, they got 12 boats and the pontoon in the water and ready to go.

Bill Knecht was in for nearly a week and assisted with electrical jobs and basically anything that needed fixing.

John Busgos has arrived for the first of his multiple visits…


Added by Lunge Lodge on May 21, 2018 at 8:57am — No Comments

Way Behind!

The ice has left the river, allowing Scott & Mike to get over to the Lodge on Friday.  The first order of business was to get the water turned on, and by 3:00 Saturday, that chore was complete.

What has been the longest stretch of ice cover ever has the guys way behind in their opening preparations.  The first guests arrive in 6 days and the docks and boats are not yet in the water.  That should all change this week once help, in the form of Bernie's Crew gets there, followed by…


Added by Lunge Lodge on May 13, 2018 at 9:36am — 1 Comment

On our way!!!

Added by Scott Siler on May 9, 2018 at 8:21pm — 2 Comments

What a difference a day makes!

Scott posted some on-site photos of Nippissing and the Upper French in a prior post.  These satellite photos show the progression of ice melt over the course of two days 4/29 to 4/30.…


Added by Lunge Lodge on May 2, 2018 at 2:53pm — No Comments

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