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Mid-August report

Mike’s brother, Danny Pettry, with his son Danny, along with Danny Miller and his son Cole spent 3 days at the Lodge, targeting and catching bass.  The boys had a ball catching snakes and frogs, too!  Their presence in camp allowed for a small-scale bass tournament, in which Steve paired with his son Kevin, Danny Pettry with his son Danny, and Mike teamed up with Danny Miller and…


Added by Lunge Lodge on August 15, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

August is upon us

The first week of August brought with it reports of musky catches.

Peter Broskie and his son reported catching 46” and 51” muskies.  He posted a release video and a…


Added by Lunge Lodge on August 9, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

July wind down

The power was out yesterday and seems to have affected the phones.  Outgoing calls are possible, but it’s hit or miss on incoming calls.  The phone either rings, or goes straight to a busy signal.  Hopefully, it will resolve itself soon!

On the fishing front, the families of Matt Madden and…


Added by Lunge Lodge on July 25, 2017 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Second week of July

The highlight of Jackson Jordan’s week was catching and landing a 24” pike off the dock that nailed the rock bass he was winding in while onlookers watched!

Mike Gardner, his two sons and Larry Henderhan from Westlake spent 2½ days at the Lodge.  They caught pike and bass.

Jimmy McKee and his cousin Stan ventured near…


Added by Lunge Lodge on July 19, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Dog Days of Summer?

Scott and Tiffany got out several times during Tiffany’s 10 day stay and reported catching a 38” musky.  Last night, though, Scott broke the 50” mark.  His 50½” musky is pictured above.  Congratulations,…


Added by Lunge Lodge on July 12, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

June wind down…

The last week of June has been a wet one, with pouring rain at times and people hemmed in their cabins or the Lodge.  A few brave ones are still getting out and having some success, though.

Jeannie Bernhardt was out with her husband Gary and caught a 47” musky trolling!  She was using a U-20 Flatfish in 35’ of water deep trolling with an added lead…


Added by Lunge Lodge on June 28, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

Bass & Musky Season Opener

Bob Soles and his friend Fern caught 'a lot' of bass and some smaller pike on topwater.

Dale Jenne's group did well on pike during their stay, with one member, Dan, catching a 38" musky on a #5 Mepps spinner.

Dan Geary's group from Cleveland had a slow week, but they did manage to catch a 40" musky!

Al Buccuti was in for a short stay, unfortunately, they had to leave early due to some family issues at home.

Tim Anhorn brought his wife and family, totaling 5, from…


Added by Tony Petras on June 23, 2017 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

Spring 2017 Trip Diary


Added by Tony Petras on June 13, 2017 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Week 3 & 4 highlights

Bill Barrett’s group of 9 from Buffalo came and went after a quick 3 days.  They had fun holding a “multi-species” tournament.  Their biggest walleye went about 24”, so did their biggest pike.  They never got that elusive Sheepshead that had big prize written on it!  Mark ended up the big…


Added by Lunge Lodge on June 12, 2017 at 5:08pm — No Comments

On to week two…

The Grupp’s and Mike Bode’s group departed Monday, leaving just the Bishoff’s in camp for now.

Lots of small walleye were reported by both groups, with the Grupp’s largest going 24 inches and the Bode’s taped out at 25½”.

The Bishoff’s are in from Pittsburgh and have been targeting pike.  Their two largest so far are 37” and…


Added by Lunge Lodge on May 30, 2017 at 8:47am — No Comments

First week underway

The first weekend is in the books, and as promised, the main lodge building windows have been replaced and Maple has a brand new shower!

Mike and Scott are still in the process of getting the rest of the boats in the water, but that’s the extent of preparation chores. 

Guests are officially coming and going.  Brian and Craig, in from…


Added by Lunge Lodge on May 23, 2017 at 8:09am — No Comments

Season opener!

With only 2 days left before the ‘official’ opening of the season, Mike and Scott have things under control.  They’ve been aided by Bob Clark who is leaving Friday to attend some meetings  before returning Sunday for 5 days.

All of the cabins (except Maple) are prepped and available for occupancy.  Maple will be…


Added by Lunge Lodge on May 18, 2017 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Kick off to the 2017 Season!

Preparations for the 2017 Season have begun!  Mike and Scott are at the Lodge now and Steve arrives today.  The weather has made it a little tough to work on some of the outside things.  Also, the water is up and onto the property and there’s been ice on the fixed docks because it’s been cold, and rainy, with some snow showers mixed in.

Mike described the water level by saying it’s right up to the top of the dock (porch) in front of the Beech Cabin (farthest left as you are looking…


Added by Lunge Lodge on May 4, 2017 at 4:25pm — 1 Comment

Hit the Rocky once again today.. Started in the morning in North Olmsted with a big sunfish, two steelhead and a small mouth. Then I headed up the west Branch of the river into my home town waters of…

Hit the Rocky once again today.. Started in the morning in North Olmsted with a big sunfish, two steelhead and a small mouth. Then I headed up the west Branch of the river into my home town waters of Olmsted falls and caught one more steelie and a small large mouth bass, a small mouth bass with a rock bass to boot!! Another productive day on the Rock...!! The Best part of the day was watching every fish I caught swim away...Tiff and I will hit the Rock tomorrow for an early evening bite...… Continue

Added by Scott & Tiffany on April 25, 2017 at 9:43pm — No Comments

T - 1 week

I hit the Rocky River again today and had another good day on the Rock...Caught 2 Smallies and 2 Steelies this morning.. I'll be back this week a couple more times before heading North on Sunday..See photos

Added by Scott & Tiffany on April 23, 2017 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

T-2 weeks.....

T-2 weeks..... Continue

Added by Scott & Tiffany on April 16, 2017 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments

3 New Videos!

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…


Added by Brian Bernhardt on January 11, 2017 at 1:16am — No Comments

2017 Sport Show Circuit

The 2017 show schedule has been finalized.  Representatives from Lunge Lodge will be present at 4 shows this year:

Cleveland: January 13th-15th

Erie: March 3rd-5th

Buffalo: March 9th-12th

Toronto: March 15th-19th

We look forward to seeing you at one of these events!

Added by Lunge Lodge on January 1, 2017 at 9:06am — No Comments

2016 Highlights Video (Please Submit Pictures ASAP)

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…


Added by Brian Bernhardt on December 19, 2016 at 11:58am — No Comments

Finally a tool that works

The Folinos have been fishing pike and bass in the French River for 33 years now. The last 16 of them Chris has come home from Hong Kong to spend a week on the river. Last summer he brought with him the prototype for a fishing multi-tool he designed based on our years of experience. Experience including…


Added by Robert J. Folino on November 30, 2016 at 10:58am — No Comments

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