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October winddown

Bernie and his crew arrive today to assist Mike with a number of camp closing chores.  Their talents, combined with Mike’s and Scott’s result in a very orderly and efficient process.  Mike expects October 20th to be his last day on the grounds.

Meanwhile, guests have still been coming…

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Added by Lunge Lodge on October 5, 2017 at 7:34am — No Comments

September’s end

With the coming of October, we’re just a few weeks away from the end of the 2017 season. 

Those in camp are strictly on the housekeeping plan now that Mary has returned to her home in North Bay.

Our September guests enjoyed some beautiful days on the water and reported some fine catches.…

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Added by Lunge Lodge on October 1, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments

This just in - Roger Merics with his 54" Musky

Added by Lunge Lodge on September 19, 2017 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

Pettry/Collins Bass Tournament

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Added by Lunge Lodge on September 17, 2017 at 7:53pm — No Comments

8th Vatter Trip

Just back from a 5 day trip at the Lodge. I guess we brought the good weather with us as reports of the week before were cold and rain. Fishing was slow at times but the weather and scenery reminded us how lucky we were to be there. Thanks to Mike, Mary, Scott for helping make this a memorable trip. Special thanks to Mike for taking me Musky hunting. Caught a 29 1/2 " Musky with the rod/reel combo that my co-workers bought me as a retirement gift. Guess I'll have to wait till next year for…

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Added by Joe Vatter on September 14, 2017 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

Musky Madness 2017

Only two muskies were caught during the 3-day Musky Madness tournament.  Pictured above is Bob Collins' 49.5" musky, his personal best.  It was…

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Added by Lunge Lodge on September 11, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

4th week of August

Bob Collins made a pre-emptive visit to the Lodge this week and he’s scouting out new bass locations for the upcoming Pettry-Collins Bass tournament scheduled for Monday, September 5th.  Last night, though, he was casting an orange…

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Added by Lunge Lodge on August 22, 2017 at 8:06am — No Comments

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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

Spring 2017 Trip Diary

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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