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August 19th - 25th. 2018 continued...

Also joining us this past week was the Burnham's.
Shown Above: The Burnham's -Frank, Paul, and Tim.
Consisting of Tim from Powell Ohio and his father Frank From North Olmsted Ohio and Frank's brother Paul from Poughkeepsie NY. This has been an annual trip for…

Added by Lunge Lodge on August 27, 2018 at 9:01am — No Comments

August 19th - 25th. 2018 - In Memory of Richard Kassnel

Shown Above: Richard Kassnel.

This week at the Lodge we had very long time guests Matt Kassnel from Chagrin Falls Ohio, and his 27 year old son Cody who now lives in Washington, along with Matt's brother Mark,…


Added by Lunge Lodge on August 27, 2018 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

August 12th - 18th. 2018

Shown above: Scott Siler and Jim Saric - The Musky Hunter.

Well, the big week has come and gone and it was a huge success!! We had a full camp with a lot of great people.

We'll start with a long time guest and Penn State Professor Ken Boyer.…


Added by Lunge Lodge on August 20, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rounding the second week of August and heading into the third

Sarah Sirkin’s group of 8 concluded their annual week at the Lodge.  Marcel worked his magic and put the ladies on some prime walleye locations.

Mark Beavan completed his second trip and is looking forward to his third.  He’s made a separate post and provided some great…


Added by Lunge Lodge on August 8, 2018 at 8:24am — No Comments

Closing out July, thinking about August...

Gary Bernhardt has brought his family along to his 30th anniversary trip to the Lodge!  Gary, his wife Jeannie, Son Brian, along with Duke, Don, and Pat got in on Saturday.  Walleye are the preferred target and Duke and Don are leading the way with a 22 incher as their best.

Jack Jordan, his son Jeff and grandson Jackson were in the week of the 14th.  They caught a lot of bass and their best pike was 31 inches long.  Jackson also "wore out the rock bass" who call the docks their…


Added by Lunge Lodge on July 24, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

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 light…


Added by Lunge Lodge on July 21, 2018 at 12:00pm — 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Outdoor Shows

Lunge Lodge will be exhibiting at two sport shows this year, both in the month of March.

The first is the Western NY Sport Show scheduled for March 8th through the 11th at the Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, NY 14075 and the second is the Toronto Sportsmen's…


Added by Lunge Lodge on January 16, 2018 at 7:42pm — 2 Comments

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…


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.…


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


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

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 763-2317
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French River Water Levels

Check out this link for detailed information about Lake Nipissing and French River water levels.


Walleye mortality

Started by Steve Mc Guire in Camp Fire Discussions Sep 25, 2018. 0 Replies

Is Ice out yet?

Started by Alan Kwiatkowski in Camp Fire Discussions. Last reply by Jason May 18, 2018. 1 Reply

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