The Lunge Lodge

The Lunge Lodge on the Upper French River

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August is upon us!

Ken Ray comes to the Lodge every year and for this trip, he brought his daughter Melissa and her two daughters Madeline and Alexia. They had fun catching bass & pike, and although Ken says he saw musky, he never did get a hookup. 

Joey Bray and his friend are leaving today after arriving on the 30th.  They brought their own boat and reported connecting with some nice pike.

The Byers two-week stay ends tomorrow. They have equalized their time between fishing and…


Added by Tony Petras on August 3, 2018 at 11:18am — 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

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

It’s the first week of August

Manfred, with his son Eric, caught and released a 42” musky.

The Byers have departed following a good week of catching bass in various locations, as have the Maddens/Crofts.  Max posted a neat underwater video of his pike and Mike’s musky release.

Joe and Halane Vatter left camp and Joe made a nice appreciation post on the site upon his…


Added by Tony Petras on August 3, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

Spring 2016 Trip Diary

Saturday, May 28, 2016

I arrived at Riverview around 1pm, got loaded up and over to the Lodge before two where I was met at the dock by Mike.  We exchanged hellos then got all my gear into the cabin I was assigned on my first several trips to Lunge Lodge, Jack Pine.  The new bathroom looks great with the knotty pine and fiberglass…


Added by Tony Petras on June 15, 2016 at 8:31am — 3 Comments

Week 1 nearly done...

Bernie and his guys have come and gone, providing Mike with some much appreciated assistance in getting the camp totally open and prepared for the incoming groups of fisherman scheduled to flow in throughout the season.

John Busgos’ Victoria Day Holiday ended yesterday, but he’ll be back again later in the summer.…


Added by Tony Petras on May 25, 2016 at 7:53am — No Comments

2nd to last report of this season

Mike reports that the wedding went very well.  More than 30 people gathered on the dock, with the winds howling around them.  The 2:30pm ceremony started right on time, with the bride and her bridesmaids arriving via boat from Jeannie and Brian’s cabin – the one to the right of the Lodge as you look out toward the Triangle.  Festivities followed shortly thereafter.

Most of the guests arrived Friday night, after dark, and were met at the marina by high winds and waves.  Mike described…


Added by Tony Petras on October 12, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Hunting Season (musky, that is...) and wedding prep

The Hershberger’s concluded their annual trip this morning, heading back home to West Virginia with memories of 3 musky catches, a 43”, 39” and 35” and regrets of the 5 other hookups that didn’t result in a photo op!

Jay and Roger Merics have a few days left in their two-week stay and have expectations of adding to their 2 fish count that includes a 48” and a 47.5”.  They’ve raised several others, and…


Added by Tony Petras on September 30, 2015 at 8:18am — No Comments

Approaching the end of the season

Jay and Roger Merics are nearly a week into their two week stay and have yet to boat a musky.  They’ve seen a couple, and Roger had one hooked for a short time, but they still haven't reported success.

Meanwhile, their friends Dan Jr and Dan Sr Harshberger have caught two.  Dan Jr landed a 42” musky and his dad a 34 incher.  They are in until next Wednesday, while the Merics are in until Saturday,…


Added by Tony Petras on September 24, 2015 at 8:36am — No Comments

2015 wind down

As the season heads into its final few weeks, efforts have turned to prepping the camp for winter.  Boats are being pulled from the water as most of the guests in, or set to arrive, bring their own.

Musky Madness week was one of the best in recent memory, and although the successful contestants got most of the press, there was one other group on hand that had a ball as well.  Dale Jenne and his 7…


Added by Tony Petras on September 19, 2015 at 9:04am — No Comments

Musky Madness Photos


Added by Tony Petras on September 13, 2015 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Musky Madness Final

A total of seven muskies were caught during this year's tournament and a totally new champion was crowned tonight! Kevin Collins' caught his first ever musky measuring 43 1/4" and took the day's honor as well as the three day best, which not only earned him a cash prize, but also a free trip in 2016! Congrats to Kevin and all of the other contestants.

Bob Collins, Kevin's bother and net man, caught the only other musky reported today, a 38 1/4 inch fish which rounded out the 7 fish… Continue

Added by Tony Petras on September 10, 2015 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Musky Madness Day 2

Scott Williams was the day 2 winner of Musky Madness.  Scott’s 42” musky bested Brian Bernhardt, who caught a 41 ¾” fish.  Bob Collins, meanwhile, is keeping his name in the news with a 38 ¾” musky.

All of the fish appear to be much larger than the reported length because they are “fat”, according to Mike Pettry.  He says the pictures make them look much bigger due to the girth on…


Added by Tony Petras on September 10, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Musky Madness Week

Musky Madness week got off to a fine start, with 2 muskies reported on the first day, a 39 ½” by Dennis (a member of the Pettry group) and a 40” caught by Bob Collins, giving Bob first day honors by just 1/2”.

Bob, and his brother Kevin, took honors as well in the annual Pettry/Collins Bass Tournament, which was held on Sunday this year.  The winners brought in a limit of 4 bass that weighed 14.68…


Added by Tony Petras on September 9, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Pictures from Mike Petras and Rick Albertini


Added by Tony Petras on September 9, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

On to September!

The month of August finished up with a bang as Mike Laurenzi displays this beautiful 52", 46lb musky which he caught on a…


Added by Tony Petras on September 2, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

August winds down...

Jim Mariano, Nick Virzi Sr., Nick Virzi, Jr., Joe Virzi, have been chasing muskies for a week now and reported 13 follows, a couple of which were ‘huge’, two lost hookups, and one 40 incher!  In between they’ve caught some smallies and several northerns, one of which (Nick Sr’s) was, “Real nice”, according to Jim.  In a continuation of a theme, Leo Lures are generating the most interest from the Muskellunge.…


Added by Tony Petras on August 26, 2015 at 9:16am — 1 Comment

Pictures from Ken Boyer and his '55!


Added by Tony Petras on August 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Ken Boyer lands a beast!

Yesterday evening, after making 6 musky ‘contacts’ between their two boats, Ken Boyer got the 7th to hook-up.  He was using a perch-colored Leo to which he and Mike attached an 8-inch grub, resulting in a 14-16” lure.  The water was about 8 feet deep and very clear.  Ken was watching as he jerked the Leo in an up and down motion, and as it got closer to the boat, it disappeared.  According to…


Added by Tony Petras on August 19, 2015 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

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