The Lunge Lodge

The Lunge Lodge on the Upper French River

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At 11:03am on October 29, 2016, Brian "BOOM FISH ON" Veze said…

Thanks John. We were up several years ago and it was way too long of a wait. We look forward to coming up every year now. We had a blast and it was so nice to meet Mike and see Mary again. It brought back a lot of memories. We caught some nice fish and missed some big ones. The hospitality and guests are always top notch. I always meet new people and make new friends. However, I missed two decent muskies and they have eluded me. My time will come.

At 6:45am on July 01, 2013, Tony Petras gave John McCullough a gift
Happy Birthday, John!
At 6:46am on July 17, 2011, Tony Petras said…

Charles - I saw your comment to John and his back to you.  If you've never been to the Lodge, I would suggest you wait to get there and get some time with Mike Pettry once you're there.  He's the Lodge manager and should be able to point you to some good areas.  The beauty of the French is that it all looks good, and although you'll need to rule out a lot of spots, I've found they're all worth a try for a while.  I tend to look for Rocky areas with weed growth close by, but, that's my confindence factor - I've caught fish in all types of structure up there. 

As to lure selection, I gravitate to blade baits - bucktails and spinnerbaits, but crankbaits and plastics do the trick as well.  Black and Orange works well, but Firetiger colors get it done, too.


Usually, I go back for a second trip the last week of August, but I think you'll be in the same type of situation the week of the 15th.  The main channel is probably your best bet, but don't discount the back bays and coves.  Good luck, and feel free to ask whatever questions you can think of. I check the site regularly and am glad to help anyway I can.

At 11:49am on July 14, 2011, Charles E. Miller said…

Hi John, I see that you sent me a welcoming email back in March.  Thank you but I'm affraid that I have not been on the site since that time.  I am on now because in about a month I'll be at LL and wanted to get an update on how the fishing has been.  I see that you are from PA, which from your Pirates hat is probably western PA.  Where do you cross the border when going to LL?  I'll be crossing at Niagara Falls.  How are the roads to the marina where you park for the lodge?  I'll be trailering my own boat, any hazzards I should be aware of?

Now, to fishing.  When are you going to be there?  I'll be there the week of 8/15.  If you'll be there then I'm good for a beer.  Have you been to LL at this time of year?  If so, where would you suggest I fish for musky, bass (L&S) and walleye?  Any baits that work particularly well?

Please let me know.  Thanks in advance for your help!

At 2:03pm on March 30, 2011, eric duenisch said…


im sure i will add more questions as i think of them

ive been watching the site for a little bit

didnt want to post or join until i knew i was coming for a visit

now that im coming  cant stop thinking about it  lol

the lodge and area looks amazing  i cant wait


At 11:13am on December 16, 2010, steve zacharyasz said…

John, can you give me know your address and let me know what i owe you for the the web site. Also where i can send the payments in the future. Thanks Steve.

At 7:28pm on June 5, 2010, Lunge Lodge said…
Great idea, John. Hadn't thought of that one...
At 6:30am on June 4, 2010, Lunge Lodge said…
Hi John - it's me, Tony Petras. I created this logon to be able to post Lunge Lodge pictures, so now I manage two signons!
At 8:49am on August 3, 2009, Greg Mohr said…
Thanks John
We where we on vacation when you sent me the post. My family just spent the week from July 21 to 26 on the upper french at our camp. The fishing was good for pike and bass. We only managed 2 pics for the week. Had a great week we seen a buck swimming in front of our camp and two bears on the way in dokis road
At 8:43am on June 19, 2009, Rick Brachvogel said…

Please pass on to Mike and his great family, my best wishes! He was the glue that kept it
all together that's for sure. I really enjoyed his great attitude and each and everyone of
his kids and wonderful wife. I've got some great pic's of Todd giving his oldest son a Mohawk
haircut in the boat house.

I have very little patience with some things in life but when it comes to fishing and cutting
the "Y bones" out of Northern Pike, it is unbelievlable. I could be a surgeion!
I'd be happy to show you my method when we are up there together.

Again, plz give my best to Mike and Family. thx, rb.
At 9:10am on June 18, 2009, Rick Brachvogel said…
Thanks John for the help. I made contact with Tony Petras yesterday afternoon and he
gave me the same info. These new toys make going back to the Lodge a bit more exciting
for me. I know the river pretty welll after 22 years but I don't know the river from the bottom
up like I plan to for the next twenty two years. I'm a Nortern Pike guy. I learned to fillet Pike
while living in Minnesota for ten years and to me, the taste is a bit sweeter. No "Y bones"
at alll. I was a single dad raising two son's and I could put enough Pike in the frig in one day
to feed us for the week up there. Great Memories. My youngest son caught a 53" 35lb
Muskie right behind the lodge when he was 13 yr's old out of a canoe. 12 lb line on a med
to hevy bass rod, red and white daredevel. (1992) Baitcaster. I'm looking at it as I write this.
My best memory personnally was a Muskie coming straight out of the water (vertical) and
hitting my Zara spook off a point in Five Mile. I was able to let it run for ten or so minutes
pulling drag and pumping it back slowly. It was a log at the end and was 48 to 50. I released
it and my camera was on the table back at the lodge. It's still a vivid memory and one I play
back from time to time. Hope to see ya up there this summer. thx again, rb
At 8:46am on June 18, 2009, Dean Frazier said…
Thanks for the welcome John. We are headed up there on July 4th. My dad, Bill Frazier, my son Evan and one of my dad's buddies. Looking forward to it.
At 7:54pm on June 11, 2009, Kelly Darrell Taylor said…
Thanks John. I brought my family to the lodge last year and had a blast. It was a reunion of sorts for me as I was there when I was 13 in 1978 with my family.
Thanks Again,
At 6:39am on June 8, 2009, Dennis C Setele said…
Thanks. Say hi to bigbob.
At 1:05pm on May 6, 2009, Joe Taormino said…
Thanks for the Welcome, John! I'm hoping that I'll be able to get to the lodge next year, and years to follow. My daughter is getting married this year, so you know where my "spending money" is going this year. We had a great time when we went there in 2007.
At 9:28am on April 4, 2009, Joyce Atkison said…
I like the web site you have created.
I am going to the lodge in June.
Do you have information about bringing pets this year?
At 9:39am on April 2, 2009, art albert said…
Beside Steve, Who are the other owner's of the Lunge Lodge???
At 3:51pm on March 29, 2009, Brett McWilliams said…
Thanks John, I am glad to be apart of the Community.
At 12:57pm on March 2, 2009, Brendan Breen said…
I'm loving the new site. Thanks for taking charge of this. One thought/ there a feature where we could incorporate a calender to be able to view who & when the members of this site are planning on visiting the Lunge? Not sure if this is possible but it would be neat to see when the different members are vacationing.
At 11:31pm on February 27, 2009, David Bosso said…
Thanks John! Hoping to make it up this year.

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