Fireside Lodge

Alan & Audrey Brandys

Main Address :
P.O. Box 2787
Joliet ,  IL
Phone :  (815) 439-1472
Fax :  (815) 439-1472

Summer Address :
Box 218
Sioux Lookout  , ON
P8T 1A3
Phone :  (807) 737-1919
Fax :  (807) 737-1919

Toll Free :  800-545-0815

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Fireside Lodge
Fireside Lodge, only lodge on ten lake system. Fabulous fishing for Smallmouth, Bass, Pike, Muskie, Whitefish. With the combination of all these factors, the unpressured-waters of Little Vermilion offers our guests some of the best sportfishing Canada has to offer; year after year.


Full Service, Drive-in, Other

Fishing Available:
Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, Other Freshwater Fish

Hunting Available:


Other Information
Dates Open : June 15th to September 18th

Lake or Area Name : Little VermilionLake, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Can be reached at the summer address April to October. 800 number is US only.

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Get away from it all and enjoy a Canadian Wilderness Experience at Fireside Fishing Lodge. Three and a half hours from the Minnesota border, Fireside Lodge is road accessible, and is the only resort located on Little Vermilion Lake.

Little Vermilion is the largest in an eleven-lake system. Approximately sixteen miles long, Little Vermillion is a long narrow body of water with a lower and upper section. These spring-fed waters are deep and cold with numerous bays, reefs, and deep weed beds that have created excellent fish-holding structures. The lake forage consists of whitefish, cisco, suckers, perch, various minnow life, and crayfish. With the combination of all these factors, the unpressured-waters of Little Vermilion offers our guests some of the best sportfishing Canada has to offer; year after year.

We at Fireside Fishing Lodge follow a catch-and-release program to protect the resource and the sport. Therefore, along with ten additional lakes accessed by creeks or portages, this multi-lake system offers exceptional sportfishing. Just imagine having eight lakes to pursue Northern Pike, six for Smallmouth Bass, six for Muskie. Three of these lakes had been closed for fishing since the 1930's but are now opened for anglers.

Fireside Fishing Lodge is a unique structure, built in 1904. It provides a homey meeting place for friends, new and old, to gather and enjoy each other's company, or to just sit quietly and savour the moment. A bag of freshly popped corn will hit the spot while sitting by the large fireplace. The more active will take on the challenge of a game of pool or ping-pong. Books, puzzles, and board games are here to fill some quiet time. The spacious screened-in porch allows you to enjoy our fantastic Canadian sunsets. You will enjoy hearty home-cooked meals in our dining room and a friendly atmosphere where you can share the stories of the day.

New modern log cabins are nestled in the trees along the lake front, providing a comfortable home-away-from-home atmosphere for your stay. Lodge rooms also accommodate our guests, each with a refrigerator to store any "goodies" they choose to bring along. Modern bathroom facilities are located in the lodge and in the American Plan cabins to make your stay in the Great North a comfortable one.

This goes hand-in-hand with fisheries management. At Fireside Lodge we manage all four portage lakes as catch & release only. Little Vermilion and Cedarbough Lakes are managed as conservation lakes and Maskinonge, Hooch, and Cloudlet are catch & release: barbless hooks only. This gives every Fireside Lodge guest the best possible opportunity to have the fishing trip of their life. Fireside Lodge guests catch many fish and very large fish. Just about everyone fishing in these lakes has experienced the fishing day, or catch of their lifetime. Many had both. After all this is what we all go on a fishing trip for.

Smallmouth Bass are caught and released in large numbers throughout the year. Often, 3 to 4 pound Smallies are caught and 4 to 5 pounders are not uncommon. Guests at Fireside Lodge release Smallmouth Bass over 5 pounds every year. Although Smallmouth Bass will change their location during seasonal fluctuations, the consistency of the catch does not change for our guests. The practice of catch-and-release has kept our Smallmouth Bass fishing of premium quality, hard to be matched anywhere in North America.

Northern Pike: Little Vermilion is known for its large-bodied Pike. Because of its cold deep water and excellent forage, Northern Pike grow rapidly and develop a healthy body. Many Pike are hooked every year that weigh between 10 to 15 pounds. A number of our guests have released Pike between 15 to 20 pounds, and there are pictures of over 20-pounders every year. Then there are those that got away?...

Whitefish: Little Vermilion has an abundance of this often overlooked species. Being flat, football shaped, and silvery white in color, they usually roam our waters in schools. Average size is 1 to 5 pounds with the potential growth of over 10 pounds. Locating Whitefish is sometimes a challenge, but when met under proper conditions you'll be rewarded with fast action and fabulous fun. Whitefish caught on light tackle are very scrappy; similar to Smallmouth Bass.

Muskie: our lake system is unique to most in this category. Little Vermilion Lake is connected by creeks to three lakes that are Muskie Sanctuaries and were closed to fishing from the 1930's to 1993. These lakes are now opened under special regulations. This natural hatchery, coupled with its great forage, structure, and deep cold water, has conditions to fulfill any fisherpersons' dreams. Little Vermilion not only has numbers of Muskie but holds very large fish. One guest's best day on the lake is 14 Muskie. That's in just one boat. All released! In fact in 2002 many Muskies were caught, some very large, every one released. Yes, even the whoppers!

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