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Where Did the Sun Go???

posted on 06/30/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. It has been 3 days since we’ve seen sunshine on Lake of the Woods and I can’t wait till the clouds break…hopefully tomorrow. I was planning on fishing this afternoon, but if we don’t see better conditions my little fishing trip will have to be postponed till a later date (tomorrow). The Summer North Star Classic Fishing Tournament, despite the weather, was a great success. The contestants that showed up for the tourney had to make lemonade out of lemons, and they certainly did that. The winning group was the Thief River Falls duo of Mike Lindholm and Marshall Tanner with a total of 8 fish weighing in at a whapping 24.38 lbs. The second place team was Mark Chapman and John Swentik, both residents of Baudette, and they finished with 8 fish weighing in at 16.38 lbs. I was considering fishing this tournament, like so many; I didn’t want to brave the horrendous winds that were evident on Saturday. Instead I watched from the sidelines…maybe next year.

For all of you that are wondering what the fishing will be like this next month, I anticipate another awesome month for Lake of the Woods. Be sure to checkout our website for the Daily Fishing Report, Catch of the Day, the Wigwam Blog and our photo gallery.

I will be putting together a great July special package for Veterans and current Military personal alike. During the current turmoil that is occurring in Iran and across the globe, being we are coming up on July 4th (Independence Day), it really makes me happy and proud to be an American, and we all need to step back and thank the people that have had a hand in securing our democracy…our armed forces. Being the son of an ex-jarhead (Marine) and Vietnam Veteran, I know first hand the sacrifices that have been made by many families across this great country, and I only wish to do my little part. Since I am fortunate enough to be involved in an outdoor recreation that many people enjoy (fishing), I would like to offer what I can to help put some smiles on people’s faces. To all the current and ex-Marines…Semper Fi! I hope to meet and shake the hands of many service men/women and veterans alike…thank you for putting your lives on the line for the freedom of every American. To view our specials, just go to our website at, www.wigwamresortlow.com and click the “Specials” icon at the top left hand corner of our home page.

Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have a mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds, high near 65F with winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight we will see partly cloudy skies, low 49F with winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow will look a little better with mostly sunny skies, high 69F with winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow night will be mostly clear skies, low 51F with winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Today’s fishing report will come from a few different sources (our guides, guests and I). The past few days have been pretty miserable, because of the high winds and rain we have been having, but we anticipate that to change tomorrow with the arrival of some sunshine. We all have been having success out about 5 miles from Morris Gap in about 32 - 34 feet of water. We have been anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners. Another place where our guests are having some success is a little boat ride away, but they have been slamming them up there…Little Oak Island. Trolling spinners on the west side of Pine Island, using hammered gold spinners with crawlers as bait, has also been working. Graceton Reef may be another spot to keep on your radar. I have been having some good success trolling and jigging with Pink and Gold Jigs with frozen emerald shiners as bait. We need the sun to warm up the rocks a bit more, but it’s still fishing well. Just a little FYI – Graceton Reef will be good, but bring extra tackle…there are a ton of rocks and you will get snagged up a couple times if you’re fishing over there. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods…come visit us at the Wigwam Resort!

Happy Fishing to all, and to all a good day!

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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