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As the Wind Calms, the Bit Heats Up on Lake of the Woods

posted on 08/04/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Last night I had the opportunity to go fishing with another Wigwam Resort employee, Jake Magness and we found the Walleyes in Four Mile Bay and Morris Point Gap washout. The Walleyes are stacked up nicely in those two areas and they are starting to bit…I love it! This just means that we don’t have to go more than 3 miles from the Wigwam Resort to catch an abundance amount of nice Walleyes…NICE!!!!

Over the past few days we have had some special guests staying with us at the Wigwam Resort, the Powells (Mr. Dick Powell, and his sons, Sam and John Powell), from Beloit, Wisconsin. They came to the Wigwam Resort to catch some nice Walleyes, and that’s exactly what they did. Their week with us started off a little ruff, because of the high winds we were experiencing on Lake of the Woods, but fortunately that only lasted one day, and the lake settled down enough for the Powells to make their journey across to Little Oak Island for two consecutive days of great fishing. Mr. Powells son’s, Sam and John, were full of energy and excitement…giddy to catch fish. Mr. Powell seemed to gather energy from his kids excitement, it was a great pleasure seeing how a family interacts when they are having a blast…it’s just old fashion fun!

As they fished with the Wigwam Resorts own Billy Kloos, Sam and John were able to reel in some nice fish (Walleye and Perch), but there was one species that eluded them this time around, the monster Sturgeon, which is on Johns “to catch list”. John, the youngest, as he was leaving was saying all he wants to do next time is catch a big Sturgeon. I believe that we can make that happen for you when you come back this October, or next April for the Sturgeon Excursion, which is put on by IDOfishing.com and the Wigwam Resort. It will be my personal promise to you to land you a monster Sturgeon when you return!

Just seeing the Powells interact reminded me so much of my youth, when I was fishing with my brother and father. I’m so happy that I now work in an industry that is part of family bonding…it makes me feel as if I’m doing my part to help people enjoy life…I feel so lucky. I just wanted to personally thank the Powells, Dick, Sam and John, for letting us at the Wigwam Resort take care of them while they fished the best freshwater fishery in the world…Lake of the Woods. I know you guys just left this morning, but I’m already looking forward to your return…I wish you guys the best of luck with work (Dick) and school (Sam and John). Keep fishing and having fun…that’s what life is all about!

Just a reminder to all of you that want to stay with us this winter during ice fishing season…we are starting to fill up. If you want your places reserved at the Wigwam Resort, book now, or forever hold your peace. We are looking forward to a record breaking ice fishing season, for the amount of fish that will be caught on Lake of the Woods, don’t miss out on all the fun. Remember, every night during the winter is like a Saturday night. Be apart of all the excitement, only at the World Famous Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!

Once again, before I go into the fishing report, I just wanted to take a second and go over all the different species of fish that we have caught this year in Lake of the Woods. I know that we are known to be the Walleye Capitol of the World, here in Baudette, MN on Lake of the Woods, but we have many different species of fish that are being caught out of Lake of the Woods that should get there day in the lime light. We have caught Monster Lake Trout, Musky, Northern Pike, Perch, Sauger, Small Mouth Bass, Sturgeon and Walleye this summer. So if you’re looking to be put on some different species of fish this summer other than Walleye, don’t hesitate to give us a call at the World Famous Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods and let us, PUT YOU ON THE FISH!!!!

Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have a mix of clouds and sun, high 67F with winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight we will have a few clouds, low 47F with winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow we will have partly cloudy early followed by mostly cloudy skies and a few showers later in the day, high 69F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we will have a few showers in the evening, then clear overnight, low 48F with winds light and variable…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Today’s fishing report will come from me and our guides (Tom Briggs, Billy Kloos and Kevin Olmstead) and will be no different than yesterday. Last week, Jake Magness and I went fishing in Four Mile Bay, about 100 yards west of the green marker, right out in front of the Wigwam Resort and we found some Walleyes. We caught about 15 fish in the period of about an hour; the biggest fish was 26-1/2”. We were slow drifting and trolling using hammered gold spinners with crawlers and metallic red spinner jig with frozen shiners. Tom, Billy and Kevin have been going to the southwest side of Garden Island and they are still hammered the fish. They were using hammered gold spinners with crawlers and jigs with frozen shiners (they were hitting on every color). They were catching fish from 18 feet to 10 feet of water while drifting in our 27’ Sportscrafts…still no downrigging! Yesterday Billy went back to those spots and hammered the fish again…is there no end to the great fishing? I hope not!!!! If you don’t have the boat to head up north, you will want to keep Morris Point in front of the washout and the west side of Pine Island in your crosshairs. I went fishing over there last night and the fish are piling up over there. I was marking so many fish, but very slow bite. I anticipate that to start heating up here within the next few days. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods…come visit us today at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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