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The High Winds are Paying Lake of the Woods another Unexpected Visit

posted on 08/20/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Yesterday was my 35th birthday and I just wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes and happy birthdays that I received through phone calls and e-mails. It means a lot to me to have so many close personal friends and family. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have met and befriended so many great people throughout the years…I am truly a very lucky person. Someone asked me if I feel 35, unfortunately from my years of hockey my body feels 45, but thankfully my mind feels 25. Thanks again to everyone and may your birthday be as wonderful as mine.

Today we have some blistering high winds that are tearing across Lake of the Woods at close to 35 mph. Thank goodness we have Rainy River to escape those high winds to do some Northern Pike fishing. Two days ago I was very fortunate to be able to take out Don and Terry O’Connor from the Twin Cities area for a couple hours in the afternoon. They were up visiting Nina Briggs (Tom’s wife) to work on their business “World Ventures” for a couple days. We were able to go out for less than 4 hours and catch a number of Northern Pike...most of them were small, the biggest being about 7 pounds. It didn’t matter what size they were, we were catching them and having a blast. I just wanted to personally thank Don and Terry for being such great fishing partners. Don, I look forward to seeing you and your son Ryan here in very near future to do some more fishing on the best freshwater fishery in the world, Lake of the Woods!

I will bring this up every day until we are there, but 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 considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers, high 62F with winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Tonight will be cloudy with showers, low 54F with winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph…there will be another 60% chance of rain. Tomorrow we will have a shower or two around the area in the morning, and then partly cloudy in the afternoon, high near 65F with winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we will have clear to partly cloudy, low 48F with winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Today’s fishing report will come from our guides (Tom Briggs, Billy Kloos…aka The Sniper and Kevin Olmstead) and guests, and be no different than yesterdays report. With crazy high winds we are having today I don’t know if you’ll be able to get out in front of Zipple Bay, where the fishing the past few days has been very good. These past few days, our guides and guests have been reaping the rewards of the Zipple Bay hot spot for monster Walleye…don’t miss out! Our guides and guests have been catching fish by anchoring and jigging, and downrigging, but as of right now I think your best bet is still anchoring and jigging in that spot. You will be fishing in 29 to 30 feet of water. Another place to keep on your radar is Knights Reef…we just had some guests that were filming a TV show (James Holst with IDOfishing.com) and they headed up there and fished the rocks…slow troll/drift…orange spinners and hammered gold spinners with crawlers…they had some great success. They caught a number of nice fish…the biggest was 25 inches. As I always say about the rocks…get ready to donate some tackle, because you will get caught up at least a few times fishing those areas. If you get the chance to go across the lake to Garden Island and Little Oak Island, you won’t be disappointed with the results. The name of the game is jigging. This week our guides have been making that a must stop…last week I was up there with a couple and we hammered them with jigs and crawlers…it was a blast! 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!

My shout out today will go to James Holst and the all the boys from IDOfishing.com. James and two of his crew members were up here taping a TV show for an upcoming episode on Lake of the Woods. They asked the Wigwam Resort if they could help them out and we jumped at the opportunity to help a great guy, tell a great story, about our backyard and the best freshwater fishery in the world “Lake of the Woods”. I just wanted to personally thank James and his crews for letting the Wigwam Resort participate in with the show. I hope to someday be able to go fishing with you on one of your Lake of the Woods adventures. Thanks again and please give my best to your entire team at IDOfishing.com, especially Brian Klawitter, who has been very influential in promoting the Wigwam Resort…thanks a ton Brian! May all your fishing adventures be numerous and plentiful!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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Posted By isaacson on 08/23/2009

happy birthday thanks for all the reports