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As Summer Ends, Lake of the Woods and Four Mile Bay Heat Up

posted on 08/31/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Today is the final day of August, and I find myself asking the question…is summer truly over? Even though we have had an awesome summer of fishing, I don’t think I’m really ready for it to end. We are though moving into my favorite time of year…fall! This season brings back so many memories for me as a youngster in International Falls, MN. My Father and I were avid Grouse hunters…we would jump in the truck every Saturday and drive for miles and miles south of Ray, MN in the Haney Country. My Father had his favorite trail that always produced a couple Grouse at a minimum each and every time. It gave us another opportunity to bond as Father and Son…just as it did in the boat, fishing.

September brings us another treat here at the Wigwam Resort…Goose Hunting! The Wigwam Resort provides guided Goose hunts on a daily basis…all you have to bring is your cloths, gun and ammo…the Wigwam Resort provides the rest (blinds, decoys, dogs, guide and the land). We are very booked up, but we still have some openings…you would Goose hunt in the morning and then fish in the afternoon. I can’t think of any other way to spend my days…can you? For additional information, please contact our office at (800) 448-9260 and ask for Tom Briggs. If you do it once you will have it permanently tattooed on you calendar for life!

Back to the fishing front…we will be experience some of the best fishing Lake of the Woods and Rainy River has to offer here in the next few months. The Shiners annually run into the Rainy River ever September, October & November, and I’m sure you’re asking yourself, so what. Well, what happens is that when the Shiners run into the river, the Walleyes and Northern Pike will follow them in and hangout right in Four Mile Bay, right in front of the Wigwam Resort! The Walleyes and Northerns will gorge themselves on the Shiners and make themselves nice and fat, so we can catch some monsters no more than 1 mile from the Wigwam…YES!!!! This is the favorite time of year for some of our guests and maybe if you gave it a try, it might just become your favorite time too!

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: Tonight will be mainly clear skies, low around 50F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow we will have a mainly sunny sky, high 77F with winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night we should also have a mostly clear sky, low 54F with winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Again, what this all means is that the weather is going to be AWESOME so you better get your butts to Lake of the Woods for what could be our last few weeks of summer weather. Today’s fishing report will come from our guides (Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos and Kevin Olmstead), our guests and me. Tom, Billy, Kevin have been heading up north to the southwest side of Little Oak Island and they were limiting out by 11 am each morning…that was for 3 days in a row. They were using hammered gold spinners, salmon/gold spinners and orange spinners with crawlers. Knights and Bridges are starting to produce some nice fish also…last week we 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. Last week I was informed by Jake Magness and Doug “The Surgeon” Hagen that the fish were biting out in Light House Gap again. They were anchored and jigging with green and silver jigs and frozen shiners as bait. They said that they had gone through their one bag of Shiners in about 30 minutes…the bite was that good! There have been more boats fishing right out in front of the Wigwam Resort also…what this means is that the Shiners have started their annual run into the Rainy River…we all know what that means…BIG WALLEYES ARE ON THE WAY! The Shiner run will last till the middle of November, so if you don’t want to travel far and you want to catch some big fish, book today at the Wigwam Resort and experience some of the “BEST FISHING IN THE WORLD”! All this great fishing will take place right in front of the World Famous Wigwam Resort, in Four Mile Bay and at the mouth of the Rainy River! 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 my Grandpa and Grandma Day, who live in Lake Havasu, AZ. I just received your Birthday card and I wanted to thank you with all my heart. I know it’s been a very long time since we last saw each other face to face, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you two. Every time I close my eyes and think of you guys I get the picture of Grandpa with the old NAPA hat on and Grandma in the kitchen in Sacramento…I truly miss you both and can’t wait to see you again soon. Mom is really looking forward to getting back there to see you guys, and I hope to be able to visit near Thanksgiving this year. You’re both in my thoughts and prayers everyday…I love you both dearly!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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