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Are You Sure It’s Tournament Time? We Have Great Weather…What’s Up?

posted on 09/18/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Today was the first day of the MTT (Minnesota Tournament Trail) Fishing Championship and as the boats zipped across the water at blistering speeds all I saw was a calm flag on a flag pole and zero clouds…this is very unusual for a tournament on Lake of the Woods…at least for me. Usually when the word “Tournament” comes up it gets cold and nasty, but the boys from MTT are getting the royal treatment from Lake of the Woods this weekend for their finale, and they're loving every minute of it. I just want to wish all the competitors the best of luck while they chase for the championship and thank you to a majority of them for staying with us at the Wigwam Resort during their stay.

Just a couple announcements…September 18th & 19th will be the MTT (Minnesota Tournament Trail) Fishing Championship, which will be held on Lake of the Woods, and a large majority of the participants will be staying with us at the Wigwam Resort…Poor Boys band will be playing both Friday and Saturday night for the entertainment. October 2nd & 3rd will be the Fall North Star Walleye Classic Fishing Tournament…Poor Boys will again be blessing us with their presence on those respected Friday and Saturday nights. Finally, for every Vikings game this season, we will have a “Kill the Keg” special, specials on our bar dining menu, and prizes to give away. This will make for some pretty crazy Sunday afternoon/nights and Monday nights…LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!

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!

Daily Fishing Report: Today should be mainly sunny, high 76F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight we should see clear skies, low 52F with winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday we should have an abundant amount of sunshine, highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 50s. Sunday we should have times of sun and clouds, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s. Today’s fishing report will come from our guides (Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos and Kevin Olmstead). Tom, Billy, Kevin have stopped heading north and started to fish the big water again about 4 to 6 miles outside Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point Gap, and Zipple Bay in about 30 to 32 feet of water. They have been anchoring and jigging, and also downrigging, if jigging becomes too tough. When downrigging they have been using trusty Rapala baits (Perch color, White and Purple have been the “golden ticket”) and when they are jigging they are using White/Gold, White/Purple and Orange/Gold jigs with frozen Shiners as bait. The fishing has still been “top shelf” (for all my hockey buddies) and we don’t anticipate that to slow in the least bit as we move into the middle of September. A few days ago Billy took out a group in the afternoon after Goose Hunting in the morning and it took them a little longer to catch their limits, a whole 3 hours…they downrigged all three hours, and our guests came in all smiles! Yesterday I had the chance to get out there again and started fishing by long lining some Rapalas, but that wasn’t the ticket…there was so much fog, I think it disrupted the bite. We ended up going to North Graceton Reef and by the time we got over there the fog had lifted and we started to catch fish. I was using hammered gold spinners with crawlers and drifting across the top of the reef. On the same reef we caught, Walleye, Sauger, Small Mouth Bass, Rock Bass and Perch…I love the diversity! I hope to get back out there on Saturday to see what it will produce, but first I’m going to go and pick up a few more of those Rapalas from my buddies over at Log Cabin (a bait/convenience/gas store about a half mile from the Wigwam). Jake “of the Woods” Magness, Doug “The Surgeon” Hagen and Val Safro, went out a few days ago and were fishing in 31 feet of water, anchoring and jigging out in front of Zipple Bay and had some great success…the big fish of the day for them was a nice 25” Walleye caught by Jake “of the Woods” Magness. 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 Mr. Truman Olson of Fargo, ND. I had the opportunity of taking Truman fishing on Wednesday of this week and I had blast. Truman is a retired NDSU employee…The home of the Bison, and is enjoying his time on the lakes these days. I think the best part of my job is that I get to meet so many great people and interact with them one on one to learn more about them and their families…I really enjoy it. Truman was able to tell me about his family (wife, daughters, grandkids, etc.) and from that I truly got a great picture of the man I was wetting a line with. Truman is a great man that has been able to travel the world through work, and enjoy all that life has thrown his way with family and friends…I envy you. On a fishing front, we were able to go out and get on them, not from the very beginning, but after a while. We fished my little honey hole, North Graceton Reef, and in one afternoon we were able to catch Walleye, Sauger, Small Mouth Bass, Rock Bass and Perch…what a fishery! I wanted to thank Truman personally for letting me take you fishing and I hope that all your expectations were exceeded while staying with us at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods! We all look forward to your return this fall…thanks again!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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