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Will the Last Day of Early Goose Finally Bring us Fall on Lake of the Woods?

posted on 09/22/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Today was the last day for early Goose season and the final group to take advantage of the Wigwam Resort’s great service was the Todd Bender Group from Excelsior, MN. They were able to get into the Geese this morning and left the Wigwam all smiles…proof in picture. I hope that all your expectations were exceeded while hunting and staying with us at the Wigwam Resort on beautiful Lake of the Woods…I hope to see you all back very shortly for Ice Fishing!

A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Tom Briggs (owner of the Wigwam) and Rick Amundson (Tom’s fishing partner and friend) for winning the MTT Championship this past Thursday and Friday on Lake of the Woods. The first place prize was a brand new Skeeter boat with a 150 Yamaha (MSRP $35,000.00) and plenty of hardware…NICE!!!!

As we slowly, slowly move into the next season here at the Wigwam Resort, the fishing has yet to sputter. We are still experiencing some of the best fishing in world here on Lake of the Woods and I don’t anticipate that to end for years to come. As we move further into fall the Walleyes move closer and closer to Four Mile Bay (right in front of the Wigwam Resort) and Rainy River to gorge themselves on shiners before they are covered with ice for 5 months…the fish are just putting on their winter gear, just like us. As of this morning I was able to see a total of 10-12 boats fishing out by the green marker in Four Mile Bay…I will try and gather some info on how they are doing and I just might try it tomorrow for myself…what the heck.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking Nikki Kloos (Wigwam Employee) and Noah Johnson (her boyfriend) fishing. We were able to catch a number of different species in the same place (North Graceton Reef)…Perch, Small Mouth Bass, Walleye and Sauger. The diversity of fish in Lake of the Woods is truly remarkable and it puts me in an “awe” state some times…what an unbelievable fishery! I just wanted to thank them for being such great fishing partners…I really enjoyed the time on the lake.

I can’t believe that we are already over half way done with September…we are still experiencing summer like conditions with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 50’s…am I still in Northern Minnesota? The farmers are enjoying it and I’m very happy that they are getting it…they need it. This past weekend was the opener of Grouse hunting season here in Northern Minnesota and we didn’t have our typical weather, but I’m sure it we be upon us before we know it. I can’t wait for our first frost so the leaves start to change and drop so my favorite hunting bird (Grouse) will be a little less elusive and I will be able to start having some Grouse in cream of mushroom soup (just the Mom used to cook it…yum, yum).

Just a couple announcements…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 we will have a mix of clouds and sun, high 67F with winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, low 42F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow should be mainly sunny sky, high 74F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night should be clear, low 47F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Today’s fishing report will come from our guides (Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos and Kevin Olmstead). Tom, Billy and Kevin have been staying a tad bit closer these days…with the warm weather we’ve been having, the fish have been hanging out around the rocks and deep mud. They have had great success trolling with hammered gold and silver spinners with crawlers and also downrigging. When downrigging they have been using trusty Rapala baits (Purple/White/Silver 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. Yesterday I ended up going to North Graceton Reef again and all I have to say is…what a fishing spot. We were 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, and Perch…I love the diversity! Jake “of the Woods” Magness, Doug “The Surgeon” Hagen went out a few days ago and were fishing in 28 feet of water from Morris Point Gap all the way to Zipple Bay and having great success. Again this morning there were more and 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!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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