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I Think Fall Might Be Right Around the Corner

posted on 09/26/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well I think the awesome weather we have been having has run its course and we are in store for some great northern Minnesota fall weather. I am going to take full advantage of this colder weather Monday and Tuesday and try to do some Musky fishing. So what this means is the Wigwam Fisherman will be back with the blog on Wednesday, hopefully with some nice pictures…wish me luck!

The fishing has still been top shelf…just yesterday I was able to go fishing with two guests and Jake “of the Woods” Magness for a few hours in the afternoon and we caught 12 fish and kept 6. A couple of the Walleyes were in the slot (22” & 23”) and had to be deposited right back into Lake of the Woods, a couple more were to small to keep, but the 6 that we kept were all from 17 ½” to 19”…nice fish. That wasn’t too bad for 3 hours in the afternoon if I might say so myself. We were fishing the Nine Footer about 12 miles north of Lighthouse Gap. We were using hammered gold spinners with crawlers and pulled some Rapalas (Chartreuse/Silver/Red aka “the clown”)…both were equally effective. We saw our best success at 30 to 32 feet of water. I had sent some of our guests out there also and they had great success…they were anchored and jigging in 34 feet of water, using crawlers as bait…what a fishery!

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 sun and clouds mixed high 76F with winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight it will be cloudy with a few showers, low 51F with winds SW at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow we should see rain showers along with windy conditions, high 58F with winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tomorrow night will be windy with rain showers, low 43F with winds NW at 20 to 30 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Because I will be gone for a few days here is an extended forecast. Monday should be windy with showers, highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 30s. Tuesday should be mainly sunny, highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 30s. Wednesday we should have a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s. Today’s fishing report will come from me and 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 (Chartreuse/Silver/Red 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 went to the Nine Footer and fished on the edges of the reef in 30-34 feet of water and got into them…I was using hammered gold spinners with crawlers and long lining Rapalas (Chartreuse/Silver/Red aka “the clown”) and having great success. Two days ago I went right to 28 feet of water right outside Lighthouse Gap and pulled Burnt Orange/Red Rapalas and hammered the Walleyes between 1 PM and 4 PM. I then went to North Graceton Reef from 5 PM to 7 PM and all I have to say is…what a fishing honey hole…the fish are thick around the reef in 16 to 18 feet of water around the rocks. I was using hammered gold spinners with crawlers and trolling across the top of the reef. As I always say though, when fishing the rocks, be ready to donate some tackle…risk and reward! 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!

I hope that everyone has a great weekend and a great start to next week while I’m enjoying a few days of fishing up north chasing the elusive Musky! I will be back with all of you on Wednesday to fill you in on my exciting fishing excursion 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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