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Could a Cold Fall Bring Us an Early Winter on Lake of the Woods?

posted on 10/12/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I spent all this last week recovering from a little cold that I was struck down with...I hope that everyone else has been able to elude the cold and flu bug so far this year. With the horror stories the media is throwing at us right now, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so take good care of yourselves this fall and stay healthy.

Since I didn’t get the opportunity to congratulate the winners of the Fall North Star Classic Walleye Tournament last week, Clayton Keister and Robert “Hoss” Riege…here we go. Congrats guys…I would like to personally congratulate you both for your victory in the 11th annual event. This duo has been long time patrons of the Wigwam Resort and we are all looking forward to both their returns this winter. Congrats again guys!

This week should be a cold one, but this weekend has a little more promise…on Saturday and Sunday, we should have temps in the mid to high 50’s (I never imagined being so happy about the 50’s). After this weekend it looks as if we will start to decline a little bit back into the 40’s, so if you have the chance to get out this weekend and do a little bit of fishing, do it! I also have been hearing some good things about what the locals are predicting for the fishing this fall on Rainy River, everyone is very excited. I can’t wait to get back out there and brave the cold to find some big Walleyes...there out there. Who’s planning on joining me?

With the bitter cold weather we have been having of late, it got me thinking about an early winter. I don’t know the possibilities of it happening, but I know that people around here wouldn’t be that upset…winter is our BUSY SEASON! Some of the locals are predicting the possibility of being out on the ice by the 1st of December…that would be awesome! If you haven’t made your reservation, what are you waiting for?

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 up coming 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!

Announcements…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!!!!

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be cloudy this morning with a few snow showers developing during the afternoon, high 39F with winds light and variable…there will be a 30% chance of snow. Tonight should be cloudy early with some clearing expected late…it will be cold, low 19F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow should be partly cloudy, high 43F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow night we should see scattered flurries and snow showers, low 27F with winds light and variable…there will be a 50% chance of snow. Wednesday we should see snow showers possible, highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper 20s. It should start to slowly get constantly warmer for a few days to follow. Today’s fishing report will come from our guides (Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos and Kevin Olmstead) and be no different than yesterday’s report. The fishing has been turned down a notch with this cold weather we have been experiencing of late. We have been finding some nice looking fish from Lighthouse/Morris Gap all the way through Four Mile Bay and into the Rainy River. The best method of catching those big buggers right now is anchoring and jigging. When jigging you will want to be using a 3/8 or ½ oz. jig and orange, chartreuse and white with frozen shiners have been the golden ticket! Shiners are being caught in the river, so they’re here and the Walleyes should also be there. I think we may just have to let this cold front take its course and the fishing should be rocking again in no time. With this cold weather the fish will be moving out of the deep water looking for a little bit warmer water and rocks to feed. As I always say though, when fishing the rocks, be ready to donate some tackle…risk and reward! 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, right 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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