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The Fall Bite Continues to Impress the Masses on Lake of the Woods

posted on 10/23/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. This morning as I stepped outside to walk Vancouver (my Golden Retriever); I once again was greeted with a bright ray of sunshine in the eyes, which put a smile on my face. Even though it was a little chilly, the sun always finds a way to warm even the coolest of these late October days in northern Minnesota. I hope that this weather will follow us into the weekend while we have over 60 guests staying with us again this weekend to experience some of the best fall fishing in the world, which happens to be right in front of the Wigwam Resort.

Yesterday, one of my good friends, Doug “The Surgeon” Hagen, who I might add, has been fishing Lake of the Woods for over 30 years, told me that this is just the beginning of the great fishing that fall has to offer us. Being this is my first fall at the Wigwam Resort, I asked him to elaborate on his statement and he proceeded to tell me stories of past falls, which just made me want to go fishing as soon as possible, and not want to get off the lake. This is one of the best times of year for trophy walleyes on Lake of the Woods and it has been evident through all accounts this year from the fish that our guides and guests have been catching out in Morris Gap, Lighthouse Gap and Four Mile Bay (right in front of the Wigwam Resort). If you are a trophy fisherman or woman, please take advantage of the fabulous fishing that fall brings to Lake of the Woods.

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 mostly cloudy, high near 45F with winds light and variable. Tonight we will see partly cloudy skies, low 31F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow we should have partly cloudy skies in the morning, which will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon, high 49F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow night it should be cloudy with showers, low 34F with winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Sunday we should have a chance of showers, highs in the mid 40s and lows in the low 30s. Today’s fishing report will come from Tom Briggs and me and will be no different from the last version…the fish are still hanging out in the same places and they are gulping down all the shiners making their way into the Rainy River, which is plumping them up very nicely. The south west side of Pine Island and Morris Gap are starting to produce some nice quantities of Walleye and Sauger right now. You want to be right out from Morris Point Resort and about in the middle of Morris Gap in 19 to 24 feet of water. The method of fishing will be anchor and jigging. The best colors have been Orange and White jigs with FROZEN SHINERS as bait. The frozen shiners are out fishing live bait 3 to 1…that is my experience. The other hot spot is Lighthouse Gap where I have been able to catch fish in 19 feet to 27 feet. Last night I had the opportunity to go fishing with Tom Briggs, Rick Amundson and Scott Olmstead, and 27 foot right on the US/Canadian line was the “Golden Ticket for the Weekend”. We were catching 18” Walleyes one right after the other from 4 PM to 6 PM. Everyone should mark that one on their radar. The most successful jigs were Orange and Chartreuse…as always we were using frozen shiners as bait. I would like to give Graceton Reef a shot within the next few days to see how that is right now…there are always fish in the rocks. The best method of catching those big buggers right now is anchoring and jigging. When anchoring and jigging you will want to be using 3/8 or ½ oz. jigs. The Shiners are still being caught in the river, but the majority of success has still been on the lake right outside the gaps (Morris and Lighthouse). The Shiner run will last till throughout 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!

My shout out today will go to 3 guests that stayed with us a few days ago…Jerry Amenson from Des Moines, IA, Craig Amenson from Story City, IA and Alan Cook from Roland, IA. They were able to share a great story with me and in turn I would like to share with you today…here it goes. The story starts as they were fishing in 30 foot of water out from the Light House Gap with frozen shiners, using orange/chartreuse (Alan), white (Craig) and glow in the dark (Jerry) jigs. About 30 minutes prior to catching his 29" walleye, Alan retrieved his rod/reel from the bottom of the lake. A smaller walleye surprise him and pulled the rod out of his hands while he was bringing up his line to check his bait. We were anchored and after a while Alan caught his rod and reel with the smaller walleye still on. He re-baited and proceeded to catch the 29" walleye. Three years ago, Alan lost the same rod/reel when another fish struck unexpectedly. That time, Craig snagged the rod, but without a fish on. It was suggested that Alan mount the 29" walleye, along with the rod/reel, but he chose to release the walleye, to be caught another day. We enjoyed our fishing trip and five nights in cabin #8. Thanks for your advice about using frozen shiners and going to deeper water. We are looking forward to future trips and memories from the Wigwam. What a story!!!!

I just wanted to say thank you Jerry, Craig and Alan for choosing the Wigwam Resort. I know that you can go anywhere you’d like and it means the world to me and the staff collectively that you guys keep coming back…thanks a million and keep the stories coming!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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