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Fall Walleye Fishing Will Get You Hooked on Lake of the Woods

posted on 10/27/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well we had another fantastic weekend of fishing here at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods. With a total of 8 guided launches leaving our docks this weekend, we are starting to see that great fall fishing many have become accustom to over the past few years here on Lake of the Woods. Even I was able to partake in the weekend fishing festivities, and let me tell you, it was awesome.

While out fishing this weekend I had the pleasure of catching a number of different fish species. In one day I was able to catch, Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike, Small Mouth Bass, Perch, Eelpout and even a Bullhead. The diversity of species in Lake of the Woods and Rainy River still amazes me, especially on days that you latch into all of them. It’s a real eye opener and I feel great pleasure to have the ability to experience this on a daily basis.

The sizes of the Walleyes being caught are starting to increase as we slowly move into November. A week ago, we were catching fish one right after another, but the size was a little under what I was expecting. This weekend I personally saw the size increase, and it put a nice big smile on my face. The biggest Walleye of the weekend for me personally was 24” (which Vancouver helped get in the boat, so he got to be in the picture), but I was able to catch and release a number of Walleyes between 19” to 23”. The fishing is hot and heavy right now, it felt as if I was dropping my lure down to the bottom, giving it a few jigs and setting the hook…it was a blast and I look for it to only get better as we get closer and closer to early ice, in December.

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 52F with winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight we will have cloudy skies, low 39F with winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday we should have cloudy skies, high around 50F with winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday should be cloudy again with highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s. Today’s fishing report will come from Tom Briggs and me…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. I heard today that Knights Reefs are producing some great looking Walleyes right now. The word is that there were a few launches up on Knights Reef and they caught 60 slot fish (fish that had to be thrown back 19-1/2” to 28”)…very impressive. If you don’t feel like going that far, or can’t drive the boat 20 miles to Knights, you will still do great on the south west side of Pine Island and Morris Gap. 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 31 feet. A few nights ago, 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”. 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 went to Graceton Reef and gave that a shot this weekend and we got on a number of nice Small Mouth Bass hanging out in the rocks. The best method of catching those big buggers right now is jigging. When 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!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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