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Lake of the Woods…Here Come The Big Ones!!!!

posted on 10/30/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Two days ago I had the distinguished pleasure of bring my little brother to the back specialist in Fargo for an evaluation, and it wasn’t the outcome that we wanted to hear, but they can fix him up good with a little surgery. The positive was that the 9 total hours in the car gave us some well needed one on one. We talked about anything and everything under the sun and it was very welcomed…thanks for the great conversation Ryan. I hope you get better soon little brother…I need a fishing partner.

On the fishing front, yesterday I was able to hear on the marine band radio of more than one happy fisherman out on Lake of the Woods. People are starting to get into bigger and bigger Walleyes as we inch closer and closer to first ice. Not only big Walleyes are being caught, but also some massive Perch (15”), for all you Perch lovers out there.

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 we will have a morning rain followed by a mix of rain and snow in the afternoon, high 41F with winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph…1 to 2 inches of snow expected. Tonight will be windy with snow this evening will transition to snow showers overnight, low near 30F with winds NW at 15 to 25 mph…there will be a 70% chance of snow 70%...1 to 2 inches of snow expected. Tomorrow should be overcast, temps nearly steady in the mid 30s with winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Tomorrow night should be cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight, low 29F with winds S at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 40% chance of snow. Sunday we should have rain and snow showers, highs in the low 40s and lows in the low 30s. 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. Knights Reef is 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, and 27 feet 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!

My shout out will go to Leo Pachel, who works with us at the Wigwam Resort. His wife Colleen is our Office Manager, and one of their daughters, Stephanie, also works with us in the office. The reason for this shout out is, Leo was rushed to the Fargo hospital two days ago, and was thankfully there while he was having a massive heart attack. The doctors were able to put two stints in one of his major arteries that was 99% blocked, which undeniably saved his life. Leo isn’t out of the water yet, but I just wanted to let him and his family know that all our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pachel family at this time…get better soon and we look forward to seeing you around the resort in the very near future.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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