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Lake of the Woods Welcomes November with Open Arms

posted on 11/02/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Today we welcomed November to northern Minnesota with open arms. This past weekend brought us first timers to the Wigwam Resort, whom wanted to experience some of Lake of the Woods great fishing this time of year, and I wanted to thank all of you for giving us the opportunity to show you our northern Minnesota hospitality first hand, here at the Wigwam Resort.

Even thought the wind was blowing and fishing conditions were a little less than desirable this past week and weekend, I was still able to experience some great fishing. I had the pleasure of taking out a couple of fishermen on Saturday and we were able to get into some fish, even though a number of fisherman were having trouble finding the fish, because of the high winds and rough conditions that we had a few days prior to Saturday. The biggest Walleye we caught was 25 inches, which was brought in by Jeff Decker of Wyoming, MN. We did get robbed quite a bit also by those sneaky fish, there were three times we set the hooks and we had hooking into “nice fish”, but we weren’t able to hook into them well enough to bring them up…I guess that’s why they call it fishing, not catching.

This week we have some special guests coming to visit us (Steve Fuchs and his VIP customers), and I just wanted to say that we are really looking forward to taking them fishing and catering to them this week and weekend. These gentlemen are guests that visited us this summer for the first time and enjoyed the “Wigwam” experience so much; they wanted to visit us again before winter. If you haven’t experienced the Wigwam Resort before, don’t wait any longer, make your reservations today to experience our awesome northern Minnesota hospitality, and by the way, arguably the best freshwater fishery in the world on “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 cloudy and windy with a few snow showers this afternoon, temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph…there will be a 30% chance of snow. Tonight will be partly cloudy, low 24F with west winds at 10 to 20 mph, diminishing to 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be mostly cloudy with a mixture of light rain and snow developing in the afternoon, high 41F with winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 50% chance of precipitation. Tomorrow night we should see rain and snow in the evening, overcast late, low 28F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of precipitation. Wednesday should be mostly cloudy, highs in the mid 30s and lows in the mid 20s. 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. The Walleyes haven’t moved into the Rainy River as they have in past years, but there are a few other places producing some great looking fish and those are as follows: 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 Joe Wagner of Rosemount, MN and Jeff Decker of Wyoming, MN. I had the opportunity to take these fine gentlemen fishing on Saturday and even though it was a little chilly, we had a blast. Even with terrible conditions (very windy) we were able to catch a few nice fish. I just wanted to thank you two for being such great and gracious fishing partners. I hope that all your expectations were met while staying with us at the Wigwam Resort this fall. I am looking forward to seeing you both back here in March…take care and best wishes till then.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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