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Fall Fishing on Lake of the Woods Heats Up Before Early Ice

posted on 11/06/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Everyone in northern Minnesota is putting the boats away and beginning to clean the cobwebs off their guns for deer hunting season. Even though people are starting to get ready for deer hunting, the fall Walleye bite is starting to pick up, with regards to the “Big Ones”. Also, we are starting to get more and more phone calls for Ice Fishing season, but we still have openings and if you want to ice fish where all the fun is, book your trip today.

The past few days I had the opportunity to take a repeat guest, Steve Fuchs and one of his guests fishing. It took some work to find the big walleyes, but we finally found them. Two days ago we had to start off fishing in the Rainy River, because of the windy conditions we were having on the “Big Lake” Lake of the Woods. The river was not producing and it was getting me frustrated…I don’t know why the Walleyes hadn’t moved there way into the river yet. At 12 pm we decided to come back to the Wigwam and have lunch and warm up. While sitting down and inhaling down a great roast beef sandwich, the winds calmed just enough to let us try Morris Point Gap when we returned to the lake. While fishing in the “clean” water, we were able to get into the walleyes for a while (about an hour), we were catching them one right after the other, it was a blast! Yesterday the winds were low and we wanted to try the lake, but again, there was dirty water, but we traveled across to Knights Reef and found the big Walleyes. Our first two fish were over 25 inches and the smallest fish we caught there was 18 inches, that’s where the big ones are at in my opinion. Steve and a couple more work associates will be coming back this weekend and I hope the wind treats us well so we can head right back over there to Knights Reef to get back on the Big Walleyes.

Next week I will be sending out our November newsletter and it will contain some great ice fishing specials, so be sure to take a look at it and take advantage of all the specials the Wigwam will be offering.

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 mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon, high 48F with winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight will be cloudy early with some clearing expected late, low 39F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be mainly sunny, high 52F with winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night we should have clear skies with a few passing clouds, low 34F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday we should have a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 30s. Monday we should see a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Tuesday we should have plenty of sun, highs in the mid 40s and lows in the mid 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. The Walleyes are slowly moving there way into the Rainy River, 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. Because of the high winds we had last week the lake is a little dirty, but you can anchor up in clean water by the Morris Gap washout in 12 to 14 feet and get into the Walleyes. I was just there the past few days and it produced some nice fish. We were using Chartreuse jigs with frozen shiners as bait. The frozen shiners are out fishing live bait 3 to 1…that is my experience. 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”! 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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