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Lake of the Woods Deep Freeze Doesn’t Scare the Fishermen or the Fish

posted on 12/15/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Things are starting to really heat up on Lake of the Woods and those things only have to do with fishing. Last night we had another deeeeeeeeeeeep freeze (-25 F) on Lake of the Woods and the ice is really strengthening up. As of yesterday, we just started driving our people movers out of the Wigwam, instead of having to drive off the point to get out to our ice houses, and things are starting to come together very nicely. The fishing is amazing and our guests are getting to experience the best of what Lake of the Woods has to offer during early ice. From the excitement in each of their voices, it looks as if Mother Nature is delivering no disappointments.

This morning, I walked by the fish cleaning house, and there in front of my eyes was the proof of a fantastic day of fishing on Lake of the Woods (Wigwam Resort’s back yard), sitting in front of me were 12 boxes of frozen fish guts. Last night I was told by more than one guest, well really more than 30, that they caught a number of fish a piece, average more than 40 each and only taking the lake limit of, no more than 4 Walleye a piece. In my mind, that is phenomenal fishing and great conservationism working together very nicely. With Lake of the Woods current Walleye and Sauger populations estimate form the DNR; this fabulous fishing will continue for years to come…we are truly lucky to have this as our back yard. Anyone who hasn’t come to visit should immediately fill up the tank and V-line to Lake of the Woods as soon as humanly possible. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you here very soon.

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current December specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a December special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of December…you can’t beat them! Also, every Vikings game this season, we will have drink 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 bitterly cold with sunshine and clouds mixed, high -4F with winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy this evening with a few snow flurries after midnight, low -11F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow will be cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day, high 12F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night we will have snow flurries possible to start, then snow showers becoming more likely later at night, low 2F with winds light and variable…there will be a 50% chance of snow. Thursday we should see snow showers, highs will be in the mid teens and lows will be in the upper single digits. Friday should be cloudy, highs in the upper teens and lows 1 to -3F. Saturday we should have times of sun and clouds, highs in the mid teens and lows in the mid single digits. Yesterday our houses that we have on the southwest side of Pine Island produced some great quantities of Walleye and Sauger once again. About 95% of the ice fishermen that I had the opportunity to speak with yesterday had great success, which was consistent with the few previous days. All the action is taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. From 7 to 11 am you will want to be fishing in 14-18 feet of water and then after that move to 18-24 feet of water till dark. Yesterday one of our ice guides/instructors (Jake “of the Woods” Magness) was fishing in 18-20 feet of water, directly out from Morris Point Gap, which is right where we have our houses at this time, and he was having some great success. The ice thickness out there is currently 11-12 inches and growing every hour. Tonight again should be nice and chilly to add a couple more inches. I was hoping to get out fishing today, but I don’t think I will be able to make time…the resort is still very busy, so I don’t mind not being able to get out. I hope to be able to experience what are guests are experiencing this coming Sunday afternoon when I plan on getting out there and wetting a line with Jody and Vancouver. We look forward to seeing all of you up here very shortly. 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 each and ever guest that we have had this past week, weather you were fishing with us, staying with us in the lodge or cabins, getting some food from our dining room, or wetting your whistle in the bar. I wanted to thank you for being such great and gracious guests. I hope each and every one of you enjoyed the time you spent catching fish, eating, sipping down a few beverages and telling fish tales while you visited with us. Thanks again and I look forward to having you each back to visit very soon.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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