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New Year, Same Story…Great Fishing on Lake of the Woods

posted on 01/07/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Sorry for the absence, but the Wigwam Fisherman has been feeling a little under the weather the past few days. I’m feeling much better now and ready to get back to the resort…I’ve really missed it the past few days. I guess that it’s in my blood lets say…haha. This past week before I was struck down, I did get the opportunity to do a little fishing up north. Jody (my girlfriend) and I rode our snowmobiles up to Tom’s cabin up on Little Oak for a few days. The fishing was less than stellar, which made me appreciate the south side of the lake that much more, but the company made up for the fishing, and isn’t that really what it’s all about, having fun and enjoying the company? I believe that’s the case for me.

The fishing on the south side of Lake of the Woods has still been great. People are still catching high quantities along with the occasional monster Walleye. Just 2 days ago I received a picture, via my phone, from one of our ice guides/instructors on his “day off”. Shane was on the phone with Colleen at the Wigwam, giving her a fishing report, he was telling her that the fishing earlier had been awesome, but it had slowed up the past 20 minutes. As soon as he said that he told Colleen to hold on, because he thinks that the fish are back. Shane set the hook and reeled in a nice fat 29.5” Walleye…NICE! That’s what you get on Lake of the Woods, just when you least expect it, it shows up. Will you be ready?

The lures that have been working well are the “Stop Signs” and “Chubby Darters”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white, green and pink have been the best!

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current January specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a January special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of January…you can’t beat them!

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be variably cloudy with light snow flurries possible, cold, dangerous wind chills may approach -25F, high 1F with winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight we should have considerable cloudiness, low -14F with winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow we should see sun and a few passing clouds, high 1F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy, low -22F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday we should see a few clouds, highs in the mid single digits and lows in the low single digits. Sunday should be cloudy, highs in the mid teens and lows in the low single digits. Monday should be partly cloudy, highs in the low teens and lows in the upper single digits. I was able to get out and fish for the past few days, so now you will get a first had account of what I experienced. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. From 7 to 9 am you will want to be fishing in 12-16 feet of water and then after that move to 24 to 30 feet of water till 3 pm and then move back in to the shallows for the last evening bite. Another place to keep on the radar is Lighthouse Gap, right on the US/Canadian line in 22 to 28 feet of water. The lures showing the greatest success rates are the “Stop Sign”, “Disco Ball” & “Chubby Darter” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). Yesterday the bite was steady, be sure to be patient when you’re fishing. The fish are on the move and hopefully they are nice and hungry this morning…we anticipate it to pick up here in the next few days. You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is white, pink or green. Also give the plain gold jigs and disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 20-21 inches and growing everyday with these sub zero temps. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. Just a little reminder though, if you want to fish by the Wigwam’s houses, you have to come with us. The only types of transportation that will get you out to our houses are track vehicles and snowmobiles…no trucks. 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 a great man that just passed away over the Christmas Holiday week…Mr. Barney Briggs (on the right). I just wanted to say that all our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Briggs family at this time. I didn’t know Barney well, but from hearing all the stories from Tom and his friends, Barney was a great man that was always larger than life…may he rest in peace.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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