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Lake of the Woods Virgin…A Virgin No Longer

posted on 01/11/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I hope all of you had an event filled weekend that brought you many smiles, on and off the lake. This past weekend we had the pleasure of catering to a group that had one person that had never been to Lake of the Woods and had never caught a Walleye…I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true…haha. Well I’m here to inform you that he’s no longer a Lake of the Woods, or Walleye virgin…Congratulations Jerry! I hope that each of you guys had a great time and we look forward to seeing all of you back here in the near future.

This afternoon I had the pleasure of going out to the lake on my snowmobile and checking on our guests. There wasn’t one unhappy camper…everyone was catching fish, not a lot of them, but some nice fish. One of our guests had the great fortune of catching and releasing the biggest Walleye he’s ever caught…a 26” Walleye…that’s awesome! This gentleman is Mr. Truman Olson. Mr. Olson gave me the pleasure this summer of taking him fishing while he spent a day on Lake of the Woods. During that beautiful summer day, we had a great time and I told him if he liked the summer fishing so much, he should for sure come back in the winter…so, he did. Truman caught this big bugger all by himself, which as any fisherman knows, a small feat in itself. Even despite getting wrapped up in his second line, he managed to seal the deal. I just wanted to congratulate you on the great catch. I hope you had a great time and I look forward to seeing you back again in the very near future.

One thing I would like to touch on today is jigging when ice fishing. I’ve had the great opportunity to fish with many very experienced Lake of the Woods fishermen during my years on Lake of the Woods, and I just have one little piece of advice that they have taught me and I wish to share with you, which hopefully will be very beneficial to any level angler. The advice is this, when you first drop your jig/lure down the holes; try to bounce your jig/lure off the bottom for a few minutes. What this is doing is turning up the bottom of the lake, which in turn will bring in smaller bait fish to see what’s going on, and they will feed. After the bait fish move there way into your little honey hole, then like clock work you will start attracting the keepers, which we all look for, when fishing Lake of the Woods. This tactic has worked for me more times than not. It’s not a guarantee, but it will give you another option to lure them in…best of luck to all!

As I alluded to in the last blog, the fishing on the south side of Lake of the Woods has still been fantastic. People are still catching high quantities along with the occasional MONSTER Walleye and Northern Pike…proof is in the Wigwam Resort Photo Gallery.

The lures that have been working well are the “Gold Disco Ball Jigs”, “Stop Signs” and “Chubby Darters/Rapala Rattling Jigs”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white 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 we will see sun and clouds mixed high 16F with winds light and variable. Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy, low 7F with winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow we should see considerable cloudiness, high near 30F with winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night we should have considerable cloudiness, low 16F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday should be mostly cloudy, highs in the low 30s and lows in the mid teens. Thursday should be cloudy with flurries, highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid teens. Friday we should encounter a few snow showers, highs in the mid 20s and lows in the upper teens. The fishing report will come from me and our guides today. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. I just heard that the bit has slowed a bit in the past few days, but with the warm weather that we should be getting here the next 4 days in a row, it should speed up the bite nicely. We have been doing well in our houses, which are only accessible by fishing with the Wigwam Resort…they are located on west side of Pine Island straight out from the “Big Pine”. Our houses are currently in 22 to 30 feet of water, and as of this morning 26 – 28 feet has been the magic depth. Another place to keep on the radar is Lighthouse Gap, right on the US/Canadian line in 16 to 18 feet of water in the morning (7 – 9:30 AM) and 24 – 28 feet after 10 AM. The lures showing the greatest success rates are the “Stop Sign”, “Gold Disco Ball” (pictured with Wigwam Ice Guide/Instructor Shane “I’m working on a nickname” Burk) and “Chubby Darter/Rapala Rattling Jig” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). As of yesterday the bite was slow, but be sure to be patient when you’re fishing. The fish are on the move and hopefully they are nice and hungry tomorrow 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 pink or white. Also give the plain gold jigs/disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 20-21 inches. 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!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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