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February Kicks Off Reef Fishing at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods

posted on 02/02/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well I can’t believe that February is upon us and the Ice Fishing season is about half over…I guess time flies when you’re having fun! Yesterday I had the opportunity to go snowmobiling on some freshly groomed northern Minnesota trails, and also, wet a line for the first time in 5 days and it was so enjoyable and relaxing. Jody (my girlfriend) and I went out with Tom and Nina (Owners of the Wigwam), and Al and Michel (Owners of Morris Point) on our little “field trip” and it was such a beautiful day. I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy their Sunday as much as I did.

I’m sure that some may be asking themselves, why would owners of competing resorts be hanging out together? The answer is simple up here; there is such a high percentage of great people up here that have the same goals and aspirations, which is, to make people happy and show them the beautiful backyard we are all blessed to share. At the same time, it seems as if we all love to do the same things, which brings people closer together. When I was playing hockey, I found myself hanging out with all hockey players and people associated with the sport. Now that I have been blessed to end up in “God’s Country”, the same follows suit. If no one would bring up hockey, I know that I could talk fishing all day and all night. I know that I say that I’m lucky a ton, but it’s only because I truly believe it to be so. I have been able to meet so many great people whom share my common interests…I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by so many awesome people. The best part of it is, we are all working together (as a community) to have as many people enjoy what we get to enjoy every single day…“Lake of the Woods”.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to share my “story” with one of our guests and through that conversation I learned that he was going to be inducted into the North Dakota State University Bison Hall of Fame. This gentleman has been a longtime patron of the Wigwam Resort and his name is Mr. George Gilmore. George was visiting us with his nephew this past week when he shared this great news. I just wanted to congratulate George on the induction, what an honor. George, I hope that day is a great day for you, your family and your teammates. Again, it’s an awesome honor and I hope you cherish it…Congratulation Again!

Well as many of you know, February is the start of “Reef” fishing on Lake of the Woods. The Wigwam Resort is only one off a handful of Full Service Fishing Resorts on Lake of the Woods that makes the 20 mile jaunt across the lake to the renowned “Reefs”. People come from thousands of miles around this time of year to get there chance at some of the best Walleye fishing in the world…don’t forget Baudette, MN (Lake of the Woods/Rainy River) is known and even named the “Walleye Capitol of the World”. Just by that phrase alone, you should know that it doesn’t get any better than Lake of the Woods, and the “Reefs” are the “Cherry” on top of the “Biggest and Best Ice Cream Sunday” I’ve ever eaten. It costs a few bucks more to get up there, but when the fish are on, there is nothing better. There are limited openings per day for “Reef” fishing, so don’t wait till it’s to late, book your trip today.

Just a little FYI, if you’re looking to book a trip on the weekend with us at the Wigwam Resort, you had better call and reserve your rooms/cabins today. There is very limited space available during the weekends till the end of March, book now or forever hold your peace. If you’re looking to come midweek (Sunday night – Thursday morning), please give us a call today, we are offering up to 15% off all fishing packages (only) during February and March (only applicable to new reservations). All the packages can be accessed on our website at www.wigwamresortlow.com.

The lures that have still been working well are the “Gold Disco Ball Jigs”, “Stop Signs (Pink or White)”, “Macho Minnows (Pink, Green or White)” 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! Remember that Vexilars are not required, but they help immensely when fishing off the bottom and marking suspended fish, which has been a common occurrence these days on Lake of the Woods. So, where I’m going with this one is, get a Vexilar today…you won’t be disappointed!

Announcements…Whiskey Pigzz will be the live entertainment this weekend “Super Bowl Weekend”, February 5, 6 & 7. We currently have a special running for Super Bowl weekend, which gives you a 10% discount off all packages (only). We have only 2 lodge rooms and 2 cabins left for this weekend, which are Cabin 4 (9 person) & 5 (8 person) once they are filled, we will be sold out. Also, for all of you that have the ability to come midweek don’t miss out on our great specials for February and March. We are offering a total of 15% off for midweek packages (lodging/fishing) and (lodging/fishing/meals)…these are applicable to reservations made after February 1. I have a few groups that are taking major advantage of this deal and they’re on the FISH with the WIGWAM! The Bikini Ice Fishing Team will be here on March 18, 19 & 20. 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 snow showers early becoming more scattered later, high 17F with winds light and variable…there will be a 40% chance of snow. Tonight we should have scattered snow showers during the evening…then partly to mostly cloudy overnight, low 2F with winds light and variable…there will be a 30 % chance of snow. Wednesday should be mostly cloudy, highs in the upper teens and lows in the mid single digits. Thursday again should be mostly cloudy, highs in the mid 20s and lows in the mid teens. Friday there should be a chance of a few snow showers, highs in the mid 20s and lows in the upper teens. Today’s fishing report will come from me and our guides. The fishing over the weekend has picked up from last weeks “slow bite”. Yesterday I had the opportunity to wet the old fishing line for the first time in a few days…it was pleasantly refreshing. One of the people Jody and I were fishing with (Kristin B.) caught a number of nice slot Walleyes, one right after the other…it was great to see. We were fishing over on the U.S./Canadian line in 24 feet of water. The fish are out there…people are marking plenty of fish each and every day, but some days the fish are a tad bit finicky and you have to throw a few more lures at them to see if it will entice them to bite. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Graceton/Zipple in 32 – 36 feet of water. We have still been doing very 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 Zipple. Our houses are currently in 32 to 36 feet of water, and as of this morning 32 to 34 feet has been the magic depth again…the fish are deep. The lures showing the best success rates are the “Gold Disco Ball”, the Pink or White Florescent “Stop Sign”, “Macho Minnows” 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). 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 24-28 inches. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. But again, just a little reminder, 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. We are currently fishing the “Reefs”, but only 40 can fish a day…book your spot today. 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 have to go to all of our guests that stayed with us this past week and weekend (which was a great number of people). I know that I try to thank all of you during your stay, but some times I don’t get as much time as I’d like to spend on that, so this blog gives me the perfect opportunity to do that publicly. Thanks for being such great guest…the staff complements on the behavior and genuinely happy nature of our guests these days. This helps them give the happy nature right back to you (northern Minnesota hospitality), which makes my life very enjoyable. So once again, thank you to all that have stayed, eaten, enjoyed a beverage or two, or three…you make it all possible…thanks again.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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