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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fishermans Blog. Well I cant believe that February is upon us and the Ice Fishing season is about half over
I guess time flies when youre 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.
Im 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 Gods 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 Im lucky a ton, but its 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, its an awesome honor and I hope you cherish it
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
dont 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 doesnt get any better than Lake of the Woods, and the Reefs are the Cherry on top of the Biggest and Best Ice Cream Sunday Ive 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 dont wait till its to late, book your trip today.
Just a little FYI, if youre 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 youre 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 Im going with this one is, get a Vexilar today
you wont be disappointed!
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 dont 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 theyre on the FISH with the WIGWAM! The Bikini Ice Fishing Team will be here on March 18, 19 & 20. If youre 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 cant 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. Todays 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. Adrians road is open for business
trucks are going out everyday. But again, just a little reminder, if you want to fish by the Wigwams 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. Dont miss out on this great fishing that were 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 dont get as much time as Id 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
Happy Fishing to all, and to all a good day!
Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
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