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Here Comes the Rain to Lake of the Woods…YES!!!!

posted on 05/07/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. As the weather starts to produce rain in Northern Minnesota, we welcome it with open arms. Today I had the opportunity to take Vancouver (my rambunctious Golden Retriever) for a drive south of Baudette to “scope out” some potential deer hunting areas for this coming fall. What I saw was truly a blessed sight, green grass, trees flowering and budding and plenty of wildlife, from deer to bear and everything in between. As we were driving, I thought to myself, how lucky I was to be able to experience this each and every day…someone is really looking out for me.

Sturgeon fishermen and fisherwomen alike have still been frequenting the Rainy River, Four Mile Bay and Lake of the Woods; trying to get their pictures taken with those prehistoric dinosaurs…I love it! But as this portion of the Sturgeon season comes to a close today we will see the decrees in traffic for a week until the Walleye opener May 15, 2010…then it’s Walleye season…GAME ON!

With Walleye season right around the corner, there should be no other place to go than Lake of the Woods and Baudette, MN, which is know by millions as the “Walleye Capitol of the World”! With a bountiful supply of Walleye, Sauger, Perch, Northern Pike, and Small Mouth Bass, Lake of the Woods is like a massive magnet pulling anglers in from thousands of miles around every single day. If you are one of the few that haven’t had the chance to experience our tremendous fishery, please give us a call and we’d love to show you around our backyard. We love to help people experience the feeling of hooking into there own trophy fish on Lake of the Woods. Every time I hear a new fishing tale, it gets me just as excited as the person telling it. I love Lake of the Woods and all of its tremendous beauty, come share that with us this summer!

Today’s “Quote of the Day”…”There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” - Colin Powell. Today’s quote has meaning, just as each and ever other quote of the day does, but this is so too the point, it is sometimes overlooked. I’ve been there, hoping and wishing that I’ll get lucky and success will fall into my lap, but the fact of the matter still stands, as Colin Powell stated, “There are no secretes to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” I wanted to say that again, because it is right there for us all, preparation plus hard work, plus learning from failure equals success. Success can be whatever we make it, it could be success at learning math, it could be success at work, and it could be success on the lake (my personal favorite). I will be the first to tell you that I don’t know everything about fishing, but I try and learn new things each and every day I’m out on the water. The fact of the matter is I fail more than I succeed, but I try and learn from my failures, not repeating them again. I work hard each and everyday to become the best possible person and fisherman that I can be. I know that’s a little cliché, but whatever success is awaiting you, it can be obtained by heeding Colin Powell’s quote, “preparation, hard work and learning from failure”. Go out and be successful at whatever you choose. I hope this inspires you to shoot for success in all aspects of your life…God Bless.

Announcements…The Walleye Opener is on May 15th. If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the May specials we will be offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a May Special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for July 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of May…you can’t beat them! I also wanted to tell you all about our Veterans and Armed Forces Special, which we have running 365 days a year. Wigwam Resort gives Veterans and our currently enlisted Armed Forces a 10% discount on any package plus whatever specials we are giving. We want to thank you all for your service…God Bless America!

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight we should have showers early, then cloudy overnight; low near 30F with winds N at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow should be partly cloudy skies, high 53F with winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night should be clear, low near 30F with winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday should be generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds, high near 60F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Monday should be mostly sunny, highs in the low 60s and lows in the upper 30s. Tuesday we should have more clouds than sun, highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 40s. Today is the last day to keep a Sturgeon until July 1, 2010, and at that time the season to keep a Sturgeon will last till September 1, 2010. Things will be a little quiet till May 15, 2010 when the flood gates open for Walleye season. With the warmer weather we had in April, the Walleyes haven’t really congregating in the Rainy River as they had in years past. Where there hiding out this year could be Four Mile Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Morris Gap, and all around Pine Island, that’s my bet, and also where you’ll find me fishing on opener. The method of fishing you will want to be doing this opener is anchor and jigging. The best type of anchor to use on Lake of the Woods is a spike anchor with at least 100’ of rope. I will be fishing with 3/8 oz Jigs (Pink/Gold, White/Gold, and Chartreuse/Gold) and frozen shiners. You can purchase your Jigs and Frozen Shiners from the same place that I get them from, Log Cabin Bait, which is about ¾ of a mile south of the Wigwam on 172. I hope to see you all up here on the opener, but if you can’t make it, keep checking out the fishing report…I’ll give you all the hard facts as soon as I find out where they’re hiding. Good luck and Happy Fishing to all! Thanks for fishing with us and visiting with us at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods.

My shout out today will go to all the Wigwam Staff that has been spring cleaning so diligently and getting everything ready for the opener. Each of you do a tremendous job and I wanted to publicly thank you for your service, hard work and fantastic attitudes. It makes it easy to love your job when you have great people surrounding you, and that’s the case at the Wigwam Resort. Thanks again for everything!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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