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2010 Walleye Opener on Lake of the Woods was a Hook Setting Event Enjoyed by Thousands

posted on 05/17/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I wanted to start off by thanking everyone that paid us a visit for the 2010 Walleye opening weekend. There were plenty of fish caught, which was no surprise to this Lake of the Woods resident and fishing enthusiast. I believe from talking with each of our guests that everyone had a fabulous time this past weekend. The goal for most all of our guests this weekend was to catch fish and share their stories over their favorite beverage in the Cabana Bar, and by hearing all the stories, I think the goal became reality for most. For the 2010 Walleye Opener weekend we had more boats than I’ve ever personally seen on opening weekend on Lake of the Woods. The word is out about where to go if you’re looking for the best Walleye fishing in the World! Thanks to everyone that shared their experience, it motivates us to hear that everyone is having such a great time. It was a great start to what I hope is a fantastic summer of fishing on Lake of the Woods.

On a side note, Jody, her father (Wes), some of our friends, and I, have been working diligently on Jody’s deck, and the fruits of our labor are starting to make a beautiful picture. Last night was the first time in about a week and a half that Jody didn’t have to walk into the house on a cooler and that made her mighty happy. Thanks again to everyone, it means so much to have people in your life that care and want to help. God is really looking after us and we feel very fortunate.

I stated this in the last blog, but it must be said again. Walleye season is here, and 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”…”Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin. How true it is…how true it is. I am constantly at war with my personal vices, as I’m sure every person is, and that’s what we have to remember, we’re all in this together. Each and every one of us is fighting something internally, which might be big or small, but something none the less. After reading this quote, it really jumped out of the water and into my boat…pardon the terrible pun there, but it’s the truth. We should all be at peace with our neighbors, even the testy ones…haha. We should also try to better ourselves each and every day. No one’s perfect, we ALL have room to improve on some aspect of our lives, even if we think there’s not. I’m not a philosopher by any stretch of the imagination, but this is something every person on earth can aspire to do, and that’s what makes it so great. Benjamin Franklin was an amazing individual and it seems ire to think something that was said over 200 hundred years ago still holds true today. I hope that this year finds you a better person than last…God Bless.

Announcements…The North Star Spring Walleye Classic will be next weekend, May 21 & 22. There are still spaces available to participate, please checkout the home page of our website for all the information/prizes…hope to see you all here! Memorial Day Weekend is starting to fill up and for good reason. After a fabulous 2010 Walleye opener, the reports are out and the fishing is off the hook. We should also have great weather, and 4 Wheel Drive (Band) is back by popular demand to rock the Wigwam! 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: Today we should have a mix of clouds and sun, high 76F with winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight we should have partly cloudy skies with a stray shower or thunderstorm is possible, low near 50F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow should be mainly sunny, high 78F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night should be mostly clear, low 52F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday we should see a few clouds, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s. Thursday should be mainly sunny, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Friday we should see a few clouds, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin “Tall Tale“ Olmstead. It looks like the lake was the big winner this weekend. People did catch plenty fish in Four Mile Bay directly southwest of the green marker in the channel, but it wasn’t quite as good as the lake. Where we were having our best success was right outside Lighthouse Gap. We started fishing in 22 feet of water, but by the end of the days found ourselves fishing in 27-29 feet. The Walleyes started moving out because of heavy fishing concentration in the 22-24 foot range. We were anchored and jigging all weekend, but I did see some people drifting and still pulling in some fish. On Sunday we had a little less wind than on Saturday and it seemed to be that when the wind picked up we started to catch the Walleyes…there’s something to be said about a “Walleye Chop”. If you plan on anchoring on the big lake, the best type of anchor to use is a spike anchor with at least 100’ of rope. 3/8 oz Jigs (Pink/Gold, Red, and Chartreuse/Gold) with frozen shiners were the golden tickets this weekend. 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, 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 next. 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 of our guests that visited us for the 2010 Walleye Opener on Lake of the Woods. I enjoyed all the pictures and fish tales that were shared in the Cabana Bar after each day of fishing. I hope that all your expectations were exceeded during your stay with us and that your vacation was exactly that, a vacation. Thanks again for being our guests and we look forward to seeing you all back again soon.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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