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The Walleyes Just Don’t Stop Biting on Lake of the Woods

posted on 06/14/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well we had another fantastic weekend of fishing on Lake of the Woods at the Wigwam Resort. I can’t recall in the past 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods the fishing being any better than it currently is. We are very blessed and lucky to have this right now and everyone should be taking full advantage of our resource. Just one example, I talked to a buddy that didn’t want to make the extra two hour drive to get to Lake of the Woods, he called me last night so bummed out that they spent all this money and didn’t catch any fish. I’m not going to put down where they were, but if you are planning on taking a “Fishing Trip”, you probably should go where they’re catching fish, and right now that place is Lake of the Woods!

This weekend I had the pleasure of fishing with a gentleman and his son from the White Bear Lake, MN area, Paul and Nick Edwards. Paul and Nick were so excited to catch some Walleyes they could hardly contain themselves. The first day we went out was on Friday and the wind was kicking up pretty good out there, I just couldn’t get my anchor to hold, so we had to make the trek up north to get out of the wind. It killed me to leave the area that we were at, because people were catching fish one right after the other, but it is what it is, and we had to find some cover. The fishing up north wasn’t even close to what we are experiencing on the south end of the lake. When Friday had concluded, I prayed that the winds would calm down and we would have the opportunity to fish where the Walleyes where at…30’-33’ right on the US/Canadian line. Saturday morning came and God answered our prayers, the wind was light and the Walleyes were thick. For the first half of the day we anchored and jigged, but as soon as the wind quit we started long lining Reef Runners and TD-11 Rapalas. I have never had so much fun in a boat as I did when we were long lining, we had doubles and triples, and it was awesome. The big fish of the day was a 28” Walleye, but we had to throw back about 10 in the slot…that’s what I call a good day of fishing.

If you haven’t become a fan of the Wigwam Resort-low on Facebook, what are you waiting for? I’m posting on there daily and have found it a great way to communicate with everyone on a regular basis. For example, we are coming up on the North Star Summer Walleye Classic Tournament at the Wigwam Resort on June 26, 2010. I have posted a special discount on lodge rooms for all the participating teams…$20 per person, per night. I will be posting all of our weekly meal specials and drink specials on there also. Take advantage of Facebook and everything it allows you to do. We look forward to having you as our friends on Facebook.

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the June Specials we will be offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a Super Summer Special for the balance of the summer, until September 1st. Tom would like to celebrate his 12th year of ownership, and help more people experience Lake of the Woods, by offering $25.00 per person, per night lodging in our lodge every day (midweek & weekend). We would also like to offer $25.00 per person, per night lodging in our cabins, midweek only (Sunday night – Wednesday night) some restrictions will apply to minimum numbers of guest per cabin. Each lodging charge is subject to applicable federal, state and local sales tax. Applicable to new reservations only. 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!

If you’re looking for an affordable vacation this summer, at a first class fishing resort, you’ve just found it! For additional information, please call one of our knowledgeable staff members at (800) 448-9260, and start your journey to the “Walleye Capitol of the World”!

Today’s “Quote of the Day”…”Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.” Benjamin Franklin. If we all could live our lives this way, what a world it would be. The past few years have been a real eye opening experience for me, and I feel truly blessed to have what I have and be in the community I now call home. I’m sure that plenty of you face the same challenges day in and day out as I, so take this quote to heart. Two years ago when I decided to leave everything I had worked for over the previous 10 years, it was a big decision, and I didn’t know what it would bring. At the time I was living to work and today I work to live. I took the above quote and made it my life and it has paid off a million times over. We all need something to look forward too, whether that thing is on or off the lake. With that mindset it has given me a new prospective on life and what it means to be alive. I hope that this quote will trigger something in you that will help you live a happier and more productive life…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Today we should have sunshine and clouds mixed high near 70F with winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with occasional showers, low 54F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tomorrow should be overcast with rain showers at times, thunder possible, high 62F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we should have a shower or two possible early with partly cloudy skies later at night, thunder is possible early, low 52F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Wednesday should be partly cloudy, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Thursday we should see scattered thunderstorms possible, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s. Friday should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms, highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by myself, Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin “Tall Tale“ Olmstead. This weekend 31’- 33’ feet on the US/Canadian border was the place to be…it was on fire! I have never caught so many big fish at one time in my life…Lake of the Woods baby, Lake of the Woods. Frozen Shiners and Chubs can be used with similar results out there right now, but I still prefer the frozen Shiners. A “Walleye Chop” helps considerably, but with a light wind, we’ve still been having success. The best method has been anchoring and jigging, so if you plan on anchoring in 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 & Chartreuse/Green) with frozen shiners were the golden tickets this weekend and week. We also did some long lining this weekend with awesome success when the wind died down and there was no Walleye Chop. I travel about 2.5-2.75 MPH and let out about 125-150 feet of line with TD-11 Rapalas and Reef Runners. This is one of my favorite ways to fish for “Big Walleye” on Lake of the Woods. Be sure to be hanging on, because when they hit you better be ready for a good fight. 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 the Mike Myers Group that just spent the past 5 days with us. Mike is a long time patron, but was generous enough to bring up some new guest with him this go around. There were a few more kids this trip and that was a beautiful site to see…they are our future! Everyone had a fabulous time and they are looking forward to coming back to Lake of the Woods as soon as they can fit it back into their schedules. Thanks for the visit and we look forward to seeing you all back very 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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