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As the Rain Falls on Lake of the Woods, So do the Blessings of Great Fishing

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

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. This past weekend I had the opportunity of fishing with a few of my close family members, and the weather and fishing didn’t disappoint us, praise the Lord. On July 3rd we embarked on our fishing excursion with a few Lake of the Woods first timers, and as it has all summer long, it produced a number of fantastic Walleye for us to view, picture and even a few to feast on. I just wanted to thank all my family members that made the trip form many miles away to visit us and share with us the beauty of Lake of the Woods over the 4th of July weekend. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you all back in the very near future.

With all the rain we’ve had in the past few months the water level of Lake of the Woods has risen up about 3 feet, which brings it right to where it should have been on opener. As I was in church on Sunday morning I had to confess to the pastor that it was I that was praying for all the rain after I clipped a rock in Canada early in May. He asked me to please stop praying, because we have enough now…haha. Even with the quickly rising water levels and the sub par conditions, because of some mucky water, the Walleye bite has never been better. I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to experience what we are experiencing on a daily basis up here right now. There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy, and if you haven’t had the time to sneak up here, “just make it happen”. The fishing has never been better on a day in and day out basis in my 18 years on Lake of the Woods, the Walleye Capitol of the World!

As many of you probably know, Lake of the Woods is on fire right now. The Walleye bite as never been better on a consistent basis. Lake of the Woods is spoiling people each and everyday, so if you’re on the fence about taking that trip to God’s Country, tip off that fence and head up north to “The Walleye Capitol of the World”…you won’t be disappointed. The tantalizing effect of setting the hook never gets old, I for one can attest to that. Remember, the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods is Paradise without the Passport…come be our guest.

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. 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. Also, we have just received a new stock of hats (seen pictured here). If you’d like to have the new Wigwam hat, and you don’t think you’ll be able to get back to see us soon, just give us a call and you can purchase the Wigwam hat over the phone (800) 448-9260. We will package and mail your order promptly.

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the July 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”…”There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. This is very straight forward and it does work. When I moved back to northern Minnesota to live my life I made a pact with myself to be happy, no matter what. Since the move I’ve had some ups and downs as any person will have through life, but I have kept my promise to myself of living happy and it has paid off. I hope more people will take the “happiness challenge” and see first hand what it can do for their lives…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight we should have some passing clouds, low 57F, with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be generally sunny, high near 75F with winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy, low 56F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday should be partly cloudy, high 78F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday should be partly cloudy, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Sunday we should have a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by myself, Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin "Tall Tale" Olmstead. The fish are still in the same depths just maybe a tad bit west. For example, picture Morris Point and head straight north to 30 – 34 feet and that’s where you’ll find the fish. The boats are out there, so you don’t have to worry about exact areas, just hunker in and fish away. People are also catching fish out in from Zipple Bay in 30 – 32 feet of water also when the wind doesn’t allow them to get out of Lighthouse Gap…the theme is the fish are deep. This past weekend “again” I was catching fish each and everyway possible (jigging, drifting or trolling). Once again, 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, Leaches, and Crawlers can be used with similar results out there right now…it just depends on what method of fishing to the bait being used. If you want to troll, or drift and pull spinners, use hammered gold, which is a Lake of the Woods sure thing. As far as the bait goes while pulling spinners you can use minnows “preferably live”, leaches, or my favorite, crawlers. When we have a good “Walleye Chop” out there, it’s still best to anchor and jig. 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, Silver & 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. When fishing in deep water (30’ – 34’) I travel about 2.5-2.75 MPH and let out about 125-150 feet of line with TD-11 Rapalas and Reef Runners. Purple/White and Gold were the magic color while pulling plugs a few days ago in Canada with Jody and her Father. 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. By the end of the day Jody’s Dad (Wes), who had never long lined before, asked me if he could have the Gold Reef Runner he was using…I think he’s hooked! You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, and Rapalas from the same place that I get mine, 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 Bob and Wendy Barutt from Melrose, MN. They were visiting us this week and fishing with Kevin “Tall Tale” Olmstead when Wendy hooked into a beautiful 30 ½” Walleye on July 5, 2010, which will now go on their wall at home. I know from talking to you both that Bob wanted to take a little credit for the catch, but Wendy this one is all yours. Thanks for giving the Wigwam Resort the opportunity to have you as our guests over our countries Independence Day. Congratulations on this awesome catch and I hope you guys had a great time and we look forward to seeing you back this winter or even sooner!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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