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Gusting Winds Slow the Bite, but Predicted Low Winds This Weekend Will Hopefully get us Back on Tra

posted on 08/27/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Yesterday I had the opportunity to take out Jerry and Linda Pagel from New Ulm, MN, and the morning bite was awful tough. The high winds we have received finally put a little damper on the fishing, but I want to state that we’re still catching fish. A bad day on Lake of the Woods is a fisherman’s dream on many other lakes in the US, or for that matter the world. Yesterday afternoon after the winds subsided just a tad; I went back out to the 9 footer and whacked the fish once again. The fact of the mater is, the fish are still out in great numbers in the bowl, and as long as you can get out there, you will catch the fish. If you can’t get out there, than you’ll have a tougher time catching them.

This weekend we will be having Young Country (band) proving the live entertainment. Darrell, Dave, and the crew always put on a great show for our patrons, and for that matter, everyone that enters our fantastic establishment. They will be playing from 8:30 PM till close tonight and tomorrow nights. We also will be having our Beer Butt Chicken Special tonight…for those of you that have never tried it, it is out of this world! Come pay us visit and rub elbows with some of Lake of the Woods most informed fisherman, only at the Wigwam Resort!

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 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 August 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”…”Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.” - Jean Paul Richter. I thinking of myself as young, vibrant, and full of life, and this quote sure tugs at the heart strings when you really think about it. To never see a loved one again is an awful thing to deal with, but it happens, and we should always be cognoscente of that. In my short life I’ve had to personally deal with losing close friends and family members, most of the time I had the opportunity of saying goodbye, but the others, I don’t know how I left them. I know that I can’t change anything that happened in the past, but from here on out, I wish to only spread loving words to people that I meet throughout my life, because you never know what could happen. I hope this will help you reflect on your present and future relationships. Together, we can make this world a wonderful place…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be sunny to partly cloudy, warm, high 87F with winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight we should have a few clouds, low around 60F with winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow we should have a mix of clouds and sun with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon; high around 80F with winds N at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible, low 62F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Sunday we should have scattered thunderstorms, highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s. Monday we should have scattered thunderstorms, highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s. Tuesday we should have scattered thunderstorms possible, highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, Kevin "Tall Tale" Olmstead and I. This week the wind was blowing pretty good out there, and fishing, for the first time this year felt the effects of the high wind. The rocks produced very well for me again yesterday afternoon, and the mud flats produced very well for the Sniper, Tall Tale, and Tom. I was drifting and pulling spinners with crawlers as bait over the 9 Footer, and also pulled some Rapalas using my lead core line, which lead to bigger fish (26-1/2” was the biggest yesterday for me in a 2 hour stretch). The Sniper, Tall Tale, and Tom drifted with spinners, dropped the downriggers out in the mud, and also dropped the anchor to do some jigging. All three of them have with each technique proved to find the fish, but it they had to work for them. I personally am not a downrigger fisherman, but the Walleyes loved the Rapalas on the riggers this week again, that’s for sure! We still have been absolutely crushing the Walleyes all over the lake. When we have a south, southwest and west wind the area straight out from Graceton Rd has been a little honey hole of sorts also. We are still using the hammered gold and pink/gold spinners with crawlers and leeches. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Spinners, Crawlers, leeches, 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 must state this again, in my 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods; I’ve never seen the fishing this good on such a consistent basis. Don’t wait too long to make your plans to visit us, because you never know how long it will last…I hope forever! 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 happy couple (Edwin and Marie Gingerich, from Gonvick, MN) that nabbed the 42”, 23 lb Northern Pike off the end of the Wigwam dock this morning, while they were getting ready to head out on a fishing trip with us. I have been diligently searching Lake of the Woods all my life for one of those big buggers to hang on my wall and low and behold, it was right under my nose…haha. Congratulations on the fantastic catch and “Welcome to Lake of the Woods”, the world’s best freshwater fishery!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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