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Fall is in the Air and Fishing is still on the Mind on Majestic Lake of the Woods

posted on 09/28/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and that it is continuing right into this week. This past weekend I was able to do some fishing with Cliff and Dale from the Twin Cities area, and despite the windy conditions the fishing was out of this world! Cliff nabbed the biggest Walleye of his life while Dale boosted about catching the most…haha. I wanted to thank the duo for coming back to visit us for the second time this year and we look forward to seeing them both back again this winter. It was a pleasure fishing with you both and getting to know you guys.

The MTT Championship was held this past weekend and the field held the top 75 teams from this summers MTT circuit. Tom Briggs and Rick Amundson were the defending champions trying to repeat, but they were beat out by a little over 4 lbs and had to take home second place. Don’t feel too bad for the duo, it brought in a whapping $9000.00…Nice job guys! The 1st place award and the Skeeter WX1850 valued at a cool $35,000.00 went to Tom Geurkink and Jon Geurkink this year with a weight of 26.82 lbs…Congratulations guys!

Fishing has still been fantastic even with a little more wind than we like to see, but it is what it is and we’re making the best of it. This past week one of my friend and co-workers, AJ Anderson just shot his first Black Bear with a bow. The best part of it was he videoed the whole thing. AJ brought me the raw video this morning, so I worked it into a little movie through my computer and voila, it is now on YouTube.com for the entire world to see. Congratulations AJ it was awesome and I look forward to helping you produce more footage in the future. Here is the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCQMIeOmaq4.

Last week I was able to get out and also fish with the Cary Becker crew. The crew consisted of 3 gentlemen two from Nebraska and one from Colorado. While on the trip one of my friends Brian “Shrek” Hartmann was filming and we were able to get some great footage of their day. I just wanted to thank you guys and let you know that this will be on displayed in an article on the Fishing Minnesota home page at www.fishingminnesota.com. The article is called The Fall Lake of the Woods Jigging Craze. I think it should be up there either tomorrow or Thursday. Thanks again for letting us film you guys and I hope to see you all back soon. Here is the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06kCSyX1dk.

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 September Specials we will be offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a Fall Special. The Special will be as follows: $35 per person per night lodging in the lodge or cabins (restrictions will apply with number of people in cabins) and $90 per person per day for a full day of full service guided launch service and $65 per person per day for a half day of full service guided launch service. 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”…”When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” - Helen Keller. By reading through quotes each day, I am amazed as to the amount that I can directly relate to. I don’t know if it’s just the fact that I’ve lived a good life, or the fact that I’ve made so many mistakes to learn from. Whatever it is, it’s water under the bridge and I’m now living my life to the fullest. After hockey was over I focused so much on what happened and what went wrong, instead of cutting the cord and focusing my talents and abilities where they would have been most useful. Today I encourage anyone going through similar times to forget of what you’ve lost and keep your eyes sharp for the next opportunity and door to be opened. In today’s society, there is massive turnover in certain industries and sometimes people are let go from their jobs by no fault of their own. Times are tough and companies are tightening up to ensure they will be there next year. If this is you and you’re having a tough time with a layoff or a no fault termination, keep your spirits high. Your next great opportunity may be closer than you think. You must be ready to pounce on the opportunities as it presents itself. I hope this will help you remember in times of need. Keep your faith, keep providing to charity and good things will come your way…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight should be partly cloudy this evening followed by mostly cloudy skies and a few showers after midnight, low 51F with winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph....there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow we should see rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day, high 63F with winds NW at 15 to 25 mph…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow night should be clear, low 44F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday should be mainly sunny, high near 60F with winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Friday should be sunny, highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s. Saturday we should see a few showers, highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 30s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me and Billy “The Sniper” Kloos. We’ve been anchored and jigging those frozen shiners right off the US/Canadian line in 30 – 34 feet of water. I heard some great things from some guests that went as far as the 9 Footer and they also limited out and had some great fishing by anchor and jigging around the reef. People are still catching fish in the bowl and I think within the next week we could see the shiner run start to heat up…at least I hope…haha. The 3/8 oz. Pink and Gold jig has still been slaying the Walleyes out there. One of my friends, who is also a Captain on Lake of the Woods with Borderview Resort, Mike “Foxy” Fox, gave me a little tip about adding a little crawler to the frozen shiner and it paid off for us over the weekend. The past few days I’ve still been hearing that just a frozen shiner is still slamming them also though, so don’t get too worked up if you can’t find the crawlers. Orange, chartreuse and gold, have also been working, but I’m still partial to my pink and gold. If you can’t make it to Lake of the Wood this week, make sure you’re here next week. The Shiners haven’t really started their run, but as soon as they do I’ll let you know. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Rapalas and Reef Runners from the same place that I get mine, Log Cabin Bait and Tackle, 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. Keep checking out the fishing report, and 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 Tom Geurkink, Jon Geurkink, Tom Briggs, Rick Amundson, Tom “Gonzo” Stay and Chris Hanson for their 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes ,respectively in that order, in the MTT Championship that was held on Lake of the Woods last Thursday and Friday. I especially want to thank Tom for donating 10% of bar proceeds on Friday night to one of the families of a fallen MTT fisherman whom lost his battle with cancer last year. It’s all about helping others when they need it…Thanks again Tom for having a big heart.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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