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It Just Doesn’t Get any Better than Jigging for Walleyes on Lake of the Woods in October

posted on 10/11/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. This weekend was absolutely incredible! Fishing was great from all fronts and the weather was as if, out of a fishermen’s dream. The “red sky at night, sailors delight”, as my grandfather used to tell me, held true to its word. I was able to fish all day Thursday (Terry, Darryl and Bob) and Friday morning (Jerry and Larry) with a few of my friends and it was awesome. The company was fantastic both days, but the fishing was most definitely better for us on Thursday, so much so that I was able to make a little video and put it on You Tube. Here’s the link to that video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw2VJj2KCOY. Friday morning I just couldn’t get on the Walleyes, Saugers ruled the roost. I wanted to thank both groups for giving me the opportunity to fish with them.

Some very nice Walleyes are being caught right now up the Rainy River and that puts a gigantic smile on my bearded face. This coming weekend there will be a fishing tournament, which will be put on by a neighboring resort, Borderview Lodge. The “Chili Bowl Fishing Contest” should be a great way to bringing friends and families close together to participate in fun event that should bring some of that “locker room comminatory” to Lake of the Woods. Jody, I and Vancouver are all signed up and chomping at the bit for Saturday to get here. There are a number of other “couple” teams participating and this is what it’s truly all about, fishing with your true partner. This summer I’ve seen a number of husband-wife vacationers frequenting the Wigwam, and they always seem to be genuinely happy. Maybe a happy boat makes for a happy home? I don’t know for sure, but the facts are pointing in that direction. I don’t mean to ramble or give un wanted “couples advice”, but I have witnessed plenty of “life” first hand and as my Dad always said, “it is what it is”, and that’s the way I roll.


Ice fishing is right around the corner and the Wigwam Resort is starting to fill up for December and January already. I have to make this know, because one of our longtime patrons called me this morning to make a group reservation for the 3rd weekend in December and I had to tell him that we are all sold out of cabins. Needless to say he was a tad bit bummed, and he said, “I shouldn’t have waited this long, the guys are going to be so mad”. I don’t want anyone to have to be mad at anyone, so if you’re looking to ice fishing on Lake of the Woods this winter and you want to stay at the Wigwam Resort, you might want to check on availability as soon as possible. With the great fishing we’ve had all summer; people are making reservations ice fishing before they’ve even left the resort. Many of you have been fishing here all summer and know what it’s been like day in and day out and you’re not missing your chance to fish Lake of the Woods, and stay at the best resort on the lake (Wigwam Resort), my humble opinion.

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 October 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. Also checkout the Newsletter Special we have on our website, under the Newsletter page, and don’t worry, it will be worth your while. 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”…”Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson. This week in church, Pastor Tom spoke about Ruth, a widowed Moab woman, who took shelter with the Jews after the death of her husband in biblical times. I will not preach to you, because I believe we will all be judged, but I will give you the facts. Ruth left Moab to live and take care of her mother-in-law Naomi, her deceased husband’s mother, with the Jews. For all of you who don’t know this story, it is about the character of the Ruth and her work ethic. Along with this is the fact that the Jews and the country of Moab were mortal enemies. Back in biblical days women were not treated as they are today, as everyone knows, but Ruth was given an opportunity to harvest grain to feed her and her mother-in-law and she did so with great willingness and character. God had a plan for Ruth as he does for us all, and we are tested everyday. Ruth’s character shined through and she was shown favor by God. I challenge each of you, as I do myself each and everyday, to be men and women of good character in every situation. We all face issues each day and we are all given a choice to handle it as we may. I hope this will allow you to be reminded of what good character can lead to…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy, low 51F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow we should see showers in the morning, and then partly cloudy in the afternoon, high 61F with winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we should have a mostly clear sky, low 39F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday should be mainly sunny, high 62F with winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday should be sunny, highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s. Friday we should have morning clouds followed by afternoon sun, highs in the low 60s and lows in the upper 30s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos and a few of our guests. As I noted in the last fishing report the Shiners have started their run and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Some of our guests and many of the locals have been fishing and catching some nice Walleyes in the Rainy River from the Baudette airport to the mouth of the Rainy River on Wheelers Point. For everyone still wanting to fish Lake of the Woods no worries, right outside of Lighthouse Gap on the Line, just past the green buoy, and along Pine Island there is a line of boats jigging away and catching plenty of Walleyes. We are still out in 30 – 33 feet off the line and all the way to Zipple in the bowl we have still been catching fish. For all of you that haven’t had the opportunity to view it, I’ve put a video on the website and You Tube that shows the proof (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw2VJj2KCOY). I was out with the Terry Randolph Group from International Falls and Cook, MN while we just hammered the Walleyes, and some nice ones at that. If you’re coming up this weekend I think it must be a must see to get your blood pumping. Anything with Gold on it right now is what you’ll want to have on, and don’t forget your frozen Shiners. To tell you how important bait is I have a story for you. A group that stayed with us this weekend had two separate boats and one was using the frozen Shiners from Lake of the Woods and the other was using frozen Shiners from a bait shop down in the Twin Cities. The boat with the Lake of the Woods Shiners was out-catching the boat with the imported Shiners 10 to 1. As soon as they figured they needed different bait, which was provided by the other boat, they started catching them one after the other in the same spot…I must emphasize in the same spot. So that should tell you the importance of using the bait provided on Lake of the Woods. If you’re fishing the river, be sure you have ¾ to 1 oz jigs, we really have some current flowing and you have to be on the bottom to catch the Walleyes. 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 Doug “The Surgeon” Hagen and Val “Chef” Safro who presently diligently working on the ice fishing houses getting them all ready for everyone to enjoy this ice fishing season. They are working their butts off and it’s great to have a staff of quality employees. Don’t get me wrong, everyone of our employees make the Wigwam what it is today, but my good friends Doug and Val are getting the spot light today. Thanks for all the hard work and we’re lucky to have you both.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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