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While Fishing is Still Fantastic, the Birds are on the Mind in Lake of the Woods County

posted on 10/20/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Saturday was the last time I was on the lake, don’t worry fishing is still great, but the thoughts of Partridge have had me all messed up. The past two days I’ve been hunting in the Beltrami Island State Forest and Pine Island State Forest, two places where the Partridge are being seen in great numbers this season. There were a few that crossed my path, but only a couple made the trip home with me and went into the treasure chest (the fridge). I speak about practice makes perfect and I most defiantly need to practice shooting those birds on the fly…haha. If anyone is coming up within the next few weeks, most defiantly bring your guns. Maybe you’ll have some time on the way home to swing through either of our great State Forests.

This past week and weekend we had awesome weather again, maybe a little bit heavy on the wind, but heck it’s October and we’ve had 70 degree days. This past weekend Jody and I participated in the 1st Chili Bowl Fishing Contest over at Borderview and it was a great event. There were a total 50 teams participating and 95% of them were locals…we finished 16th. This was a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate a fantastic summer of fishing on Lake of the Woods. I was able to shake hands with a multitude of new friends that I’ve been able to make over the last year and half, and that’s what makes it all worth while.

In the Chili Bowl Fishing Contest Jody and I fished the Rainy River (that’s where we had to fish, Wheelers Point to Baudette) and the fishing was ok, but not great. We caught all our fish in 18 – 20 feet of water, a majority of them Saugers. We looked for spots of calm water, those Walleyes don’t like that heavy currant. We used 1 oz and ¾ oz Chartreuse/Gold jigs to ensure we were fishing the bottom, oh and by the way, the color made all the difference. Jody started with the Chartreuse/Gold and I started with Pink/Gold (my personal all time favorite color), but after she set the hook on the fourth fish of the day I said enough, is enough…haha. Needless to say I switched over and started getting bites right away.

The fishing in Lighthouse and Morris Gaps has most definitely been better. The depth on the lake is 14 – 21 feet of water, at least that’s the word on the street. I know that some of our guests are fishing all the way around Pine Island and having great success in those depths. The Shiners are really running in the river, but it seems to me the fishing is still better in the Gaps and Lake of the Woods. Be sure to have your jigs and frozen Shiners to ensure your best chance at landing those Walleyes.

I also put together a little video with Tom and few of his Nebraskan guests this summer and I’ve put it on You Tube. Check it out if you get a chance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHgLRGjcREU. Tom puts people on the fish each and every time on the lake; the proof is in the video…he’s a great teacher.

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”…”If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb. Thank you again Jody. She sends me the best quotes and knows just what to send. A few days back I had an anger moment, which is very few and far between these days. But, before I acted I talked to Jody and it was a great thing I did. She gave me some very wise advice, which I listened to diligently. I’ve come a long way from just being able to put someone into the boards and take out aggression. After thinking about the situation and taking some time to digest all the information, I handled it in a much better way and got my point across without any conflict whatsoever. I challenge everyone in your everyday life to handle your next “anger” situation with a little patients and digest all the information before reacting. From my personal experience, you will be much happier with the outcome…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight we should see some clouds this evening that will give way to mainly clear skies overnight, low 31F with NW winds at 15 to 25 mph, diminishing to 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be partly cloudy, high 51F with winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow night we should have a few clouds from time to time, low 32F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday should be mainly sunny, high near 60F with SSW winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Saturday should be sunny, highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 30s. Sunday should be mostly cloudy, highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, a few of our guests and some local talent. 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 (right by the boat launch) 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 (18 – 22 feet of water) into Morris Gap there is a line of boats jigging away and catching plenty of Walleyes. The bite is starting to slow in 30 – 33 feet off the line and all the way to Zipple in the bowl, but we are still catching a few out there. The fish are starting to congregate into “The Gaps”. Gold/Chartreuse was the colors this weekend. Anything with Gold on it right now is what you’ll want to have on, and don’t forget your frozen Shiners. I told this story last fishing report, but I think it’s so important I’m bringing it up again. 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 that were packaged in a preservation solution. 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. Also, Tom’s Tackle, a local tackle making company makes all the jigs and spinners that I use and you can get your own Tom’s Tackle jigs and lures at Log Cabin Bait. Use what works for us on Lake of the Woods, “Tom’s Tackle”, a local company that know what works on Lake of the Woods. 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.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

Wigwam Fisherman


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