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Here Comes the Wind and the Snow to Lake of the Woods

posted on 10/27/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I hope everyone has had another fantastic fall week and weekend. I didn’t think we’d get it this quick, but I think the snow might be coming to pay us a little visit today and tomorrow, up to 4 inches worth. I hope it’s not a teaser and leaves us right away, but that might be the case. The weather is supposed to be in the 40’s for the next week, which might melt that wonderful white snow. It’s that time of year and it’s supposed to get into the high 20’s each night and that should start cooling off the lake and get it ready for that first good layer of ice, which is hopefully less than a month away (my wishful thinking).

Over this past weekend we had great weather on Lake of the Woods and our guests were having an abundance amount of fun. Each and every person I talked to had a great time and caught fish. The fishing in the Rainy River is still a little bit slower than the lake, but the fish are inching their way further into the river each and every day. In the Gaps (Morris and Lighthouse) in 20 +/- feet of water the fishing has been fabulous, as I have first hand experience. Some of our guests also had some great success in 20 feet of water out from Zipple Bay.

The fishing is still great, but the cold weather is coming and I’m sure that plenty of you will have hunting on the mind for about the next month or so. Don’t forget that Lake of the Woods County has a tremendous amount of State land that can be hunted for Deer, Duck, Bear, Goose, Partridge and Sharptail Grouse, just to name a few. If you’re interested in learning more about the unbelievable hunting we experience here in Lake of the Woods County, please give the office a call and ask for Tom or myself (JP)…we’re here for you!

On Monday afternoon I was able to fish with a couple guests and let me tell you, despite the rain, the fishing was most definitely been best that I have encountered this fall. We were fishing in 21-1/2 feet of water in Morris Gap and Pink was the color of the day. In a 3 hour period we set the hook on over 50 fish, most of them were Saugers, but the bite was constant…I love it! We did catch about 15 Walleyes that were very nice, the biggest 23”. Yesterday I took the same guests partridge hunting with me and we bagged 3 and saw 6, on which was a terrible day, weather wise. I don’t think it stopped raining once yesterday and we still found the birds, it was awesome!

I have put another video together and placed it on the Wigwam Resort Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001111387527). This should get you all fired up for Ice Fishing on Lake of the Woods, “The Worlds Best Hard Water Fishery”. For all of you that have ice fishing on Lake of the Woods you will know this to be a solid fact, as solid as the 3 to 5 feet of ice we will get this winter. I hope to see you all here at one or two points this winter. With the current fishing success I am anticipating this to be the best winter EVER on Lake of the Woods, so don’t miss out and come be our guest.

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”…”The more a man knows, the more he forgives.” - Catherine the Great. Throughout my life, I hate to admit this, but as I always say “it is what it is”, I have not been too forgiving of a person. But within the past few years I have learned to forgive a little bit more, and I think it has a direct correlation to fact that I know more today than I knew yesterday. So, I will adamantly agree with Catherine the Great. The more you learn about things, and I don’t care what it is, it might be about how easy or how tough things are in the real world. It’s the facts of life; we generally become humble and more apt to forgiving once we’ve actually been in those similar situations. This has been my life lesson from God, and I have most definitely become a much more forgiving person as I’ve gracefully aged…haha. I hope that the next time you have the opportunity to forgive; you will step back and think about why you’re willing to do this gracious act. I hope this will open your eyes and heart to the fact that knowledge can lead the way to the awesome feeling of forgiveness…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be windy with morning rain, then a mix of rain and snow in the afternoon, high 41F with winds NW at 25 to 35 mph…there will be a 80% chance of precipitation…winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. Tonight we should see periods of rain and snow this evening with a few snow showers overnight, otherwise, mostly cloudy and windy, low 29F with winds NW at 25 to 35 mph…there will be a 60% chance of precipitation…winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph early. Tomorrow should be partly cloudy skies with gusty winds, high 37F with winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Tomorrow night should be mainly clear early, then a few clouds later on, low 23F with winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Friday we should have considerable cloudiness, highs in the mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Saturday should be partly cloudy, highs in the mid 40s and lows in the mid 20s. Sunday should be mostly sunny, highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me, a few of our guests and some local talent. The fishing in the Gaps (Morris and Lighthouse) and out from Zipple Bay in 20 +/- feet of water is where the concentration of fishing is taking place. The fish are starting to congregate into “The Gaps”, and as I alluded to in the blog. We were able to get into about 50 (Walleyes and Saugers, mostly Saugers) in 3 hours in 21-1/2 feet in Morris Gap on Monday afternoon. Pink was the hot color with the overcast sky. Chartreuse and Orange are still working, but not as good as the Pink was on that particular day. The fishing in the Rainy River is still not as good as in Lake of the Woods. As we get colder weather the Walleyes will undoubtedly run into the river after the Shiners that should be running a little bit better now. 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.

My shout out today will go to all the 80 plus guests we had stay with us this weekend. We had such a great group with us this past weekend; everyone was so polite and well mannered. I just wanted to personally thank each of you for choosing the Wigwam Resort to be your vacation destination on Lake of the Woods, “The Walleye Capitol of the World”. I look forward to seeing each of you back this winter for the best Ice Fishing known to mankind…Lake of the Woods baby, 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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