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As the Rain Falls on Lake of the Woods, So do the Blessings of Great Fishing

posted on 07/07/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. This past weekend I had the opportunity of fishing with a few of my close family members, and the weather and fishing didn’t disappoint us, praise the Lord. On July 3rd we embarked on our fishing excursion with a few Lake of the Woods first timers, and as it has all summer long, it produced a number of fantastic Walleye for us to view, picture and even a few to feast on. I just wanted to thank all my family members that made the trip form many miles away to visit us and share with us the beauty of Lake of the Woods over the 4th of July weekend. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you all back in the very near future.



With all the rain we’ve had in the past few months the water level of Lake of the Woods has risen up about 3 feet, which brings it right to where it should have been on opener. As I was in church on Sunday morning I had to confess to the pastor that it was I that was praying for all the rain after I clipped a rock in Canada early in May. He asked me to please stop praying, because we have enough now…haha. Even with the quickly rising water levels and the sub par conditions, because of some mucky water, the Walleye bite has never been better. I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to experience what we are experiencing on a daily basis up here right now. There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy, and if you haven’t had the time to sneak up here, “just make it happen”. The fishing has never been better on a day in and day out basis in my 18 years on Lake of the Woods, the Walleye Capitol of the World!



As many of you probably know, Lake of the Woods is on fire right now. The Walleye bite as never been better on a consistent basis. Lake of the Woods is spoiling people each and everyday, so if you’re on the fence about taking that trip to God’s Country, tip off that fence and head up north to “The Walleye Capitol of the World”…you won’t be disappointed. The tantalizing effect of setting the hook never gets old, I for one can attest to that. Remember, the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods is Paradise without the Passport…come be our guest.



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 you 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 July 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”…”There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. This is very straight forward and it does work. When I moved back to northern Minnesota to live my life I made a pact with myself to be happy, no matter what. Since the move I’ve had some ups and downs as any person will have through life, but I have kept my promise to myself of living happy and it has paid off. I hope more people will take the “happiness challenge” and see first hand what it can do for their lives…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Tonight we should have some passing clouds, low 57F, with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be generally sunny, high near 75F with winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy, low 56F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday should be partly cloudy, high 78F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday should be partly cloudy, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Sunday we should have a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by myself, Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin "Tall Tale" Olmstead. The fish are still in the same depths just maybe a tad bit west. For example, picture Morris Point and head straight north to 30 – 34 feet and that’s where you’ll find the fish. The boats are out there, so you don’t have to worry about exact areas, just hunker in and fish away. People are also catching fish out in from Zipple Bay in 30 – 32 feet of water also when the wind doesn’t allow them to get out of Lighthouse Gap…the theme is the fish are deep. This past weekend “again” I was catching fish each and everyway possible (jigging, drifting or trolling). Once again, I have never caught so many big fish at one time in my life…Lake of the Woods baby, Lake of the Woods. Frozen Shiners, Leaches, and Crawlers can be used with similar results out there right now…it just depends on what method of fishing to the bait being used. If you want to troll, or drift and pull spinners, use hammered gold, which is a Lake of the Woods sure thing. As far as the bait goes while pulling spinners you can use minnows “preferably live”, leaches, or my favorite, crawlers. When we have a good “Walleye Chop” out there, it’s still best to anchor and jig. If you plan on anchoring in the big lake, the best type of anchor to use is a spike anchor with at least 100’ of rope. 3/8 oz Jigs (Pink/Gold, Silver & Chartreuse/Green) with frozen shiners were the golden tickets this weekend and week. We also did some long lining this weekend with awesome success when the wind died down and there was no Walleye Chop. When fishing in deep water (30’ – 34’) I travel about 2.5-2.75 MPH and let out about 125-150 feet of line with TD-11 Rapalas and Reef Runners. Purple/White and Gold were the magic color while pulling plugs a few days ago in Canada with Jody and her Father. This is one of my favorite ways to fish for “Big Walleye” on Lake of the Woods. Be sure to be hanging on, because when they hit you better be ready for a good fight. By the end of the day Jody’s Dad (Wes), who had never long lined before, asked me if he could have the Gold Reef Runner he was using…I think he’s hooked! You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, 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 hope to see you all up here, but if you can’t make it, 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 Bob and Wendy Barutt from Melrose, MN. They were visiting us this week and fishing with Kevin “Tall Tale” Olmstead when Wendy hooked into a beautiful 30 ½” Walleye on July 5, 2010, which will now go on their wall at home. I know from talking to you both that Bob wanted to take a little credit for the catch, but Wendy this one is all yours. Thanks for giving the Wigwam Resort the opportunity to have you as our guests over our countries Independence Day. Congratulations on this awesome catch and I hope you guys had a great time and we look forward to seeing you back this winter or even sooner!



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort
www.wigwamresortlow.com




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Lake of the Woods is the Worlds Best Freshwater Fishery, “The Proof is in the Lake”

posted on 06/30/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I want to start off today by thanking everyone that has given the Wigwam Resort the opportunity to have you as our guests this summer. We are constantly improving the resort from your input to make sure your next visit is even more enjoyable than the last. So, please let us know what we can do “within reason…haha” to improve your visits to the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods smile smiley.



This weekend I will have the opportunity to take four of my family members fishing, and I’m so pumped and excited. These four have never fished Lake of the Woods before, and I look forward to showing them our breath taking backyard and World Class Walleye Fishing. I have been bragging Lake of the Woods up to all my friends and family so long and now it’s “go time” and I can’t wait! Now all I have to do is put them on the fish…anyone have any ideas??? Haha just kidding…I think I’ve got a few spots we can give a try smile smiley.

Yesterday I had the opportunity of fishing with a long time Lake of the Woods angler, Mr. John Heckelsmiller of Ceder Rapids, IA. Tuesday’s are typically my day off, so John invited me to go fishing with him on the Canadian side of Lake of the Woods. Needless to say there was no hesitation in my answer and I welcomed it with open arms. John and I fished the entire day pulling Rapalas and casting, we were in search of Musky, Small Mouth Bass and Walleyes, and we found them all! This excursion was strictly catch and release, and as we caught, we couldn’t believe how healthy and plump all the fish looked, especially the Walleyes. The day started off a little slow, but John put us on the fish and a majority of them came from pulling our Rapalas along the shore lines over the rocks in 8 to 15 feet of water. I do want to warn people out there, if you’re not an experienced fisherman this may get a little frustrating because of snags, but just like practice, the more you do it, the better you will become, and I’m sure you’ll learn to love it just as much as I have! As I was bouncing off the rocks and my lure hooked into a fish, it was as if I was a little kid again fishing for the first time…it was so awesome! The Canadian side of Lake of the Woods reminded me so much of my up bringing on Rainy Lake, it was as if I was thrown back in time. The endless islands and wildlife kept me constantly energized throughout the day…what an awesome feeling. The excitement of hooking into my first Musky and seeing it was so exhilarating, I now know why people get hooked on Musky for life! I am now and forevermore a Musky fisherman! I just wanted to give John a shout out and a HUGE “Thank You”…I can’t wait till next time!



The fishing this summer on fabulous Lake of the Woods has been, pardon the pun, OFF THE HOOK, and Walleye head shakers seem to have no end in site. This weekend I had the pleasure of fishing with a few different guests; most of them were first timers to Lake of the Woods and the Wigwam Resort. Before the end of their trips, they were already planning their next excursion to Lake of the Woods and putting together the invite list. My question to you is; who are you going to invite for your next trip to Lake of the Woods? I look forward to seeing each of you again and your new guests wink smiley.



This past Saturday the Wigwam Resort hosted the Summer North Star Classic Walleye Tournament on Lake of the Woods, and Todd Hagen and Jamie Lisell put on another clinic. These Roseau natives have fished the North Star Classics (Spring, Summer and Fall) for a few years now and have placed well each and every time. I wanted to congratulate Todd and Jamie, and thank the rest of the competitors for competing in the fun summer event. If you’re interested in finding out more about the North Star Classics, please checkout our website at www.wigwamresortlow.com, or call me at the office at (800) 448-9260. The Fall Classic is typically the largest of the 3 and will take place this September 18th and 19th, which just happens to be the weekend before the MTT Championship on Lake of the Woods. This should bring in a great field of anglers for an exciting tournament!



As many of you probably know, Lake of the Woods is on fire right now. The Walleye bite as never been better on a consistent basis. Lake of the Woods is spoiling people each and everyday, so if you’re on the fence about taking that trip to God’s Country, tip off that fence and head up north to “The Walleye Capitol of the World”…you won’t be disappointed. The tantalizing effect of setting the hook never gets old, I for one can attest to that. Remember, the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods is Paradise without the Passport…come be our guest.

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 you 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 June 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”…”To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: "Leave no stone unturned." - Edward Bulwer Lytton. As I was reading through a number of quotes this morning, this one seemed to exemplify my recent chase for the Mighty Musky of Lake of the Woods. I’ve talked to a number of very experienced Musky fishermen on Lake of the Woods and they have given me an abundance of great information, but each had this to say, “You don’t know where there going to be, so fish everything”. If that isn’t the same as “leave no stone unturned” I don’t know what is. I believe we all could live our lives this way and it might just make for a better way of life…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be mostly sunny, high 72F winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy, low 61F with winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow we should see partly cloudy skies with gusty winds, is will be warm, high 86F with winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy, low 68F with winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Friday there should be a slight chance of a thunderstorm, highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 60s. Saturday we should see scattered thunderstorms, highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 60s. Sunday should be partly cloudy with a stray thunderstorm, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by myself, Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin “Tall Tale“ Olmstead. The fish are still in the same depths just maybe a tad bit west. For example, picture Morris Point and head straight north to 32 – 34 feet and that’s where you’ll find the fish. The boats are out there, so you don’t have to worry about exact areas, just hunker in and fish away. This past weekend I was catching fish each and everyway possible (jigging, drifting or trolling). Once again, I have never caught so many big fish at one time in my life…Lake of the Woods baby, Lake of the Woods. Frozen Shiners, Leaches, and Crawlers can be used with similar results out there right now…it just depends on what method of fishing to the bait being used. If you want to troll, or drift and pull spinners, use hammered gold, which is a Lake of the Woods sure thing. As far as the bait goes while pulling spinners you can use minnows “preferably live”, leaches, or my favorite, crawlers. When we have a good “Walleye Chop” out there, it’s still best to anchor and jig. If you plan on anchoring in the big lake, the best type of anchor to use is a spike anchor with at least 100’ of rope. 3/8 oz Jigs (Pink/Gold, Silver & Chartreuse/Green) with frozen shiners were the golden tickets this weekend and week. We also did some long lining this weekend with awesome success when the wind died down and there was no Walleye Chop. When fishing in deep water (30’ – 34’) I travel about 2.5-2.75 MPH and let out about 125-150 feet of line with TD-11 Rapalas and Reef Runners. Purple and White was the magic color while pulling plugs yesterday in Canada. This is one of my favorite ways to fish for “Big Walleye” on Lake of the Woods. Be sure to be hanging on, because when they hit you better be ready for a good fight. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, 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 hope to see you all up here, but if you can’t make it, 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 TriTec of Minnesota, Inc. Group from the Virginia, MN area. They were introduced to the Wigwam Resort by one of the Wigwam’s longtime patrons, Mr. Dan Berg. Thank you Mitch for giving us the opportunity have you as our guests. We look forward to your return in September and getting you hooked on some ice fishing. Thanks again guys, it was a blast and I hope you had as much fun as it looked like you had…take care.



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort
www.wigwamresortlow.com




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Windy or Calm, it doesn’t Matter, The Walleyes Continue to Bite on Lake of the Woods

posted on 06/17/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Tuesday I decided to go war with the Mighty Musky of Lake of the Woods, and the Might Musky might have one the battle, I will hope fully win the war and put a fine replica in my office one day. Needless to say I didn’t find what I was looking for, but thank God there’s next Tuesday…. I went up to stay at Tom’s cabin on Monday night and had the opportunity of hanging out with a couple great guys, one of whom was Scott Olmstead of Elk River. We talked about the difference of fishing clear lakes to dark lakes most of the night over “Big Fish Kool-Aids” and some AWESOME homemade salsa. I hadn’t heard much about bobber fishing before, but I’ll tell you what, I’m going to give it try regardless for the “One” Musky I’m searching for. This section will “To Be Continued”…



Well, as many of you probably know, Lake of the Woods is on fire right now. The Walleye bite as never been better on a consistent basis. Lake of the Woods is spoiling people each and everyday, so if you’re on the fence about taking that trip to God’s Country, tip off that fence and head up north to “The Walleye Capitol of the World”…you won’t be disappointed. The tantalizing effect of setting the hook never gets old, I for one can attest to that. Remember, the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods is Paradise without the Passport…come be our guest.



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. For example, we are coming up on the North Star Summer Walleye Classic Tournament at the Wigwam Resort on June 26, 2010. I have posted a special discount on lodge rooms for all the participating teams…$20 per person, per night. 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.



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the June 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”…”I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past” – Thomas Jefferson. As I alluded to earlier, I have started to chase the Mighty Musky, and I think this quote from one of our founding fathers exemplifies my current situation. I’m a dreamer and I think this is an excellent way to enjoy your life. Since childhood we all have been dreamers, we all once dreamt of what we would be one day, why have we stopped. Two years ago I thought I was in a job that would consume me for the rest of my life. I’m here to tell you to follow your dreams and be happy. I hope this will jar some memories and put a smile on your face…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Tonight should be windy, with scattered thunderstorms, some strong during the evening, will give way to partly cloudy skies after midnight…damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a tornado with some storms, low 58F with winds S at 20 to 30 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Tomorrow should be windy, with mostly sunny skies early followed by a few showers in the afternoon, high 69F with winds SW at 25 to 35 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we should have considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers, low 56F with winds W at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Saturday we should have rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day, high 73F with winds NW at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Sunday we should have a few morning showers, highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Monday we should have a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by myself, Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin “Tall Tale“ Olmstead and will be no different than the last…the fish are in the same places. 31’- 33’ feet on the US/Canadian border was the place to be…it was on fire! I have never caught so many big fish at one time in my life…Lake of the Woods baby, Lake of the Woods. Frozen Shiners and Chubs can be used with similar results out there right now, but I still prefer the frozen Shiners. A “Walleye Chop” helps considerably, but with a light wind, we’ve still been having success. The best method has been anchoring and jigging, so if you plan on anchoring in the big lake, the best type of anchor to use is a spike anchor with at least 100’ of rope. 3/8 oz Jigs (Pink/Gold, Silver & Chartreuse/Green) with frozen shiners were the golden tickets this weekend and week. We also did some long lining this weekend with awesome success when the wind died down and there was no Walleye Chop. I travel about 2.5-2.75 MPH and let out about 125-150 feet of line with TD-11 Rapalas and Reef Runners. This is one of my favorite ways to fish for “Big Walleye” on Lake of the Woods. Be sure to be hanging on, because when they hit you better be ready for a good fight. You can purchase your Jigs and Frozen Shiners from the same place that I get them from, Log Cabin Bait, which is about ¾ of a mile south of the Wigwam on 172. I hope to see you all up here, but if you can’t make it, 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 Walkers, from Eau Clair, WI. The Wigwam Resort had the distinguished opportunity to have as our guest, Duane and Sue, who were both wonderful people and as it turned out fishermen too. We had a great time chatting when they arrived and found out that we had a lot in common. I hope that you guys had a fabulous time visiting us, because we sure had a fabulous time having you. Everyone spoke very highly of you and your skills with the rods and reels. We look forward to having you back as our guest very soon…you’ll have to try ice fishing now.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort
www.wigwamresortlow.com




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The Walleyes Just Don’t Stop Biting on Lake of the Woods

posted on 06/14/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well we had another fantastic weekend of fishing on Lake of the Woods at the Wigwam Resort. I can’t recall in the past 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods the fishing being any better than it currently is. We are very blessed and lucky to have this right now and everyone should be taking full advantage of our resource. Just one example, I talked to a buddy that didn’t want to make the extra two hour drive to get to Lake of the Woods, he called me last night so bummed out that they spent all this money and didn’t catch any fish. I’m not going to put down where they were, but if you are planning on taking a “Fishing Trip”, you probably should go where they’re catching fish, and right now that place is Lake of the Woods!



This weekend I had the pleasure of fishing with a gentleman and his son from the White Bear Lake, MN area, Paul and Nick Edwards. Paul and Nick were so excited to catch some Walleyes they could hardly contain themselves. The first day we went out was on Friday and the wind was kicking up pretty good out there, I just couldn’t get my anchor to hold, so we had to make the trek up north to get out of the wind. It killed me to leave the area that we were at, because people were catching fish one right after the other, but it is what it is, and we had to find some cover. The fishing up north wasn’t even close to what we are experiencing on the south end of the lake. When Friday had concluded, I prayed that the winds would calm down and we would have the opportunity to fish where the Walleyes where at…30’-33’ right on the US/Canadian line. Saturday morning came and God answered our prayers, the wind was light and the Walleyes were thick. For the first half of the day we anchored and jigged, but as soon as the wind quit we started long lining Reef Runners and TD-11 Rapalas. I have never had so much fun in a boat as I did when we were long lining, we had doubles and triples, and it was awesome. The big fish of the day was a 28” Walleye, but we had to throw back about 10 in the slot…that’s what I call a good day of fishing.



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. For example, we are coming up on the North Star Summer Walleye Classic Tournament at the Wigwam Resort on June 26, 2010. I have posted a special discount on lodge rooms for all the participating teams…$20 per person, per night. 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.



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the June 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”…”Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.” Benjamin Franklin. If we all could live our lives this way, what a world it would be. The past few years have been a real eye opening experience for me, and I feel truly blessed to have what I have and be in the community I now call home. I’m sure that plenty of you face the same challenges day in and day out as I, so take this quote to heart. Two years ago when I decided to leave everything I had worked for over the previous 10 years, it was a big decision, and I didn’t know what it would bring. At the time I was living to work and today I work to live. I took the above quote and made it my life and it has paid off a million times over. We all need something to look forward too, whether that thing is on or off the lake. With that mindset it has given me a new prospective on life and what it means to be alive. I hope that this quote will trigger something in you that will help you live a happier and more productive life…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Today we should have sunshine and clouds mixed high near 70F with winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with occasional showers, low 54F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tomorrow should be overcast with rain showers at times, thunder possible, high 62F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we should have a shower or two possible early with partly cloudy skies later at night, thunder is possible early, low 52F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Wednesday should be partly cloudy, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Thursday we should see scattered thunderstorms possible, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s. Friday should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms, highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by myself, Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin “Tall Tale“ Olmstead. This weekend 31’- 33’ feet on the US/Canadian border was the place to be…it was on fire! I have never caught so many big fish at one time in my life…Lake of the Woods baby, Lake of the Woods. Frozen Shiners and Chubs can be used with similar results out there right now, but I still prefer the frozen Shiners. A “Walleye Chop” helps considerably, but with a light wind, we’ve still been having success. The best method has been anchoring and jigging, so if you plan on anchoring in the big lake, the best type of anchor to use is a spike anchor with at least 100’ of rope. 3/8 oz Jigs (Pink/Gold & Chartreuse/Green) with frozen shiners were the golden tickets this weekend and week. We also did some long lining this weekend with awesome success when the wind died down and there was no Walleye Chop. I travel about 2.5-2.75 MPH and let out about 125-150 feet of line with TD-11 Rapalas and Reef Runners. This is one of my favorite ways to fish for “Big Walleye” on Lake of the Woods. Be sure to be hanging on, because when they hit you better be ready for a good fight. You can purchase your Jigs and Frozen Shiners from the same place that I get them from, Log Cabin Bait, which is about ¾ of a mile south of the Wigwam on 172. I hope to see you all up here, but if you can’t make it, 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 Mike Myers Group that just spent the past 5 days with us. Mike is a long time patron, but was generous enough to bring up some new guest with him this go around. There were a few more kids this trip and that was a beautiful site to see…they are our future! Everyone had a fabulous time and they are looking forward to coming back to Lake of the Woods as soon as they can fit it back into their schedules. Thanks for the visit and we look forward to seeing you all back very soon.



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort
www.wigwamresortlow.com




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Even the Fish Flies Can’t Slow the Walleye Bite on Lake of the Woods

posted on 06/10/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Last Friday the Fish Flies started there transformation and began to bombard land, but even with the hatch, the Walleyes are still being caught in great numbers. What that mean to me is, this is going to be a great summer of Walleye fishing on Lake of the Woods…I love it! This past Tuesday Vancouver and I had the day off and went fishing for some big Musky, we trolled and cast for over 6 hours, but they eluded us this time…haha. I guess I’ll just have to wait to go next Tuesday to see if I can find out where they are hiding this year…wish me luck.



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. For example, we are coming up on the North Star Summer Walleye Classic Tournament at the Wigwam Resort on June 26, 2010. I have posted a special discount on lodge rooms for all the participating teams…$20 per person, per night. 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.



Jody and I have finally got the garden planted, what a task, but I’m sure the rewards will be plentiful. Now all we have to do is finish the deck…haha. We are still lacking the handrails, but Jody’s Dad is going to help us with that one. As soon as it’s complete we can have the “Deck Party” we’ve all been waiting for. I hope it comes sooner than later…haha.

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the June 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”…”A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” – Jack London. On Tuesday night my Mother returned from Arizona, where she was taking care of my Grandma and Grandpa Day, and it was the first time I had the chance to see her since last summer…boy it felt good! While we were over at my sister’s house visiting, my brother’s son Hunter was reading a book, and I asked him what it was. He replied to me the name of the book and I asked him if he had ever read the book “The Call of the Wild”, by Jack London, and he said no. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I suggested he read it. I know I’m kind of going off script here, but when I saw this quote it hit me like a ton of bricks, because of my nephew and something else that happened on Tuesday night as Jody and I were coming home from my sister’s. Just as we got back home Jody received a phone call from Nina (Tom’s Wife) about one of our guest, who was about 3 miles south of the resort on 172 when there car caught on fire. They were able to get their children and dogs out of the van, along with about half of their supplies before the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Half of their possessions were destroyed by the fire. Within 20 minutes of this devastation a group of good Samaritans had stopped to help. Tom, Jody and I were able to get them into their cabin, dry their cloths, get dippers for their baby, give them cloths that Jody and I had planned for the Salvation Army, and give them some extra food, which we had so they could try and relax after the whole ordeal. Even today two days after the incident, people in the community are calling up and asking if they need anything else, and they are willing to do without to make sure that this family doesn’t have to go without during their vacation to northern Minnesota. What a community I’m blessed to be apart of! The family and the Wigwam Resort thank you all immensely. This current event puts Jack London’s quote in perfect perspective for me, and it shows the Charity of our great community in Baudette, MN. I hope this will help in your lives; once again, it has my…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Today should be cloudy with occasional showers for the afternoon, high 67F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tonight we should have rain showers in the evening will evolve into a more steady rain overnight, low 53F with winds E at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 70% chance of rain. Friday we should have showers, highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s. Saturday we should have a few showers, highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s. Sunday we should have plenty of sun, highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by myself, Tom Briggs, Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, and Kevin “Tall Tale“ Olmstead. The Fish Flies have started there hatch and are starting to swarm the main land, which isn’t to good for fishing. We anticipate this to last for the next few days until they start dying off. So where I’m going with this is, the bite maybe a little slow this week because of the Fish Flies. This weekend 31’- 32’ feet on the US/Canadian border was the place to be…it was on fire! I have never caught so many big fish at one time in my life…Lake of the Woods baby, Lake of the Woods. Frozen Shiners and Chubs can be used with similar results out there right now, but I still prefer the frozen Shiners. A “Walleye Chop” helps considerably, but with a light wind, we’ve still been having success. The best method has been anchoring and jigging, so if you plan on anchoring in the big lake, the best type of anchor to use is a spike anchor with at least 100’ of rope. 3/8 oz Jigs (Pink/Gold & Chartreuse/Green) with frozen shiners were the golden tickets this weekend and week. Tom has been heading up to the 9 footer and has been having great results also with the same method, lures and bait. You can purchase your Jigs and Frozen Shiners from the same place that I get them from, Log Cabin Bait, which is about ¾ of a mile south of the Wigwam on 172. I hope to see you all up here, but if you can’t make it, 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.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort
www.wigwamresortlow.com




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