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February Kicks Off Reef Fishing at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods

posted on 02/02/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well I can’t believe that February is upon us and the Ice Fishing season is about half over…I guess time flies when you’re having fun! Yesterday I had the opportunity to go snowmobiling on some freshly groomed northern Minnesota trails, and also, wet a line for the first time in 5 days and it was so enjoyable and relaxing. Jody (my girlfriend) and I went out with Tom and Nina (Owners of the Wigwam), and Al and Michel (Owners of Morris Point) on our little “field trip” and it was such a beautiful day. I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy their Sunday as much as I did.



I’m sure that some may be asking themselves, why would owners of competing resorts be hanging out together? The answer is simple up here; there is such a high percentage of great people up here that have the same goals and aspirations, which is, to make people happy and show them the beautiful backyard we are all blessed to share. At the same time, it seems as if we all love to do the same things, which brings people closer together. When I was playing hockey, I found myself hanging out with all hockey players and people associated with the sport. Now that I have been blessed to end up in “God’s Country”, the same follows suit. If no one would bring up hockey, I know that I could talk fishing all day and all night. I know that I say that I’m lucky a ton, but it’s only because I truly believe it to be so. I have been able to meet so many great people whom share my common interests…I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by so many awesome people. The best part of it is, we are all working together (as a community) to have as many people enjoy what we get to enjoy every single day…“Lake of the Woods”.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to share my “story” with one of our guests and through that conversation I learned that he was going to be inducted into the North Dakota State University Bison Hall of Fame. This gentleman has been a longtime patron of the Wigwam Resort and his name is Mr. George Gilmore. George was visiting us with his nephew this past week when he shared this great news. I just wanted to congratulate George on the induction, what an honor. George, I hope that day is a great day for you, your family and your teammates. Again, it’s an awesome honor and I hope you cherish it…Congratulation Again!



Well as many of you know, February is the start of “Reef” fishing on Lake of the Woods. The Wigwam Resort is only one off a handful of Full Service Fishing Resorts on Lake of the Woods that makes the 20 mile jaunt across the lake to the renowned “Reefs”. People come from thousands of miles around this time of year to get there chance at some of the best Walleye fishing in the world…don’t forget Baudette, MN (Lake of the Woods/Rainy River) is known and even named the “Walleye Capitol of the World”. Just by that phrase alone, you should know that it doesn’t get any better than Lake of the Woods, and the “Reefs” are the “Cherry” on top of the “Biggest and Best Ice Cream Sunday” I’ve ever eaten. It costs a few bucks more to get up there, but when the fish are on, there is nothing better. There are limited openings per day for “Reef” fishing, so don’t wait till it’s to late, book your trip today.

Just a little FYI, if you’re looking to book a trip on the weekend with us at the Wigwam Resort, you had better call and reserve your rooms/cabins today. There is very limited space available during the weekends till the end of March, book now or forever hold your peace. If you’re looking to come midweek (Sunday night – Thursday morning), please give us a call today, we are offering up to 15% off all fishing packages (only) during February and March (only applicable to new reservations). All the packages can be accessed on our website at www.wigwamresortlow.com.

The lures that have still been working well are the “Gold Disco Ball Jigs”, “Stop Signs (Pink or White)”, “Macho Minnows (Pink, Green or White)” and “Chubby Darters/Rapala Rattling Jigs”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white and pink have been the best! Remember that Vexilars are not required, but they help immensely when fishing off the bottom and marking suspended fish, which has been a common occurrence these days on Lake of the Woods. So, where I’m going with this one is, get a Vexilar today…you won’t be disappointed!



Announcements…Whiskey Pigzz will be the live entertainment this weekend “Super Bowl Weekend”, February 5, 6 & 7. We currently have a special running for Super Bowl weekend, which gives you a 10% discount off all packages (only). We have only 2 lodge rooms and 2 cabins left for this weekend, which are Cabin 4 (9 person) & 5 (8 person) once they are filled, we will be sold out. Also, for all of you that have the ability to come midweek don’t miss out on our great specials for February and March. We are offering a total of 15% off for midweek packages (lodging/fishing) and (lodging/fishing/meals)…these are applicable to reservations made after February 1. I have a few groups that are taking major advantage of this deal and they’re on the FISH with the WIGWAM! The Bikini Ice Fishing Team will be here on March 18, 19 & 20. If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current January specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a January special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of January…you can’t beat them!



Daily Fishing Report: Today we will see snow showers early becoming more scattered later, high 17F with winds light and variable…there will be a 40% chance of snow. Tonight we should have scattered snow showers during the evening…then partly to mostly cloudy overnight, low 2F with winds light and variable…there will be a 30 % chance of snow. Wednesday should be mostly cloudy, highs in the upper teens and lows in the mid single digits. Thursday again should be mostly cloudy, highs in the mid 20s and lows in the mid teens. Friday there should be a chance of a few snow showers, highs in the mid 20s and lows in the upper teens. Today’s fishing report will come from me and our guides. The fishing over the weekend has picked up from last weeks “slow bite”. Yesterday I had the opportunity to wet the old fishing line for the first time in a few days…it was pleasantly refreshing. One of the people Jody and I were fishing with (Kristin B.) caught a number of nice slot Walleyes, one right after the other…it was great to see. We were fishing over on the U.S./Canadian line in 24 feet of water. The fish are out there…people are marking plenty of fish each and every day, but some days the fish are a tad bit finicky and you have to throw a few more lures at them to see if it will entice them to bite. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Graceton/Zipple in 32 – 36 feet of water. We have still been doing very well in our houses, which are only accessible by fishing with the Wigwam Resort…they are located on west side of Pine Island straight out from Zipple. Our houses are currently in 32 to 36 feet of water, and as of this morning 32 to 34 feet has been the magic depth again…the fish are deep. The lures showing the best success rates are the “Gold Disco Ball”, the Pink or White Florescent “Stop Sign”, “Macho Minnows” and “Chubby Darter/Rapala Rattling Jig” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is pink or white. Also give the plain gold jigs/disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 24-28 inches. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. But again, just a little reminder, if you want to fish by the Wigwam’s houses, you have to come with us. The only types of transportation that will get you out to our houses are track vehicles and snowmobiles…no trucks. We are currently fishing the “Reefs”, but only 40 can fish a day…book your spot today. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods, come visit us today at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!



My shout out today will have to go to all of our guests that stayed with us this past week and weekend (which was a great number of people). I know that I try to thank all of you during your stay, but some times I don’t get as much time as I’d like to spend on that, so this blog gives me the perfect opportunity to do that publicly. Thanks for being such great guest…the staff complements on the behavior and genuinely happy nature of our guests these days. This helps them give the happy nature right back to you (northern Minnesota hospitality), which makes my life very enjoyable. So once again, thank you to all that have stayed, eaten, enjoyed a beverage or two, or three…you make it all possible…thanks again.



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 Cold Freeze Doesn’t Scare the Fish or the Fishermen on Lake of the Woods

posted on 01/27/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. As I went out to start my car this morning, I noticed that I didn’t plug it in last night (opps)…it turned over a little hard this morning, but it started (that was a real relief). I won’t make that mistake twice…I do live in northern Minnesota…haha. P.S. the picture is not my car, but it could be for up here...haha. Friday we should be looking at 30 degrees below zero…BURR. To everyone that is coming up here this weekend, please bring the long underwear and extension cords to plug in your cars/trucks; you’re going to need it.



Even with the drop in temperature, the fishing has still been “OFF THE HOOK” (pardon the pun)! There have been great quantities of fish (Walleye and Sauger), and even a few trophies that have came out of Lake of the Woods and the Wigwam Resort this week. We have been moving houses up north to start reef fishing starting February 1, 2010…I hope that the fishing is as good up there as it’s been down on this side of the lake. After speaking extensively with all the “old timers”, this year is very similar to years past and they expect the same reef fishing this year…all I have to say is, YES…bring it on!

Just a little FYI, if you’re looking to book a trip on the weekend with us at the Wigwam Resort, you had better call and reserve your rooms/cabins today. There is very limited space available during the weekends till the end of March, book now or forever hold your peace. If you’re looking to come midweek (Sunday night – Thursday morning), please give us a call today, we are offering up to 15% off all fishing packages (only) during February and March (only applicable to new reservations). All the packages can be accessed on our website at www.wigwamresortlow.com.

As I alluded to in the last blog, the fishing on the south side of Lake of the Woods has still been fantastic. People are still catching high quantities along with the occasional MONSTER Walleye and Northern Pike…proof is in the Wigwam Resort Photo Gallery.

The lures that have still been working well are the “Gold Disco Ball Jigs”, “Stop Signs (Pink or White)” and “Chubby Darters/Rapala Rattling Jigs”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white and pink have been the best! Remember that Vexilars are not required, but they help immensely when fishing off the bottom and marking suspended fish, which has been a common occurrence these days on Lake of the Woods. So, where I’m going with this one is, get a Vexilar today…you won’t be disappointed!

Announcements…Poor Boys will be the live entertainment this weekend (January 29 & 30). Also, for all of you that have the ability to come midweek don’t miss out on our great specials for February. We are offering a total of 15% off for midweek packages (lodging/fishing) and (lodging/fishing/meals). I have a few groups that are taking major advantage of this deal and they’re on the FISH with the WIGWAM! The Bikini Ice Fishing Team will be here on March 18, 19 & 20. If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current January specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a January special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of January…you can’t beat them!



Daily Fishing Report: Today we should see some snow flurries or snow showers with wind chills approaching -15F, high 6F with winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight we should see snow flurries this evening will give way to mostly cloudy skies during the night, dangerous wind chills as low as -25F, low near -10F with winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Tomorrow will be mainly cloudy…a few flurries are possible, dangerous wind chills as low as -25F high 6F with winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow night we should see a few clouds, low near -10F with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday should be partly cloudy, highs in the low teens and lows -3 to -7F. Saturday we should have times of sun and clouds, highs in the low teens and lows 0 to -4F. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, highs in the upper single digits and lows 2 to -2F. Today’s fishing report will come from me and our guides and the report will not differ a bit from the last report, but the weather. Fishing currently is OFF THE HOOK (pardon the pun, again). All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Graceton/Zipple in 32 – 36 feet of water. We have been doing well in our houses, which are only accessible by fishing with the Wigwam Resort…they are located on west side of Pine Island straight out from the “Big Pine”. Our houses are currently in 28 to 34 feet of water, and as of this morning 32 to 34 feet has been the magic depth again…the fish are deep. The lures showing the greatest success rates are the “Gold Disco Ball”, the Pink Florescent “Stop Sign” and “Chubby Darter/Rapala Rattling Jig” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is pink or white. Also give the plain gold jigs/disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 22-24 inches. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. Again, just a little reminder, if you want to fish by the Wigwam’s houses, you have to come with us. The only types of transportation that will get you out to our houses are track vehicles and snowmobiles…no trucks. We anticipate starting to fish the REEFS on February 1, 2010. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods…come visit us today at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!



My shout out today will go to Keith Peterson Group form the Twin Cities that visited us over the past weekend. I just wanted to thank you guys for being such great guests…you guys were easy to take care of. I hope that all of you had a fabulous time and I look forward to seeing you all in the very near future.



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 Next Few Days on Lake of the Woods Shows Plenty of Promise

posted on 01/13/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well midweek is upon us and we are looking for the fishing to start picking up here in the next few days. The temperature is staying pretty constant and the Barometric Pressure is falling, which is a sign of good fishing on the horizon. We have started offering some great midweek specials during January and February, on our website @ www.wigwamresortlow.com, so take advantage of the best freshwater fishing in the world and come and visit us at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods…don’t wait till it’s to late!



Yesterday I went fishing with Doug Van Stone aka “Dougie Bear” and once again we seemed to find where the fish were hiding. We took a snowmobile ride a little further out than we wanted to, but we made it to 34 feet of water and started fishing. The crazy thing is that we were catching Saugers and Walleyes mixed on the bottom and Walleyes 20 feet off the bottom…it was awesome. The only way we knew that there were suspended fish, was the fact that we were using Vexilars, which in my personal opinion is the only way to fish, but that is only my opinion. The Walleyes that were suspended were biting hot and heavy for 15 minute increments about every half hour…it was an awesome experience. The big fish for the day was a 23” Walleye…it was a great fight and I can’t wait for the next one.

I talked about this in the last blog, but it is so important when fishing Lake of the Woods that I would like to bring it up again. What I would like to touch on today is jigging when ice fishing. I’ve had the great opportunity to fish with many very experienced Lake of the Woods fishermen during my years on Lake of the Woods, and I just have one little piece of advice that they have taught me and I wish to share with you, which hopefully will be very beneficial to any level angler. The advice is this, when you first drop your jig/lure down the holes; try to bounce your jig/lure off the bottom for a few minutes. What this is doing is turning up the bottom of the lake, which in turn will bring in smaller bait fish to see what’s going on, and they will feed. After the bait fish move there way into your little honey hole, then like clock work you will start attracting the keepers, which we all look for, when fishing Lake of the Woods. This tactic has worked for me more times than not. It’s not a guarantee, but it will give you another option to lure them in…best of luck to all!



As I alluded to in the last blog, the fishing on the south side of Lake of the Woods has still been fantastic. People are still catching high quantities along with the occasional MONSTER Walleye and Northern Pike…proof is in the Wigwam Resort Photo Gallery.

The lures that have been working well are the “Gold Disco Ball Jigs”, “Stop Signs (Pink or White)” and “Chubby Darters/Rapala Rattling Jigs”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white and pink have been the best!

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current January specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a January special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of January…you can’t beat them!



Daily Fishing Report: Today we should have sunshine and clouds mixed high 32F with winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be overcast with flurries or freezing drizzle possible, low 23F with winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow we should see a few snow showers around in the morning, otherwise mostly cloudy; high around 25F with winds NW at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 30% chance of snow. Tomorrow night should be mostly cloudy, low 11F with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday it should be cloudy with occasional flurries, highs in the upper 20s and lows in the upper teens. Saturday we should have morning clouds followed by afternoon sun, highs in the low 30s and lows in the upper teens. Sunday we should see a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the upper 20s and lows in the upper teens. Today’s fishing report will come from me and our guides. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. I just heard that the bit has slowed a bit in the past few days, but with the warm weather that we should be getting here the next 4 days in a row, it should speed up the bite nicely. We have been doing well in our houses, which are only accessible by fishing with the Wigwam Resort…they are located on west side of Pine Island straight out from the “Big Pine”. Our houses are currently in 22 to 34 feet of water, and as of this morning 28 -34 feet has been the magic depth. Another place to keep on the radar is Lighthouse Gap, right on the US/Canadian line in 16 to 18 feet of water in the morning (7 – 9:30 AM) and 30 - 34 feet after 10 AM. The lures showing the greatest success rates are the “Stop Sign”, “Gold Disco Ball”, the Pink Florescent “Stop Sign” and “Chubby Darter/Rapala Rattling Jig” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). Also, we did find some suspended Walleyes yesterday while doing a little exploratory fishing and they were about 20 feet off the bottom in 32 -34 feet of water. The only way we knew that they were there, was the fact that we were using Vexilars…embrace technology. As of yesterday the bite was slow in certain spots, but be sure to be patient when you’re fishing. The fish are on the move and hopefully they are nice and hungry tomorrow morning…we anticipate it to pick up here in the next few days. You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is pink or white. Also give the plain gold jigs/disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 22-24 inches. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. Just a little reminder though, if you want to fish by the Wigwam’s houses, you have to come with us. The only types of transportation that will get you out to our houses are track vehicles and snowmobiles…no trucks. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods…come visit us today at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!



My shout out today will go to Mr. Truman Olson. Mr. Olson was a gentleman that stayed with us this past week and caught the biggest Walleye he has ever caught…a beautiful 26” Walleye (pictured). Mr. Olson was in the ice house all by himself and wasn’t able to get a picture with the fish, but he said it was so worth it anyway. I just wanted to give you a quick shout out and tell you Congratulations! Next time we’ll try to get you one even bigger! Thanks again and we are all looking forward to your return.



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 Virgin…A Virgin No Longer

posted on 01/11/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I hope all of you had an event filled weekend that brought you many smiles, on and off the lake. This past weekend we had the pleasure of catering to a group that had one person that had never been to Lake of the Woods and had never caught a Walleye…I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true…haha. Well I’m here to inform you that he’s no longer a Lake of the Woods, or Walleye virgin…Congratulations Jerry! I hope that each of you guys had a great time and we look forward to seeing all of you back here in the near future.



This afternoon I had the pleasure of going out to the lake on my snowmobile and checking on our guests. There wasn’t one unhappy camper…everyone was catching fish, not a lot of them, but some nice fish. One of our guests had the great fortune of catching and releasing the biggest Walleye he’s ever caught…a 26” Walleye…that’s awesome! This gentleman is Mr. Truman Olson. Mr. Olson gave me the pleasure this summer of taking him fishing while he spent a day on Lake of the Woods. During that beautiful summer day, we had a great time and I told him if he liked the summer fishing so much, he should for sure come back in the winter…so, he did. Truman caught this big bugger all by himself, which as any fisherman knows, a small feat in itself. Even despite getting wrapped up in his second line, he managed to seal the deal. I just wanted to congratulate you on the great catch. I hope you had a great time and I look forward to seeing you back again in the very near future.



One thing I would like to touch on today is jigging when ice fishing. I’ve had the great opportunity to fish with many very experienced Lake of the Woods fishermen during my years on Lake of the Woods, and I just have one little piece of advice that they have taught me and I wish to share with you, which hopefully will be very beneficial to any level angler. The advice is this, when you first drop your jig/lure down the holes; try to bounce your jig/lure off the bottom for a few minutes. What this is doing is turning up the bottom of the lake, which in turn will bring in smaller bait fish to see what’s going on, and they will feed. After the bait fish move there way into your little honey hole, then like clock work you will start attracting the keepers, which we all look for, when fishing Lake of the Woods. This tactic has worked for me more times than not. It’s not a guarantee, but it will give you another option to lure them in…best of luck to all!



As I alluded to in the last blog, the fishing on the south side of Lake of the Woods has still been fantastic. People are still catching high quantities along with the occasional MONSTER Walleye and Northern Pike…proof is in the Wigwam Resort Photo Gallery.



The lures that have been working well are the “Gold Disco Ball Jigs”, “Stop Signs” and “Chubby Darters/Rapala Rattling Jigs”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white and pink have been the best!



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current January specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a January special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of January…you can’t beat them!

Daily Fishing Report: Today we will see sun and clouds mixed high 16F with winds light and variable. Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy, low 7F with winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow we should see considerable cloudiness, high near 30F with winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night we should have considerable cloudiness, low 16F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday should be mostly cloudy, highs in the low 30s and lows in the mid teens. Thursday should be cloudy with flurries, highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid teens. Friday we should encounter a few snow showers, highs in the mid 20s and lows in the upper teens. The fishing report will come from me and our guides today. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. I just heard that the bit has slowed a bit in the past few days, but with the warm weather that we should be getting here the next 4 days in a row, it should speed up the bite nicely. We have been doing well in our houses, which are only accessible by fishing with the Wigwam Resort…they are located on west side of Pine Island straight out from the “Big Pine”. Our houses are currently in 22 to 30 feet of water, and as of this morning 26 – 28 feet has been the magic depth. Another place to keep on the radar is Lighthouse Gap, right on the US/Canadian line in 16 to 18 feet of water in the morning (7 – 9:30 AM) and 24 – 28 feet after 10 AM. The lures showing the greatest success rates are the “Stop Sign”, “Gold Disco Ball” (pictured with Wigwam Ice Guide/Instructor Shane “I’m working on a nickname” Burk) and “Chubby Darter/Rapala Rattling Jig” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). As of yesterday the bite was slow, but be sure to be patient when you’re fishing. The fish are on the move and hopefully they are nice and hungry tomorrow morning…we anticipate it to pick up here in the next few days. You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is pink or white. Also give the plain gold jigs/disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 20-21 inches. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. Just a little reminder though, if you want to fish by the Wigwam’s houses, you have to come with us. The only types of transportation that will get you out to our houses are track vehicles and snowmobiles…no trucks. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods…come visit us today 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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New Year, Same Story…Great Fishing on Lake of the Woods

posted on 01/07/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Sorry for the absence, but the Wigwam Fisherman has been feeling a little under the weather the past few days. I’m feeling much better now and ready to get back to the resort…I’ve really missed it the past few days. I guess that it’s in my blood lets say…haha. This past week before I was struck down, I did get the opportunity to do a little fishing up north. Jody (my girlfriend) and I rode our snowmobiles up to Tom’s cabin up on Little Oak for a few days. The fishing was less than stellar, which made me appreciate the south side of the lake that much more, but the company made up for the fishing, and isn’t that really what it’s all about, having fun and enjoying the company? I believe that’s the case for me.



The fishing on the south side of Lake of the Woods has still been great. People are still catching high quantities along with the occasional monster Walleye. Just 2 days ago I received a picture, via my phone, from one of our ice guides/instructors on his “day off”. Shane was on the phone with Colleen at the Wigwam, giving her a fishing report, he was telling her that the fishing earlier had been awesome, but it had slowed up the past 20 minutes. As soon as he said that he told Colleen to hold on, because he thinks that the fish are back. Shane set the hook and reeled in a nice fat 29.5” Walleye…NICE! That’s what you get on Lake of the Woods, just when you least expect it, it shows up. Will you be ready?



The lures that have been working well are the “Stop Signs” and “Chubby Darters”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white, green and pink have been the best!

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current January specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a January special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of January…you can’t beat them!

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be variably cloudy with light snow flurries possible, cold, dangerous wind chills may approach -25F, high 1F with winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight we should have considerable cloudiness, low -14F with winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow we should see sun and a few passing clouds, high 1F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy, low -22F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday we should see a few clouds, highs in the mid single digits and lows in the low single digits. Sunday should be cloudy, highs in the mid teens and lows in the low single digits. Monday should be partly cloudy, highs in the low teens and lows in the upper single digits. I was able to get out and fish for the past few days, so now you will get a first had account of what I experienced. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. From 7 to 9 am you will want to be fishing in 12-16 feet of water and then after that move to 24 to 30 feet of water till 3 pm and then move back in to the shallows for the last evening bite. Another place to keep on the radar is Lighthouse Gap, right on the US/Canadian line in 22 to 28 feet of water. The lures showing the greatest success rates are the “Stop Sign”, “Disco Ball” & “Chubby Darter” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). Yesterday the bite was steady, be sure to be patient when you’re fishing. The fish are on the move and hopefully they are nice and hungry this morning…we anticipate it to pick up here in the next few days. You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is white, pink or green. Also give the plain gold jigs and disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 20-21 inches and growing everyday with these sub zero temps. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. Just a little reminder though, if you want to fish by the Wigwam’s houses, you have to come with us. The only types of transportation that will get you out to our houses are track vehicles and snowmobiles…no trucks. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods…come visit us today at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!



My shout out today will go to a great man that just passed away over the Christmas Holiday week…Mr. Barney Briggs (on the right). I just wanted to say that all our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Briggs family at this time. I didn’t know Barney well, but from hearing all the stories from Tom and his friends, Barney was a great man that was always larger than life…may he rest in peace.



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

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




Wigwam Fisherman

www.wigwamresortlow.com


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