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Lake of the Woods Walleye Bite is Slow but Steady as We Enter the Christmas Holiday

posted on 12/21/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I just got off the lake for my second day of ice fishing in as many days, and the bit has slowed up a bit, but some are still bringing in some great numbers and pictures that back up the talk. I had the pleasure of meeting a number of new guests this past week from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota. We had a great weekend of ice fishing and plenty of fun for all to enjoy. The best part of the weekend is that the Wigwam was filled to capacity…there was not one room available for 4 days, that’s what great fishing and excellent customer service/hospitality will do for you. I wanted to thank everyone for choosing the Wigwam Resort while they were visiting us on Lake of the Woods, and I hope everyone had a blast…there were a number of smiles at the checkout counter.



Yesterday I went fishing with my girlfriend (Jody), and as she pulled her poles out of her backpack, she was sporting the “Stop Sign” jig that everyone from Lake of the Woods is singing praises about these days. I had been waiting to see the “Stop Sign” in action for the past few weeks and it didn’t disappoint. Jody out fished me from start to finish, and that doesn’t usually happen. Maybe it was my subconscious letting her get all the fish…haha…I doubt it though. The “Stop Sign”, stopped the fish dead in there tracks and the proof is in the picture. Nice fishing Jody, way to show me up…haha.



Today I had the opportunity of fishing with a few of our guests, Shane Fukushima and Chris Sislo, whom are coaches with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL (Waterloo, IA - where I started my Junior Hockey career back in 1993-94) and they were picking up a few fish, not a ton, but they were still having a blast just being in the element. As we sat and chatted about all the people that we played hockey with and were friends with in the hockey world, the names were very similar. Hockey makes this world very small and I feel so fortunate, now that I’m out of the game, to still have those relationships…I have truly been blessed.

As I stated in the title of this blog, the bite has been a little slower than we are used to up on Lake of the Woods this time of year, but I think that has to due with the temperature swing of 40 degrees (-20 to 20 above) we had last week. All the avid fisherman on Lake of the Woods say that it should get better here the next few days, so get ready to catch some fish!



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

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current December specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a December special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of December…you can’t beat them! Also, every Vikings game this season, we will have drink special, specials on our bar dining menu, and prizes to give away. This will make for some pretty crazy Sunday afternoon/nights and Monday nights…LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!



Daily Fishing Report: Tonight should be partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight, low 4F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow we should have more clouds than sun, high around 20F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night should be cloudy, low 11F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday we should see scattered snow showers during the morning, and then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon, high 24F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of snow. Thursday should show us some snow showers in the morning, highs in the mid 20s and lows in the mid teens. Friday we should see a few snow showers, highs in the low 20s and lows in the low teens. This evening I had the opportunity to speak with a number of our guests as they come off the ice and I was able to pull a large amount of valuable information from them. Also 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 10-14 feet of water and then after that move to 18 to 28 feet of water till 3 pm and then move back in to the shallows for the last evening bite. The fish have been moving out a little bit further every day. Another place to keep on the radar is Lighthouse Gap, right on the US/Canadian line in 24 to 28 feet of water. The lures showing the greatest success rate are the “Stop Sign”, “Demon” & “Chubby Darter” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). Today the bite was a tad bit slow until I juiced up the “Stop Sign” with a little light so it would glow…not even 1 minute after I dropped it down the hole I had set the hook on my first Walleye of the day…nice. You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is white, pink or green. The ice thickness out there is currently 15-17 inches. We are still only recommending small vehicles only (Geo Trackers, etc.), 4 wheelers and snowmobiles out on the ice as of right now. I had the opportunity to speak with the people that maintain the road yesterday and they anticipate letting people out with larger vehicles after Christmas. We look forward to seeing all of you up here very shortly. 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 all the guests that we had stay with us over the weekend. I would like to thank everyone for letting us show you our northern Minnesota hospitality while you stayed, dined, fished and visited the bar. All I heard this weekend were positive comments and I will be sure to share that with the entire staff. Thanks again for being such gracious guests and we look forward to seeing you all back again in the very near future.

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort
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Ice Fishing on Lake of the Woods is something the Whole Family Can Enjoy

posted on 12/17/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. This week we saw another diverse crowd visit us for there fishing excursions/vacations, and one in particular group caught my eye. This group was the Lloyd Group from Laporte, MN, which consisted of 3 generations of fishermen (Jack (Grandfather), John (Father), Ray (Son) and Ben (Son)). It was a pleasure to see fathers and grandfathers fishing with their children and grandchildren. It reminded me of my childhood days back on Rainy Lake, when I was able to go fishing with my father and grandfather. I carry many of those fabulous memories with me always and I hope that the two youngsters (Ray and Ben) that were fishing with dad and grandpa will also carry those great memories for years to come.



Fishing has been absolutely phenomenal this first ice, as it usually is on Lake of the Woods this time of year, and we don’t anticipate the fishing to slow a bit. This morning as I spoke with guests that were checking out after their stay with us, the common anthem was that the bit was currently solid, but it had been a little light the past few days…music to this fisherman’s ears that the fish are hitting better. Even thought the fish the past few days had been biting very lightly, there was still plenty of action. When you have a very light bit, we recommend using about half of a minnow and setting the hook quickly when you do get that light bite.

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



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current December specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a December special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of December…you can’t beat them! Also, every Vikings game this season, we will have drink special, specials on our bar dining menu, and prizes to give away. This will make for some pretty crazy Sunday afternoon/nights and Monday nights…LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!

Daily Fishing Report: Today we should have scattered flurries and snow showers, high near 20F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of snow. Tonight should be cloudy, low 6F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow should be cloudy with a few flurries are possible, high 19F with winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night we should see some flurries during the evening hours, then cloudy skies overnight, low near 5F with winds light and variable. Saturday should be cloudy, highs in the mid teens and lows in the mid single digits. Sunday we should see snow showers at times, highs in the mid teens and lows in the mid single digits. Monday it should be cloudy with flurries, highs in the mid teens and lows in the low single digits. Yesterday our houses that we have on the southwest side of Pine Island produced some great quantities of Walleye and Sauger once again. About 95% of the ice fishermen that I had the opportunity to speak with yesterday had great success, which was consistent with the few previous days. All the action is taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. From 7 to 11 am you will want to be fishing in 14-18 feet of water and then after that move to 18-24 feet of water till dark. A few days ago, one of our ice guides/instructors (Jake “of the Woods” Magness) was fishing in 18-20 feet of water, directly out from Morris Point Gap, which is right where we have our houses at this time, and he was having some great success. The ice thickness out there is currently 12-14 inches and growing every hour. I hope to get out fishing Sunday, the resort will be swamped this weekend, so I might not be able to head out till after the weekend rush. I hope to be able to experience what are guests are experiencing. We look forward to seeing all of you up here very shortly. 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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Lake of the Woods Deep Freeze Doesn’t Scare the Fishermen or the Fish

posted on 12/15/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Things are starting to really heat up on Lake of the Woods and those things only have to do with fishing. Last night we had another deeeeeeeeeeeep freeze (-25 F) on Lake of the Woods and the ice is really strengthening up. As of yesterday, we just started driving our people movers out of the Wigwam, instead of having to drive off the point to get out to our ice houses, and things are starting to come together very nicely. The fishing is amazing and our guests are getting to experience the best of what Lake of the Woods has to offer during early ice. From the excitement in each of their voices, it looks as if Mother Nature is delivering no disappointments.



This morning, I walked by the fish cleaning house, and there in front of my eyes was the proof of a fantastic day of fishing on Lake of the Woods (Wigwam Resort’s back yard), sitting in front of me were 12 boxes of frozen fish guts. Last night I was told by more than one guest, well really more than 30, that they caught a number of fish a piece, average more than 40 each and only taking the lake limit of, no more than 4 Walleye a piece. In my mind, that is phenomenal fishing and great conservationism working together very nicely. With Lake of the Woods current Walleye and Sauger populations estimate form the DNR; this fabulous fishing will continue for years to come…we are truly lucky to have this as our back yard. Anyone who hasn’t come to visit should immediately fill up the tank and V-line to Lake of the Woods as soon as humanly possible. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you here very soon.



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current December specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a December special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of December…you can’t beat them! Also, every Vikings game this season, we will have drink special, specials on our bar dining menu, and prizes to give away. This will make for some pretty crazy Sunday afternoon/nights and Monday nights…LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!



Daily Fishing Report: Today will be bitterly cold with sunshine and clouds mixed, high -4F with winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy this evening with a few snow flurries after midnight, low -11F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow will be cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day, high 12F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night we will have snow flurries possible to start, then snow showers becoming more likely later at night, low 2F with winds light and variable…there will be a 50% chance of snow. Thursday we should see snow showers, highs will be in the mid teens and lows will be in the upper single digits. Friday should be cloudy, highs in the upper teens and lows 1 to -3F. Saturday we should have times of sun and clouds, highs in the mid teens and lows in the mid single digits. Yesterday our houses that we have on the southwest side of Pine Island produced some great quantities of Walleye and Sauger once again. About 95% of the ice fishermen that I had the opportunity to speak with yesterday had great success, which was consistent with the few previous days. All the action is taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Morris Point Gap. From 7 to 11 am you will want to be fishing in 14-18 feet of water and then after that move to 18-24 feet of water till dark. Yesterday one of our ice guides/instructors (Jake “of the Woods” Magness) was fishing in 18-20 feet of water, directly out from Morris Point Gap, which is right where we have our houses at this time, and he was having some great success. The ice thickness out there is currently 11-12 inches and growing every hour. Tonight again should be nice and chilly to add a couple more inches. I was hoping to get out fishing today, but I don’t think I will be able to make time…the resort is still very busy, so I don’t mind not being able to get out. I hope to be able to experience what are guests are experiencing this coming Sunday afternoon when I plan on getting out there and wetting a line with Jody and Vancouver. We look forward to seeing all of you up here very shortly. 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 each and ever guest that we have had this past week, weather you were fishing with us, staying with us in the lodge or cabins, getting some food from our dining room, or wetting your whistle in the bar. I wanted to thank you for being such great and gracious guests. I hope each and every one of you enjoyed the time you spent catching fish, eating, sipping down a few beverages and telling fish tales while you visited with us. Thanks again and I look forward to having you each back to visit 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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Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Has Lift Off!!!!

posted on 12/11/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. As I woke up and made myself coffee this morning I glanced out the window at the outdoor thermometer I have nailed to the tree, and I had to take a double take at it…it read -25 below. After I shivered just from the sheer thought of that temp, I started to smile and thought we must be making some great ice on Lake of the Woods right now. I was right, as of last night we made about 2 more inches of ice…nice!



We just sent out a special to all our contacts for December 20th – 23rd, which gives new reservations only a $50 savings for 2 Night 2 Day Packages, $75 savings for 3 Night 2 Day Packages, and $100 savings for 4 Night 3 Day Packages. If you would like to get more information on this sweet deal, please call the office at (800) 448-9260 and ask for Jean-Paul (JP), Colleen or Stephanie.

As of this morning we have started to move our ice houses out to the lake…there is 9 to 10 inches of ice on the big lake and we will be ready to begin ice fishing our guests tomorrow. Just this afternoon I drove some lunch to a few of our current guests who are fishing on there own, and the fishing is “off the hook” right now. They are catching Walleye and Sauger one right after the other…that’s just what I like to see. It is starting to look like a small city out there right now, that means the word is out! I haven’t gotten an up to date size report on the Walleyes, but I will get that info tonight and hopefully I will be able to get out and do some fishing on Sunday to give everyone a first hand look at the conditions and the fish…come on Sunday!



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current December specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a December special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of December…you can’t beat them! Also, every Vikings game this season, we will have drink special, specials on our bar dining menu, and prizes to give away. This will make for some pretty crazy Sunday afternoon/nights and Monday nights…LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight should be variably cloudy with light snow flurries possible, low 1F with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow we should see some snow flurries or snow showers, high 12F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow night should be variably cloudy with light snow flurries possible, low -4F with winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday we should have snow flurries early; cloudy with a few snow showers possible later in the day, it will be cold, high 7F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of snow. Monday we should see snow showers at times, highs in the upper single digits and lows -4 to -8F. Tuesday we should see a few snow showers, highs in the low single digits and lows -9 to -13F. As of today we start moving the houses out on the lake (west side of Pine Island). The fishing report today will come from one of our ice guides/instructors (Jake “of the Woods” Magness, and he is currently out fishing as I’m writing the report and I just got off the phone with him. He is having great luck fishing in 18-20 feet of water, directly out from Morris Point Gap, which is right where we plan on putting our houses at this time. The ice thickness out there is currently 9 inches and growing every hour. Tonight again should be nice and chilly to add a couple more inches. I will hopefully be out fishing this Sunday, so I will have a first hand report and pictures on Monday. Please keep checking the report daily, because things always change, but as of this morning this is what we are anticipating. We look forward to seeing all of you up here very shortly. 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 Tom Briggs (the owner of the Wigwam Resort) and Tom’s family. Tom’s father, Mr. Barney Briggs, is having congestive heart failure and not expected to make it much longer. Tom is currently with his father in Nisswa, MN for his final days. I wanted to let Tom, Barney, and the entire Briggs family know that all our thoughts and prayers are with you guys right now. May this tragic time be a time to reflect on all the joyful memories that you all have had from years past…these memories will be what you will carry with you for years to come…God Bless.



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 Ice Fishing is Almost Ready for Take Off

posted on 12/09/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Hello all…I’ve been waiting for ice now for over 8 months, and it is finally here! The temps have dropped to “ice making levels” and we are a making ice. As of yesterday we had about 4-1/2 inches just off of the Wigwam docks, and one of my friends yesterday took a drive on a hovercraft out past Pine Island on the “Big Lake” and found 4 inches and ice as far as the eye can see. As of today conditions aren’t as harsh, but they are still very nice and cold. We are not supposed to break out of single digits and negative temps for the next week at least. This is very good news for all you ice fishing fanatics out there.



Tom (the owner of the Wigwam) is currently anticipating starting to move our houses out on the lake on Friday now, which is even a change from yesterday, because of the current change in weather conditions and we are making some great ice. We will be monitoring the condition very closely, but as stated, we are looking to now move our houses out on Friday/Saturday and start fishing on Sunday. Please follow the Daily Fishing Report, as I will be updating it daily from here on out.



I also wanted to share this with you…Tom and I yesterday attended a meeting with the DNR and got some great, that might be to lite, FANTASTIC news about the Walleye and Sauger populations and year classes that we will be fishing for this winter and years to come. The fact is, the Walleye population is on the rise and the Sauger population is through the roof. This is great news for all Lake of the Woods lovers and anyone looking for the best lake to fish. We are very excited about this and I believe this will drive many to Lake of the Woods for years to come. I would like to thank the DNR, all the people associated with the MN Fishery, and most of all the guests that come to fish Lake of the Woods. With the current slot size and current limits, Lake of the Woods will thrive for years and years. It is up to all of us to make sure that we are a contributing factor to its success…this is awesome news for all anglers alike!

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current December specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a December special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of December…you can’t beat them! Also, every Vikings game this season, we will have drink special, specials on our bar dining menu, and prizes to give away. This will make for some pretty crazy Sunday afternoon/nights and Monday nights…LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!



Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have scattered flurries and snow showers…cold, with wind chills approaching -15F…there should only be a high 6F with winds N at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 30% chance of snow. Tonight should be cloudy and cold, with dangerously cold wind chills as low as -25F, low -11F with winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow we should see snow flurries or snow showers…very cold, high 6F with winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night we should have on and off snow flurries are possible along with variably cloudy skies, with wind chills approaching -25F, low -7F with winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Friday should again be cloudy with flurries, highs in the low single digits and lows 1 to -3F. Saturday we should have a few snow showers, highs 2 to -2F and lows -8 to -12F. Sunday we should have times of sun and clouds, highs in the upper single digits and lows -2 to -6F. As of this morning we are currently looking to start moving the houses out this Friday/Saturday and start fishing on Sunday. We plan on moving our houses out on the big lake and plan on catching some nice Walleyes out there. Please keep checking the report daily, because things always change, but as of this morning this is what we are anticipating. We look forward to seeing all of you up here very shortly. 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!

I do have one shout out and that will go to my little brother (Ryan) who just had back surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery so you can get back to work and most importantly so you can be my fishing partner this winter. Take care; we are all praying for you!



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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