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The Shiners are Running, the Shiners are Running!

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

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well by the title I bet most of you can guess what is happening right now on the Rainy River, the Shiners are running. Yesterday when I got back from North Dakota, I started asking around to find some good fishing information since I’ve been out of town for the last 5 days. The info was great on all fronts, in the lake and the river. There are reports of some very nice size Shiners being caught as far up on the Rainy River as Winter River Road. The Walleyes are still in Lake of the Woods in 30 – 32 feet, but their starting to make their way into Lighthouse Gap. I heard from a very reliable source that in 19 feet of water right out from the green buoy in Lighthouse Gap, the Walleyes are starting to pack up. I also got the same information from some of our guests who are staying with us this week. They all stated that there is one color that you’re going to need to constantly have, and that color is gold! I would imagine that by this weekend there will be about 100 boats sitting in Four Mile Bay trying to land those hungry Walleyes. The question is, will you it be you?



The past 5 days I’ve had the pleasure of Duck hunting in one of the most beautiful places, besides Lake of the Woods, and that place is Gackle, ND. The dimpled terrain was plush with slews, water and massive farm fields planted with and assortment of crops. The Ducks were jumping from pond to pond each morning and the bang of the 3-1/2 inch 12 gage shells were echoing across the land. There is a very wide assortment of duck species littered across the amazing landscape, it is just incredible. In one day we shot Red Heads, Teals, Mallards, Blue Bills, Spooners, Pintails and even a few Geese.

I was invited by Tom to hunt with a few of his good home town friends, in what I will now call, the Duck Capitol of the World. Each year Tom donates a free trip to help the people of Gackle during Duckfest, and this year’s 8th Annual Duckfest was incredible. Throughout the first 7 years, Tom and his friends have participated in the event, but this year he didn’t think he was going to be able to make it, so he forwent his chance to participate. Last week something fell through so Tom asked me if I wanted to go out and shoot some Ducks, and needless to say I jumped at the opportunity. I tried to take some video, but the shooting was way to fun to miss, so sorry about the footage. I went through a few boxes of shells, and each time a group came in it was more awesome than the last. Some of those little Teal are hard to hit, but I managed to bring home the “bacon” to Jody. This is a trip I will make an annual event of, for years to come. Thanks to the residents of Gackle for putting on such a fabulous event, and I look forward to seeing you all next year.



If you’re interested in attending the event next year, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the man that puts it all together, Wigwam patron, Henry “Hank” Steinberger. I’m sure next years 9th Annual Duckfest will be even a bigger hit than this year. Thanks for all the hospitality Hank, we’ll see you this winter for ice 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. I will be posting all of our weekly meal specials and drink specials on there also. Take advantage of Facebook and everything it allows you to do. We look forward to having you as our friends on Facebook. Also, we have just received a new stock of hats (seen pictured here). If you’d like to have the new Wigwam hat, and don’t think you’ll be able to get back to see us soon, just give us a call and you can purchase the Wigwam hat over the phone (800) 448-9260. We will package and mail your order promptly.



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the September Specials we will be offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a Fall Special. The Special will be as follows: $35 per person per night lodging in the lodge or cabins (restrictions will apply with number of people in cabins) and $90 per person per day for a full day of full service guided launch service and $65 per person per day for a half day of full service guided launch service. Each lodging charge is subject to applicable federal, state and local sales tax. Applicable to new reservations only. I also wanted to tell you all about our Veterans and Armed Forces Special, which we have running 365 days a year. Wigwam Resort gives Veterans and our currently enlisted Armed Forces a 10% discount on any package plus whatever specials we are giving. We want to thank you all for your service…God Bless America!

If you’re looking for an affordable vacation this summer, at a first class fishing resort, you’ve just found it! For additional information, please call one of our knowledgeable staff members at (800) 448-9260, and start your journey to the “Walleye Capitol of the World”!



Today’s “Quote of the Day”…”If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.” - Lord Chesterfield. When I was a youngster, my father took me fishing and planted knowledge in me that no one could take away. Knowledge can count for anything you learn, but you must learn it so it is with you for the rest of your days. With the knowledge that is planted in the youth of today, they will use that knowledge for rest of their lives. My father always tried to teach me, my brother and sister new things, no matter what it was. I remember when I was 16 years old and I just received my drivers’ license, I was given the 1972 Grand Torino Sport to drive. About 2 months into driving the Torino I was in the Hardees parking lot in International Falls (where I grew up) and the starter went out on the car. I called my father from Hardees and filled him in; he said hold tight he’ll be right there. I waited for about 15 minutes before dad arrived, I was so relieved. He got out of the car and went to the passenger side and opened the door, he pulled out a NAPA box and I was about ready to get my first lesson on how to change a starter. My dad handed me the box, a wrench and a socket set, I looked at him and said, what is this for? He just grinned and said I’ll get you started and then we’ll see you for dinner. I worked on that thing through dinner plus another hour or so. When I got home, my father asked me if I learned anything today, and I said, yes, I need to get a new car…haha. He snickered and said that wasn’t going to happen, but I did learn something valuable that day that keeps helping me today. Since that time I’ve probably changed 10 starters on my vehicles, and I didn’t have to ask anyone for help. Knowledge planted when young will allow us to grow into the independent people we’ve always dream. I hope this will make you think about planting knowledge in the youth of today. They need our help to learn and by giving them knowledge could be our best investment for the future…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Today we should have plentiful sunshine, high 62F with winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear, low 43F with winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be mainly sunny, high 71F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow night we should see clear skies, low 47F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday should be mainly sunny, highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s. Saturday we could see occasional showers possible, highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s. Sunday we could see showers, highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 40s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me and Billy “The Sniper” Kloos and a few of our guests. The Shiners have started their run. I was informed from my friends over at Log Cabin Bait of that fact when I got back into town on Monday night. I just talked to a few guest this morning that also had some success in the river up by Winter River Road. I also was informed from locals and guests that the fish are still thick in Lake of the Woods in 30 – 32 feet of water off the US/Canadian line and in 19 feet of water right outside of Lighthouse Gap on the Line…just past the green buoy. I think that everyone who is coming up this weekend will have a great time fishing Rainy River or Lake of the Woods. Anything with Gold on it right now is what you’ll want to have on. If you’re fishing the river, be sure you have ¾ to 1 oz jigs, we really have some current flowing and you have to be on the bottom to catch the Walleyes. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Rapalas and Reef Runners from the same place that I get mine, Log Cabin Bait and Tackle, which is about ¾ of a mile south of the Wigwam on 172. I must state this again, in my 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods; I’ve never seen the fishing this good on such a consistent basis. Don’t wait too long to make your plans to visit us, because you never know how long it will last. Keep checking out the fishing report, and I’ll give you all the hard facts as soon as I find out where they’re hiding next. Good luck and Happy Fishing to all! Thanks for fishing with us and visiting with us at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods.



My shout out today will go to the great community of Gackle, ND. I wanted to thank them all for providing Duckfest to everyone that wishes to participate. This is a great event that provides an abundance amount of fun. I wanted to give a special “Thank You” to Hank Steinberger for allowing us to be a part of the 8th Annual Duckfest. It was a blast and I will try everything in my power to make sure that we’re a part of it next year for the 9th Annual. Just like Lake of the Woods is the Walleye Capitol of the World, Gackle, ND is the Duck Capitol of the World. Thanks again to everyone that had a hand in planning and putting on the fantastic event; it was a joy to attend!

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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Fall is in the Air and Fishing is still on the Mind on Majestic Lake of the Woods

posted on 09/28/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and that it is continuing right into this week. This past weekend I was able to do some fishing with Cliff and Dale from the Twin Cities area, and despite the windy conditions the fishing was out of this world! Cliff nabbed the biggest Walleye of his life while Dale boosted about catching the most…haha. I wanted to thank the duo for coming back to visit us for the second time this year and we look forward to seeing them both back again this winter. It was a pleasure fishing with you both and getting to know you guys.



The MTT Championship was held this past weekend and the field held the top 75 teams from this summers MTT circuit. Tom Briggs and Rick Amundson were the defending champions trying to repeat, but they were beat out by a little over 4 lbs and had to take home second place. Don’t feel too bad for the duo, it brought in a whapping $9000.00…Nice job guys! The 1st place award and the Skeeter WX1850 valued at a cool $35,000.00 went to Tom Geurkink and Jon Geurkink this year with a weight of 26.82 lbs…Congratulations guys!



Fishing has still been fantastic even with a little more wind than we like to see, but it is what it is and we’re making the best of it. This past week one of my friend and co-workers, AJ Anderson just shot his first Black Bear with a bow. The best part of it was he videoed the whole thing. AJ brought me the raw video this morning, so I worked it into a little movie through my computer and voila, it is now on YouTube.com for the entire world to see. Congratulations AJ it was awesome and I look forward to helping you produce more footage in the future. Here is the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCQMIeOmaq4.



Last week I was able to get out and also fish with the Cary Becker crew. The crew consisted of 3 gentlemen two from Nebraska and one from Colorado. While on the trip one of my friends Brian “Shrek” Hartmann was filming and we were able to get some great footage of their day. I just wanted to thank you guys and let you know that this will be on displayed in an article on the Fishing Minnesota home page at www.fishingminnesota.com. The article is called The Fall Lake of the Woods Jigging Craze. I think it should be up there either tomorrow or Thursday. Thanks again for letting us film you guys and I hope to see you all back soon. Here is the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06kCSyX1dk.

If you haven’t become a fan of the Wigwam Resort-low on Facebook, what are you waiting for? I’m posting on there daily and have found it a great way to communicate with everyone on a regular basis. I will be posting all of our weekly meal specials and drink specials on there also. Take advantage of Facebook and everything it allows you to do. We look forward to having you as our friends on Facebook. Also, we have just received a new stock of hats (seen pictured here). If you’d like to have the new Wigwam hat, and don’t think you’ll be able to get back to see us soon, just give us a call and you can purchase the Wigwam hat over the phone (800) 448-9260. We will package and mail your order promptly.



Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the September Specials we will be offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a Fall Special. The Special will be as follows: $35 per person per night lodging in the lodge or cabins (restrictions will apply with number of people in cabins) and $90 per person per day for a full day of full service guided launch service and $65 per person per day for a half day of full service guided launch service. 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”…”When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” - Helen Keller. By reading through quotes each day, I am amazed as to the amount that I can directly relate to. I don’t know if it’s just the fact that I’ve lived a good life, or the fact that I’ve made so many mistakes to learn from. Whatever it is, it’s water under the bridge and I’m now living my life to the fullest. After hockey was over I focused so much on what happened and what went wrong, instead of cutting the cord and focusing my talents and abilities where they would have been most useful. Today I encourage anyone going through similar times to forget of what you’ve lost and keep your eyes sharp for the next opportunity and door to be opened. In today’s society, there is massive turnover in certain industries and sometimes people are let go from their jobs by no fault of their own. Times are tough and companies are tightening up to ensure they will be there next year. If this is you and you’re having a tough time with a layoff or a no fault termination, keep your spirits high. Your next great opportunity may be closer than you think. You must be ready to pounce on the opportunities as it presents itself. I hope this will help you remember in times of need. Keep your faith, keep providing to charity and good things will come your way…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Tonight should be partly cloudy this evening followed by mostly cloudy skies and a few showers after midnight, low 51F with winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph....there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow we should see rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day, high 63F with winds NW at 15 to 25 mph…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow night should be clear, low 44F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday should be mainly sunny, high near 60F with winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Friday should be sunny, highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s. Saturday we should see a few showers, highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 30s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me and Billy “The Sniper” Kloos. We’ve been anchored and jigging those frozen shiners right off the US/Canadian line in 30 – 34 feet of water. I heard some great things from some guests that went as far as the 9 Footer and they also limited out and had some great fishing by anchor and jigging around the reef. People are still catching fish in the bowl and I think within the next week we could see the shiner run start to heat up…at least I hope…haha. The 3/8 oz. Pink and Gold jig has still been slaying the Walleyes out there. One of my friends, who is also a Captain on Lake of the Woods with Borderview Resort, Mike “Foxy” Fox, gave me a little tip about adding a little crawler to the frozen shiner and it paid off for us over the weekend. The past few days I’ve still been hearing that just a frozen shiner is still slamming them also though, so don’t get too worked up if you can’t find the crawlers. Orange, chartreuse and gold, have also been working, but I’m still partial to my pink and gold. If you can’t make it to Lake of the Wood this week, make sure you’re here next week. The Shiners haven’t really started their run, but as soon as they do I’ll let you know. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Rapalas and Reef Runners from the same place that I get mine, Log Cabin Bait and Tackle, which is about ¾ of a mile south of the Wigwam on 172. I must state this again, in my 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods; I’ve never seen the fishing this good on such a consistent basis. Don’t wait too long to make your plans to visit us, because you never know how long it will last. Keep checking out the fishing report, and I’ll give you all the hard facts as soon as I find out where they’re hiding next. Good luck and Happy Fishing to all! Thanks for fishing with us and visiting with us at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods.

My shout out today will go to Tom Geurkink, Jon Geurkink, Tom Briggs, Rick Amundson, Tom “Gonzo” Stay and Chris Hanson for their 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes ,respectively in that order, in the MTT Championship that was held on Lake of the Woods last Thursday and Friday. I especially want to thank Tom for donating 10% of bar proceeds on Friday night to one of the families of a fallen MTT fisherman whom lost his battle with cancer last year. It’s all about helping others when they need it…Thanks again Tom for having a big heart.



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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Gusting Winds Slow the Bite, but Predicted Low Winds This Weekend Will Hopefully get us Back on Tra

posted on 08/27/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Yesterday I had the opportunity to take out Jerry and Linda Pagel from New Ulm, MN, and the morning bite was awful tough. The high winds we have received finally put a little damper on the fishing, but I want to state that we’re still catching fish. A bad day on Lake of the Woods is a fisherman’s dream on many other lakes in the US, or for that matter the world. Yesterday afternoon after the winds subsided just a tad; I went back out to the 9 footer and whacked the fish once again. The fact of the mater is, the fish are still out in great numbers in the bowl, and as long as you can get out there, you will catch the fish. If you can’t get out there, than you’ll have a tougher time catching them.



This weekend we will be having Young Country (band) proving the live entertainment. Darrell, Dave, and the crew always put on a great show for our patrons, and for that matter, everyone that enters our fantastic establishment. They will be playing from 8:30 PM till close tonight and tomorrow nights. We also will be having our Beer Butt Chicken Special tonight…for those of you that have never tried it, it is out of this world! Come pay us visit and rub elbows with some of Lake of the Woods most informed fisherman, only at the Wigwam Resort!

If you haven’t become a fan of the Wigwam Resort-low on Facebook, what are you waiting for? I’m posting on there daily and have found it a great way to communicate with everyone on a regular basis. I will be posting all of our weekly meal specials and drink specials on there also. Take advantage of Facebook and everything it allows you to do. We look forward to having you as our friends on Facebook. Also, we have just received a new stock of hats (seen pictured here). If you’d like to have the new Wigwam hat, and don’t think you’ll be able to get back to see us soon, just give us a call and you can purchase the Wigwam hat over the phone (800) 448-9260. We will package and mail your order promptly.

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the August 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”…”Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.” - Jean Paul Richter. I thinking of myself as young, vibrant, and full of life, and this quote sure tugs at the heart strings when you really think about it. To never see a loved one again is an awful thing to deal with, but it happens, and we should always be cognoscente of that. In my short life I’ve had to personally deal with losing close friends and family members, most of the time I had the opportunity of saying goodbye, but the others, I don’t know how I left them. I know that I can’t change anything that happened in the past, but from here on out, I wish to only spread loving words to people that I meet throughout my life, because you never know what could happen. I hope this will help you reflect on your present and future relationships. Together, we can make this world a wonderful place…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be sunny to partly cloudy, warm, high 87F with winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight we should have a few clouds, low around 60F with winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow we should have a mix of clouds and sun with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon; high around 80F with winds N at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible, low 62F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Sunday we should have scattered thunderstorms, highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s. Monday we should have scattered thunderstorms, highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s. Tuesday we should have scattered thunderstorms possible, highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, Kevin "Tall Tale" Olmstead and I. This week the wind was blowing pretty good out there, and fishing, for the first time this year felt the effects of the high wind. The rocks produced very well for me again yesterday afternoon, and the mud flats produced very well for the Sniper, Tall Tale, and Tom. I was drifting and pulling spinners with crawlers as bait over the 9 Footer, and also pulled some Rapalas using my lead core line, which lead to bigger fish (26-1/2” was the biggest yesterday for me in a 2 hour stretch). The Sniper, Tall Tale, and Tom drifted with spinners, dropped the downriggers out in the mud, and also dropped the anchor to do some jigging. All three of them have with each technique proved to find the fish, but it they had to work for them. I personally am not a downrigger fisherman, but the Walleyes loved the Rapalas on the riggers this week again, that’s for sure! We still have been absolutely crushing the Walleyes all over the lake. When we have a south, southwest and west wind the area straight out from Graceton Rd has been a little honey hole of sorts also. We are still using the hammered gold and pink/gold spinners with crawlers and leeches. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Spinners, Crawlers, leeches, 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 must state this again, in my 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods; I’ve never seen the fishing this good on such a consistent basis. Don’t wait too long to make your plans to visit us, because you never know how long it will last…I hope forever! 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 happy couple (Edwin and Marie Gingerich, from Gonvick, MN) that nabbed the 42”, 23 lb Northern Pike off the end of the Wigwam dock this morning, while they were getting ready to head out on a fishing trip with us. I have been diligently searching Lake of the Woods all my life for one of those big buggers to hang on my wall and low and behold, it was right under my nose…haha. Congratulations on the fantastic catch and “Welcome to Lake of the Woods”, the world’s best freshwater fishery!



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 Weather Can’t Stop the Bite on Lake of the Woods, The Walleye Capitol of the World!

posted on 08/23/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. This past weekend we had some AWESOME weather, which was accompanied by some FANTASTIC fishing. I had the pleasure of fishing with a couple groups this weekend, the Scott St. Arnold Group on Friday. and the Mark Peterson Group on Saturday and Sunday morning. Both crews were very enjoyable and I just wanted to thank them both for choosing the Wigwam Resort as their vacation destinations this summer. We know that you can go anywhere you’d like, and we’re thankful that we have the opportunity to have you as our guests.



The next few days will be very windy on Lake of the Woods, so I’m going to try to get up to Little Oak Island tonight and fish up north tomorrow. I don’t know if the wind will allow me to do this, but I’m going to give it the old “college try”. I will post and let you know how my experience was this Wednesday when I get back to civilization…haha. I plan to fish with Scotty Olmstead, one of Tom’s really good friends from the Twin Cities area. I don’t know what I’ll be searching for, maybe the Musky’s, maybe the Smally’s, I just don’t know yet, but one things for sure, I’ll be 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. 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 August 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”…”Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.” - George Washington. WOW…I don’t remember learning this one in school. Maybe it should be taught…just my humble opinion. Our first President and one of our Founding Fathers had it right on with this one. My Father tried to instill these principles in each of our family members, and it has helped me meet people and surround myself with good quality friends throughout my life. I challenge you all to reflect on this quote and live by these words, and together let us make this world a better place…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Today will be windy with isolated thunderstorms developing, near record high temperatures, high 88F with winds S at 20 to 30 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tonight we will have variably cloudiness with scattered thunderstorms, low 57F with winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Tomorrow should be windy with a few showers developing later in the day, high 67F with winds W at 20 to 30 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we should have showers in the evening becoming less numerous overnight, low 48F with winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Wednesday we should have more sun than clouds, highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 40s. Thursday we should have sunshine, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Friday it should be windy with sunshine, highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 60s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, Kevin "Tall Tale" Olmstead and I. This weekend the wind was down and we were able to fish all over the lake. The rocks produced very well for me this weekend, and the mud flats produced very well for the Sniper and Tall Tale. I was drifting and pulling spinners with crawlers as bait over North Bridges Reef and the 9 Footer. The Sniper and Tall Tale drifted with spinners, and also dropped the downriggers out in the mud. They both had their limits about an hour after dropping the riggers. I personally am not a downrigger fisherman, but the Walleyes loved the Rapalas on the riggers this weekend, that’s for sure! We still have been absolutely crushing the Walleyes all over the lake. When we have a south, southwest and west wind the area straight out from Graceton Rd has been a little honey hole of sorts also. We are still using the hammered gold and pink/gold spinners with crawlers and leeches. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Spinners, Crawlers, leeches, 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 must state this again, in my 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods; I’ve never seen the fishing this good on such a consistent basis. Don’t wait too long to make your plans to visit us, because you never know how long it will last…I hope forever! 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 out to all the Wigwam employees. This weekend I was approached by a number of our first time guests and they were so impressed with our staffs attitude and willingness to interact with the guests. We have a great crew working with us here at the Wigwam Resort and I want to personally thank each of them for all their hard work, and also for showing up here each and everyday with great attitudes for the guests. I know first hand that everyone has their own problems they face at home, and it is a testament to our staff that they can place personal issues on the back burner to make sure our guests have an AWESOME experience on Lake of the Woods, the Walleye Capitol of the World! Thanks again to the entire Wigwam Resort Staff!

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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Does Life Get any Better than on Lake of the Woods? I Think Not!

posted on 08/19/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I probably will have no bigger announcement than I have right now…Jody and I are officially engaged, and she made me the happiest man on the face of this earth when she said “yes” in the blueberry patch …thanks honey! On other, but not so momentous news, today when I woke up I was reminded that it was my birthday, and I was also reminded that I really am feeling my age…haha. Thanks to everyone that has sent me birthday and engagement wishes, it is greatly appreciated.



Yesterday was another amazing day on Lake of the Woods. The wind was down and the fish were biting once again. Kevin “Tall Tale” Olmstead took 6 of our guests up north to the eastside of Little Oak Island and needless to say, our guests were having a blast pulling in the Walleyes one right after another. Some of Tall Tale’s crew were first timers to Lake of the Woods and even first time Walleye fishermen and women, but that didn’t stop them from hammering the eyes. Tall Tale puts you on fish each and everyday, and I don’t care what the conditions are, he never comes back empty handed. If you’d like Kevin to take you fishing, just give us a call at the office (800) 448-9260 and make your reservation to the Walleye Capitol of the World!

This weekend we should be back into the 80’s and beautiful weather, so if you’re on the fence about making the drive up to Lake of the Woods, get off and get your butts up here. In my 18 years of fishing this tremendous body of water, the fishing has never been better on a consistent basis. Take advantage of our Super Summer Special and treat yourself to the best Walleye fishing in the world, on the lake know as the Walleye Capitol of the World, Lake of the Woods!

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 August 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”…”Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” – William Thackeray. Today is my birthday, and I’m trying to reflect on what I’ve been able to accomplish this past year, through the help of God. Also, I’m trying to reflect on what I can do to become a better human being and Christian throughout this next year of my life. As I came across this quote, it really resonated with what I’m going to try to accomplish in the next year and hopefully throughout my entire life. I try to be as kind as possible and brighten the days of people, whom I know personally or am just meeting for the first time. You never know what people are going through, and everyone loves to hear words of encouragement and kindness, even me. The smallest words of kindness can make the biggest impact sometimes. I challenge everyone to “never lose a chance of saying a kind word”, and try to make our world a better place…God Bless.



Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have plentiful sunshine, high 73F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear early followed by cloudy skies overnight, low 54F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late, high 79F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible, low 59F with winds S at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Saturday should be mainly sunny, highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s. Sunday should be windy with a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s. Monday we should have a few thunderstorms possible, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by Billy “The Sniper” Kloos, Kevin "Tall Tale" Olmstead, Tom Briggs and I. Yesterday morning Tall Tale took his crew to up to Little Oak Island and they whacked the crap out of the old Walleyes. Because of the high winds we had on Monday and Tuesday, Kevin didn’t think that the milk chocolate water we had down here would be producing until today or tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be taking a few people out and we’ll be starting right on the US/Canadian line and drift spinners in about 31-32 feet of water and I’ll let you know what we find. We have been absolutely crushing the Walleyes in that area for the past week. If you can’t make it out to the line, then you may have to go out to 32 feet of water about straight out from Graceton Rd and directly east of Long Point. When we have a south, southwest and west wind the area straight out from Graceton Rd has been a little honey hole of sorts also. We are still using the hammered gold and pink/gold spinners with crawlers and leeches. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Spinners, Crawlers, leeches, 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 must state this again, in my 18 years of fishing Lake of the Woods; I’ve never seen the fishing this good on such a consistent basis. Don’t wait too long to make your plans to visit us, because you never know how long it will last…I hope forever! 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 out to Jody Hasbargen, my new fiancée. Thank you for making me so happy! I can’t wait for each and everyday of the rest of our lives together…I love 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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