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The Sun is Back...Get Ready Fish, Here We Come!!!!

posted on 07/02/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well we have July 4th right around the corner and the weather is starting to turn in our favor…Yes!!!! The Wigwam Resort will be almost at capacity this weekend and its music to this General Managers ears. I’m glad to see that people are starting to take advantage of this wonderful fishery that we have at our disposal…Lake of the Woods! The July 2009 Newsletter is just going out today and it was a great experience putting it together…I’m looking forward to putting together each and everyone from here on out. The most exciting part is getting to relive the excitement that we experienced throughout the month. This month I added many monster Walleye pictures along with some great specials, so if you’re not a current subscriber to receive our monthly newsletter, SUBSCRIBE TODAY!



As we enter July 2009 and my first summer as the General Manager of the World Famous Wigwam Resort, it makes me think back at when I was a youngster and could only dream of my present status becoming reality, and it makes me want to give thanks to all of the people that have supported me through my journey along the way. There are too many people to thank in one blog (this thing could be 50 pages long), but I wanted to thank my family for making my transition back to northern Minnesota so enjoyable. I know I get to be at the lake every day, and most of the time I get to go fishing, but life in seclusion is no life at all. I wanted to thank them for the meals, great conversation, endless encouragement and most of all, just for being there when I need someone to talk to (in person). Everyone faces challenges and adversity no matter what their doing, and no one ever truly “has it easy”…it’s the people that you surround yourself with that make the difference, and since I’ve been home it has been my family. So a special thanks goes out to my Mom (Linda), Brother (Ryan) and Sister (Janelle)…thank you guys for all your help and support…I wouldn’t be where I’m at in my life if it wasn’t for you!



Daily Fishing Report: Today will be partly cloudy, high 71F with winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be mainly clear skies, low 53F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow will be mainly sunny, high 73F with winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night will be generally fair, low 51F with winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Today’s fishing report will come from our guides and me. Yesterday we had some great weather again and the fishing picked up dramatically. Anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners is still a good way to go, but trolling with hammered gold spinners and crawlers are right on our door step…I’m going to give that a try this afternoon over by the washout in front of Morris Point to see what we can pick up. Tom Briggs is heading up north to Little Oak Island and Garden Island today…Billy Kloos another one of our top guides got into some nice Walleyes up there yesterday. Graceton Reef may be another spot to keep on your radar over the 4th…we should be having some great weather, with lots of sun to warm up those rocks. At Graceton Reef I’ve been having some good success trolling and jigging with Pink and Gold Jigs with frozen emerald shiners as bait, but as I alluded to earlier, it might be time to start pulling some hammered gold spinners through there to see what we can pick up. Remember, hammered gold to Walleyes on Lake of the Woods is like candy to a toddler! 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 group of great fishermen, and I might add gentlemen, the Ruffing Group form the Twin Cities area who just visited us for the past few days. I hope that each and every one of you had an excellent time and I wanted to personally thank you guys for choosing the Wigwam Resort to help you navigate your way around our wonderful playground…Lake of the Woods. I hope that all your expectations were exceeded while you stated with us and it was all our pleasure to have you. We are looking forward to your return, whether it is winter or summer. If I could ever be of any assistance to you for any reason, please don’t hesitate to call…it would be my pleasure to try and help. Thanks again guys…till next time.



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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Where Did the Sun Go???

posted on 06/30/2009
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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. It has been 3 days since we’ve seen sunshine on Lake of the Woods and I can’t wait till the clouds break…hopefully tomorrow. I was planning on fishing this afternoon, but if we don’t see better conditions my little fishing trip will have to be postponed till a later date (tomorrow). The Summer North Star Classic Fishing Tournament, despite the weather, was a great success. The contestants that showed up for the tourney had to make lemonade out of lemons, and they certainly did that. The winning group was the Thief River Falls duo of Mike Lindholm and Marshall Tanner with a total of 8 fish weighing in at a whapping 24.38 lbs. The second place team was Mark Chapman and John Swentik, both residents of Baudette, and they finished with 8 fish weighing in at 16.38 lbs. I was considering fishing this tournament, like so many; I didn’t want to brave the horrendous winds that were evident on Saturday. Instead I watched from the sidelines…maybe next year.



For all of you that are wondering what the fishing will be like this next month, I anticipate another awesome month for Lake of the Woods. Be sure to checkout our website for the Daily Fishing Report, Catch of the Day, the Wigwam Blog and our photo gallery.

I will be putting together a great July special package for Veterans and current Military personal alike. During the current turmoil that is occurring in Iran and across the globe, being we are coming up on July 4th (Independence Day), it really makes me happy and proud to be an American, and we all need to step back and thank the people that have had a hand in securing our democracy…our armed forces. Being the son of an ex-jarhead (Marine) and Vietnam Veteran, I know first hand the sacrifices that have been made by many families across this great country, and I only wish to do my little part. Since I am fortunate enough to be involved in an outdoor recreation that many people enjoy (fishing), I would like to offer what I can to help put some smiles on people’s faces. To all the current and ex-Marines…Semper Fi! I hope to meet and shake the hands of many service men/women and veterans alike…thank you for putting your lives on the line for the freedom of every American. To view our specials, just go to our website at, www.wigwamresortlow.com and click the “Specials” icon at the top left hand corner of our home page.



Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have a mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds, high near 65F with winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight we will see partly cloudy skies, low 49F with winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow will look a little better with mostly sunny skies, high 69F with winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow night will be mostly clear skies, low 51F with winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Today’s fishing report will come from a few different sources (our guides, guests and I). The past few days have been pretty miserable, because of the high winds and rain we have been having, but we anticipate that to change tomorrow with the arrival of some sunshine. We all have been having success out about 5 miles from Morris Gap in about 32 - 34 feet of water. We have been anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners. Another place where our guests are having some success is a little boat ride away, but they have been slamming them up there…Little Oak Island. Trolling spinners on the west side of Pine Island, using hammered gold spinners with crawlers as bait, has also been working. Graceton Reef may be another spot to keep on your radar. I have been having some good success trolling and jigging with Pink and Gold Jigs with frozen emerald shiners as bait. We need the sun to warm up the rocks a bit more, but it’s still fishing well. Just a little FYI – Graceton Reef will be good, but bring extra tackle…there are a ton of rocks and you will get snagged up a couple times if you’re fishing over there. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods…come visit us at the Wigwam Resort!



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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Finally, Summer is Here on Lake of the Woods

posted on 06/24/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Sorry about being absent the past few days…I have been feeling a little under the weather, but I’m feeling better now. I had to ask Tom Briggs this morning how the past two days have been fishing, and he said, “just as good as it was two days ago”. The fishing has been very good this summer on Lake of the Woods, everyone at the Wigwam Resort, feels very fortunate. I have been preaching the success of Lake of the Woods this summer, but there are still millions of you who need to visit us up here and check it out first hand. The weather just last weekend started to make itself known…I for one am happy about that. It looks as if we’ll be seeing plenty of nicer weather in the future, which is if the meteorologists are on…I hope they are.



I hope that everyone was able to enjoy Father’s Day this past Sunday. It is always a time for remembering and making new memories for me and my family…I wish that it was enjoyable for yours also. This weekend the Wigwam Resort will be hosting the Summer North Star Fishing Classic at the Wigwam Resort on Saturday (Sunday if needed for weather). We also will be having Poor Boys back for another weekend…don’t miss out as they “Rock the Wigwam” this Friday and Saturday from 9 till close.

Daily Fishing Report: Today’s weather forecast will look like this, sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds, high 79F with winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms overnight, low 58F with winds SW at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow we will have isolated thunderstorms in the morning with Lots of sunshine late. It will be warm, high 84F with winds W at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night will be clear skies, low 61F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Today’s fishing report will come from our guides. We all have been having my success out about 3 miles from Morris Gap in about 30 feet of water. We have been anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners. Another place where one of my guests had some success, was trolling spinners on the west side of Pine Island, using hammered gold spinners, you can use frozen or live bait, minnows or crawlers. Graceton Reef may be another spot to keep on your radar. I have been having some good success trolling and jigging with Pink and Gold Jigs with frozen emerald shiners as bait. We need the sun to warm up the rocks a bit more, but it’s still fishing well. Just a little FYI – Graceton Reef will be good, but bring extra tackle…there are a ton of rocks and you will get snagged up a couple times if you’re fishing over there. This weekend I was able to make it to Garden Island and I was having success in 18 to 20 feet of water on either side (East or West). Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods. On a side note, I have been marking some fish with my graph that are elevated…so we might not be to far off from down rigging.



My shout out today will go to all of our new and past guests. We appreciate the great comments you guys are making and, we at the Wigwam Resort, will make sure that your stay next time is just as good, if not better, than is was this go around. I’m so happy to be able to share your comments with my staff, just seeing their faces light up makes all the difference. I just wanted to thank you again for all of your kind words and I hope that we are exceeding expectations, here 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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Family Fishing, Brings Families Together

posted on 06/18/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. With Father’s Day approaching I wanted to talk a little bit about my memories with my Dad and I would have to say that more than half are related to the outdoors. Whether is was fishing in the summer, Partridge hunting in the early Fall or Deer hunting in the late Fall, early Winter…my father was inspirational in letting me experience the outdoors.



I was born and raised in International Falls, MN and had the great outdoors at my disposal…I feel blessed in so many ways to have had that opportunity. About two weeks ago I shared the story about my favorite fishing memory, which just happened to be on Father’s Day. I truly have hundreds of family fishing/hunting memories that I could share, and I’m sure that through the years, if you keep reading, you will hear a great number of them. Today I would like to share another fishing memory that happened about 25 years ago on the Canadian side of Rainy Lake.



For a month every summer as I grew up, my Mom and Dad would hook up the pop-up camper and we would head out to a resort on the Canadian side of Rainy Lake, called the Fisheries Resort in Red Gut Bay. We would be accompanied by relatives and friends from church…I believe there was a total of 25 people in the group. On one gorgeous calm June day, we all gathered into the boats and headed toward Crow Rock Inlet on the northern side of Red Gut Bay for another day of fishing, but we weren’t expecting the surprise we received. With the 9.9 Honda, the Tessier’s, were a little bit behind our fellow friends with a little bigger boats and motors, but we eventually arrived. My Father decided to try a little bay that we usually wouldn’t have tried, just because he had a feeling. Well that feeling lead to a number a great fish! Within a thirty minute period we had already caught our limit and were starting to throw fish from boat to boat. Everyone heard the hoots and hollers and came on over to see what we were yelling about. People that had fished that lake for 30 years were amazed at the amount and size of the fish. This was almost unheard of on Rainy Lake 25 years ago. What a day…that was truly one of my best memories as a kid. I hope someday to be able to make some of those memories with my kids…it would be truly special.

Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have showers early with isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon, high 79F with winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tonight we will have scattered showers and thunderstorms, a few storms may be severe, lows near 60F with winds light and variable…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow we will have variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms, high 77F with winds SW at 5 to 10…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Again today’s fishing report will come from me first hand. I have been having my best success anywhere from 1 to 4 ½ miles northwest of Lighthouse Gap in the big water in 28 to 32 feet. The fishing has picked up again in that area since we started to get some good wind blowing through the area (1 to 1 ½” chop). Graceton Reef may be another spot to keep on your radar. I have been having some good success trolling and jigging with Pink and Gold Jigs with frozen emerald shiners as bait. We need the sun to warm up the rocks a bit more, but it’s still fishing well. Just a little FYI – Graceton Reef will be good, but bring extra tackle…there are a ton of rocks and you will get snagged up a couple times if you’re fishing over there. My other sources (our guides) have been going to Garden Island and having success in 22 to 25 feet of water. They have been using the same lures and bait as I have been using. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods. Make sure you’re on the bottom because that’s were the fish are at!



My shout out today will go to all the Dads out there…I know that it’s going to be your day, but take your family fishing on Father’s Day, you won’t regret it. Make your family memories on Lake of the Woods this Father’s Day week, weekend and day…heck role this over to the entire summer. It’s pretty inexpensive to do, and it will give you plenty of time to talk about many different things with your kids and family. Hope to see you all on the lake!



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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Your Last Catch Keeps You Coming Back Every Time

posted on 06/17/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Yesterday, when I was out fishing with one of my friends, we had a great conversation…we reminisced about past catches and lakes. The common theme was that the last catch on those lakes are what keep us going back time after time. I feel that I’m living my dream right now, being able to fish everyday on Lake of the Woods, and my last catch of the day most defiantly keeps me coming back, day after day.



Daily Fishing Report: Tonight we will have showers and thunder showers this evening followed by a few lingering showers overnight, low near 60F with winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Tomorrow will look like this; partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms, high 78F with winds light and variable…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms, low 59F with winds light and variable…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Again today’s fishing report will come from me first hand. I have been having my best success anywhere from 1 to 4 ½ miles northwest of Lighthouse Gap in the big water in 28 to 32 feet. The fishing has picked up again in that area since we started to get some good wind blowing through the area (1 to 1 ½” chop). Graceton Reef may be another spot to keep on your radar. I have been having some good success trolling and jigging with Pink and Gold Jigs with frozen emerald shiners as bait. We need the sun to warm up the rocks a bit more, but it’s still fishing well. Just a little FYI – Graceton Reef will be good, but bring extra tackle…there are a ton of rocks and you will get snagged up a couple times if you’re fishing over there. My other sources (our guides) have been going to Garden Island and having success in 22 to 25 feet of water. They have been using the same lures and bait as I have been using. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods. Make sure you’re on the bottom because that’s were the fish are at!



My shout out today will go to the Jim Femrite Group from the Twin Cities area. These gentleman visited us earlier this week and were able to get into some great fish. Gentlemen, I hope that all your expectation were exceeded on your trip, and that we will see you again very soon back 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




Wigwam Fisherman

www.wigwamresortlow.com


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