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The Best Days, May Not be the Best Fishing Days

posted on 06/15/2009
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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well we have had some great weather the past few days, but the fishing has slowed for some. My advice is, when the wind dies down you have to troll. The fish are still there, but when there is very little wind on Lake of the Woods the bottom isn’t getting turned up, and hence the fish are not feeding…there sitting there getting tans just like the rest of us. When there is very little wind, which isn’t often, but it does happen, you must start trolling. I would start off by maybe pulling some jigs, but if that doesn’t work for you, you can always go to the Lake of the Woods gem…the hammered gold spinner, with either shiners or crawlers (use a crawler harness if you’re using crawlers). I hope that will put some people on the fish, because as I always say, it’s a lot more fun catching fish than chasing them around.



Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have lots of sunshine, high 79F with winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy this evening followed by mostly cloudy skies and a few showers after midnight, low 58F with winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow will be cloudy with occasional showers, high 76F with winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we should have showers and thundershowers likely in the evening with a shower or two possible overnight, low near 55F with winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Again today’s fishing report will come from me first hand. I have been having my some good success about 4 ½ miles northwest of Lighthouse Gap in 32 feet of water, but it is starting to get a little spotty. Last night I went out with Jake Magness of Fargo, and he made the call to tryout Graceton Reef and we had some good success trolling and jigging with Pink and Gold jigs with frozen emerald shiners as bait. I think it might be another week or so before they start hitting harder over there. We need the sun to warm up the rocks. 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. Nice call Jake…nice call! Another place where I’m having success is about 200 yards west of the BIG PINE on Pine Island in 16 feet of water…I am using the same lures and bait! 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. The fishing is still phenomenal. Make sure you’re on the bottom, because that’s where the fish are at!



My shout out today will go to Jake Magness for making the great call last night about going to Graceton Reef. Jake works the ice for the Wigwam Resort in the winter and is looking to join our summer crew guiding. Jake is a native of Fargo and great fisherman to boot. Anytime you’re in the area, please give me a call to go fishing…it’s always a blast.



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…The Best Freshwater Fishery in the World!!!!

posted on 06/12/2009
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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I know that I’ve said this time and time again, but it needs to be said another time…Lake of the Woods is by far the best freshwater fishery in the world! Just this year alone I have seen monster Sturgeon, Walleye, Musky, Northern, Small Mouth Bass, Crappie, Lake Trout and Perch all come out of Lake of the Woods and there’s no other place like it in the world. If you’re on the fence about coming up, over or down to Lake of the Woods, jump off now and get your butts over here…you won’t be disappointed!



Daily Fishing Report: Today we will have some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon, high 68F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 30% Chance of rain. Tonight we will have isolated thunderstorms. The skies will become partly cloudy after midnight, low 53F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph…again there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow we will have a mix of clouds and sun in the morning giving way to a few showers during the afternoon, high 73F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we will have a few showers in the evening, then clear overnight, low 51F with winds N at 5 to 10 mph…there will be another 30% chance of rain. Sunday will be sunny, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Monday there will be times of sun and clouds with highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s…FINALLY THE 80’s…YES!!!! Again today’s fishing report will come from me first hand. I have been having my best success about 4 ½ miles northwest of Lighthouse Gap in 32 feet of water. When you get the chance to get out that way you will want to be fishing with Pink/Purple/Gold & Pink/Gold (my personal favorite) jigs with frozen shiners. Another place where I’m having success is about 200 yards west of the BIG PINE on Pine Island in 16 feet of water…I am using the same lures and bait! The fishing is still phenomenal. The biggest advice that I can give at this time is make sure you are anchored! I have been having success and so have others using that method. Make sure you’re on the bottom, because that’s where the fish are at!



I have been hearing that people are “following the boats” and not catching that many fish. My question is, why follow the boats? Most of them are doing the same thing that you’re doing…following other boats. The fish are still biting and some of us are having a great time catching the fish instead of chasing them around. The Wigwam Resort has been able to put people on the fish this year, not just the people that are going out on our launches, or even our own guests, and those people are spreading the good word about the Wigwam. I want every time on Lake of the Woods to be a great time! If you know of people that aren’t having the best of luck catching fish, please send them to the Daily Fishing Report on our website at www.wigwamresortlow.com and help them out. I want everyone that fishes Lake of the Woods to have an awesome experience and keep coming back year after year! Good Luck and Happy Fishing!



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort
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Warmer Weather Is On Its Way…YES!!!!

posted on 06/10/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Today we’ve had good weather early, but right now it’s currently raining. Today I was able to go out fishing for about an hour between 12 pm and 1 pm and caught about 12 fish. The fishing is still hot on Lake of the Woods. If you are waiting for a good time to fish Lake of the Woods, don’t wait any longer, the time for catching Walleye is now! Don’t let the drive turn you off…go to where the fish are at…Lake of the Woods! Call us today at the Wigwam Resort (800) 448-9260 and let us put you on the fish!



Daily Fishing Report: Today we have had showers early and we should have clearing overnight, low 43F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph with a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow we will have intervals of clouds and sunshine, high 64F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night we will have partly cloudy skies, low 46F with winds light and variable. Today’s fishing information will come from me first hand. I have been having my best success in front of Zipple Bay, north of the green marker in about 25 feet of water and on the northwest side of Pine Island in 16 feet of water, and finally, 4 miles northwest of Lighthouse Gap in 32 feet of water. When you get the chance to get out that way you will want to be fishing with Pink/Purple/Gold & Pink/Gold (my personal favorite) jigs with frozen shiners. Another place where I’m having success is out about ¼ mile from Lighthouse Gap, out in the bigger water, in 20 to 22 feet, fishing with the same lures and bait. The fishing is still phenomenal. The biggest advice that I can give at this time is make sure you are anchored! I have been having success and so have others using that method. People last night were trying to troll all around me and they weren’t catching fish, even as I was bringing them in one right after another. People were getting so close to me that 2 people hooked their lures on my anchor line. Again, they weren’t catching fish and were 10 yards away from me! Make sure you’re on the bottom, because that’s where the fish are at! Good Luck and Happy Fishing!



My shout out today will go to Ralph Gordon. I had the pleasure of guiding Ralph on Tuesday and wanted to thank him the great time. Ralph was an excellent fishing partner and taught the guide a few things, which I will hopefully master down the road. Ralph is from Kansas City, Kansas and made the drive up here by himself to fish our unbelievable fishery. He has been coming to this area for years, but this was his first time staying with us at the Wigwam Resort and I hope that we exceeded all of his expectations. Ralph, I hope to see you back before the end of the summer…I wish you the best of luck with everything and will be waiting for your return.



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

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




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Lake of the Woods is a Huge Walleye Hangout

posted on 06/08/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Today we have had nothing but rain, but once again, it hasn’t hindered the fishing. That has still been phenomenal. The word on the street (www.weather.com) is that we should be seeing better weather as the week goes on. Last night I went out with my dog and 4 dozen frozen emerald shiners and got into the Walleye. In a 4 hour time frame from 2 to 6 pm I was able to land over 40 Walleye…2 of which were in the slot (22” and 27”) and one exceeded it (29”). I had to share the pictures I took with my camera phone last night with a number of friends. I felt as if it were like Christmas every time I set the hook! If you are waiting for a good time to fish Lake of the Woods, don’t wait any longer…the time for catching Walleye is now! Don’t let the drive turn you off…go to where the fish are at…Lake of the Woods! Call us today at the Wigwam Resort (800) 448-9260 and let us put you on the fish!



Daily Fishing Report:
Tonight we will have showers this evening becoming less numerous overnight, low around 45F with winds S at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Tomorrow will be cloudy, high around 60F with winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night will be cloudy with showers; low near 45F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Today’s fishing information will come from me first hand. I have been having my best success in front of Zipple Bay, north of the green marker in about 25 feet of water and on the northwest side of Pine Island in 16 feet of water. When you get the chance to get out that way you will want to be fishing with Pink/Purple/Gold & Pink/Gold (my personal favorite) jigs with frozen shiners. Another place where I’m having success is out about ¼ mile from Lighthouse Gap, out in the bigger water, in 20 to 22 feet, fishing with the same lures and bait. Lighthouse Gap is still producing in about 14 to 18 feet of water, but is slowing a bit. The fishing is still phenomenal. The biggest advice that I can give at this time is make sure you are anchored! I have been having success and so have others using that method. People last night were trying to troll all around me and they weren’t catching fish, even as I was bringing them in one right after another. People were getting so close to me that 2 people hooked their lures on my anchor line. Again, they weren’t catching fish and were 10 yards away from me! Make sure you’re on the bottom, because that’s where the fish are at! Good Luck and Happy Fishing!



My shout out today will go to Tom and Melanie Greer of Hibbing, MN. They gave me the pleasure of letting me guide them on Lake of the Woods last weekend and we had a blast. I just wanted to thank them for giving myself, and the Wigwam Resort, the opportunity to take them fishing. Tom is a General Contractor and Melanie is currently opening a Herbalife store in Hibbing, MN. If you’re interested in learning more about Herbalife, please call Melanie at (218) 969-0167. Thank you both again and we are looking forward to your return.



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

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




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Even Though the Weather Isn’t Hot…The Fishing Has Been!

posted on 06/05/2009
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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well despite the terrible cold May weather we just went through the fishing has been unbelievably good. Every launch trip we have had out this year has caught their limits and then some. What I mean by the some, are the fish that are in the slot that must be thrown back, your 19 ½” to 28” Walleye…we have some great pictures though…if you’d like to see them checkout our site. I haven’t heard that much from the other resorts around the area, but I can only imagine that they are seeing the same success, or I can only hope. The fishing on Lake of the Woods takes care of itself…you won’t be disappointed.



Daily Fishing Report: Tonight will be mainly clear skies, low 36F with winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow will bring us a mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day, high 57F with winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. That should make for some great fishing tomorrow. Tomorrow night should be cloudy, low 42F with winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. My sources (our guides) have informed me that they are still doing well on the big lake about 1 to 2 miles out from Lighthouse Gap in the mud fishing at the depth of 32 feet. They are also doing well out in front of Zipple Bay, north of the rock marker in about 25 feet of water. When you get the chance to get out that way you will want to be fishing with Pink, Gold & Orange jigs with frozen shiners. The fishing is still phenomenal. Lighthouse Gap is still producing in about 14 to 18 feet of water, but is slowing a bit. I personally have still been having great success casting out into the current and jigging back to the boat against the current with my trusty Pink jig with a frozen shiner. Once again, make sure you’re on the bottom, because that’s where the fish are at! Good Luck and Happy Fishing!



My shout out today will go again to the Redneck Crew from Cross Lake & Apple Valley, MN aka the Meredith Group. They came here for great fishing and relaxation and I believe that they were delivered both. I again, wanted to thank them for giving us, at the Wigwam Resort, the opportunity to have them as our guests. They are a great group who knows how to fish and have a great time. I know that will see at least a couple of you back this winter and I can’t wait for return…Happy Fishing!



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

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




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