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When Will We Get the Warm Weather?

posted on 06/03/2009
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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. There has been a common question asked quite frequently at the Wigwam Resort and all across northern Minnesota, and that is, when will we be getting warmer weather? And the answer is…I don’t know. We have been waiting all spring for the warmer weather and I have been watching the weather channel diligently everyday for any glimmer of hope. All I know is that we need it soon…not for the fishing, because the fishing has been fabulous, but for all of us that are looking forward to summer in northern Minnesota. Today was a little of the same, sunny but just a tad chilly. I heard today on the weather channel that we could expect some warmer weather by the end of next week, which should sustain for a while. I can’t wait…bring it on!!!!



Daily Fishing Report: Tomorrow we can expect scattered clouds with the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm developing during the afternoon, with a high 66F, winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph and a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we will have showers likely along with a possible rumble of thunder during the evening, then cloudy skies overnight with a low around 45F, winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph and a 60% chance of rain. 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. When you get the chance to get out that way you will want to be fishing with Pink, Gold & White jigs with frozen shiners. The fishing is still phenomenal. Lighthouse Gap is still producing in about 14 to 18 feet of water. I’ve 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 out to the Redneck Crew from Cross Lake & Apple Valley, MN aka the Meredith Group. They have been our guests for the past few nights and have one more day of fishing, which they proclaim will bring them the “big fish”. I think they have had some great luck and caught some very nice fish so far, but I’ll let you be the judge of that from their pictures…NICE FISH!!!! I just 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 hope that we will see them back very soon. Take care Redneck Crew…we will miss you when you’re gone, and be waiting for your speedy return…Happy Fishing!



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
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A Community Lends a Helpful Hand and Gets a “Thanks to Baudette”

posted on 06/02/2009
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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. The weather today has been partly cloudy with some gusting winds, which have made it tough for the anglers to hit the big water. I wanted to share the story of a customer that we had a couple weeks ago that had a little mishap with is float plane, but was scooped up just in time and taken care of by the Wigwam and the people of Baudette. Mr. Paul Schroeder of Pine River, MN was very appreciative and thankful to all the participants…he subsequently wrote a letter thanking all the parties and I would like to share that with you today. I think this personifies the Baudette area and our northern Minnesota hospitality.

Thanks to Baudette

“A note of thanks to all the good folks in the Baudette, Rainy River area who came to my rescue after my flat plane flipped over on the Rainy River May 14th.



Mike Sullivan and his fishing partner picked me up in their boat as I was exiting the upside down airplane. The Wigwam Resort under the direction of Tom Briggs got me dry clothes; let me use their phone for hours and a vehicle to get to town for new clothes and everything else I needed. Stuart Noble at Noble Drug for getting me some prescription medicine I needed. Tom Griffen orchestrated the whole salvage operation spending two long days getting the plane back upright and to the Baudette airport.

Eric Bendickson spent 16 hrs trying to get the plane upright but didn’t quite have the horse power. Lake of the Woods County Highway Dept. came to the rescue. Lee Hancock with the approval of Jeff Pelland spent all day Thursday on the barge and then offered to get their excavator to an access to get my plane upright on the floats. Lee’s skill with the excavator got my plane upright on the floats with minimal damage.



I can’t thank the Lake of the Woods County Highway Dept. enough for their help. Four other Baudette locals helped Tom G. with various aspects of the salvage…John Craig, Gary Noble, Bob Sindler and big time help from Emory Vaagen of Bear Aviation.

You are a great community and it certainly was evident after my accident.”

By, Paul Schroeder
Pine River, MN

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 58F with winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight will be mainly clear with a low of 37F with winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrows forecast will look like this…mainly sunny with a high of 66F with winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow evening will be partly cloudy skies with a low 48F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. I have been told that as of this morning the wind was to gusty, even for the big launches to go out on the big water, but I hope this evening and tomorrow will bring us some calmer winds, so we can get out to the bigger fish about ¾ or a mile out from Lighthouse Gap in the mud fishing at the depth of 32 feet. When you get the chance to get out that way you will want to be fishing with Pink & White jigs with frozen shiners. The fishing has been phenomenal. Lighthouse Gap is still producing in about 14 to 18 feet of water. I’ve 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 out to Paul Schroeder. Paul was our guest that didn’t get to do much fishing with us during his stay, because of the float plane accident, but I hope to see him back very soon and I wanted to thank him for his kind words about our great community. Paul was part of the Jim Pittenger Group that visited us from the Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska areas. I have been told they are all planning to visit us again in August. I hope to see them all at that time.



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
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I Want Summer and I Want It Now!!!!

posted on 06/01/2009
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Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. The weather today has been gorgeous, very little wind and temps in the mid 60’s, but I feel like a little kid throwing a temper tantrum…I want warmer weather now!

I want to spill the beans on something big that will be happening at the Wigwam Resort this summer, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy until we make the announcement on our website next week. I just want to let everyone know that this has never happened before and we may have a very famous guest guiding for us for up to three weeks this summer…he will only be available through the Wigwam Resort. I hope I can contain my excitement for the next week while we crunch through the details. All I can say is he is in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and has been on nationally syndicated fishing shows for over 20 years…he’s most defiantly a heck of a fisherman!

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight we are supposed to have an overcast sky with rain showers at times, but from my window right now that doesn’t seem to be the case. Regardless, there should be a low 43F, with the winds from the SW shifting to NW at 10 to 15 mph. There will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow will bring us some sunshine along with some cloudy intervals during the day with a high near 60F. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. For you evening fishermen/women tomorrow night will be clear skies with a low 37F. Winds will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. I have been able to get out more the past few days than initially expected so the information you are about to get is first hand. I have been out on the big water about ¾ or a mile out from Lighthouse Gap in the mud fishing at the depth of 32 feet. We are fishing with Pink & White jigs with frozen shiners. The fishing has been phenomenal. Lighthouse Gap is still producing in about 14 to 18 feet of water. I’ve 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 to my little niece Lydia. It was great fishing with you this past weekend…Lydia you are truly a trooper…I love that about you. Lydia wanted to go fishing with her Dad and uncle so bad, she fought through a little motion sickness and toughed it out on the big water. She is really a special girl and will always be my little niece that out fished her Dad and uncle with the snoopy rod…ha ha. I can’t wait to take you out next time!



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
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Fishing Memories Keep Us Coming Back Time After Time

posted on 05/29/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. The weather today has been spotty, it showered early, but the day has turned out gorgeous this afternoon. We had a few boats out on the water and our guests were able to limit out this morning and trophy fish this afternoon. Besides the weather, everything is perfect for us at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods. We are supposed to have some awesome conditions for tomorrow which will make for an excellent start to the final weekend in May 2009!



I was talking with one of our guests this morning and the question was asked, what is your best fishing memory? I had to hesitate for a moment, because I think every time I go out I experience something new that makes that experience my best, but there is one that I have to say is the best, and because of Fathers Day right around the corner I thought I would share it.

My Father, Curt Tessier, loved to fish and every chance he got to make the call, that’s exactly what we did. So on Fathers Day in 1982 he told the Tessier clan that we were going fishing, and were going to his all time favorite spot on Rainy Lake…Black Sturgeon up on the Canadian side…I can remember back to the very first time I fished with my Father and Grandfather at the age of 3 and Black Sturgeon is where we went.



Back on that beautiful June day my parents loaded up the car and the boat (14’ with a 9.9 Honda motor) with all our goodies and kids (me, my brother (Ryan) and sister (Janelle)) and we hit the road. I remember having a good feeling about that day…I don’t know if it was just because I was able to go fishing, or if it was because our entire family was going to be together and fish, but there was something special about it. It hadn’t been more than 30 minutes on the lake and we had gotten into the Crappies, and I’m not talking about the little ones either…I’m talking about frying pan size Crappies. We were pulling them up one right after the other…it was amazing! After about two hours of none stop Crappie, my Father had latched onto something big, we didn’t know what it was at first, but the names were flying out of our mouths before we had even seen it. I had said, “It must be a Muskie”, my Mom said, “it must be a Northern”, finally my Father saw it for the first time and said, “IT’S A WALLEYE”! Everyone was so excited that every time he got the fish to the boat we all leaned over and we almost flipped the boat. This whole time I was trying to net it, mind you I was 8 years old, my brother who was 6 wouldn’t get out of my way, and my Mom was holding my 6 month old sister tightly in her arms, telling us all to settle down. I was in Walleye heaven…I had never seen a Walleye so big. Finally after what seemed to be an eternity my Father was able to bring the fish up just enough for me to land it and then he dropped his rod and grabbed the net. I didn’t say a word for about the next 5 minutes…all I did was sit there and stare at what I thought was a monster. My father wanted to throw it back, but we all said, “NO, we have to mount it to remember this great occasion”, after all it was Fathers Day, my Dad was doing what he loved to do, and the entire family was there, so we did. For the rest of the day I didn’t even wet my line…all I did is stare and think to myself, when would be the next time I would be able to be face to face with another Walleye of that size…I was in heaven!



The Walleye was just over 6 ½ lbs…small to the standards held on Lake of the Woods these days, but it was a monster to an 8 year old, and that is to date, my most memorable fishing memory. I hope you enjoyed, because I’ve got goose bumps reliving it. It makes me want to get out there and go fishing right now!

The moral of this story is, many of the best stories are made with family, so this Fathers Day, no matter what it is, just get out there and do it with your family. I hope that each and every person will make this Fathers Day the most memorial to date! I hope to see you all on Lake of the Woods and remember to checkout our Fathers Day Week Special on our website; it will be an offer you can’t refuse!

Daily Fishing Report: Tomorrows forecast looks like this; mainly sunny, high around 60F with winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. For those of you that would like to do a little evening fishing here is what you can expect; mostly clear skies early, becoming mostly cloudy with showers developing later at night, low 39F with NNW winds shifting to ESE at 10 to 20 mph. There will be a 40% chance of rain. Sunday’s forecast will be overcast with rain showers at times high 59F with winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. There will be another 40% chance of rain. Since I would be blogging this weekend I will give you Monday’s forecast; showers, highs in the upper 50’s and lows in the upper 30’s…so don’t put away your parka’s…ha ha. My sources (our guides) were out on the big water again today, about ¾ or a mile out from Lighthouse Gap in the mud fishing at the depth of 32 feet. Nothing has changed and they are still catching fish. They are fishing with Pink & White jigs with frozen shiners. Lighthouse Gap is still producing in about 14 to 18 feet of water. I’ve 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 to a group of first timers to the Wigwam Resort, Keith Schlosser of Connecticut, Tom Mason of Minnesota and Bill Ferro of Wisconsin. I wanted to thank them for the opportunity to show them our northern Minnesota hospitality and what Lake of the Woods is all about. I hope they will return very quickly for another round of great fishing. I also wanted to give a shout out to Keith’s son, Kyle. I have heard through the grapevine that he has the dream of working in the resort business someday, and I just wanted to tell him that I think he’s on the right path. Kyle, never loose site of your dream and someday it will become reality. If you would like to checkout what Kyle is all about, please checkout his website at www.schlosserfamily.com. Kyle, keep up the great work and I hope to see you in September with your Dad, so we can knock down some of those Canadian Honkers (Geese)!



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
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The Big Fish are Going Deep!!!!

posted on 05/28/2009
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Today has been a beautiful, but just a bit windy on Lake of the Woods. We have had plenty of reports this morning of rough conditions due to the gusting winds, but that hasn’t slowed down the anglers from catching large amounts of Walleye! If you’re an angler that loves to catch fish, then Lake of the Woods is for you!



I would like to share a story with you about a gentleman, which one of our guests met on his drive back to Chicago from the Wigwam Resort just last weekend. Bill Z., his brother Steve and buddy Dave were filling up their truck near the Grand Rapid, MN area and ran into a gentleman, who was also filling up his truck for his drive back to Minneapolis. Each was pulling their respected boats, so the gentleman that was going back to Minneapolis asked Bill and the boys a question, “how did you do this weekend and where did you fish”? That question was answered with a confident answer “We did awesome on Lake of the Woods”! Dave proceeded to reach for his camera for the proof (Bill, Steve and Dave were the gentleman that I featured in the blog a few days ago that had a great weekend of fishing over Memorial Day Weekend). The bewildered gentleman looked at the pictures with an astonished look on his face and said, “I can’t believe it…I only caught two fish all weekend…I will not make that mistake again…next time I’m going to drive the extra two hours to go to Lake of the Woods”.



The moral of this story is, if you’re going for the weekend or for a week; don’t let yourself get distracted away from Lake of the Woods because it’s a two hour drive further. My personal thoughts are; I don’t care if it’s a 20 hour drive further…if you want to catch fish; you had better get to Lake of the Woods. I bet that gentleman doesn’t make the same mistake twice…this was a lesson learned!

Daily Fishing Report: Tomorrow’s forecast looks like this; partly cloudy in the morning with increasing clouds and periods of showers later on in the day…thunderstorms are possible, with a high around 65F. If you’re looking to get out tomorrow night this is what you should expect; isolated thunderstorms during the evening, becoming clear overnight with a low 38F…winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph…with a 30% chance of rain. My sources (our guides) were out on the big water today, about ¾ or a mile out from Lighthouse Gap in the mud fishing at the depth of 32 feet. They are fishing with Pink & White jigs with frozen shiners. Last night between 6 pm to 8 pm, I was out by myself fishing in Lighthouse Gap in about 14 to 18 feet of water…in my little honey hole. I was 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 to Ron Olson (a family friend of Tom Briggs). At the infant stage of my employment with the Wigwam Resort, I have yet to get out and fish with the guests, but yesterday I had that opportunity to do exactly that with Barney Briggs (Tom’s Father), Ron and Tom…it was an excellent experience. I made the comment to Ron (the one that was catching all the fish) that I might have to change my lure to something a little bit more like his, and then he made the comment, “it’s not always about the lure”. I had a good little chuckle at that, but he was right. I switched lures and still wasn’t having the success of Ron. That was my lesson learned for the day…thank you. I will have to take you out again the next time you’re here and you will have to critique me to see if I’ve learned anything. I hope you and Barney had a great time while you stayed with us at the Wigwam Resort and I look forward to your return.



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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
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