Monday, July 20, 2009

Lake of the Woods Produces the Big Fish (Walleye, Perch, Northern Pike, Musky, Small Mouth Bass and Sturgeon) and the Best Parties (Wigwam Resort)!

Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I just wanted to start off today by thanking all of our guests from this weekends Beach Bash at the World Famous Wigwam Resort, you are the back bone of our business, and without you, there would be no Beach Bash or for that matter, Wigwam Resort, so here is a hearty thank you from Tom, I and the entire Wigwam Staff! We are already looking forward too, and planning for next years 19th Annual Beach Bash!

Saturday brought us some of the clearest skies we have had in more than a week for our 18th Annual Beach Bash at the Wigwam Resort and we welcomed that with open arms. The days leading to this years Beach Bash were gloomy and wet. As I investigated how the weather would be for the Beach Bash, every source said that Saturday July 18th, 2009 would be clear, sunny and 75 Degrees Fahrenheit, but when I awoke on Saturday that wasn’t the case. As I looked out my bedroom window at overcast skies and 50 degree temps…I don’t want to say I was worried, but I was worried. As the day transgressed the skies lightened and as if it was written in a book, at 3 pm when the Beach Bash officially started, there wasn’t a cloud for as far as the eye could see…yes! For the rest of the day and night, the weather was perfect!

On Saturday we had approximately 800 total guests that were able to witness our Miss Wigwam Competition and the Wet T-shirt Contest. They were also able to sample the best food served on Lake of the Woods and the finest of beverages. There were countless people that came up to me throughout the day that had only the best to say about what the staff was doing and what we had put together…everyone was very pleased…I have passed on your compliments to the staff…thank you.

I would also like to introduce you to the Wigwam Resort’s “2009 Miss Wigwam”…Ruby McCoy from Grand Forks, ND. Ruby was awarded the Miss Wigwam title by being able to filet a walleye, cast a lure into a bucket from over 25 feet away, and answer 5 trivia questions better than any other of the competitors competing for the distinguished honor this year. Ruby, wanted to clean a fish, and when I say clean a fish, I mean clean a fish with soap and water…I’m glad she stepped up and gave it a try. I wanted to personally congratulate Ruby on her Miss Wigwam Title! Ruby, I hope to see you here this winter for our winter festival in honor of Miss Wigwam, aka “you”. Ruby was accompanied by a great crew of girls form Grand Forks, ND. I hope that all your expectations were exceeded while staying with us during the weekend, and I wanted to personally thank you and the rest of your crew for blessing us all with your presence at the Wigwam Resort for our 18th Annual Beach Bash…thanks a million!

Once again, before I go into the fishing report, I just wanted to take a second and go over all the different species of fish that we have caught this year in Lake of the Woods. I know that we are known to be the Walleye Capitol of the World, here in Baudette, MN on Lake of the Woods, but we have many different species of fish that are being caught out of Lake of the Woods that should get there day in the lime light. We have caught Monster Lake Trout, Musky, Northern Pike, Perch, Sauger, Small Mouth Bass, Sturgeon and Walleye this summer. So if you’re looking to be put on some different species of fish this summer other than Walleye, don’t hesitate to give us a call at the World Famous Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods and let us, PUT YOU ON THE FISH!!!!

Daily Fishing Report: Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms mainly during the evening, low 57F with winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow we will see isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning partly cloudy late, high 73F with winds W at 10 to 15 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night will be partly cloudy, low 53F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Today’s fishing report will come from me and our guides (Tom Briggs, Billy Kloos and Kevin Olmstead). Little Oak Island is smoking hot right now…if you can get up there, you will catch fish. I and Jake Magness went there yesterday and had our limit of 19” Walleyes in less than 30 minutes. We were using hammered gold spinners with crawlers as bait. When fishing up at Little Oak Island, you will want to be on either the east or west side in about 13 to 18 feet of water. Zipple Bay is also producing some Monster Walleyes right now also. Last week, Tom and I went to Zipple in 29 and 23 feet of water, even in the wind and rain, and we were still catching fish. We were having the best success with Lime Green/Chartreuse Jigs with Frozen Shiners as Bait. Because of the wind and rain this great fishing might not continue for the next few days until the water clears up…whenever we get these high winds the fish usually slow with their bite. After the water clears in the next few days we should continue the great bite we’ve been having this summer. Also, when the wind dissipates keep Morris Point in front of the washout and the west side of Pine Island the fish are still biting like crazy on the hammered gold spinners and crawlers. Tom and Billy have been heading out into the big water in about 32 to 36 feet of water in the mud and anchoring and jigging. Their approximate location is about 5 miles north of Long Point towards Garden Island and approximately 7 miles north of Morris Point. They have been having success using Pink/Gold, Chartreuse/Orange and Chartreuse/Pink Jigs with frozen shiners as bait. This past weekend Tom went to this area and caught 9 Walleyes over 26”…WOW!!!! 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!

Today my “shout out” will go out to the Miss Wigwam Crew from Grand Forks, ND. I just wanted to thank you gals again for making the Wigwam Resort your destination this past weekend…the Beach Bash will never be the same without you…so you gals better make it back here. We are all looking forward to your return to the Wigwam Resort and hope fully this time we can take you gals fishing. Take care and thank you again!

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

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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