Monday, October 19, 2009

MEA Weekend Was a Success on Lake of the Woods…In More Ways Than One

Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. This weekend the Wigwam Resort played host to over 70 guests, which made it for an exciting weekend here at the Wigwam Resort. There were plenty of fishing tales that were being spread over the tavern drinks on both Friday and Saturday nights respectively. I heard from more than one group that this was the best fishing experience they have had in years. There were at least three groups of guys that each day caught over 100 fish…not all monsters, but each said they had a blast and it most defiantly kept them busy.

Being that it was MEA Weekend, we were blessed with a number of enthusiastic youngsters, who were following in their fathers’ and grandfathers’ footsteps by fishing…it was great to see. It was even more encouraging hearing the excitement from each of the youngsters as they told their own fishing tales through their own eyes…I think we gained a few more life long fishermen this weekend. It reminds me of my childhood and the fishing trips I used to take with my father…they stick with you for life and mold you into the young men/women we become down the road. It brings a smile to my face from ear to ear, and I know that my father is grinning and giving me a big thumbs up from up above. I hope that all the fathers and youngsters had a blast…make sure that it is part of your lives for years to come and we will all be better for it.

Well our weather forecast roller coaster ride has been as active as ever. This weekend we were supposed to have two days of semi-clear skies, but unfortunately we got about half of one day that was as it should have been, per, but we all have learned to roll with the punches and have a great attitude no matter what type of weather is thrown our way. This weeks forecast doesn’t look any better, but we should be getting at least clear sunny skies this weekend…all we can do is hope and pray.

I will bring this up every day until we are there, but just a reminder to all of you that want to stay with us this up coming winter during ice fishing season…we are starting to fill up. If you want your places reserved at the Wigwam Resort, book now, or forever hold your peace. We are looking forward to a record breaking ice fishing season, for the amount of fish that will be caught on Lake of the Woods, don’t miss out on all the fun. Remember, every night during the winter is like a Saturday night. Be apart of all the excitement, only at the World Famous Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!

Announcements…Every Vikings game this season, we will have a “Kill the Keg” special, specials on our bar dining menu, and prizes to give away. This will make for some pretty crazy Sunday afternoon/nights and Monday nights…LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!

Daily Fishing Report: Today we should have sun and clouds mixed, but I have yet to see the sun, high 48F with winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight, low 34F with winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow should be overcast with showers at times, high 46F with winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 60% chance of rain. Tomorrow night we should see rain showers early mixing with snow showers late, low near 35F with winds NE at 5 to 10 mph…there will be a 60% chance of precipitation. Wednesday we should have a chance of a few snow showers with highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s (Burr). Today’s fishing report will come from Tom Briggs and me. The south west side of Pine Island and Morris Gap are starting to produce some nice quantities of Walleye and Sauger right now. You want to be right out from Morris Point Resort and about in the middle of Morris Gap in 19 to 24 feet of water. The method of fishing will be anchor and jigging. The best colors have been Orange and White jigs with FROZEN SHINERS as bait. The frozen shiners are out fishing live bait 3 to 1…that is my experience. The other hot spot is Lighthouse Gap where I have been able to catch fish in 19 feet to 27 feet. Last night I had the opportunity to go fishing with Tom Briggs, Rick Amundson and Scott Olmstead, and 27 foot right on the US/Canadian line was the “Golden Ticket for the Weekend”. We were catching 18” Walleyes one right after the other from 4 PM to 6 PM. Everyone should mark that one on their radar. The most successful jigs were Orange and Chartreuse…as always we were using frozen shiners as bait. I would like to give Graceton Reef a shot within the next few days to see how that is right now…there are always fish in the rocks. The best method of catching those big buggers right now is anchoring and jigging. When anchoring and jigging you will want to be using 3/8 or ½ oz. jigs. The Shiners are still being caught in the river, but the majority of success has still been on the lake right outside the gaps (Morris and Lighthouse). The Shiner run will last till throughout November, so if you don’t want to travel far and you want to catch some big fish, book today at the Wigwam Resort and experience some of the “BEST FISHING IN THE WORLD”! All this great fishing will take place right in front of the World Famous Wigwam Resort, in Four Mile Bay, right at the mouth of the Rainy River! 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 Adam Gibson of Wilmer, MN and Delbert Spink of Park Rapids, MN (Adam’s Father-In-Law). I had the great pleasure of taking these gentlemen fishing this weekend and I just wanted to thank them personally for the great fishing experience. All three of us were able to stay busy out there catching fish, which was a great thing, because it got a little chilly…haha. Thank you Delbert for the gloves…they will work perfectly down the stretch. I hope that both of you had a great time staying and fishing with us. I look forward to seeing you guys in the near future, and I wish you both the best of luck with all your endeavors and I hope you and your family enjoy the fish!
Happy Fishing to all, and to all a good day!

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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