Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Rainy River Walleye Bite Intensifies as the Minnesota Deer Season Begins

Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. I hope everyone had a great start to their deer hunting season. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for the deer hunting, maybe a little too nice, but I’ll take it. Last Friday I did have the opportunity to take a few of my friends fishing one last time before the buck fever sets in, so we went back to the Sister to pull some plugs. We didn’t have the same success that I had the Monday prior, but it was still fun and we caught fish. Thanks Dougie Bear and Harlan for being such great fishing partners, we’ll see you again this week and we’ll chase those deer around.

The last few days I’ve been hunting some State land and also some private land owned by a few of my friends. I am documenting my daily hunts and hopefully will have a good compilation of the footage, with a deer at the end…haha. I have yet to shoot anything, but I have shot at a deer two days ago. Just as the sun was setting I took 4 shots and it didn’t even move, it was standing about 150 yards away and it had me absolutely baffled. I made the big mistake and took it for granted that my scope was sighted in, but low and behold it wasn’t…crap. Yesterday Tom and I took it in the back and sighted it in and I was off by over 20 inches. Now it’s dialed in and I hope to see something the next time I’m out, which might be as soon as tonight. Another one of my friends has offered up his property to see if I might be able to put some venison on the table, and I hope to take full advantage of this opportunity and do just that.

On a fishing front, a number of our guest and the locals are having great success straight across from Wheelers Resort and the Public Access, by the wind sock in the Rainy River. On the bright sunny days, be sure to be using some gold on your lure, and on the overcast days, be sure to be using a solid Pink Glow or Chartreuse Glow Jigs to ensure the fish can see the lures. Frozen and live Shiners have still been the ticket, but as most of you know, I prefer the frozen. The depth of preference has been 14 – 18 feet of water right on the contour breaks. I haven’t heard of any monsters being caught, but the bite is very consistent.


Ice fishing is right around the corner and the Wigwam Resort is starting to fill up for December and January already. I have to make this know, because one of our longtime patrons called me this morning to make a group reservation for the 3rd weekend in December and I had to tell him that we are all sold out of cabins. Needless to say he was a tad bit bummed, and he said, “I shouldn’t have waited this long, the guys are going to be so mad”. I don’t want anyone to have to be mad at anyone, so if you’re looking to ice fishing on Lake of the Woods this winter and you want to stay at the Wigwam Resort, you might want to check on availability as soon as possible. With the great fishing we’ve had all summer; people are making reservations ice fishing before they’ve even left the resort. Many of you have been fishing here all summer and know what it’s been like day in and day out and you’re not missing your chance to fish Lake of the Woods, and stay at the best resort on the lake (Wigwam Resort), my humble opinion.

If you haven’t become a fan of the Wigwam Resort-low on Facebook, what are you waiting for? I’m posting on there daily and have found it a great way to communicate with everyone on a regular basis. I will be posting all of our weekly meal specials and drink specials on there also. Take advantage of Facebook and everything it allows you to do. We look forward to having you as our friends on Facebook. Also, we have just received a new stock of hats (seen pictured here). If you’d like to have the new Wigwam hat, and don’t think you’ll be able to get back to see us soon, just give us a call and you can purchase the Wigwam hat over the phone (800) 448-9260. We will package and mail your order promptly.

Announcements…If you’re looking for some great fishing and lodging deals, check out the November Specials we will be offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a Fall Special. The Special will be as follows: $35 per person per night lodging in the lodge or cabins (restrictions will apply with number of people in cabins). NOVEMBER ICE FISHING SPECIAL - If you book by November 30th for a February Mid-Week Ice Fishing Package you will get a 15% discount. That’s Sunday night – Wednesday night 15% off all Mid-Week Ice Fishing Packages. To qualify for this you must have the deposit paid by November 30th. Each lodging charge is subject to applicable federal, state and local sales tax. Applicable to new reservations only. I also wanted to tell you all about our Veterans and Armed Forces Special, which we have running 365 days a year. Wigwam Resort gives Veterans and our currently enlisted Armed Forces a 10% discount on any package plus whatever specials we are giving. We want to thank you all for your service…God Bless America!

If you’re looking for an affordable vacation this summer, at a first class fishing resort, you’ve just found it! For additional information, please call one of our knowledgeable staff members at (800) 448-9260, and start your journey to the “Walleye Capitol of the World”!

Today’s “Quote of the Day”…”Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” - Doug Firebaugh. This is a life lesson that has been taught throughout all of time itself, and if we adhere to its message, the world will most definitely be better tomorrow than it is today. Each and everyday Jody and I try to do things that will make this world a better place, no matter what it is. Every time we sit down at the table, we pray for a better tomorrow for all our friends, family and even people we don’t know. We know that prayer is not the only thing that will get it done though. Every day you must DO SOMETHING that will inch you closer, like cleaning your garage, or a room, or the local park, or going across the street and helping the neighbor with something they may need help with. I think that by all of us having discipline and a commitment to bettering tomorrow, it will bring us one step closer to the things we all desire and cherish. I hope that each of you will take the time to do something every day, no matter what it is, to bring about a better tomorrow for the next generation of Americans, and heck why stop there, lets think big, THE WORLD…God Bless.

Daily Fishing Report: Today: Sun and clouds mixed, near record high temperatures, high 61F with winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight, low 46F with winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow we should have cloudy skies with a few showers later in the day, near record high temperatures, high 59F with winds SE at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 30% chance of rain. Tomorrow night should be overcast with rain showers at times with thunder possible, low 41F with winds SE at 10 to 20 mph…there will be a 50% chance of rain. Thursday we should have a chance of showers, highs in the mid 40s and lows in the low 30s. Friday we should have times of sun and clouds, highs in the low 40s and lows in the mid 20s. Saturday we should see a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the low 40s and lows in the mid 20s. Today’s fishing report will be provided by me, a few of our guests and some local talent. The Rainy River Walleye bite has started to pick up and I’ve heard through the grapevine that right out from Wheelers Point Resort and right by the windsock that people are doing well in 15 feet of water. The colors are still pretty consistent, Pink and Chartreuse has been very effective. As we get colder weather the Walleyes will undoubtedly continue to run into the river. I also heard that right outside Lighthouse and Morris Gap’s they’re still catching fish from the 14 – 20 foot range. If you’re fishing the river, be sure you have ¾ to 1 oz jigs, we really have some current flowing and you have to be on the bottom to catch the Walleyes. Last Monday and Friday I went up by the Three Sisters and pulled some plugs and had some awesome success. On Monday I caught nothing but big Walleyes on TDD-9 Blue/Silver/Red Rapalas. On Friday we hooked into some nice Walleyes and Northern Pike, but it wasn’t as good as Monday. So, the question must be asked about the Nine Footer and the Twenty Nine Footer. I haven’t personally fished them this fall, but if there holding at the sisters, they might just be holding there also. If anyone heads up that way, please let me know how you do. You can purchase your Jigs, Frozen Shiners, Rapalas and Reef Runners from the same place that I get mine, Log Cabin Bait and Tackle, which is about ¾ of a mile south of the Wigwam on 172. Also, Tom’s Tackle, a local tackle making company makes all the jigs and spinners that I use and you can get your own Tom’s Tackle jigs and lures at Log Cabin Bait. Use what works for us on Lake of the Woods, “Tom’s Tackle”, a local company that know what works on Lake of the Woods. Keep checking out the fishing report, and I’ll give you all the hard facts as soon as I find out where they’re hiding next. Good luck and Happy Fishing to all! Thanks for fishing with us and visiting with us at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods.

My shout out today will go to the hard working employees of the Wigwam Resort. I would like to thank you personally for all your hard work this fall. Fall cleaning, while servicing customers, has gone off without a hitch this fall. In years past we just haven’t had the guest presence that we have seen this season, and everyone here has made it a great experience for all to enjoy. Thanks again to the entire Wigwam staff, we appreciate all your hard work and nothing goes overlooked.
Happy Fishing to all, and to all a good day!

Wigwam Fisherman
Wigwam Resort

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