Lake Winni Fishing Report for June 23, 2017

Big Winni walleye bite is getting into the traditional summer patterns, where trolling spinners with crawlers, leeches or minnows, is the tactic that produces fish in the boat. Look to the deeper shore drops from 14 to 30 feet. On the west side, Sugar Bar, Ravens Point and Mallard Point, are all producing walleye using this tactic. On the main lake, structures like Bena Bar, from the south shore out to Long Bar have been good. Horseshoe, and Moses have been good also. Many of the north humps have fish on them, as well. Look for "balls of minnows" and the fish WILL be there. Play with your weights as some fish are being caught higher in the water column. Five feet down to three feet off bottom has been the best.

Pike are very active on the main lake bars. Fish them with bigger crank baits or cast cranks and spoons to the bar edges. There are plenty of pike to go around when the walleye bite slows down.

Perch are going strong around the lake. Look to the shallow water from 4 to 10 feet. With our clear water you can "sight fish" them easy - which is a blast for kids. Jig and a minnow is the easy way to boat them. Water temps are in the mid to upper 60 degree range.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winni Fishing Report for June 9, 2017

Big Winni walleyes are heating up as good as the weather lately! Great walleye fishing these last few days! Look to the main lake bars and humps. Tops of the structures down to 26 feet have been the best. They are eating several times a day. Minnows, leeches and crawlers are all bringing in fish.

The walleye are setting into summer patterns so you need bait options as they change their mood (and preferences) throughout the day. Rigging is working well now. Simple plain hook and a sinker. Play the wind, look for the wind to blow into or along the breaks you want to fish.

Water temps are up in the mid sixty range. Weeds are coming up.

Pike fishing is really good at this time, with plenty of fish to be had in the 22 to 28 inch range. Trolling or casting spoons is the way to go.

Perch are doing well after the spawn. Look to the shoreline areas in the 8 to 12 foot range. Jig and fathead minnow the way to go. Time to go fishing!

See you on the lake.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winni Fishing Report for June 2, 2017

Big Winni walleye action is doing very well this week! The shoreline drops are still producing in the wind. If you're seeing less wind on the water, move out to the main lake structures. Sugar Bar, Horseshoe Bar and Bena Bar, all working with the wind into them or along them. The humps north of the main lake bars all have some walleye on them. Look to leeches and crawlers as the water continues to warm up. Now, the minnow bite is still good, though. Rigging up off the bottom a foot works well as do jigs with shiners.

Perch action has been good also, Big Stoney in 8 to 12 feet of water are producing perch. The west side from Little Stoney thru Townsite, is also going well for perch.

Water is on the clear side, so long-lining away from the boat is the ticket to getting fish.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney,

Lake Winni Fishing Report for May 24, 2017

Hello, from Big Winni. With cooler temps and some rain, the walleye bite has remained a bit more shallow than what can happen this time of year. Look first at the shore drops from 8 feet out to 15 feet deep. Play the wind so it is blowing into or along the shore you fish. The west side of the lake is doing well, from Judd's thru the River Bar area, then up to Raven Point - good walleye action. Raven Rocks out to 15 feet deep has been good, also.

The perch bite on Big Stoney is hot now!!! Look toward the rock bar west of the point, in 8 feet out to 10 feet, using jigs and fatheads till you find them. Then stay there! You will have your perch dinner very quickly!!

Some of the humps north of Third River Bar are kicking out walleye in the 17 to 30 foot depths. More fish to throw back but a hoot to catch good quantities of walleyes. Tamarac Bay has some walleye coming off the river channel. Coming down the east side Moxey and the Saddle has some fish coming in also.

Water temps are getting back toward the mid fifty range.

Time to go fishing - see you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 18, 2017

Hello, from Big Winni and Denny's Resort. The Minnesota walleye opener was a GREAT one, weather and water temps comfortably warm. Fishing was very good for plentiful numbers of fish caught. Plenty of fish to go around. "Keeper" fish were a bit of a challenge. Best areas for the eaters was deeper water down to thirty feet. The first main drop around the lake was good for catching the mixed bag of size with most throw-backs with fish up to 28 inches caught. Minnows as bait was the way to go. Shiners on jigs and also long-lined on a plain hook worked well.

Perch are active as they are coming off spawn, were biting well west and north. Sugar up to Big Stoney.

Pike bite was good also. Look to the main lake humps north of Bena bar and west toward Mallard for Walleye. Start in the 12 foot range and work out. Water temps are in the mid fifty range . Time to go fishing. Remember before coming to Winnie, and leaving Winnie, check your boats for weeds and remove your drain plugs. It's the law and it's very important.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 6, 2017

Hello, from Big Winni! The perch bite has been tremendous lately. Look to the shore drops around the lake. Perch fishers are finding them from 10 to 20 feet of water, using minnow pieces on smaller spoons. Right now, perch are demonstrating an attraction to brighter colors during sunny skies and "glow" colors when it's cloudy. Drill enough holes to move around a bit - it has been a solid strategy. It seems you get four or five better ones out of one hole, then move holes for a bit, catch a couple more, then go back to your last hole for more good perch. Make it a "milk run!"

Sunfish and crappie have grown more active in area lakes - especially the smaller lakes, such as Portage, Six Mile and Cutfoot. Good panfish are found right now in the deeper basins. You'll find crappie early and late in 25 to 40 feet of water. While sunnies are on the edges of those very same basin areas, within the depth transition and all the way up to the weed line edge. Waxies and tear drop jigs are the way to go.

Lake conditions are rather wet today, so ATV travel is best. However, the remainder of the week will cool off and freeze some of the surface moisture. Check in with the resort you want access from for up-to-the minute ice conditions.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 23, 2017

Hello, from Big Winni! The perch bite has been excellent in recent days and the percentages of "keeper" fish has been quite high! The warmer temperatures has caused perch movement toward the shore drops. Look for solid perch action in the 15 to 20 foot depths, along shoreline drops. They are moving to the tops of the breaks to eat, then dropping back down. These perch are acting more like their walleye cousins, to be fair to this behavior. Sunny days are better than cloudy ones for great perch fishing.

Note: This is the last week of walleye for this area of the state. For walleye fishers, continue to look to the main lake bars and humps from 14 to 22 feet, along the edges.

Pike are still biting very well - all around the lake. When the perch or walleyes slow down, get your tip-ups out!

Ice travel has changed and will continue to evolve each day. Check in with the resort you want access from, most have paths to follow. We have had a SIGNIFICANT melt, so we have a few areas that remind travelers of a big toilet bowl. We are marking most of them - drive slow and cautiously! We, as most resorts have, stopped big trucks and shack travel till a freeze-up returns. Colder weather is coming! See you on the lake.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 15, 2017

The perch bite is good, mainly from Snag Hole west and north thru the Mallard Point area. Look for solid perch action on the shore drop side, from 10 feet out to 22 feet. Minnow heads and small spoons are working well for perch. Gold seems to be very good right now. There is some basin perch, but they are in loose schools, in the 30 to 35-foot range of depths. When you get these basin perch, they are good size. The perch bite has been best from 9am to 3pm.

Walleye have been caught on some of the shore drops, such as Moxeys, north of the saddle and Bena Bar, from Little Musky to the Bend, and at the east side of Horseshoe. Work the top from 15 feet to the edge, at about 20 feet. The top edge is producing the best walleye activity. Late afternoon till dark is the best right now.

The pike bite has been ok all around the lake with bigger sucker minnows on tip-ups.

Some smaller area lakes are starting to kick out nice crappies in the evenings and some sunfish, late afternoon till dark. Look for great panfish action at Portage Lake, Big and Little Cutfoot Lakes and Six Mile Lake. Drill your holes from 12 feet down to the basin, in 24 to 30 feet of water. You will get them on waxies and hexie flies.

Warmer temps this weekend will make fishing mobility and outside fishing very easy. Check in with the resort you would like to access from for road maps and ice conditions. Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 8, 2017

Hello, from Big Winnie! Perch are still the BEST BITE right now on the lake, with good perch spots going all around the pond. Tamarack Bay has some perch fishing on the channel edge going up to ten feet of water. The humps north of the main lake bars are "spotty," but when a school is found there the size of the perch caught is better than most spots around the lake. The main lake bars such as Bena, Moses, Horseshoe and Sugar all have fish that are moving up and down the drop from 15 down to the basin area 35 feet deep. Best baits for perch have been glow jigs during the darker cloudy days and gold in the sunshine. Tipped with minnow heads.

Pike are STILL going strong with the main lake bars, where your best bet is to start on the tops in 14 to 18 feet of water. Ask me for my pickled pike recipe, or offer to share yours! I'd be honored to post your recipe within these fishing reports.

Walleye have remained somewhat "spotty" with the humps and the bar drop being the better spots to fish, but they do not hang around long. One day they are there, the next day they have moved on to the next hump or are crossing the bar tops. Rainbow minnows or smaller sucker minnows in the 3 to 4 inch range have been the best bait. Using plain hook with lighter weights, fish one to two feet off the bottom.

Ice conditions are fairly good right now with 5 to 7 inches of snow on top of 22 to 24 inches of ice. Just check into the resort you would like to access from for road maps and current conditions. Be safe!

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 2, 2017

Hello, from Big Winnie. The perch bite has been good, but sorting through fish to find sizable fish is still the norm. Lots of perch being caught, but there are several sizes of perch coming through the ice. At the west side of Winnie, look to 8 to 14 feet of water. Farther north, toward Raven Point, look to the rock pile in 18 feet. On the east side, there has been a good bite on the shore drop in 16 to 30 feet, and they do move back and forth that far daily. One the main lake bars, you'll find good perch action also on the deeper side. Start by looking down to the basin, in the mud, at 30 feet. The best perch baits have been small spoons with minnows tail-hooked. Use gold in when the sun is bright. Then use glow orange or glow blue when its cloudy.

For Lake Winnie walleye, there remains a a short bite window just before dark - call it "Happy Hour (4 p.m. til 7 p.m.)." Use bigger spoons, set next to a dead stick, with a whole minnow.

Sunnies are starting in some of the smaller lakes around us. Look to weed edges in 10 to 25 feet of water. Use waxies on dark green teardrops for the best action.

Ice conditions are good with six inches of snow on the lake. Travel is good, but slower as after the freeze up, there are plenty of ruts are all around the lake.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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