Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 22, 2009

Winnie is getting on a good bite! The northern end of Bena Bar, Long and Third River Bar, Center bar - all going good! Rigs with leeches or crawlers are good presentations.

Humps north of the bars going westerly are doing well, also. Same program.

Perch bite is getting better. Sugar and Sugar Point up to Ravens are going good as of now. The weed bite is spotty. Check it out, but not for too long.

Pike have been moving in and out. They are active though. Troll big spoons or crankbaits on the weed lines.

The panfish, in the smaller lakes around Winnie, are going good, also - early and late in the day. Sunnies with small pieces of worms on 1/32 oz jigs, or same jigs with 2-inch curly tail grubs in yellow or white for Crappies.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for July 19, 2009

Lake Winnie, this week, has been a good lesson in boat control. Windy, windy, windy! Fish liked it, though.

The main lake bars have been the ticket for the anglers going out. Moses, Snag and Sugar were all good the last few days. Rigs with leeches are working best. Snells to 8 feet. Some shallow fish were caught on Big Stoney, The Dug outs and Ravens. Crawlers and leeches best, also. Weeds are in 6 to 8 feet.

The perch bite has been spotty. Some are being caught deep off of the bars and also the humps east of Mallard.

The pike bite has been getting better. We had several fish caught that were 30 to 36 inches, mostly trolled with crankbaits outside of the weeds.

Bugs are on the home strech now - thank goodness. The water cooled a bit to 66 to 68 degrees.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for July 10, 2009

Hello from Big BUGGY! ...oops Big Winnie!

The bug hatches went strong for a week but are tapering down now. Deep structure is now clearing up from the little buggers. Fishing has been on the tough side.

You can still catch fish, but you have to be creative. Spinners and crawlers rigged up high has worked. 16th to 8th oz jigs tipped with 2 inches of crawlers has worked ok also. Rigging the humps north and west have been ok, too.

Deeper has been better lately. Be patient as the food sources for the fish has exploded. Bite windows are short but several times a day. 18 to 30 feet of water has been the best.

Some shallow water fish are going when the wind blows.The tiny jigs and crawler pieces work.

Panfish are going well in several area lakes. Weed edges early and late in the day are best. The perch bite is good on the same hump areas as the walleyes. Seems as though if the walleyes are present, the perch are on a close-by hump. Move around until you find them. Water temps in the low 70 range.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 2, 2009

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We are going into a standard summer fishing pattern. The fly hatches are going strong and the baitfish are moving out to the deeper parts of the lake. We now have many more options to fish.

Shallow fish in the weeds are an option with jigs and minnows or a half of a crawler.The humps are going well also, rigged with a leech or a crawler. And, if they are active, spinners and bottom bouncers are going pretty well.

The main lake bars are also starting to go good, rigged with leeches and crawlers. Water temperatures are in the upper 60s.

Sunnies and Crappies are going strong in area lakes also. Early and late in the day is best, close to the weed beds.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 18, 2009

Big Winnie is on a very good bite right now! Walleyes are on the move to the bars. Horseshoe Snag and Sugar and Moxeys all going now. Rigging with crawlers or leeches is working very well. Shallow fish are going in the weeds. They are setting up in 5 to 8 feet of water. Jigs and shiners or small crankbaits working really well, too.

Perch are going good on some of the north humps also. Jigs and fatheads are working good for the perch. Some of those humps north and west also have numbers of hungry walleyes going, too.

Panfish are heating up in area lakes such as Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot. Shallow on the weed edges early and late in the day is working the best.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 4, 2009

Winnie walleyes are biting good when you can get out. The wind has been playing tricks lately. Seems like new direction every 20 hrs. The shallow shoreline bite still best with shiner jigs and a spot tail in 4 to 8 feet of water. Play the wind as the fish are going well in most areas.

Fishing Locations for walleyes: Make sure to try the west side Ravens, Stoney, Farley creek, Plug Hat and The Rock on the east side. Move along quickley 1 to 1.5mph until you contact fish. Then circle back slow down and work them. Some perch are moving in with those walleyes.

Pike are also in with the walleyes as the shiners are running the 5 to 9 foot range. Bar and hump fishing is spotty, some fish starting deep but mostly slot-sized fish; try rigging with leeches or crawlers. 

Panfish are starting to go better in area lakes as the water slowly is warming. We have 58 to 61 degrees now. Time to go fishing!

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

P.S. Would love to have you email any fishing pictures you take while visiting Denny's Resort. If you email me with a brief description of who is in the picture, I'll gladly put them into our photo gallery.

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for May 28, 2009

Hello from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite has gotten very good this week! Walleyes are going shallow on the shores that have the wind blowing into them. They are mostly being found in three to eight feet of water. Successful fishermen are using shiners and jigs.

Rigger fishermen are getting fish on the Bena Bar from Big Musky through the Bend. Sugar Bar is also going pretty strong right now.

The perch bite is getting progressively better, though they are being found in deeper water. Most perch are being found right now on the bars and humps in 17 to 24 feet. Fatheads and a fireball (in color "parrot") jig seems to be the strongest presentation.

Pike have be going well for the few fisherman pursuing them. Trolling Rapalas off the bars and also in the eight to 12 foot range along the shoreline is working for most pike enthusiasts.

Water temperatures are getting warmer and the panfishing has really picked up in the area lakes. This is a terrific time to be fishing!

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Fishing Report for May 21, 2009

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The water is finally starting to warm up. The walleye bite is going very well, also. The fish have moved in on some of the shallow areas that have produced good fish year after year. The Dishes area to Plug Hat Point is good right now. The Sugar Island area to Ravens Point is also very good. Mallard and Stoney Point is a great spot to work. The Highbanks area is still putting plenty of fish in the boat.

Use a shiner jig with a spot-tail or a plain hook leader and a shiner. The fish are in 5 to 10 feet of water. Some walleyes are also being found off Bena Bar and Moses Bar, scatterd along the top.

Perch are moving in after the spawn, the vast numbers of them can be found in 9 to 12 feet of water. Fireball jigs and a fathead are working well.

The pike are biting in mainly deep water now. They are found mostly off the main lake bars.

Water temperatures are in the low 50s.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Fishing Report for May 13, 2009

The Fishing Opener is here! The walleye opener was very good for fishing, but the weather, as usual was lacking warmth. The fish were biting from Birches Landing North to the tip of Tamarack Point. Mallard and Ravens put out some nice fish. We had several limits brought in with plenty of slot fish to keep fishermen busy. Best depths were, and are still today, 12 to 16 feet of water. Northland shiner jigs and a spot-tail was the ticket.

The perch bite is also doing well as of today - fairly deep, 14 to 16 feet. Fatheads with watermelon fireballs have been most successful. Water temps vary from South to North - 48 to 51 degrees.

Shiners are off shore a bit. Pike were also willing to take your offerings while catching the walleyes.

Panfishing is starting a bit slow, but will pick up as soon as the water warms a bit more.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Fishing Report for April 20, 2009

The ice fishing season is over and the lakes in the north country are really no longer safe for walking. Out in front of the resort we have open water and it's great to see the loons return along with the migrating hooded mergansers and barrows goldeneyes as they wait for the ice to open up on the lakes throughout Canada.

This is a great time of year to re-organize the tackle boxes and assess what needs to be replaced, what worked and what gimmick lure was a waste to buy. I'll spend a lot of time organizing different size jig heads and color combinations - making sure I have plenty of each. I'll also re-wrap my lindy rigs and other crawler harnesses to make sure the line is good, the knots are strong and they are ready for the opener in a few short weeks.

If you haven't already marked your calendars, the opener is May 9 - the day before Mother's Day. Why can't they change that for us? Why does it have to be the same weekend?

Our cabins and motel units are rapidly filling in May and June. If you haven't already booked your summer vacations with us, you may want to make a call in the next week or two.

I'd like to thank one of our regular ice fishing guests, Brent Anderson, for his assistance in getting our new Web site developed and organizing the pictures and content. We're pretty proud of it and believe that it will help answer a lot of questions that new visitors have before they arrive. If you have digital photos that you would like to share with us, we will gladly post them in our photo gallery. Just email them to me and we can get them posted in a few days. Or, if you have photos that you'd like us to add to our wall of legends, you can send prints and we'll hang them up the same day.

From all of us at Denny's Resort, we look forward to seeing you this summer and are wishing you a safe and successful fishing season.

Pat Rooney

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