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

Denny’s Resort – Lake Winnibigoshish • 15017 16th Ave. NE • P.O. Box 8 • Bena, Minnesota 56626
(218) 665 - 2222