Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 26, 2016

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The 2016 season opened with a BANG, weather and fishing wise. Walleye have been hungry and active since the opener. Play the wind, fish spots where the wind is rolling along. In the West, the Bird House area is going well, in 9 to 15 feet of water. Sugar Island area, in 8 to 13 feet and the Raven Rocks, out to 18 feet have been consistent, all with jigs and minnows. If the bite slows, rig a leech and slow down for extra bites. At the North end, Big Stoney point out to the humps have been very good. Also, some nice perch being caught in this area, right alongside the walleyes. Jigs and minnows are working the best. Farley and Pigeon River Rocks, out to 14 feet have been good. Tamarack Point to the Birches have been going strong also, in 10 to 16 feet of water - using the same baits. The main lake bars are holding some walleye also. Look to Bena, from the start out to the BigBend. The tops have been the best, 12 to 18 feet of water, using rigs or jigs.

Panfish are getting started with their spawning rituals. Look to Sugar, Tamarack Bay, Cutfoot Lakes, all are good locations, where the reeds that are starting to pop up.

Fishing is good right now as fish have been dispersed all around the lake.

Time to go fishing!!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 18, 2016

Hello, from Big Winnie! The walleye bite is ok on the humps north of the Third River Bar, north and west up to North Bar. Look for walleyes in 19 to 23 feet of water with rattle spoons and minnow heads.

Perch are making some shallow moves. Good perch can be found in Bowans Flats, in 6 to 8 feet of water. Sugar Island is holding good perch in 10 feet of water and in the front of Judd's old resort, in twelve feet of water.

Pike are biting all over the lake, using sucker minnows on tip-ups. Another banner year for northern pike.

Very little snow right now and the ice quality is good. Check in with the resort you are accessing for road maps and travel reports.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 7, 2016

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Hello, from big Winnie! Walleyes are biting on the humps north of the Bena Bar, early and late in the day. Look to the edges from 20 to 24 feet of water. Saller jigging spoons and whole minnows have been working well. During snowy or cloudy conditions, the walleye bite is on and off all day. During sunny periods, the bite window is reserved to dawn and dusk.

Perch are still VERY hard to find good numbers over ten inches in length. Plenty of small ones to keep you busy. And, not a bad way to spend the afternoon with little kids - plnety of action.

Pike are ON FIRE, though, with numbers of fish from 22 to 30 inches being caught on tip-ups and sucker minnows. Fish them on the bar tops in 13 to 16 feet of water. Also the humps edges suspended off the  humps horizontally, by about 50 to 100 feet and down only 15 to 20 feet.

The panfish bite is going ok for crappie on several smaller lakes around here, early in the morning and again 45 minutes before dark. 

Ice conditions are good with 22 to 24 inches of ice and very little snow.  All resorts have roads out to the best fishing grounds. Check into where you want to access from for up-to-the-minute conditions and maps out on the lake.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney


Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 29, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie. Ice is getting better quickly. We are at about ten inches of ice now on the south third of the lake. Several resorts including us are on the lake with lighter shacks. ATV travel is the best and safest option now.

Fishing for walleye and pike has been good, look to the tops of the bars or the tops of the shore drop in 10 to 15 feet of water. Early and late in the day for walleye. Pike after the sun is up has been good throughout the day.

Perch have been spotty, but some are being caught deep in 30+ foot range during the day but sorting a lot for to find reasonable eating size. Shallow fishing for perch in the 6 to 12 feet depths has been better and produced better size but they come and go quickly.

Check into a resort or bait shop for access details to the lake and for your best travel options. Be safe!

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for September 1, 2015

The Big Winnie walleye bite is as HOT as the weather is right now. We have had stable weather and winds for ten days now. Patterns have set up well and fishing is excellent! Walleye can be caught in 5 to 7 feet of water early and late in the day. Look to weed edges and jig or rig just over the tops of the weeds. As the day progresses, move out to the 9 to 13 foot range and run spinners and crawlers or minnows. These fish are feeding several times a day. Move along quickly, 1.1 to 1.8 mph. Smaller crankbaits are also working, especially if the wind is up.

Pike fishing is also very good with numbers being caught on larger crankbaits fished in 7 to ten feet of water, outside the weed beds.

Perch fishing is spotty for bigger fish, they are all schooled together now and "sorting" the nice ones from the little ones is quite normal.

Time to get into some late summer fishing, fall will be here before you know it. It's also not a bad time to get up to the area to do some scouting and checking on deer stands.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 1, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie! Mayfly hatches have started. Clouds of them are coming up from the deep. Surprisingly, the walleye bite has been pretty okay. Fish high and wide, in the deeper water. Spinners and crawlers or leeches have been the ticket. On the main lake bars, run the tops in 13 to 20 feet of water, 10 to 15 feet down. Troll fairly fast, 1.5 mph, to keep perch at bay, then roll off the edges without dropping your lines. Most strikes are coming as you go into the deeper water. Cover as much water as you can for active fish. The humps on the northern end of the lake has been good, also. If the fish are on the hump edges, you just fish deeper. Tops are in the 19 to 13 foot range. Run off the edges without dropping your baits and hang on. In wind, or low light conditions, you can fish the weed edges with rigs and leeches and put fish in the boat.

The perch bite has been good deeper off the edges of the main lake bars in 25 to 35 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are the ticket.

Pike are moving into the weeds really good right now. Easy to catch!! Water temps in the mid 70 range,so summer bite windows can be the norm - 15 to 20 minutes several times a day. Dark days, the bite window runs longer.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 3, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie! With the stable weather, we have a more consistent walleye bite. Best times have been early and later in the day, though. With wind, you can jig or rig the main lake bars. Look to Bena Bar from Big Musky out to the Bends. Snag Hole and Sugar to the west. Tops of the breaks in 13 to 15 feet, down the sides to about 28 feet, have been the best. Shoreline areas are just now showing some better weed growth. In the late evening, you can run the outside edges of these weeds with #5 shad raps to catch these fish, also.

Pike still active and hungry! Look for some of the pike on the drops to start moving into the weed beds. At this time, you need to be able to change up your baits. Crawlers, leeches and minnows are all working with pike showing different preferences through out the day. These fish are eating well as there are baitfish just about everywhere.

Perch are being caught on some of the same drops, but a bit deeper. Jigs and a chub are good for perch.

Sunnies are starting to make and get onto beds. Crappie bite is decent up in Cutfoot early and again late in the day. They are just outside of the new weed edges. Small jigs under a bobber with a two-inch twister tail is all you need the get them.

Water temps are still in the upper 50 range. Lake levels are back to normal.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 29, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie! Walleye are active now! Water temps are warming into the mid-60 range have them on a significant feed binge. Look to the first major shoredrops and the main lake structures. Moxey's Hole from 13 to 25 feet of water. Bena Bar from Big Musky out to the Bend. Horseshoe Bar is also working strong. Tops of the bars at 12 feet have been the best, as fish are cresting the tops and spreading out to feed. When wind, rain or clouds come in, they have been making shallower moves into just outside the new weed growth in 8 to 10 feet of water. West side up from Raven's to Big Stoney have been good for these conditions.

Perch are ending their spawn and are eating well, also. Look to Tamarac Bay, they are going well from 8 to 12 feet of water. The Big Stoney area is good also.

Pike, as usual, are very easy pickings now. Cranks trolled in the 10 foot range or bait fish them with bigger minnows in the 6 to 12 foot range in the weeds.

Panfish are going good in Cutfoot now, look to the north shore weed-edge off Eagles Nest or down into Macavity Bay for early and late crappie action. Sunnies are eating a bit as they are not quite on the beds yet. Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 22, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie! The bite for walleye has slowed a bit, mostly do to a very cold week of weather. With rain and snow for two days and temps dropping down to 28 degrees, they have a bit of lockjaw. Look toward the end of the week for weather to stabilize. The shiners have moved off shore, out past the first drop in the 20 foot range. That is the area we have been picking some fish up. Jigs run slow or plain-hook shiner has been the best tactic.

Too much action/speed with your walleye efforts and you are into pike. They are still on a hot hot hot bite! We have had some anglers go out for pike and reporting catches of 50 to 75 a day.

Perch are ending spawning, look 6 to 10 feet for them.

Improved warmer temps are on the way so look for the bite to start to warm up, as well. See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 14, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie. The opener came in with a bang! Plenty of fish were caught, most anglers reported 10 to 40 fish with a keeper ratio of 3 to 10. Jigs and shiners in the 10 to 14 foot range were working well. Northern parts of the lake, as usual, were the best spots. Mallard point around the the north shore through Tamarac Bay and down the east side to the High Banks area. The new slot (18 to 23 inches) put-back was popular, with fish at 17 inches coming in being about average. We did see a few over 23 with 27-1/2 inches being the biggest.

Perch bite was good. Most fish were caught while walleye fishing.

Pike are still crazy, a spill-over from winter. Numerous fish from 23 to 27 inches were caught.

Water temps are in the fifty degree range. Look to better and better fishing as the water warms up. Everyone around the lake has shiners now as we had a more normal ice out.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

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