Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! The fishing, as of late, has been generally good. Perch are active around the lake. They have set-up on the shallow side, from 6 to 12 feet of water on shore drops, feeding on minnows. A secondary area has been the main lake bar and hump drops. 20 to 35 feet deep. These fish are bug eaters. Moxey's Hole, east Snag Hole and Sugar, on the west side and the humps north and west of Third River Bar have all put fish on the ice.

The Walleye bite has gotten better after the cold front. Look toward the tops of the structure in 15 to 20 feet of water. Minnows and plain hooks have been the best option.

Pike are crazy all around the lake. Nobody can get skunked here right now thanks to Mr. Pike. Sucker minnows are better for larger fish, all others will eat anything you fish walleye or perch.

Ice conditions are very good at 17 to 19 inches on the bottom end. No snow. Bring your ice cleats. We do have a couple of heaves but the resorts have found safe ways around them. Check into a resort or bait shop for there roads out to the fishing areas.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 11, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! The ice is growing rapidly we are between 14 and 15.5 inches of ice, but with no snow. Fishing has been good! Perch are being caught in bigger numbers, but they have to be sorted through a bit to separate the smaller ones from the ideal eating sized fish. Shore drops have be working best, such as Moxey's, the Stumpfield on the southeast corner, Snaghole or Sugar on the west side.

Walleye action has been good on the main lake, bars, and humps. Work 15 to 25 ft of water.

Pike are on fire!!! If you are tip-up fishing, fish the top section of all the break lines and 3 ft off the bottom.

Panfish have been good early and late in the day. Big and Little Cutfoot and Third River, 7-9 ft of water.

ATV travel is possible and safest on the entire lake right now - which is great. Light truck travel is possible out of some resorts. Call ahead to where ever you are going before going out on the lake. Your resorts will provide the best advice and ensure your safety.

Just a reminder: The ice is VERY slippery because of very little snow, so be careful and use ice cleats if possible. Be safe and see ya on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 4, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie. Ice is moving along well at this time. Most areas are reporting 10 to 12 inches. Four-wheelers are the way to go now. Weather for the next ten days is moderate temps so time to go fishing. We are catching walleye on Bena Bar from Big Musky to the little Musky, evenings have been the best. Bobber minnows, ten off bottom, in 14 to 20 foot of water is working for the walleyes.

Perch are hanging deeper off the same drop, down to 30 feet. West side is going well inside of River Bar. North look to Tamarac Bay in 17 feet of water, for a mixed bag of perch and walleye.

Northern spearfisher are getting very good results in the Mississippi River mouth and also in Third River. Several over 12, with 19 lbs. being the biggest.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for October 22, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! Hardy anglers are still out catching Walleye in the Cutfoot and North shore areas east to Mallard Point. Jigs and minnows worked slow is the ticket now at the outside of the remaining green weeds. Look to the 7 to 10 foot range. You can also troll cranks in the late evening in the same areas.

Perch are still going strong west side from Mississippi River mouth to Ravens Point. Fish jigs and minnows in 5 to 8 foot of water.

As we are shifting to hunting mode now, we we post conditions for ice fishing soon. Till then enjoy the woods.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for October 15, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! There are many things to do right now - fun time of the year! Walleye bite is ok right now, with jigs and minnows from the weed-edge at 8 feet out to 12 feet of water. Move along til a fish is caught, then double back, there is more than one walleye there, for certain. Play the wind! Going with the wind is better right now.

Perch are in the weed beds, also, in 6 to 11 feet of water.

Some crappie are still going in Cutfoot, though they are moving deeper.

Grouse hunting is in full swing now, as 50 percent of the leaves have come down now. It is not uncommon to flush a dozen a day.

Deer hunters are in the woods also scoping out spots along with the bow hunters.

Local ducks took off with the cold snap. A few bluebills and goldeneye are making there way down, but our weather is mild at this time. Look for the duck hunting to get better as fall progresses.

If you'd like to learn about our guided duck hunting trips, please call to the lodge and we'll be happy to inform.

See you on the water or in the woods!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for September 18, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! Fall is approaching and with it cooler temps. Water temps are cooler but the fishing is getting hotter! Walleye fishing is starting to go very good on the outside of weed lines. Look to 8 to 12 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are a good option. Smaller crank baits are working well, also. The bait fish are starting to go shoreward and this brings in the fish.

Perch bite is going well in the weeds. Look to 4 to 8 feet of water and the greenest weeds for them. Again jigs and minnows working well.

Pike are active all around with the best areas just beyond the weed edge, again 8 to 12 feet. Bigger spoons or plugs being pitched are working.

Crappie are hitting on all smaller lakes around Winnie. If the wind blows bad, put in at Cutfoot or Ball Club or Portage or Six Mile. Fishing is good with most crappies coming from 18 to 25 feet of water. Water temps are in the upper 50 degree range now. Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 20, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! Walleye are still a bit spotty right now. Some fish are being caught on the North Humps. Spinners and rigs with leeches or crawlers are working fine. The tops seem to be the best. When they move off the tops, at 21 or 22 feet, they seem to be going horizontal. Troll around the hump edges to connect with the walleyes. Center Bar, trolled in back from the edge in 14 to 16 feet of water with spinners and crawlers or small crank baits, is working well.

The perch bite is very good, but you need to hunt around for bigger perch. Some days you'll find good perch in 8 feet and some days in 25 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are the best bait for perch right now. Look to the main lake bar drops or first shore drop. Graph pods of fish, then sit over them.

Pike are active! Troll spoons or bigger cranks outside the deeper weed edges. 8 to 14 feet of water is good to be. The main lake bars are giving up some bigger pike. Be sure to bait fishing rigs and use big minnows deeper then 30 feet.

Crappie and sunfish bite is good here and area lakes all around Winnie. Big and Little Cutfoot, Third River, Tamarac Bay, all working well for good panfishing. Early and late in the day has been best. Look to the weed edges in 6 to 12 feet of water.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 6, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! The walleye action picking up right up at the main lake bars. Bena Bar, from The Big Bend and north is producing good walleye action. Sugar Bar has been fruitful. Moses, Horseshoe and Center Bar are all producing good walleye catches this week. Look to the main drop from 15 to 30 feet of water. When you lose the fish on your locator, look up on top of the structures. They are cruising the tops back, sometimes a long way from the drop. Rigging crawlers and leeches, or spinners, with the same baits has been working very well.

Look for suspended walleyes in all of these areas. Also, the Humps just north and west of Bena Bar, all the way to Big Stoney, are also producing well with the same methods.

Perch are biting well at this time! We have several areas working well right now for perch action. Look to Snag Hole over to River Bar. Perch are moving around in the 20 to 30 foot range. The main lake bar drops at the basin are also producing good perch catches. Down to 35 feet of water. Jigs and a fathead minnow - it's the best bet.

Pike are active in most of the weedline edges in 8 to 12 feet of water. Troll cranks or spoons, just ticking the weeds and hang on!

Water temps are finally warming up. We are now in the upper 70 degree range and fish are active!

Sunnies and crappie are active on most area lakes, early and later in the day. Look to 7 to 12 feet of water on weed edges. Small minnows or a piece of night crawler are the ticket to good panfishing in the area right now.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 30, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! Fishing on the "big pond" is a bit challenging for walleye these last few days. There is plenty of food for the fish and that certainly plays into the challenge. Numbers of mayfly larvae have have gone back down to the bottom in the mud and sand. Perch fry abound! Walleyes can still be caught with some work, though. Look to the main lake bar drops from 20 to 40 feet of water. Pull spinners and crawlers or leeches till you find a pod of walleys, then stop and rig them.

Seems as though the fish that are being caught are deeper than usual, possibly due to the location of the food sources. Hump fishing can be good, but the fish are not hanging around long. The bottoms of the hump are better then the tops. "Weed fish" and shallower "rocks fish" will bite well only in the wind and rain.

Water temps are in the low 70 degree range right now. With the food available to these fish, expect short bite windows. Several will occur a day, but are brief.

Perch fishing on the other hand is very good right now! Good numbers of 10 to 11 inch perch are being caught. Look to the first shore drops. Snag Hole area through the Bird Houses, Mosey Hole, Bena Bar, and several humps north of Third River Bar are all producing well. Look to 18 to 30 feet of water. Drift along till the right size fish is caught, then you can sit on the school for a bit. Slowing down, move along again till the next pod is found. Jigs and fathead minnows are the best options.

Pike fishing is starting to pick up for numbers and size. Lots of 20 to 24 inchers out there. Take some, they make for fine table fare. Trolling spoons or larger crankbaits are the best way to put them in the boat. Look to the deeper weed edges in the 10 to 14 foot range.

Sunfish and crappie are active early and late in the day. Look to Cutfoot lakes (Big and Little), Little BallClub, Lower Sucker and Portage Lake. The shoredrops with Coontail beds going down to 5 or 6 feet have been the best. 1/16th or 1/32nd oz. jigs with two-inch twister tails in yellow or white have been the best. Move along, without a cork, with the 16th jig. When you hit a fish, stop and throw out the 32nd oz. with a cork and take a few from the same area. Most are done spawning now.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 10, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! The walleye bite has gotten challenging, as of recent days. The higher water levels and faster run-off has cleared the lake up more than normal. Also, water levels has kept water temps down in the upper sixty degree range. Fish have been caught deeper than in most years. Look to the basin areas in 25 to 40 foot of water. Mayflies are going well now, with our 4th hatch underway. Rigs and crawlers or leeches are working best at this time. When a plain rig does not turn a fish, go to a spinner and half crawler with a bit more speed. Summer bait patterns are in full swing. Bite windows are short and several times a day.

Perch bite is good from the 12 foot line out, but with jigs and fathead minnows. Hunt around till you get the right size perch, then sit on them. Seems just on the edge of the deeper weeds is the ticket.

Plenty of pike to be had with good numbers of pike in the 20 to 26 inch range. Trolled or bait fished. Most of them can be caught on the edges of weed lines from 8 foot out to 12 foot.

Sunfish and crappie are active at twilight periods. Most lakes around us, including Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot, Little Ball Club, Portage and Sucker Lakes all are producing well now. Mornings till 10 am and evening from 7 till 10 pm.

Time to go fishing and I'll see you on the Lake.

Pat Rooney

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