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

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 25, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie. We are in a bit of a summer pattern for walleye right now. Several short bite windows and they are lasting only 15 to 30 minutes. As the water warms, the fish feed more often but for not as long - this is typical later in the summer. The best bite has moved off shore as well. Bar and Hump fishing is going well now. Bena Bar out to Long Bar is doing okay. Moses and Snag Hole to the west is good. Moxeys, east side and out to the Humps is good. North and west of Third River Bar is good. Weed lines have very few fish in them, unless it is raining or windy.

Perch action is okay in the mid-depth range from 12 feet out to 25 feet of water. Jigs and fathead minnows are working best. Look to Tamarac Bay for perch and walleye in the river channel, also. Fish in 12 to 20 feet of water.

Crappie and sunfish are going well in Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot. Some other good area lakes to check are Portage, Six Mile or Little Ball Club.

We are excited to let everybody know we NOW have air conditioning in our cabins on the south side of the harbor, along with the motel rooms. This should make it much more comfortable on this warm summer evenings when the lake breeze isn't helping to cool the air.

See you on the lake!


Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 19, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie. The walleye bite is a bit different right now. You can catch fish rigging deeper water, off humps and main lake bars now with leeches and crawlers. Look to 14 to 23 feet of water. Seems as cloudy, misty, rainy days are good walleye days. Trolling small cranks over main lake bar tops are producing well on calmer, sunny days. Moving at 1.8 to 3 mph. Shad raps or similar in the #5s or #7s. Weed line fish are there one day and not the next. It is worth a quick check as they are active in them. Rip jigs and shiners through them.

Pike are going readily and taking baits while walleye fishing. Use bigger cranks if you want to target them, though.

Sunfish are going well in most area smaller lakes. Winnie area, look to Cutfoot, Sugar Lake and Little Cutfoot. Water is higher this year by almost 10 inches. Put that into your equation looking for your spots.

Perch have started going well off main lake shore drops in 10 to 15 feet of water. Jigs and fatheads the best way to go.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winne Fishing Report for June 11, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie. Walleye are very active several times a day right now. Play the weather for best results. Cloudy, rainy weather is good for a shallow water focus, in the weeds. Sunny days, the main lake bars and humps are producing. Baits, you really need to bring out all varieties. Seems, lately, on sunny days, crawlers will out fish any other bait. Cloudy days, shiners or leeches work better. Play the wind and fish the structure with the wind blowing along it or slightly into it. Weed beds are getting set up around the lake in 5 to 6 and 8 to 10 feet. They have walleye in them.

Perch action has been better in the deep water of the main lake drops as they are also done with the spawn. Look to 15 to 23 feet. Same of the north humps.

Pike are active all around the lake. Ready to bite! Cranks are working well for pike trolled in 7 to 12 feet of water in between weed beds.

Crappie are in spawn and can be caught shallow in the reeds, look to 3 to 5 feet of water. Sugar Lake, Third River and in Cutfoot, to name a few. Sunnies are ahead of spawn but can be caught early and late in the day in the same areas.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 1, 2014

Hello, from Lake Winnie! The WALLEYE BITE IS ON!!! Fish have made some shallow [normal springtime] moves. Six to seven feet of water, as the water temps have made it to the mid 60 degree range. Jigs and shiners are working, as well as rigs with crawlers and leeches. Look to the east side Reclaim area, south of High Banks to the Rock. West side, Townsite thru the Bird House area. Also, Mallard and Big Stoney, North look to the Dugouts. Perch and pike also active in the same spots.

Weeds are starting to show up, making things good, also.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

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