Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 28, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! The Walleye bite is heating up as well as the temps are outside. The spawn is now over for both walleye and perch. The fish are still hanging a bit deeper as the weeds are not up yet. Look for them in 10 to 16 feet of water, mostly along the first main shore drops. Late evenings is the exception as they make a shallower move toward dark to feed. Shiner minnows and jigs have been the best. Use the wind to move along, if calm troll at least 1.2 mph, or above, for action.

Perch are also going well in the same spots. If looking for good perch fishing, slow down on top of them till the schools moves off, then troll again till you are on them.

Water temps are rising fast; we are now up to the mid to upper 50 range, close to 60 degrees.

Sometimes wallayes are hitting crawlers or leeches after the jig minnow tactic slows - this is good for a couple of extra fish.

The crappie are spawning now and can be caught quite easily. Sunfish are still pre-spawn and biting well, also. Time to go fishing.

Pat Rooney

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Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 21, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! The walleye bite is great with good numbers of fish and some great keepers mixed in. 10-15 feet deep is were the baitfish are hanging. This is the reason that most of the walleye action is going from 12 to 18 feet of water. Find bait pods and the walleyes are there, also. Jigs and minnow or rigs and minnow are the best options right now. Look to Mallard down through Ravens Point on the west side. North shore from Big Stoney over to Pigeon River. The gap has fish in it also but more throwbacks. plenty of fish to be had! High Banks on the east side is going as is the Stumps and Snag Hole on the south. Generally, main shore drops is the ticket.

Perch are ending their spawn now and plenty of fish being caught in the same areas, but shallower. Look to the 6 to 12 foot range. This is the time of the year you can have fun catching 50 to 75 walleye a day!

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 14, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! Walleye season opened with some of the nicest weather in years! Walleye finishing up the spawn as many females were caught dripping eggs. The Gap out to the river channel was good from 8 to 14 feet. Fish were caught on Ravens and Mallard Point. 8 feet to 12 feet. Big Stoney was good, also. Same depths. Some fish are showing up at High Banks, in the rocks, out to 15 feet.

Perch are very active as they are setting up to spawn. Look to 5 to 9 feet of water off Ravens, Mallard, Stoney Points. Minnows have been the bait of choice. Light jigs or a slow drifted rig works well. Water temps in the mid to upper forty degree range now.

See you on the lake!!!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 8, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! The big lake ice took a beating yesterday, which is good to see. Cutfoot Sioux is wide open. The main lake has just a bit on the south west shore from Townsite up to about Mallard Point. With the rain and wind switches we are having, it will be gone any day now.

Look for a good open water bite as the egg take in Cutfoot is just about done. Plenty of fish back into the north side of the lake. Trappers do have minnow traps out - hopefully Mother Nature cooperates.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for April 2, 2013

We have still some anglers out catching fish. We still have plenty of ice at this time. We did get a snow that was wet and heavy, so travel is possible now only by ATV or snowmobile.

Perch are going well on the west side from Townsite Landing up to the Bird House area. Look to 14 to 20 foot of water. Minnows the best.

Sunfish are still going on Cutfoot, also. Waxies have been the most successful bait to be using.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 20, 2014

Big Winnie perch bite is still going strong! Shore drops are still your best bet. Look from 8 feet out to 20 feet. Gold colors are best, tipped with minnows or half minnows. Sort thru and it is not a big problem to get your 20 perch limit. The tullabee bite is still going strong off of the main lake bars as well. Look to 30 to 40 feet of water then fish them 5 to 15 off the bottom. Waxies and sunfish spoons have been the ticket.

Sunfish and crappie have started to go good also. Look to Little Cutfoot, Big Cutfoot or Portage Lake. The best bite has been from 3 till dark. Waxies are the way to go.

Travel conditions have gotten good. Most of the lake has re-froze with very little snow left on the lake. Travel is best outside of old roads. Use them as guides but run outside and parallel to them. You can cross old road beds where they are low and froze. If they are still high, stay away.

Check into the resort you are staying for an up to the minute report on conditions. With warming temps it is time to go panfishing!

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 12, 2014

Big Winnie perch action is going well! Several shore drops are working well, now, within water depths from 12 to 20 feet. The west side areas are Snag up thru River Bar. Sugar Point up thru Ravens Point is good for perch. East side stump field up thru the Saddle has been a good producing area. Main lake bars have some perch moving, also. It seems as if the shore drops have been more consistent, though. Gold spoons and jigs have been the most successful for perch fishers. In deep basin areas, you can pick up some tullibee, also.

Driving conditions are also getting way better! You can drive around most roads as the snow pack has melted down a lot. Watch out for deeper road banks.

Smaller area lakes are getting some people out to catch sunnies and crappies. Evenings have been best with waxies.

The kids "Perch Jerk" went well on the south shore of Winnie last weekend! They had 600+ kids show up for this event. A 1 lb. 12 oz. perch was the winner. All had a good time.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 5, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie. The Perch bite is ON!!! The west side seems to be hot, as of now. River Bar, Sugar Bar, and Sugar Point up thru Ravens has been GREAT. Look to 12 to 20 feet of water for good perch fishing. When that depth slows, move in to 5 to 10 feet of water and you'll find perch - lots of them. It's a mixed bag of sizes but plenty of fish to be had. Some humps up north of Third River Bar are also putting good perch on the ice. Check to see signs of "life (anything biting) before sitting in one spot though. You'll need to keep moving.

Tullibee are biting well in the deep basin areas. 30 to 40 feet of water is the place off of main lake bars. We had some groups with 50 to 75 for a days fishing off Big Musky. That same thing happens off shore-drops, as well. It's pretty exciting - they're fun to catch and terrific when smoked.

Roads are plowed in several areas; just call into your resort for a map and directions on where to go. Warmer temps coming.

Time to enjoy some perch fishing!!! Bring the kids. See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Reeport for February 26, 2014

Hello, from Big Windy ...oops Big Winnie. We have had lots of wind! Most resorts are out making roads, but conditions vary greatly.


The easiest travel conditions are on the west side right now. South and east is the toughest to get around the last few days. Every resort is out working on roads to get people out to fish. Once out in the main lake, you can get around a bit.

Walleye and pike fishing have closed.

The perch bite is going well, though, on the west side, from River Bar around Sugar and up to Ravens Point. Best fishing depths vary from (some days) 5 to 8 feet of water out to the second break, from 18 to 24 feet of water. You can still get out and catch perch.

Call into the resorts you are staying for the travel conditions.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 19, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie! Get in on the last week of walleye fishing this weekend - the season is about to end. Look to the main lake bars and humps for walleye action. The tops of the structures from 16 to 22 feet of water have been the best, mostly in the evenings. On cloudy or snowy days they will bite a bit earlier than the clear and sunny days.

Perch remain spotty with decent numbers being caught, but a lot of sorting through your catch to find the keepers. Look to shore drops from 5 or 6 feet out to the 20 foot range.

Pike fishing remains very good with tip-ups and sucker minnows being the best method. Set on top of the main lake bars or humps 3 to 5 feet off the bottom.

Ice travel is good right now. Resorts are plowing out around the entire lake. Nodak is on Moses and Horseshoe, Beckers and McArdles has roads on River and Sugar Bar and up to the Sugar Island area. Tamarac is out across the Bay, High Banks out to the humps north of Third River Bar, Denny's is out to Moxey Hole and Bena Bar, to the Big Bend and Center Bar. Check in with the resorts for a map and travel conditions.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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