Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 6, 2017

Hello, from Big Winni! The perch bite has been tremendous lately. Look to the shore drops around the lake. Perch fishers are finding them from 10 to 20 feet of water, using minnow pieces on smaller spoons. Right now, perch are demonstrating an attraction to brighter colors during sunny skies and "glow" colors when it's cloudy. Drill enough holes to move around a bit - it has been a solid strategy. It seems you get four or five better ones out of one hole, then move holes for a bit, catch a couple more, then go back to your last hole for more good perch. Make it a "milk run!"

Sunfish and crappie have grown more active in area lakes - especially the smaller lakes, such as Portage, Six Mile and Cutfoot. Good panfish are found right now in the deeper basins. You'll find crappie early and late in 25 to 40 feet of water. While sunnies are on the edges of those very same basin areas, within the depth transition and all the way up to the weed line edge. Waxies and tear drop jigs are the way to go.

Lake conditions are rather wet today, so ATV travel is best. However, the remainder of the week will cool off and freeze some of the surface moisture. Check in with the resort you want access from for up-to-the minute ice conditions.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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