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

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 25, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie. The walleye and pike seasons are now closed. Time to go panfishing! The perch bite on Winnie is getting better toward the west side. Look to the Snag Hole area to the river mouth. 12 to 30 feet of water is best. The Sugar Island area north to the Raven Rocks is good. The weather is making them move from the 8 to 12 foot out to the 12 to 20 foot. Sometimes, in the same day. Find them and they will readily bite. North areas to look for perch are the Saddle off High Banks and the Tamarac Bay in 12 to 18 feet of water.

Sunnies are going in Big and Little Cutfoot. Early and late in the day is best. Crappie action in Cutfoot also has been good, though smaller fish are being caught at this time. Several smaller lakes nearby have had some good crappie action also.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 11, 2014

Big Winnie perch are going strong! Right now, there are many areas on the lake to catch good perch, as well. The west side is going strong from Snag Hole around the Horn to River Bar. Look for perch in 16 to 28 feet of water, for best action. Also, check the main lake bars: Bena through Long Bar. Center Bar is also going strong. 16 to 25 feet has been the best in most locations. The Humps are on and off, as the fish move.

The northern pike action is still crazy hot! Bigger minnows - suckers or shiners - are working toward the tops of the structures 1 to 4 feet off the bottom. Another pattern that is working well in the deeper areas is 2 to 6 feet down from the surface - believe it or not. These pike are eating perch that have been put back but wont go back down. These pike are flipping around, just under the ice sheet.

Also, the tulibee are cruising high off the bottom any where from 5 to ten feet under the ice sheet.

Walleye action is still spotty with the best time to be just before dark til about 8 pm.

Sunfish are heating up in Big and Little Cutfoot. Crappie action is just now starting to go also in the same areas, but deeper. Afternoons till dark have been the best.

Snow is about 3 to 4 inches on the lake. Travel still good in almost all areas.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 6, 2015

Big Winnie perch are on!! Several areas are producing well! Tamarac Bay, from 12 foot out toward the river channel is good. Several main lake structures are going strong. Bena Bar, north from The Big Bend out along the backside of Long Bar are very good. Center Bar and Horseshoe Bar are all producing good numbers of nice perch. Look to the 16 to 23 foot mark to get started. During fair weather, look shallower and during cold fronts look a bit deeper. West side spots are the Raven Rock area, out east and a bit north, through the humps in that area has been good.

Pike are very active as they have been all season. The last two years has been just incredible. Look to the top portions of the same area you are perch fishing.

Walleye, lately, have been spotty. You'll see a very short evening bite window between 3:30 and 6 pm for about 30 minutes, will be all you get right now.

Pike and perch action more than make up for that!!!

Ice travel is good with 30 inches of ice being the norm. We do still have a couple of heaves so check into the resort you entering the lake for ice roads. See you on the lake.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 27, 2014

Hello, from Big Winnie. The fair weather pattern has been a turn on for the perch bite. The main lake bar edges are going well now. Look to Long Bar, Center Bar and Moses Bar. The top edge down to about 22 feet have been very good. Numbers of 9 to 11 inch perch are being caught. Throw in a few walleyes in the evenings as long as you're chasing perch.

Pike bite is still crazy with fish on the tops of structures 2 to 5 feet off bottom.

Sunfish and crappie also going well around here on the smaller lakes. Early in the day has been better lately. Look to Big and Little Cutfoot. Third river, Little Ball Club and Round Lake.

Travel is good as we and several other resorts have roads out to these areas. Time to go fishing see you on the lake.

On another note the D N R commissioner has made our Walleye slot change official , Wiini will go to six fish with a protected. Slot of 18 to 23 inches, with one fish of our bag allowed over 23 inches.

Pat Rooney

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