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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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Hello, from Big Winnie! Ice conditions are very good at this time - 25-28 inches and very little snow. Vehicle traffic is good everywhere. Fish are cooperating, also.
Pike are on a rampage right now! Numbers of fish from 22 to 30 inches on tip-ups and sucker minnows or jig with large jigging spoons and a minnow head.
Walleye are "on and off" depending on the first or second day of a front coming through. Then, the bite gets good again. Look to the top sections of the main lake bars and humps. Long and Center Bar, and Snag Hole shore drop are good. 15 feet down to 22 feet of water. Plain hook minnows next to an attractor of some sort, whether a spoon and minnow head or a jigging rap to bring them in.
Perch are setting up in two areas now. Shallow minnow eaters, from the first shore drops. Look to 4 to 11 feet of water for these fish. Drill plenty of holes and "sight fish" them. The deeper fish are eating bugs. Look to the main lake bar drops for these fish. 25 to 35feet of water is where these fish are located. Smaller minnows on glow jigs or, if the sun ever pops out, use gold.
We do have a couple of areas to stay away from: heaves on the west side and north of Tamarac Point to toward the gap. Just check into the resort you are going out from for the areas to stay away from.
Ice is in good shape! 24 inches, very little snow. Travel is good.
The walleye fishing is starting to get better as the last cold front has passed. Look to the main lake bars and humps. Fish close to the edges. 15 feet down to 23 feet is good with whole minnows 1 to 3 feet off bottom.
Perch fishing is best using the same drops, but at the bottom. Focus on the structures in 25 to 35 feet as this has worked best. You'll need to sort through a few small perch to find the jumbo perch.
Pike action has been great! You will get your three with no problems. Fish up to 40 inches have been brought in, with 22 to 28 inch fish being quite common.
Weather patterns are remaining stable for awhile, should get things moving even better.
Lake travel is good with a few heaves but every resort has ways around them. Check into a resort you going out from to get road directions. See you on the ice!
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!
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!