Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 19, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie. The recent temperatures have slowed the rate at which we have been making ice the last few days. Reports have varied from one area - off the Townsite SW at about 6 inches. The majority of the lake is 9 to 12 inches right now, which is a good start. We do have a couple of heaves. Check in with the resort from which you will access, before heading out. Better to be safe than sorry.

The walleye bite is good on the bars and on the sharper shoreline drops from the tops at 15 feet down to 25 feet. Buckshot rattle spoons in gold or chartreuse green have been good with a minnow head. The walleye bite will only get better in the coming weeks.

The perch bite has been rather spotty. Some days the deep bite in 25 feet or more is working. The next day you get them in 6 feet of water. Takes a little extra effort to find them right now. Like the walleye fishing, the perch bite will continue to improve and consistently good perch fishing will be hitting any day now.

Pike are very active! Tip-up fishermen are getting them in 10 to 20 feet, a few feet off the bottom.

We have about 4 inches of snow on the ice at this time.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 12, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie! We are making ice!!!

Tamarac bay has 8 inches out to the tip of the point. East side south to Highbanks, all the way around to Little Stoney has 8 inches of ice. Going north on Bena Bar to Little Musky has 8 inches. The west side has 8 inches out to about 9 feet of water. From The Townsite access westward, to outside of the Mississippi river inlet, then back north to Sugar Lake opening, there was open water a couple of days ago - has NOW froze over. THE ICE IS THIN. Be extra cautious in this area. There are only about three inches in that area.

Check into the any of the resorts you are staying at for directions around this area. Water starting to clear up at the Mississippi River mouth and also Third River mouth. Shore line areas east and north in 4 to 8 feet of water is a bit dirty. Fishing is getting under way.

Northern pike spear fisherman are reporting good catches with fish up to 15 lbs. River mouth areas the best. Some shorelines are working as well out to 8 feet of water.

The perch bite is spotty, some shallow fish being caught by the river mouths, also. Main lake bars are doing ok with sorting of perch by sizes. Shoreline drops in the 15 to 23 foot range working also with some sorting.

The walleye bite is good with sharp drops from 12 to 23 feet being the best. Early and later in the day are best or darker cloudy days.

We have about 2 inches of snow on the lake. Travel with ATVs is ok in most areas. See you on the lake.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 6, 2012

Exciting new to share! The big lake is now completely iced over! We have 5 to six inches on most of the lake. The west side froze up last and is at 3.5 inches. We have no snow and quite a few cracks as we froze up on a hard wind. You will certainly need ice cleats to move around safely on the surface of the ice when fishing. Tamarac Bay is at 5 to 6 inches. Third River is at 5 inches thick. Up on Third River, groups have had some good spearing going on. The east side from south shore thru Moxey is 5 to 6 inches thick.

The main spot to watch, for safety, is just south of the West Winnie campground up to Ravens Point. That froze up last at 3.5 inches and still a bit dangerous for more than foot travel.

Call into your resort or local bait shop for a report before you come up. Great ice fishing for walleyes and perch will be getting under way very soon.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for November 29, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie! We are making ice! Third River area has 3 to 4 inches. Tamarac Bay has about the same ice thickness. Shore ice on the east and south side of Winnie is at about three inches thick. The west side had open water Wednesday, in a two-mile strip running north. Cold temps should freeze that up quickly.

The spearfishermen should be ready to spear by this weekend. Call ahead to the resorts or bait shops in the area for an up-to-the-minute report before you come up. The next couple of weeks is the time to get your augers tuned and blades sharpened.

Ice fishing is just around the corner and we're all looking forward to the season and seeing many of you again.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 19, 2012

The fishing on Lake Winnie has been excellent. The fall bite, with cooler water temps, have the walleyes biting softer/gentler. But they are biting very well! Look to the remaining weeds in the 5 to 8 foot range. Perch and Walleye are in there together. Light jigs in the 1/8 or 1/16 oz with a fathead or a small shiner are working well. Pitch it out do slow pulls forward, then when it gets heavy set the hook.

Grouse hunters are doing well around this area. Most leaves have fallen and it is easy to see in the woods. Most hunters are reporting flushes on every trip.

Duck hunters are doing quite well, also. Northern divers and some big mallards are showing up now. Most hunters that are putting the time in are getting their ducks with no problem. Tamarac Point, Raven Creek and Third River are all good bets for duck hunting on Lake Winnie right now.

Deer hunters should be seeing some rubs and a few scrapes by now. If you're deer stand is not yet up, you should complete that project before the end of this weekend and then try to stay out of the woods you intend to hunt.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 3, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie. The fall walleye bite is still going strong with fish being caught shallow in the inside weed edge. 5 to 6 feet of water with jigs and minnows moving at 1.0 to 1.4mph - speed cannot be emphasized enough. Quickly cover water when you hit a pod, stay there a few passes - you will have your fish quickly. All sizes are in there from 10 inches to 27 inches. If too many boats, move out a bit, tie on spinners with a 1.4 oz weight and troll just outside those same weed beds for more fish.

Pike are eating well now. Bigger crank baits or spoons are still working well.

Perch are scattered but easy to catch, just cover a bit of water.

Grouse hunters are still reporting seeing more birds than then they can shoot. Leaves are still on the trees.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 27, 2012

The walleye bite is is going pretty well right now. The fall walleye bite is going shallow or deep. Bar fishing is ok, as are the humps. Move around till you have some action, work the area with minnows and jigs, or a rig and minnow or a crawler. 12 to 28 feet on the deep structure and 4 to 8 in the shallow weed lines. Look for the weeds that are still green.

Pike fishing is ok with trolled cranks or spoons.

Perch bite has gotten a little spotty as of late. Areas of perch are biting good, but a lot of sorting needs to be done.

Leaves are starting to fall and grouse hunters are reporting a fair amount of birds, but very few have been shot. Ducks and geese are getting shot around the lake. Third river and Tamarac point being the best for waterfowlers.

Lots of things to do this time of the year. Get out and fish and hunt the same day. Sounds perfect, doesn't it?


Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 19, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

With water temps in the low 60 degree range the fall bite is hot and heavy! Shallow weed fishing is good in the 4 to 7 foot range with jigs and a minnow. You need to be close to the weed lines - important. Play the wind and get along the wind direction or slightly into the wind. The main lake bars are also working well with rigs and a crawler or bigger jigs - vertical fishing with bigger minnows. 15 to 28 feet has been the best.

Pike have been active but tight into the weeds. You can cast or troll just outside to get them to the boat.

Perch have been caught along with the walleye. Sort out some to keep, as there will be plenty to choose from.

In addition to terrific fishing right now, hunting time is here. Early grouse hunters are getting a few. They are harder to see with the leaves on the trees yet. Bear hunters have had good hunting with several in the 200 to 300 lb range being brought in here.

Early bow hunting for deer has some archers seeing animals, though not close enough to shoot yet.

Ducks have been spotted on this lake in several areas: Third River, Raven Creek and Cutfoot have good numbers of ducks right now. Geese have been scarce.

See you on the lake, or maybe the woods! Love this time of the year.

Pat Rooney

P.S. Did I mention that fishing is really HOT right now?

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for September 7, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The walleye fishing has picked up very nicely! The fall bite is clearly starting right now and have many excited fishermen and women. The walleyes are making some very shallow moves. Jigs and minnows, cranks or rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches - both techniques are working in the 3 to 8 foot range. Wind certainly helps their bite activity. Move quickly for active fish, between 1 to 1.5 mph. When the bite slows, the fish move back into the weeds pretty tight. Slow down and finesse the walleyes with a 16th oz jig and minnow or a piece of crawler over and thru the weed tops. Drop shot rigs, 16th or 32nd oz, work well also for those neutral fish. Deeper structures are also producing good walleye numbers. The main lake bars and some humps or going well, rigged with crawlers or a jig and larger minnows. Fish the tops down the edges a bit. The fish are also suspending well off the bar edges. Troll smaller cranks at the top of the bars over deep water near the edge for those fish.

Pike are going well trolling bigger cranks and spoons. Some bigger pike are in the weeds and are being caught casting spoons to the weeds.

Panfishing is going well for perch and sunnies. Weed areas best. Water temps are in the low 70 degree range, but will start cooling even further soon.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 30, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite is still going strong. The shallow weed bite is good from High Banks area through the Reclaim. 8 to 10 feet of water is the best in this area. Start fast, with jigs and minnows. If that technique slows down, switch to rigs and crawlers to take more fish. Bar fishing is picking up with rigs and crawlers. Bena Bar from Little Musky out through the bend is good. Horseshoe and Moses have been good. Bar bite has been better later in the morning. Start at the top in 13 feet depths then down to the 24 foot range.

Pike are moving well. The weeds have produced the best, with trolling fast with larger cranks or spoons.

Perch have remained good biters all summer. Deeper side of humps north and weed fishing in Tamarac or High Banks with jigs and fatheads.

See you on the water.

Pat Rooney

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