Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 13, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Walleyes are biting on the bars and humps pretty well right now. Rig with crawlers, leeches or minnows are getting the walleyes going. You need all baits with you, at this time, as during the day the walleyes switch their preference. Perhaps finicky, but very decisive and bite well once they decide. If you graph walleyes that were eating leeches well and then quit biting, switch-up baits for a few more fish. It will work! Wind is really the key right now. Rig or jig in the wind, troll faster if it is flat. Cranks and spinners working well. Shore drops are producing walleyes also, but deeper in the 8 to 13 foot range.

Look to the weeds for a good perch bite, sometimes as shallow as 4 feet. They are definitely there and lots of fun for young fishermen and women. Good action and great to eat.

Pike are active in the weeds or out in deeper water. Lots of small fish are being taken, however. The big ones are a little quiet.

Sunnies and crappies are now going into a summer pattern. Look to coontail beds and fish them an hour before dark for panfish.

At this time, we have openings in July and August. Make your reservations now. We have lakeside cabins, harbor cabins and 6 motel rooms to choose from. It's very convenient to leave your boat behind, stay in our motel and do a very fun walleye launch. Cost effective and a very good time!

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 7, 2012

Summer temps have raised the water temps up into the upper 60 degree range. This kicks-up the activity within the whole food chain. Walleyes are very active during several periods throughout the day. It's best to bring a variety of baits out with you. Shiners and/or leeches, on spinners, have been good on the flats. Look for walleyes from 10 to 23 feet of water. Plain hook rigs with leeches and crawlers are also working, once a pod of fish have been located. Play the wind! Very important in walleye fishing. Wind blowing along the bar drops is good. Bena Bar from the bend south is okay right now. Moses and Sugar have some good walleye activity. Moxey's, North to the Saddle has some walleye activity. The Humps West and North of Center Bar are also putting out some fish. During this time of the year, with current conditions, move a round a bit and be versatile with your presentations. Flexibility will make all the difference in your walleye fishing success. Again, play that wind.

Pike are active in the deeper water right now. There are good numbers of fish but they are not very large. These pike are great for pickling.

Perch have been very, very good! The 10 to 20 foot depth has been most consistent for those chasing perch. There has been some shallow perch activity in Tamarack and the Stoney Point area and are being found as shallow as 3 to 5 feet at times. The conditions are perfect to really get into good perch numbers and decent size fish.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

P.S. If you like pickled herring, but have never tried pickled pike, come on up and we can share some recipes. It's really good stuff!

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 31, 2012

The bite on Lake Winnie is changing as much as the weather, lately. When the wind blows, you get a good shallow bite in the weed beds, as the weeds are now up a foot or so. The pike move in and the walleye go out to the 10 foot area where the shiners are staging, and bite is quite good for a while. Using jigs and shiners in shallow water is the way to go. Bar fishing is starting to pick up. Rigs and minnows, leeches or crawlers are good, depending on their mood (all are working on most fish).

Perch are getting active in the weeds, also, with good numbers being caught.

Pike are going well in the weeds for good numbers, but mostly seeing smaller fish. Deeper off the humps and bars is better for larger pike right now. The South end of Bena Bar has been good. Snag Hole is going, too. The humps on the West side off Ravens Point are going, also.

Water temps dropped a bit, but still in the 60 degree range.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 23, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The walleye bite is a bit spotty the last few days. If the wind blows, the fish are biting. If it calms, they get tough to catch. It appears, we are into early summer patterns now. Fish are working the shorelines now, chasing shiner minnows. The blowing wind gives them cover and they bite well, then. Some fish are getting caught on the bars. The good bar bite has been happening at Bena from Big Musky and south a bit. Sugar and Snag have had some fish going. You have to bring a variety of bait during this patter to prepare for changing preferences. Shiners and jigs, plain hook snells with leeches and crawlers - all are working at times.

The perch are biting, still being found on the deeper side. 10 to 20 feet has been the best. They are in the gravel up off the Birches Landing and the Mississippi inlet have been ok. Raven and Stoney Points are also going for perch. Fathead minnows and jigs working well.

Pike fishing has been good for numbers of fish but are on the small side, with most fish coming off the bars and humps north of Sugar and in the 20 to 28 foot range.

Area crappie and sunnie fishing has been good with the mid-day bite for sunnies and early evening being best for crappies.

There are plenty of opening left in June and July for doing a fishing launch. These are great for kids and a lot of fun with a group. You'll find our pricing is quite good for 1/2 day or full day fishing launches. Of course, bring your GPS and mark some of the hot places we take you to. Call ahead to check on date availability and know the approximate size of your group. We're glad to help. Fishing launches on a big lake like Winnibigoshish can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the great fishing spots on a huge body of water like this. You'll have a lot of fun, too!

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 17, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

This opener rates as one of the best all around. Fishing was incredible, as was the weather. Early risers were back at the dock at 9AM with there limits of fish. Most walleyes were caught with shiners and jigs. Fishing depths varied with the ares that were fished. Walleyes are going strong all around the lake right now. It's a great time to be fishing Winnibigoshish! Shallow fish in the 6 to 9 foot range (when the wind blew), backing out to the 10 to 14 foot range in the calmer water. The wind played a large part in determining the depths where hungry fish could be found. Seems you get a good early bite and a break till afternoon then they kick in again till dark.

Perch are going strong, also, but deeper in the 10 to 14 foot range. Several larger females were caught as they are well after the perch spawn.

The water temps are in the mid to upper fifty degree range.

Area panfishing is also kicking in. Crappies are going in the new weeds (starting to come up) near spawning sites.

Pike action is best out in the deeper water, also. Some of the bigger pike were caught by walleye fisherman trolling crankbaits.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Opening Fishing Preparation for May 9, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Another summer fishing season is upon us already. Walleye fishing opens this Saturday. Should be a good opener as our water temps are in the mid fifty degree range. Look shallower, for the males, in the 6 to 12 foot range with jigs and shiner minnows. The females have had a little time to recover and should also be in a great eating mood. Look a bit deeper, in the 10 to 20 foot range. Rigs and shiners or leeches should turn some of these fish this coming weekend.

Area smaller lakes have had some crappie action going already, which is always fun. If you get your walleyes and are looking for something different, give the crappies some attention for some great action.

May is one of the very best months to see great walleye fishing on Lake Winnie. If you haven't fished this lake in May, it's definately worth it to have this experience.

We still have cabin and motel room space available in May and June. Give us a call if you are interested in booking.

See you on the lake! Happy Mothers' Day!

Pat Rooney

Denny's Resort

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 21, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The ice season is done. We now have open water out 300 yards with the ice sheet moving and moving quickly. The fishing ended with a nice warm stretch of weather. The perch also were very cooperative during that warm stretch. Rainey is open, so may have to go catch a walleye with the long rods. I will keep you posted. Enjoy this spring weather!

See you on the lake - in a boat, of course.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 14, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

What a change in a week?!? We now have to access with ATVs. As of today, the lake is "ok" to fish and we have some areas giving up fish pretty well. On the West side of the lake, shore-drops from 5 to 11 feet are rather good. East side of the lake, the Moxey shore-drop from 13 to 18 is producing fish. At the South side of the lake, the stumps are going well in 13 to 18 foot depths. The North end has the humps North of Third River Bar working ok for fishermen. Bowans Flats has some fish going well, shallow, in 5 to 9 feet of water.

Tullibee are going strong in the mud south and north of the saddle area up the east side in 30 to 40 foot of water.

Warm temps continue in our area so check in with the resorts you access for up to the minute ice conditions.

See you on the lake. Spring is rapidly on its way!

It's a great time to be checking with us for cabin and motel unit availability for the summer months. We still have openings during the great fishing months of May and June! For you avid ice fishermen and women that have not visited in May or June, we strongly recommend a visit.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 8, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The perch bite is continuing to go good around the lake. We have had good luck on some of the humps north of Third River Bar in the 21 to 25 foot range. Deeper, and you get into some tullibee. They are fun to catch and very good to eat when smoked. The Tamarac Bay area is still producing in the 10 to 14 foot range. East side Saddle area south to the stumps is going pretty well in 15 to 22 feet. West side has fish in the river mouths, 5 to 11 feet of water, or out to the Sugar Island and up to Ravens Rocks. We have a good bite going early in the day, daybreak till 2 is the best time period. A short window is also good from from 4 till dark.

The weather has been warm. Many are fishing outside and running big lines (rows of several holes) of holes has been the ticket. Snow cover has come down a bit. We still have 5 to 8 inches, yet. Some travel off road is ok in less drifted areas. We have a warm week ahead forecasted, so call ahead to get the an up to the minute report on lake conditions.

See you on the lake.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 29, 2012

The perch bite remains strong! If you haven't made it to Lake Winnie this winter, now is a great time to get up here. Lots of great perch fishing and the weather makes perch fishing quite enjoyable to be outdoors and on the ice. This weekend is expected to be very nice. The Raven Rocks, at about 13 to 18 feet, have been good in the morning till early afternoon for great perch fishing. The Sugar Bar, far east and south to the flat on the backside of Center bar, is also a great hot spot and worthy of a trip up this weekend. Fish this area in 12 to 24 feet. There are some good perch now showing up in the Stumps on the south side. The Moses and Snag area are going well for good perch size and numbers. Tamarack Bay has some fish going also. It is now the best time to perch fish as they are on a VERY SOLID bite all around the lake. Best baits are smaller rattle spoons in glow pink, blue, or red with a minnow head.

Tulipee have been caught off the Mud Hole and in the deep water off the humps east of High Banks. They are found from 30 to 40 foot of water up 5 to 15 feet off bottom.

The Sunnie and Crappie bite is a bit spotty this week. Look to Big Cutfoot, Little Ball Club or Six Mile for some panfish action. Sleds or wheelers the way to travel on some of the smaller lakes.

The lake is in good shape as of now, with about 10 inches of snow cover. Check into the area resorts or bait shops for up to the minute lake conditions.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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