Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 26, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite has been better as of late for Lake Winnie walleyes. Trolling small crank baits over deeper weed tops and just outside of the weed beds has been good. Spinners and a minnow or a crawler are also working well. With this rig, fish in the same areas but just slow down a bit.

Rigging is working on the humps with crawlers and leeches. Weed beds have produced a mixed bag of fish. Perch, northern pike and a few walleye are being found together in these weed beds. Short plain hook snells of about 12 inches in length, tipped with half of a crawler or a leech gets their attention.

The water is getting warm and some tullipee are starting to die off.

Pike fishing gets really good as soon as they watch for dieing tullipee that swim around a bit on there way up to the top. This easy food tends to get them pretty excited.

Sunnies are still hot on several lakes in the area from 7 till dark. Look to the weeds edges in the 7 to 10 foot range. Small piece of worm or a two-inch grub tail has been the best. Be selective as some of the bigger sunnies take a while to grow up in this part of the state.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 18, 2012

Hello, form Big Winnie.

The walleye bite is getting better. Spinners and crawlers or minnows are working well again. Walleye fishermen and going deep with bouncers, or long-line and shallow, over weed tops. Move fairly quick. 1.0 to 1.8 is the speed. Look to the north humps. The main lake bars are also working. Weeds in the 6 to 10 foot range are good, also, at this time.

Perch bite remains strong. Look to the deep side of weeds or off the main lake drops all the way down to 30 feet deep.

Pike will get active soon as we now have some die off of rough fish. Look to the deeper side of the weeds and on the main lake bar tops.

Sunfish are active on most of the smaller lakes in the area. Coontail beds in the 10 to 14 foot range has been good. Early and later in the day has been best.

Water temps are in the upper 70 to low 80 degree range.

See you on the water.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 11, 2012

Hello, from Lake Winnie.

The walleye bite has been spotty. The bite is only on for short periods. Humps North have been the best in the last few days for walleyes. Rigs have been best with crawlers. The bars are really on and off right now.

Thee perch bite is very good with strong numbers of fish over ten inches. Perch are great for getting kids involved in fishing.

Pike have been active, also, with several fish brought in around seven lbs.

Several storms have downed trees around here. Most places are open now, however.

Panfishing is also very good now. Sunnies are active in the evening. Look for sunfish in the 8 to 12 foot range.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

P.S. We have cabin and motel openings during several periods in July. Give a call and we'll find a spot for you.

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 6, 2012

Big Winnie is getting back to normal bite patterns after the storms rolled through. Guests are reporting good catches of walleyes in the last few days, as the wind is blowing. Deeper structures remain the norm for walleye presence. The main lake bars, Bena and Sugar and Moses have given up some fish with rigs and crawlers and leeches being the best baits. The humps far north and west have put fish on in the boat the same way.

The perch bite has been very good. Rocky areas the best. Numbers of fish in the ten inch range.

Pike are starting to bite as the tullipee are moving due to the various bug hatches. Outside weed line and on top of the main lake bars and humps being best. Bigger minnows or large trolled crank baits are best.

Time to go fishing.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 27, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The walleye bite is "on and off," several times a day now as the food sources available to them are peaking right now. Bugs hatching and minnows are abundant. There are several short bite windows throughout the day. You need to have crawlers and leeches and prepared to be versatile in your approach. Rigging the north humps or the main lake bars is working quite while throughout these walleye bite windows. After the bite slows, troll blades and bouncers for additional walleye bites.

Perch are going well now. Deeper is better. Off the main lake bars and humps has been best with jigs and minnows.

Area panfishing is going good early in the morning and later in the evening. Look to 8 to 15 feet at the weed edges.

Pike are active, but their average size is still smaller than we usually see.

See you on the water.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 21, 2012

Hello, from very wet Big Winnie!

The walleye bite continues to go well. The main lake bars, such as Bena from Big Musky through Long Bar is good. The Horseshoe Bar and Moses is good. On a west or east wind, Snag Hole is going. Center is also a good bet. The humps west of Bena are also producing good walleeys. Rigs and leeches, crawlers and also some minnows, all working. The walleyes have a preference that, sometimes during the day, changes. The High Banks area in 10 to 14 foot is working. Look to the deeper weeds in Tamarac bay, also, for walleyes.

Perch are scattered around the weeds in 6 to 12 feet of water. They are actively taking jigs and fathead minnows. Some trollers are catching perch with smaller cranks outside the weed line in the 10 to 12 foot range.

We have had some mayfly hatches recently; however, it does not seem to bother the bite at this time.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

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

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