Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 25, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie. Look to the deep shore drops for jumbo perch in the 24 to 30 foot range. Snag Hole on the west end and Moxey drop on the east end of the lake have produced good perch numbers.The main lake bars are also holding perch right on the mud-line and down deeper. Perch are being found from 23 to 35 feet. If you like shallow perch fishing, look to the Mississippi River mouth or Third River or into the Bowans Flats area. You will have to drill some holes around a bit to find the perch schools, but they can easily be found.

Walleye are going strong on top of the main lake bars. 15 to 20 feet of water is where to begin drilling and stay. Early and late in the day has been best for walleye action. Northland Buckshot rattle spoons with a minnow head is working well for our walleye fishermen. Bena Bar, Sugar Bar and the humps north of Third River Bar are going well for walleye action. Some humps have walleye present for a day or two, then they move away following bait schools. Be prepared to move a bit to look.

Pike action is good for those that like pike fishing with tip-ups. 3 to 6 feet off the bottom on the upper portions of the structure you are fishing is the best place to find good pike. There has been plenty of pike caught in the 3 to 8 lb range.

Ice is at 20 to 22 inches in most areas. We do, and will for the season, have some "live" ice heaves. They are not a problem as we have posted a way around the south shore roads and they are good up the Bena Bar and north along the east side up the the saddle and west to the Mud Humps. The west side heave is also moving a bit, so be cautious. North, in the bay, is good for travel. Just remember to check into a resort where you want to access to get up to the minute reports on where to cross the heaves.

Be safe around the heaves, have fun and see you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 18, 2012

Big Winnie is making lots of ice right now - we are at 17 to 19 inches! Most areas are allowing truck travel. We have marked our first road out to the humps, east of High Banks. The second road runs up Bena Bar. The south heave is still holding tight to the east and there is a good crossing. The west side heave still moves a bit, but note there are several good spots to fish going around it. Crossing in spots is ok, too. At the north end, there are reports that ice is pretty good. Also, there are now trucks going out of High Banks. In Tamarac Bay, the ice is also good.

The snow cover is only one to three inches. As always, check in with the resort you go out through for an up to the minute report. This is important for safety.

Fishing has been pretty good with the cloudy days being good for walleyes and the sunny days good for perch.

Walleyes are biting on shore drops and the main lake bars from 17 to 24 feet. Buckshot rattle spoons are working well, lately, in glow or gold. Dead-stick a tail-hooked minnow next to your spoon for extra attention from the walleyes. Most bars are catching some fish. Sugar, Horseshoe and Bena, from Big Musky to Three Bend. The humps up north are starting to get quite hot. Walleyes are very much on the move. Drill a few holes to find them. Once you do, they are then quite easy to put on the ice.

The northern pike bite remains strong. Tip-up fishermen are reporting 3 to six feet off the bottom toward the top portions of the structure are the best locations to see great pike action. Big shiners or 5 to 10-inch suckers are the way to go. Minnesota now lets you run a quick-strike rig for pike. It is now quite a bit easier to put pike back as there is less deep-hooking occurring for the pike fishermen.

The perch bite, in the sunshine, is fast and furious with pink or pink-white being good colors to use. Also, keep gold jigs handy as a go-to color, if the pink colors start to become less interesting to the perch. Perch seem to be a bit deeper right now with the 20 to 30 foot range working well for most of our perch chasers.

It's a great time to be ice fishing Lake Winnibigoshish! See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 11, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We are holding our own with the ice on the big lake. Most areas have 13 to 15 inches. Lighter truck travel is being allowed in a few spots. You just have to talk to your resort or bait shop when you get here for up to the minute reports on travel. ATV travel is good anywhere on the lake. We still have the south heave moving but we are crossing it in shallow water ONLY. Little Stoney is also a safe crossing. The West side still has some movement on the heave. The East has spots closer to shore that you work around to get over. But, in general, the lake is in good shape. No snow as of yet. Cold is on the way for this week and this weekend, which will be good for improving ice conditions.

The fishing has been good, also. Perch bite north and east is in 10 to 13 feet. The main lake bars have been ok, deeper, in the 22 to 30 foot range. Shore drops also, and perch are being caught fairly deep.

The pike bite is on fire!!! Tip-up guys and gals are running flags in the 13 to 18 foot range constantly. They are having a blast with the active pike bite.

The walleye bite has been ok off of the main lake bar drops and the north humps. 21 to 26 feet early and late in the day has been the best for finding hungry walleyes.

Panfish have been going well on the smaller lakes around Winnie. Check out any green weeds shallower or go to the basin. Sunnies are active during the afternoon and through into the evening. Once evening hits, just "minnow up" for some crappies.

See you on the lake!


Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 4, 2012

Happy New Year from Lake Winnie!

The fishing on the big lake has been good. Perch continue to go well. Nice per can be found in the North end, look to the humps, in 25 foot of water. Tamarac Bay and Ravens point are good. For perch at the East end, look to the shore drop-off at Moxey or in the stumps. 22 to 25 foot best depth. Perch are also being found in good numbers in the main lake bars with the drop down to 30 foot being best. Bena, Big Musky and out to the Bend are good. Also, check out North horseshoe. Toward the West side, look to Sugar or River Bar in the same depths for good perch action.

Walleye have been ok on the main lake bars and on some of the humps.

Pike fishing has been very good!

Ice conditions have still varied from 13 to 15 inches. But we are still making it slow than usual. The West side heave is still active, check before crossing. Once across the heave, the ice is fine. In the South, there is a live heave from Townsite to Duck Pass. In the Northeast, the heave runs around Tamarac Point toward the bay. 4-Wheeler traffic is the best way around as of now. Some places are letting lighter trucks out. Check in with the resort where you are accessing the lake, for up to the minute conditions.

It's a very fun time to be ice fishing with good fishing activity and mild weather conditions. See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 28, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie. The ice conditions are slowly getting better. We have 11-12 inches of ice on the South shore North up to Moxeys, then back west to the South end of Bena Bar. There is 11 to 13 inches up thru Moses. The West side is also at 11 to 13 inches from the River Bar up thru Sugar Bay. The North side is at 12 to 13 inches in Third River out to Stoney then 11 to 12 inches. Tamarack Bay has 12 to 15 inches out to The Point, then back to 10 to 11 inches. We're getting there, but a little more slowly than we all would like.

Perch fishing has been HOT, HOT, HOT, as of late. Tamarack perch bite has been from 6 to 14 feet of water. Main lake has fish going off the bar drops toward the basin from 18 to 30 feet. The west side has some shallow fish going from 8 to 12 feet as well.

Walleye have been caught of the bar drops toward the top. 15 to 21 feet depths have been best. Some of the North humps have been ok in the 19 to 24 foot area.

Pike fishing has been very good with decent numbers of fish. Shallow weed beds are good right now. The main lake bars are also doing well.

You can get up-to-the-minute reports at any resort on the lake.

Check in before going on the lake for safety reasons first, then where to find the best fishing.

See you on the ice!


Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 21, 2011

Big Winnie is making ice, now, but slower than earlier this month. South side has 9-1/2 to 11 inches from stumps to Moxey, then back to Bena Bar at Big Musky. West side ice is also good with reports of 9-1/2 to 12 inches up through Sugar Bar area. Tamarack Bay has ice in the 11 to 13 inch range. Third River area has 11 to 13 inches of ice, also. No snow on the lake at this time. ATV travel is at its best right now. We have a lot of ice movement because of the lack of snow and also moderate temps.

Check into the resorts closest to where you want to access and they will have up to the minute info.

Fishing has been good, also. For pike look shallow in 5 to 10 feet. Plenty are being caught in the Third River area, Mississippi area and Bowans Flats in the main lake.

Main lake bars are going "ok" for walleyes in the 14 to 23 foot range on the top portions of the drop. Shore drops also are working in the same depth range.

Perch bite has been spotty. A shallow bite has occurred in the weeds in 5 to 8 feet of water or the other way in the basin areas at the 25 to 30 foot areas.

Have a Merry Christmas!

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 15, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We now have 8 to10 inches of ice on the main lake. Some bays have more than that. We are running ATVs at this time. We have no snow. The ice is moving around a bit, so we have several cracks. Check in with the resorts you are running out of for an up to the minute report.

Spearfishing is good, now, in the Mississippi area, Third River and also Bowens flats. Several limits of fish have been seen daily.

The walleye bite is good on the shore drops from 13 to 22 feet. The main lake bars are also producing well in the 15 to 25 foot range.

The perch bite has been a bit spotty. Deeper fish in the 30 foot range or you can fish shore line weed beds in 4 to 6 feet of water that are still green and get them.

See you on the ice!


Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 8, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We are making ice quite well as we have no snow up at Lake Winnie. The lake shorelines have 3 to 5 inches. Third river spearers are getting some fish. Little Winni has got 4 to 5 inches out to the drop off. Pike are going well there, also. Call in to a resort before you show up for up-to-the-minute reports on ice conditions. We are looking forward to a great ice fishing season.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 5, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We are starting freeze-up now. The lake is covered with ice. We are going to be cold for a while now without much snow, which will help build good ice. We should really start to make some very good ice over the next few weeks. Time to get your equipment ready to go. We will keep you informed on ice conditions.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for November 23, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie.

We are getting ready for ice fishing. The lake has some ice forming around the lake perimeter this week. We will ice-up later than last year, it appears right now.

Deer rifle season is done here. Some very nice deer were taken in spite of the high winds here (and every where) on the opener. Several tree stand mishaps. In the wind, you have to be extra cautious when checking and climbing into your stand. Safety Harnesses are always a good idea.

Grouse hunting has been very good as has the northern flights of ducks. Grouse can still be had, but are deeper into cover a bit more.

Fishing is on hold till ice is here. We will keep you informed on the ice conditions.

Have a good Turkey Day enjoy your time with family!

Pat Rooney

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