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

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 27, 2011

Hello, from Winnie!

The fishing is still going strong for those who are not out in the woods doing some hunting. Good numbers of walleye and perch have been caught on Ravens and Stoney Point with jigs and minnows in 7 to 10 feet of water. Outside of the old weed edge. Plenty of fish with good size to them as well. I expect it to only get better as we near  closer to getting some ice. October and November are great walleye fishing months on Winnie and I'm surprised more people don't give it a try. It's as good, if not better, than walleye fishing in May.

Hunters are here "in force." But, there are still many places to go and not run into any one. Grouse hunting has been good west and north of Lake Winnie. Scattered pockets of grouse can be found east and south of the lake.

Ducks are here, also, smaller groups of divers are coming in regularly and its great to see the numbers of these birds buzzing through the area.

People are in the woods also setting up for deer hunting (stands, shooting lanes, etc.). Rifle season opens here the first weekend of November. We are expecting to have a very good deer hunting season in this area.

Although I am looking forward to a couple of great weekends hunting with good friends and family, I am really excited for ice fishing this year.


Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 5, 2011

Hello, from Big Winni!

The fall walleye bite is on now! Really on!! Walleyes are being found in the shallows in the weed lines in 4 to 7 feet of water by day with successful fishermen using jigs and minnows. By evening, walleye fisherman and finding them quickly by trolling Rapala floaters, number 11s, in perch and gold/black. Good fishing spots can be found all around the lake, and be sure to play the wind. West Ravens to Mallard has been best. Also try near the bird house area, the east side Duck pass to the Rock, then up to the Reclaim thru Highbanks. At the North end, the Dishes is good right now. They are really biting well. It's one of the best times of the year to be fishing Winnie.

Pike fishing remains good, trolling plugs in 5 to 8 feet of water out side the weed line.

Leaves are coming down good and fast now. Grouse hunting is improving every day.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 29, 2011

The Big Winnie walleye bite is really quite good on the main lake bars this week. Bena Bar, from Little Musky north thru The Bend, is very good. Walleye fishermen and women are rigging with crawlers for best action. Horseshoe and Moses are also doing well, with the fishermen using the same tactics. The shallow walleye bite in the weed edges has been getting a bit better in recent days. Ravens Point north up to Mallard, Highbanks and the Rock on the east side have been going strong with jigs and fathead minnows. Trolling shad raps in the evenings has been a walleye producer, also. Lots of good walleye opportunities right now. Be sure to stop in to the lodge for the latest walleye tips and techniques.

Perch have been very good in many shallower spots around the lake. Jigs and minnows have been the ticket.

Crappies and sunfish have moved to deeper water, but are very catchable right now. Look for the panfish in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Pike have been very active, also. Big minnows worked outside the weed lines, slow trolled with a split shot two feet up from the hook. Open bail, give it a 5-count, set the hook and then hang on. Several fish this week up to 10 lbs. have been caught. The pike fishermen and women have been very happy.

Hunters are seeing some grouse now, but we have had cooler temps. The leaves are coming down fast now, so birds will be easier to see. Duck hunters are here but not seeing the big numbers just yet. Some are reporting good hunting, others are not. Smaller lakes are the ticket it seems this week. Mallards, and some ringnecks (divers) are the most plentiful this week. Goose hunters are seeing plenty of birds, everywhere.

Cooler temps, soon, should get the deer to move. There are a few bow hunters out hoping to see them move more during the daylight hours. They should see good activity this weekend. It's a great time of the year to visit for lots of hunting and fishing opportunities.

Pat Rooney


Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 22, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The fall walleye bite should be kicking in soon. We are now seeing a temp cool down. The water temps are down to the sixty degree range.

The perch bite is on fire with good numbers and good sizes. The Raven Rocks, Bena Bar from the backside of Big Musky, out to the bend, and the humps are all producing good fish. Jigs and fatheads are working well.

Walleyes are spotty but are catchable in a few different ways. One day, shallow rocks is the way to go for walleyes and the next day trolling small crank baits is best. And the next day the main lake bar bite with rigs is the best for good walleye action. Seems they are a little finicky at this time. Try several methods and you will put fish in the boat.

Pike fishing is very good now with trolled cranks or bait fishing off of weed lines is working well.

We are getting into hunting season now. The grouse reports have been pretty good. Leaves are still on the trees, so seeing these grouse is a challenge for another couple of weeks. Plenty of birds are in the area, though. Bring your dog!

Waterfowl opens this weekend, also. Local Mallards are plentiful as we had a lot of water this summer. Geese are also here in solid numbers. There is plenty to do here at this time of the year.

Which way to go? Maybe chase walleyes in the morning and grouse in the afternoon.

See you on the lake ...or in the woods!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for September 8, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite is ok at this time. We have a main lake bar bite. Bena Bar from Big Musky to the Big Bend is going now. Horseshoe and River Bar also have been good. Leeches and crawlers are working best with rigs. The shallow bite is spotty. The rock east of Highbanks goes on and off but is not consistent. The west side has some pockets of walleyes around Sugar Island and Ravens Point.

Also Ravens and the Rock Fence have been very good for perch. Ten and a half inch perch, and larger, can be found with no problem.

Pike have been good trolling cranks just outside the weed line in 8 to ten feet depths have been best.

We are still very warm for this time. Water temps are in the low seventy degree range.

Panfish are going in the smaller lakes in the area. Early and later in the day best.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for August 31, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The big lake bite has changed a bit earlier than normal. You can catch walleyes jigging with minnows in 3 to 5 feet of water or you can rig a main lake bar in 12 to 20 feet of water. You can also find walleyes by trolling smaller crank baits outside of weed edges in 10 to 15 feet of water and catch a couple of fish all in the same day. There are smaller "bite windows" that last from 15 minutes to 2 hours, but that means a lot of choices for us fishermen and women. Trollers are doing best on the west side from Sugar Island up to Mallard Point. High Banks has some jig fish going with the right wind in the shallows. Bena Bar from Little Musky out to the Long Bar has been ok. Lots of places to catch lots of walleyes.

The perch bite has been very good on the Raven Ridge rocks with fatheads and firetiger fireball jigs. The size has been very good with good numbers of perch being caught in the 11 inch range.

Pike fisherman are doing good trolling bigger crank baits just outside of the weeds also. Northern pike up to 8 lbs have common.

Crappies and Sunnies have been active also on the weed edges early and late in some of our smaller lakes. Try Little Ball Club Lake and Portage Lake for good panfish action. We are getting ready for fall fishing as the water temps are still in the low 70 degree range.

When you visit, make sure to ask us about the hunting prospects for this fall (grouse, deer, bear). We would be glad to help you with morning fishing and finding a good place for grouse in the afternoons. If you are thinking of deer hunting around the area, now is a good time for scouting.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

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