Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for August 18, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Walleyes have been on the move and we now have a shallow walleye bite going on the rocks and in the weeds. Ravens Point, Stoney Point and the Rock Fence on Long Bar are all good spots. Jigs and minnows or a half of a crawler are both working well to get the walleyes to bite. The weed bite is good with the same baits.

Perch are going well in the shallows or deeper on the humps or off of the bars.

Pike have been active also, trolling crankbaits outside of the weed edges in about eight to ten feet of water.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 11, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The bite remains good for both walleyes and perch. The humps are all going strong, but you have to move around a bit as the bait moves from hump to hump. Hump tops are better for walleyes and the hump basins are better for perch. The main lake bars are still working well, but the fish have crested at the tops of these bars. Try fishing from the edge up to about 13 feet. Some places, fish 200 to 300 yards from the drop. Spinners and leeches or crawlers and rigs are working well. Shallow fishing is going well on Ravens and Stoney Point, with jigs and minnows or trolling small crankbaits.

Pike are starting to move as well.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for August 8, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Fishing during the "dog days" of summer can be frustrating to good fishermen and women if they do not yet know the lake very well. Our fishing charters (run from our resort) are a great way to get to know the lake better and to catch some great fish, too.

We encourage all charter guests to bring along their hand-held GPS systems and mark the places we are successful. Then, you can go back to some of these locations quite easily with your own boat or a boat that you rent from us.

Be sure to click on this link to learn more about our fishing charters/launches and to see our prices for this service.

Hope you're having a great week!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for August 3, 2011

The walleye bite is good on the deeper structures still, on rigs or spinners tipped with leeches or crawlers. There is a shallow water walleye bite in the weeds, but only if there is a breeze creating a ripple on the surface. The walleyes, here, give the most attention to jigs and minnows. Best areas, still, are the main lake bars and the Humps north of Bena Bar.

Perch are going well on the rocks northeast and on Big Stoney. Fishermen and women are catching good numbers of perch that are usually between 10 to 11 inches long.

Pike are going well on trolled spoons or bigger crankbaits just outside of the weeds.

This time of the year you need to have all of your bait choices covered as the fishing action and the fish's interest will change up several times in a day.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for July 26, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite remains strong with a small shift to using the tactic of speed. Spinners have been the ticket. Rigs have given way, lately, to using a faster spinner and crawler or leech to get the walleye's attention. Same areas have been hot, but farther up on top of the structures have been the locations where the fish have been located. Bena Bar and Horseshoe Bar are working well right now for good walleye fishing. Also, good walleye numbers are being found at Moses and Moxeys Hole when the wind is right. The north humps have been going well, also.

Change the same rigs over to minnows and you will get plenty of perch. Plenty of perch!

The pike bite is fair. The pike are being found in the weed beds west and north - both locations will be your best bet for pike.

Sunnies and crappies are biting early and late in the day in Cutfoot Sioux and Ball Club Lakes.

There are plenty of cabin and motel room openings at the resort, yet, for August and September. Give us a call to check availability and to schedule a fishing launch.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for July 13, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite has slowed a bit in recent days. Plenty of walleyes are being caught, but we are in a "several-bite-window" time of the year. The warmer waters have the walleyes biting three to six (or more) times a day for short periods of time. Rigging the hump drops and the main lake bar drops have been the best for walleye action. Crawlers or leeches, being the baits of choice, with leads out to 10 feet. Weed bite works only if there is a breeze.

Perch have also been going on the same structures, but you need to use minnows. You will get far more keeper perch using the minnows right now. Quit a few perch are possible in the 11-inch range.

Pike have been caught in the weeds, but look for the bigger fish deep off of the bars.

Sunnies are about done on the beds and crappies also are now in summer patterns of deeper weed lines. Best bite time is early or late in the day.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 1, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The walleye bite continues to be very good with limits being caught on the main lake bars. Best spots still include Bena from Big Musky and out. Moses Bar is getting hot, as is Horseshoe. Rigs, being the best option, tipped with crawlers or leeches should be used to get plenty of walleye action. The north humps are also doing well, with the same presentation. The weed bite is good if there is plenty of wind.

The perch bite is also going well in the same spots, but tip jigs or rigs with minnows work best to get the attention of the perch.

Pike are doing ok. The weed beds are all up and looking good now.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for June 29, 2011

Hello, from Lake Winnibigoshish.

The walleye bite is still very good right now. It's a great time for a visit. The bar bite is hot, hot, hot! Bena bar from Big Musky north through Long bar is excellent and producing many walleyes. Horseshoe and Snag have been going well also for good numbers of eater walleyes. You can get "weed fish" yet, but they are spread out now. Rigs or spinners tipped with leeches or crawlers have been the best presentation to be using for walleyes. Plenty of fish to eat or take pictures of. Just come on up and you'll find the fish! The north humps are starting to go strong also, with a few monster perch mixed in. These perch have been HUGE!! They are so much fun to catch!

The pike bite is getting better, troll bigger cranks outside of the weeds in 8 to 12 feet of water. Pike fishing later in the day has been better than other times in the day. We have seen several pike caught in the 8 lb. range.

Crappies and Sunnies have been caught in the deeper weeds in Cutfoot, Portage and Ball Club lakes, evenings being the best.

Time to go fishing! Come on up! You won't regret it!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 16, 2011

Hello, from fantastic Lake Winnie!

The walleye bite has been very good this week and worth the trip up this weekend. You can fish deep or shallow, now, and catch plenty of walleyes to eat and there's a good chance you will catch some very nice "picture fish." The main lake bars are getting hot, hot, hot! Bena from The Big Bend south through Big Musky is very good. Rigs and crawlers or leeches are working well from 16 to 26 feet of water. Horseshoe, Moses and Sugar are all producing walleyes using the same program. The "humps," up north, have been spotty this week, however. The weed bite is still good with jigs and minnows or leeches.

You'll find that the pike will move in move from 5 to 6 feet and then out to 8 to 10 feet, as the day wears on.

Perch have been mixed in with a fair amount over 10 inches in length - no quite jumbos but pretty good at fish fry.

The water temps are still in the mid to upper 60 degree range. Weeds are up 2 to 4 feet tall, now.

Panfishing has been good, also, with crappies being plentiful early and later in the day. Sugar Lake, Big and Little Cutfoot are producing great panfish. Little Ball Club and Portage Lakes also worth a try for great panfishing. A small minnow or small grubs are the best baits for panfish right now.

It's a perfect time to come up to Lake Winnie and get into some great fishing. You won't regret it. See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 9, 2011

Fishing on Winnie is very good right now! You can easily find walleyes in the new weed beds with jigs and a minnow.

The main lake bars including Bena and Moses are good places to start. Sugar is also a great place to find hungry walleyes. Rigs and leeches working the best on the bars.

The North humps are stating to produce fish, also. So, really, you have several locations and fishing styles that will work and it would be a good idea to spend some time doing each.

The perch bite has become a bit spotty. The humps have been producing the best.

You can catch several northern pike right now; however, they will be smaller in size than normal.

The water temps are in the mid 60 degree range. Sunnies and crappies are biting well on some smaller lakes in the area. Early and later in the afternoons have been best for panfish on these neighboring lakes. Try Little Cutfoot, Portage and BallClub.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

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