Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 2, 2011

The walleye bite is going quite well on Lake Winnie right now. The weeds are starting to come up. The shallow bite is best with jigs and a shiner minnow. You can get them in 4 to 8 feet of water. Make sure to play the wind. The main lake bars are also starting to go pretty well for walleyes. Sugar, Moxey's, and Horseshoe are going strong with plain hooks and leeches.

The perch bite is also going strong right now. Outside the weed beds has been best for good numbers of and good sized perch.

Pike have been caught as usual this time of the year. The water temp is in the upper 50 degree range. Lots of wind lately. The weather is settling down toward a summer pattern.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 24, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The fishing opener on Lake Winnie has now come and gone. Fishing was pretty good even though the weather wasn't cooperating with us. Early in the morning, the shiner jig bite went as usual (which is very good) in the 6-12 foot depth range. Then, as the day wore on, you could rig and run in deeper water down to 25 feet and do quite well. The bite slowed a bit on Monday and Tuesday into the early part of the following week. Certainly, the walleye bite has gotten much better again lately.

The North shore from Farley Creek to Mallard Point is a great stretch to try right now. The first shore drops are going quite well now, also. Snag Hole, Moxey's Drop and the Sugar area all going well, too.

Panfish (sunfish and crappies) will start biting very good with just a couple of consistently good days of warm temps. Perch are being caught with the walleyes in the deeper water.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

P.S. We have several openings in our cabins throughout June. Please let us know if there's a week or weekend when you would like to visit and get into some great spring walleye fishing.

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 21, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The big lake has gotten very good for travel this last weekend with the recent colder weather. ATVs can go anywhere. Pick-ups with 4wd can travel across 90 percent of the lake.

The perch bite is doing well, also, as sunlight is getting through the ice and has gotten them more active. Mornings till about 2 pm have been best.

Get in on the last week of Walleyes and Northern Pike, they are both going on the main lake humps and shore drops on the top down to about 21 feet. Twilight, early and late, has been best. Pick-up Perch colored large 1/4 oz Northland Moxey minnows. Tip with a minnow head and work them aggressively about 1 to 3 feet off bottom. I have also, during the evenings, seen and caught many walleyes 5 to 8 feet down from the surface just before the prime time bite. I do not think these fish drop down that far. They must be different schools feeding very high. I've been seeing this quite often during the last two weeks.

Get out and get a last Walleye supper this week.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 17, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We have had a melt down. The snow is almost all gone. Temps are dropping further in the last few days. Some road beds have water in them. We are making new paths outside of the old roads. With a bot of a cool down expected for this weekend, we expect the roads to be good through this weekend. The fishing has been ok with the perch bite picking up. I think more light getting through the ice has helped improve the perch fishing. The morning bite has been good from 9 till about 1 pm. 20 to 30 feet of water is still the best. Several main lake bars and humps are working well.

Walleye action is ok, too, with the best bite being the twilight period in 12 to 20 feet of water.

Pike are still going strong on bigger shiners or suckers set on tip-ups just 3 feet off the bottom. 12 to 18 feet best bet.

Area panfish lakes are starting to get froze back up. They should also be better for travel soon by this weekend.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 10, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The ice roads have gotten a little better as of today. We have roads out to the East Humps. The travel is good to that location. The West side has a good road to Sugar Bay. As always, things change day by day, so check in with resorts you stay at for up-to-the-minute road reports.

Fishing has been quite good. Northern pike are doing well lately. Tip-ups set 3 feet up from the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water has been the ticket. Several fish over 35 inches have been caught in the last week.

Walleyes are hitting early and late in the same areas at twilight. Jigging spoons and a minnow head are working well.

Perch are on the spotty side. Some days the deep bite at 28 to 35 feet is better. On sunny days, the 18 to 25 foot range is better. Make sure to set the line with small minnows and plain hooks. This has been the best way to get the perch to be aggressive.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

P.S. We have increased the number of fishing shacks we rent and we have added several sleeper ice shacks to our fleet this year. We have some availability for ice house rentals in February. Please call to inquire and we can put you on the schedule.

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 28, 2011

Hello, from snowy Lake Winnibigoshish!

Fishing is good and we have a strong perch bite occurring in several deeper spots on the main lake bar drops in 23 to 30 feet of water. You can get these perch with glow jigs and fatheads. Also, Bowen's Flats is a pretty hot area, if you like shallow water fishing. The perch are being caught in 6 to 12 feet of water out there. You will have to sort a lot more though to find the really nice perch. You'll catch 40 perch to find 15 nice keeper perch.

The walleye bite still is best in the evening from 3 PM to 7 PM. Spoons and minnow heads are working well for the walleyes. 12 to 20 feet of water seems to be the best areas to be for good walleye fishing.

Travel is ok on the ice roads, although there is some slush in spots. The lake, in other spots, has refroze. Try not to crowd as this creates too much weight and then the ice floods pretty quickly. So, keep your group spread out more than usual.

Call ahead to a resort or bait shop for up-to-the-minute reports on lake conditions.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

P.S. Remember to email me your ice fishing pictures so that I can post them for others enjoyment on our Web site.

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 18, 2011

Hello, from the Snowy Lake Winnie.

The perch bite has been fair with fish being caught on sunny days being the best for good fishing. The shore drop and some of the main lake bars are going well, from 20 to 30 feet of water.

Walleye have been active at twilight times - an hour before to an hour after sun-up or sun- down. Bigger jigging spoons like Buck shot rattle spoons and - this year - the Northland Moxie Minnow (in perch coloration) have been deadly with a minnow head. Tops of the bars up to 13 feet and also back up the shore drops to 11 feet have been ok.

Travel is another story. We have plenty of snow. Travel on plowed roads only unless you have a snow machine. Some slushy areas are out there. If quite a few people fish a small area, some flooding will happen. You just have to spread it out a bit more than usual. Ice thickness is 16 to 21 inches in the main lake. The river mouths are thinner with 9 to 11 inches found.

Check in with the resorts or bait shops for up to minute conditions.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

P.S. You can easily request reservations from our Web site by clicking on this page of our Web site:

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 27, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnibigoshish!

The ice conditions are ok at this time. We are at 14 to 16 inches, with 6 to 10 inches of snow. Travel has been ok, off the road. We have a small road out from the resort. Fishing has been ok.

Perch bite, lately, has been good, during sunny days in 20 to 30 foot range. Small glow jigs working well, forage minnows in green glow or some gold have been good.

Walleyes on the other have have been off and on, some evenings you can not shake 'em off, most times it is a 40 minute bite window. If you are ready for them, it can be good. Bigger jigging spoons and a minnow have working well. Northland Tackle has come out with a new spoon, "The Fish Fry Minnow" jig, with lifelike color. The big 1/4 oz job in perch or glow perch has been tough to beat. I have used it for a while,as the detail to the forage color caught my eye and thankfully the walleyes eyes. Most of the walleyes we have cleaned have perch in them. Work those spoons in 15 to 19 feet off of the shore drop or the breaks off of the main lake bars at dusk.

Pike fishing has picked up. We have have some tip-up guys and gals that are bringing in pike in the 6 to 10 lb range. Shore drops working best for them in 12 to 18 feet of water. As always, talk to the local bait shops or a resort were you plan to access the lake, for up to the minute ice conditions.

Be safe out there. See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

P.S. We have cabin rentals available, motel unit rentals available and ice fishing sleeper shacks that have not yet been spoken for during several weekend or weekday windows. The fishing has been hot!



Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 14, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We are getting some good ice going as we have been cold up here in beautiful Bena, Minnesota. Most areas are 7 to 10 inches thick. Some spots on the Mississippi River are at about 5 to 6 inches. The lake ice development is progressing well. Ice fishing for the season has begun.

We are out on sleds and atvs and portables. Starting to bring out some of the lighter shacks. The fish are going also, perch in the 20 to 30 foot range has been best.

Walleye are going in shallows, evenings, up to 5 feet of water. Bar drops and Humps up north are going at 19 to 23 feet. Check in with an area bait shop or Denny's Resort before you go out. See you on the lake.

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

P.S. We have additional 4-season cabins for rent, our motel rooms and we are adding even more ice fishing sleeper shacks to inventory. Make sure to call early for reservations.


Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 7, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite continues to be excellent. The walleyes are biting shallow in 3 to 6 feet of water with jigs and minnows. Moving fairly fast, cover water with a firetiger fireball and fathead and hang on, the walleyes are aggressive.

Pike and perch will also be caught in the same area. Numbers of keepers coming in with some 23 to 25 inch fish to boot. Little Stoney Point, Big Stoney Point and Ravens Point are all good spots to try.

Water temps in the mid fifty degree range.

The woods have grouse hunters and deer hunters scouting their spots. Grouse have been ok with several hunters reporting 10-12 flushes a day. Leaves have come down so the grouse hunting should continue to get better.

See you on the water or in the woods!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

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