Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 30, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The bite is still very hot!! Walleyes are in the weeds in 5 to 8 feet and being caught on jigs and minnows or jigs and 2 inches of nightcrawler. The bar bite is also going good on Sugar, the North end of Moses and The Bena Bar, from the Big Bend out to Third River Bar. Rigs and leeches have been working the best in 13 to 25 feet of water.

The perch bite is hot on all rock areas, now, shallow or deep. Really hot! Jigs and fatheads are working the best. Pike fishing has improved, with numbers being caught off the humps and bar edges on big cranks or the weed lines with trolled spoons. Get in on some pre-fall fishing now. This should last well into October.

This is also a good time to come up and do some scouting for deer hunting. It's best to clear shooting lanes when you can still see the leaves. We're always happy to help anyone with what hunting areas they should try for deer, grouse, ducks, etc.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Summer Fishing Report for July 29, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The fishing has been very good! You can catch fish a variety of ways. You can troll smaller crankbaits over the weeds and just outside of them. Perch colored and gold black baits have been the best. You can rig the humps and main lake bars with crawlers and leeches. The best depths are 16 to 25 feet. You can weed-fish with jigs and minnows. Moving fast at 1 to 1.5mph. You can bottom bounce with spinners and crawlers in the 8 to 14 foot area in that in-between zone again fast 1 to 1.7 mph. Or lastly, throw out a slip bobber and a leech and relax until you have to net a fish. Pick the way you like to fish and go get them.

Perch bite has been getting better as the fish are starting to group up. Some deeper fish on the humps have been going well down to 30 foot. Jigs and minnows the best for larger fish.

Pike bite is ok with plenty of fish on the bar drops up high 12 to 16 feet or in the weeds. Numbers of fish but size is sort of small. Catch 7 or 8 and you will put a good one in. So a lot of bites! The Raven point area, Moses bar and Horseshoe have all been good this week.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 22, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The Walleye bite is as HOT as the weather! Really HOT! The deep structure is going well using rigs tipped with crawlers and leeches. Depths of 19 to 30 feet have been best. The main lake bars are also going well. Top of the bars 14 down to 25 feet rigs again the best choice. If you would like to jig go to the weeds west side or east side. 5 to 8 feet of water the best.

Theperch bite has been better as of late with the deeper edges of the weeds being best with fireball jigs and fathead minnows.

Pike bite has been pretty goood with numbers coming in while fishermen are trolling Husky Jerks over weed tops out to ten feet.

Water temps are in the mid 70 range right now. Truly, the fishing is excellent! We have a few cabin openings and motel rooms available for last-minute trips to Lake Winnie.

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 7, 2010

The walleye are in typical summer patterns now. There are some fish found in weedlines, humps and main lake bar structures, as all are active, but with several shorter bite windows through out the day. The windier days are being a bit better to fishermen and women. The best weed areas have been the east side from the Rock north to the Reclaim area in 5 to 8 feet of water. The west side from Ravens Point to Mallard Point and Sugar Island around to the bird houses East to Little Stoney. The North shore weeds have been good also in 7 to 12 feet of water, just out deeper. The main lake bars are best played with the wind blowing into or along the drops. 15 to 28 feet best. Leeches and crawlers are the best baits right now. Trollers are getting some fish on smaller cranks trolled down to 18 feet.

Perch are getting very active on the rocks down to 23 feet.

Pike have picked up quite a bit lately! Trolling spoons and larger cranks are the ticket. High Banks area North to the Sisters have been good. The weeds from Pigeon to Big Stoney are also good for pike. Several in the 7 to 9 lb. range have been caught.

Area panfish waters are hot now for Sunnies. Most are off their beds and fished deeper 8 down to 14 feet during the day. Crappies are active at twilight periods.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

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Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 24, 2010

The fishing has been very good this summer on Lake Winnie. The Humps north of Long and Third River Bar are hot! Good numbers of fish - a few big fish and many eater-sized fish are all being caught on plain hook snells, 4 to 8 feet, with a crawler or a leech. Depths from the tops in 15 to 16 down to 30 feet are productive.

The main lake bars are going good right now with movements of fish cresting the tops when very active. Start at 18 to 23 feet deep and then move up, but they mostly crest the tops and spread out. You can rig or jig the edges well with crawlers and leeches. When the fish go (on top) smaller crank baits work well. Troll them flat so you get depths of 5 to 10 feet down. HANG ON!!

The weed bite is very good also with the windier weed beds being the most active. Northland shiner jigs with a shiner or a small sucker minnow are working the best. Perch bite has been getting better as well with most fish caught off of the bar drops down to 30 foot. Jigs and fathead minnows work well. If you want to chase panfish, the crappies are going on Cutfoot in the coontail beds in 6 to 14 foot, Ball Club in the weed edges 7 to 10 feet. Early and late in the day is best. The sunnies are going well in Big and Little Cutfoot, as well as Sucker Lake. Mostly coontail edges or the last few that are still on beds. With bedding fish, remember to put some back for next year.

Pike fishing is improving with several being caught in the 8 lb. range. The pike are eating good as tulabee is their primary food source on this lake. Jerk bait the various cabbage beds or troll Husky Jerks, or bigger spoons, just outside of the weed edges.

Time to go fishing, see you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 11, 2010

The bite on Lake Winnie has continued to be excellent in both the weeds and ond the main lake bar drops. Rigging is best for the deeper main lake bars and humps. The best depths are 16 to 24 feet. Humps north of Third River Bar has been a good place to hit. The Bena Bar from the Big Bend south is starting to go very strong. Sugar Bar is very good right now. The weed areas that have wind blowing across them become very successful fishing targets.

The perch bite has been good as of late, also. Deep off the bars in 22 to 30 foot have been best. 10 to 11-inch fish are very common.

Trollers are gettin a mixed bag of pike and walleyes on smaller husky jerks or tail dancers in the early evening.

See you on the water.

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Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 6, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleyes are going really good right now in the weed lines, in 5 to 8 feet of water. Jigs and shiner minnows have been the ticket. Keep your boat moving rather fast 0.8 to 1.5 mph. The Bar and Hump walleye bite is also going well for the bigger walleyes and you will find them in 18 to 28 feet of water. Rigs and shiners or leeches have been working well all week.

The perch fishing has improved somewhat in the weed beds in the 7 to 8 foot depths.

The pike bite is not bad, but quite a number of 22 to 25 inch fish are being boated right now. There's not a lot of activity from the big pike.

The water is on the clear side with visibility down to 9 feet in spots. The best fishing has been with the wind. Calm days go in to the deeper water.

Panfish, in smaller lakes like Sucker, Ball club, Big and Little Cutfoot, have been good early and late in the day. Outside the deeper weeds has been best for the good panfish.

Water temps on Lake Winnie are at 67 to 69 degrees.

Make sure to check out our new Special Offers page under "Contact Us" on our Web site. We've got some great offers for those of you that love to visit Lake Winnie often.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 28, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The bite is getting very good!! Walleyes can be had from 4 feet of water all the way out to the main lake bars and humps. Weeds are the ticket for shallow fish. East side from Duck Pass to the Reclaim is very good. Bird Houses on the west side, Sugar Island, Ravens Point and Stoney Point are all good. Dug Outs have been very good, also. Play the wind, the walleyes are going in several spots. Main lake bars are also kicking out some nice fish. 15 to 22 feet rigging.

Pike have become active, also, with numbers of fish from 5 to 8 lbs being common.

The perch bite is ok at this time. The crappie spawn is over, so look to the early late periods of the day to get some of them. Sunnies are just starting to bed.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 21, 2010

Hello, from big Winnie!

The fishing season has finally arrived. The walleye fishing has started with a bang! Opener fishing was spread around the lake with several areas being productive. The High Banks area was hot in 11 to 22 feet of water. The Moxey Drop on the East side went very well in the same depth range. The West side, Sugar point up through Ravens Point and Mallard Point, was also very good. Jigs or rigs with shiners and, in some cases, leeches and crawlers worked when the bite slowed on minnows. This week has been nearly the same, but the main lake bar fishing has started in some areas. Snag Hole and the front side of Bena from Big Musky South is ok.

Water temps are warming fast - 63 to 67 degrees now.

The pan fishing has also been good. The smaller lakes nearby have been good for crappies and some pre-spawn sunnies. Perch bite has also been very good with 10 to 11 inch perch being a very common size found.

Remember, when you leave the lake drain your live wells and you will help to leave the snails here. Weeds are starting to grow now and soon will be up and changing the fishing patterns.

NOTE: In the next few days, we will be posting a new section on our Web site called "Special Offers." You will be able to find this new page under the "Contact Us" section of this Web site. I will be selling two lots and currently have two seasonal spots available for rent. I'll have all the details available in this section.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for March 12, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

It has been warm and comfortable to go fishing. The snow is gone and most of the water has gone down. Travel on the ice, as of now, is good. Check in at a resort for up to date conditions.

Perch are biting on the shore drops, now, with depths of 12 to 20 foot being best, as well as the rocks off Ravens Point.

Tullibee are biting well, also. If you like smoked fish, go to the mud in 40 foot and use waxworms. If you find a Saddle area, fish for the tullibee on the East side of the saddle.

For perch, start to fish for them in the 12 to 20 foot range and then move deeper.

Sunnies are going on Pimushe, Sucker Lake and in Big Cutfoot. 20 to 30 deep is working best, just before dark.

Crappies are also going on the same lakes, but deeper, usually down to 35 feet. Minnows or waxworms are working best.

Truck travel should be safe for about a week yet, then wheelers for another week. Call ahead for conditions as they can change quickly at this time of year.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

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