Lake Winnie Perch Fishing Report for March 5, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie and Denny's Resort!

The pike and Walleye seasons closed with a bang this year - many nice fish taken in the last two weeks of the season. Perch are the primary target now. You can look for them on the deep side of the humps in 23 to 35 feet of water. Humps on the northwest side of the lake are best right now. Some shoreline drops are holding good numbers of perch between 19 and 30 feet deep, but you have to sort through several fish to find good-sized fish. Look for perch to make some shallow moves up to 10 to 15 feet of water soon.

Travel is good on the lake as of now. Weather has been good. Crappies and sunnies are starting to go strong on Portage Lake and Sucker Lake. Cutfoot is still doing very well for panfish.

See you on the lake!

Pat Roony, Denny's Resort

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Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 21, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The weather has been as good as the fishing has been this weekend. The perch bite continues to be excellent on the main lake bars. The perch are running deeper, though - 29 to 40 feet is the most common depths to find them. Minnows and glow jigs are still working. The rocks off Ravens are going well for perch, as is the Moxey drop and the Saddle on the east side.

Pike are active also. The tip-up guys are getting fish in the 30 to 38-inch class in between 14 to 20 feet of water and fishing about 2 feet up from the bottom.

Walleyes are spotty with short bite windows. Most areas up in the humps North of Third River Bar has a few getting caught right at dark. The main lake bars such as Moses, Bena, Big, Little Musky and Horseshoe are producing a few walleyes and their beoing found on top of the bars.

Tullibees have started biting rather well over the mud areas between Third River Bar and the Saddle, also. They are fun to catch, plus take a few home and smoke them.

Road conditions good. Snow cover has not changed much.

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

P.S. Make sure to send us any photos from your recent trips to Lake Winnie. We will post them on our Web site.

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 18, 2010

Hello, from sunny Lake Winnie!

The perch bite continues to be pretty good, but they are on the move. The deeper, bug-eating fish are biting just fine but you have to sort through them to get good-sized fish. Drill holes till you find the bigger ones and when you get a good school, fish  2 to 3 feet up from the bottom for the bigger fish. The larger fish will come up from the bottom to get food more so than the pesky little guys. Glow-jigs and fatheads are certainly the best bait to be using for perch right now. The fish found along the shoreline are also going well, but some bigger moves. The base of the drop along the shoreline, at 23 to 24 feet, is producing fish during the day, then they are going on top, in the evening, with the walleyes.

Walleyes are very spotty as the walleye season nears the close. Some fish are still being caught off some of the humps North of Bena Bar and Westerly. The shore drops are a little better, but short-lived in the evening. Buckshots in gold, lately, has worked with a minnow head.

Pike fishing is VERY hot right now! Shore drops East and West from 19 feet up to 14 feet has been excellent. Tip-ups set at 1 to 3 feet off the bottom are working well with plenty of fish being caught from 5 to 9 lbs.

Snow depth is about the same - 7 to 8 inches - but the wind has improved off-road travel into several spots.

In Cutfoot, crappies are going strong in 23 to 38 feet of water. Some sunnies are mixed in and being caught, as well. Boy Lake is starting to give up some sunnies in 12 to 20 feet of water. Make sure to head to the North side of the lake.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort: Year-round cabin rentals and motel units available.

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Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Report for February 13, 2010

Big Winnie is still producing many limits of perch. Deeper water seems to be working better than anything. On the East side of Moxey's, cover the drop up to the Saddle in 30 to 35 feet of water with fatheads and glow jigs. It's still better to call 'em in with the big buckshot rattle spoons. Main lake bars such as Moses, Horseshoe and Bena Bar are working well, also, in depths from 28 to 35 feet.

Some walleyes are being caught deep and are hanging together with the perch. Best bet for walleyes, right now, is from 4 to 8 PM on top of the humps North of the Third River bar or on the top edge at Moxey's in 14 to 18 feet of water. Jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head are by far the best bait for walleyes.

The pike bite has been going well for the "flag chasers." Bigger suckers from 6 to 9 inches are working well and placed three feet up from the bottom on the upper parts of the structure. Best depths for pike are 13 to 18 feet of water.

Sunnies are still going strong in Cutfoot, west of the narrows. 26 feet of water is working best for sunfish.

The ice on Lake Winnie is in good shape. Travel is ok off-road in several areas. Check in with the resort for the latest details before you head out. The snow cover on the lake is about 6 to 8 inches.

Time to go fishing; see you on the ice!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

P.S. Please remember to email us any great photos of fish you caught while fishing Lake Winnie. We love to post them on our Web site.

Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Report for February 7, 2010


The main lake bars are going very strong right now for jumbo perch fishing. The perch are being found along the deep side of the bars down to 30 to 35 feet of water. The shore drops are also going well with Stumps up to Moxeys on the East and Ravens Rocks toward Mallard on the west, going strongest from 18 to 30 feet. Drill holes, check your depths, as the exact locations of the hungry perch are varying a bit from day to day. Bounce the jigs off the bottom and stir up the silt. Then, set up minnows on small glow jigs. Now is your best chance to get into good-sized perch and catch a few limits. This is a great time to introduce kids to ice fishing!

The walleye bite, on the other hand, has gotten spotty. Some fish are being caught in the hour right at sunrise and the hour toward and during sunset.

Sunnies and crappies are starting to go strong on the smaller lakes in our area. Sunnies are being found in the weed edges at 20 feet and crappies are being found in 30 to 40 feet deep, in the holes.

The Northern Pike bite is still pretty good. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are the best way to find nice Lake Winnie pike right now. Several pike of 30+ inches have been caught. Perch fishermen should always have at least one tip-up going for pike. If you find the perch and they suddenly leave, you've probably got a good-sized pike in the area.

Ice conditions are good as of now. Some off-road travel is possible around the South end of the lake. Roads are in good shape, also.

Come on up and join us for the perch action! Bring the kids!

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Report for January 29, 2010

The perch bite is strong right now; however, they are running rather deep. Good schools of perch are being found in 29 to 36 feet of water. Perch are being caught with glow jigs and fathead minnows. Drop your jig to the bottom and jump it around a bit to swirl up the silt somewhat and it will help attract the perch in for a closer look. About 5-10 perch will swarm in toward your bait and then swirl up that silt again. I like to call it "puffing up the bottom." It works! The perch are eating mayfly larvae right now, so this technique makes it appear like something is coming out of the mud or silt on the lake bottom.

Walleyes are getting finicky. There are short bite windows, but you can still get them with Buckshot Rattle Spoons or Big Angel Eyes with a minnow head. The hump tops in 22 to 26 feet or the main lake bars from 15 to 22 feet are where you will find the best walleye fishing.

We had some rain and a little snow, so some roads have changed up a bit, but travel is still good. You can get off-road in some spots also.

Check in at the resort for road maps and notices about areas to stay away from. We're here to help!

Pat Rooney

Denny's Resort, Lake Winnie

Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Report for January 22, 2010

Hello, from Lake Winnibigoshish!

The jumbo perch bite is still going very strong, with many very satisfied fihermen and fisherwomen. Perch are active mostly in 25 to 40 feet of water and can be found off the main lake bars. The humps, up north, off of the west side and over to the humps north of the Third River Bar are producing nice sizes and quantities of perch.

The walleye bite is terrific right now along the bar tops in 15 to 24 feet or the humps at 22 to 26 feet, producing the greatest walleye numbers. Bigger spoons and minnow heads are best for walleyes right now.

The perch are liking a plain hook with a minnow or small glow jigs with minnows. Work the perch 1 to 3 feet off the bottom for the bigger, jumbo perch. The shore drops are also working from 18 to 28 feet for a mixed bag of fish.

The roads, at this time, remain in good condition and we have been successful at taking care of them. At Denny's Resort, we have roads made that run up to north bar.

Travel is good and safe on most of the lake. Cutfoot is kicking out some nice crappies in the evening. The best bite is on glow jigs and crappie minnows in 23 to 30 feet off water.

It's a great time to be fishing Lake Winnibigoshish right now. Want to make sure you see the Vikings game on Sunday against New Orleans? You can trust that we'll be showing it on the big screen up in our lodge. No need to worry about missing the game. You can catch the early evening bite and still make it in to see the game with a roomful of other enthusiastic fans.

See you on the ice! Go Vikes!

Pat Rooney

Denny's Resort - Lake Winnibigoshish

Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Report for January 12, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Fish are still biting very well! Walleyes are going well right now on the humps North of Bena Bar in 21 to 25 feet of water. Early morning and late-day fishing is better for the walleyes. Glow jigs and tail-hooked minnows works well. Attract them in to the area with a Buckshot rattle spoon and a minnow head.

Perch bite is going well, too, but they are running deeper - 25 to 40 feet of water off of the main lake bars. Horseshoe, Moses and Bena Bar are all working as is the east side from Moxey's Hole and running North.

Pike fishing is still good. The tip-up guys are in 15 to 23 feet and doing good. Pike are being caught in the 27-32 inch range.

The ice conditions on Lake Winnie are still good. No more snow has been falling - which helps. The roads look good and travelling on them has been fine. Some areas of concern are new heaves, but are found only along the road edges.

Feel free to call our resort for up-to-date info on ice conditions or latest fishing reports.

Time to go fishing, see you on the ice!

Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort, South End of Lake Winnibigoshish

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 4, 2010

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Fishing has been very good for walleyes and northern pike. The Bena Bar is hot! Big and Little Musky, the island and humps east and north of the bar are all kicking out walleyes in 16 to 23 feet of water. Early and late day is best, but bites are happening all day right now. Jigging spoons with minnow heads or live minnows under a bobber are working very well. Stumps have penty of fish going as does Moxeys. Reports from Sugar Bar are also good. Humps North of the bar are also going very well.

The bite is on!

Pike are roaming as well. We have had 9 fish over 30 inches caught in the last couple of days.

Perch fishing is a little spotty. Fish are down there, just not feeding for too long of time periods. You will get 4 or 5 then big breaks in between. Seems that way even on the humps.

Ice conditions are getting good also as we have 17 to 19 inches where my roads are. We are plowed out to the Saddle east and thru Bena Bar north to the Humps just north of Third River Bar.

Plenty of room to fish. See you on the ice.

Pat Rooney
Denny's Resort
South End of Lake Winnibigoshish


Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 27, 2009

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The fishing is starting to get good for walleyes and pike. The walleye bite on the bar from Big Musky to the backside of Little Musky is good, as is the Island and the humps east. Fishing is best in 15 to 24 feet. Buckshot rattles, spoons in gold or glow green with a minnow head worked 6 inches to 3 feet off bottom.

Pike are cruising the bar tops in 12 to 16 feet. 1 to 3 feet up is best. Shoreline drops are also working. The west side of Sugar island River bar and Snag are all kicking out fish.

The perch bite has been spotty. Fish the 20 to 30 foot range; you will get some, but you have to drill a lot of holes. Smaller glow-jigs or a plain hook bobber with a fat head works. Catch 5 or 6 fish and you will need to move off a little to another hole. East side stumps up to south Moxeys has some fish, but scattered.

Ice conditions are holding up good now. We have about 8 iches of snow and 15 to 16 inches of ice. You can get off the road as this snow is all we got. No flooding, yet. Stay a bit away from the crowds and you will be ok.

We have plowed roads up the east side and out to Musky. Most resorts have started making roads. Call ahead to get up-to-the-minute info.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney
Denny's Resort


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