Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 29, 2016

Big Winnie fishing is HEATING UP, as are the temperatures! We're really seeing some great walleye fishing right now and are guests are really enjoying the action! Walleyes can be had with a variety of trolling presentations. Spinners and crawlers, or leeches, are working on the main lake bars, from the edges in 20 feet up to the tops in 12 feet of water. Bottom bouncers will keep you off the bottom and out of the snails - they can certainly be a pain. The next option to help you get into the walleyes is smaller crankbaits, running 5 to 10 feet down on the shore-drops just outside of the weed beds. Look for 10 to 12 feet of water and go - this is a blast!!

Perch are doing ok with the best bite (for good sized perch) is to look for them off of the main lake bars in 20 to 35 feet of water. They are there, but deeper than you might expect.

Pike are still CRAZY with good fish numbers in the weed beds from 6 to 10 feet of water. You can really catch all the pike you want - tons of fun! We see a lot of kids catch their very first pike this summer on this lake.

The crappie bite is a bit slow. The sunfish bite, though, is good all around, later in the day into evening. Look for good sunfish fishing just outside coontail beds, with a bobber and a small leech or pieces of worms.

Time to go fishing and then cool off with a swim in the lake!! It's a great summer and we hope to see you up here soon!

Pat Rooney


Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 13, 2016

Hello, from Big Winnie. The summer walleye patterns are in full swing. The walleye bite is going well with many smaller bite windows going on throughout the day. Bring along crawlers and leeches; you can rig them or troll them on spinners. Let the fish tell you where they are. Look to the bars and humps. Also, the main lake structure is going well now. Look to Bena Bar, Sugar Bar and Moses. The humps north of Bena Bar have been good - north and east. If the fish are low in the water column, start out rigging. As the fish rise, load air up the crawlers, then when you see them go away they went way up. Start trolling spinners for more bites. Plenty of fish in the 15 to 16 inch range getting caught, with plenty of chances at a picture fish. Saw several of those yesterday, as a matter of fact.

Perch are hungry, but getting good-sized perch is still an issue. Larger perch are not very active this week.

Pike are biting very good, also, with plenty to go around.

Panfish are really getting good now also with sunnies ending their spawn, getting into an evening or am bite on the weed lines.

For bass fisherman, bass are hitting plastic worms well now in Tamarac Bay, Third River and in Sugar Lake. Look to the cabbage beds and drop worms into them. Twenty a day is not uncommon. Fishing is GOOD!

Pat Rooney


Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 22, 2016

Hello, from Big Winnie. The walleye fishing action is starting to get into "summer mode." During the course of the day, there are now several smaller bite windows throughout the day - and that's normal. Leeches and crawlers have been the "go-to" baits. Plain hook rigs and some spinner action is working well. Look to the main lake structures, fishing from 12 feet to 28 feet of water. Windy or cloudy days produce better bite windows and more frequently throughout the day.

The northern pike bite is good, using big minnows, trolling crank baits and doing so outside the deeper weed beds. Look to the 10 foot depths to get started in finding good pike action.

Perch are being caught in very shallow waters right now, in 3 to 7 feet of water. Sorting through the good numbers of caught fish and picking out the larger ones has been normal. But, this action can be great fun for kids. There are plenty of good perch being caught.

Time to get out and go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 6, 2016

The walleye bite on Lake Winnie is very good right now with fish starting to head into their summer patterns. The main lake structures are starting to load up with walleyes. Shorebreaks are still producing, as well. Jigs and minnows on the shorelines are working well. Rigs and leeches, or crawlers are working out in deeper water. The water temps are in the low 60-degree range and this has fish very active. Most areas have some weed beds set up that are holding walleyes along the shoreline.

Sugar, Horseshoe and Big Musky on Bena, have all been good for walleyes. The Humps, north of Third River Bar, are starting to go, also.

The perch action is starting to pick up as the spawn is down and they are now "on the feed." "Sorting" through small and larger perch is the norm, with plenty of action. Weeds or rock areas have been the best for good perch schools. Look in 5 to 8 feet of water.

Pike are HOT right now - everywhere!

Crappie are about done with their spawn. Sunnies are on their beds now. The sunfish bite is good early or later in the day.

Good fishing!

Pat Rooney


Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 26, 2016

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The 2016 season opened with a BANG, weather and fishing wise. Walleye have been hungry and active since the opener. Play the wind, fish spots where the wind is rolling along. In the West, the Bird House area is going well, in 9 to 15 feet of water. Sugar Island area, in 8 to 13 feet and the Raven Rocks, out to 18 feet have been consistent, all with jigs and minnows. If the bite slows, rig a leech and slow down for extra bites. At the North end, Big Stoney point out to the humps have been very good. Also, some nice perch being caught in this area, right alongside the walleyes. Jigs and minnows are working the best. Farley and Pigeon River Rocks, out to 14 feet have been good. Tamarack Point to the Birches have been going strong also, in 10 to 16 feet of water - using the same baits. The main lake bars are holding some walleye also. Look to Bena, from the start out to the BigBend. The tops have been the best, 12 to 18 feet of water, using rigs or jigs.

Panfish are getting started with their spawning rituals. Look to Sugar, Tamarack Bay, Cutfoot Lakes, all are good locations, where the reeds that are starting to pop up.

Fishing is good right now as fish have been dispersed all around the lake.

Time to go fishing!!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 18, 2016

Hello, from Big Winnie! The walleye bite is ok on the humps north of the Third River Bar, north and west up to North Bar. Look for walleyes in 19 to 23 feet of water with rattle spoons and minnow heads.

Perch are making some shallow moves. Good perch can be found in Bowans Flats, in 6 to 8 feet of water. Sugar Island is holding good perch in 10 feet of water and in the front of Judd's old resort, in twelve feet of water.

Pike are biting all over the lake, using sucker minnows on tip-ups. Another banner year for northern pike.

Very little snow right now and the ice quality is good. Check in with the resort you are accessing for road maps and travel reports.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 7, 2016

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Hello, from big Winnie! Walleyes are biting on the humps north of the Bena Bar, early and late in the day. Look to the edges from 20 to 24 feet of water. Saller jigging spoons and whole minnows have been working well. During snowy or cloudy conditions, the walleye bite is on and off all day. During sunny periods, the bite window is reserved to dawn and dusk.

Perch are still VERY hard to find good numbers over ten inches in length. Plenty of small ones to keep you busy. And, not a bad way to spend the afternoon with little kids - plnety of action.

Pike are ON FIRE, though, with numbers of fish from 22 to 30 inches being caught on tip-ups and sucker minnows. Fish them on the bar tops in 13 to 16 feet of water. Also the humps edges suspended off the  humps horizontally, by about 50 to 100 feet and down only 15 to 20 feet.

The panfish bite is going ok for crappie on several smaller lakes around here, early in the morning and again 45 minutes before dark. 

Ice conditions are good with 22 to 24 inches of ice and very little snow.  All resorts have roads out to the best fishing grounds. Check into where you want to access from for up-to-the-minute conditions and maps out on the lake.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney


Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 29, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie. Ice is getting better quickly. We are at about ten inches of ice now on the south third of the lake. Several resorts including us are on the lake with lighter shacks. ATV travel is the best and safest option now.

Fishing for walleye and pike has been good, look to the tops of the bars or the tops of the shore drop in 10 to 15 feet of water. Early and late in the day for walleye. Pike after the sun is up has been good throughout the day.

Perch have been spotty, but some are being caught deep in 30+ foot range during the day but sorting a lot for to find reasonable eating size. Shallow fishing for perch in the 6 to 12 feet depths has been better and produced better size but they come and go quickly.

Check into a resort or bait shop for access details to the lake and for your best travel options. Be safe!

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for September 1, 2015

The Big Winnie walleye bite is as HOT as the weather is right now. We have had stable weather and winds for ten days now. Patterns have set up well and fishing is excellent! Walleye can be caught in 5 to 7 feet of water early and late in the day. Look to weed edges and jig or rig just over the tops of the weeds. As the day progresses, move out to the 9 to 13 foot range and run spinners and crawlers or minnows. These fish are feeding several times a day. Move along quickly, 1.1 to 1.8 mph. Smaller crankbaits are also working, especially if the wind is up.

Pike fishing is also very good with numbers being caught on larger crankbaits fished in 7 to ten feet of water, outside the weed beds.

Perch fishing is spotty for bigger fish, they are all schooled together now and "sorting" the nice ones from the little ones is quite normal.

Time to get into some late summer fishing, fall will be here before you know it. It's also not a bad time to get up to the area to do some scouting and checking on deer stands.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 1, 2015

Hello, from Big Winnie! Mayfly hatches have started. Clouds of them are coming up from the deep. Surprisingly, the walleye bite has been pretty okay. Fish high and wide, in the deeper water. Spinners and crawlers or leeches have been the ticket. On the main lake bars, run the tops in 13 to 20 feet of water, 10 to 15 feet down. Troll fairly fast, 1.5 mph, to keep perch at bay, then roll off the edges without dropping your lines. Most strikes are coming as you go into the deeper water. Cover as much water as you can for active fish. The humps on the northern end of the lake has been good, also. If the fish are on the hump edges, you just fish deeper. Tops are in the 19 to 13 foot range. Run off the edges without dropping your baits and hang on. In wind, or low light conditions, you can fish the weed edges with rigs and leeches and put fish in the boat.

The perch bite has been good deeper off the edges of the main lake bars in 25 to 35 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are the ticket.

Pike are moving into the weeds really good right now. Easy to catch!! Water temps in the mid 70 range,so summer bite windows can be the norm - 15 to 20 minutes several times a day. Dark days, the bite window runs longer.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

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