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


Ice Thickness Recommendations for Safe Ice Fishing

The safety recommendations set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are as follows:

  • 4 inches of ice: a person can walk safely
  • 5 inches of ice: snowmobiles and ATVs
  • 8 inches of ice: compact cars
  • 12 inches of ice: cars and light trucks

Lake Winnie Ice Conditions & Fishing Report for December 20, 2009

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Fishing on the big lake has been good for Perch. Several areas on the lake are going well now. The West side from the river mouth north to Sugar Island is doing well in 6 to 10 feet of water. The main lake bars such as Snag Hole, Stumps and Bena Bar out to Little Musky have been decent from 20 to 30 feet deep.

Pike have very active both for spearers and Tip-up fisherman with 6 to 12 foot depth being the best fishing.

The walleye bite is fair with early and late day fishing working best. From the tops at 15 feet down to about 24 feet is where folks are hitting walleye numbers.

ATVs are the best ice travel option as of now. The ice in Big Winnie varies from 14 inches South and East to 10 to 11 inches North and West. The river mouths have quite a bit less ice - closer to 6 to 8 inches in the current.

As always, use caution when venturing out. Call ahead to a resort or local bait shop for up-to-the-minute conditions.

Some area lake conditions:
Portage bay and Sucker bay of Leech Lake is at 11 to 13 inches. Boy lake is at 9 inches. Sucker Lake is at 10 inches. Cutfoot is 9 to 11 inches but stay out of channel areas.

Panfish bite varies as we have had some fisherman do ok on bluegills. Crappies are slow at this time.

There is very little snow up here at this time so we will continue to make ice.

I'll try to keep these reports coming a little more frequnelty over the next few weeks so you can anticipate ice conditions and understand where the fish are biting best.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney


Lake Winnie Ice Conditions & Fishing Report for December 16, 2009

Hello, from Winnie!

The ice is getting thicker by the day. We have 10 to 11 inches in the southern half of the lake toward the river bar. It, then, is less as the river current is still flowing pretty good as of yet. Great care should be taken on the ice at all times.

Check into a resort or local bait shop for up-to-the-minute ice conditions on Lake Winnie.

Fishing for pike has been ok with lots of fish being seen but overal fish size is on the smaller side. Perch are getting active in the afternoons off of the shoreline drops in 20 to 30 feet of water. Walleye bite is ok early and again late in the day. Area lakes vary from 5 to 11 inches as some of these lakes are spring-fed and dangerous in spots.

Care should be used on the ice at all times.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney
Denny's Resort
South Side of Lake Winnie

Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Conditions & Fishing Report for December 10, 2009

Hello, from Lake Winnie!

It is almost that time for the hard water on the big lake. Here's an ice report for you. Ice conditions on the lake are starting out "ok." Third river has 3 to 4 inches of ice and there is some spearing going on with several pike over 30 inches that have been speared.

Mississippi area varies in ice thickness from 2 to 3 inches, as we have a lot of current still comming into the lake. Great caution should be used in this area!

The main lake, as of Tuesday, varies from 2 to 5 inches, with the east side being thicker but broken up some, as wind blew pretty hard when the ice was first being formed.

We will have more updates again this week as we are going out and checking every day. It's supposed to be an extremely cold weekend and great for making ice.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for November 24, 2009

Hello, from Lake Winnie. The fishing has been okay for the few fishermen that are going out on the water. Cutfoot is still kicking out good walleyes. The humps north of the main bar are also going ok.

The deer hunt rifle season has closed with mixed results. Some bucks in the 8-point, 200 lb. range were shot around the immediate area. Several does were taken by those that had doe permits. All and all the deer hunt this year was sort of slow.

Grouse hunting is still very good with mid-morning till 2:00 PM being the best time to hunt grouse.

Ducks have not been around.

Waiting for ice now. Could be a while as the temps remain warm.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Hunting & Fishing Report for November 5, 2009

Hello from Lake Winnie!

A few fisherman are still out catching perch and a few walleyes. They are mostly running rigs and minnows from 10 to 20 feet of water, slowly moving along.

Pike fishing has been okay close to the river mouths.

Hunters are doing well for grouse, as the leaves are on the ground now. Quite a few grouse have been taken by deer hunters setting up deer stands.

Duck hunting is not good and has not been good for awhile. Very few northern ducks have come through, to date. Local ducks are pretty much gone from the area. We've heard a few reports of ducks still way north of Lake Winnie.

Weather is going to be good for awhile, especially this weekend. I'd get out on the lake for a last crack at fishing before hardwater starts.

We look forward to seeing many of you this weekend for opening deer hunting. Should be a great weekend. Bring your non-hunting buddies up with you so they can go after walleyes and perch.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 16, 2009

Hello from snowy Lake Winnie!

Fisherman braving out the cold and snowy weather are catching fish. Cutfoot has a good bite going on right now in fairly deep 15 to 30 feet of water. Rigs and minnow or a jig and minnow. The main lake bite is ok, too, with the in-between range of 6 to 10 feet of water being key. Jigs and minnows are the ticket. Perch and walleyes are being found in the same water.

The hunters are shooting grouse, with the lighter days being the best. Flushes of 6 to 10 birds a day are typical.The duck hunters have been doing ok, too. With local ducks making up most of the shoot. Mallards, Green-winged teal and a few divers that wander in. The northern flights have not got here yet in full force. If mother nature cooperates, they should be around soon.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 6, 2009

Fall is officially here and the fishing is really taking off. In my opinion, this is the best time of year for great walleye fishing, pike fishing and perch fishing. The numbers of fish are outstanding and they are easily caught throughout the shallows and onto the humps. Pretty much the whole lake goes crazy and fishermen and women only have to risk a little cool weather.

Although the leaves are still holding well to the trees, they should be dropping soon making it much easier to chase after the grouse that are in the area. There is a large amount of public land here and the Chippewa National Forest is a great place to work your dog. Grouse numbers are up and it should be a very good grouse hunting season throughout the area.

The big lake is a great place, too, for duck hunting. Or, if you don't like such big water, there are numerous ponds and great duck sloughs throughout the Chippewa National Forest. We can help you find a few good spots to go. Mallards and greenwing teal are the primary waterfowl being taken at this time of the season.

And, if you're interested in doing some deer hunting in the area, there are plenty of places to do so, but you will want to do your pre-season scouting in the next few weeks. It makes sense to leave the woods alone after the October 15th, at the latest. We've seen plenty of deer throughout the summer and fall and they have been eating well.

Right now, you can fish or duck hunt in the morning, grouse hunt throughout the late morning and early afternoon, then head back out to the water to catch some more fish or duck hunt at dusk. There aren't too many places in Minnesota with these kinds of opportunities so near to one another without access headaches. There is so much public land available with amazing hunting opportunities.
Of course, we're here to help with whatever you need. This is a great time of the year to make it up to Lake Winnie. Enjoy the season!

Pat Rooney

Denny’s Resort – Lake Winnibigoshish • 15017 16th Ave. NE • P.O. Box 8 • Bena, Minnesota 56626
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