Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 27, 2009

Hello from Big Winnie!

The bite has gotten a little more challenging, walleyes in the weeds for "eaters" on jigs and minnows going by The Rock on the east side, the Bird Houses on the southwest side and Ravens Rocks out to the Clam Beds north of Ravens. The dugout area has had some fish going also. Humps up north have been still going, but weather has them a bit skiddish. Rigs with crawlers or leeches are still the best option.

Pike are getting active. Troll spoons over the weed beds or bigger crankbaits just outside of the weeds. Some nice fish have come in 5 to 8 lbs.

Perch bite is good, though deeper. Most humps have some good fish on them, the fence area has some good ones going also.

Most smaller lakes in the area have good sunnie and crappie action also. Early in the day and later into the evening. Small jigs and grub-tails or small leeches or a bit of crawler are the best choices.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 21, 2009

Hi, from Big Winnie.

The fishing is good now. The deep structure is still producing fish on rigs and leeches or crawlers. Humps have been good. 20 down to 30 feet of water. Shore breaks also good. High Banks, Moxeys Hole and the Snag Hole are all producing fish - 15 feet down to 30. On rigs, same program. Weed bite has been good also with fireball jigs and minnows. Moving quickly through the weeds at 1-1.5 mph, long line the jigs and hold on.

Pike getting very active at this time also. We had several fish in the 4 to 6 lb range cleaned this week.

Area panfish lakes kicking out sunnies and crappies early and late in the day. This time of the year is good for fishing all day long. Play the wind, pick an area on the lee side of the lake and go get some fish!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 10, 2009

Hello from Big Winnie!

The bite is heating up even though we have cooler weather. Walleyes are still going well on the humps. They are moving a bit, though, as they have had a lot of fishing pressure. Rigs with crawlers or leeches are working best. The shallows are also going good with jigs and minnows.

Weeds are really the ticket right now! Get into them and short-line the jig and do 1 to 2-foot slow lifts then follow it back down - HOLD ON as the bites are hard.

We are catching the biggest walleyes of the season right now and we have had reports of 2 to 5 a weekend over 26 inches. Bars, again, have been the best.

Perch are going deeper right now - some of the humps and most of the bars from 16 feet down to the basin in spots. Jigs and minnows are best. The perch caught are of good size with most from 9 1/2 inches to 11 inches.

Time to go fishing and see you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for July 30, 2009

Lake Winnie has been good this week. The walleye bite is still going strong! The weed bite is ok in 6.5 to 8 feet of water with a jig and a minnow moving rather fast. Rigging the main lake bars and humps has also produced good fish. Leeches and crawlers rigged with up to an 8-foot snell has been the best rig and working very well.

If you like to crank the flats in the 11 to 15 foot range, just cover water at 2 to 2.5 mph with tail-dancers or shadraps. Fish are scattered, so move until you get into the fish, then circle back. The main point is this: any way you like to fish, you can right now.

The perch bite is good for those going for them, although the perch have stayed deeper - 12 to 28 feet is best. The size of the perch has been very good lately.

The panfish bite is still going well on the smaller lakes in the area. Successful fishermen are hitting the weed lines early and late in the day.

The pike bite is slow, but expected to pick up relatively soon.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 22, 2009

Winnie is getting on a good bite! The northern end of Bena Bar, Long and Third River Bar, Center bar - all going good! Rigs with leeches or crawlers are good presentations.

Humps north of the bars going westerly are doing well, also. Same program.

Perch bite is getting better. Sugar and Sugar Point up to Ravens are going good as of now. The weed bite is spotty. Check it out, but not for too long.

Pike have been moving in and out. They are active though. Troll big spoons or crankbaits on the weed lines.

The panfish, in the smaller lakes around Winnie, are going good, also - early and late in the day. Sunnies with small pieces of worms on 1/32 oz jigs, or same jigs with 2-inch curly tail grubs in yellow or white for Crappies.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for July 19, 2009

Lake Winnie, this week, has been a good lesson in boat control. Windy, windy, windy! Fish liked it, though.

The main lake bars have been the ticket for the anglers going out. Moses, Snag and Sugar were all good the last few days. Rigs with leeches are working best. Snells to 8 feet. Some shallow fish were caught on Big Stoney, The Dug outs and Ravens. Crawlers and leeches best, also. Weeds are in 6 to 8 feet.

The perch bite has been spotty. Some are being caught deep off of the bars and also the humps east of Mallard.

The pike bite has been getting better. We had several fish caught that were 30 to 36 inches, mostly trolled with crankbaits outside of the weeds.

Bugs are on the home strech now - thank goodness. The water cooled a bit to 66 to 68 degrees.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for July 10, 2009

Hello from Big BUGGY! ...oops Big Winnie!

The bug hatches went strong for a week but are tapering down now. Deep structure is now clearing up from the little buggers. Fishing has been on the tough side.

You can still catch fish, but you have to be creative. Spinners and crawlers rigged up high has worked. 16th to 8th oz jigs tipped with 2 inches of crawlers has worked ok also. Rigging the humps north and west have been ok, too.

Deeper has been better lately. Be patient as the food sources for the fish has exploded. Bite windows are short but several times a day. 18 to 30 feet of water has been the best.

Some shallow water fish are going when the wind blows.The tiny jigs and crawler pieces work.

Panfish are going well in several area lakes. Weed edges early and late in the day are best. The perch bite is good on the same hump areas as the walleyes. Seems as though if the walleyes are present, the perch are on a close-by hump. Move around until you find them. Water temps in the low 70 range.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 2, 2009

Hello, from Big Winnie!

We are going into a standard summer fishing pattern. The fly hatches are going strong and the baitfish are moving out to the deeper parts of the lake. We now have many more options to fish.

Shallow fish in the weeds are an option with jigs and minnows or a half of a crawler.The humps are going well also, rigged with a leech or a crawler. And, if they are active, spinners and bottom bouncers are going pretty well.

The main lake bars are also starting to go good, rigged with leeches and crawlers. Water temperatures are in the upper 60s.

Sunnies and Crappies are going strong in area lakes also. Early and late in the day is best, close to the weed beds.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 18, 2009

Big Winnie is on a very good bite right now! Walleyes are on the move to the bars. Horseshoe Snag and Sugar and Moxeys all going now. Rigging with crawlers or leeches is working very well. Shallow fish are going in the weeds. They are setting up in 5 to 8 feet of water. Jigs and shiners or small crankbaits working really well, too.

Perch are going good on some of the north humps also. Jigs and fatheads are working good for the perch. Some of those humps north and west also have numbers of hungry walleyes going, too.

Panfish are heating up in area lakes such as Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot. Shallow on the weed edges early and late in the day is working the best.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 4, 2009

Winnie walleyes are biting good when you can get out. The wind has been playing tricks lately. Seems like new direction every 20 hrs. The shallow shoreline bite still best with shiner jigs and a spot tail in 4 to 8 feet of water. Play the wind as the fish are going well in most areas.

Fishing Locations for walleyes: Make sure to try the west side Ravens, Stoney, Farley creek, Plug Hat and The Rock on the east side. Move along quickley 1 to 1.5mph until you contact fish. Then circle back slow down and work them. Some perch are moving in with those walleyes.

Pike are also in with the walleyes as the shiners are running the 5 to 9 foot range. Bar and hump fishing is spotty, some fish starting deep but mostly slot-sized fish; try rigging with leeches or crawlers. 

Panfish are starting to go better in area lakes as the water slowly is warming. We have 58 to 61 degrees now. Time to go fishing!

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

P.S. Would love to have you email any fishing pictures you take while visiting Denny's Resort. If you email me with a brief description of who is in the picture, I'll gladly put them into our photo gallery.

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