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

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 24, 2009

Hello from Lake Winnie!

The walleye bite is still very good! The weed bite on jigs and minnows is working very well in 5 to 8 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet of water is also working good. The bar bite has grown very good also. Rigs from the top of the bars - 15 feet down the sides to 25 feet is where to find them.

The pike are very active right now, trolling bigger cranks or spoons just outside of the weeds.

Cutfoot is good for panfish now also. Sunnies during the day and crappies early and late in the day.


Hunting time is drawing near! Grouse are in the woods in the numbers seem very fair this year. There are lots of leaves on the trees yet, though. It's a little tough to hunt, but you can usually see birds. While you are out scoping out a deer stand spot, bring your shotgun. Waterfowl opens very soon and the ducks are around in good numbers, in the rice. Geese are also here in fair numbers. Feel free to call us to schedule a trip and get some advice on what areas to go to - we're here to help!

Lots of fun things to do at this time of the year at Denny's Resort!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for September 11, 2009

Hello, from Big Winnie! The AIM anglers just got done here on the big pond. They did well! Todd Riley won the 3-day event with 101 lbs. Good job! Hope to see all of the AIM people next year. They only do a "catch, then record the length, then put the fish back" format. No walleyes are kept in the livewell.

The bite is just plain outstanding right now. The jig bite in the weeds is great. When the pike move in, move out to the 7 to 9 foot range with a rig and leech or crawler and hang on. The bar fishing is heating up also. The Big bend down to Little Musky is good. Moses and Horshoe are also working well, rigs and crawlers 16 to 23 feet. If you want to troll, you can also troll smaller shad raps or walleye divers in 9 to 12 feet for your fish. It is a fun time to be on the lake!

The perch are going fair mostly north of the bar on the rocky humps in 20 to 30 feet.

Pike are also active trolling spoons outside the weed lines.

Time to go fishing, see you on the water.

Pat Rooney

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

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