Lake Winnie & Chippewa National Forest Hunting Report for August 14, 2013

Hello, from Denny's Resort, Lake Winnie and Chippewa National Forest. Yes, this is a hunting report - in August! We're using this report page to make an announcement about the 2013 hunting season and new opportunities for our guests. Our regular and weekly fishing report is directly below this new hunting report.

Denny's Resort is now offering Guided Waterfowl Hunts, with several great opportunities for the 2013 waterfowl hunting season.

We have the availability to hunt river habitat, field blinds for pass shooting, or from blinds on shorelines at several area lakes. Hunters will meet our guides here at the resort, grab some coffee and a bite to eat, then head out to experience some of Minnesota's best waterfowl hunting. The guides will put you onto prime spots at the prime times - early and later in the day. Weather patterns will determine best hunting times. For example, on some days, you may even get to shoot later in the mornings. The weather, and also flight patterns, will determine locations and time frames for your hunt. The cost will be $150 per gun, per day. We can accommodate up to four hunters at a time. We have all decoys, blinds boats and bird cleaning facilities right here at Denny's.

If you are a novice or a seasoned veteran of waterfowl hunting, our guides will be there to help out and make your hunt an enjoyable and memorable experience. We have a great team of guides with a ton of experience that know the area well. We handle the headaches and have all the right equipment. You get to have the fun and build some great memories.

In the coming weeks, you'll see a new section on the Denny's Resort website for Hunting Reports. These will be as fun to read as they will be to write. And, we'll be adding hunting photos to our Photo Gallery throughout the fall as well.

If you are interested in scheduling a hunting day, weekend or longer trip, please call my cell at 218-256-2196 or email me at dennysrsrt@aol.com.

On August 8, the MN DNR confirmed that the 2013 waterfowl season will open September 21.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 14, 2013

Big Winnie is producing nice walleyes this week. Trolling is still the way to go for the best walleye action. The newer addition to your arsenal should be smaller crank baits, as they are working well also. Spinners tipped with leeches and crawlers is a good method if you need to cover a bit more water, faster. To keep the perch bites down a bit, throw out some #7 shad raps or Lindy shadlings in firetiger or perch colors and pick the speed up to 2-3 mph and hang on. Good walleye areas are fairly large right now. Look to main lake bar tops from 15 up to 12 feet of water: Center Bar, also the area between Horseshoe and Bena Bar is good. Shoreline areas from the outside edge of weed lines from 8 feet out to 13 feet is also good. These walleye are all mixed bag for size from 12 to 26 inches. They are hungry now as the top of the summer food chain is here. Minnows, bugs and young of the year fish are all here to eat what they can.

If you get a few bigger perch in an area and want them, mark the spot and work it with jigs and minnows. Perch are HUGE on these flats right now. It is not uncommon to box perch to 12 inches right now - very fun stuff.

Panfish are still doing well. Sunnies early and later in the day, found in coontail beds. Crappies are best in the evenings and found in the coontail or sparse cabbage beds.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 7, 2013

The Big Winnie walleye bite is very good right now! Trolling is the way to go, as the clearer water is the new norm on Winnie. Spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches, long-lined behind the boat, over deeper weed lines is the best method for walleyes right now. Mixed bag catches of slot fish and keepers are being caught from the same spots. Plus, big perch are being caught right in with them. Look to the tops of most of the main lake bars. Center being a big one. Back off from the edges from 200 yards, to a half mile or more. 13 to 15 feet of water, set your bait to tick the weed tops and hang on! Bena and Moses has some weeds. Tamarac Bay has weed lines in 10 to 14 feet off the river channel. This is also a big area and is kicking out plenty of good fish. Most of the bait fish are off shore at this time so the fish are ON them. Spinner colors change a bit daily but good starting points are gold or silver blades, then adjust colors for strong sunlight or cloud cover. Speeds can be varied all the way up to 2.5 mph, but not more. Some of the same weed beds produce big pike trolling big cranks, also.

Panfish are still going strong on smaller lakes in the area. Look to Big or Little Cutfoot. Portage, Six mile or Little Ball Club, outside the deeper weed edges. Early or later in the day has been the best times. Seems the bug hatches are starting to slow up a bit now as we have had some cooler weather.

Time to go fishing! August is quickly starting to become my favorite time of the year for great fishing.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 31, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie. The walleye bite is going well on the north humps, from Third River Bar north and west. Spinners and rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches has been the most successful approach. The north shore weed beds are also putting fish in the boat. Look from Stoney Point to Farley Creek. Fish from depths of 8 to 10 feet with small cranks or spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches. Off High Banks in 10 to 12 feet of water is also working. Tamarac Bay has some fish going as well. Use the same suggested presentation.

Perch are starting to go strong on the deeper humps and bar edges. Look to 15 to 25 feet to get them.

Pike are still active and best caught trolling bigger spoons or cranks.

Sunfish, on area lakes, are still "on fire" early and later in the day. The crappie bite has been okay in the evenings. Look to the coontail weed edges in 8 to 12 feet of water. The deeper the weeds the better. Twister tails (2-inch) on 16th or 32nd oz. jigs is the best way to go.

FYI: We have plenty of opportunities available for fishing launches remaining in August. This is a great way to get to know the lake and to get into some great fishing, at a fair price. Be sure to call to ask about available dates. Everyone, especially kids, has a lot of fun joining one of our Lake Winnie fishing launches.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 24, 2013

Walleye fishing on Big Winnie is going very well, especially if you change your traditional tactics a bit. The spinner bite for walleyes is going well in the deeper weed beds - 8 to 12 feet of water. Tip the spinners with crawlers or leeches and move along quickly - up to 2 mph. A few rigged walleyes are being caught down the bar drops to 30 feet deep. The humps are giving up walleyes with spinner rigs, also, right now.

The perch bite is VERY good at this time. Humps and bar drops are giving up good perch numbers and it is not very hard to get nice perch in the 10-inch range and often up to 12 inches. Minnows and jigs are the best bait for them.

Area lakes are on Big Time for sunfish - look to the deeper weed edges in 8 to 12 feet of water. Early and later in the day has been the best but sunnies will bite during the day - just not as frequently. Best baits are smaller jigs tipped with small leeches or a piece of crawler under a bobber - a very fun way to fish with children.

Crappie fishing is good along coontail beds in the evenings till dark. Smaller jigs with twister tails is the best way to go.

Plenty of northern pike to keep you interested, if you troll big cranks outside of the weed edges. Smaller fish, though, with an occasional 5 or 6 lb. fish being caught.

If you like bass fishing, now is the time to get some jumpers. Look to the Sugar Lake area, Tamarac Bay and in Cutfoot. Light Texas-rigged worms in the thickest weeds inside of northern pike territory is where to find them. Jig worms will also work just outside the weed edge, and know that a few pike will be caught also.

Time to go fishing.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 17, 2013

Big Winnie Walleyes are heating up like the summer temps! Mid-lake structures are going well this week. Humps on the north end are good bets with a plain hook, crawlers and sometimes leeches. Main lake bars are also going well for walleyes but you want to pick up the speed and throw out blades with your rigs - same baits though, crawlers and leeches. The weed walleyes have mostly been perch and pike with an occasional walleye. Minnows and jigs are the best.

For larger pike, troll big cranks or spoons over weed tops or outside edges and speed is the ticket - really crucial. 2 mph to 4 mph is perfect - not less, not more. The bite windows are still on the short side, but you will get several pike a day.

Crappie are active in the heavy weeds just before dark on most area lakes. Look to Cutfoot, Little Ball Club or Six Mile for good crappie fishing. These same lakes have Sunnies biting during the day, but just off the deeper weeds. Then, as evening gets near, they move in shallower with the crappies - making for some great panfishing. Water temps are in the mid to upper 70 degree range. Bug hatches are tapering down now.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Ronney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 11, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie! Warmer weather and warmer water temps have brought out a good mayfly hatch last weekend. Seems as we have seen fewer bugs the last day or two. The walleye bite has been spotty, as you may have guessed. The main lake bars and far north humps have produced ok fishing this week for several short periods throughout the day. Rigging plain hooks with crawlers and leeches have been most successful. Work the upper edges of the structure up onto to the tops of those structures. Generally 23 feet up to as shallow as 15 feet. If you are getting annoyed with hooking snails along the bottom, inject air into your crawlers. You can also put on an online floater to keep leeches raised up, also. Check often to make sure you are not catching snails.

Perch, on the other hand, remain STRONG with plenty of bites and, with a bit of sorting, a great meal could be caught very quickly. Jigs and minnows are the best way to boat them right now.

The northern pike bite is ok for those that are trolling with larger plugs. Fire tiger or natural perch pattern has been the best colors to get pike attention.

Sunfish are getting better and better as the bugs have come. Look to the deeper coontail beds from 5 to 8 feet of water early and later in the day. Small hooks with a split shot or a 16th or 32nd oz jig with an inch of night crawler has been the easiest method to boat these fish.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 4, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie. The walleye bite is a bit spotty right now and the windier days have proven much better fishing, as of late. Bar and Hump fish produce well in the wind. Leeches and crawlers on a plain hook rig are working best. Jig and minnows for perch has been far better for sizable fish on the same water. Moses and Horseshoe, on the west side Bena Bar from the Big Bend out thru Long Bar is good. Humps to look at are north and west of Third River bar thru the Big Island. The humps off Big Stoney also produce in the wind. The weed fish, on calmer days, can be picked on jigs and minnows. Perch are in the weed beds BIG TIME, however. Yet, if you want perch, that's where to find them.

The pike bite is good all around. Cranks trolled or spoons cast in the weed beds has been working well.

Crappie and sunfish are going well in area lakes on the first weed edges. About an hour before dark and sun up till 9 p.m. is good. Look for panfish on Cutfoot (Big and Little), also Portage and Little Ball Club have been good panfish lakes. Bite windows are plentiful, but short.

Time to go fishing, see you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 26, 2013

Big Winnie walleyes are biting VERY well right now and are being caught in quite a few places throughout Lake Winnibigoshish. You can rig plain hooks with leeches or crawlers for fishing the lake's deeper structure. Main lake bars and some of the north humps are good targets for hungry walleyes. Bite windows are shorter in duration, but you get several windows throughout the day. Look to 23 foot depths and up, to the tops for active fish. The weeds are up now and the weed fish are definitely there. They also have the same shorter bite windows, but plenty of windows throughout the day. Jigs and two inches of crawler, or tipped with minnows, is the best approach for these areas in the lake. Move along the weed edges till you contact a fish, then work them over.

Perch are scattered all around the lake and easy to catch. Jigs and minnows has been the ticket for good perch activity.

Pike fisherman are trolling and finding good pike numbers up along weed edges with Husky Jerks or other 5 to 8-inch minnow lures. Best to choose shallow-running baits with designed running depths to 5 feet is the best method for pike at this time.

Panfish are starting to go into summer patterns with the best bite being early and later in the day.

Time to go fishing and we'll see you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 21, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The lake is hot right now for walleye and perch! It's a great time to be up here and on the water. The walleye are being caught in 4 to 8 foot of water for most of the keeper-sized fish with some very large walleyes thrown in to the mix. The main lake bars are starting to produce walleyes along with the shore drops: Moxey on the east side, west side Sugar and Snag, the Highbanks area also from 10 to 24 feet. Mostly catching nice walleyes for photos, with some keepers in your day's catch. Deeper water walleyes are liking crawlers and leeches; while the shallow fish are interested in the jig and shiners. There are plenty of hungry perch to keep you busy while fishing for walleye.

Crappies are on the last of their spawn and should be moving toward summer haunts soon. Sunnies are on beds right now. Be very selective on these fish, please.

The water temps are in the mid sixty range. Today's 80 degree day seems as if summer is on the way.

Time to go fishing and see you on the lake.

Pat Rooney

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