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

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 12, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie! The walleye bite is about as HOT as the temps are getting. Walleye are still coming in from the shallow areas where weeds are starting to grow. 4 to 8 feet of water, with shiners, has been the best tactic. Play the wind - you want a bit of wind into or along the structure. Move along fairly quickly, 1 to 1.5 mph is good. If you lose the wind, drop spinners and pick up the speed. Mallard area south to the Bird Houses, East side from the Rock north to Highbanks area is good. North shore is also kicking out the walleyes. Some bar walleyes are showing up, also. Mostly slots. Leechs and shiners, or a crawler, are working for the bar fish.

Plenty of perch to keep you busy along with the walleye.

Sunfish and crappies are doing good in both Little and Big Cutfoot right now. Look to the weed areas emerging in the 6 to 10 foot range. Early or evening has been the best times. Water temps into the low 60 degree range now.

It's a great time to be fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish! See you on the lake.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for June 5, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie. The walleye bite continues to be good and they're very much into shiners. Jigs and shiners worked from 4 to 9 feet of water has been the ticket for walleye fishermen. Successful jig colors have been glows on cloudy days and gold or silver on sunny days. Move along at 1 mph to locate fish, but double-back through them till the bite slows, then move on again to new water. Big walleye females are being caught on the main lake bars now. This will get better as the next few weeks pass and the water temps continue to evolve. Water temps from the upper 50s to the low 60 degree range now. The weeds on the west side are starting to peak above the water's surface.

The perch fishing remains good, also, along with the walleye. They are very much together.

Pike fishermen are catching fish trolling crankbaits in the 5 to 12 foot range, with good numbers of fish in the 4 to 8 lb range.

Crappies are biting on several smaller lakes in the area. Sunfish are starting to go to making beds, they should be good in a week or so if we warm up a bit more.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 29, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie. The fishing is good now! Shallow water walleyes are going quite well around the lake. The shiner bite is on for walleyes right now. Work shiners in 4 to 10 feet depths of water. The walleyes are keying on shiners now and they are really active. The bait schools are running well along the shorelines and the walleye are all over them. Run 1/8 oz. jigs and shiner, move along quickly till you hit a couple fish, work the area a bit, several more will be caught. Glow jigs and parrot jigs are working well, with some blue jigs has been very successful. Walleyes have been caught all around the lake and pretty easy to find. From the east side to Duck pass, Townsight to the Bird Houses has been hot. Sugar Island to Mallard is a great place to find walleyes. North shore Farley to the rock pile is producing. The Gap has been good for several large fish - which is quite fun to hit. Fish are moving throughout the lake - it's a great time to be chasing walleyes with kids - not hard to find at all.

The perch bite has been very good, also. They are ending spawn and all sizes are being caught together. Kids are having an absolute ball catching perch right now.

We are seeing good northern pike right now and pike fishermen are pleased with the success. The trollers are trolling mid-size crankbaits in the 4 to 6 inch range have been doing well. Some larger walleye are being caught on these rigs and surprising pike fishermen with a bonus.

Water temps are in the low to mid 50 degree range.

Time to go fishing!!! The next 2-3 weeks should be incredible fishing - especially for kids ages 5-16. Lots of action, great success and a fresh meal of fish is the best recipe for making lifelong fisherpeople.

Pat Rooney

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