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Hello, from Big Winnie. The Perch bite is ON!!! The west side seems to be hot, as of now. River Bar, Sugar Bar, and Sugar Point up thru Ravens has been GREAT. Look to 12 to 20 feet of water for good perch fishing. When that depth slows, move in to 5 to 10 feet of water and you'll find perch - lots of them. It's a mixed bag of sizes but plenty of fish to be had. Some humps up north of Third River Bar are also putting good perch on the ice. Check to see signs of "life (anything biting) before sitting in one spot though. You'll need to keep moving.
Tullibee are biting well in the deep basin areas. 30 to 40 feet of water is the place off of main lake bars. We had some groups with 50 to 75 for a days fishing off Big Musky. That same thing happens off shore-drops, as well. It's pretty exciting - they're fun to catch and terrific when smoked.
Roads are plowed in several areas; just call into your resort for a map and directions on where to go. Warmer temps coming.
Time to enjoy some perch fishing!!! Bring the kids. See you on the lake!
Hello, from Big Windy ...oops Big Winnie. We have had lots of wind! Most resorts are out making roads, but conditions vary greatly.
The easiest travel conditions are on the west side right now. South and east is the toughest to get around the last few days. Every resort is out working on roads to get people out to fish. Once out in the main lake, you can get around a bit.
Walleye and pike fishing have closed.
The perch bite is going well, though, on the west side, from River Bar around Sugar and up to Ravens Point. Best fishing depths vary from (some days) 5 to 8 feet of water out to the second break, from 18 to 24 feet of water. You can still get out and catch perch.
Call into the resorts you are staying for the travel conditions.
See you on the lake!
Hello, from Big Winnie! Get in on the last week of walleye fishing this weekend - the season is about to end. Look to the main lake bars and humps for walleye action. The tops of the structures from 16 to 22 feet of water have been the best, mostly in the evenings. On cloudy or snowy days they will bite a bit earlier than the clear and sunny days.
Perch remain spotty with decent numbers being caught, but a lot of sorting through your catch to find the keepers. Look to shore drops from 5 or 6 feet out to the 20 foot range.
Pike fishing remains very good with tip-ups and sucker minnows being the best method. Set on top of the main lake bars or humps 3 to 5 feet off the bottom.
Ice travel is good right now. Resorts are plowing out around the entire lake. Nodak is on Moses and Horseshoe, Beckers and McArdles has roads on River and Sugar Bar and up to the Sugar Island area. Tamarac is out across the Bay, High Banks out to the humps north of Third River Bar, Denny's is out to Moxey Hole and Bena Bar, to the Big Bend and Center Bar. Check in with the resorts for a map and travel conditions.
See you on the lake!
Big Winnie perch are getting a bit better as the temps are letting people get out and search around a bit. The east side shore drop is good from the Rock area up through Moxey's. The east side Humps off High Banks are ok, also. On the west side, look to Sugar Bar up through the Sugar Island area. Depths vary from 18 to 22 feet, then down to 35 feet in some areas. Still, sorting through your catch to find the keepers is the norm.
Pike are still crazy with 22 to 28-inch fish in good numbers.
Walleye bite is still an evening and late afternoon bite, but now several an evening has become the norm.
Roads are plowed around the lake. Check in with your resort for access maps and areas to travel off road, also.
See you on the ice!
Hello, from Big Winnie. Travel is more possible outside of roads in several more spots this week. About 60 to 70 percent of the lake is travel worthy and safe. Roads are getting better all around. Check into the resort you are staying at for road maps and directions.
Pike are still the most active of the game fish and ice fishers are having a lot of fun catching good numbers of them. Quality pike are coming in from the main lake bars. Work the top edges from 16 to 19 feet and set tip-ups 3 to 5 feet up from the bottom.
Perch are still a bit spotty, some fish coming from 21 to 24 feet of water off the drops. Still have to sort though several perch to find the nice keeper fish. For perch, use the color gold and smaller is definitely better.
Lake Winnie walleyes are slow. Some humps are producing evening fish from 3 to 6 pm. It is a short-lived bite, however. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are working best.
The ice is 18 to 22 inches with very little slush unless you hit an area with a new crack. In a higher spot, there will not be flooding like there will in the lower spots - these areas will flood a bit from the new cracks.
See you on the lake.
Hello, from Big Winnie!
Ice conditions are getting a bit better. Roads are starting to run further out onto the lake. West side up to Sugar Island, Sugar Bar and River Bar. South side from Big and Little Musky, and up the east side through the stumps to South Moxey. East and north out to the humps off High Banks and Tamarac Bay has a crossing out toward Bowans.
Fishing is a bit spotty yet for perch and walleye as we have had one weather front in after another. Look to that getting better as we are in for a stable stretch of weather. Still catching fish but takes a little more finesse. Small jigs or plain hooks with gold has been working the best. Pike are still going well so you can catch plenty of them with some good ones in the bag.
See you on the ice!
Big Winnie is getting better for travel now, as about 40% of the lake has froze to the top. More roads are going out, but still a bit slow going with the strong winds we've been having.
Fishing has been spotty with good numbers of perch but plenty of sorting to find the keepers. Pike are still crazy! Great pike fishing so far this season. The walleye bite is consistent, but during a short window in the evenings. Look to shore drops from the Stumps south and east shore, west side River Bar on up to Sugar Bar and northeast out to the first set of humps off High Banks. Seems gold is the color as of late and smaller lures to finesse these fish in the changing weather conditions.
Most areas are sitting with 15 to 20 inches of ice with spots of little or no snow, to some spots with 2 foot drifts. There is some slush, but that, too, is getting better. Check into the resorts for road conditions.
See you on the lake!
Big Winnie is getting a bit better for travel and several areas have small roads out to good fishing spots. You just need to check in with the resort where you are staying and they will be glad to suggest areas for safe travel and good places to fish. The west side has roads out to River Bar and up to Sugar Island. Tamarac Bay has a couple of shoots out to the Fishing Grounds. East side, off High Banks, you can get out to some of the closer humps. South side you can get to the stumps, east Bena Bar and over toward Snag Hole.
Again, check in with the resort your are staying at.
Perch bite is spotty with good numbers being caught, but a lot of sorting to find keeper perch. The walleye are going for a short period about a half hour, somewhere between 3 and 6 PM. Pike are going crazy!!! We have a lot of 22 to 26 inchers coming in with occasional 30 to 36 inchers showing up.
Most ice is 14 to 16 inches but varies between 13 and 20. If you are running into deeper snow, the ice is thinner. Stay on the plowed roads with heavier vehicles. If you want to go anywhere on the lake, bring a sled. See you on the lake!
Hello, from Big Winnie! We are slowly making ice. Most areas still vary quite a bit in ice thickness. 10 inches in some area, but up to 16 inches thick in others.
There are a couple of small roads up the west side and the south side, mostly out to the shore drop.
Fishing has been fair. Perch are going off the Mississippi River mouth and also Third River. 6 to 9 feet of water has been the best for good perch fishing.
The main lake shore-drops from 13 to 22 feet has been good for walleye and pike. Temps have been cold so hardy people have not ventured out of shacks much. Fishing will get better as temps are warming a bit now for several days. You can drill more holes when it becomes more comfortable outside and really find the good fishing.
Best travel still by snowmobiles or ATVs. Check in with the resort you are staying for an up to the minute report on travel. See you on the lake!
Happy New Year from Big Winnie! We are making ice at a rate of about an inch a week. Most areas in the main lake are between 12 and 15 inches, with 8 inches to a foot and a half of snow. Slush spots still exist in areas, but some are now freezing up. Tamarac Bay is still building ice slowly with the least ice at around ten inches. It is just a slow process.
The perch bite remains spotty with the best bite at the Mississippi River mouth up to the campground. The main lake bars are kicking out walleye in the evenings. Pike still are hitting well, though. Pike fishermen are using tip-ups about 2 to 4 feet up from the bottom on the edges of the drops.
Travel anywhere on the lake with snowmobiles. ATVs can get around in spots. Check in with area resorts for a road access update when you get to the lake.
See you on the ice!