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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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hello, from Big Winnie. The weather has warmed since the opener and the ice is now long gone. The walleye bite has started a little slow, but picked up toward the end of the week. The north end around the gap toward the river channel into Tamarac Bay is seeing some active walleyes. The Stoney Point area down through Sugar Island is also producing walleyes.
Water temps are in the upper forty degree range right now. Work slower speeds with rigs and minnows or jigs. 7 to 14 feet of water has been the key to finding the hungry fish.
The perch bite is great with them quite hungry and in the post spawn mood. They are readily caught with jigs and minnows.
Pike fishing has been good, as well.
Please know that we still have cabin and motel room openings in June. The next four weeks should be incredible fishing. Call us for availability or use the request form found at the "Contact Us" page on this website.
Time to go fishing! See you on the lake!
Hello, from Big Winnie. The Minnesota fishing opener has come and gone. As you've probably heard, we had ice on most of the lake. The ice is just about gone as of today, May 15. There's just a little left in the northeast corner of the lake. Ice will be gone tomorrow evening, no doubt. The perch fishing thru the ice during the opener was good, though. We had a couple of people out there catching them. Next report to follow in a couple of days.
Another snowstorm has dumped NINE inches on Lake Winnie. We have now about 40 inches on top of the ice! Due to several heavy slush areas, vehicle travel is not at all possible at this time. We will be looking again at doing some roadwork after there is some snow melt. I will update progress on snow melt and any roadwork we choose to do.