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Hello, from Big Winnie. Ice thickness is varying from 8 to 12 inches. Heavy snow areas are where the ice is thinner and also a bit slushy. Where the snow cover is at about one foot the ice is 11-3/4 to 12-1/2 inches. There is little or no slush when you drill. A slight warming trend has brought out some fisherman, with mixed results. Perch are biting but "sorting" is the norm as there are many sizes to choose from.
The walleye bite is ok for an hour before sunset. Mostly, walleyes are found at shore drops from 12 to 24 feet.
Pike remain strong though with several fish taken in the 8 lb range. Spear fisherman are doing well, also. The west side Mississippi River inlet and north, a bit, to the Sugar Lake opening has been best for spearing. Third River is also going well.
Be safe - we are in a slow process of making ice. ATV or snowmobiles are the safe way to get around as of now. Check in at any resort open around the lake for up-to-the-minute reports and travel areas before going on the ice. See you on the lake!
Hello, from Big Winnie! We are making ice even though we have about 12 to 14 inches of snow on the ice as of right now. We are varying quite a bit for ice thicknesses, though. South end up to Bena Bar is about 10 to 11 inches. Tamarac Bay is at about the same. The west side by the river is between 7 and 9 inches. Some flooding but manageable, yet. North side by Third River is between 9 and 11 inches. The main wet spots are where there is a crack or heave. 4-wheeler or ATV travel is good now. Soon plows will be making roads, as we like to 12 inches minimum to start this.
Pike spearing for spear fisherman has been very good with numbers of fish from 3 to 8 lbs. Perch move in and the angling starts. Check in with resorts on the lake; we will all tell you how to access the lake safely.
Hope to see you soon!
The ice is being made and growing quickly as I type. Last week the lake froze over and, as of Sunday, we had two to two and a half inches. We are cold enough, we should make about a 1/2 inch a night. We will be out measuring again Friday and Saturday of the Holiday weekend. Time to get your ice equipment ready to go. Ice reports will follow as we continue to check. You may also call the resort for up-to-date ice reports. See you on the ice soon.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Hello, from Big Winnie! We are waiting for ice right now and it looks to be coming soon. There is some fishing going on at this time and folks are having good days. Water temps 40 degree range ice is around the corner. I did run a guided trip up to Rainy River last weekend and our party did quite well. This is a really fun fall fishing trip to take and our party would recommend it to anyone. Fishing is unusually good right through to early December, as long as you can handle the cold air.
Ice reports will be available as soon as it gets here - it's coming. Have a safe deer hunting season.
Hello, from Big Winnie. Fisherman are still going out for walleye and perch, but it has been slow with the changing weather. Trolling cranks in the six to ten foot range has put some walleye in the boat especially into the evenings. The perch bite is spotty with minnows and plain hook or jigs. Water is cooler now and into the low forty degree range.
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The Big Winni walleye bite is just ok right now. The weed lines are still producing with some bigger slot walleyes mixed in. The wind has to be right, though. Jigs and minnows are working best. The main lake bars are kicking out mostly slot walleyes.
The northern pike bite is going very good. Big jerk baits or big cranks trolled outside of the weeds has been working well.
Water temps are still warm for this time of the year, about 62 degrees. Time to go fishing!
Fall is a great time of the year for fishing Lake Winnibigoshish! The Big Winnie walleye bite is going strong in the shallow weed edges. Work jigs and minnows, spinners and minnows or crawlers in the 4 to 7 foot range. Play the wind to go along the weed edges, instead of blowing into them. Move along at 1 to 1.5 mph. Look to the east side from Duck Pass to the Rock. The west side, look to Townsite landing through to the Bird Houses. Farley creek west to Big Stoney Point is also producing good walleyes. There is a good mixed bag of fish with plenty of keepers. Crank baits are working, also, outside of those same weed lines.
Pike fishing is also very good now with bigger spoons or cranks trolled outside of the weeds. Bigger pike are taking big minnows on the deeper edges.
The sunfish are still going well in the coontail beds in 5 to 8 feet of water. Crappies are now starting to make some moves to deeper structure, in the 24 to 30 foot range.
If you didn't get in as much fishing as you may have liked this year, there is still another 1-2 months to get in some of the best fishing Lake Winnie has to offer.
Hello, from Big Winni! The shallow water walleye bite is starting to go well in the weed beds in 5 to 7 feet of water. You can jig for walleyes here with with fatheads. You can also use spinners for walleyes with crawlers or minnows. Move along quickly at about 1 to 2 mph. Once you locate walleyes, circle back go through them till the action lessens, then move on down until you contact fish again.
Pike action is going strong with spoons trolled outside the weeds and trolled quite fast.
Perch are a bit spotty with the weed fish mixed in with the walleyes or on some of the deeper bar drops.
Fall fishing on Lake Winnie is about as good as it gets. If you've never tried it, due to hunting schedules or other hobbies, those who regularly come to Winnie for the fall season have no regrets and consider it to be the best fishing of the year. Feel free to give us a call for cabin availability this fall. You can always mix in some fishing with a little duck hunting (we now offer fully guided waterfowl hunts) or grouse hunting. Several hunting seasons open this weekend!!
The walleye bite on Winnie is still going very well! A few more weed fish are showing up in shallow water. Jigs and half crawlers or a minnow is working well. Look to 5 to 8 foot of water and play the wind. These weed beds surround the lake and it's not hard to find fish. Bar fishing is still slow with a few larger fish being caught here and there. Evening trollers are taking fish just outside of the weed beds on smaller crankbaits.
Perch fishing has grown spotty as they are on the move. Deeper fish have seemed to move in just a bit. We are finding a few perch in shallow water, but you have to sort out the little guys.
Pike are still crazy, with minnows being best, trolling larger cranks would be the next choice and go fast - 3 to 4 mph.
Hello, from Big Winnie!
The walleye bite is as hot as the weather right now!!!
It's as good, if not better, than anything we have seen this year, so far. The main lake bar tops are going very strong with spinner and crawlers in the 12 to 15 foot depths range. Look to Center, Moses, Snag Hole on the west side for solid walleye action. Look to the Saddle out to Red hook and Moxey on the east side. When the wind blows a bit, the weed bite in 5 to 8 feet of water is going strong, also, with spinner or a jig and minnow or half of a crawler. Bowans Flats, at the weed edge, is another area very worthy of a visit.
The Lake Winnie perch bite is a bit spotty this week, but most of the bigger perch coming in have been from the main lake bar tops. The north shore is doing well trolling smaller cranks for walleye just outside the weeds, and bigger cranks fast over weed tops for some big pike. Run from Big Stoney to Farley creek. Minnow dunking is doing well for larger pike in the weed beds, also. Sunfish are going well on most area lakes early and late in the day, small jigs under a bobber, 2 to 3 feet down in 5 to 7 feet of water has been working well.
The fishing is great, come on out and join us!