Lake Winnie Fishing Report for September 7, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The walleye fishing has picked up very nicely! The fall bite is clearly starting right now and have many excited fishermen and women. The walleyes are making some very shallow moves. Jigs and minnows, cranks or rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches - both techniques are working in the 3 to 8 foot range. Wind certainly helps their bite activity. Move quickly for active fish, between 1 to 1.5 mph. When the bite slows, the fish move back into the weeds pretty tight. Slow down and finesse the walleyes with a 16th oz jig and minnow or a piece of crawler over and thru the weed tops. Drop shot rigs, 16th or 32nd oz, work well also for those neutral fish. Deeper structures are also producing good walleye numbers. The main lake bars and some humps or going well, rigged with crawlers or a jig and larger minnows. Fish the tops down the edges a bit. The fish are also suspending well off the bar edges. Troll smaller cranks at the top of the bars over deep water near the edge for those fish.

Pike are going well trolling bigger cranks and spoons. Some bigger pike are in the weeds and are being caught casting spoons to the weeds.

Panfishing is going well for perch and sunnies. Weed areas best. Water temps are in the low 70 degree range, but will start cooling even further soon.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 30, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite is still going strong. The shallow weed bite is good from High Banks area through the Reclaim. 8 to 10 feet of water is the best in this area. Start fast, with jigs and minnows. If that technique slows down, switch to rigs and crawlers to take more fish. Bar fishing is picking up with rigs and crawlers. Bena Bar from Little Musky out through the bend is good. Horseshoe and Moses have been good. Bar bite has been better later in the morning. Start at the top in 13 feet depths then down to the 24 foot range.

Pike are moving well. The weeds have produced the best, with trolling fast with larger cranks or spoons.

Perch have remained good biters all summer. Deeper side of humps north and weed fishing in Tamarac or High Banks with jigs and fatheads.

See you on the water.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 22, 2012

The walleye bite just keeps getting better! The main lake bars with rigs is good. The best bite is on Sugar and Moses. The weed line bite with crawlers and spinners is good. High Banks area is good, now. The east side weed line from the Rock and south is good. The west side weed line from the Bird Houses to River Bar is good. Big Stoney to Farley is also going.

Pike fishing is very good now, too. Several 10 lb. plus fish have come in. Casting spoons or trolling spoons outside of the weed lines has been the best method.

Perch fishing remains good with a jig and minnow, on most north humps and also in the weed beds.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 17, 2012

Big Winnie water temps have cooled down a bit to the low to mid 70 degree range. The fishing has really picked up as a result! Walleyes are being taken off the main lake humps north of Third River Bar. Rigging with leeches and crawlers is the best route for up there. The main lake bars such as Moses, Snag and Bena Bar (from the Big Bend out to Third River Bar) have been good, also, with the same presentation options. The weed bite is kicking in, also, with spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows that are worked quickly at 1.5 mph.

Perch remain the same as all year - HOT! Jigs and minnows are the easiest way to put a meal in the boat in a hurry.

Pike fishing is now going strong with several fish caught in the 5 to 8 lb range. Trolling troll devils or larger crank baits over and next to the weeds is getting their attention. Good pike are being found on the east side from High Banks to the Reclaim. Also, fishermen are finding pike on the west side from Sugar Island up through Mallard point. The north side, Stoney Point Humps east to Pigeon River. The Tamarac Bay weed line close to the river channel is also good right now for pike.

Sunnie fishing remains good on most smaller area lakes and in Cutfoot, on the deeper weed line in the 8 to 14 foot range. Early and late has been the best for sunnies. The crappie bite starting in the deeper weed line, also, especially in the early morning.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

P.S. With the cooler temps forecasted for this weekend, it's a good time to come up and work on those deer stands or clear some shooting lanes. It's nice to do that work now when the branches have leaves as you may not notice the smaller branches once the leave fall off the trees.

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 8, 2012

The Walleye bite is still going! Trolling has been the best to cover lots of territory. Spinners trolled fast in the 1.2 to 2.0 mph range has been the best. From the bar tops, troll for suspended fish, 4 to 10 feet down. Edges of the bars and also the weed edges, troll a foot off the bottom. Crawlers, leeches and minnows are all producing. Sometimes ALL work during the same day. Crankbaits are also working at times. Smaller cranks are working best. The fish are loaded with very young perch that are about 1-inch long. The walleyes are very are aggressive when they hit right now, which is pretty fun.

Perch are still on fire! Fish the weeds for numbers of fish, but you will need to sort through to find perch of good size. The rocky areas hold the better numbers of bigger fish. Jigs and minnows are the best way to put them in the boat.

Pike fishing is good. Trolling spoons or large crankbaits at the weed edges is working well. You can also bobber fish or cast the weed beds, moving along till you contact pike. West side weeds have been best for bobber fishing and casting. Weedy bar tops are best for trolling.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 1, 2012

The walleye bite, on Lake Winnie, has gotten a bit better in recent days. Successful walleye fishermen are trolling spinners and crawlers or leeches. Look to the tops of the main lake bars. Set rigs to run up to 4 feet off bottom. Look also to any weed beds, the deeper the weed beds the better to find good numbers of hungry walleyes. Set rigs to run through the tops of the weeds.

The perch bite remains great - they are just so much fun to catch. Fish over ten inches are common at this time.

The northern pike bite has gotten good, also. Pitch bigger lures into the weed edges. Troll outside of the weeds with big cranks and hang on. They are there and definitely aggressive.

The sunnie fishing remains good in coontail beds in several area lakes. Best times are early and later in the day. 8 to 12 feet seems to be the best depths. Crappie have been hitting later in the evening in the same areas the sunnies are going strong, but switch baits to plastic grubs or tubes in the two inch range.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 26, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The walleye bite has been better as of late for Lake Winnie walleyes. Trolling small crank baits over deeper weed tops and just outside of the weed beds has been good. Spinners and a minnow or a crawler are also working well. With this rig, fish in the same areas but just slow down a bit.

Rigging is working on the humps with crawlers and leeches. Weed beds have produced a mixed bag of fish. Perch, northern pike and a few walleye are being found together in these weed beds. Short plain hook snells of about 12 inches in length, tipped with half of a crawler or a leech gets their attention.

The water is getting warm and some tullipee are starting to die off.

Pike fishing gets really good as soon as they watch for dieing tullipee that swim around a bit on there way up to the top. This easy food tends to get them pretty excited.

Sunnies are still hot on several lakes in the area from 7 till dark. Look to the weeds edges in the 7 to 10 foot range. Small piece of worm or a two-inch grub tail has been the best. Be selective as some of the bigger sunnies take a while to grow up in this part of the state.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 18, 2012

Hello, form Big Winnie.

The walleye bite is getting better. Spinners and crawlers or minnows are working well again. Walleye fishermen and going deep with bouncers, or long-line and shallow, over weed tops. Move fairly quick. 1.0 to 1.8 is the speed. Look to the north humps. The main lake bars are also working. Weeds in the 6 to 10 foot range are good, also, at this time.

Perch bite remains strong. Look to the deep side of weeds or off the main lake drops all the way down to 30 feet deep.

Pike will get active soon as we now have some die off of rough fish. Look to the deeper side of the weeds and on the main lake bar tops.

Sunfish are active on most of the smaller lakes in the area. Coontail beds in the 10 to 14 foot range has been good. Early and later in the day has been best.

Water temps are in the upper 70 to low 80 degree range.

See you on the water.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 11, 2012

Hello, from Lake Winnie.

The walleye bite has been spotty. The bite is only on for short periods. Humps North have been the best in the last few days for walleyes. Rigs have been best with crawlers. The bars are really on and off right now.

Thee perch bite is very good with strong numbers of fish over ten inches. Perch are great for getting kids involved in fishing.

Pike have been active, also, with several fish brought in around seven lbs.

Several storms have downed trees around here. Most places are open now, however.

Panfishing is also very good now. Sunnies are active in the evening. Look for sunfish in the 8 to 12 foot range.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

P.S. We have cabin and motel openings during several periods in July. Give a call and we'll find a spot for you.

Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 6, 2012

Big Winnie is getting back to normal bite patterns after the storms rolled through. Guests are reporting good catches of walleyes in the last few days, as the wind is blowing. Deeper structures remain the norm for walleye presence. The main lake bars, Bena and Sugar and Moses have given up some fish with rigs and crawlers and leeches being the best baits. The humps far north and west have put fish on in the boat the same way.

The perch bite has been very good. Rocky areas the best. Numbers of fish in the ten inch range.

Pike are starting to bite as the tullipee are moving due to the various bug hatches. Outside weed line and on top of the main lake bars and humps being best. Bigger minnows or large trolled crank baits are best.

Time to go fishing.

Pat Rooney

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