Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for November 29, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie! We are making ice! Third River area has 3 to 4 inches. Tamarac Bay has about the same ice thickness. Shore ice on the east and south side of Winnie is at about three inches thick. The west side had open water Wednesday, in a two-mile strip running north. Cold temps should freeze that up quickly.

The spearfishermen should be ready to spear by this weekend. Call ahead to the resorts or bait shops in the area for an up-to-the-minute report before you come up. The next couple of weeks is the time to get your augers tuned and blades sharpened.

Ice fishing is just around the corner and we're all looking forward to the season and seeing many of you again.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 19, 2012

The fishing on Lake Winnie has been excellent. The fall bite, with cooler water temps, have the walleyes biting softer/gentler. But they are biting very well! Look to the remaining weeds in the 5 to 8 foot range. Perch and Walleye are in there together. Light jigs in the 1/8 or 1/16 oz with a fathead or a small shiner are working well. Pitch it out do slow pulls forward, then when it gets heavy set the hook.

Grouse hunters are doing well around this area. Most leaves have fallen and it is easy to see in the woods. Most hunters are reporting flushes on every trip.

Duck hunters are doing quite well, also. Northern divers and some big mallards are showing up now. Most hunters that are putting the time in are getting their ducks with no problem. Tamarac Point, Raven Creek and Third River are all good bets for duck hunting on Lake Winnie right now.

Deer hunters should be seeing some rubs and a few scrapes by now. If you're deer stand is not yet up, you should complete that project before the end of this weekend and then try to stay out of the woods you intend to hunt.

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for October 3, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie. The fall walleye bite is still going strong with fish being caught shallow in the inside weed edge. 5 to 6 feet of water with jigs and minnows moving at 1.0 to 1.4mph - speed cannot be emphasized enough. Quickly cover water when you hit a pod, stay there a few passes - you will have your fish quickly. All sizes are in there from 10 inches to 27 inches. If too many boats, move out a bit, tie on spinners with a 1.4 oz weight and troll just outside those same weed beds for more fish.

Pike are eating well now. Bigger crank baits or spoons are still working well.

Perch are scattered but easy to catch, just cover a bit of water.

Grouse hunters are still reporting seeing more birds than then they can shoot. Leaves are still on the trees.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 27, 2012

The walleye bite is is going pretty well right now. The fall walleye bite is going shallow or deep. Bar fishing is ok, as are the humps. Move around till you have some action, work the area with minnows and jigs, or a rig and minnow or a crawler. 12 to 28 feet on the deep structure and 4 to 8 in the shallow weed lines. Look for the weeds that are still green.

Pike fishing is ok with trolled cranks or spoons.

Perch bite has gotten a little spotty as of late. Areas of perch are biting good, but a lot of sorting needs to be done.

Leaves are starting to fall and grouse hunters are reporting a fair amount of birds, but very few have been shot. Ducks and geese are getting shot around the lake. Third river and Tamarac point being the best for waterfowlers.

Lots of things to do this time of the year. Get out and fish and hunt the same day. Sounds perfect, doesn't it?

 

Pat Rooney

Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 19, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie!

With water temps in the low 60 degree range the fall bite is hot and heavy! Shallow weed fishing is good in the 4 to 7 foot range with jigs and a minnow. You need to be close to the weed lines - important. Play the wind and get along the wind direction or slightly into the wind. The main lake bars are also working well with rigs and a crawler or bigger jigs - vertical fishing with bigger minnows. 15 to 28 feet has been the best.

Pike have been active but tight into the weeds. You can cast or troll just outside to get them to the boat.

Perch have been caught along with the walleye. Sort out some to keep, as there will be plenty to choose from.

In addition to terrific fishing right now, hunting time is here. Early grouse hunters are getting a few. They are harder to see with the leaves on the trees yet. Bear hunters have had good hunting with several in the 200 to 300 lb range being brought in here.

Early bow hunting for deer has some archers seeing animals, though not close enough to shoot yet.

Ducks have been spotted on this lake in several areas: Third River, Raven Creek and Cutfoot have good numbers of ducks right now. Geese have been scarce.

See you on the lake, or maybe the woods! Love this time of the year.

Pat Rooney

P.S. Did I mention that fishing is really HOT right now?

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

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