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Hello, from Big Winnie! The perch bite has gotten better this week. They have made some deeper moves. The east side, from the Moxey area up to the Saddle have been good out in 30 to 35 feet of water. The west side has seen perch biting on south Horseshoe and Snag Hole and also Sugar Bar, in the same depth range (30-35'). You will sort a bit, but plenty of good perch bites. Fishermen have still been getting perch on the north humps around to Tamarac Bay.
Pike remain active with the tip-up guys and gals reporting they are finding pike about 1 to 3 feet off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. The top portions of the structures are the best.
Walleye have been active for "keeper" sized fish an hour before dark and an hour after sun up. Jigging spoons are the best option with a minnow head for walleyes. The bar tops and sharp shore drops have been the best for walleyes. The crest at about 15 to about 19 has been working well. The bigger walleye - in the slot - have been biting throughout the night.
Sunnie and crappie fishing is spotty around here at the moment. The weather has something to do with that, though, as we have had some wind and snow.
We are at about 10 inches of snow on the lake. Plowed roads are open around the lake. Check to the resort you are accessing from for up to the minute road maps. The lake is at 20 inches of ice with some cracks to drive around right now.
See you on the lake!
The walleye bite on Big Winnie has gotten a bit better in recent days. Moxey's Hole and the Saddle have put some good walleyes on the ice. Snag Hole and Horseshoe also have put some walleye numbers out this week. The North Humps from Third River Bar north and west are working walleyes day to day.
The pike bite remains active all around the lake. It's actually quite impressive! A 41-inch pike was taken in Tamarac Bay, and several pike in the 10 lb. range from the Bird Houses to the River Bar. This kind of pike action always makes me think of my recipe for pickled pike. It's so good!
Perch are still spotty with action from 10 feet of water one day, 35 feet the next. If you drill enough holes, you will get into the perch - just takes more effort than we're used to seeing. Seems the better perch are 1 to 4 feet up off the bottom.
Lake Winnie ice thickness is between 18 and 20 inches, with some heaves as one would normally see this time of year. Just check in with the resort you are accessing for road directions. There is a heave on the west side out to Sugar Bar. There's another heave on the south side out to Horseshoe and Red Hook. Look for a heave on the east side out to North Bar. Tamarac has good roads throughout the bay.
See you on the ice!
Hello, from Big Winnie! The northern pike fishing is still VERY VERY hot! Several beautiful pike over 40 inches being reported with a 18 lb monster pike being the biggest pike taken this week.
Right now, the walleye bite is rather spotty. One day the "keeper" fish bite, the next day it is all "slot" walleyes to put back - not many complaints though.
The jumbo perch bite has been challenging as of late. You need to check from 10 foot of water out to the basin areas in 35 to 40 feet to find any concentrations of perch. They are still making some big moves. On the west side of the lake, look to the birdhouses and the River Bar north to Sugar. On the south side of Winnie, check Horseshoe and Bena Bar as they are still kicking out good perch. On the east side, check for perch at Moxey Hole west to the Mud Humps, north of the Third River Bar. The Tamarac Bay river channel edge is doing ok, also, for perch. Spoons and minnow heads are working well. The perch and walleye are biting the same baits.
The tip-up fishermen are reporting the bulk of the pike catches, by far. One to six feet off bottom with bigger sucker minnows, up to 8 inches in length is working best for the tip-up guys.
Ice conditions have gotten better after a recent rain storm. We are at 17 to 18 inches most everywhere on the lake. The little snow left on the lake got wet, turned to slush and froze over (about an inch thick). Travel is good now. As always, check in to the resort you are accessing for an up to the minute road report.
See you on the lake!
Hello, from Big Winnie! The bite for perch remains rather spotty. Smaller fish have been the norm, in recent days, but with plenty of bites and plenty of sorting. They are making moves in to 6 feet of water some days. Some are better out in the 25 to 35 foot range. Glow lures and minnow heads or small minnows on a plain hook are working best. Drill good lines of holes from the top of the drops down to the basin and be prepared to be mobile.
Walleyes are still biting very well! Main lake bar tops from the top at 14 foot then down the drop to about 23 feet. Glow jigging spoons and minnow heads are working well. On cloudy days, the bite has been from 1 pm till dark. On sunny days, the bite is early and again late in the day. Look to Bena Bar out to the bend. Horseshoe and River bar out to the Sugar area has been good, as has been the North Humps north of Third River Bar. Shore drop to Moxey's has some fish, also.
The pike bite is STILL very good! Tip-up fishermen are still reporting up to 20 flags a day - being common. Several fish have been caught in the 6 to 8 lb range.
Roads are out four to five miles on the south side. The west side has three to four miles of road. The east side has roads out four miles. Tamarac Bay has roads throughout the bay. Ice is 14 to 16 inches with some pressure ridges, but all have been manageable. Check in to the resort you are accessing out of for up to the minute reports on the roads.
See you on the ice!
The fishing on Winnie has been very good this week. Walleye fishing continues to be strong. The shore drops from 12 to 18 feet are where most walleyes are found. The main lake bars and humps, also are good, with the 14 to 18 foot range being a good place to focus. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are the best tools to get the walleyes' attention. Walleye have been active from 1 pm till dark.
If we get sunny days, the perch bite well. On the cludy days, not as well. The west side perch bite is from 8 to 12 feet deep. The main lake perch bite is 18 to 25 feet. Small minnows or waxies have been the main tool used to put good perch on the ice.
Pike are still crazy! Tip-up fisherman have been catching good pike in the same locations where the perch are biting. Set your tip-ups 3 feet off the bottom with 4 to 6 inch suckers or big shiners. Make sure to bring your tip-ups.
Ice conditions are generally good. Most ice is 13 to 15 inches. Very little snow cover has helped make good ice this season. As always, the ice moves around a bit, creating heaves and such. You will need to check in with the resort you are going out of to verify safest travel paths and heave locations. The south end has a crack east to west from about Duck Pass to Little Stoney. Then, the Highbanks area out from north humps toward mallard point. The west side crack as of now has healed and there is a safe crossing. At the river, Tamarac Bay has been good for travel with 12 inches of ice. Highbanks has a road out three miles to the north humps and travel is safe. Beckers and McArdles are running out by the River Bar. Dixon Lake is going out of Third River. Denny's and Nodak Lodge has roads out to Horseshoe and Bena Bar. Tamarac has a road throughout the bay. Again check in with the resort you are going out of to be sure of safety.
The fishing is getting good! See you on the ice!
Hello, from Big Winnie. Hope everyone had a great Christmas! The fishing has been good the last few days for jumbo perch. The cold snap seems to have gotten those big perch a bit more active. Tamarac Bay in 12 feet of water has been good. The east side stump field has been going well for perch, too. On Bena Bar, the perch are plentiful but a lot of sorting to find the bigger perch. The west side is going well, in shallow water off the river mouth. 6 to 8 feet is the place to be to find the perch in that location.
Walleyes are still biting but have slowed a bit with the recent cold snap. Bena Bar has been good the east side shore drop, Horseshoe south side, all have put fish on the ice. Cloudy days from noon on or sunny days from 3 till dark are best. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are the ideal tactic right now to get those walleyes' attention.
The northern pike have been crazy!!! Tip-up fisherman in the 13 to 18 foot range toward the top of the structure, 1 to 3 feet off the bottom with 4 to 6 in sucker minnows. The pike fishing is the hottest we've seen it in quite some time.
Ice is still varying from 11 to 13 inches, with the south west side still at 8 inches. Check into the resort you are going out of for road directions. You can access in light trucks in most spots. Half tons or less, for certain. Again, you will get good directions from all the resorts around the lake.
Hello, from Big Winnie. The recent temperatures have slowed the rate at which we have been making ice the last few days. Reports have varied from one area - off the Townsite SW at about 6 inches. The majority of the lake is 9 to 12 inches right now, which is a good start. We do have a couple of heaves. Check in with the resort from which you will access, before heading out. Better to be safe than sorry.
The walleye bite is good on the bars and on the sharper shoreline drops from the tops at 15 feet down to 25 feet. Buckshot rattle spoons in gold or chartreuse green have been good with a minnow head. The walleye bite will only get better in the coming weeks.
The perch bite has been rather spotty. Some days the deep bite in 25 feet or more is working. The next day you get them in 6 feet of water. Takes a little extra effort to find them right now. Like the walleye fishing, the perch bite will continue to improve and consistently good perch fishing will be hitting any day now.
Pike are very active! Tip-up fishermen are getting them in 10 to 20 feet, a few feet off the bottom.
We have about 4 inches of snow on the ice at this time.
See you on the lake!
Hello, from Big Winnie! We are making ice!!!
Tamarac bay has 8 inches out to the tip of the point. East side south to Highbanks, all the way around to Little Stoney has 8 inches of ice. Going north on Bena Bar to Little Musky has 8 inches. The west side has 8 inches out to about 9 feet of water. From The Townsite access westward, to outside of the Mississippi river inlet, then back north to Sugar Lake opening, there was open water a couple of days ago - has NOW froze over. THE ICE IS THIN. Be extra cautious in this area. There are only about three inches in that area.
Check into the any of the resorts you are staying at for directions around this area. Water starting to clear up at the Mississippi River mouth and also Third River mouth. Shore line areas east and north in 4 to 8 feet of water is a bit dirty. Fishing is getting under way.
Northern pike spear fisherman are reporting good catches with fish up to 15 lbs. River mouth areas the best. Some shorelines are working as well out to 8 feet of water.
The perch bite is spotty, some shallow fish being caught by the river mouths, also. Main lake bars are doing ok with sorting of perch by sizes. Shoreline drops in the 15 to 23 foot range working also with some sorting.
The walleye bite is good with sharp drops from 12 to 23 feet being the best. Early and later in the day are best or darker cloudy days.
We have about 2 inches of snow on the lake. Travel with ATVs is ok in most areas. See you on the lake.
Exciting new to share! The big lake is now completely iced over! We have 5 to six inches on most of the lake. The west side froze up last and is at 3.5 inches. We have no snow and quite a few cracks as we froze up on a hard wind. You will certainly need ice cleats to move around safely on the surface of the ice when fishing. Tamarac Bay is at 5 to 6 inches. Third River is at 5 inches thick. Up on Third River, groups have had some good spearing going on. The east side from south shore thru Moxey is 5 to 6 inches thick.
The main spot to watch, for safety, is just south of the West Winnie campground up to Ravens Point. That froze up last at 3.5 inches and still a bit dangerous for more than foot travel.
Call into your resort or local bait shop for a report before you come up. Great ice fishing for walleyes and perch will be getting under way very soon.
See you on the ice!
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!