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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.
The perch bite has been very good on sunny days. The 20 foot depth line in to 8 feet deep has been good as long as its sunny outside. On cloudy days look to the deeper areas for perch - best between 20 and 40 feet deep. The perch seem to be more active there when cloud cover blocks the sunlight. Look to the west side from River Bar north through to Ravens Rocks. For perch, use smaller jigs and minnow heads fished next to a plain hook with a live minnow. The east side Stumps in 18 to 22 up through Moxey has been ok. At the Highbanks shore-drop, the same depths (18-22) have been ok. Travel is possible on plowed roads only at this time. Leaving the plowed roads is a recipe for disaster. Check into the resort you are accessing for a map and recommended areas to fish for perch.
Sunfish and crappie have started to bite on several area lakes, but on most lakes you need to travel with a snowmobile or ATV. Look to Big Cutfoot off Mcavity island. Little Ball Club or Portage Lake has some increased panfish activity.
See you on the ice!
The Big Winnie walleye and pike fishing season has closed with a bang! Pike are roaming around stealing jigs for perch right now. The perch are getting active on the west side from Mallard Point out to the drop in 12 to 18 feet of water. Ravens down to Sugar Point from 8 feet out to 14 feet has also been good. Smaller jigs and fatheads have been the bait of choice. You will have to sort through your catches, culling the small ones, but there is plenty of action and the perch are biting well. From 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. has been the best fishing time.
A few sunfish are mixed in with the perch, closer to shore, by Raven Creek and Sugar Point.
We have about 18 inches of snow now and compacting down a bit each day. There are some slush spots to deal with but not that bad. Denny's Resort has roads out to Ravens. Most resorts have roads out to the perch areas. Check in for up to the minute reports on travel.
Reminder: We can have overnight shacks out on the lake till March 19th.
See you on the ice!
Big Winnie pike fishing remains ON FIRE! Big suckers or shiners on tip-ups with the baits 2 to 5 feet off the bottom have been the successful method. Fish the tops of the main lake bars or the shore-drop tops for them. Pike fishermen and women have seen amazing success. Bring your tip-ups and give this amazing pike opportunity a try.
Perch fishing is fair with decent numbers of perch being caught. You can sort your twenty out, though, as there are a mix of small, medium and large being caught. The west side has some perch going in the Sugar Island area, ten to twelve feet depths. The south shore has some perch going on Snag Hole. East and north from Moxey up to the High Banks area are seeing good perch.
Walleye are being caught early and late in the day for about one hour - that's the window. It's a short bite window, but be ready at prime time you will get some walleyes. Jigging spoons and minnow heads fished next to a plain hook or live minnow has been working best.
Roads are plowed around the lake. Check into where you access to get a road map and directions.
The walleye bite has been spotty in recent days. There has been some evening walleye bites from 1 hour before sunset till dark. But, there's a short bite window. You will get 5 or six walleye bites, but you'd better make each bite count (don't miss 'em). They are making moves up top of the structure and spreading out on top. Look to shore drops from 13 to 18 feet. The main lake bar tops from 15 to 20 feet. Jigging spoons fished next to a tail hooked live minnow works well.
The perch bite has gotten a bit better, lately, with the fish going up the drops also but only up 24 feet or so. The shallow bite for perch has been good also from 5 to 8 feet. Drill a bunch of holes when you locate a school of perch. They are eating well right now.
The northern pike bite remains excellent! Fish large shiners or suckers, from 4 to 8 inches, and hang on. Pike sizes up to 36 inches and in the 12 lb range have been common this winter. Very healthy fish, for sure, and a blast to catch. There are plenty of great opportunities to get kids on some good sized pike this year.
We have plowed roads out to Little Musky, then up the east side through Moxey Hole to the Saddle. Check into the resorts for an update on roads when you get here. We had about ten inches of snow on the ice. There is some slush in spots; however, the spots are manageable.
See you on the ice!
The northern pike bite remains tops at this time. Tip-up fishermen are taking good numbers of pike in the 4 to 7 lb range. Some 10 pound pike and 12 pound pike have been photographed and returned to the water (we respect "catch, photo and release"). 15 to 20 flags in a day has been the norm for the pike fishermen.
The perch bite also remains good. You have to sort a bit more through the good numbers of fish to find the good eating size. They are making some shallow moves in to 6 feet of water. The perch bite has been super shallow and out to the main lake bars. Look for them in Tamarac Bay, the Mississippi River mouth and thee Third River mouth.
The walleye bite has been good within short windows at dawn and dusk. Some bigger walleyes have been reported throughout the night by the guys using the sleeper shacks. Look to the sharp shore drops of Moxey's Hole, Snag Hole or River Bar. The humps up north produce walleyes right now, but the walleyes hit on one hump one day and move to another hump the next day.
The lake has about ten inches of snow right now. You can get "off road" in 60 to 70 percent of the lake. There are ice roads out of several resorts, but check-in for up to the minute conditions.
See you on the ice!
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!