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Hello, from Big Winnie!
The lake is hot right now for walleye and perch! It's a great time to be up here and on the water. The walleye are being caught in 4 to 8 foot of water for most of the keeper-sized fish with some very large walleyes thrown in to the mix. The main lake bars are starting to produce walleyes along with the shore drops: Moxey on the east side, west side Sugar and Snag, the Highbanks area also from 10 to 24 feet. Mostly catching nice walleyes for photos, with some keepers in your day's catch. Deeper water walleyes are liking crawlers and leeches; while the shallow fish are interested in the jig and shiners. There are plenty of hungry perch to keep you busy while fishing for walleye.
Crappies are on the last of their spawn and should be moving toward summer haunts soon. Sunnies are on beds right now. Be very selective on these fish, please.
The water temps are in the mid sixty range. Today's 80 degree day seems as if summer is on the way.
Time to go fishing and see you on the lake.
Hello, from Big Winnie! The walleye bite is about as HOT as the temps are getting. Walleye are still coming in from the shallow areas where weeds are starting to grow. 4 to 8 feet of water, with shiners, has been the best tactic. Play the wind - you want a bit of wind into or along the structure. Move along fairly quickly, 1 to 1.5 mph is good. If you lose the wind, drop spinners and pick up the speed. Mallard area south to the Bird Houses, East side from the Rock north to Highbanks area is good. North shore is also kicking out the walleyes. Some bar walleyes are showing up, also. Mostly slots. Leechs and shiners, or a crawler, are working for the bar fish.
Plenty of perch to keep you busy along with the walleye.
Sunfish and crappies are doing good in both Little and Big Cutfoot right now. Look to the weed areas emerging in the 6 to 10 foot range. Early or evening has been the best times. Water temps into the low 60 degree range now.
It's a great time to be fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish! See you on the lake.
Hello, from Big Winnie. The walleye bite continues to be good and they're very much into shiners. Jigs and shiners worked from 4 to 9 feet of water has been the ticket for walleye fishermen. Successful jig colors have been glows on cloudy days and gold or silver on sunny days. Move along at 1 mph to locate fish, but double-back through them till the bite slows, then move on again to new water. Big walleye females are being caught on the main lake bars now. This will get better as the next few weeks pass and the water temps continue to evolve. Water temps from the upper 50s to the low 60 degree range now. The weeds on the west side are starting to peak above the water's surface.
The perch fishing remains good, also, along with the walleye. They are very much together.
Pike fishermen are catching fish trolling crankbaits in the 5 to 12 foot range, with good numbers of fish in the 4 to 8 lb range.
Crappies are biting on several smaller lakes in the area. Sunfish are starting to go to making beds, they should be good in a week or so if we warm up a bit more.
See you on the lake!
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.