Lake Winnie Ice Conditions & Fishing Report for December 20, 2009

Hello, from Big Winnie!

Fishing on the big lake has been good for Perch. Several areas on the lake are going well now. The West side from the river mouth north to Sugar Island is doing well in 6 to 10 feet of water. The main lake bars such as Snag Hole, Stumps and Bena Bar out to Little Musky have been decent from 20 to 30 feet deep.

Pike have very active both for spearers and Tip-up fisherman with 6 to 12 foot depth being the best fishing.

The walleye bite is fair with early and late day fishing working best. From the tops at 15 feet down to about 24 feet is where folks are hitting walleye numbers.

ATVs are the best ice travel option as of now. The ice in Big Winnie varies from 14 inches South and East to 10 to 11 inches North and West. The river mouths have quite a bit less ice - closer to 6 to 8 inches in the current.

As always, use caution when venturing out. Call ahead to a resort or local bait shop for up-to-the-minute conditions.

Some area lake conditions:
Portage bay and Sucker bay of Leech Lake is at 11 to 13 inches. Boy lake is at 9 inches. Sucker Lake is at 10 inches. Cutfoot is 9 to 11 inches but stay out of channel areas.

Panfish bite varies as we have had some fisherman do ok on bluegills. Crappies are slow at this time.

There is very little snow up here at this time so we will continue to make ice.

I'll try to keep these reports coming a little more frequnelty over the next few weeks so you can anticipate ice conditions and understand where the fish are biting best.

See you on the ice!

Pat Rooney


Denny’s Resort – Lake Winnibigoshish • 15017 16th Ave. NE • P.O. Box 8 • Bena, Minnesota 56626
(218) 665 - 2222