Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 18, 2010

Hello, from sunny Lake Winnie!

The perch bite continues to be pretty good, but they are on the move. The deeper, bug-eating fish are biting just fine but you have to sort through them to get good-sized fish. Drill holes till you find the bigger ones and when you get a good school, fish  2 to 3 feet up from the bottom for the bigger fish. The larger fish will come up from the bottom to get food more so than the pesky little guys. Glow-jigs and fatheads are certainly the best bait to be using for perch right now. The fish found along the shoreline are also going well, but some bigger moves. The base of the drop along the shoreline, at 23 to 24 feet, is producing fish during the day, then they are going on top, in the evening, with the walleyes.

Walleyes are very spotty as the walleye season nears the close. Some fish are still being caught off some of the humps North of Bena Bar and Westerly. The shore drops are a little better, but short-lived in the evening. Buckshots in gold, lately, has worked with a minnow head.

Pike fishing is VERY hot right now! Shore drops East and West from 19 feet up to 14 feet has been excellent. Tip-ups set at 1 to 3 feet off the bottom are working well with plenty of fish being caught from 5 to 9 lbs.

Snow depth is about the same - 7 to 8 inches - but the wind has improved off-road travel into several spots.

In Cutfoot, crappies are going strong in 23 to 38 feet of water. Some sunnies are mixed in and being caught, as well. Boy Lake is starting to give up some sunnies in 12 to 20 feet of water. Make sure to head to the North side of the lake.

See you on the ice!

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Denny’s Resort – Lake Winnibigoshish • 15017 16th Ave. NE • P.O. Box 8 • Bena, Minnesota 56626
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