Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report for August 31, 2011

Hello, from Big Winnie!

The big lake bite has changed a bit earlier than normal. You can catch walleyes jigging with minnows in 3 to 5 feet of water or you can rig a main lake bar in 12 to 20 feet of water. You can also find walleyes by trolling smaller crank baits outside of weed edges in 10 to 15 feet of water and catch a couple of fish all in the same day. There are smaller "bite windows" that last from 15 minutes to 2 hours, but that means a lot of choices for us fishermen and women. Trollers are doing best on the west side from Sugar Island up to Mallard Point. High Banks has some jig fish going with the right wind in the shallows. Bena Bar from Little Musky out to the Long Bar has been ok. Lots of places to catch lots of walleyes.

The perch bite has been very good on the Raven Ridge rocks with fatheads and firetiger fireball jigs. The size has been very good with good numbers of perch being caught in the 11 inch range.

Pike fisherman are doing good trolling bigger crank baits just outside of the weeds also. Northern pike up to 8 lbs have common.

Crappies and Sunnies have been active also on the weed edges early and late in some of our smaller lakes. Try Little Ball Club Lake and Portage Lake for good panfish action. We are getting ready for fall fishing as the water temps are still in the low 70 degree range.

When you visit, make sure to ask us about the hunting prospects for this fall (grouse, deer, bear). We would be glad to help you with morning fishing and finding a good place for grouse in the afternoons. If you are thinking of deer hunting around the area, now is a good time for scouting.

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

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