Lake Winnie Fishing & Hunting Report for September 29, 2011

The Big Winnie walleye bite is really quite good on the main lake bars this week. Bena Bar, from Little Musky north thru The Bend, is very good. Walleye fishermen and women are rigging with crawlers for best action. Horseshoe and Moses are also doing well, with the fishermen using the same tactics. The shallow walleye bite in the weed edges has been getting a bit better in recent days. Ravens Point north up to Mallard, Highbanks and the Rock on the east side have been going strong with jigs and fathead minnows. Trolling shad raps in the evenings has been a walleye producer, also. Lots of good walleye opportunities right now. Be sure to stop in to the lodge for the latest walleye tips and techniques.

Perch have been very good in many shallower spots around the lake. Jigs and minnows have been the ticket.

Crappies and sunfish have moved to deeper water, but are very catchable right now. Look for the panfish in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Pike have been very active, also. Big minnows worked outside the weed lines, slow trolled with a split shot two feet up from the hook. Open bail, give it a 5-count, set the hook and then hang on. Several fish this week up to 10 lbs. have been caught. The pike fishermen and women have been very happy.

Hunters are seeing some grouse now, but we have had cooler temps. The leaves are coming down fast now, so birds will be easier to see. Duck hunters are here but not seeing the big numbers just yet. Some are reporting good hunting, others are not. Smaller lakes are the ticket it seems this week. Mallards, and some ringnecks (divers) are the most plentiful this week. Goose hunters are seeing plenty of birds, everywhere.

Cooler temps, soon, should get the deer to move. There are a few bow hunters out hoping to see them move more during the daylight hours. They should see good activity this weekend. It's a great time of the year to visit for lots of hunting and fishing opportunities.

Pat Rooney


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