Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 18, 2012

Big Winnie is making lots of ice right now - we are at 17 to 19 inches! Most areas are allowing truck travel. We have marked our first road out to the humps, east of High Banks. The second road runs up Bena Bar. The south heave is still holding tight to the east and there is a good crossing. The west side heave still moves a bit, but note there are several good spots to fish going around it. Crossing in spots is ok, too. At the north end, there are reports that ice is pretty good. Also, there are now trucks going out of High Banks. In Tamarac Bay, the ice is also good.

The snow cover is only one to three inches. As always, check in with the resort you go out through for an up to the minute report. This is important for safety.

Fishing has been pretty good with the cloudy days being good for walleyes and the sunny days good for perch.

Walleyes are biting on shore drops and the main lake bars from 17 to 24 feet. Buckshot rattle spoons are working well, lately, in glow or gold. Dead-stick a tail-hooked minnow next to your spoon for extra attention from the walleyes. Most bars are catching some fish. Sugar, Horseshoe and Bena, from Big Musky to Three Bend. The humps up north are starting to get quite hot. Walleyes are very much on the move. Drill a few holes to find them. Once you do, they are then quite easy to put on the ice.

The northern pike bite remains strong. Tip-up fishermen are reporting 3 to six feet off the bottom toward the top portions of the structure are the best locations to see great pike action. Big shiners or 5 to 10-inch suckers are the way to go. Minnesota now lets you run a quick-strike rig for pike. It is now quite a bit easier to put pike back as there is less deep-hooking occurring for the pike fishermen.

The perch bite, in the sunshine, is fast and furious with pink or pink-white being good colors to use. Also, keep gold jigs handy as a go-to color, if the pink colors start to become less interesting to the perch. Perch seem to be a bit deeper right now with the 20 to 30 foot range working well for most of our perch chasers.

It's a great time to be ice fishing Lake Winnibigoshish! 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