Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 25, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie. Look to the deep shore drops for jumbo perch in the 24 to 30 foot range. Snag Hole on the west end and Moxey drop on the east end of the lake have produced good perch numbers.The main lake bars are also holding perch right on the mud-line and down deeper. Perch are being found from 23 to 35 feet. If you like shallow perch fishing, look to the Mississippi River mouth or Third River or into the Bowans Flats area. You will have to drill some holes around a bit to find the perch schools, but they can easily be found.

Walleye are going strong on top of the main lake bars. 15 to 20 feet of water is where to begin drilling and stay. Early and late in the day has been best for walleye action. Northland Buckshot rattle spoons with a minnow head is working well for our walleye fishermen. Bena Bar, Sugar Bar and the humps north of Third River Bar are going well for walleye action. Some humps have walleye present for a day or two, then they move away following bait schools. Be prepared to move a bit to look.

Pike action is good for those that like pike fishing with tip-ups. 3 to 6 feet off the bottom on the upper portions of the structure you are fishing is the best place to find good pike. There has been plenty of pike caught in the 3 to 8 lb range.

Ice is at 20 to 22 inches in most areas. We do, and will for the season, have some "live" ice heaves. They are not a problem as we have posted a way around the south shore roads and they are good up the Bena Bar and north along the east side up the the saddle and west to the Mud Humps. The west side heave is also moving a bit, so be cautious. North, in the bay, is good for travel. Just remember to check into a resort where you want to access to get up to the minute reports on where to cross the heaves.

Be safe around the heaves, have fun and 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