Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 1, 2012

The Big Winnie perch bite is really great right now! Several areas around the lake are going strong with terrific perch action. Shore drops down in the 26 to 34 foot range is the ticket. The Moxey Drop, Stump Line, Snag Drop and West side drop around the Sugar area are all HOT now. Really hot! Humps up north are also going well, but perch are moving in and out of the humps. Be on the move, regularly, to find and catch those fish.

The walleye bite is good in the main lake bars. Bena Bar from Big Musky out to the Bend, Horseshoe and Sugar Bar are all good. Fish the top third from 23 feet up to 15 feet. Rattle spoons are still working well with a minnow head. Glow colors have been better as we have had cloud cover for quite for awhile.

The pike bite is going strong for the tip-up fisherman. 3 to 6 feet off bottom in the 15 to 23 foot range is working best.

Smaller area lakes are starting to put out some crappies and sunnies. Look to Six Mile, Little Ball Club , Big Ball Club for pretty good panfish action. Evenings, into dark, up till 9 PM seems to be the best window. Some sunnies are being caught during the daytime on those same lakes.

We have 20 to 24 inches of ice. Very little snow. The ice heaves have stayed put for the most part and are not moving as much as other years. As always check in with your resort access to get up to the minute reports on ice conditions to be safe.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

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