Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 8, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The Perch bite remains super HOT with good numbers of ten inch fish being caught. The shore drops are still the best from Snag Hole around the south shore thru the stumps, thru Moxey's Hole up thru the Saddle. The best depths for perch have been 24 to 30 feet up to 3 feet off the bottom. Some main lake bars also producing good perch numbers as well. Moses, Sugar and the south end of Horseshoe down to 33 feet of water are good. There are perch above the smaller fish, so spend time by fishing 1 to 3 feet above those smaller ones to get bigger fish out of the schools. The west side of Raven Rocks out to the North Bar area is also having perch schools moving around. Generally the perch bite is going well around the lake.

Walleyes are a bit spotty right now. we have had some good shallow action in ten feet and also some humps north and west of Third River Bar going at times, but the bite window is shorter than usual. Twilight hours are the best for walleyes.

Travel on the ice is good with 2 to 5 inches of hard pack snow at most entry areas.

Baits still working well and worthy of your tackle box are are Jigging spoon rattles tipped with a minnow head for walleyes and smaller glow jigs or gold jigs for the perch, tipped with small minnows.

Pike fishing is very good now for good numbers of fish. Set tip ups in the upper portions of the structure, 3 to 5 feet off the bottom with large suckers. 20 to 30 flags a day are quite common in the last week.

Look to the the smaller lakes around the area as the Sunnies and Crappies are starting to get active, twilight has been the best time to catch the panfish. Small Bro bugs and a waxies are working well.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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