Lake Winnie Fishing Report for May 23, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The walleye bite is a bit spotty the last few days. If the wind blows, the fish are biting. If it calms, they get tough to catch. It appears, we are into early summer patterns now. Fish are working the shorelines now, chasing shiner minnows. The blowing wind gives them cover and they bite well, then. Some fish are getting caught on the bars. The good bar bite has been happening at Bena from Big Musky and south a bit. Sugar and Snag have had some fish going. You have to bring a variety of bait during this patter to prepare for changing preferences. Shiners and jigs, plain hook snells with leeches and crawlers - all are working at times.

The perch are biting, still being found on the deeper side. 10 to 20 feet has been the best. They are in the gravel up off the Birches Landing and the Mississippi inlet have been ok. Raven and Stoney Points are also going for perch. Fathead minnows and jigs working well.

Pike fishing has been good for numbers of fish but are on the small side, with most fish coming off the bars and humps north of Sugar and in the 20 to 28 foot range.

Area crappie and sunnie fishing has been good with the mid-day bite for sunnies and early evening being best for crappies.

There are plenty of opening left in June and July for doing a fishing launch. These are great for kids and a lot of fun with a group. You'll find our pricing is quite good for 1/2 day or full day fishing launches. Of course, bring your GPS and mark some of the hot places we take you to. Call ahead to check on date availability and know the approximate size of your group. We're glad to help. Fishing launches on a big lake like Winnibigoshish can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the great fishing spots on a huge body of water like this. You'll have a lot of fun, too!

See you on the water!

Pat Rooney

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