Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 17, 2012

Big Winnie water temps have cooled down a bit to the low to mid 70 degree range. The fishing has really picked up as a result! Walleyes are being taken off the main lake humps north of Third River Bar. Rigging with leeches and crawlers is the best route for up there. The main lake bars such as Moses, Snag and Bena Bar (from the Big Bend out to Third River Bar) have been good, also, with the same presentation options. The weed bite is kicking in, also, with spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows that are worked quickly at 1.5 mph.

Perch remain the same as all year - HOT! Jigs and minnows are the easiest way to put a meal in the boat in a hurry.

Pike fishing is now going strong with several fish caught in the 5 to 8 lb range. Trolling troll devils or larger crank baits over and next to the weeds is getting their attention. Good pike are being found on the east side from High Banks to the Reclaim. Also, fishermen are finding pike on the west side from Sugar Island up through Mallard point. The north side, Stoney Point Humps east to Pigeon River. The Tamarac Bay weed line close to the river channel is also good right now for pike.

Sunnie fishing remains good on most smaller area lakes and in Cutfoot, on the deeper weed line in the 8 to 14 foot range. Early and late has been the best for sunnies. The crappie bite starting in the deeper weed line, also, especially in the early morning.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

P.S. With the cooler temps forecasted for this weekend, it's a good time to come up and work on those deer stands or clear some shooting lanes. It's nice to do that work now when the branches have leaves as you may not notice the smaller branches once the leave fall off the trees.

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