Lake Winnie Fishing Report for September 7, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie.

The walleye fishing has picked up very nicely! The fall bite is clearly starting right now and have many excited fishermen and women. The walleyes are making some very shallow moves. Jigs and minnows, cranks or rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches - both techniques are working in the 3 to 8 foot range. Wind certainly helps their bite activity. Move quickly for active fish, between 1 to 1.5 mph. When the bite slows, the fish move back into the weeds pretty tight. Slow down and finesse the walleyes with a 16th oz jig and minnow or a piece of crawler over and thru the weed tops. Drop shot rigs, 16th or 32nd oz, work well also for those neutral fish. Deeper structures are also producing good walleye numbers. The main lake bars and some humps or going well, rigged with crawlers or a jig and larger minnows. Fish the tops down the edges a bit. The fish are also suspending well off the bar edges. Troll smaller cranks at the top of the bars over deep water near the edge for those fish.

Pike are going well trolling bigger cranks and spoons. Some bigger pike are in the weeds and are being caught casting spoons to the weeds.

Panfishing is going well for perch and sunnies. Weed areas best. Water temps are in the low 70 degree range, but will start cooling even further soon.

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