Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 26, 2012

Hello, from Big Winnie. Hope everyone had a great Christmas! The fishing has been good the last few days for jumbo perch. The cold snap seems to have gotten those big perch a bit more active. Tamarac Bay in 12 feet of water has been good. The east side stump field has been going well for perch, too. On Bena Bar, the perch are plentiful but a lot of sorting to find the bigger perch. The west side is going well, in shallow water off the river mouth. 6 to 8 feet is the place to be to find the perch in that location.

Walleyes are still biting but have slowed a bit with the recent cold snap. Bena Bar has been good the east side shore drop, Horseshoe south side, all have put fish on the ice. Cloudy days from noon on or sunny days from 3 till dark are best. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are the ideal tactic right now to get those walleyes' attention.

The northern pike have been crazy!!! Tip-up fisherman in the 13 to 18 foot range toward the top of the structure, 1 to 3 feet off the bottom with 4 to 6 in sucker minnows. The pike fishing is the hottest we've seen it in quite some time.

Ice is still varying from 11 to 13 inches, with the south west side still at 8 inches. Check into the resort you are going out of for road directions. You can access in light trucks in most spots. Half tons or less, for certain. Again, you will get good directions from all the resorts around the lake.

Pat Rooney

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