Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 11, 2013

Hello, from Big Winnie! Warmer weather and warmer water temps have brought out a good mayfly hatch last weekend. Seems as we have seen fewer bugs the last day or two. The walleye bite has been spotty, as you may have guessed. The main lake bars and far north humps have produced ok fishing this week for several short periods throughout the day. Rigging plain hooks with crawlers and leeches have been most successful. Work the upper edges of the structure up onto to the tops of those structures. Generally 23 feet up to as shallow as 15 feet. If you are getting annoyed with hooking snails along the bottom, inject air into your crawlers. You can also put on an online floater to keep leeches raised up, also. Check often to make sure you are not catching snails.

Perch, on the other hand, remain STRONG with plenty of bites and, with a bit of sorting, a great meal could be caught very quickly. Jigs and minnows are the best way to boat them right now.

The northern pike bite is ok for those that are trolling with larger plugs. Fire tiger or natural perch pattern has been the best colors to get pike attention.

Sunfish are getting better and better as the bugs have come. Look to the deeper coontail beds from 5 to 8 feet of water early and later in the day. Small hooks with a split shot or a 16th or 32nd oz jig with an inch of night crawler has been the easiest method to boat these fish.

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