Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 17, 2013

Big Winnie Walleyes are heating up like the summer temps! Mid-lake structures are going well this week. Humps on the north end are good bets with a plain hook, crawlers and sometimes leeches. Main lake bars are also going well for walleyes but you want to pick up the speed and throw out blades with your rigs - same baits though, crawlers and leeches. The weed walleyes have mostly been perch and pike with an occasional walleye. Minnows and jigs are the best.

For larger pike, troll big cranks or spoons over weed tops or outside edges and speed is the ticket - really crucial. 2 mph to 4 mph is perfect - not less, not more. The bite windows are still on the short side, but you will get several pike a day.

Crappie are active in the heavy weeds just before dark on most area lakes. Look to Cutfoot, Little Ball Club or Six Mile for good crappie fishing. These same lakes have Sunnies biting during the day, but just off the deeper weeds. Then, as evening gets near, they move in shallower with the crappies - making for some great panfishing. Water temps are in the mid to upper 70 degree range. Bug hatches are tapering down now.

Time to go fishing!

Pat Ronney

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