Lake Winnie Fishing Report for July 24, 2013

Walleye fishing on Big Winnie is going very well, especially if you change your traditional tactics a bit. The spinner bite for walleyes is going well in the deeper weed beds - 8 to 12 feet of water. Tip the spinners with crawlers or leeches and move along quickly - up to 2 mph. A few rigged walleyes are being caught down the bar drops to 30 feet deep. The humps are giving up walleyes with spinner rigs, also, right now.

The perch bite is VERY good at this time. Humps and bar drops are giving up good perch numbers and it is not very hard to get nice perch in the 10-inch range and often up to 12 inches. Minnows and jigs are the best bait for them.

Area lakes are on Big Time for sunfish - look to the deeper weed edges in 8 to 12 feet of water. Early and later in the day has been the best but sunnies will bite during the day - just not as frequently. Best baits are smaller jigs tipped with small leeches or a piece of crawler under a bobber - a very fun way to fish with children.

Crappie fishing is good along coontail beds in the evenings till dark. Smaller jigs with twister tails is the best way to go.

Plenty of northern pike to keep you interested, if you troll big cranks outside of the weed edges. Smaller fish, though, with an occasional 5 or 6 lb. fish being caught.

If you like bass fishing, now is the time to get some jumpers. Look to the Sugar Lake area, Tamarac Bay and in Cutfoot. Light Texas-rigged worms in the thickest weeds inside of northern pike territory is where to find them. Jig worms will also work just outside the weed edge, and know that a few pike will be caught also.

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