Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 7, 2013

The Big Winnie walleye bite is very good right now! Trolling is the way to go, as the clearer water is the new norm on Winnie. Spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches, long-lined behind the boat, over deeper weed lines is the best method for walleyes right now. Mixed bag catches of slot fish and keepers are being caught from the same spots. Plus, big perch are being caught right in with them. Look to the tops of most of the main lake bars. Center being a big one. Back off from the edges from 200 yards, to a half mile or more. 13 to 15 feet of water, set your bait to tick the weed tops and hang on! Bena and Moses has some weeds. Tamarac Bay has weed lines in 10 to 14 feet off the river channel. This is also a big area and is kicking out plenty of good fish. Most of the bait fish are off shore at this time so the fish are ON them. Spinner colors change a bit daily but good starting points are gold or silver blades, then adjust colors for strong sunlight or cloud cover. Speeds can be varied all the way up to 2.5 mph, but not more. Some of the same weed beds produce big pike trolling big cranks, also.

Panfish are still going strong on smaller lakes in the area. Look to Big or Little Cutfoot. Portage, Six mile or Little Ball Club, outside the deeper weed edges. Early or later in the day has been the best times. Seems the bug hatches are starting to slow up a bit now as we have had some cooler weather.

Time to go fishing! August is quickly starting to become my favorite time of the year for great fishing.

Pat Rooney

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