Lake Winnie Fishing Report for August 14, 2013

Big Winnie is producing nice walleyes this week. Trolling is still the way to go for the best walleye action. The newer addition to your arsenal should be smaller crank baits, as they are working well also. Spinners tipped with leeches and crawlers is a good method if you need to cover a bit more water, faster. To keep the perch bites down a bit, throw out some #7 shad raps or Lindy shadlings in firetiger or perch colors and pick the speed up to 2-3 mph and hang on. Good walleye areas are fairly large right now. Look to main lake bar tops from 15 up to 12 feet of water: Center Bar, also the area between Horseshoe and Bena Bar is good. Shoreline areas from the outside edge of weed lines from 8 feet out to 13 feet is also good. These walleye are all mixed bag for size from 12 to 26 inches. They are hungry now as the top of the summer food chain is here. Minnows, bugs and young of the year fish are all here to eat what they can.

If you get a few bigger perch in an area and want them, mark the spot and work it with jigs and minnows. Perch are HUGE on these flats right now. It is not uncommon to box perch to 12 inches right now - very fun stuff.

Panfish are still doing well. Sunnies early and later in the day, found in coontail beds. Crappies are best in the evenings and found in the coontail or sparse cabbage beds.

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