Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for December 31, 2016

Hello, from Big Winnie! The perch bite has been very good lately. Look to the shore drops, five to ten of water, early in the day until about noon. Then, the deeper drops from 15 to 23 feet, as the day goes on. The smaller orange and glow jigs have been working the best for perch this week. Small minnows or half minnows are working the best to get them to take your hook. When they get active and then suddenly quit, look for a pike to be around as they are quite numerous numerous. While "perching," set up a tip-up a bit shallower and catch some of these great pike - there are plenty from 22 to 30 inches, ready to be caught.

Walleye have been biting best late in the afternoon and a bit beyond into the dark hours. Somewhere from 4 pm til 7 pm you will get a good bite for about a half hour. Make sure you're ready and working them. Pimples or buckshot rattle spoons with a minnow head has been the easiest way to get them on the ice in recent weeks.

Speaking of ice, we are at 13 to 15 inches all around the lake. We have a crust of hard packed snow about 3 to 4 inches thick. Travel has been good with ATVs and sleds. Light trucks and SUVs under 4000 lbs can go out in very few spots right now. The Iice heaves are still making there minds up where they will stay. You need to stop in to a resort and then be directed to safe travel for those ends of the lake. Be safe and ring in the new year with some fresh fish! I welcome your calls to check on reservations and availability.

Pat Rooney

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