Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for January 18, 2017

Big Winnie has a great perch bite going right now! Still have to sort through a few smaller perch to get good-sized eating fish, but it's not hard to do at all. On the west side of the lake, look in the Snag Hole area, from 15 to 23 feet of water. Also, find perch near Sugar Island, in 12 to 18 feet of water. Perch are biting well at several humps north of Bena Bar and this would be a great location to try several humps. At the east side of the lake, look for good perch at the Saddle, and down through Moxey Hole, in 18 to 28 feet of water. Perch are biting best on gold jigs and minnows.

Pike have continued to bite well, with 22 to 28-inch pike being standard size over the last 7-8 days. Tip-ups with sucker minnows are best way to change pike right now. Fish for pike along the shore break tops and main lake bar tops. Look for the best pike action in 11 to 16 feet of water.

Hungry walleye are starting to show up a bit more frequently and for slightly longer bite windows. Find walleye right now by looking deeper - 18 to 30 feet off the main lake bars for the best action. Rattle spoons and minnow heads are working the best for walleye.

Ice is sitting at 19 to 20 inches thick with about 5 to 8 inches of hard-packed snow on top. Travel good right now using standard sized pick-up trucks. If you're pulling fish houses, you should stay on the plowed roads or VERY near to them to be safest. Call ahead to the resorts where you intend to access for an up-to-the-minute road report.

See you on the lake!

Pat Rooney

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