Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 23, 2017

Hello, from Big Winni! The perch bite has been excellent in recent days and the percentages of "keeper" fish has been quite high! The warmer temperatures has caused perch movement toward the shore drops. Look for solid perch action in the 15 to 20 foot depths, along shoreline drops. They are moving to the tops of the breaks to eat, then dropping back down. These perch are acting more like their walleye cousins, to be fair to this behavior. Sunny days are better than cloudy ones for great perch fishing.

Note: This is the last week of walleye for this area of the state. For walleye fishers, continue to look to the main lake bars and humps from 14 to 22 feet, along the edges.

Pike are still biting very well - all around the lake. When the perch or walleyes slow down, get your tip-ups out!

Ice travel has changed and will continue to evolve each day. Check in with the resort you want access from, most have paths to follow. We have had a SIGNIFICANT melt, so we have a few areas that remind travelers of a big toilet bowl. We are marking most of them - drive slow and cautiously! We, as most resorts have, stopped big trucks and shack travel till a freeze-up returns. Colder weather is coming! 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