July 2, 2015
Mayfly hatches have started. Clouds are coming up from the deep. Surprisingly the walleye bite has been ok. Fish high and wide in the deeper water. Spinners and crawlers or leeches have been the ticket. Main lake bars run the tops in 13 to 20 feet of water 10 to 15 feet down. Troll fairly fast 1.5 to keep perch at bay then roll of the edges without dropping your lines. Most strikes are coming as you go into the deeper water. Cover as much water as you can for active fish. The humps on the northern end of the lake has been good also. If the fish are on the hump edges you just fish deeper. Tops afre in the 19 to 13 foot range. Run off the edges without dropping your baits and hang on.In wind or low light conditions you can fish the weed edges with rigs and leeches and put fish in the boat. Perch bite has been good deeper off the edges of the main lake bars in 25 to 35 . Jigs and minnows is the ticket. Pike are moving into the weeds good now. Easy to catch. Water temps in the mid 70 range so summer bite windows can be the norm. fifteen to twenty minutes several times a day. Dark days longer. Time to go fishing.
The Walleye bite is heating up just like the weather. Look to the main lake structure during the day. Humps north of third river bar going north and west. The main leka bars are all producing now . Bena bar out to Long . Horshoe Moses and Sugar all working but play the wind the day you fish. Wind along or into the the bar edges are best. Rigs and spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches has been the best. Bug hatches are going also so you need to get creative. Smaller pieces up to a half of crawler at times is the best way to get these fish. Look for them also to rise off bottom with the bug clouds, they can still be caught by raising up your lines. The weed lines are coming into play now but early and late in the day. Perch action is good . West side deeper shore breaks from 10 to 16 feet have been the best. Tamarac bay is going well for perch in 8 to 12 feet of water. Jigs and fatheads will do. Pike are still going crazy on the weed edges now as the weeds have grown . Bigger minnows or trolling bigger cranks is working well. Time to go fishing
The weather has stabilized, and the bite has turned more consistent on Lake Winnibigoshish. On windy days, jig or rig the main lake bars such as Bena Bar from Big Musky out to the Bens, and Snag Hole and Sugar to the west. Tops of the breaks, from roughly 15 feet down the sides to about 28 feet, have been the best. During late evening hours, run the outside edges of the new weeds using a #5 shad rap. Look for some northern pike to start moving into the weed beds. Crawlers, leeches and minnows are all working well; use a set up that allows you to switch baits easily since fish have been very aggressive. Perch are being caught with a jig and chub on some of the same drops, but a bit deeper. Sunfish are pre-spawn. The crappies are biting, especially in Cutfoot Sioux early and late in the day. Most of these fish are just outside of the new weed edges. A small jig with a two inch twister tail under a bobber will work wonders.
March 12, 2015
The Perch bite has been great. We are seeing most groups filling out with 9 to 12 inch perch from 12 to 30 feet of water. With the warmer weather the ice and landings are starting to break down some. We are still driving out for now. I think we will be able to drive out this weekend but you may want to bring your wheeler.
March 4, 2015
The wind yesterday pushed up the pressure ridge. We established a new crossing this morning using our bridge. We are again able to access the main lake from Trapper's Drive.
Perch fishing has been good. See you on the lake!
The perch bite on Winnie is getting better toward the west side. Look to the Snag Hole area to the river mouth. 12 to 30 feet of water is best. The Sugar Island area north to the Raven Rocks is good. The changing weather is making them move from the 8 to 12 foot out to the 12 to 20 foot. Sometimes, in the same day.
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February 13, 2015
Perch are going strong! Right now, there are many areas on the lake to catch good perch, as well. The west side is going strong from Snag Hole around the Horn to River Bar. Look for perch in 16 to 28 feet of water, for best action. Also, check the main lake bars: Bena through Long Bar. Center Bar is also going strong. 16 to 25 feet has been the best in most locations. The Humps are on and off, as the fish move.
The northern pike action is still crazy hot! Bigger minnows - suckers or shiners - are working toward the tops of the structures 1 to 4 feet off the bottom. Another pattern that is working well in the deeper areas is 2 to 6 feet down from the surface - believe it or not. These pike are eating perch that have been put back but wont go back down. These pike are flipping around, just under the ice sheet.
Also, the tulibee are cruising high off the bottom any where from 5 to ten feet under the ice sheet.
Walleye action is still spotty with the best time to be just before dark til about 8 pm.
January 26, 2015
Regulation change for Winnie, going to 18-23 inch protected slot, with one over 23 and a possession limit of 6 is now official. It will be in place beginning on the walleye opener in May.
January 14, 2015
There is about 24" of good on most of the lake now. The perch and northern bite is still excellant. We have roads out across the Ice heave's and a road out to sugar bar.
15 to 17 inches of good ice on most of the lake now. The perch and northern bit has been very good. We are also seeing a good walleye bit just at sunset. Our guests that are spearing are bringing in some nice pike. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy new year We look forward to seeing you all in 2015.
December 1, 2014
10 to 11 inches of good ice this morning out of trappers drive. We do have a ice heave out by River Bar as usual. There is also a 6 to 8 inch crack part way out to River Bar that opened up yesterday. We plan to get our angling houses out ths week. Perch and Pike fishing has been good.
November 24 2014
There is 5 to 7 inches of good ice out of Trappers and in front of the campground. Should be enought Ice for a 4 wheeler. Shold be a great year for spearing and ice fishing.
I will be setting up our spear houses on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.