Jan 10, 2016
The cold weather is working. We now have about 13inches of ice on most of the lake. With a couple more days of colder temps.
Jan 7, 2016
Still only 11 to 12 inches of ice on the lake. I am looking forward to the below 0 temps coming in the weekend. Not that we love the cold, but it will be nice to be able to drive out with trucks. Fishing has be excelant her on Winnie.
JAN 1, 2016
Spearing has been great up here on Winnie! First time spearers were nothing but smiles after spearing not only their first fish but also their limit. Ice is coming along well with most of the lake having around 10". We are not recommending any vehicle traffic yet but that should be coming soon.
We now have about 8 to 9 inches of ice on most of the lake. We have a few ice smalll ice heaves going out to River and sugar bars with no proble crossing most of them.
Dec 25, 2015
Merry Christmas to all.
We have 7 to 8 inches of ice out about 200 yards past the reeds. Where the lake froze over a week ago we have 6' of good ice. Now with the colder weather this week should be nio problem getting around with wheelers.
Dec 17, 2015
We have about 6 inches of ice from Trappers out to the reeds then about 3" about 100 yards past the reeds. Past that we still have open water. We are going to set some Spear houses out this moring just in side the reeds. We are hoping with the colder weather and if the wind lets up the lake shoud freeze over this week.
Dec 5, 2015
Most of the ice on the big lake is now gone with the warm temps. Some of the small lakes still have ice but not sure of how good it is. This comming weeks warm weather forcast is not looking good for make ice.
Nov 30, 2015
We went out and checked on ICE today. about 3-5 inches at the mouth of the river out to the reeds. THe main lake past the reeds has about 1 to 11/2 inches of ice. Third River has 3 to 5 inches of ice with some spear house's out
We have some ice on the river and a little on the edges of Lake Winnie. But, with the warm weather forecast for this week it's not looking good for us to have the spear houses out by 1st weekend in December. I will keep you updated as to ice conditions on the web site and on Facebook. Doug & Nancy
Oct 1, 2015
Water temps continue to cool and is turning the fish on. Walleyes are being caught jigging wind blown points during the day and trolling shad raps in 7-10 feet on the points as well. Perch are being caught in 8-11 feet of water. The northwest corner of the lake has been the best. We are seeing some "jumbos" as well come in. Northern pike action remains steady. Many anglers are catching good eaters while perch fishing but trolling rattle traps over the weeds or on the weed edges has turned fish as well.
The cooler less humid temps have brought our water temperature down which in turn as made fishing better. Walleyes and perch are being found in the weeds on points such as Ravens and BIg Stony using jigs and minnows during the day along with trolling shad raps. The guys trolling are also getting some nice pike mixed in with their walleyes and perch. The bigger like have been found on the deeper edge of the weeds ranging in depths from 10-13 feet.
Sept 3, 2015
As we get late and later into summer, we are starting to see the majority of our fish move from main lake structures to the shoreline weed beds. That being said, we are finding the walleyes in 6-12 feet of water trolling spinners tipped with a crawler or a minnow or trolling crankbaits on the weed edge.
Perch are being found in 4-12 feet of water. A small jig tipped with a fathead minnow is the preferred presentation.
Northern fishing has been hot. Many "eater" fish have been coming from the outer edges of the weeds trolling rattle traps and other crank bait.
This past week brought on strong winds and cooler temperatures. The water temp has crawled back down into the upper sixties now. We are starting to see walleyes move back to the shorelines once again. Trolling number five shad raps on places such as Ravens and Mallard points has produced consistent numbers of walleyes although they are still
Being found on the midlake bars.
Perch action begins to heat up. Fishing a jig and a minnow in 7-10 feet of water has produced good numbers. They key to getting a limit is to try and stay on the school and pick through the smaller ones.
Pike action remains consistent as well. Traditional methods such as trolling Rapalas and spoons on the weedline has turned many nice pike.
Aug 20, 2015
After the heat subsided into this last weekend we began to see more anglers fishing more hours in the day. Fishing has remained strong through the front. Walleyes have been caught on spinners and shad raps on shallow structure such as Ravens Point, Mallard Point, and Stony Point in 4-9 feet of water.
The bigger pike have been beginning to show up as well. Drifting suckers under corks over the weeds in 10-14 feet of water has produced the most quality fish.
Perch have been mixed in with the walleyes and have been being caught shallow on jigs and minnows.
Aug 13, 2015
The walleye bite is beginning to pick up once again. Best times to fish are during cloudy days or days with a little bit of wind. Pulling spinners and crawlers or
Minnows on Big Stony Point and Ravens Point has produced fish.
Perch have been found anywhere from 5-22 foot of water. Staying on a school and picking through the small ones to get your keeper fish has been best.
Northern action is beginning to
Get better and better as the summer gets later. Working the cabbage beds with rattle traps or sucker minnows has produced some nice fish.
As the algae bloom begins to taper off we are seeing the walleyes move off the shorelines back on to the main lake bars. Trolling shad raps and/or spinners on the tops of them has been producing fish. Also, the wed line between Ravens and Mallard has produced a consistent mixed bag in the last week of walleyes northerns and perch trolling shad raps.
There is no one good spot for perch. They have been running a little on the smaller side lately but the quality fish are being caught on the weed edges in 10-14 feet.
Northern action only continues to get better. Trolling any type of crank bait over the top of the weeds or on the weed edges has produced some nice fish.
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.