Fishing is a bit challenging for walleye these last few days. There is plenty of food for the fish and that certainly plays into the challenge. Numbers of mayfly larvae have have gone back down to the bottom in the mud and sand. Perch fry abound! Walleyes can still be caught with some work, though. Look to the main lake bar drops from 20 to 40 feet of water. Pull spinners and crawlers or leeches till you find a pod of walleys, then stop and rig them.
Seems as though the fish that are being caught are deeper than usual, possibly due to the location of the food sources. Hump fishing can be good, but the fish are not hanging around long. The bottoms of the hump are better then the tops. "Weed fish" and shallower "rocks fish" will bite well only in the wind and rain.
Water temps are in the low 70 degree range right now. With the food available to these fish, expect short bite windows. Several will occur a day, but are brief.
Perch fishing on the other hand is very good right now! Good numbers of 10 to 11 inch perch are being caught. Look to the first shore drops. Snag Hole area through the Bird Houses, Mosey Hole, Bena Bar, and several humps north of Third River Bar are all producing well. Look to 18 to 30 feet of water. Drift along till the right size fish is caught, then you can sit on the school for a bit. Slowing down, move along again till the next pod is found. Jigs and fathead minnows are the best options.
Pike fishing is starting to pick up for numbers and size. Lots of 20 to 24 inchers out there. Take some, they make for fine table fare. Trolling spoons or larger crankbaits are the best way to put them in the boat. Look to the deeper weed edges in the 10 to 14 foot range.
July 11, 2014
The higher water levels and faster run-off has cleared the lake up more than normal. Also, water levels has kept water temps down in the upper sixty degree range. Fish have been caught deeper than in most years. Look to the basin areas in 25 to 40 foot of water. Mayflies are going well now, with our 4th hatch underway. Rigs and crawlers or leeches are working best at this time. When a plain rig does not turn a fish, go to a spinner and half crawler with a bit more speed. Summer bait patterns are in full swing. Bite windows are short and several times a day.
Perch bite is good from the 12 foot line out, but with jigs and fathead minnows. Hunt around till you get the right size perch, then sit on them. Seems just on the edge of the deeper weeds is the ticket.
Plenty of pike to be had with good numbers of pike in the 20 to 26 inch range. Trolled or bait fished. Most of them can be caught on the edges of weed lines from 8 foot out to 12 foot.
June 12 2014
Walleye are very active several times a day right now. Play the weather for best results. Cloudy, rainy weather is good for a shallow water focus, in the weeds. Sunny days, the main lake bars and humps are producing. Baits, you really need to bring out all varieties. Seems, lately, on sunny days, crawlers will out fish any other bait. Cloudy days, shiners or leeches work better. Play the wind and fish the structure with the wind blowing along it or slightly into it. Weed beds are getting set up around the lake in 5 to 6 and 8 to 10 feet. They have walleye in them.
Perch action has been better in the deep water of the main lake drops as they are also done with the spawn. Look to 15 to 23 feet. Same of the north humps.
Pike are active all around the lake. Ready to bite! Cranks are working well for pike trolled in 7 to 12 feet of water in between weed beds.
The Walleye bite is heating up as well as the temps are outside. The spawn is now over for both walleye and perch. The fish are still hanging a bit deeper as the weeds are not up yet. Look for them in 10 to 16 feet of water, mostly along the first main shore drops. Late evenings is the exception as they make a shallower move toward dark to feed. Shiner minnows and jigs have been the best. Use the wind to move along, if calm troll at least 1.2 mph, or above, for action.
Perch are also going well in the same spots. If looking for good perch fishing, slow down on top of them till the schools moves off, then troll again till you are on them.
Water temps are rising fast; we are now up to the mid to upper 50 range, close to 60 degrees.
Sometimes wallayes are hitting crawlers or leeches after the jig minnow tactic slows - this is good for a couple of extra fish.
The crappie are spawning now and can be caught quite easily. Sunfish are still pre-spawn and biting well
Walleye season opened with some of the nicest weather in years! The Gap out to the river channel was good from 8 to 14 feet. Fish were caught on Ravens and Mallard Point. 8 feet to 12 feet. Big Stoney was good, also. Same depths. Some fish are showing up at High Banks, in the rocks, out to 15 feet.
Perch are very active as they are setting up to spawn. Look to 5 to 9 feet of water off Ravens, Mallard, Stoney Points. Minnows have been the bait of choice. Light jigs or a slow drifted rig works well. Water temps in the mid to upper forty degree range now.
May 9, 2014
The ice took a beating May 7, and Cutfoot Sioux is now open. The main lake has just a bit of ice on the southwest shore from Townsite up to about Mallard Point. Current rain and winds will wipe out any lingering ice by the opener this weekend. Look for a good bite now that the spawn in Cutfoot is just about over. Lots of fish back at the north side of the lake.
There is alot of open water on the lake, but there is also alot of ICE I would say as of today there is ice on about 2/3 of the lake. We still have 5 day to go to opener.
April 28, 2014
We are looking forward to a great opener on Winnie. The Ice is starting to pile up on he shores. With the wind and rain this week my thought is that the lake should open up first part of next week.
April 8, 2014
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