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Heading to Winnie this weekend

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Heading up to Winnie this weekend. Looking for some updated reports on walleyes and perch. Is the trip over to ravens worth it? Thanks Balsa

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It's always worth it if you can get there. There's a lot of other places to reel them in.

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The best means of transportation to Raven's is a snowmobile. If you can find 32' of water, there will be jumbo's waiting. Ice conditions in that area are 10-18" of ice with 6-8" of slush and snow drifted on top of all that. The area has been untapped since mobility has been limited. Grab your GPS and stop by the lodge and I can point out the spot on the map. If a snowmobile isn't available other spots to try would be out front in 15-18' of water between us and the Birches or you could hit Perch Bar in 22 fow. Late afternoon - early dusk has been the best for the eyes. Relatively consistent bite throughout the day on the perch with some sorting out of smaller ones amongst the jumbos.

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hey highbanks,

whats the spearing been like out there since the 1st?

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anyone headed up there this weekend please be careful of the extremely cold temps forecasted.

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What is the hot bait up there? Any certain jigs or colors?

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I haven't had much for spearing reports since December. Do you usually hit the Third River area or Bowen's Flats??

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