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jigginrap

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Six of us will be fishing Winnie this weekend. Would like any info on where to start and at what depths. I have been reading the posts and have some good ideas on how to make the large pond a little smaller. We have been coming up to Winnie since '91 and have had good luck at Moses, Center Bar, the Humps and off of Highbanks. We will be staying at Nodak's and will be fishing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some posts have mentioned that they have been moving to get active bitters. Are your moves several yards or in the hundreds? Most of the time we fish with chartruese or orange Pilkies. Any info would be greatly appreciated and if any of you are fishing this weekend good luck and may your lines be tight and your rods bent.

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Wadinator

I'm also heading up there this weekend. (I just wanted to get registered in this post, so I can keep up with any responses)

Good luck to ya.

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grumpyoldman

Wade, How about that the Mrs. and I are heading up this weekend also. We are staying at Becker's. Look for the big red perchmobile and give a wave and a holler and we'll do the same. Again, the good looking blonde is the Mrs..

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Well isn't that cool! What kind of truck do ya drive?

Do you ever fish eyes up there? Drop me an email at w_huisman@yahoo.com.

It'd be cool to run into someone I know, even if I don't know your face yet. Where ya staying?

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Minnetonka

We stayed at Nodaks last Thursday-Sunday. They gave good advice and we had good luck fishing Center Bar in 18 feet of water. (Counting the ice) We tried deeper 27-30 and caught a few small ones. We sorted about 3-1 to keep perch that were 9 inches and up. I admit we had a few 8.5 inchers mixed in. I used a variety of jigging spoons, and found that I had to switch around to keep the perches interest. I would switch from a whole minnow to a minnow head. My brother had better luck with a Shrimpo tipped with waxies. Sometimes a move of ten yards would make a difference. Our favorite technique is to set up a circle "perch-trail”. We drill about 10-15 holes in a circle. Each hole about 10-15 yards from the other. We move from hole to hole to find the active perch in that area. If you do not get a perch in five minutes at a hole move. The only problem with this technique is when your equipment freezes up.

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Bill Powell

The fishermen that were in this morning that fished yesterday did perty well the depth varied a bit from 32' to 18' jigging spoons of some sort were the most popular and doing like Minnetonka said to drill lots of holes and keep moving. You can get through without a auger but just barely I'm going to advise you to use one there were lots of augers froze up last weeked sucking in snow and ice then your stuck with the holes you got.

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Minnetonka,

Thanks for the info it is greatly appreciated.

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