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I am heading up to Winnie on Saturday and was looking for any reports people can give me. laugh.gif

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I fished this past weekend in front of High Banks Resort in 6-8 feet of water drifting with spinners and crawlers during the day and pulled shad raps in the early evening and did pretty good. We caught several walleyes most too big to keep but that is a good problem if you ask me! We had most luck with hammered gold spinners and silver/blue shad raps.

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Thank you for the report!

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I am heading up to Winnie on Saturday and was looking for any reports people can give me.
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Most of my fishing experience on Winnie is in the Month of August...

IMHO, your best bet to get some eyes is to find a weedline that is as lonely as possible, and troll it with live bait gear (Mepps Spinflex are my confidence lure) from about 2 hours before sunset to an hour after sunset... Later than that, and the lake turns off... Earlier than that and I have NEVER gotten them to bite.

Seems like this time of year on Winnie the eyes are more busy eating the YoY forage base during the day, and I can't catch their attention...

So the day portion is best spent either Musky/pike fishing or hunting up some perch.

That's just my two cents.

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Hey Dances, you and i have too talk, the times you are catching them are the exact times i cant catch them. I catch them all day and then nothing in the evenings!

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Hey Dances, you and i have too talk, the times you are catching them are the exact times i cant catch them. I catch them all day and then nothing in the evenings!


See I couldn't pick up anything on the humps, or really anywhere deep during this time of year...

But as night approaches, anything that can move to a weedline does move to a weedline... The trick appears to be a matter of putting yourself in the right area.

I've almost completely given up non-primetime fishing for walleye, as it's more of an exercise in frustration... Spending 8 hours Bobbing around in 3'ers hoping to get lucky and have pod move into the area... Come home and pee blood for a week, is becoming less and less my cup of tea as I get older...

Versus just trolling a weedline at the right time... Which admittedly, you need to get on the right weedline... Otherwise it's somewhat hit or miss...

But I found one... (That I'm not going to give away unless you're a blood relative wink.gif ) Where a minor weedy bay comes out and gives way to a rocky bottom, and where that bay meets the minor point that kisses the rest of the main lake...

ABSOLUTE GOLD for a little live bait trolling at primetime.

But I know there's more places out there like my little honey spot, that you just have to find...

Still if you can find the right weedline, you're still going to hit or miss.

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If you're looking for a rap that I'd reccomend... It's a #7 or #9 Husky Jerk... Glass Rattling rap... Shallow runner... It's meant to be styled like a trout fry, but for MN waters it looks alot like a blue colored pike fry...

That's my top confidence rap for that situation, as it tends to mimic the pike fry coming out of the cover, which calls the big boys to come and eat them.

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Still the more I walleye fish the more I keep finding them buggers in the weeds...

They're just more time sensative.

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Also another key to timing... The Weed edge Prime time will start earlier on periods of a new moon... Because the darkness of the new moon, slows down the night bite...

Versus a Full moon, where you really need to find a time when the FM is rising just near-to sunset, in order to have the night bite expand into the darker hours... ***Cough*** {Such as the weekend of September 8th-10th} ***Cough***

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I think i may know where you are talking about. If its not, the area im fishing is very similiar. I fish midday in an area like this but im not on the weedline, im out off the weedline a ways pulling cranks. Putting 2 and 2 together i think these fish are out from the weedline during the day when im catching them and when i quit catching them i think i need too move right up on the weedline and rock. The general area im fishing is surely not a secret but most people just dont seem too get it out there.

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I think i may know where you are talking about. If its not, the area im fishing is very similiar. I fish midday in an area like this but im not on the weedline, im out off the weedline a ways pulling cranks. Putting 2 and 2 together i think these fish are out from the weedline during the day when im catching them and when i quit catching them i think i need too move right up on the weedline and rock. The general area im fishing is surely not a secret but most people just dont seem too get it out there.


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Yep... That seems to be the pattern... I just can't catch them when they're out during the day...

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    • BringAnExtension

      Posted

      Zach-

      I have been making annual ice fishing trips with friends for about 12 years ago.  We have tried LOTW, Mille Lacs, Red and one other lake that happened to be where we could use a free cabin for a weekend.  With that one exception for the free cabin, we have also rented sleepers.

      We have never made it to Devils Lake, but it is on my personal bucket list just because of the possibility of those monster perch.

      Six years ago, we ended up back on Red and no longer consider any other option.  Here's why:

      • This fishing is good.
      • The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts.
      • No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it.

      Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL.

      Hope that helps.

    • CaptJohnWis

      Posted

      Headed UP NORTH.

      Leaving for Athabasca tomorrow. My trip of a lifetime was there about a decade ago. My buddy Herb and I caught many BIG lake trout about this same time of year. Sadly I could get nobody to go with me since it was a spur of the moment decision. A camping trip I was supposed to be on to Reindeer Lake got called off (not by me) at the last minute. I was bummed so started looking around for other far away big trout and pike lakes.

      Here are pictures from my best laker trip ever. Hopefully this one will be even better!

      Be back to Rainy around the 10th. Herb wants to try Mille Lacs for bass when I get back. Any tips for that lake in mid-October appreciated. Course it will be hard to pry me off Rainy now that the bass are starting to school up.

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    • Thanks FishinCT, makes me feel a bit better.....

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      Usually we skip the the river until later in the year but it was the cleanest water we found and the only place we caught any fish. Heading out now to give it another try.

    • curt quesnell

      Posted

      Close to home is possible, try those places first?  I will be out this weekend (if this cold doesnt kill me first)  Better luck next time fins

    • Ok so every year Try to get the guys from work on a fishing trip. Trying to decide on where to go we usually rent a cabin and run portables.

      I am thinking Devils lake, LOW, or Red

      Devils we would do the lodge ice house package because the deal is too good to mess with bringing a trailer and sled or wheelers with.

       

      what would you choose and any other suggestions Leech or Vermillion?

    • I plan on taking all my ice fishing equipment out of my shed this week I cant wait

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      any  reports from today? we pounded through the washing machine waves all day and got nothing! Lead core,jigging, spinners haha! Ended up getting all our keepers within a mile of home when it was all over! Who else was out there? Am I the only one that did poor today?

    • proguide

      Posted

      Cool nights and only a few warming hours each day have water temps coming down into the 50s this week.  This is actually pretty normal for the last week of September so there is nothing to odd here. 
       
      The catfish have slowed down over the past few days with this cool off.  They are still around to catch.  They are hanging near structure, usually on the drop off to the channel right next to it.  They are also on the softer side of the current in holes.  It seems that longer sit times are in order this week to allow the fish to come out, find and decide to eat the bait.
       

      Sucker seems to be the bait of choice right now.  Frogs just have not been getting any attention.

    • leech~~

      Posted

      26 minutes ago, DANR said:

      From the fall Pelican Lakes Association newsletter - DNR Fisheries Update:

      You may have heard about the 454 adult cormorantsthat were removed from Gooseberrry Island this May by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Unit under a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  DNR staff looked at the stomach contents of 30 birds. Eleven of those birds had stomach contents including: 38 perch (mostly 4- inchers), 7 spot-tail shiners, 7 bluegills, 6 crappies, 1 rock bass, 1 pike, and zero walleyes.

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    • BringAnExtension
      Zach- I have been making annual ice fishing trips with friends for about 12 years ago.  We have tried LOTW, Mille Lacs, Red and one other lake that happened to be where we could use a free cabin for a weekend.  With that one exception for the free cabin, we have also rented sleepers. We have never made it to Devils Lake, but it is on my personal bucket list just because of the possibility of those monster perch. Six years ago, we ended up back on Red and no longer consider any other option.  Here's why: This fishing is good. The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts. No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it. Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL. Hope that helps.
    • CaptJohnWis
      Headed UP NORTH. Leaving for Athabasca tomorrow. My trip of a lifetime was there about a decade ago. My buddy Herb and I caught many BIG lake trout about this same time of year. Sadly I could get nobody to go with me since it was a spur of the moment decision. A camping trip I was supposed to be on to Reindeer Lake got called off (not by me) at the last minute. I was bummed so started looking around for other far away big trout and pike lakes. Here are pictures from my best laker trip ever. Hopefully this one will be even better! Be back to Rainy around the 10th. Herb wants to try Mille Lacs for bass when I get back. Any tips for that lake in mid-October appreciated. Course it will be hard to pry me off Rainy now that the bass are starting to school up.
    • PSU
      Thanks FishinCT, makes me feel a bit better.....
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Usually we skip the the river until later in the year but it was the cleanest water we found and the only place we caught any fish. Heading out now to give it another try.
    • curt quesnell
      Close to home is possible, try those places first?  I will be out this weekend (if this cold doesnt kill me first)  Better luck next time fins