The ice is all off and the second week of the season on Big Winnie looks to be excellant. There were many complaints that anglers were catching larger walleyes and not many to keep. What a problem!! There were many reports of two anglers catching 30 to 50 walleyes per day, with most in the protected slot.
It didn't seem to matter where you were, Cutfoot, Big Winnie, or the Mississippi River below the dam. The shiners are starting to stage and will move shallow before spawning in the next week or so. The sixteenth ounce Fireball Jig and a shiner or chub was the hot ticket, with chartreuse or watermelon the best colors. Moving slow was the key to success and the water temperatures still seem to be on the cool side with trouble getting out of the mid to upper 40's. Look for the North shore, Stony, Mallard and Raven's Points to start heating up. The walleyes are just coming out of the spawn and the males will be feeding heavily in the weeks to come. This is some of the best walleye fishing of the year, so get out and have some fun.
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