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Fishn addict

It's that time of year again.

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Fishn addict

Can you feel the anticipation just waiting for the lakes to freeze enough for safe ice to fish on. Lake Winnibigoshish is one I look forward to ice fishing every year just about as much as deer hunting. I go for the perch action. If we catch walleye or nothern it's a bonus.Over the years I've found out that you can catch perch just about any where on Winnie but, for size and quantity you may have to do some work to get what your after. Once you find them mark the spot and keep trying you'll see it will pay off. I've found deeper water will hold some larger perch 10-12 inchers more so than shallow water. You'll also catch 5 to 7 smaller perch before you'll get the 10"+ fish. If it's walleye's your after your best bet is in shallow water on top or the edges of the bars and humps. Morning and evening bite seems to be the best times of the day. Nothern's found them just about any where there's perch and there everywhere. There's something about Winnie can't quite put my finger on it that keeps me comming back every year. I live in some prime fishing area where many people wouldn't fish any where else. But, I'll drive the 2 1/2 hrs north to fish where I've never had my fish house broke into or had someone that I didn't know fishing 5 feet away from it. If you never had a chance to see the stars on a winters night 5 miles off shore or the towers from Bena or Highbanks red light flashing. It's a feeling words can't describe beside's a winter's bliss full of peaceful tranquility. Highbanks has sleeper houses. Rick and Kim run a first class operation and will point you in the right direction for whatever fish your after. They can't make them bite but they'll let you know where to start. I'm planning my first trip and pulling my house up on Dec 22nd if the weather holds out and brings us some safe ice. The next week looks good for making ice.

Good Luck to all I'll be sending reports once Winnie is safe to fish on.

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Jim Almquist

Fishn Addict I know what you mean and I can't wait. Some of the best ice fishing will be upon us very soon. The over night temps should make it possible to fish by the weekend of the 8th I hope. I plan to be out by sat. night on a smaller lake and catch some wallys. Best of luck this season and maybe we will see you at Highbanks some time.

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Lisa Almquist

Well said Fishn addict! Winnie is such a great lake. Just year round fun! Great post-let us know how you do in December.

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HIGHBANKS

As you mentioned "Tis the Season" for some ice fishin'!!!! Monday the 26th the lake was completely open and we had strong northwesterly wind gusts up to 40 mph with temps dipping below zero. During the overnight hours into Tuesday, the lake froze over. It sounds like the weather forecasted is continuing cold with light snow. We are making ice by the minute!! Looking forward to seeing you'all real soon!!! The lodge opens on the 28th of December - stop by and say Hi!!! Happy Holidays!! We'll continue to keep you updated on ice conditions.

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colt44

What he said.........

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