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hey guys, plan on going to winnie this summer for atleast a 3 day deal. When would be the best time to get out their to chase the eyes and some perch? I was kind of thinking mid-late june but looking for some knowledge from others who fish the lake a bit.


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I would recommend early - mid June if your schedule allows for that. Late June typically brings the may fly hatch and can have an impact on the bite. Early season like that, the walleyes are in shallow, water temps are still cool, and a jig and shiner are the choice presentation. Keep us in mind if you need lodging. Thanks!! http://www.highbanks.com

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goggy eyes

I would have to agree with highbanks. Mid june is hot. Pretty simple fishing just bring lots of jigs and shiners. The nice part about winnie is you catch walleye, northern and perch from the same areas. Good luck

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Dances with Walleye

I head up to Winnie and stay at the Nationals on CFS every June...

From what I've found if it's a warm start to summer... June 14th is too late to be up there Mayfly hatch wise.... However if you start rigging with small leeches on Mud flats, the odds improve greatly. (Slopped in a bunch of Jumbos amongst prime time eyes last June this way.)

The only problem I run into with June up there, is that the Eyes are starting to fall into their deep water transition... So you have to be ready to poke around a lot.

Biggest issue is what the wind can do to that lake.

It's no fun to be 6 miles from Camp and a wind storm blows 4 footers into your face.

So I always make a point to stay on Cut Foot Sioux... Where there's always someplace to fish even in horrendous winds.

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    • gunner55
      We drive by the stripping station on Cutfoot weekly & try to keep people up on that too. I think it may be a bit later here, will check it out tomorrow
    • Darrell Larson
      Have a couple spots that are 10' open, I live on north side of Pike Bay, large rocks along shoreline helps heat water. Hard to see the ice condition on the Bay as there is a lot of slush on top, once that melts and the warm sun hits the ice it will go quick. Our new Chesapeake pup discovered she lives on a lake yesterday.
    • ZachD
      Its that time of year again pick up your heart guard and your flea and tick.  
    • Smoker2
      Where are you located?
    • eyeguy 54
      Time to get the yak ready. Might need to paddle a couple spots on the sippi soon. 
    • mrpike1973
      Nice Crappie!
    • Rick G
      Eyeguy and I made it out one last time yesterday. Access points are getting pretty bad in our area. Was finding roughly 2ft of  very chunky ice in the places we drilled holes. With the warm weather and bright sunahine we had, I'm guessing we lost a few inches through the day Fishing wasn't exactly fast and furious, we did get our fish... but really had to work for the quality.  The area we ended up finding our fish was a shallow 6-10ft dark bottom flat, close to where they will move come ice out.   It soon became apparent the fish we were targeting were almost swiming with their back right against the bottom of the ice, infact my two best crappies hit while my bait was only inches below my hole.  Baits we found better success with were the Northland slugbug and The Impulse Mayflies in bright colors. Jig size didn't seem to matter much due to the depth we were fishing. As I am typing this, my thoughts are already turning toward warmer days spent chasing smallies on the river. The boat and yak are soon to be ready, rods will be strung and so on. It was one heck of a long winter.... fished with some real good people from this site I had more good days than bad, got some monster fish locally... for these things I'm truly blesaed.... like I said,It's been a long winter....I'm glad it's over Pic is of my last big ice crappie for the season  
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I will certainly keep you informed about the progress of the hatchery. I expect to see the nets and traps go in within the next two to three days. The run should be very strong as the fish are already moving into Pike Bay strongly. Cliff
    • Bigfatbert
      Thanks Cliff for your Pike River deteriorating ice reports and pics . I. Really want to show my wife the hatchery when the action is really happening this year , I would assume you will be right on that when this happens , is there any way that you can give a shout out on here as to just when this scenario is happening up there . With the warmer temps being quite steady now , I would think the run will be rather strong this year when things get going ..  
    • biff