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chris35

hey allthumbs, was just wondering what size the bigger fish were running in your limits. i remember 5 years ago we would be pulling in 13s and some close to 14s and the last 2 years or so if we wanted to put fish in the bucket they were 10s. still nice fish though. still hoping to get up there sometime this month.

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rapman

allthumbs we are heading up on the 5th -8th of march going out of high banks for the first time did high banks road go out to center bar and whate side of bar did you fish you said 18 feet so were you on top of bar did you use jiging stuff smallthings like demans with live bait i am going to be pulling my 8 by 16 drop downe willthat make it out there

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rapman

croixeyes this is rap man i am new to this sight were going up the 5th to the 8th are you going out of high banks and do you think you will fish that airea not sure where to fish 1st time for me

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Buck Snort 2

Sounds like there will be people on the lake this weekend. I'll be up with a few buddies Thursday - Sunday. First time back to Winnie since 2003. I have GPS and map chip to help out. From reading posts, it looks like Rebel,around Center Bar in 18 feet and a 24-25 foot flat close to Zoomers are the places to look for fish.

Thanks for the info guys and anything else that can be shared would be greatly appreciated. I've been designated 'Da Guide' for this trip so the pressure is on.

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AllThumbs

I do not have my GPS with me at work, so I am not sure what side of the bar we were on. We were east of the crack I mentioned though.

But, I do want to point out. I first setup my shanty 25 feet from the guys getting all of the fish - in 18ft of water. for 1.5 hours - I did not see a fish. I moved my shanty to within 10 feet of them. Then I started catching the fish. You had to be on the "fish track" to catch them. Other shantys 15 feet away were only getting a fish here and there.

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AllThumbs

Yes. This was my 6th year fishing. I remember it the same way. This year, I do not recall seeing a fish over 13". most were 10 - 11.5".

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AllThumbs

As far as the lures we used, it did not seem to matter. I happened to be using a Genz worm - glow in the dark white with the red hook. But, they were really aggressive and biting everything.

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Bryce

Just now have time to report trip from Fri-Tues. Spent my first part of the trip chasing crappies in the area with good success thanks to an infamous/notorious guide. Even pailed an honestly measured 13"er. In desperate need of a shower, moved to Highbanks Monday afternoon. With a well scrubbed nether region, it was time for perchin. Set on a 22' flat and pounded perch. Only pailed 2 but should have kept alot more after looking at the cleaning pails. Could have easily had my 20 keeping 9"ers. This was out of a hard house set up with no hole hopping except from one end of the house to the other. Used a couple different perch colored jigs and deadstick with a white hook. Small/tiny crappie minnows were the key even when jigging early with only a minnow head. Best bite was 4:30 to dark. Can't wait until next year.

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jigglestick

great to see you Brycie!

sorry I couldn't make it out monday. still trying to shake this bronchitis stuff. it's getting old.

went out today with the nice weather and it's got me coughing again.

sure was nice out. can't stand any more than two days indoors. I don't care if I was in the hospital, they'd better find a way to wheel me outdoors if only for a little while.

I was wondering how you did in the promised land.

to bad you couldn't find your own way to the holy land, you'd still be cleaning fish grin

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rapman

bucksnort i will be up on the 5th i am going two start out by zoomers got a spot or too to try be driving a silver doge ram with a 8by16 ice castle tan color stop buy if you wish i will be driving around in truck with fish trap if nothing in big house good luck

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Buck Snort 2

rapman,

Thanks for the invite.

One of the guys I'll be with got a new truck that we're taking and I won't know what it looks like unitl they show up in my driveway. I know its a 4 door and we'll be pulling a 4x8 trailer.

I have a black Frabil 2- man flip-over and I don't know what the other 2 guys have for a house.

We will be the 4 guys on the ice that really don't look like they know what they are doing.

Good Luck!

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perch40

how is the snow , can we get off the mains with truck ?

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jigglestick

no problem for any 4x4. most areas you can navigate in two wheel drive.

I went out off the end of the big island road and north to the zumers road. no trouble at all. I had to cross the pressure crack, but it was good to go where I crossed it.

with the warm temps, the ice is moving alot. keep an eye open for new cracks or buldges. the buldge on the zumers road was ok to cross yesterday. I see some people stopped when they saw it and turned around. just watch out for cracks that are obviously new.

DO NOT assume you can just dive over any road bank either. I noticed some new cracks in the road banks in places and some of them had dropped like 6 inches.

just use your heads...and eyes

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perch40

thanks for the info ! staying at little winn this weekend . are the perch still deep . or have they moved in shallow?

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brickpounder

Looks like quite a few guys are coming up this weekend. A group of three of us are coming up Sun-Tues. Third time up for us this winter. I'm excited to try my new XOG out. On sale at cabelas for$150 plus you get a free ram mount, vehicle adapter, pc adapter and free shipping so you can't go wrong. This device will pay for itself over and over unless it goes down the hole like the last one.

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perch40

did anyone fish winn,and how did it go? we do winn the old fashion way get a map from dnr and a ruler measure it out......or guess where the depths of the lake are

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side_laker

went out all day yesterday picked up 3 8" perch not reall good fishing. moved around trying to find them but no luck.. Hope someone got into them

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Derek Vos

I fished winnie sat and sun with 3 other ppl and struggled all weekend we caught 2 perch over 11 1/2" and probably 20 other keepers. But we couldn't have asked for better weather. It was fun to get out and just fish without taking it to seriously.

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Gary Crichton

I got a limit of eyes in 2 hours on Saturday, along with 10 keeper perch. 3 of us, It was slow, but the weather was great.

2 nice Northerns also, a 5 and an 8 Lber. Total take for the weekend 20 kepper perch.

G.C.

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Lisa Almquist
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I got a limit of eyes in 2 hours on Saturday, along with 10 keeper perch
And this is slow? WOW!! winkgrin Good report Gary!

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Gary Crichton

Well the eyes went back of course, and the bite was short lived and you had to be mobile. Never got to many out of the same hole. Like I said, we wouldn't have gone hungry.

G.C.

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Buck Snort 2

A group of 4 of us were out Friday & Saturday. fished out from Ravens Point in ~24ft. We did OK the first day and better the second. If we would have gotten out an hour and a 1/2 earlier each day we could have probably doubled our take. By 1pm they were all but done eating and would just come up and look. Nothing came up our holes but perch although a guy not to far away pulled up a walleye and a northern. we caught them on everything from spoons to a plain red hook. The hot tip would be to get out there early. I don't know how early they start but they definitely stopped around 1-2 pm and starting slowing after 12:00. When we started fishing each day (9:00-9:30)it was all you could do to keep 2 lines in the water.

Good Luck,

Buck Snort

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motley man

Ant reports on the bite after the storm?

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thefishRmine

Went out on Sunday. First spot we tried only produced a couple small ones. Then we moved and found a little hole that was producing some keeper sized fish. It wasn't fast and furious, but plenty of action to keep everyone entertained. Well, that was before the wind came up. After that, only caught a couple more smaller ones before we decided to pack up. Would have liked to have stayed till dark, but with a long drive home, slow fishing, and fish to clean we made our decision to head.

Earlier on, they were biting on waxies then minnows were the ticket, either jigging or under a bobber. When it was really slow, most of the perch were spitting up these small little worms so threw a couple on and was able to get a few to commit. We were fishing on the north end of the lake in 26' of water and the other depths we tried only gave us small ones. Off road travel was doable, but was a lot more sloppy on the way out. Snow really softened up as the day went on. I'm sure there won't be much snow left here in a couple days, but who knows how long the shoreline will hold up.

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quackhead25

Hey just wondering what the conditions are like up there, Im looking to head up to the cabin for the last time this winter. Im thinking about looking for crappies on some smaller lakes, just would like to know if it's worth bringing the sleds. Any snow/ice reports would be great, thanks!

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