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Reedo7

Seriously? Has anyone bothered to go online and look at the 2013 survey. 80% of all walleyes sampled were under 19". I am impressed that you all have degrees in fisheries biology. Its that dam dnr again out to get us all! just for spite. Maybe the reason that your only catching big fish so far is that the males and females are seperated right now for the most part. The under 17 slot has worked on many lakes and in my opinion fishing has definitely improved overall on winnie since its induction.

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blue_healer_guy

agreed

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magnum mike

Here here!

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tcroz

No fisheries biologist by any means. But, I fish Winnie 50-6o days a summer and there are numerous days where it is tough to catch anything but slots. Granted many of these fish are 17-18 inches but nevertheless they need to go back. That is why I'm in favor of relaxing the slot and lowering the limit. I have neighbors who have been on the lake for 30 plus years and they agree. I am lucky to be on the lake that much for the summer. A resorter who has only a week and wants some walleyes to take home and eat....one slot fish per day can make their day.

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tcroz

Wondering if the shiners are being trapped yet?  They should be in the shallows I would think.  Looking forward to a good opener on Winnie.  Was at the cabin last weekend and the lake is way up. They are not letting much water out due to the wet conditions south.  Shouldn't have any problem getting your big boats in and out of the lake this year.  Good Luck to all!!!

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seifjr

Any idea what the current water temp is on Winni?  Looking forward the opener as well.

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gunner55

We stopped at Fred's yesterday morning & picked up some crappie minnows. They weren't even in their regular tanks but in the back room as the other tanks were empty. They were closed last week. 

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slovene

Temp was 50 last Saturday in the waves.  Should warm up a bit more in the coming 80 degree days.  I'm guessing the traps are in at Red and there should be an ample supply by opener.  I'm also guessing the opener will be a good one if the shiners have moved in. 

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gunner55

Not Winnie but pretty close by & we were out early this morning. We found surface temps ~55

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slovene

56 on the west shore, 58-62 in sugar lake.  Shiners traps are in on the shoreline.  

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gunner55

Found some 60-65 degree water here last night.

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tcroz

Sounds like the shiners are in good supply for opener.  Talked to several different resorts and they said they will have plenty. Looks like the weather is going to be the biggest challenge. Fish are going to be a little deeper than usual until we get some heat I'd think.

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Jim Uran

There is one heck of a road coming out of the west side by the river, thanks to Becker's Resort and McArdle's resort.  There is a paybox at the beginning of the road that I advise stopping by and dropping at least $12 in because that's what other resorts charge on Winnie. This road will take you half way across the lake on the north side into and across some deep and shallow flats. I found 36' in one spot, I'm a Winnie rookie, I  found 15' not to far away from that 36' and set up the Eskimo and got the girls' lines down and they immediately started catching bigger fish then we did closer to the west side. Lot's of nice perch and the gals had a blast. The bigger ones seemed to bite more right at dark and a little after. 

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Jim Uran

Cruised on over to Winni and set up at about 3:30 this afternoon. I can't really call it setting up since I drilled one hole and fished out the side of my vehicle lol. I was thinking on setting up in deep water to see if there were any tullibees around but the first hole read 17' with fish on the bottom so I started fishing and pulling up the usual mix of perch but they were a little faster and more furious tonight. There was always fish there waiting for me to drop down, like usual there was a lot of sorting but I kept 10 in the 9 to 10" range. I also caught a dandy 5 lb slimer that I took home and filleted up. I think I'll head back there tomorrow with the fam. 

 

Went out of Becker's/McArdles's road.. Make sure to slap some money in the box on the way out, they do an amazing job on their roads. 

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Savage Brewer

Was out there last Tues-Thurs and I have to say the action was extremely slow. Tuesday night through Wednesday only one walleye on the rattle reel with a large shiner.  Perch were moving around in about 17-18 feet but not hungry.

Thursday I was out in about 27 feet and the fish were definitely hungry but it was only small perch less than 6" in length with a couple in the 8-9" range late in the afternoon, I wouldn't have gotten them without the camera though.

 

Really had higher hopes, maybe next time.

 

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