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We plan to hit Big Winnie on the week-end after the opener again, its been an annual trip now for some time, considering staying closer to Cass Lake. How crowded is the landing by the campgrounds just north of the Miss. River at that time? What areas on the West side should we hit first, Sugar, Ravens or move up to Mallard or even Stoney? Normally we put in on Cutfoot and start in the gap and work the Northshore towards 3rd river until we find fish. Any advice out there????? Thanks in advance!!

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What are you going to be looking for? Northerns I would ck the weeds outside the river and then up by the third river and stoney. Any place in the 8 to 10 will be good for the walleyes i think.

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We will be looking for walleye only. Usually have some difficulty getting on the water too early, imagine that, a lot of the time we miss the great early morning bite. Looking for some spots for late morning into early evening. A northern or two always adds to the fun but the "eyes" are the preferred species for this trip.

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I have fished winnie for close to ten years and in my experience the best bite happens (or starts) from 11-2 early in the season------ as the water warms up into june the morning and especially evenings start to become better. I usually put in at plug hat point and fish around tamarac point, highbanks, bowens, etc (NE side).

jeff

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I will be there the second weekend also. We have been doing this for many years. Less boats on the second weekend. We usually check the gap, move along the north shore, or make a run to tamarack. I think the wind is very important. If you had the wind blowing, the fish can be caught in 3 ft. of water or less. Ravens is awesome with an east wind. Jigging shiners always in the past, but I am going to try some plastics this year. Don't neglect the night bite especially if there is some type of moon. Go to 6 fow and jig away. The size usually drops off, but it is still a blast.

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Watch this site for updates on the fishing spots and what to use. I do look for us to still be in the 8-10' depths and useing 1/8oz jigs along the north or east shore. See you on the water.

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Captron, good to here from you again. If we do put the boat in on the West side of Winnie over the 2nd week-end, where would you suggest fishing first. Sugar, Ravens or Mallard are the three points that we are debating. Probably start shallow and then move out, maybe to 10-12 feet. If slow, then will try the northshore, jigs and shiners should be the ticket. Would you agree? Any other suggestions from anyone???

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Huskie,don't forget to also try by the tamarack pt and highbanks areas.Esp. the flat towards the dam usually always holds shiners-walleyes around that time of year in emerging sandgrass.Sounds like you have it all figured out. grin.gif.That area was also FULL of those (Contact US Regarding This Word) comorants last fall unreal how many there were you had to slow down so you wouldnt hit 'em.Loaded shotgun with no plug would've came in real handy.Just kidding!Good Luck.

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All those places sound good huskie. Just pick a spot and start if they dont go keep moving. Alot depends on the wind where I would start. where its been coming out of where it is that day. For depth I think I would start alittle shallower like 6-8 ft. hope that helps you

Jason

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Huskie~I think that a good nights sleep and and early start are very important. Thank god you will have a reliable partner with you to catch most of the fish.

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Thanks Jason, I look forward to your posts as we get ready for the opener. I assume you and Captron will be giving out your fishing reports shortly after the first week-end. Those of us who travel a great distance and can only fish for 2-3 days really appreciate your insight. As for tcroz, you can only keep 6 "eyes" anyway, if we were out there all day with C&R we would go thru 10 doz. shiners. A late night brew or two with stories about last year, a good night sleep and brunch works for us. I agree with the earlier post, the bite is from 11-2!!!!!

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I thought it was a 9 to 5 bite. Good thing you cleared that up. Now I can sleep in!

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I will be giving the updates just as last year

Jason

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