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First spring trip on Winchell

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A couple of us will be heading into Brule Lk the Wed after opener, to chase the walters a bit. Being that Winchell isn't too far away, we're going to head up there for a day or two, to see if we can tangle with a couple trout. The only lakers I've ever caught, have been through the ice and on the big pond. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. As it stands, I've got a pretty decent asst. of crankbaits and spoons, and some clamp on rod holders to do a little trolling. If anyone has any tricks they've learned over the years(that you wouldn't mind sharing), I'm all ears. Thanks.


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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Flatlander, I've been into Winchell many times and have done OK for laker's. Did the trip from the Brule and from Poplar.

I'd have to be honest and tell ya I'd never go there just for the laker fishing because theres so many laker lakes that are far far better. Personally I wouldn't put a heck of a lot more effort in there then soaking a smelt of the bottom.

If you can cast out a smelt into 15- 20' of water then your going to be just about right at that time of year. If your going to troll I'd recommend a Little Cleo tipped with a fat head minnow or a Chippewa Guide Lure again tipped with a fat head. Troll the shoreline staying in 10-20' of water.

Winchell has some huge pike and I've found out the hard way they can have their way with you on light gear. It used to be within the law at one time to camp on the island with the palisade and that was my favorite spot. Thats not a designated camp stop anymore but the point west of there is a good spot for when your going to be there.

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