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planing to fish winona this weekend hows the ice around airport /bartlett

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As far as i know airport and bartlett are the same bodies of water... i havent been out there for about a week and last time i was there was when we had that big warm spell. The ice was pretty sketchy in some places, so i walked the shoreline all that way down to the island. The landing had open water in front of it that day so i didnt even try to walk across, straight out from the landing. It's been pretty cold here though the past few days and its not supposed to warm up very much at all. So we should be making ice for about a week straight by the time the weekend comes. I plan on checking the ice on bartlett/airport on thrusday, so ill have a good answer by thursday night. But if the ice is safe me and some buddies will be out there on saturday for sure, come say hi we will be in the 5600 and clam jr it would be nice to meet you.

There are some other spots in the winona area where i have been catching fish as well if airport is not safe, send me an email ( [email protected] ) and ill let you know where they are biting


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Has anybody tried lake winona at all or how the ice is? im gonna be heading there in the am in search of some crappies but ive never done very well. for some reason I can find crappies on a huge lake up north no problem then comes lake winona. I always tell people if they want a challange go to lake winona and try to catch a big crappie lol. I know there in there but i have a heck of a time finding them.

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Well I made it out to lake this morning and the ice is really making some music. I found there was about 8" or more of clear ice in front of the bandshell and about 6" around the boat landing farther down. For the fishing well it was very slow. we caught about a dozen small gills in front of the bandshell. we fished all depths form 7fow to 20fow. We made a move around 9am to the boat launch and drilled about 10 holes looking for fish and finally found some in 33fow suspended at about 15fow. Got a few bites and alot of lookers but no takers. at about 11am we moved to the backwaters along side the road just down from the bridge and caught about 6 4" sunnies nothing to brang about but all in all I found a new spot to try and it always beats work.

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lake winona has been pretty dissappointing for me this year compared to last, seems like all the fish are small, i keep hearing about people getting on the crappies in certain areas but it seems im always one day late smirk.gif good to here you caught some fish though, thanks for the report

tim (ww)

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Got out on Lake Winona from about 1-3:30 today. Right out from the bandshell probably about 40 yards from shore. Started out shallow in around 6 feet but I didn't find any fish. Went out deeper into water i'm guessing was around 10-12 feet. Started hitting some nice sized bluegills but couldn't stay out too long with the wind. As i was getting ready to leave the gills really started to get going. Ice was probably about 5 or 6 inches,looked like new ice. If you ask me I'd wait to get out there til about 2 in the afternoon and fish towards dark. Talked to a guy who was out there in the morning and he didn't have as good of luck. Seems to be an afternoon bite. Good luck

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