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Fisherman For a Lifetime

Report of 4 Days on Winnie - 5/21 - 5/24

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

Just got back from 4 solid days on Winnie, about 11 hours a day. Water temp was 56 Degrees.

I did not have the luxury of multiple people with me with multiple baits in the water to see what they were hitting on or not.

Yes, some may be shallow, but including mine, I only saw 3 Walleyes caught shallow !!

So, after 2 days shallow trying most places with almost no luck, I went to the Bars.

There they were. I caught about 55 Walleyes out on the Bars.

Kept a few for the dinner table, but that sure was fun catching that many on the Bars. Anywhere from 11.5" to 26.5" Walleyes.This was just me, with one line in the water.

Only caught 1 Walleye on a Shiner.

ALL of the rest were on Leeches.

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fishnfool59

Hey FFaL, Where were you fishing shallow?? We are heading up tomorrow for our annual father-son and in-laws fishing trip. This will be our 7th yr to Winnie and have always done well shallow to out 14-20' off the shoreline, but have also found out that in that last few yrs, based on the weather, the walleyes are moving deeper to the bars. Care to tell me what bars?? We stay on the southwest side, off the Mighty Miss and have fished alot of the west shoreline up to Stoney and south aways to Nodacs. Any help would be nice!!!

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trux

Many Bars on mid lake. The ones in your area sugar, moses, horseshoe, bena, and center bars any one of them hold walleye. the locator will tell the story. Keep your eye on the forums here for the fishing reports

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

Well, you may be gone when I first saw this, but I fished shallow from Tamarac down to the lower banks, Farley Creek area all the way down to Ravens. Just 1 Walleye. Did not see any other Walleyes caught for 2 days shallow. frown.gif

That's when I said the heck with it & went to the Bars. Bingo. smile.gif

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nater2416

hey guys headed up there wednesday and very inexperienced on the lake. only fished it twice and did terrible both times. It sounds like the bars are the way to go. but i was wondering if you can tell me what types of presentations are working best and if ur fishing on the bars or just off the edges thank you.

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

Sure, Try a Size 2 or 4 Red Octupus Hook, 7' leader and a Leech.

(You're welcome...) grin.gif

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jhals68

?@?!?##, should have changed up. We listened to all the reports, and didn't fish anything but shallow, and definetly no bars. Good job changing up and checking other haunts. Did you see the funnel cloud/ water spout on Saturday?

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Buford T

I was up there Thursday - Sunday. I took a decent photo of the waterspout on Saturday afternoon. Email me at mikemogck@hotmail.com if you would like a copy.

The funny thing is there were probably 15 boats in fishing front of highbanks, and it looked liked everyone just pointed at the waterspout, then continued fishing.

The fish were definitely not concentrated anywhere I was. Tried the north shore by the dugouts in the 12 ft sand flat area, the adjacent rock piles out to 20 feet, Cutfoot, and highbanks. Had a hard time catching anything less than 17". We caught the most fish long lining whatever on the first shoreline break out from highbanks in 8'.

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jigglestick

I found it hard to believe what FFL said, but instead of questioning what he said, I went out to see for myself.

I had the afternoon and evening to fish so I stopped by fred's and bought both shiners and leeches.

I put in at highbanks and went straight out to where I had the fish house all winter.

the first hump I came to had fish stacked up in 25 to 21 feet of water.

I threw out my marker as a referance point and started idling back and forth with a gold 1/4 oz jighead with a gold propellar blade on it. I tipped that with a shiner and kept working the area around the bouy.

only little perch pecks.

I tried for a half hour, moving and following the school as best I could, still nothing.

then I dug into the leech box and with the same jig head, I slowed down my approach and within one minute, I had the first walleye. five more minutes before the second one came into the boat. then ten minutes later and the third one was put into the livewell.

about then, the thunder started out accross the distance, coming my way.

the boats in the area started heading towards shore and so did I.

just in time I might add. I barely got my lock outs turned out when it opened up!

my point here is, they are indeed out on the humps and they were slamming the leeches.

I wished I could have stayed another hour or two. I think I would have had a ball. at least I have a starting point for next trip. now you do too smile.gif

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

"I found it hard to believe what FFL said, but instead of questioning what he said, I went out to see for myself.

"

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ALL of what I write is accurate and straight up, nothing but!

I left off the particular Bars I caught lots of Walleyes on, but I was a ways south of you... smile.gif

Good luck out there.

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jigglestick

FFL,

I wasn't calling you a liar. just so you know. merely that I thought it was a little early to be out on the humps.

It was believeable enough though, that I took my first opportunity to get out on the water by myself to go give it a whirl.

thanks for the heads up!

after last winter, this one of my new favorite spots smile.gif

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

Yep, I know. The water temp was up quite early, so I figured they would be out on the bars, went for it and got rewarded.

Good luck...

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trux

Headed up in the morning I will be trying those humps myself grin.gif Thanks for the heads up

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fishnfool59

hey guys, just got back from a good trip to winnie. Although FFL, you said you did well on the bars, we didnt have much luck at all but rather stuck with what we know about this time of yr and stayed shallow. I cant say it wasnt tough at times, but we had a easterly wind.. sometimes southern, sometimes northern, and sometime just plain straight out of the east. Jig and Shiners, sometimes leeches on a jig and a few on leech and lindy rig but all were shallow 6-10 fow. We did really well on Mallard when the wind switched to a south eastern wind on Thursday. Lots of 16-16 1/2 fish. A few nice northerns as well.

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

Well, you know just as good as anyone else that Walleyes move around...

They could be on bars miles away from where you tried...

They also bite, then in a couple hours, turn off...

I just got back from Winnie, I'll start a new post with info.

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