From Bill Powell (Fred's Bait) 2-14-08 (Lake) Winnie seems to just
keep kicking them out and with the good resort roads its been keeping us
going back. Even though Bowstring is a half hour closer to home and I
drive right by it on my way to Winnie this winter we set the permanent up
on Winnie and have yet to come home without fish to eat. I can tell if the
bite has been good or not when the kids keep wanting to go back I'm doing
ok and so far if the winds not blowing to hard they have been keeping the
fish house full on the weekends. I have also heard some good reports
coming of the main lake humps with the early snow depths there is a lot of
structure that has seen no pressure yet so when we get a little nice
weather and mobility gets a little better I think we will hear of some
really awesome fishing. Hope to see ya on the ice. Bill
From Bill Powell (Fred's Bait) 1-25-08
Finally caught a break in the weather to
be able to slip out to the lakes and get a handle on what's happening
and caught enough fish for supper.
Bowstring is now seeing some truck traffic
but watch out for the drifts they will get you. I did not feel there
was quite enough ice for the diesel there yet. But I had talked to
John from The Pines Resort (Winnie) earlier in the week and he said
the ice was good enough there so with limited amount of time and not
wanting to drag a snowmobile along that's where I headed.
He's got some very nice roads and if you
can find a place to get across the snow banks with a little care you
can get around pretty good but are some good drifts there also.
It took a few holes and some moving around
to find some fish that wanted to bite and not just look at my bait,
when I found a spot there was constant action. I had to sort through a
lot of little Perch to get some nicer ones and got one nice Walleye
for the pan as well. If all those seven inch Perch make it to ten we
will have some awesome fishing in years to come.
With some nice weather in the forecast I'm
hoping I'll be able to get out and roam around a little more cause
them fish sure tasted good. Hope to see ya on the ice. - Bill
From Dave D. 1-3-08
Big Winnie is still
producing walleyes on the mid lake humps. The Ice conditions are
improving every day now. Two weeks ago Saturday we found 10 1/2 inches
of clear ice out in the middle of the lake. yesterday, 12-31-07 we
found a solid 13 inches, in the same location. The resorts are making
roads to the usual hotspots.
Denny's on the south side has a road out though I'm not sure
how far. Highbanks resort has a road out to 2 1/2 miles and they are
pushing north and south as well. there is a lot of good structure
Travel onto the main unplowed lake is still doable with
snowmobiles and I still see some atv's out there but the couple who
went out with me last night had a hell of a time trying to pull their
eskimo sled. I ended up pulling it for them with my snowmobile.
The perch action was fair to good in 24 feet of water, but I
think if I was to be targeting them I would be looking in the same
area, only a little bit deeper.
after 4:00 the walleyes started with fish marked frequently some
lookers, some takers. jigs didn't seem to matter as we used anything
from green glow gemineyes to red glow demons and rainbow forage
minnows. shiners and chubs worked well a foot to eighteen inches off
The walleyes bit until we had to leave at 7:00. they showed
no signs of slowing down. good luck, be safe! Dave D.
From Bill Powell (Fred's Bait) 12-25-07
First of all I'd like to thank the Deer
River School and the Teachers for giving their students the option to
experience the outdoors and what the area has to offer " and let me
tag along". I was kind of worried as we headed to Lake Winnie what we
might encounter as far as snow and slush conditions but mother nature
couldnít have been much kinder with 12 inches of good clear ice on
Bowens Flat and no slush and 30 degrees things donít get much better.
I believe everyone caught some fish in the short time that was given
and with the many prizes and the nice cookout I sure wish I would have
been given that chouse when I was in school.
The lakes in the area are shaping up nicely for those wanting to get
out for the holiday season and those venturing out have been reporting
very good success locally its still ATVís and snowmobiles but Red Lake
and Lake of The Woods are now letting out Pickups. With most of the
slush spots freezing up I hope to get the kids out a few times over
Christmas vacation and get a good report what is going on in the area.
We would like to say thanks to the others that have sent in reports
and hope to see allot more as the ice-fishing season gets up a head of
I hope everyone has a good Christmas and hope to see ya on the ice
From Doran D. 12-12-07
Fished Moose Lake next to Deer this week. 6" ice with 3" water/slush
on top 100' out from shore as of 12/11/2007. Noticed snowmobiles over
entire lake, think they are a little crazy. Thought the cold would
make for better ice but the snow must make a great insulation. Fish
were very sluggish 12/10 caught 2 walleyes in the slot and 1 34" Musky
on small gold spoons. Perch reacted better to drop shot rigs, a lot of
small ones for 2,10". Change of light bite was better in morning than
evening, probable due to Muskies about. Thanks for the forum Fred's
bait shop. Miss the pic of the ice over like last year. See Yah all
soon for bait.