Fished Winnie/Cutfoot the last three days, two of which were spent fishing the MTT tourney on Sat. and Sun. Finished 19th on Sat. and won the tournament on Sun. Three main patterns were working on the two lakes: the deep bar/hump bite, a crank weedline bite, and a weed bite. We opted for the weed bite, which we found in Cutfoot, not only because of the high winds for most of the weekend, but because we were finding the right fish to weigh in heavy cover, especially focusing our efforts on heavy coontail cover. We had our best luck on rigs with leeches and pulled them through the coontail with good success. It seemed as though the calmer and sunnier it was, the better the bite got. We did catch a few on a jig/minnow, but leeches were by far the better choice for most of the weekend. Water temps were still holding in the upper 60's. Some of the reports from others who fished the big lake all weekend were that rigs were working well on the bars/humps, both with crawlers and leeches, but the crankbait bite on the north end was by far the best for most of the top weights brought in both days. The pic with the big walleye was the $4,300+ fish that my tourney/guiding partner Jake caught. It was 26 3/4" and weighed 6.77 lbs.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988