I had the opportunity to fish Winnie 1/14 thru 1/16 with my close friend RickG. and 3 other friends.
We moved around about 5 miles out fishing the edges of drop offs, humps,rock piles and related areas.
We had 5 throw back walleyes over 22".
Fell short of our limit of walleyes to take home.
Perch ~12 1/2' was the biggest with many in the 10 - 11" range.
Many pesky but fun cigar walleyes.
And a 28" Northern
All of our group of 5 fisherman had success with Northland's pink/gold doodlebug being the top producer using a minnow head or waxies were the key to our success while jigging 1 foot off of the bottom and sometimes dropping to stir the bottom.
Northland's new Macho minnow in gold worked also.
Salmo's chubby darter was good to draw in the fish.
Some of the more agressive fish came up 5 feet to attack the jig/bait.
Ice/driving conditions were excellent with 22" of ice and 10" of snow on the lake.
We are back in the area in 2 weeks.
Cancer SUCKS. There are 86,400 seconds in each day, make every second count because you are not getting the back!!!
The walleyes and Perch are still going on Winnie, with a few Pike mixed in. plenty of great ice and feeding fish to be had, the lure that worked great for us was the New Northland Macho Minnow tipped with a minnow. more reports later.
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