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Winnipeg 2017

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Anybody heading up this year?  Or already been up?  

 

We are going up tonight and fishing til Monday.  Will have a full report on fishing and conditions when we get back.

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Always good to get some intel!

 

Good luck!

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My dad and I started fishing Thursday morning out of Warner.  Started in 14 fow.  Made 2 moves in that same depth and caught about 10 before 10:00.  After that we made a move out to the big ridge in 17-18 fow.  We sat in one spot the rest of the day and caught 24 more walleye in that same spot.   Biggest one of the day was 23".  All the rest were 13-17".  Rattle baits worked the best, but we caught some on spoons in a neighboring hole too.  Ended the day with 34 walleye between the 2 of us.  

Friday we started in 14 fow again and caught 7-8, and then moved to the ridge again.  The ridge was slower.  I went back to the landing to get my wife and Uncle and the rest of the day we bounced around in shallower 14-10 fow.  Only caught 24 walleye all day, no big ones.  

Saturday we started in 14 fow again, caught 10 and then moved out the big ridge.  Fishing right on the ridge was slow, so we moved out about 200-300 yards North (across) the ridge.  We lucked upon an active school of fish and sat in that spot making small 20-30 yard moves the rest of the day.  Ended up with 71 fish between the 4 of us.  Biggest was a 28.5" and had 2 at 24" as well.  

Sunday we could only fish half the day, so we went back to the spot with the active fish from the day before. I didn't get a total number from all of us before we left, but I had 25 walleye just myself from 830-1230.  Biggest on Sunday was 29" with a 27" as well.  Would have been a great day if we were able to fish all day.  

The big ridge in 17-18 fow is the biggest ridge that we found. Kind of runs SE-NW. It was very active with the warmer weather, lots of ice movement.  Saturday was tough to find a place to get back across in the dark.  We had an extension on the augers, and really didn't need it, but it was more comfortable than bending over and burying the powerhead in the slush.  We had quads and travel was very rough on Thursday and Friday morning, but got better by Sunday.  We were moving slow, 10 mph.  Lots of melt on Friday afternoon and Saturday.  The ice is very dirty.  Especially around the rough ice areas.  If all the snow melts off and the sun beats on that dirty ice, the top portion could get pretty bad quickly.  My auger blades were very run down by Sunday morning.

Firetiger and brighter green rattle baits worked best, tipped with half a minnow.  Caught some fish maybe 20% on something other than a rattle bait. 

 

We are heading up again late March....if the ice is still good!  Any questions feel free to ask!

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Curious to know if people catch anything besides walleye out there? Always wondered what else swims around in that lake.

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In the 3.5 days fishing up there, I caught about 15 sauger, 3 burbout, and a white bass.  We have caught some pike and I have heard of some big ones being caught out of there but they are few and far between.  

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Not that there's anything wrong with catching huge walleyes, but it's always fun to catch a surprise bonus fish every once in awhile too. I hear there's not much for accomodations up there? Are there any resorts that plow roads, or take you out in bombers? Or is it pretty much guided snowmobile trips?

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There are a few places to stay that are not too far from the lake.  Hamilton House in Winnipeg Beach is good, a lot of guys stay at the Casino on the East side,  there is a new hotel in Selkirk that is pretty nice and has lots of rooms and breakfast.  

 

Nobody plows roads.  We always watch the weather and snow depth before we go.  We have been lucky to only have to bring ATVs with wheels up there.  Eventually we will have to deal with some deep snow though and bring sleds or tracks up.  

 

There are a few guides that run around on the lake.  Lee Nolden and Blackwater Cats are the 2 I know of.  From what I hear they are pretty accomadating and have all the necessary gear.  

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