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Winnie ICE Series Results

Dennis Steele

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First I want to thank all those who attended. With less than perfect ice conditions on Winnie this year, I am glad all of you made it. Thanks for comming!

I would also like to thank Denny's resort for hosting us again this year. Great hospitality and a great resort! Pat and Rhonda did a great job making sure eveyone was taken care of from bait to those wicked specials friday night! Saturday nights fish fry was awsome! Chicken, beans, cole slaw, fries, and of course Pat did a great job on all the fish that was donated from our contestants.

I would also like to thank Jason Boser of Fishing Fever Guide Servicefor guiding folks out on the ice. Jason did a great job and put some of our top finishers on fish.

OK. I'll get to the results!

Here is our winners

We crowned Ron Zych Worlds Greatest Ice Angler, Lake Winnie, with a total weight of 8.9lbs with one big 'pout! Ron also took the big fish trophy home for that slimy thing.


Congratulations Ron!

Runner Up was our own FM Prostaffer hanson with a limit of nice jumbo perch going 7lbs. Way to go Chris!

Some of our other top finishers were:

3rd- Tim Patterson Jr.- 6.8lbs with a nice bag of perch.

4th- Bruce Williams- 3.9lbs with perch and a pike

4th- Joel Andringa- 3.9lbs with a limit of perch

5th- Scott Zentz- 3.0 lbs of perch and a tulibe

Congratulations to all. It was good to meet you and I hope to see you on the ice again.

Be sure to try and make it to the next event at Medicne Lake in Plymouth MN. We will be heading out from Hartys Boatworks.

This lake is known for very nice pike, great crappies and walleye. This should be a great event and we expect a good trun out.

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Hey Dennis,

It was great to meet everyone and get some fishing in too! It was my first Ice Series event and I had a blast. Unfortunately I won't be able to make any of the others this year as I've got a couple Lake of the Woods trips yet this winter.


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I really wish I could have made it. frown.gif Just getting on my feet today. I guess I should have gotten a flu shot this year. I`ll be at some of the events at the end of the month though. Bring on the cold weather!!!

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Always fun hanging out at Denny's and getting a chance to fish Winnie!! The fishing was a little tough, but several people still managed to bring in some nice fish. In the end it took just one big eelpout! It was nice to put a face with a few more names and to get the opportunity to fish with a few of you. I also enjoyed seeing familar faces and catching up on fishing stories and enjoying the evenings at the resort.

I would like to thank all the Pro Staff would worked hard at making sure things ran smoothly. I'm still blown away by the punctual early morning headquarters set-up grin.gif

Here are some pictures from the day of the event...


Ron Zych - Winni Champ


Ron's 8.9 pound eelpout


Chris Hanson - Winni Runner-up


Part of Chris' catch


Ron Zych - Winni Big Fish Award







See everyone in two weeks on Medicine Lake!

Good Fishin,

Matt Johnson

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On behalf of Me, my wife Carol and my son TJ Jr. Thanx to the FM staff for makeing this event one of the winter highlights for my famaly! We all had a blast again this year! My son got third, and he is extreamly proud of that. Only trouble now is that he now 'knows it all!' grin.gif It was great to meet so many of you FMers.

Jason, thanks for putting up with us rookies. You are a class act! I will never forget the twinkle in your eye when you said; "Im going to the humps! Want to go?" as you looked out over the frozen, well, 'slushy' tundra. wink.gif It is easy to see that you really love to do what you do! My wife will never forget the little cross country trec we did either! shocked.gifgrin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif Sarry to hear about your loss. I will say one to the big man in the sky for you and yours!

A special thanx to DEnnys for the tools and for all the help from my fellow FMers getting the keys out of my truck! It was either the url triangle makeing a shift or it was my bone head! grin.gif LOL

The fish fry was great! Did any body else get a chance to taste the eelpout they cooked up? Wow! Great stuff!

I know I will be seeing a lot of you again next year!

Quality peaple!

Quality event!


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What a great time. Even though the fishing was tough it was fun. I wish I could have stayed around for the fish on Saturday. I got to test my 6 wheeler for the first time on the ice and got a lazy jigger. How can you bet that. I plan on being at the medicine lake event.

Ken cool.gifcool.gif

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Winnie I.C.E. Series was definitely a great time. I believe my group of 4 will be back next year and as long as the I.C.E. Series continues to go to Winni. In fact, 2 of the guys that came with are already planning to head up to Burntside Bash with me.

It was great to meet everybody again and put some names to faces- BD110, Holehopper, Big Dar grin.gif (err...Darin Ingalls), Tom, Matt, Rick, Dennis, Surface Tension, Chuck, Paul, Jason Boser, Jeff Beckwith & Family and the many others too.

I would like to add that if you are looking to learn a new lake or techniques, the I.C.E. Series events are a good way to do it. I had never fished Winni before, but Paul & Jason Boser got me pointed in the right direction and the fishing turned out to be fantastic. My dad and myself brought in 27 jumbos & a whitefish and released an easy 30-40 more perch. We had 1 line a piece action for most of the morning. The biggest jumbo was around 11"

We went back to the same spot the next morning and the action was so-so. After punching a bunch of holes, I found out we were sitting right at the base of one of the mid lake humps. 50' to the east of the shack was 20' of water and we were fishing down in 30'. There was no action on top, a little bit more action halfway down but not too many takers, and more action on the bottom of the hump again. The perch wanted a eurolarvae or waxworm presentation over the minnows we used the day before.

A good snowfall set in on Sunday morning and provided a longer drive back to the cities than I was anticipating.

See everybody on Medicine in 2 weeks.

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