Lake Winnibigoshish (Lake Winnie to the locals) is the 8th largest lake in MN, covering 58,544 acres. 95% of it’s shoreline is undeveloped, providing a scenic fishing experience and an abundance of wildlife. Lake Winnie walleye fishing is the reason most anglers visit. The DNR does an excellent job of managing the walleye population on Lake Winnie, so it is well worth the trip. In the spring and fall you’re generally going to be catching walleye in ten feet of water or less. Because it’s so shallow, most fishermen prefer to jig. In the summer when it’s warmer they’ll be heading out the the lake bars and reefs and are caught in 15 to 30 feet of water. Traditional tackle is preferred.
Many anglers also come to Lake Winnie in search of monster pike. Tossing spoons in shallow bays with drop offs in the summer is likely to produce. There’s also a decent chance that you’ll hook into a muskie. The Lake Winnibigoshish state muskie record is a point of pride for locals. It has held for over 50 years at 54 lbs and 56 inches. Is a record breaker lurking in the depths for you to find? Only one one way to find out!
Resorts on Lake Winnibigoshish
You have a lot to choose from if you want to stay the weekend. Below are a few top resorts worth looking into.
Places to Grab a Bite
You can’t go wrong by swinging into the Big Fish Supper Club. There’s a massive fish outside that we guarantee will end up in your family photos. Drop in, get some pig wings and a local beer and you won’t be disappointed!
Bait Shops Near Lake Winnibigoshish
Where should you grab minnows? Well, that depends on where you’re coming from. If you’re coming through Grand Rapids, swing into Ben’s Bait and Tackle on 4th St (218-326-8281). If you’re coming through Bemidji, Taber’s Historic Log Cabins has a great bait shop and is just a fun place to stop anyway.