Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report

The Lake Winnibigoshish Weekly Ice Fishing Report is proudly brought to you by The Pines Resort & RV Campground...your full-service Minnesota Ice Fishing Vacation Resort located on Lake Winnie at Winnie Dam Bay.

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For the Week of: January 12, 2017

The current ice conditions are 18-22 inches plus with a layer of hard crusty snow on top. The northern pike and perch are biting biting best in 11-13 feet. The best bites have been from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a great time on the ice and stay warm.  We still have some weekend openings in late January and February.  Give us a call today at 218-246-8546.

John Seekon

The Pines Resort & Campground

P.S. Our cabins fill up fast for peak ice fishing season, so call us today to book your reservation - 1-800-342-1552.

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Notice to Anglers


While on or fishing waters with size restrictions, all fish for which the size restriction applies must have their heads, tails, fins and skin intact and be measurable except when a person is preparing and using such fish for a meal.


When packing fish, labels identifying the fish must include the name of the lake where the fish was caught and the size of each of the fish that are regulated under a special size limit.

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Ice Fishing Safety Tips

  • No ice should be considered safe.
  • It takes at least 4 inches of clear solid ice to support a person on foot, 5 inches for a snowmobile and 8-12 inches for a small car or truck - but ice varies from place to place on the same body of water and sometimes within 10 feet!
  • Check with local bait shops, resorts etc. as to the current ice conditions
  • Access the lake through an area resort and try to travel on plowed ice roads.
  • Consider walking or using a snowmobile or ATV, rather than a car or truck, and avoid ice travel during hours of darkness, when there's heavy snow or fog - drive slowly at all times.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
  • Avoid areas where there may be flowing water or currents.
  • Pressure ridges or ice heaves occur, especially on large lakes - these can be dangerous due to thin ice or an obstruction you may hit with a car, truck or snowmobile.
  • Carry a cellular phone with you - call 911 for any emergency

Minnesota Ice Fishing for Perch, Walleye on Lake Winnibigoshish

When Old Man Winter settles in for a stay in Northern Minnesota, you know it's time to get out the ice augers, fish houses and mukluks and enjoy the world-class ice fishing opportunities on Lake Winnibigoshish!

Lake Winnie has a reputation as one of the best ice fishing lakes in Minnesota, and The Pines Resort is recognized as one of the Best Ice Fishing Resorts in Minnesota. Through the years Lake Winnie has become known as "the" lake to fish for jumbo perch through the ice. It also offers excellent walleye fishing, northern fishing and crappie fishing. With more than 67,000 acres, Winnibigoshish literally offers miles of angling opportunities matched by few other fisheries in the state.

Minnesota Ice Fishing for Walleye.
Minnesota Ice Fishing for Jumbo Perch.

Make The Pines Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish your headquarters for full-service Minnesota ice fishing vacations. Wake to a frost-edged winter wonderland then drive on our plowed ice roads out to your fish house. Enjoy a day of excellent fishing then head back to the resort to the warmth and comfort of our well-equipped cabins. We move our fish houses on a weekly basis to ensure that you are "on the fish" and even turn on the heat in your fish house every morning before you arrive. The Pines Resort sets the standard for hosting ice fishermen and you will notice the difference!

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2016-17 Winter Season Cabin Rates

December 2016 thru March 2017

Cabin # of Bdrms Occupancy* Deposit Required Nightly Rate**
Wolf Den 5 1 - 7 people $200 $300
Birch 2 1 - 4 people $150 $180
Balsam 2 1 - 4 people $150 $180
Black Bear 3 1 - 5 people $150 $220
Raccoon 3 1 - 5 people $150 $220
Whitetail 2 1 - 4 people $150 $180
North Star Loft 3 1 - 5 people $150 $220


Ice Fish House Rental Rates

Fish House with Cabin Rental  
8 x 10 - 6 hole $100 per day
Fish House w/out Cabin Rental  
8 x 10 - 6 hole $125 per day