Fishing Report

September 9, 2013

The northern fishing has really heated up!  Musky Dave and his son Dan each boated and released 36" fish within a couple minutes of each other.  Ginny Martinson caught a 37" monster that tipped the scale at over 14 pounds!  Many fish are being caught by casting, trolling, and fishing with sucker minnows.

Perch fishing is still good to very good.  It takes some moving around to find the larger schools of "jumbos" but the payoff is when you find them.  Lots of fish from 9-12" being caught right now.  The weedlines seem to be holding the majority of the nicer perch.

Walleye fishing is still very much a crap shoot.  Some days they are being caught on the flats, and other days they are in the weeds.  I recommend fishing the weeds with jigs and minnows and catching a variety of fish.  That seems to be the best approach right now.  As the water cools, the fish should move toward the shoreline weeds.  That is when they are easiest to target.

It is a great time to be up North!  No problem catching a meal of fish right now.  Our fall discount is on right now, so all reservations are 20% off with a three night minimum.  Get a group together and give us a call.  Or just come on up by yourself.  

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

August 31, 2013

Fishing this past week has changed, once again!  The walleyes have gotten into the biting mood, finally.  Spinners and crawlers on the flats in 12-14' of water has been the best presentation.  Lots of keeper size fish were caught as well as some slot size fish.  The walleyes have been so aggressive they have been biting large muskie type baits, as well.  Paul Thompson caught and released a 27" fish on a Wade's Wobbler.  Mark Thompson caught and released a 23" walleye on a 6" yum money minnow.  I have caught several larger walleyes on Suicks.

Northern fishing has continued to be very good.  Trolling, casting, or still fishing have all been effective ways to catch Northerns.

Perch fishing is steady, with alot of nice perch being caught in the weeds, as well as along the breaklines.  Jig and minnows the best presentation.

Our fall special starts on Monday, September 2.  20% off all reservations of three days or longer.  The weather has been great, and so has the fishing.  Give us a call and we will get you in on the action!

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

August 24, 2013

The northern fishing is still where it is at.  Nothing has changed in the past week on this front.  Perch are still being caught shallow, deep, and in between.  The walleye fishing is not impossible, just impractical.  Low light conditions are still the best bet trolling shad raps over deeper water.  Some large walleyes are being caught by the northern fishermen.  Paul Thompson caught and released a beautiful 27" fish caught on a Suick.  Tucker Merchlewitz caught and released a 26" walleye on a sucker minnow!  So they are definitely on the prowl for bigger baits.  Ben Beckman from Houston, Mn caught a 13,14, & 15" crappie last night in the mouth of the River.  The fish have been biting right at sunset.  Our fall discount kicks in on Labor Day.  Make plans for your fall trip and give us a call.

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

August 17, 2013

The northern fishing continues to be very good.  Some travel has been required to get to the better spots.  With the calm weather we have had the past three weeks, the fish have definitely moved deeper than we are used to fishing.  The north shore including Mallard and Stony Point has produced the most consistent action on the pike.  Casting large baits seems to be the best tactic for the fish this past week.

The walleye fishing is improving.  Trolling shad raps halfway down the water column has been a steady producer.  Trolling spinners on the flats has also turned some fish.  But the walleyes are still not where we are used to seeing them at this time.  There is wind in the forecast for the next few days as the warm air is blown up from the south.  Stirring up the bottom could have a positive effect on the walleye fishing.

Perch continue to bite on the flats as well as the gradual breaklines.  The flats are 12-13' and the gradual breakline is the 14-16' areas.  Jigs and minnows are the best presentation to use.

Fall is rapidly approaching.  The weather has been unbelievable this past 6 weeks.  It is a great time to enjoy Northern Minnesota.  Finding enought fish for a fish fry has been no problem.  Check your schedule and give us a call for availability.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

August 10, 2013

The walleye fishing remains a mystery for the time being.  Richard Smith and his Missouri bunch, caught 18 nice keeper walleyes trolling shad raps off of Raven's Point on Tuesday morning.  They have been doing the same thing for over two weeks, with limited success.  But all of a sudden, for just one morning, the fish were there and biting.  We continue to get some slot fish out on the midlake bars, as well.  The best bet has been the northerns and the perch.  Tom Davis from Grimes, Ia, caught and released a 40+ inch fish.  The fish have been caught casting, trolling, and still fishing with sucker minnows.
Eric Zibble and his family from Appleton, Wi had no trouble catching their limit of nice perch.  They also enjoyed a couple fish fries during the week, as well.  They were fishing the 14-16' drop out from Judd's Resort.   The walleyes should start to move shallow as the weeds are coming in nicely.  Look for the young of the year perch to go in the weeds and the walleyes will be hot on thier heels!  Our Labor Day special is a great way to extend your stay at the best possible price....free!  We have openings for that special.  Also, we have openings for September.  Give us a call and we can assist your planning of a trip to Winnie.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort 

August 3, 2013

The northern fishermen are smiling right now.  The fish are biting on all types of baits and presentations.  The perch are biting on jigs and minnows.  Walleyes continue to be hard to come by.  Ones and twos are the norm for each time out.  As the young of the year perch continue to migrate to the weeds, the walleye fishing will improve.  Check out our Labor Day special.  Reserve the week of August 24-31 and stay untl Labor Day for no extra charge.  Also, all reservations after Labor Day are 20% off.  Make your plans, and give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

July 27, 2013

 

Northern fishing has started to heat up in the shallow weeds.  All traditional methods of catching these fish is working.  The perch continue to bite in the same areas as they have been biting since the first of July.  Walleye fishing has become increasingly tough.  Most of our guests have opted to go for the biting fish, which is a very smart move.  We do attract very intelligent guests at the Four Seasons.  The fish continue to accumulate more and more each day in the weeds.  I look for the fishing to continue to improve as the weeds attract more baitfish daily.  Check our availability and give us a call.  The weather is fantastic, as well.  Nice and cool at night and warm during the day.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

July 19, 2013

 

The walleye fishing has definitely taken a turn.  The "keeper size" walleyes are becoming really hard to come by.  Even the "slot size" walleyes are becoming more and more scarce.  The good news is that the northerns are starting to bite.  That is good news as the majority of our guests the next few weeks are targeting northerns.  Trolling spoons with flash have been the best this past week.  The best area was the weedline in 8-13' south of the river all the way to Richard's Townsite.  The larger fish have been caught in Sugar Bay, but the numbers aren't as good.  The perch remain very reliable.  The same area is producing nice fish for the fish fry.  14-18' on the shoreline drop from north of the Birdhouses to Judd's.  

Everyone who fished last week caught enough to have fish.  The weather was great for all outdoor activities.  It got quite warm a couple of days, so the air-conditioned cabins were nice.  We have some openings coming up in August.  The fishing should pick up as the walleyes start roaming the flats preying on the young of the year perch.  Check our availability and give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

July 12, 2013

 

The theme for the week of fishing, was big walleyes in the slot, and big perch in the pan!  The keeper size walleyes were few and far between, but the big perch more than made up for that.  Many fish in the 17-26" slot were caught and released.  The main bars and shoreline drops were the prime areas for these fish.  There were very few keepers mixed in with them.  With the weedgrowth coming along nicely, I look for the keepers to start showing up in the weeds in the coming weeks.

The perch fishing was great.  Lots of fish in the 10-12" range were caught and eaten this week.  The shoreline drops in 14-16' were the best areas to find these great eatin' fish.  Jigs and fathead minnows was the primary method for catching them.

Some northerns were caught trolling and casting.  The new weeds are the primary areas to try for these fish.  Sugar Bay, Mallard Point, and Stony Point all have good weed growth.  

The weather was great again this past week.  Lots of time on the water with only one day of substantial wind.  The pool was very busy, as was the whole resort as the Sorenson group competed in everything from cards to shuffleboard to horseshoes to volleyball to "horse" basketball, to beanbags, to any other activity you can imagine.

Check out our availability and give us a call, the fishing opportunities should continue to improve as the season goes along.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

 

July 5, 2013

The walleyes have moved out to the midlake structures.  The bugs are out there in full force.  The humps and the main bars are all producing slot walleyes along with a few keeper size fish.  Lindy type rigs with crawlers and leeches seem to be the preferred bait.  Some fish are still being caught shallow, but the conditions have to be right.  Wind or low light are the conditions that we are talking about.  

Perch continue to bite.  The secondary breakline from shore is the best place to find the nicer perch.  River Bar and south of the river are the better areas.

Northern fishing has started to pick up.  Several fish are coming in using spoons or jigs and minnows.

Our weather has been Minnesota Nice and with the good fishing, everyone is happy!  We have openings in the coming weeks, if you only have a few days, we can still accommodate you.  Check out our availability and give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

June 28, 2013

Walleyes continue to show up in the shallow water.  As long as the wind blows, the fish are biting on jigs and shiners.  When the wind lets up, the best bet is the local bars.  Sand bars, that is.  Sugar and Moses have both produced fish.  Be prepared to have different bait options in your boat.  Shiner minnows, leeches, and crawlers all are working at different times.  Even one bar to the next it can change.  Lots and lots of fish in the protected slot are being caught right now.  The keepers are more prevalent in the shallows, but some keepers can be caught deep as well.

Perch fishing has been pretty reliable.  You may have to fish different depths to locate them.  One day they may be shallow, the next on the flat just short of the main breakline.  With a little searching, you can catch some really nice perch.  Fathead minnows on a variety of presentations is taking most of these fish.

The weather has been really nice this past week.  The only negative is the mosquito population is up.  The dragonflies are coming on strong, though, and are doing their best to thin out the pesky critters.  Plan on having some bug spray when you come.  We have a few openings coming up in July.  I look for the mid-lake structures to really turn on in the coming days.   Check out our website and give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

June 21, 2013

 

This past week was a perfect week for all guests at the Four Seasons.  The fishermen were happy the fish were biting and the vacationers were happy because the weather was great!  The only downer to the week was the abundance of mosquitos.  But that's what we have bug spray for.

Walleyes are still being found shallow when the wind blows.  Shiner minnows seem to be the best bait for this presentation.  From the Birdhouses to the south to Stony Point to the north, shallow walleyes can be found.  Sugar Bar turned on the other day.  Boats were reporting catching over 50 walleyes in a four hour period!  Unbelievable action.  Most of the fish were caught on leeches and lindy type rigs.  Not many of the fish were kept  because most of the fish were in the protected slot.  Thursday morning, Leah Altmeyer caught a 24, 25, and 26" walleye.  This will continue in the near future as the bug hatch is in full swing out on the mid-lake structures.

Perch fishing has been nothing short of sensational.  Good numbers of 10-12" perch are being caught.  Stony Point seems to be the best spot for these fish.  River Bar also has been good for Jumbo's.

Northerns are still showing up biting the jigs and minnows of the walleye fishermen.  Some nice northerns have been coming out of Sugar Lake using spoons.

Right now is a great time to come north to fish.  The weather is great, the fish are hungry, and it is very peaceful on the Upper Mississippi River.  We have a few openings, so give us a call and come on up.  You will be happy you did!

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

June 13, 2013

 

The sunshine has thrown the walleyes for a loop! They seem to have rapidly made a transition from the shoreline to the flats on their way out to the midlake structure.  Since the sun has come out on Tuesday, the fish have been harder and harder to get to bite.  You can find them easy enough, but they are full or just not in the mood to bite.  

The perch fishing is the same.  We had some awesome action on some really big perch going.  Then the sunshine happened and the small perch took over.  

We are getting some good northern action in Sugar Lake.  Flashy spoons are the best bet there.

If you are interested in catching some big walleyes, this coming week could be the best chance of the season.   They will be on the main bars and will be biting lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers.  We have some cabins open, so give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

June 7, 2013

 

Finally, some sunny skies and light winds! As we head into the summer season, the weather looks to start cooperating. As for the fishing, when the sun shines, the shallow bite gets a little more unpredictable. This past week, the weather was terrible, but the walleyes loved it! Now that the sun is shining, we will have to be in the right place at the right time. I am starting to get reports that some fish are showing up on the midlake structures. The primary action is still on the shorelines with jigs and shiners.

Perch fishing continues to be very good for those who are targeting them.

Northerns are being caught fishing for walleyes, as well as casting spoons and spinnerbaits.

All in all, with the nice weather, it is a great time to fish on Lake Winnie. We have openings, so check the availability and give us a call. The pool is heated so the kids will have a great time at the lake.

 

Joe Thompson

 

 

May 31, 2013

 

The walleye fishing has been fantastic the past few days! The west side has been producing fish in 5-9 feet of water using jigs and minnows. We have shiner minnows now, but fatheads were working. The shiners seem to be the favorite of the walleyes, though. The guests are all having great success. Many are new to the lake and can't believe that they can go out their first time on a body of water and actually catch a nice bunch of walleyes. The keeper size fish are plentiful, but also many of the larger slot size walleyes are caught as well.

The jumbo perch are finally starting to go. Hard bottom areas are producing perch up to 13". Jigs and small minnows are the ticket for these fish. Raven's Point and Sugar Lake are two places to try.

Northerns are being caught while fishing for walleyes. Jigs and minnows the best bet here.

The weather forecast is for more of the same for the next week or so, so the walleyes should stay active in the shallow water. Now is the time to come up for some great shallow water walleye fishing. Give us a call and we can help you plan your trip.

 

Joe Thompson

Director of Fishing

Four Seasons Resort

 

May 23, 2013

 

The walleyes continue to be sluggish in the cold water near the shorelines. The unseasonably cold weather the past week has hindered the migration of the walleyes. Sunny skies these past two days will help, but not as much as sunny skies and 70+ degree days. Hopefully, that won't be far off. Right now we are finding a few fish on the West Side off Sugar, Ravens, and Mallard Points. The fish have been more active in the 5-7' range. A mixture of slot fish and keepers being caught.

Northerns are being caught while fishing for walleyes. The perch have spawned and are scattered. No concentration of perch right now. All this changes as the water warms up!

Note to guests coming this weekend. Still haven't been able to locate a good supply of shiner minnows. Have fatheads, leeches, and night crawlers on hand. If you want to fish with shiners, pick them up somewhere along the way. Still have openings for this coming weekend if you are looking for somewhere to go with the family, give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Four Seasons Resort

 

May 17, 2013

 

The walleyes are coming out of their post spawn doldrums and are migrating out of Cutfoot into the main lake. The spawned out females are being caught in the Gap coming out of Cutfoot in large numbers. Very few "keeper size" fish under the slot are being caught there, however. A guide trip this afternoon was productive for Jake as he caught a limit of keeper walleyes on the West Side close to home. This is a very good sign that the males are making their way out of Cutfoot Sioux and into the main lake to feed on minnows. Each day the water warms up bringing more and more fish to our side of the lake. The next two weeks should provide excellent fishing for walleyes.

The perch are still pre-spawn and eager to bite. The fish that are caught are full of eggs with no sign that they are ready to drop just yet. The males aren't milking when caught, either. So the perch spawn is still a few days away.

Northerns are being caught while fishing for walleyes and perch. They are just a bonus when you catch them and a nuisance when they bite your jig off! Those of you who have fished with me will know then you are "Fly Fishing"!

We have openings for Memorial Weekend. If you haven't yet made plans for the holiday, give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Director of Fishing

Four Seasons Resort

 

May 14, 2013,

 

The ice piled up on Sugar Point today with a strong SW wind. The wind switched to the NW this afternoon and I just looked out and couldn't see any ice. I'm sure it is there, but it is out a long ways. I look for the ice out date to be tomorrow or Thursday. Now we can start talking about fishing instead of ice!

 

May 3, 2013

 

Checked the ice from the canoe landing on the south side of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The open water stretches out about a quarter mile into the lake. You can see photos on the Four Seasons Resort Facebook page. The open water is about 1000 feet wide. Will update again soon. Things are looking up for us, and the forecast should be in our favor. We still have openings for the Opener if your normal spot is iced in. Check the availability and give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Director of Fishing

Opening Day, 2013

The story of the day was "how far out is the ice"? The NW wind which was cold and blew hard, chewed the ice up like PacMan! Boats were fishing Raven's Point to the north and The Birdhouses to the south. Pretty amazing from a standpoint of where we were just two days ago. I was thinking maybe we would be fishing the River and the River mouth only. In the morning they could fish Sugar Bay and by evening, they were past Raven's. That is alot of ice to lose in one day.

As for the fishing itself, I think the fish were hiding underneath the ice! The water temperature in the river dropped 5 degrees overnight. Very few fish were caught. But the outlook is bright as we head into warmer weather ahead. As the water warms up and the ice sinks away, the fish will start to bite.

We have openings on Memorial Weekend, which should be some fantastic spring fishing. Don't miss out. If you decided not to fish on the Opener, and want to fish Memeorial Weekend, check out our availability and give us a call.

 

Joe Thompson

Director of Fishing

Four Seasons Resort

May 8, 2013

The ice moved out considerably just in one day. The amount of open water more than doubled in the mouth of the River. You can get out to fishable waters straight out from the first sandy point around the corner. There is wind in the forecast for the next three days which really takes out ice. I am more optimistic about fishing the big lake than ever before. I posted a new photo on our Facebook page. To find it just search for Four Seasons Resort Bena Minnesota.

 

 

May 7, 2013

I posted new photos on Facebook. There is reason to be optimistic that we will be fishing on the main Lake out from the mouth of the River. The open water is moving out daily. With rain and wind in the forecast, we are hoping for the best for Saturday. At the very least, we will be fishing the river on opening. There is not one shiner in Northern Minnesota, so if that is your bait of choice, and you can find some to bring along you should do that. Will give another update on Thursday.

May 5, 2013

Despite less than ideal weather, the snow continues to melt and the ice is moving farther into the lake. The river opening is much wider at the mouth of the river and farther out in the lake. The ice has also turned much darker out from the mouth of the river. You can see photos of what I am talking about on our Facebook page. With a warm-up in the forecast, I am optimistic that we will be fishing out on the big lake come Saturday.

Joe Thompson

 

May 1, 2013

This is more of an update on the ice conditions rather than a fishing report! Conditions are rapidly improving with the snow all but gone except for the shaded areas and where we piled snow with the snowplow. The River is mostly ice-free with some bays still having some ice along the shoreline. We will be able to fish in the River whether the ice is off the lake or not. There are numerous places to fish in the 10 mile stretch of river from Winnie to Knutson Dam on Cass Lake. I think the lake will be partially open on the west side by opener as well. So far, none of our guests have cancelled, and I will keep updating this page as things develop. If you want a place to fish on opener, give us a call. We have cabins available. On a positive note, waterfowl lovers would be in utopia looking over the River right now. There is a flock of over 100 loons at any time. Any type of Duck, Goose, Swan, Pelican, Heron, you name it, they are here right now.

 

Joe Thompson

Director of Fishing

Four Seasons fishing is awesome!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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