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Bowen Lodge is located on two of the most reliable fishing lakes in the upper midwest. The Lake Winnie Walleye Factory is for real and if you haven't been here, it's time to pay us a visit.
Walleye: Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux have long been famous for their Walleye fishery. Natural reproduction is excellent and the Walleye growth rate is above average.
A great spawning run of Walleyes moves from Lake Winnie into Cutfoot Sioux every fishing season. Although we think about spawning in the spring, the Walleye run actually begins in the fall and peaks with their spawning just a few days after ice-out.
Post spawn, the fish gradually disperse back into Lake Winnie. By summer they’re scattered amongst the deepwater bars and weed lines.
Bowen Lodge's lake cabins are strategically located on the point between these two great Walleye fisheries. We offer easy access to Walleyes regardless of where they are in their seasonal movements.
Northern Pike and Muskellunge Northern Pike populations are healthy, with abundant numbers of 5 to 10 pound fish. A few lunkers in the 10 to 15 pound range are not uncommon.
The large cabbage beds offer endless fishing opportunity. Lake Winnie still boasts the state record Muskie (caught in 1957) that weighed 54 lbs! Each year the Muskie fishery gets better, with more large fish being caught. Catch and release is popular for both species and will insure the future of these magnificent game fish.
Jumb Perch In Fisherman Magazine rates Lake Winnie as one of the premier Minnesota Perch destinations. No doubt about it, Winnibigosh is one of the midwest's most prolific Yellow Perch fisheries. Recent measures on reducing bag limits were implemented to protect the Jumbo Perch in Winnie and Cutfoot. There is almost never a day you cannot go out and catch a meal of this delicate table fare.
Largemouth Bass Widely overlooked, Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnibigosh offer an untapped opportunity for great bass fishing. Good numbers of above average Bass are found in the Bulrush, Cabbage and Cattails. Isolated populations exist in Lake Winnie's Tamarack Bay, Third River Flowage and Sugar Lake areas.
Crappie, Bluegill and Sunfish For many Northern MN anglers, Crappies and Bluegills have become a primary target while fishing on Cutfoot Sioux and these days, even on Big Winnie. Knowing the seasonal movements of panfish can really help anglers stay on fish all season long, but during spring and fall, almost everyone can locate and catch good sized Sunfish and slab Crappies. Fishing Videos