Booking a fantastic fishing trip doesn't have to be a dream.

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.
Lake Winnibigoshish, known to friends as Big Winnie, has a character all its own.
The 55,000 acre lake is big enough to provide plenty of fishing opportunity, but still small enough to be manageable for folks with smaller boats.
For first time visitors, the lake is friendly and easy to learn.
Miles of undeveloped shoreline, an abundance of wildlife and great fishing for walleye, perch, pike and muskie. Learn more about fishing on Lake Winnie.
Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lakes are connected to Lake Winnibigoshish, but have their own personalities too. The chain of lakes are part of the First River flowage, an important part of what makes this system so good.
Famous for its spring spawning runs and fantastic walleye fishing, these lakes also provide our guests with some of the best crappie, bluegill and perch fishing that can be found anywhere. Here are some tips for fishing on Cutfoot Sioux.

link to Bowen Lodge Fishing Reportlink to Lake Winnie fishing pagelink to fishing Cutfoot Sioux pagelink to fishing guides pagelink to Bowen Lodge Marina Page
image of Kristen Pietras with Walleye image of Crappie caught at Bowen Lodge image of Northern Pike caught on Cutfoot Sioux image of the luscious sisters with a nice pair of perch image of musky caught on lake winnie image of bluegill caught on Cutfoot Sioux

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 scatter 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 on the rise, 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. For nearly 60 years, Lake Winnie boasted the state record Muskie that weighed 54 lbs, while measuring at 56 inches. 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.

Jumbo 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 bulrushes, 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 Minnesota 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.

Looking for a head start on fishing the bite when you arrive at Bowen Lodge? Catch up on our fishing videos.

Bowen Lodge Suggested Fishing Guides

Dale Anderson Jason Boser Sean Colter Rod Dimich
Nik Dimich Roy Girtz John Gossen Aaron Murphy
Gary Murphy Tom Neustrom Robby Ott Ryan Peterson
Steve Picht Grant Prokop Jeff Skelly Jeff Sundin
Vern Valliant Charlie Worrath Reed Ylitalo