McArdle'sMcArdle's Resort

Craig & Paige Brown
1014 W. Winnie Rd NW
Bena, MN 56626



Lake Winnibigoshish is known for great Minnesota fishing

Minnesota Fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish

Walleye fishing is more than a hobby in Minnesota.  It is a tradition which borders on obsession for both young and old...locals and visitors.  Lake Winnibigoshish figures large in the minds of avid fishermen.  At 58,544 acres it is the 5th largest lake. 

In support of its lake management plan for Lake Winnie, the DNR has enacted a special regulation on Winnie's walleye.  Anglers must immediately release any walleye measuring between 18" and 23" and may be in possession of only one walleye over 23."  See Fishing Regulations for more information.

With miles of undeveloped shoreline and plenty of underwater structure, Lake Winnie is an angler's dream.  Our location on the southwest shore of the lake offers guests easy access to great fishing for walleye northern pike, muskie, jumbo perch, crappie, largemouth bass and bluegill  - all of which thrive in Winnie's waters.

At McArdle's Resort we pride ourselves on taking exceptional care of our guests.  We offer full dock service which includes two full-time dock attendants on hand everyday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to help down at the dock.  Our guests also appreciate services such as fish cleaning, packaging and freezing.  Guests can reserve a spot on a fishing launch, charter a private launch or plan a fishing trip with one of our own on-site fishing guides!  We sell bait, gas, tackle and fishing licenses and have our own boat ramp on site.  We offer boat, motor and pontoon rentals and we even have indoor boat storage!

MN DNR Fishing Dates

Helpful Minnesota Fishing Links:
Resident License Info
Non-Resident License Info

Purchase Your License Online
Fishing Regulations
Fish Species Identification

McArdle's Resort Offers a Private Fishing Guide Service

Guests of McArdle's Resort have the opportunity to tap the local experts.  As the only resort on Lake Winnie with guides on staff, McArdle's offers guided fishing trips with guides who fish the lake daily and know where the fish are biting!   Call 1-800-535-2398 today to plan your 1/2 day or full day trip with one of our on-site experts.

Guided Fishing Trips
# of Anglers Rate Deposit
Guide Boat: (With On-Staff Guide)  
1 person 1/2 Day:  $175; Full Day:  $325 $100
Each Additional Anger $60 1/2 Day - $70 All Day $100
  • On Staff Fishing Guide

  • Fish cleaning and packaging provided

  • Bait is provided

  • Anglers need to bring their own pole, tackle, rain gear and valid MN fishing license.

About Lake Winnibigoshish

McArdle's Resort is located where the Mississippi River enters Lake WinnibigoshishMost anglers would agree that Lake Winnie is one of the best fishing lakes in Minnesota.  However, its status as one of Minnesota's best walleye fishing lakes is not the only fact that makes this lake special.  Its most unique aspect is also its most historical:  Lake Winnibigoshish was created in 1884 when the Corps of Engineers completed the construction of a dam on the Mississippi River.  The dam is the largest reservoir in the Mississippi's system and controls runoff from a 1,442 square-mile drainage area including 28 lakes. 

Today the Mississippi flows into the west end of Lake Winnie, clean and clear, about 70 miles east of its headwaters.  McArdle's Resort has a perfect location on the southwest shore of the Mississippi where it pours into Lake Winnie.  Nestled into a small bay, the harbor at McArdle's resort is protected from the "big water" of Lake Winnie yet allows immediate access to great Minnesota fishing both on the Mississippi River and on Lake Winnibigoshish.

Lake Winnibigoshish Information:
Lake Winnibigoshish Lake Survey
Lake Map of Winnibigoshish - (.pdf file)
History of Lake Winnibigoshish

Water Quality Information
Topographical Map of Lake Winnie

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Launch Service and Private "Chartered" Launch

Lake Winnie is a big body of water and sometimes a little expert assistance in locating the walleye is appreciated!  McArdle's offers both a Launch Service as well as a private "Chartered" Launch Service to help you find the fish.

McArdle's offers both full day and half day trips.  Ask us for more information!

Launch Service Rates

# of Anglers Rate Deposit
1-6 1/2 Day:  $360/$60 per extra person
All Day:  $540/$90 per extra person
Bait Provided - Bring your own pole and tackle

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For Reservations Call 1-800-535-2398

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