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JASON FREED
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7/28/14 12:39 PM CST
Boy it has been a crazy couple of weeks. I apologize for not getting more reports up during that time. Fishing has been pretty good and is starting to pick up. Here is my report for the lake.

It is that time of year to start thinking outside the box to put fish in the boat. Walleyes, especially are in their late summer modes and patterns and that means some days the traditional ways of catching them works with the right conditions, but other days the traditional ways just don't produce the results anglers are looking for.

Walker Bay has had a decent bite in the last week. Fish are starting to show up in 20-30ft of water off of Cedar Shoreline, Templar, Breezy Bar, and some of the numerous humps within the bay. A Lindy Rig with a sucker minnow or chub. leech, or crawler have all be good presentations. Also vertical jigging with a bigger minnow can work well on some of the humps this time of year. Trolling leadcore has also been effective looking for suspended fish. Try using your depth finder to pin point large schools of suspended baitfish. Also some of the larger pike are moving out deep and have been active of late.

The Main Lake is starting to pick back up again and has its good and bad days. Some fish are being caught in the Meadows and West Goose Flats within the early mornings and evenings trolling spinners or long lining a crawler. The main lake rocks are good when the wind is blowing. Try throwing slip bobbers, trolling spinners, or casting crankbaits to target these fish around Pelican Island, Annex, and Submarine. The south end of the lake near Whipholt and Huddles is also producing fish on the reefs and humps such as Olson's, Pipe Island, Huddles, and Hogers. Slip Bobbers, trolling crank baits, and at times live bait rigging have all produced. Play the wind and key on 15-25ft of water.

This time of year have different kinds of bait with you in the boat, have the trolling rods ready, and be ready to throw your arsenal at them.

Good luck this week!


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7/26/14 2:17 PM CST
Hey Crappie,

Feel free to give me a jingle if you need some pointers. I'm in Wisco. but have fished Leech for quite a few years. I'll be up there the week after you, but Leech is an unbelievable fishery and you will enjoy yourself!

Brad 920-642-3224

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7/25/14 11:05 PM CST
Larson guide service - Thanks for the tips. Hopefully we can turn these tips into a few productive days on the water. May get a guide the first day we are there to help insure success the rest of the week. Staying at Anderson's Cove and they mentioned they have a few guides that work out of their resort.

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7/25/14 1:58 PM CST
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Leech has plenty of opportunities to catch Perch, however keep in mind that these perch do have some worms in them so when cleaning just take the tip of your knife and cut out the worms. They are harmless, I myself leave them in and then fry them in 375 degree peanut oil. It doesn't bother me however its all about your preference. When fishing perch I like fishing the same way I do walleyes, Although if you have a fair number of people in your boat a simple rig such as a bobber with a jig on the end can work wonders and help spread out your lines. Color is crucial right now because there has been blooms. If windy conditions exist which is how it is most days then I would suggest tucking on the backside of a point. This will ensure safe and proper boat control.

Another thing to keep in mind this time of year is bait. I really like using crawlers on harness rigs which can produce just about anything on Leech. But when sitting stationary I really like the action that leeches provide. Now its up in the air what size you should use. I guess I am just a jumbo leech kind of guy. Some guys like mediums and you can even dip down in to the panfish variety, but when it comes to catching bigger fish, bigger baits can work very well.

If your interested in strictly walleye fishing, there are two things that have been working really well for me. #1.) Live bait rigs set up with 6 ft. snells using #8 octopus hooks gunmetal in color, place a chartreuse bead above the hook and then I like using egg sinkers, any kind of sinker really works but I like using them when I am fishing sandy areas. Plus they really don't lock up as much as you would think in the rocks. #2.) Crankbaits are where its at for producing big fish on Leech, particularly in Walker Bay, why, well because Walker Bay is very deep and there is a wide open space to run. We have even played around using down riggers and it has produced monster jacks hanging down on the thermoclines. Its not to hard to find fish when putting together a good plan. Look at a lake map if ones available otherwise stop in at Reed's Sporting Goods in downtown Walker. They will provide you with all the of items I have just explained to you. If you really need help I and a lot of other guys on Leech Guide so don't be afraid to give us a call, HEY its what we do!

From everyone on Leech lake and the surrounding areas we wish you good luck out on the water and remember "Happy Hookin"

L G S 320) 583-9706

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7/22/14 9:36 PM CST
I will be staying in Steamboat Bay the week of 8/9 - 8/16. Hoping to have a good week catching jumbo perch. 1st time on the lake. Is this area generally good for perch? What is bait of choice for perch on leech?

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7/22/14 2:23 PM CST
I am fishing leech for the first time next week and want to make sure my dad catches a few walleyes. He has been out of the fishing game for a few years and I am a 1st time captain of a fishing boat. Any advice? Location? Depth? Bait? Humps? Flats? Anything will help. Thank you.

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7/17/14 1:52 PM CST
Thanks again for the report Jason. The countdown is on and we'll be there in a month. Save a few fish for us. As for now, we'll just keep salmon fishing over here on Lake Michigan. Good luck and be safe.

JASON FREED
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7/17/14 10:23 AM CST
D.W.1 - If you are on that end of the lake by the dam, my suggestion would be to take the canoe back into Boy Bay and Headquarters and start messing around with the weed bite. You will catch a variety of fish from walleyes, bass, panfish, etc. and you will be protected from the winds of Leech Lake. In terms of smallies your best bet is to put the canoe on the truck and seek out some other lakes with better populations. Woman or Ten Mile by Hackensack would be good and there are a ton of them in the Longville area as well.

In terms of the fishing report..been on the water a lot lately. Here it is..

Well fishing has been up and down much like Mother Nature of late. I think the bug hatches are finally coming to a close so in a few days hopefully the walleyes will have less food in the water because of that. We had the AIM tournament last week, and there were many big fish caught, recorded and released. The bite was not fast and furious for the tournament anglers but many fish were caught between 26-29" over the course of the two days.

The fishing report has been mixed with some days being good and others not so much. We have found Walker and Agency Bays to have the most consistent bite. Humps, points, and shoreline breaks have been the best in 18-28ft of water pulling a lindy rig and leech or lindy rig and chub. Also have had some success pulling spinners with leeches or crawlers to cover ground. A go to presentation this time of year is slip bobber fishing weeds, rock humps, points, and saddles throughout the day. Pretty simple, but yet very effective, either have a hook and a couple split shots or a 1/16th oz jig and put a lively leech on and you are ready to go. Great way to get the kids involved as well.

Pike are being caught off the weedlines in 14-18ft of water and many anglers are out chasing largemouth bass pitching a jig/pig, throwing topwater, or a variety of other methods. Best places to start are Steamboat, Shingobee, Headquarters, or Boy Bay.

Tight Lines!


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7/11/14 12:29 PM CST
I'm heading to Leech lake for my first time the week after Labor Day. Understanding that nobody has a crystal ball are the smallies active that time of the season? I have a small boat (Grumman Sport Canoe). Any suggestions on what bays or areas of the lake I may be able to access, if the weather allows, and find Bass, Walleye's or Panfish? I expect to spend at least some of my time at the campground by the dam. I appreciate all suggestions / ideas to help with my planning. My messenger is turned on. Thanks D.W.

JASON FREED
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7/7/14 1:00 PM CST
On the main lake the bite has been tough and reports and have been mixed. The best bite has been early in the AM and in the evenings. Nice fish are being caught by Pelican and Pipe Islands trolling spinners with crawlers or crankbaits. Also slip bobber fishing on the major points and reefs such as Rogers, Huddles, Olson, and Diamond has produced decent results for smaller fish.

In Walker Bay, the fishing has slowed down some but fish are still being caught in 15-25ft of water pulling lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers. Windblown shoreline breaks or humps located near shoreline breaks are all producing fish.

Also if you are looking to give Leech a break, get out and try some of the smaller lakes in the Hackensack, Walker, and Longville areas. I spent a couple days last week poking around and one of those days did a guide trip for bass. We had awesome action with a great size average for the smallies. Easy fishing, caught fish in 15-20ftof water pitching plastics or lindy rigging with a leech.

The best piece of advice is to cover water and fish a lot of spots. It seems you catch a few on one spot and it goes dead, so reel up and move on.


JASON FREED
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6/23/14 11:29 AM CST
Hey guys thanks for the compliments and questions. By far my favorite color jigs on Leech or Blue and White, Green, or Gold. The jig bite of late has died down, but you can catch fish all year on them especially fishing wind blown structure and the weed bite. With the weed bite a 1/16th oz jig and leech is tough to beat!

In terms of mayflies don't be scared off my them..some of the best fishing is going on during the hatches. I like to look for balls of bugs and fish them because the fish are there. Either trolling spinners or pulling slow death rigs are my favorite ways to do it.

Here is my report for the week Now is the time to be on Leech Lake! The peak summer bite is starting and there are fish of all sizes to be had. This last week fishing was sporadic at times due to the weather patterns of late, but with some hard work and some searching there were plenty of active biters.

On the Main Lake the bugs are starting to hatch and the walleyes are starting to show up on the main lake rocks such as Mokey Reef, Annex, Sub, and areas around Pelican Island. Fish this areas with a lindy rig or bottom bouncer and crawler or leech in 11-16ft. You may also want to try pulling spinners to cover ground. Also pay close attention to where bug hatches are taking place and look for transition areas where it may turn from gravel to mud or sand to mud. Windblown shoreline breaks on the south end along with the major points such as Rogers and Diamond are also producing fish on the right days with the right wind direction. Lindy rigs, slip bobbers, and trolling crankbaits such as a #5 Shad Rap are all catching fish. As the water temps get into the low 70s expect the fish on the south end to start migrating to off-shore humps and structure.

The walleye bite in Walker Bay has also had a good bite of late. Shoreline breaks or hump near shoreline breaks are producing fish in anywhere from 12-20 feet of water. Lindy rig and a leech or crawler has produced a majority of the fish this past week but also pitching a jig and shiner up onto the windblown shoreline can produce when other things aren't.

SET THE HOOK and Enjoy the week!


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6/23/14 7:09 AM CST
Is anyone catching with the mayflies?

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6/16/14 11:08 AM CST
Nice fish Jason. When jigs have worked for you What color has been best ?

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6/15/14 10:28 AM CST
Awesome pic Jason, thanks again for all the great reports, be back up the third week in August again this year and can't wait. Fishing trip with the family this time. I live 12 blocks from Lake Winnebago and fishing is rediculous, but Leech is still BY FAR my favorite fishery. I love finesse fishing and Leech has some of the finest. Keep up the great reports and good luck on the water.

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6/15/14 9:53 AM CST
Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
My report from the week

Had a decent week last week dip and dodging rain and thunderstorms. It wasn't my best week but fish are still there be to had. I spent most of my time fishing parts of the main lake and Walker Bay. On the Main Lake fish are being found in 11-15' of water with a variety of presentations working. A Jig and Shiner is still producing, the KenKatch 3D Jig was my favorite last week. Although a simple lindy rig and leech or a slow death and crawler outproduced the jig and minnow for me. It seems on the main lake finding that depth I highlighted with deeper water nearby has been the key. I fished the main lake rocks one day with no luck. With some warmer temps and the bug hatches that bite will turn on fast!

Walker Bay the fishing has been great for both big fish and keepers. The areas around Sand Point and Cedar have been good producers. A jig and a minnow or lindy and crawler have put the most keepers in the boat with a lindy rig and redtail putting the bigger fish in the boat. 8-11 feet has been the best depth range, but when the cold front moved in on Thursday and into Friday the fish moved deeper out into 15-20'. Friday was tough for me, but heck that is fishing somedays. Did manage to catch a beautiful 27.5" walleye that afternoon.

Otherwise sitting in my porch watching it rain AGAIN! Summer is here and the fishing the next two or three weeks should be great.

Get out and SET the HOOK!


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