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8/24/15 10:01 AM CST
Wow what a roller coaster of weather for last week on leech. Again a wonderful stay with Dana, Cindy, Drew, Jake, and Rachel at Baileys Resort in Kabekona bay. Surface water temps dropped 15 degrees from monday to wednesday but the fishing was still strong. The walleye bite was a little tough at times, but quite honestly we fished perch most of the time. We ended the week boating over 1000 perch, 40+ walleyes, 40+ pike, and a dozen rock bass and a sunfish. We were able to bring home limits of 8-12" perch, walleye and pike and had a big fish fry on wednesday. Spent most of the week fishing the flats in Walker bay. Salmos, flicker shads and shad raps in purple, orange, white and green all worked and the biggest perch were caught in pretty heavy cabbage. All in all a great week with comfortable fishing weather. Got some quality time with the fam. and got to stay in the new cabin at Baileys which is an open concept 6 bed that sleeps at least 8. Next year can't come soon enough and looks like the full moon will fall mid-week when we come next year.

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8/16/15 8:30 PM CST
Thanks for the update Jason. Be up there around mid-day tomorrow barring any travel issues, and staying thru saturday. looking forward to some cooler weather as work in the 90's this weekend has me worn out. Can't wait for the cranks to work their magic.

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8/16/15 1:27 PM CST
Even though we are in the midst of whats considered the dog days of summer, Walleyes continue to feed on Leech Lake. There has been a strong crankbait bite all over the lake right now in 8-14ft of water. Rock piles, mid lake flats, weed/sand transition areas....you name it, the fish are there and willing to cooperate. The best areas have been in and around the Sand Point area, Goose Island, Grand Vu Flats and the eastern rock reefs. Look for the fish to slide from 8-11 ft during the morning to 11-14 during the afternoon. Rapala #7 Shad Raps, Berkley Flicker Minnows and Flicker Shads have been the most productive in Crayfish, Silver or Purpledescent patterns.

Muskies have picked up over the course of the last couple weeks and we are seeing and hearing of more fish moving or caught each day. As water temps rise into the upper 70's, with a chance to touch 80 degrees, these fish will becbme even more active. Remember to be VERY responsible with these warm water fish. Have the camera and net ready to make a quick scoop and snap a couple pictures so that the fish can be returned to the water as quick as possible. Many fish that are mishandled or kept out of the water for too long during these warm stretches are not able to recover. Juice bucktails, Phantom Jerkbaits and an occasional topwater has been most productive thrown over the rocks during prime times of the day.

Bass and panfish are also going strong in the Leech Lake area. There are so many lakes in the area that offer whatever kind of fishing or fish you are looking for. Stop in at Reeds and have them mark a map and send you in the right direction. Take advantage of these last few weeks of summer as we hang on by a thread before the fall season begins! Good Luck!


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8/10/15 8:42 PM CST
To answer your questions. There is ALOT of water to cover and your best bet is to stick close to Kabekona Bay, Walker Bay and maybe spend some time out by Goose Island, which isn't a bad ride from Kabekona Bay.

That time of year your best bet is to fish with the following

1. Lindy Rig with minnows or crawlers where the wind is blowing in such as shoreline breaks, points, or humps in 18-35ft of water. A lindy rig is as simple as it gets. A lindy weight bead, swivel, 4-7ft snell, and a #2-#6 hook depending the kind of bait you are using. Drop it to the bottom, maybe reel up a crank, keep the bail open and drag it along. If you feel the bite, let the line go, be sure to feed the fish line taking it off the reel with your hand, close the bail, reel down until the line is tight and you feel the weight of the fish and then set the hook!

2. Pull crankbaits on breaklines, shorelines in 10-16ft of water. #5 or #7 shad raps in 10-14ft of water is a great place to start. Go 2.2-2.7mph and cover water.

3. Slip bobber fishing..great thing to do and it catches fish of all kinds.

I would definitely recommend hiring a guide to teach you a few things and take some of the learning curve away, but that is totally up to you. It sure helps when it comes to learning what is working at that time of year and where.

Thanks Jason Leisure Outdoor Adventures


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8/10/15 1:59 PM CST
Hello everyone! So, I am bringing my 13 year old son up from Rochester to do some fishing over Labor Day weekend. We fish a lot on the Mississippi river but the truth is.....I am pretty much the worst fisherman ever. Like, we log hours fishing and literally catch nothing. I am not opposed to hiring a guide but was hoping to get some pointers on where we could go on our own and try our luck. We are renting a cabin on Kabekona Bay. From what I have been able to read, the west side of this bay is promising as well as some places in Walker Bay. I have a small 16 ft boat so I don't think I will brave the big lake. I guess my real question is what do I use for bait? We mainly use a Texas Rig with a Senko worm, spinners and some spoons as well as some crank baits. I know nothing about the Lindy rig which seems to be a good way to go. He doesn't really care what he catches but would like to get a nice walleye or perhaps some muskie. Not sure if this time of year is to early or late for some of the great fall fishing I have read about. Any advice/pointers/spots would be much appreciated.

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8/9/15 9:04 PM CST
Sorry it has been over a week since I posted a report. Between guiding and tournaments things have been super busy for LOA. The bite on Leech Lake right now is very up and down. The key is to be versatile and take advantage of the feeding windows to catch walleyes especially.

The Main Lake walleye bite has been centered around main a trolling bite. Long lining #5 or #7 Shad Raps in 9-14ft of water has been the best and most consistent bite whether it is around the Flats around Goose Island or pulling them along the reefs such as Huddles, Variety, Annex and Submarine. Perch colored patterns, crayfish patterns, or minnow patterns all have produced fish. The key is to keep changing colors each day to find out what is working best that day, because it is constantly changing by the day or even the hour at times. Trolling leadcore in the basins such as in Portage Bay or Paris Trench are good locations to fish for suspended fish.

In Walker and Agency Bays, working the humps and shoreline breaks in 20-35ft of water is producing walleyes with some days being better than others. Rigging Chubs, crawlers, and leeches all have worked. The key is to drive those humps and if you mark fish off the bottom, fish them. If you don't, move on, but don't be afraid to come back later in the day to check a spot out. I have had days where they weren't there in the morning, but moved up and fed later in the day, or vice versa.

The musky bite is in full swing also. Portage Bay and the Main Lake Rocks are great locations. Bucktails, Bull Dawgs, and twitch style baits are all producing and getting active muskies to show themselves. This bite should only get better.

Also lots of good fishing is to be had on many of the smaller local lakes right now for crappies, bluegills, and bass. Be sure not to forget about them, especially on those windy days where Leech can be tough to navigate and fish.

Until next week

Tight Lines Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures


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8/6/15 5:58 AM CST
Thanks for all the reports again guys. I think next year I'm going to make 2 trips up instead of one. I just love this fishery and have to make more time for it. Salmon fishing has been good this year, but I'll be transitioning my boat this week over to the walleye and perch tackle and we'll be coming up the 17th thru the 23rd. Looks like a little cooler weather than the past few weeks and that should get a few of those big jumbos up shallower. Just curious how the full moon crank bite was this last week or so. I really miss it and am going to plan a trip for it next year. Haven't been up for it 3 years. See you all soon and will rock a full report at the end of the week we're there.

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8/3/15 12:35 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
I fished Leech on Saturday, stupid me. I wanted to fish some Red Tails, so I stoped an picked up a dozen and a 1/2 of some really nice ones. I tried to temper them from the bag of nice cold well water to alke wat at 74 degrees. I temperd them in the bag for 30 plus minutes. Not long enough I am guess. Soon as I hooed one and tossed it into the lake belly up. Really that was a wated $1.50 per minnow!!!

After killing 1/2 dozen minnows,w ent out to the lake and switched off on different off shore spots pullign spinners and crank baits. Have to say that for me the spinner bite was much better than the crankbait bite. Best depth was 24'. Caught 1/2 dozen over 20" fish, all released.

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7/26/15 2:04 PM CST
Kind of a slower week this last week. One might call it the dog days of summer. Right now the key to success on the lake is to take advantage of those key feeding times. The early morning bite, evening bite, and those certain feeding periods during the day are what are producing the best fishing. Pay attention to the solunar calendar major and minor feeding times, although not 100% accurate is does more often than not prove to be correct. Also when the wind picks up, changes direction, cloud cover rolls in, or any weather change are other things to key in on to catch active fish. Right now with all of the bait in the lake, the fish don't have to work too hard if they won't want to.

On the South End of the Main Lake, trolling crank baits and spinners has been the most productive. Secondary Rock Reefs found off of well known pieces of structure, in 18-25feet are all producing fish. Diamond Point, Rogers Point, Huddles and Variety Reef, and the reefs off of Big Rock Reef have all had bites from day to day. The crank bait bite is best trolling off of long steep breaks or large basins such as the ones found in Portage Bay or Paris Trench. Leadcore, long lining, or planer boards are all effective ways to fish crank baits for walleyes.

Musky fishing is starting to pick up and with the warm temperatures we will be facing this week, they should really start to move. Weed bays or long stretches of isolated cabbage such as the ones found in Portage Bay are a good place to start casting bucktails or twitch baits. Also the main lake rocks are heating up and more fish are being seen near Mokey, Submarine Island, and Pelican Island. The best is yet to come here.

On the West End, Walker Bay continues to be the most consistent. Fishing the Humps in 18-35ft of water with a leech, crawler, or chub has produced the most fish, with many being slots. Keepers are still relating mainly to the shoreline breaks in 18-30ft of water on windy days. Aggressive tactics such as throwing swim baits or rippin raps in 6-10ft of water early in the day or in the evening has also produced keepers to put in the livewell.

The other local lakes are producing great smallmouth and largemouth fishing as well as some great bluegill and crappie fishing. Look to the weed edges in the more and evenings for the crappies with deep water adjacent. Both smallies and largemouth are relating to weedlines or small mouth to transitions between rocks and gravel. A jig/worm or small jig tipped with a leech are both productive and ways to fish them.

Until next week Tight Lines!


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7/16/15 9:09 AM CST
Well things have definitely slowed down in the past 7 days on the lake. Fish are still being caught, but with the amount of bait that is in the water the fish aren't having to work real hard to find a meal. For some reason, this time of July each year after all of the hatches always seems to be the "dog days of summer" on Leech Lake.

Fished the AIM tourney last weekend. Nice finish their Zwiegs! We finished 15th place, which is respectable, but kicking ourselves, we just needed one more good upgrade to make that jump. Our best fishing was like Zweigs, either rigging creek chubs or leeches on the humps, but we also found good fishing right away in the morning in 6-8ft of water pitching jigs with leeches, not the big ones, but plenty between 18-23" to get the score card filled up. Now the report for the week

Days where we have wind are still being the best producers with fish being caught in a variety of places. Main lake rocks are still producing some fish, not nearly the amounts they were two weeks ago, but with some time and a fine tuned system of either lindy rigging, pulling spinners, or slow death in 12-20ft of water walleyes are still being put in the boat. Variety, Hogers, Huddles, and secondary reefs off of Diamond Point for example are producing fish. Also on the Main lake, slip bobber fishing rocky humps such as the ones found in Bungy Bay or around Big Rock Reef are a great way to catch fish in the early morning hours or evenings. This is also the time of year to pull out the crank bait box and work the steep edges of structures and basins such as Paris Trench and the steeps breaks found by Pipe Island and Rogers Point.

In Walker and Agency Bays, Walleyes are scattered between the humps and shoreline breaks. Humps that top out at 20-30ft seem to be the best producers for larger walleyes, with some humps holding keepers. Rigging them with chubs or leeches is proving to be the best tactic. Four of the top five teams in the AIM tournament were focusing their efforts on these areas. When using chubs also be prepared to catch alot of pike which is a great change up. Try changing your leader though to a 10-14lb fluoro leader to keep from getting bitten off too much.

Musky fishing is starting to pick up with fish being found in the cabbage still and some fish are starting to show up on the main lake rocks. Portage Bay, Sucker, Uran Bay, and Kabkekona have all been good for seeing and catching a few fish.

Another thing to take note of is the awesome fishing found outside the shorelines of Leech Lake. There are so many great little lakes that yield exceptional bass fishing, panfish, walleye, and northern pike and are fairly easy to get into and figure out. So if things aren't working on Leech, look at the DNR Lake Finder site and set up a day exploration. You can hit two or three in one day.

Until Next Week Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures


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7/13/15 10:56 AM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Game Day. Fished the AIM Tournament on Leech Lake Sunday. We fished Creek Chubs, not to big 5"-6" on a rig. When fishing Creek Chubs, I like to use the Lindy Rattling No Snag Sinkers. My thoughts are the rattle beads are a bit of an attractant. When fishing these Creek Chubs, you really need to give them a bit of line when you get a bite, several times I thought I gave them plenty of line, set the hook, and when the fish came in, it was barely hooked in the lip.

We fished several humps and underwater points, you could pull a fish or two then if you left and came back, 30-60 minutes later, you had to hope th e fish would replenish and also hope that nobody else hopped on that spot when you left. We bounced around all day hitting hump and hump. We ended the day with our 5 best fishing weighing 26.03 LBS, good enough for 6th place.

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7/11/15 10:13 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Much better day today. Fished deep humps rigging creek chubs. We couldn't miss, every hump we hit we were able to pick up another fish. Fishing the Aim Weekender tournament tomorrow, we will see what the day brings.

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7/10/15 9:27 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Fished the big lake lake today, best bet was pulling crank baits on the break lines. Caught several fish in the protected slot.

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7/9/15 8:52 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Today was tough, no wind. Bounced around fishing here there and everywhere. Fished leeches, crawlers, minnows and crankbaits. Pretty much the entire kitchen sink. Caught a couple fish on leeches. Tough day tomorrow should be better.

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7/9/15 6:29 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Caught two Walleye in Agency Bay in 12-14 feet of water on a gold spinner pulling a leech. 17 inch at 2:00 PM and and 25 inch at 11:30 AM.

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