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JASON FREED
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7/3/15 9:38 AM CST
Leech Lake Fishing Report

Well things are changing all over the lake with bugs still hatching, water temps in the mid to low 70s, and tons of perch and minnows swimming throughout the lake. With all of this, we have found a mixture of results with some days being excellent fishing and other days it being what I call the “walleye grind” on the lake.

The Main Lake Rocks are still producing fish. Having a staggered bug hatch has helped keep this bite active. The morning seems to be the best time to be fishing the rocks. Pulling spinners is the best method and mixing up blade colors has been key. Dialing in the color with the speed and you will set up a trolling program that will put fish in the boat. With walleyes actively feeding and moving around, spinners are the ticket in covering water and finding the active schools of fish. We have found that 1mph to 1.4mph has been the ticket in 16-20ft of water on sunny calm days and 11-14ft of water on windy days. Annex, Submarine Island, Red Rocks, Pelican Reef, Mokey, Huddles, and West Bar have all produced fish this past week. If spinners aren’t working, slow down by blowing up a crawler and using a lindy rig to work through the schools of fish.

Wind Blown points are still producing fish if you get a steady wind from the same direction for a couple days in a row. Depending on the conditions, you will need to cover the water column. On a good windy day, fish are still being caught in 6-8 feet of water pulling lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches. Stoney, Little Stoney, and Ottertail have all been good. On calmer days, look to fish the steeper breaks in 14-18ft of water.

Walker and Agency Bays are producing some fish on humps and shoreline breaks. 14-25ft of water has been the ticket pulling lindy rigs with crawlers or sucker minnows have all produced fish. Also slip bobbering fish in and around cabbage beds or weed edges with a lively leech is also producing fish.

Continue to be versatile and try fishing new water when you are out there. Getting away from the fishing pressure like always is a major key to success.

Tight Lines

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6/23/15 9:07 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Versatility is the name of the game right now on Leech Lake. This past week the lake has been met with many bug hatches and changing conditions from day to day so being versatile is the name of the game. By this I mean, having the different kinds of bait such has minnows, crawlers, and leeches in the boat, and the different presentations set up and ready to go in your rod locker.

Walleyes throughout the lake are gobbling up mayflies, molting crayfish, and little perch which means the feed bags are one. Don't let these things deter you because it can be really good fishing.

On the west side of the lake, fish are being caught on Grand Vu Flats, Big and Little Hardwoods, and within Traders Bay on the breaklines in 11-16ft of water. Dragging lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches is by far the best presentation. Spinners with crawlers or minnows has been working on flat calm days when you need to cover ground. Walker Bay has been on the slow side. Fish are being caught with many being slot fish, but some keepers are showing up on the Cedar Shoreline and within Agency Narrows in 18-22ft of water.

On the main lake, the rock reefs such as Submarine Island, Annex, North Bar, Red Rocks, and the areas off of Pelican Island are also producing fish in 10-18ft of water. The bigger walleyes are showing up more on the tops and edges of the reefs, where as the keeper fish are being caught in the mud as they are feeding on bugs. Look for scattered boulders in these areas and try trolling spinners with crawlers or leeches at 1.1-1.4mph. Colors that are good are orange, gold, green, and sometimes even throwing on something that is out of the ordinary to change things up. If spinners aren't working, slow down and rig them with crawlers or leeches or try pulling slow death set ups at .8 to 1mph. Slip bobber fishing the edges of the reefs during the evening hours is also a good way to put some fish in the boat.

Lots of great fishing is yet to go this summer. Things may slow down a little bit after all of the hatches take place, which is normal, but the challenge is there are walleyes always biting somewhere. Gotta love the CHASE of it all.

Some crappies are being caught off the weed edges in the early morning and evening in Shingobee and Miller Bay with panfish also being caught in the cabbage in Steamboat Bay.

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6/16/15 7:10 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
It has been a busy week for the Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Service. Between three of our guys fishing the Cabelas NWT tournament on the lake or being on the water everyday guiding, needless to say we were in hot pursuit on Leech Lake walleyes.

The lake is definitely changing with water temps in low 70s in areas on somedays and multiple bug hatches going on. The shallow water bite is still going on some parts of the lakes such as Portage Ba, West Goose Flats or in Sucker Bay, but definitely identify cabbage beds is the key to catching and holding walleyes. A jig and minnow is still the best bet by pitching an 1/8th oz jig with a golden shiner or rainbow.

As a whole though, the fish are moving off and setting up on breaklines in 12-20ft of water in places such as Grand View Flats, Traders Bay, Pipe Island, Big Hardwoods, and off of many of the main lake points found throughout the lake. When looking for these areas, look where you may have caught them earlier in the season, they won't have gone far. Trolling spinners or lindy rigging with crawlers and leeches is the best way to work over these areas. Also a slow death rig and bottom bouncer is a great tactic to use when the bugs are hatching.

The Reefs on the lake such as Annex, Submarine Island, North Bar, West Bar, and Mokey are all starting to produce fish. Depending on the wind, the fish will be scattered and it is best to cover water until you find the fish. Look for small humps on top of the reefs or scattered boulders found off of the edges near the mud and gravel transitions. Depths will vary from day to day. Trolling spinners or casting jigs with minnows are great ways to breakdown these main lake structures. This bite should only get better.

The key to success on the lake right now is being versatile and having all the different presentations and types of bait ready to throw at them. Somedays leeches are the bait of choice in the morning and crawlers turn on in the afternoon, or vice versa, just be ready to switch things up if the bite slows.

Some of the best fishing is still to come this month! Give us a call if you are looking to hit the water, learn a few things, and catch a few walleyes.

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6/15/15 8:42 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Spent Saturday on Leech, it was fun. The Cabelas tournament was going on, watched lot of boats running around. We got out on the main lake by ourselves and pulled spinners with Crawlers. Fished up and down the trench, between the 3 of us, we caught 12 fish in 4 hours between 10" and 24". We didn't keep anything, we just wanted to be out for the day pulling spinners.

JASON FREED
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6/9/15 8:59 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
Well things have been busy in the guide service world of late with trips going out each day and Leech Lake for the most part has been very good this past week. Unstable weather and wind patterns at times has maybe caused for some inconsistency but I found last week going against the norm and what others are doing can pay off. So if others are fishing shallow, try deep, if others are trying to play the wind, fish the other side of the wind blow structure. The best part of this time of year, it seems almost any kind of presentation has been working.

For the most part, the walleyes are in that transition period on the lake and you can find them all over the water column. Some of the best action this past week was pitching jigs and minnows and find holes within larger sand and weed flats. Seemed like 5-9ft was a good place to start and this was a good way to put keeper fish in the boat. A gold or green long Long Shank Ken Katch Jig were my best producers when doing this and finding emergent cabbage was the other key. Pay close attention to your depth finder and mark those spots when you see it.

Main Lake Rocks such as Submarine Island, Pelican Island, Annex, North Bar, and Mokey Reef are all starting to produce fish. Trolling spinners with a bottom bouncer at .8-1.3MPH seems to be the ticket. Leeches, crawlers, and even minnows with a spinner all produced fish. Color combos just depended on the day. The best part is this bite should only get better. Lindy rigging as well as slip bobber fishing on windy days or during low light hours are other ways to fish these rock structures. Depending on the day and win, 10-19ft of water all produced fish.

Some bug hatches are starting to also pop up on the lake, so pay close attention to his, because the fish will be close by. Don't let them scare you off, this can be some of the best fishing all year.

Musky Reports were mixed throughout the lake with a few fish being caught. Weedy Bays are a great place to start throwing small bucktails or twich baits this time of year, Uran, Miller, and Steamboat Bay would all be good places to look for these emerging cabbage beds. The muskie fishing will only get better as the summer goes along, so get the big rods ready to cast, cast, and cast some more! Tight Lines!

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6/9/15 9:58 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Spent the day on Leech this past weekend, the fish are still shallow, 8-12 feet hitting a Jig and a minnow. The shiner run is dwindling, time to fire up crawlers and spinners.

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6/6/15 7:52 PM CST
Came up from Wisconsin for the week ending 6-6-15. Never here before and found it a little difficult but having read the good reports here and elsewhere helped put fish in the box,

75% of the fish were caught by one person using only a jig and minnow. Watch wind direction, small changes in structure and concentrations of perch.

Ate fish everyday and brought a few home. A lot of "too bigs" from 20"up to 29.5". Lots of fun with the big guys.

Couldn't find perch or crappie. Did find piles of small (male?) perch in 2-9 FOw. Here we found 'eyes and pike in numbers.

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JASON FREED
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6/3/15 10:39 AM CST
Leech Lake Fishing Report Well the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament is a wrap and another huge success it was. Almost 1300 fish were brought to the scales with almost 80 limits of 6 fish brought to the scale each day. The best part there was a 98% live release rate which says a lot about the success of this tournament and its incredible workers. A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved who helped make once again the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament one of the best in the Midwest. Last but not least a big congratulations goes to one of the LOA team members Aaron Murphy and his partner Pete Miskovich on their 5th place finish and the largest bag for Day 1 of the tourney. The lake is changing by the days and week. Fish can be caught so many different ways and in so many different types of locations. During the tournament anglers had success lindy rigging, with a jig and minnow, and pulling spinners. The fish are definitely transitioning into their summer patterns and haunts and as June moves along it should really get good. For the LOA team, a jig and a minnow was by far our best producer when it came to putting fish in the boat. Depending on the conditions aggressive snap jigging along sand flats, breaklines in 8-12ft of water, or pitching jigs into cabbage was the best producer. 1/8th KenKatch Long Shank Jigs were the ticket and color was key. Changing up the color during bright conditions vs. cloudy or overcast was the key to putting more fish in the boat. Many anglers had a lot of success rigging leeches and crawlers along shoreline breaks and along transition lines of rock/gravel or sand and gravel. Having a longer snell with a smaller hook and glow bead, such as 6+ feet was definitely a key to success. Spinner fishing is starting to also pick up and one of our favorite times of the year..look for rock edges on the main lake reefs or shoreline breaks around Sand Beach and Two Points to produce fish in 12-16ft of water. Speed was the key, going anywhere from 1-1.5MPH depending on the weather conditions. June is one of our favorite times to be on the lake because there are so many locations and ways to catch Mr. Walleye. The Cabelas NWT tourney is the next big event on the lake in just a little over a week. It should be fun to see many of the well known pros in action. Get out and Set the Hook! Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures


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5/31/15 3:42 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Saturday we fished from the Narrows to Pine Point Resort. In the morning we fished 6-8 feet, as the afternoon wore on, we got out to 12 feet. A leech on a rig with an 8' leader and orange hook out produced a jig and a minnow. We caught several fish between 21"25". Three of us managed to keep 10 fish between 17"-19". It was a great day on the water.

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5/29/15 1:01 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
On Thursday we found fish on the gravel and rock shore lines in 61/2 to 9 ft of water. The bite was very good all sizes. We found to try and stay on the windy side of the lake. We used 1/8 oz jigs and shiners. It won't be to far off from running spinners and your favorite bait. Please be safe out there and good luck.


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5/25/15 11:43 PM CST
Appreciate all the posts keeping us distant dreamers abreast of the fishing action. Fishing is still hot here on Lake Winnebago, and Salmon fishing should be picking up shortly with the warming waters of lake michigan. Have the 3rd week in August planned again with the fam and a looking forward to another memorable trip to Leech Lake. Keep the reports coming and stay above water.

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5/25/15 8:18 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Leech Lake showed her bounty and her tougher side this past week. Things are definitely changing through the lake and fish are found every where throughout the lake whether it is weeds, rocks, sand flats, or points, they all have fish in various depths. The key has been just figuring out which area under which conditions is the most productive.

Fishing green weeds was a key to our success this past week. Pitching 1/8th oz Ken Katch 3D Eye jigs or a Northland Standup jig with a shiner is still out producing. This tactic works when it is calm or with a little wind. The key is to identify those quality green weeds with your eyes and then anchor off of them and pitch the jigs. Jig profile and color was a huge key to our success this past weekend. So pay close attention to this and which jig and color is producing the best. Other areas are large expansive flats that have weeds scattered throughout them. The best tactic here is to back troll and snap jig sometimes going as fast a 1.2.-1.4 MPH to trigger those bites. Besides the walleyes, the pike and perch are plentiful as well, so a great bite to put kids on or people just getting into fishing.

Main Lake Rock Reefs and wind blown points are also still producing fish. The Flats around Goose Island were not nearly as productive this week, more than likely due to the lack of wind to push bait fish into those areas, so covering ground was the name of the game. Trolling spinners, back trolling with a lindy rig and leech or crawler, or trolling crankbaits were all methods used to search out active fish. Sucker Bay had a good bite throughout the weekend in 12-16' of water.

The crappie bite was also kicking into full swing. The crappies have moved shallow again in places such as Boy, Headquarters, Deadhead, and Miller Bay. Slip bobber with a crappie minnow or plastic or just casting small tubes or minnow profile baits also produces. 2-7ft of water seemed to be the ticket.

A big week this week with the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament! It is shaping up to be another great year. I will be sure to have a synopsis of the tourney in next week's report.

Give us a call if you are looking to book a fishing trip this summer!

Tight Lines Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventure


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5/23/15 8:30 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
I fish Friday and today on leech. It was very on both days. Lots on numbers of walleyes and nice perch. Fish on Friday at two points and today in safe harbor. We got limits both days with 1/8 jig and shiners in 81/2. To 10 feet of water. Good luck to all and be safe.


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5/18/15 10:11 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Leech Lake Fishing Report

Thing have changed since the Opener and Mother Nature has had a lot to do with that. What we found this weekend was water temps had dropped in throughout the lake anywhere from 3-6 degrees due to the cold weather and rain we had last week. That played a role in the fishing this past weekend, but the name of the game was to adjust your game plan and get away from what may be the “traditional” early season walleye patterns.

Walleye fishing was up and down at times during the weekend, but if you were willing to change up your routine and do some different things and fish different locations you were rewarded with less pressured fish and often times active biters. Main Lake Flats around Goose island such as West Goose and Grand View are still producing fish, but the fish have moved deeper especially when there is a lack of wind to push bait fish up shallow. The best fishing was in 9-13’ of water with either a jig and minnow or a lindy rig with a shiner or leech. Be sure to mix up jig colors and sizes. An 1/8th oz KenKatch 3D eye jig or KenKatch Long Shank was the ticket this past weekend. We did not spend as much time fishing the main lake points this weekend which had a lot more to do with fighting the fishing pressure. Instead we focused on wind blow shoreline breaks and breaklines that dumped into 10-16’ of water throughout the main lake. Obviously Leech has and always will be a wind driven lake, so using that to your advantage to make controlled drifts or using your bow mount such as my Motorguide Xi5 to work breaklines proves to extremely productive. When it is calm snapping jigging far out produced, by going 1mph to 1.5mph at times or long lining a leech and crawler is extremely effective and will continue to get even better.

Don’t forget other tactics as well this time of year, there is always a time and place to slip bobber isolated weed pockets or rock piles as well as casting crankbaits at windblown shorelines or after dark.

Crappies have begun transitioning but are still prime for the picking with some work. Boy, Headquarters, and Shingobee are all producing fish in 6-12ft if water along weedlines and flats with isolated pockets of cabbage. A jig and plastic or a crappie minnow under a float are great presentations.

Perch are still being caught and mixed in with the walleyes, but there were reports of isolated schools of jumbos caught this weekend, just using a jig and minnow.

Tight Lines!


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5/17/15 6:35 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Shallow water was the ticket. I worked Pine point and the Hardwoods area in 6-10 feet of water for the Walleyes. Northland 1/4 oz Glow Watermelon Fire Ball jig tipped with a Shiners. Found the Crappies in the shallow water harbors and Sucker bay. fishing with #10 Pink and White Fire Fly Jig tipped with a Crappie minnow a foot and a half below the bobber. Lake temp was 52 and harbor was 58.


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