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JASON FREED
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4/25/16 8:33 PM CST
Well we are ice free and ready to go for open water on Leech Lake. Water temps vary right now anywhere from 44-54 degrees depending on the location. The shallower bays such as Steamboat, Boy, and Headquarters all have warmer temps in the low 50s where as other parts of the lake such as Walker Bay, Kabekona, and Agency have colder temps with the deeper water.

In terms of the bite, things are overall fairly slow. When the weather cooperates for a few days in a row the perch bite starts to pick up in 4-7ft of water with a 1/16oz jig and a fathead or rainbow. Dragging the jig is sometimes the key and other times a short hop or under a slip bobber. Crappies are showing up at times in the harbors, but be aware some of them are private. The panfish bite will definitely pick up as the water temps start to maintain themselves in the low to mid 50s. A 1/16ox or 1/32oz jig with a crappie tube or puddle jumper under a float is a great place to start.

Stay tuned for some great Walleye Opener tips in the next week or so!


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3/15/16 1:29 PM CST
Well as I sit here this morning and listen to the thunderstorm, I can't help but think the ice season is quickly ending. There may still be some places to get on this weekend with temps cooling down, but in many places around Leech the ice is quickly melting and starting to break away from shore some. We found over the course of last week in some places there were holes opening up from swirling water that a person could fall through or a tire could easily fall into, so it is really important to have all of your safety gear with you from ice picks, life jacket, rope, and a fishing buddy along if you do go out. We are officially done for the winter with all the houses off the lake and no more guide trips for this year's hard water season.

In regards to the fishing, it is was good. On Leech Lake the perch bite has been sporadic at times, but when you find the right school you can put a nice bunch of jumbos on the ice in that 9-12" range, with a few bigger ones mixed in. Fishing in 3-8' of water has been the best with sight fishing being the main way of catching them. What that does is allow you the angler to be more selective when setting the hook. Using a larger rattle or flutter style spoon with a whole minnow is a great way to also keep those pesky little perch away at times. Also we had luck using the Maki Plastic Minnow Head or the Mino XL when fishing. Plastics are great, because you can catch alot of fish on plastic before having to put a new one on and with perch being so nomadic being able to get back down to them quickly is a big key to success.

Panfish has been great. Bluegills are showing up in 6-10' of water along weed flats and edges. Tungsten jig with a plastic tail has been dynamite, but somedays real meal has been the key as well or even the time of day. So have a few waxies or euros along just in case. Crappies are starting to set up on the edges or ledges of the basins and some even being caught in those same weed areas as the gills. Tungsten jigs with plastics, vertical style jig with a crappie minnow, or a small jigging spoon are all good presentations.

With the ice rods and houses put away, it is time to get the boats ready for river fishing. We will be heading both North to the Rainy and South to Pools 2-4 on the Mississippi to get a few hook sets in. Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for more ice out reports and some tips for early season fishing. It is looking like an early spring, which means anglers can get out an enjoy river fishing, crappies, perch, and panfish before Walleye Opener in May.

Tight Lines!


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3/8/16 12:56 PM CST
Ice Depth: 18" Conditions: Partly Sunny
A very tough fish trip (3/2/16 -3/6/16) this year due to not being able to find the large schools of Perch, and the overall perch size was really down from past years.

After tons of holes and a little research on Minnesota Outdoor News we were able to find some just within the Walker Narrows in between Pine and Oak Point. You could catch some in 8-10ft. but the bigger "jumbos" we caught ended up being in 5-7ft. of water. However the bite was still very timid and the sizes were down.

Hopefully they get bigger in the next following years.

ps.Sucker Bay was not accessible from the South Side. And the perch were not there.

Good luck anglers.

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2/26/16 4:41 PM CST
Well the 2016 Eel Pout Festival was another success. The numbers seemed to be down for the festival, but the Eel Pout fishing was note. Anglers said leading up to the event pout fishing was very good and did taper off during the weekend. We weighed 476 Eel Pout and the great news is nearly half of them were put pack into the lake to be caught again. The biggest Eel Pout registered was a 13.56lb pout caught by Jesse Friedrich. Bright glow spoons or large glow jigs tipped with fatheads, shiners, or rainbows was definitely the ticket for putting fish on the ice. As we move forward into March, these fish are going to start to spawn and more shallow. Right now flats in 28-35ft of water adjacent to steep breaks have been the best producers and some fish are starting to show up more shallow.

Walleye Fishing has been tough of late. There has not been a real consistent bite. Some of the best reports came in 15-20ft of water along shoreline breaks during the dusk and dawn light periods. Set lines or a glow jig with minnow has been the best producer, but don't over look being ultra aggressive and looking for new and fresh spots to fish.

The Perch Fishing is starting to show signs of promise this past week along weed/sand edges in 8-12ft of water. There is some sorting to be had, but with some hole hopping and a little work, an angler can put together a nice day's catch. Site fishing has also been effective in 5-7ft of water for jumbos.

As we move forward, the days get longer and the late ice fishing should get better for jumbos, crappies,and panfish with the walleye fishing closing.


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2/9/16 10:50 AM CST
Well we have hit the typical February ups and downs. This past week the fishing was of mixed results, mainly for walleyes.

With the last warm spell, alot of the snow on the lake melted, which actually has helped the lake in terms of making more ice. Walker Bay has increased its ice thickness which is great news for the Eel Pout Festival. The melt at the same time created some rough riding conditions when driving out, so be sure to take it slow.

In terms of the fishing report, Walker Bay remains as the most consistent bite on the Lake. The Main Lake has slowed quite a bit and the fish have seemed to scatter. With that being said, the mobile fisherman who is willing to find new areas that have not been touched or pressured should be rewarded. Still look towards main lake rock reefs, humps, or shoreline breaks in 18-25ft of water.

In Walker Bay, the fishing has been up and down throughout the week, but many anglers are still finding success with keeper sized fish during those low light hours as well as just after dark. Shoreline breaks actually were the best this past week in 18-26ft of water. What this allows anglers to do is often times intercept fish as they are moving shallow to feed, or many times a shoreline break can serve as a highway for fish to move along during the day.

Downsizing your bait size has been a key this past week and not using larger shiners or rainbows. Fatheads or smaller profile minnows has helped put more fish on the ice. A Glow Jig with a whole minnow or small jigging spoon has worked well.

As Feb. roles along, the perch bite will continue to improve as the fish work more towards the shallows in larger schools. This time of year site fishing can really payoff for jumbos. It is a blast to watch those big jumbos come in and inhale your presentation.

The panfish bite still remains strong on smaller local lakes. Fish are being found in the basins in 20-35ft of water or along weed flats in 12-15ft of water. If the walleye bite is slow, get out the auger, look up some lakes on the Lake Finder DNR website, and start your hunt for some great panfish action.

We still have some rental spots available in Feb. and with March knocking on the door give us a call if you are interested in pulling up some perch!

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2/1/16 8:28 AM CST
Ice Depth: 17" Conditions: Partly Sunny
Was suppose to go to Red on Saturday, but came here instead. Fished Walker Bay hitting a few humps in the 20-30' depths. The two of us picked up some nice Walleye's, they seemed to want dead sticks this weekend. Jigged them in, and they would hit the dead sticks.

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1/21/16 12:39 PM CST
Hudsonfischer

Yep. Wheelhouses are starting to get out a little farther into Walker Bay and they have been going out now on the Main Lake for a couple weeks now.

You should be in good shape by Eel Pout Fest.


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1/21/16 12:06 AM CST
Excellent! I won't be on leech until eel pout fest but I like keeping up to date with how things are going on the lake until then. Im guessing there are wheel houses out in the bays? Thanks

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1/20/16 9:42 PM CST
Well it was an up and down week on Leech Lake, and the weather didn't help matters. With a major cold front setting in last week, it created some challenges for fisherman, but fish were still put on the ice.

Main Lake

On the Main Lake, 12-16 feet of water is producing the best. Shoreline breaks, secondary humps and reefs, and points have all been the best producers. Anglers are finding 12-16" of ice in most all places throughout the Main Lake and fishermen have been able to get around with atvs and sleds most any places. There are some large pressure ridges forming, so please use caution when near these. A large heave runs from Pelican Island to Uran Bay and another from Ottertail to Pelican.

Walker Bay

In Walker Bay, 20-30 feet of water has been the best producer. Fishing humps, points, and shoreline breaks have all been effective in the Bay. Ice varies from 10-15" and there is a heave that runs from First Point all the way over to Cedar Shoreline.

Tactics The cold front still had fish moving and anglers found fish cruising in and taking some long looks. Live minnow presentations with dead sticks have been producing fish, especially convincing those lookers. Downsizing can sometimes pay off with going to a 1/8th oz or even 1/16th oz jigging spoon at times with a minnow head. Although, don't be afraid to mix it up and still use a aggressive jigging presentation such as a jigging rap, chubby darter, or larger spoon to provoke fish into a reaction bite.


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1/20/16 9:01 PM CST
What is the most recent ice thickness?

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1/20/16 9:37 AM CST
Hey "i keep trying" i am looking for a 3 day weekend trip and would like the contact information on the fish house you stayed in if thats ok. I look forward to hearing from you or the people that own the fish house. Or if anyone else has information on a sleeper house please let me know. Phone number is 715-661-0568. thanks.

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1/19/16 3:28 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: Below 0° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
I and my fishing friend just got back to Wisconsin after 3 days of bitterly cold air temps. We fished out of our Walker friends, Chris and Ashley Whitney's sleeper fish house for 3 days and nights. Caught a mixed bag of Perch, Walleye and Northern. Really had a good time and their ice house was warm and toasty. Chris and Ashley are open to making new fishing friends and it may be worth your time to contact them. Have FUN, Stay SAFE and "FISH ON"

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1/12/16 8:35 PM CST
Leech Lake was up and down this past week and with the recent cold snap things have slowed down somewhat. The front has caused the walleyes to be less aggressive and anglers are having to really hone in on those peak periods as well as as staying mobile to stay on top of the walleye bite. Most fish are still being caught throughout the Main Lake in 12-16 feet of water. This has held true with reefs, shoreline breaks, as well as breaklines and points. Many anglers are utilizing the south end access and heading out to the reefs and breaklines around Pipe and Pelican Islands where as on the west end of the Lake, Traders Bay, Stony Point, and Pine Point are all seeing action.

Walker Bay has a decent walleye bite, with eater fish being more prominent. 18-28ft of water on humps that are near shore as well as shoreline breaks and points. The Ice in Walker Bay is really varying so use caution and stick close for now constantly checking and drill holes. Ice is varying from 4-6" in some places to 11-12" in others so it is best to continue to exercise patience with the Bay.

Perch fishing has been good, with better fish coming on both main lake rock-to-sand transitions, and depressions in shallow sand/weed flats. Site fishing for perch can also be a fun thing to do all winter long, especially on weed flats. With the abundance of small perch in the system, try upsizing your presentation to combat those little perch and catch more jumbos.

Panfishing remains good for Crappies and Bluegills with both species showing up in typical mid-winter areas like basin edges and mid-depth soft bottom flats. Look for those dishpan style lakes to focus your efforts on. Tungsten jigs with plastics or euro larvae as well as small jigging spoons are working for both species.


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1/4/16 10:28 PM CST
Here is this week's Leech Lake Report.

Main Lake - The south end of the lake continues to get the most attention this past week, but rightfully so. Many bigger walleyes are being taken on set lines or jigging presentations such as rattle or flutter style spoons with a minnow head. Huddles and Olson's Reefs, and some of the smaller rock piles or reefs around Pipe Island are all producing a mix of eaters and bigger walleyes mixed in. 14-16 feet of water during the peak feeding periods and then sliding off deeper 18-25ft during the mid day hours. Tip ups away from your shelter spread out on the structure are proving to be a great way to cover the water column and find active fish throughout the day.

Fishing is decent on the western part of the Main Lake in Traders Bay, off Pine Point, and Grand View flats. The bite window is short some days so it is very important to be set up and ready to go. 12-14ft of water seems to have the best bite with jigging spoons or a set line with glow jig and a shiner or rainbow.

Walker Bay is getting closer each day, but we would exercise caution right now. Their is an unevenness in the thickness of ice and therefore sticking close to the first shoreline break or humps and points that are relatively close to shore is the best bet until we get a better deep freeze.

Many of the smaller lakes in the area are still producing a solid panfish bite throughout the day. 15-22ft of water seems to be the best producer with either small jigs and minnows for the suspended crappies or a jigging spoon and tungsten jig tipped with a plastic or euro larvae. Gills are being found in 10-15' of water and using small tungsten jigs with euros or a plastic has been the best.

Surely but slowly we are making ice and getting there, continue to be safe and exercise precaution when you venture out.

Tight Lines Until Next Week!


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12/30/15 8:07 PM CST
Well it is almost the end of December and we can finally say that we are getting to that point where most folks are getting comfortable venturing out onto the ice.  Ice conditions still vary throughout Leech, but it is getting more and more stable by the day.  Walker Bay, like usual was the last to freeze over and would be the one to stay away from for a little while longer until it is safe.  In terms of the fishing report,

West Side of the Lake - Walleye fishing has been decent around Pine Point, Traders Bay, and Grand View Flats.  8-14' of water depending on the day seems to be the ticket.  The water was dingier to start the season, but has slowly begun to clear up and that has helped the bite.  

Walker Bay is slowly getting fishable.  Ice is about 4-6" but be careful because the BAY DID NOT FREEZE evenly.  I would stick to areas that are not far from shore, shoreline breaks or humps that are near by.  Always check the ice as you go, and this goes for anywhere on the lake.  

South End of the Main Lake - Millers Bay, humps around Pipe Island, Olson's reef, and the 1st shoreline breaks have all been the major places people are spending their time fishing.  The early morning and evening bites have been best in 14-16ft of water and during the day light hours when the bite slows, getting out into 20-23' of water has been the best.  

Tactics - Using aggressive presentations, such as rattle spoons or rattle baits, have worked to bring fish in and keep them around, but set lines are producing the best.  A glow jig or hook under a slip bobber with a fathead or shiner has been best.  When fishing shallow a tip up fished away from you on the edges or tops of reefs can be a great way to catch fish, especially bigger ones.  

Smaller Lakes in the area are locked up and producing panfish.  Weedy flats in 12-15ft of water have been good for cruising crappies and gills as well as fishing basins in 22-30ft of water for suspended crappies.  Tungsten jigs and plastics have been the best producers.  Pay close to attention to water clarity and what fish are eating as that should drive your presentation and color choices.  

Until Next Week!  Be safe and smart, there is alot of good ice fishing left this season.  Give us a call if you are looking for any guided ice fishing trips or day fish house rentals.


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