8 feet with intermitent weeds was the key to our success. Threw SR5's (purple was good) the last hour before sunset. During the rest of the day, 12 to 15ft with lindy rigs and leeches.
MOON PHASE (72%)
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Was up on vacation and fished Kabekona Bay last week before the wind blew. Used a jig and spot tail shinners. Picked up numerous walleye and large perch. Tried to stay in 10ft, but the wind made that tough at times. Seemed the best action was in the 10ft slot. Several northern to keep one busy between walleye.
MOON PHASE (98%)
Well one might say Leech Lake has an On and Off switch right now with some days Leech showing her bounty of walleye gold and other days showing her tough side. Either way anglers still have to be versatile and willing to use different presentations, bait, and techniques. With the large amount of bug hatches and other bait in the system fish don't always have to work very hard to get their meals.
MOON PHASE (9%)
Well the winds blew and blew and blew some more on Leech Lake this past week and with that came some serious changes for the walleye bite. The LLWT was another huge success, as a whole the numbers of fish caught were down do to the changing conditions on the lake, but as they say someone is always catching them somewhere and that statement held true. Great job to everyone involved with planning and making it one of the best walleye tournaments in the Midwest.
MOON PHASE (26%)
71° - 75° F
61° - 65° F
Memorial Week Fishing Report
The winds of change of definitely blowing on Leech Lake right now. In the last week we have seen water temps climb into the mid 60s and the walleye bite begin to change. As I told one person at the local bait shop, it is almost like Mid June out there right now. With that being said, the walleye bite still proved to be strong for many folks and being versatile was the name of the game.
When targeting walleyes this past week, anglers found success in 5 feet of water all the way out to 18-20ft of water. Depending on the day, sunlight, wind conditions, etc. all played a role in where the fish were located. On cloudy wind swept days, a shallow bite in 5-9ft of water was effective, but fish were still caught in 10-15ft of water on those same days. Looking for schools of bait fish on your electronics was key. A jig and a shiner and a lindy rig with a crawler, leech, or shiner were all good presentations. Even heard of some folks having success trolling spinners and crankbaits on the flats and edges of the rock reefs. On calm sunny days, speeding up your presentation and working breaklines in 10-16ft of water proved to be effective by pulling leeches and crawlers. A Phelps Floater was also another great presentation when combined with a leech.
The South part of the main lake had some very good fishing. The Red and White Rocks and the areas around Pelican island were all good. Pitching an 1/8th oz jig such as a KenKatch 3D eye with a spot tail shiner was a great way to pick apart structure. Pipe Island, Diamond and Rogers Points, as well as the Clay Banks also saw some good fishing. On the Western side of the lake, depending on the wind direction all the major points such as 1st and 2nd Duck, Big Hardwoods, Ottertail, Stoney, and West Goose Flats all had good fishing. Pulling leeches and crawlers was very effective in these areas.
The crappie and bluegill bite up in the pencil reeds was also very good this past week in Boy, Headquarters, and Steamboat Bays. A 1/32oz jig with a plastic is the go to. Remember to use selective harvest when fishing for these fish. They are fun to catch and you can catch alot in a short period of time.
The LLWT tournament is this weekend so it will be fun to see how it all plays out!
Until next week.
Tight Lines and Wet Nets!
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
MOON PHASE (59%)
We spent the last 6 days on Leech fishing Sucker Bay with decent results. Approximately 40 Walleyes boated from 15" to 26" with most being 21 to 23". Walleyes were caught at the Ducks and Little Hardwood during morning or afternoon hours. 8 - 12' seemed to be the best depth and a jig & minnow did the trick.
Gills up to 11" were taken from various reeds in 3 to 5' of water with non stop action whenever we went for them.
A few crappies and possibly we missed the spawn this year but they were mixed in with the gills and rock bass.
The perch couldn't be found anywhere with others not able to locate them in numbers as well from what we were told. The 65 water temps didn't help locating the perch.
Another great trip to Leech Lake and can't wait till we go on our fall trip in September.
MOON PHASE (97%)
76° - 80° F
61° - 65° F
Well Leech Lake was her typical self this past week. The weather and wind played tricks on folks at times, but if you were willing to adjust and try different things the walleyes would cooperate. The name of the game was locating the shiners and balls of bait and the walleyes were near by. Unfortunately this wasn't a certain depth and it varied from spot to spot. We caught walleyes this weekend anywhere from 5-15ft of water, so paying close attention to the Lowrance was a key in finding walleyes.
MOON PHASE (91%)
56° - 60° F
46° - 50° F
Well the 2016 Minnesota Walleye Opener is in the books. I think many of us were confused whether we were prepping for the Deer Opener or Walleye Opener because of Mother Nature’s decision to give us below freezing temps and bitter winds. What we as anglers were feeling the walleyes were not. Leech Lake once again proved to have a bountiful and sustainable walleye population this past weekend.
In regards to the fishing report, walleyes were scattered throughout the lake and in various depths. Some of our best fishing was in 6-7 feet of water, but also many fish, especially males were caught in 10-12 feet of water. Once catching a walleye, it was very important to pay attention to the depth, straying away often time meant mixed results where as dialing in on that certain depth meant more hook sets. Perch and pike were mixed in when catching fish.
A couple different bites and locations worked best. Any where you could find green cabbage meant finding hungry walleyes, as well as working sand flats and sand grass edges. The traditional wind blown points such as Pine, Stoney, Duck, Ottertail, Oak, Star, etc. all produced fish as well, but saw alot of boat traffic and pressure. On the West side of Lake, West Goose Flats, Hardwoods, and Mounds points produced solid results. On the East and South end of the Lake, Five Mile, Portage Bay, Battle Point, Partridge Point, Diamond, and Rogers also saw quality fishing. When working these areas key in on speed and jig cadence. Finding what the walleyes are wanting is the key. This can mean switching out jig colors, jig profiles, or changing your speed and going faster or slowing down. At times during the afternoon or when fishing a pressured area, walleyes were wanting a 1/4oz or 1/8oz jigged dragged through the sand, but when you found a less pressured area snap jigging and going faster mean putting the net under more fish.
Leech Lake is off to a great start and the upcoming weekends and warmer temps should continue to help the bite. Be sure to be safe, use proper etiquette, and protect our great fishery!
Until next week
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
You shouldn't have to go too far. 2nd Duck Point, 1st Duck Point, Deadhead Bay, West Goose Flats, Big Hardwoods, Little Hardwoods, and the areas around Goose Island would all be places to start. I would either start shallow in 4-6ft of water where the wind is blowing or get out into 9-12ft of water.
Jig and a Shiner or Rainbow, but worth having a lindy right with a minnow or leech.