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JASON FREED
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2/24/15 3:56 PM CST
Leech Lake Fishing Report Well the walleye season has come to a close and time to start looking at the late ice bite for perch, panfish, crappies, tullibees, and eelpout. This is one of our favorite times of year to be on the ice. The sun is higher, warmer, you can often times hole hop around and more often than not find some success. Last weekend was the 2015 International Eel Pout Festival. Our guide service once again was in charge of the fishing tournament piece and it was a banner year for the amount of pout caught. We weighed in over 570 eelpout this year which is one of the largest amounts in quite some time. The larger pout didn’t get caught in large numbers but we weighed a lot of fish in the 3-6lb range. The winner was Calen Zubke from LaPorte, Minnesota who weighed in a 10.55lb eelpout, it was awesome to see a young angler win the grand prize. Kevin Joslyn of LaPorte, MN won the individual tonnage award with 173.97lbs and Jamie Johnson of Mentor, MN won the Puny Pout with a pout that weighed in a .20 pounds. It sounded as if the fish were caught anywhere from 15-50ft of water using big spoons tipped with two to three minnows. This is the time of year they are starting to stage for the spawn, so the best pout fishing is still ahead of us. If you are looking for a fish that will bend the rod, put up and awesome fight, and taste great give pout fishing a try this late ice. The perch fishing is still spotty throughout the lake. Shallow sight fishing is still producing fish and the best and most concentrated perch fishing has been in the weeds as well as small holes or indentations in sand flats if you can locate them. One of the best tools to use this time of year is your power auger and underwater camera to look for these structure characteristics. Look to areas around Sand Point, weedy bays such as Miller and Uran Bay on the south end, the areas around Duck and 2nd Duck Point, and all of the sand flats around Goose Island to start your chase. The local lakes are still producing a solid panfish bite. With the limited snow cover a lot of fish are still being caught shallow in 7-10ft of water with tungsten jigs tipped with a plastic or euro larvae. Crappies are all over it seems. Some lakes finding them in the basins, especially more concentrated numbers of fish, but some of the bigger ones are still roaming the weed flats. Try upsizing your spoon or use a Chubby Darter when targeting these bigger slabs. Give us a call if you are looking for a late ice bite! Tight Lines


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2/15/15 9:33 AM CST
Fished Saturday morning for a few hours off Erickson public launch no luck but bitter cold. Did see a lot o lock jaw perch on the camera. Some were pretty descent size.

JASON FREED
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2/10/15 3:40 PM CST
Well it seems like Leech Lake is always changing. Reports were very mixed from last week and really depended on the day.

On the Main Lake, The night bite still continues on this side of the lake in 12-15 feet of water any of the reefs on this side are throwing out good sized keepers and even some big fish over that 26” mark. During the day anglers willing to move and cover the deep water basins are finding walleye in 28-32 feet of water using ¼- 3/8 oz jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head.

On the Walker Bay side, the bite has been up and down. The key is to still look for areas that are not getting pressured and be mobile. Staying in one spot, may produce one day, but most days hitting various humps or shoreline pieces of structure is the key. 20-35ft of water as good for off shore structure this past week and the shoreline breaks, especially in the low light periods and after dark were good some evenings. With the changes in weather patterns, down sizing may be the key to putting more fish on the ice.

Perch fishing still remains fairly quiet. Some perch are being caught in shallow water 5-10ft of water, but nothing in great numbers yet. We had our best luck in 5-8ft of water wherever we could find clumps of weeds to hold the fish there. Jigging spoons with a full minnow produced the bigger jumbos. The best fishing is yet to come for this!

Area lakes are also still pumping out good numbers of gills and crappies. Focus your efforts on the edges of the basins in 22-35ft of water for those suspended crappies. Tungsten jig packed with euro larvae or a plastic has been the ticket or even a small jigging spoon. For gills, weed flats and weed lines in 9-14ft has been fairly productive. With both species, put the auger to work and start searching for them. Small tungsten jigs with a plastic or wax worm is a tough combo to beat for those picky gills.

Still a lot of ice left. Get out there this week and enjoy the weather and time on the ice. If you are looking for a last minute day house rental for the month of February be sure to give us a call.

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JASON FREED
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2/2/15 12:57 PM CST
Leech Lake Fishing Report Feb. 2nd, 2015

Well with some warmer and more stable weather the bite was great this past weekend on Leech Lake, with reports of walleyes, perch, and pike all being caught throughout the lake. Many of our renters this weekend shared successful reports catching both perch, pike, tullibees, and walleyes in Walker Bay where our houses are rented. For example Adam Broderick and his group of buddies had a stellar three days in our rentals catching jumbo perch, pike, and eater walleyes. Check out a couple of the pictures!

For walleyes, Walker Bay, Stony Point, and the South end of the Main Lake reefs by Trappers Landing all produced a mix of both slot fish and keepers for the frying pan. In Walker Bay, working shoreline breaks has been the best bite with some days being better than others but as a whole shoreline breaks have out produced humps in regards to quality fish, maybe not necessarily numbers. The low light bites in the AM and PM have definitely still been the best windows for action. Look to 15-25 ft of water and places where there are inside turns or flats for ambush locations for these walleyes. Glow jigging spoons and jigs are still out producing more than anything else. The South end of the Main Lake is still producing bigger slot fish and some keepers, in 17-25ft of water. Depending on conditions, fishing off the edges of the reefs during the day seems to produce better than on top or on the edges and bigger profile lures and minnows seems to be the ticket of late. Have also heard some mixed reports off of some of the Points on the East end of the lake such as Battle and Diamond.

The Perch bite has also begun to pick up on parts of the lake. 10-15ft of water where you can find sand, gravel, or weed lines has been good, but also deeper mud basins found on the Main Lake are also producing some decent action. Still a lot of sorting to be had, but we had fisherman who reported some Leech Lake Jumbos up to 13” this past weekend. Be ready because they will come through in waves!

Pike are also going strong, especially on the Main Lake in Uran and Millers Bays as well as on the Reefs. Tip Ups with sucker minnows is a great way to target them and can be a fun way to get the kids involved as well.

Only a few weeks left of game fish season so get out and enjoy the ice and put a few fish on top of the ice!

Call us for the up to date report or any of your ice house rental needs, we still have openings for February.

Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures 1-855-LOA-HOOK


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2/1/15 10:03 PM CST
Ice Depth: 22" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 11° - 15° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Got there wed afternoon and couldn't find a way on to the main lake because of the pressure ridge There were some guys in boy bay but i could find a way to where they were set up. A guy in walker said he was on the main lake after driving around the lake we ended up back north of walker north walker bay in about 25 FOW and caught a small eye right after dark next morning a little farther north walker bay in about 10 FOW and sorted perch all day and ended up w/ 15 keepers biggest was 13 in. Ran out of waxies so switched to cast master w/ minnow head, slip bobber was the quickest way to sort. It seemed they were hitting on anything. The guys beside us said they got tired of catching small ones so they switched to bigger bait and had caught some northerns and had a eel pout on the ice.

JASON FREED
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1/23/15 11:33 AM CST
Well it seems the cold snap has finally left us and hopefully that means the fishing gets back to being more consistent. That has been the report of late, some good days and some bad ones, especially when fishing walleyes. On the main lake, there has been good reports of a good number of walleyes being caught after dark, throughout the lake. The area off of Pine and Stoney Points has been productive as well as the Trench. The South End of the main lake is still showing some consistency on the Reefs. The rock reefs off of Pelican Island have been good as well as the reefs near Trappers Landing. Best thing to do at this point is get away from the crowd and look for areas such as other reefs, smaller rock piles, or sand/gravel transition areas and see if you can find some new and fresh ice to fish.

In Walker Bay it has been a mixed bag of walleyes, with many of them running on the smaller side. Hump hopping is your best bet, and it seems like 25-32ft of water has been the best producer for numbers. You may have to do some sorting, but the action can be good at times. Shoreline breaks and points are also producing fish, and in some instances nicer fish. The key with the shoreline breaks and fishing shallower, such as 8-15ft of water is to be set up and ready for that peak bite, too much noise can hurt your chances.

UV Buckshot spoons and flutter style spoons have been the best presentations of late and somedays a simple deadstick rod will outproduce with the spoons calling the fish in.

Have not heard much for a perch report, but that will start to change as fisherman start transitioning to that. The panfish bite in the Leech area has been great. Find a lake that doesn't get much pressure and you can really be rewarded. Do some research ahead of time using the DNR Lake Finder and Survey results to see what the lake has in it. Tungsten jigs with a plastic or euro larvae is a great presentation to start with or upsize to a small jigging spoons and you will catch both gills and crappies. Gills are still relating to weed edges and flats in 8-14ft of water and the crappies in many places are still holding near those same areas, but don't forget to fish the deeper holes that are adjacent to these weed flats or points.

Remember to be safe and use caution when on the ice. Last weekend a couple trucks went through near Sand Point. Stay away from the pressure ridge that is up that way, stay away!

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1/5/15 7:40 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 11° - 15° F
Leech Lake Fishing Report

Leech Lake was busy making ice and putting out fish this past week. Ice conditions on the lake still vary, but are becoming much more consistent. On the Main Lake and out of Trappers, anglers are finding anywhere from 20-24" of good ice. Travel is very easy, just keep an eye open for cracks and pressure ridges. In Walker Bay, there is 16" of good ice in most places throughout the Bay.

In regards to fishing, it has been good. Lots of big fish being caught throughout the lake, especially in shallower water. Shoreline breaks are producing, with active walleyes coming into eat in the early morning and evening hours. Look for inside turns and weedlines in 10-16ft of water. Be sure to be stealth have your holes pre drilled before the bewitching hour starts. Tip Ups are another great way to fish for these fish, with a bigger minnow.

Otherwise reefs on the Main Lake are still producing larger amounts of fish in the slot with some nice keepers mixed in. Huddles, areas off of Pelican Island, and Olson's Reef are still producing fish. Look for areas that having been fished. Fish the edges and off of them during daylight hours, but drill holes on top and and fish them throughout the day, especially during the evening and morning bites.

In Walker Bay, fish are still getting caught on the humps, it seems the size of these fish are the smaller keepers, but also some nicer fish being caught as well. Humps topping out at 25-30ft of water seem to be the best.

We were able to get out and fish some of the local lakes in the Walker area as well for crappies and gills this past week, and had some great fishing. Found crappies and gills on the edges of the basins and in the weeds in anywhere from 12-30ft of water. Tungsten jigs, such as a Clam Drop Jig or Dingle Drop with a plastic or tipped with some Red Spikes have been the ticket. This area is full of panfish gems in the winter, so get out and explore. You may find you have the whole lake to yourself.

Tight Lines! Leisure Outdoor Adventures


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10/9/14 7:52 AM CST
Sounds like a great trip (hockey/barney), I know how you feel, was at Birch Ridge the week before with a group of five (could have left you our unused minnows). Our trip was almost a mirror image of yours. Our take home count ended up at 150 jumbo perch (a half dozen @ 13+), 12 walleye (3 were a result of the new slot), 10 northern, 12 rock bass, 3 huge sunfish, two crappie. The largemouth count was very similar, would have been better if one of the trolling motors didn’t take a crap after the second morning of fishing. Wednesday morning the boat with the trolling motor that survived the trip boated 16 LM, 3 northern and a sunfish out of the north end inlet reeds in a two and a half hour time span (dark colored spinner baits were working great). I believe the walleye you caught was the same that I netted for my buddy. It bumped out at 25 7/8”. As I was bringing the net out of the water it spit out what remained of a 6 – 7 inch perch (pretty cool).

Also, gotta thank Gina, Anne and Frank as always they made sure all wants and needs were met!!

hockeyguy39
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10/7/14 8:45 AM CST
Let's just call it 26" :-)

Final count for the week (excluding Friday when we couldn't even get out): 6 guys went through 60 dozen minnows and took home 129 perch over 9", 7 walleyes, 10 northern, 40 rock bass, 2 crappies and a sunfish. Released 40 largemouth, 6 walleyes in the slot, and who knows how many hundreds of perch and northerns too small to keep. Not a bad week of fishing, and to think it legitimately could have been better lol.

Thanks again dad! It's great to spend time fishing and laughing with you and the group.

PS...there are 3 musky bucktails I lost at the point of 2nd Duck within a 200 yeard stretch if anyone is adventurous.

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10/6/14 5:59 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
Up at Leech Lake 27 Sep through 3 Oct. Stayed at Birch Ridge on Sucker Bay. Weather pretty good, high winds towards end of week. Windy enough to prevent us from going out to the Hardwoods or Ottertail and points beyond. A lot of perch close in to the shore in front of the old Bayshore Resort and in front of the red house towards 2nd Duck. Walleyes came in incidental to the perch. Lot of largemouth bass in the reeds at north end. Biggest walleye was by Hockeyguy39 and came in at 25 15/16". Thanks to Frank and Anne at Birch Ridge and a thank you to our group of Joe, Matt, Dan, Andy and John. Next year 3-10 Oct.

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9/25/14 1:22 PM CST
Headed up to Sucker Bay on Saturday for a full week of nothing but fishing. Definitely exactly what I need. We've got the perch and walleye bite pretty much figured out, but any tips/spots to try for some decent sized northern? We got bit off a number of times last year fishing perch and were only able to land a couple snakes. What's the word on the musky bite? Starting to heat up at all?

thanks for any info! pics to follow...hopefully.

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9/25/14 1:22 PM CST
Headed up to Sucker Bay on Saturday for a full week of nothing but fishing. Definitely exactly what I need. We've got the perch and walleye bite pretty much figured out, but any tips/spots to try for some decent sized northern? We got bit off a number of times last year fishing perch and were only able to land a couple snakes. What's the word on the musky bite? Starting to heat up at all?

thanks for any info! pics to follow...hopefully.

JASON FREED
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9/21/14 2:03 PM CST
The Fall Bite is ON!

Well the leaves are changing colors and the Fall Bite is ON! Anglers throughout Leech Lake are reporting fairly consistent action for walleyes and a perch bite that is getting steadier by the day.

Walleyes can be found in a variety of places. On the Main Lake, Stoney Point, Duck, Little and Big Hardwoods, and the flats around Goose Island are all producing a mixed back of keeper fish as well as nice fish within in the protective slot. The best method has been either a 1/8th oz jib and a rainbow minnow or shiner or a lindy rig with a leech or crawler. When you have wind, use it to make drifts and begin honing in on the areas you are catching fish eliminating dead water. With no wind, work the areas over fan casting and working you jigs. On the South end, wind blown shoreline breaks down near Trappers Landing and Huddles have been producing walleyes as well. Look for depths of 6-11 ft to target active walleyes on the Main Lake.

Walker Bay and Agency Bay are also producing walleyes. Steep breaks, under water points, and the various humps area all producing fish. Lindy rig with a crawler or minnow have been good presentations.

The perch bite is also picking up and will only get better. The Walker Narrows as well as Goose Flats have been prime locations, pitching a 1/6th oz jig with a fat head minnow. The action can be fast and furious at times.


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9/18/14 8:17 PM CST
Leech lake is appearing to have an early fall walleye bite this year. I have only been out a few days in the last week but fishing has been pretty good. I have been getting walleyes on sand flats, both shoreline flats and off shore flats. Best depths have been 8 to 12ft. A jig and fathead minnow work well and you just have to find the first fish and there should be more near.

Leech lake is a wind driven lake and most anglers know to fish the wind blown shorelines and this does hold true for the most part. Wind direction is important on the shorelines but not so much on off shore structures.

Lots of time to enjoy leech lake this fall. Along with upcoming fishing reports I will also be posting this winter with fishing reports and ice conditions.

Tom Wilson

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9/16/14 5:52 PM CST
Any fishing update? Perch walleyes? Comming up Thursday. Thanks

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