Was up on Leech Lake this weekend running some of our rentals. The fishing before the front was decent with keeper sized walleyes in Walker Bay on steeper shoreline breaks and points as well as humps in 23-30' of water. Once the front settled in the fishing really slowed down throughout the rest of the weekend. Before the front, jigging spoons such as the Clam's Blade Spoon, Buckshots, or Macho Minnows tipped with a minnow head or full minnow were doing the trick, but once the front settled in, dead sticks with a plain glow hook or a 1/16th oz jigging spoon with a crappie minnow head caught a few walleyes.
The ice conditions in Walker Bay are the best on the lake. 16-18" of ice everywhere I went and most people are starting to drive out on the lake with trucks. I would still caution if you are heading to new areas to walk, take a sled or atv and scout first the ice conditions. With things starting to stabilize fishing should pick back up this week.
Ice conditions as reported from the Main Lake are not good. Lots of slush with 8-11" of ice under it.
Was able to get out on some small lakes in the Hackensack area and found the crappies active as well. Slush was a factor on these lakes, so foot or sled travel was the only way to get around. 20-26' if where we found the fish and they were aggressive!
Now that things have settled down after the holidays and a long high school football season I will have my Leech reports more regular this winter.
Be safe and set the hook!
Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures