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Crappie_Stud
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7/22/14 9:36 PM CST
I will be staying in Steamboat Bay the week of 8/9 - 8/16. Hoping to have a good week catching jumbo perch. 1st time on the lake. Is this area generally good for perch? What is bait of choice for perch on leech?

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7/22/14 2:23 PM CST
I am fishing leech for the first time next week and want to make sure my dad catches a few walleyes. He has been out of the fishing game for a few years and I am a 1st time captain of a fishing boat. Any advice? Location? Depth? Bait? Humps? Flats? Anything will help. Thank you.

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7/17/14 1:52 PM CST
Thanks again for the report Jason. The countdown is on and we'll be there in a month. Save a few fish for us. As for now, we'll just keep salmon fishing over here on Lake Michigan. Good luck and be safe.

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7/17/14 10:23 AM CST
D.W.1 - If you are on that end of the lake by the dam, my suggestion would be to take the canoe back into Boy Bay and Headquarters and start messing around with the weed bite. You will catch a variety of fish from walleyes, bass, panfish, etc. and you will be protected from the winds of Leech Lake. In terms of smallies your best bet is to put the canoe on the truck and seek out some other lakes with better populations. Woman or Ten Mile by Hackensack would be good and there are a ton of them in the Longville area as well.

In terms of the fishing report..been on the water a lot lately. Here it is..

Well fishing has been up and down much like Mother Nature of late. I think the bug hatches are finally coming to a close so in a few days hopefully the walleyes will have less food in the water because of that. We had the AIM tournament last week, and there were many big fish caught, recorded and released. The bite was not fast and furious for the tournament anglers but many fish were caught between 26-29" over the course of the two days.

The fishing report has been mixed with some days being good and others not so much. We have found Walker and Agency Bays to have the most consistent bite. Humps, points, and shoreline breaks have been the best in 18-28ft of water pulling a lindy rig and leech or lindy rig and chub. Also have had some success pulling spinners with leeches or crawlers to cover ground. A go to presentation this time of year is slip bobber fishing weeds, rock humps, points, and saddles throughout the day. Pretty simple, but yet very effective, either have a hook and a couple split shots or a 1/16th oz jig and put a lively leech on and you are ready to go. Great way to get the kids involved as well.

Pike are being caught off the weedlines in 14-18ft of water and many anglers are out chasing largemouth bass pitching a jig/pig, throwing topwater, or a variety of other methods. Best places to start are Steamboat, Shingobee, Headquarters, or Boy Bay.

Tight Lines!


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7/11/14 12:29 PM CST
I'm heading to Leech lake for my first time the week after Labor Day. Understanding that nobody has a crystal ball are the smallies active that time of the season? I have a small boat (Grumman Sport Canoe). Any suggestions on what bays or areas of the lake I may be able to access, if the weather allows, and find Bass, Walleye's or Panfish? I expect to spend at least some of my time at the campground by the dam. I appreciate all suggestions / ideas to help with my planning. My messenger is turned on. Thanks D.W.

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7/7/14 1:00 PM CST
On the main lake the bite has been tough and reports and have been mixed. The best bite has been early in the AM and in the evenings. Nice fish are being caught by Pelican and Pipe Islands trolling spinners with crawlers or crankbaits. Also slip bobber fishing on the major points and reefs such as Rogers, Huddles, Olson, and Diamond has produced decent results for smaller fish.

In Walker Bay, the fishing has slowed down some but fish are still being caught in 15-25ft of water pulling lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers. Windblown shoreline breaks or humps located near shoreline breaks are all producing fish.

Also if you are looking to give Leech a break, get out and try some of the smaller lakes in the Hackensack, Walker, and Longville areas. I spent a couple days last week poking around and one of those days did a guide trip for bass. We had awesome action with a great size average for the smallies. Easy fishing, caught fish in 15-20ftof water pitching plastics or lindy rigging with a leech.

The best piece of advice is to cover water and fish a lot of spots. It seems you catch a few on one spot and it goes dead, so reel up and move on.


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6/23/14 11:29 AM CST
Hey guys thanks for the compliments and questions. By far my favorite color jigs on Leech or Blue and White, Green, or Gold. The jig bite of late has died down, but you can catch fish all year on them especially fishing wind blown structure and the weed bite. With the weed bite a 1/16th oz jig and leech is tough to beat!

In terms of mayflies don't be scared off my them..some of the best fishing is going on during the hatches. I like to look for balls of bugs and fish them because the fish are there. Either trolling spinners or pulling slow death rigs are my favorite ways to do it.

Here is my report for the week Now is the time to be on Leech Lake! The peak summer bite is starting and there are fish of all sizes to be had. This last week fishing was sporadic at times due to the weather patterns of late, but with some hard work and some searching there were plenty of active biters.

On the Main Lake the bugs are starting to hatch and the walleyes are starting to show up on the main lake rocks such as Mokey Reef, Annex, Sub, and areas around Pelican Island. Fish this areas with a lindy rig or bottom bouncer and crawler or leech in 11-16ft. You may also want to try pulling spinners to cover ground. Also pay close attention to where bug hatches are taking place and look for transition areas where it may turn from gravel to mud or sand to mud. Windblown shoreline breaks on the south end along with the major points such as Rogers and Diamond are also producing fish on the right days with the right wind direction. Lindy rigs, slip bobbers, and trolling crankbaits such as a #5 Shad Rap are all catching fish. As the water temps get into the low 70s expect the fish on the south end to start migrating to off-shore humps and structure.

The walleye bite in Walker Bay has also had a good bite of late. Shoreline breaks or hump near shoreline breaks are producing fish in anywhere from 12-20 feet of water. Lindy rig and a leech or crawler has produced a majority of the fish this past week but also pitching a jig and shiner up onto the windblown shoreline can produce when other things aren't.

SET THE HOOK and Enjoy the week!


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6/23/14 7:09 AM CST
Is anyone catching with the mayflies?

J. COX
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6/16/14 11:08 AM CST
Nice fish Jason. When jigs have worked for you What color has been best ?

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6/15/14 10:28 AM CST
Awesome pic Jason, thanks again for all the great reports, be back up the third week in August again this year and can't wait. Fishing trip with the family this time. I live 12 blocks from Lake Winnebago and fishing is rediculous, but Leech is still BY FAR my favorite fishery. I love finesse fishing and Leech has some of the finest. Keep up the great reports and good luck on the water.

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6/15/14 9:53 AM CST
Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
My report from the week

Had a decent week last week dip and dodging rain and thunderstorms. It wasn't my best week but fish are still there be to had. I spent most of my time fishing parts of the main lake and Walker Bay. On the Main Lake fish are being found in 11-15' of water with a variety of presentations working. A Jig and Shiner is still producing, the KenKatch 3D Jig was my favorite last week. Although a simple lindy rig and leech or a slow death and crawler outproduced the jig and minnow for me. It seems on the main lake finding that depth I highlighted with deeper water nearby has been the key. I fished the main lake rocks one day with no luck. With some warmer temps and the bug hatches that bite will turn on fast!

Walker Bay the fishing has been great for both big fish and keepers. The areas around Sand Point and Cedar have been good producers. A jig and a minnow or lindy and crawler have put the most keepers in the boat with a lindy rig and redtail putting the bigger fish in the boat. 8-11 feet has been the best depth range, but when the cold front moved in on Thursday and into Friday the fish moved deeper out into 15-20'. Friday was tough for me, but heck that is fishing somedays. Did manage to catch a beautiful 27.5" walleye that afternoon.

Otherwise sitting in my porch watching it rain AGAIN! Summer is here and the fishing the next two or three weeks should be great.

Get out and SET the HOOK!


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6/9/14 9:41 AM CST
Well summer seems to finally be setting in in the Walker Area and that means the fish are starting to adjust as well. Fishing was good this past week with a variety of presentations working which makes it fun for anglers as they hit the water. Whether you like to use a jig and a shiner or a lindy rig and crawler or leech you can catch fish throughout Leech Lake with a variety of methods. Pitching jigs towards windblown shorelines and points is still working, or using it as a search method as you fan cast on expansive flats. Shiners are still producing the best on a long shank Ken Katch jig with green or gold being great colors. As the week went on pulling crawlers on a lindy rig or with slow death or a lindy rig and leech began to produce alot of fish. Depending on the day the walleyes seemed to like crawlers or leeches better. Speed was the key with both presentations and it seemed typically .6-.8 mph produced the best results. Wind blown shorelines, points, and rocks are producing good amounts of fish along with expansive flats, which can be intimidating to many folk. When working these areas the key is to move around, even at times making circles and marking fish as you see them. Eventually you are able to hone in on the way points and eliminate alot of dead space. West Goose Flats, Duck Point, Ottertail, Hardwoods, throughout Sucker Bay, and up into Portage Bay have all been solid producers throughout the week with the best depths being 9-14 feet. Keep moving until you find active fish. As the weather warms the fishing is going to get better and better this month!


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5/20/14 7:11 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 46° - 50° F
Well it was a great week and weekend to be on Leech Lake, the weather was great for the most part and the fishing is still going good. What we found this weekend is there is beginning to be some transitioning of Post Spawn taking place, but not completely with the walleyes. Wind still plays a big factor in finding the fish, but we found over the week that even areas where the wind hasn't been pounding in that fish are still there and willing to bite. The best fishing was in 8-12ft of water throughout the week unless you had a strong wind pounding in, then fish were caught in 4-6 ft of water. A Jig and a Shiner or a jig and a rainbow was the ticket for putting the most fish into the boat. Our favorite over the weekend was a long shank Ken Katch 1/8th oz jig. Colors varied throughout the weekend depending on sunlight and cloud conditions, gold and green always seem to shine on Leech though. The biggest variable to the weekend when jig fishing was not color, but rather cadence and speed so pay close attention to that. Don't over look lindy rigging with a crawler or leech right now either. Some times that slower and more methodical presentation gets those weary walleyes into biting. Either way with the weekends especially having alot more boat traffic, getting away from the crowd is the key. Some of the better producing areas have been Traders Bay, Pine Point, Stony Point, Ottertail, and Grandview Flats for many fisherman, with also good reports of bigger fish coming from Bear Island and the south end of lake in and around Trappers Landing and Miller Bay.

Until next week Tight Lines and SET THE HOOK


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5/13/14 8:48 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Well it was a great Walleye Opener on Leech Lake. The lake was full of boats and many happy fisherman. Results were mixed over the course of the weekend, but the anglers who stuck with it and changed up things were rewarded with eaters as well as big fish. Great reports came from areas around Star Point, the Hardwoods, Duck Point, Pine Point, Cedar Point, and Stoney Point. Wind, like always played a huge factor in success. When the wind blew the fish became more active. When it didn't fisherman struggled somewhat because of boat traffic and high sunny skies. When this happens don't be afraid to get away from the crowd as well as get your bait out away from the boat by casting or snap jigging. A majority of the good fishing took place in 4-9' of water pitching a 1/8th or 1/4zoz jig with a shiner or rainbow depending on the wind. My favorite jigs are the KenKatch Long Shank jigs or the Banana Hair jigs. A slow methodical presentation worked best. Try slow rolling your jigs across the bottom, that was a great tactic last weekend. Also there have been good reports of a night bite trolling shad raps and husky jerks in and around the flats around Goose Island.

The great news, is the the best is yet to come!

Be safe and SET THE HOOK!


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5/11/14 6:00 PM CST
A few buddies and myself will be making it up to Leech the next two weekends and was wondering how the fishing has been going? We are staying in Suckerbay on the north side so will probably stay around this area. Any tips on location, setups, and baits for walleyes? Also, would not mind catching a few northern or muskie one of these days. Please let me know what we will have to do to locate and catch some fish (mostly walleye), what their biting (minnows, leeches, crawlers), use jigs or lindies, colors their hitting, etc. It would be a huge help!

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