Leech Lake, Cass County

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6/27/16 @ 7:55 AM
FISHING REPORT
Ratoney
Ratoney
USER since 12/11/09

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

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.  

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6/25/16 @ 5:48 PM
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crossineyes
crossineyes
USER since 1/14/05

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
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.

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6/21/16 @ 9:08 PM
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Jason Freed
FishLOA
MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

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.


Main Lake - The reefs and humps are producing fish on the edges in 15-20ft of water trolling spinners and slow death or on windy days fishing the high spots in 8-10ft of water with a lindy rig and crawler or leech.  Mokey, Variety, Huddles, Campbells, Clay Banks, etc are all great starting spots.  Like always play the wind and see where it goes.  Don't be afraid to troll shad raps as well in these same areas to locate schools of fish.  

West end of the Lake - The areas around West and East Goose are producing fish in 8-13 feet of water pulling shad raps, lindy rigs with crawlers and leeches, and spinners at times.  Work these areas over and be willing to make long drifts to cover ground.  Traders Bay has had bug hatches of late and the fish are sitting on the sand to mud transitions.  

Walker Bay is producing fish in 9-15ft of water on jigs with minnows or lindy rigs and crawlers or leeches.  Focus on windblown shoreline breaks.  

Until next week

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6/7/16 @ 9:55 PM
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Jason Freed
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MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

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.


The walleye bite has been very sporadic with some days a shallow bite in 4-7ft of water producing and others being deeper in 10-17ft of water.  A jig with a shiner is still producing at times, but as a whole leeches and crawlers seemed to produce more fish on lindy rigs, jigs, or even spinners.  Speed seems to be the name of the game.  Some days when rigging they want it .4-.6mph and other days you needed to move and move quickly to provoke a reaction bite whether you were rigging or jigging.  

With the strong NW winds, the south end of the Main Lake has set up as well as did the Eastern Points and shorelines.  Walker Bay has a spotty bite on shoreline breaks, but anglers found good success at times catching some keeper fish in 12-20ft of water.  

Best advice to give you right now is seek out areas that have not been pressured and try different baits and presentations.  

Until next week!
Jason Freed
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5/31/16 @ 9:03 PM
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Jason Freed
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MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (26%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
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!

Jason Freed

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5/31/16 @ 6:25 PM
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

Geneva Kid, those are some nice Sunfish. Sometimes these big Lakes can produce big pan fish if you can find them. Ever see any of the Sunnies that have come from Mille Lacs?

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5/28/16 @ 9:47 PM
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Geneva Kid
Geneva Kid
MEMBER since 1/1/06

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous

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.

Edited on 5/28/16 9:54 PM
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5/23/16 @ 6:33 PM
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Jason Freed
FishLOA
MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
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.  


Once you found the bait, and 1/8th oz KenKatch 3D Eye or Long Shank Shiner Jig was the ticket.  Aggressively snap jigging seemed to produce more hook sets than the drag and pop cadence.  When aggressive jigging you are able to stay above the sand grass giving you far less "salad" to keep off your hook.  We also had some success pulling lindy rigs with shiners, leeches or crawlers in 13-15ft of water.  This can be a nice change up when fishing highly pressured areas as the walleyes are sometimes looking at a array of jigs dragging and popping past them.  
The West End of the Lake had good fishing in the West Goose Flats, Hardwoods, 1st and 2nd Duck, as well as Star Point.  Fish were also still being caught on Ottertail as well as Annex and Sub, but those places have gotten hit hard with boats of late and the schools of fish have taken a beating.  Other areas were Pelican, Two Points, and Sandy Beach.  

Water temps were anywhere from 62-65 degrees throughout the lake, which is warm for this time of year, but with cold fronts and rain that could all change.  

Looks to be another great week on Leech!  

Tight Lines and Wet Nets

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5/18/16 @ 7:54 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jason Freed
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MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
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

Tight Lines!


Jason Freed

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5/18/16 @ 7:53 PM
Jason Freed
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MEMBER since 5/17/12

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.


Good Luck

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