This week's Leech Lake Fishing Report
The week for the most part has been the typical July grind. Some days finding Leech Lake's walleye bounty and others picking them off one at a time and having to fish alot of spots. Being versatile and still have lots of presentations ready from spinners, crankbaits, lindy rigs, slip bobbers, jigs, etc. all ready to go to find out what is going to work for the day. The crazy weather pattern has definitely created an up and down bite as well.
For the most part the main lake has been overall slow. With water temps in the low 70s the trolling bite should steadily get better on the reefs and steep breaklines either long lining shad raps, flicker shads or using leadcore to fish for suspended fish or fish on the reefs. Going 1.8-2.3mph is usually the target range. Some fish are still being caught using lindy rigs on the reefs or off on the edges, but the slow methodical way of fishing has been tough.
West Side of the Lake
Walker Bay has had a decent bite in 15-25ft of water along the shoreline breaks and on some of the humps. Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers has been best. Some of the cabbage in Steamboat, Agency, and Kabekona has also produced some fish with slip bobbers during those early and late feeding periods. There have been mixed reports around Goose Island with some days the points such as Pine, Duck, and Ottertail producing fish if the wind has been blowing in to them.
The musky bite is starting to get better and anglers reporting some fish being caught and moved. Cabbage beds have still been the best with bucktails or glide baits.
Panfish bite has been good in 6-15ft of water on the weed edges or find clumps of good cabbage. A small panfish jig with a small leech or chunk of crawler is the ticket.
Until next week!
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