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RANDY EROLA
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5/23/15 8:30 PM CST
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I fish Friday and today on leech. It was very on both days. Lots on numbers of walleyes and nice perch. Fish on Friday at two points and today in safe harbor. We got limits both days with 1/8 jig and shiners in 81/2. To 10 feet of water. Good luck to all and be safe.


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5/18/15 10:11 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Leech Lake Fishing Report

Thing have changed since the Opener and Mother Nature has had a lot to do with that. What we found this weekend was water temps had dropped in throughout the lake anywhere from 3-6 degrees due to the cold weather and rain we had last week. That played a role in the fishing this past weekend, but the name of the game was to adjust your game plan and get away from what may be the “traditional” early season walleye patterns.

Walleye fishing was up and down at times during the weekend, but if you were willing to change up your routine and do some different things and fish different locations you were rewarded with less pressured fish and often times active biters. Main Lake Flats around Goose island such as West Goose and Grand View are still producing fish, but the fish have moved deeper especially when there is a lack of wind to push bait fish up shallow. The best fishing was in 9-13’ of water with either a jig and minnow or a lindy rig with a shiner or leech. Be sure to mix up jig colors and sizes. An 1/8th oz KenKatch 3D eye jig or KenKatch Long Shank was the ticket this past weekend. We did not spend as much time fishing the main lake points this weekend which had a lot more to do with fighting the fishing pressure. Instead we focused on wind blow shoreline breaks and breaklines that dumped into 10-16’ of water throughout the main lake. Obviously Leech has and always will be a wind driven lake, so using that to your advantage to make controlled drifts or using your bow mount such as my Motorguide Xi5 to work breaklines proves to extremely productive. When it is calm snapping jigging far out produced, by going 1mph to 1.5mph at times or long lining a leech and crawler is extremely effective and will continue to get even better.

Don’t forget other tactics as well this time of year, there is always a time and place to slip bobber isolated weed pockets or rock piles as well as casting crankbaits at windblown shorelines or after dark.

Crappies have begun transitioning but are still prime for the picking with some work. Boy, Headquarters, and Shingobee are all producing fish in 6-12ft if water along weedlines and flats with isolated pockets of cabbage. A jig and plastic or a crappie minnow under a float are great presentations.

Perch are still being caught and mixed in with the walleyes, but there were reports of isolated schools of jumbos caught this weekend, just using a jig and minnow.

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SCOTT SEIBERT
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5/17/15 6:35 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Shallow water was the ticket. I worked Pine point and the Hardwoods area in 6-10 feet of water for the Walleyes. Northland 1/4 oz Glow Watermelon Fire Ball jig tipped with a Shiners. Found the Crappies in the shallow water harbors and Sucker bay. fishing with #10 Pink and White Fire Fly Jig tipped with a Crappie minnow a foot and a half below the bobber. Lake temp was 52 and harbor was 58.


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5/11/15 9:19 AM CST
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What an Opener it was! Leech Lake didn't disappoint this past weekend putting out lots of numbers of keeper sized walleyes and some big ones as well. The lake was loaded up with anglers eager to catch their first walleyes of the season. Reports were solid throughout the whole lake.

West Side of the Lake The areas around Goose Island produced alot of fish. West Goose Flats, Pine Point, Star Point, and Little Hardwoods were all solid producers. Anywhere from 4-11ft of water seemed to produce fish and with the amount of boat traffic getting away from the crowds was the key. A Jig and a shiner minnow or rainbow was the ticket. Be sure to pay close attention to your speed and jig cadence, anglers who focused on these things found more success this past weekend. 1/8th oz jigs were the best, but consider heavier if conditions call for it.

East Side of the Lake The report from the East and South side of the lake was definitely a mix of slot fish as well as some keepers. 8-12ft seemed to be the best, but windblown shores and points found active fish as well up shallow. Jig and a minnow and casting crankbaits were all great presentations for putting walleyes in the boat. Partridge Point, Diamond Point, Rogers Pt., and the areas around Bear Island were all solid producers this past weekend.

It is setting up to be a great spring this year again. Crappies are still being found shallow in 2-8ft of water pitching jigs or a slip bobber and a jig/tube. Perch were mixed in with the walleyes throughout the weekend with many jumbos also being caught.

Caught a couple big fish this weekend as well. Both released and swam away giving me the hold fish splash goodbye. Great way to start the season.

All in all what a great start to the year. Give us a call if you want to book a trip!

Jason Freed

[This post was last edited on 5/11/15 at 11:39 AM]

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4/28/15 8:44 PM CST
Well open water is finally here and it is time to gear up for the Walleye Opener on May 9th. Leech Lake is looking to have another banner year of fishing and May and June are two of the best months to be on the lake. With the abnormal spring we are having, the patterns should still remain similar for that early season bite on the lake. Wind blown points such as Pine, Stoney, Battle, Duck, and Sugar, and Ottertail are all great starting spots as well as the main lake sand flats around Goose Island always seem to produce fish. Pay close attention to water temperatures, fishing pressure, and conditions and should be able to catch yourself a few walleyes this spring.

When it comes to presentations it is tough to beat the most simple and effective method of a jig and minnow. 1/8oz to 1/2oz jigs, depending on depth and wind are the great starting points. With the wide variety of colors that are out there, tie on the jig you have the most confidence in. Green, chartreuse, gold, and parrot colors always seem to be great producers on the lake, but if things slow down switch up colors and even jig profile. Snap jigging, vertical jigging, and dragging jigs all produce at some point depending on the different variables.

In the mean time, get your rods rigged, boat ready, and get out and try the many great panfish lakes in the Walker area. There are so many gems. As the water gets into the upper 50s and low 60s crappies will start to move to their shallow water haunts. Tubes, plastics, small jig and a crappie minnow, and slip bobber set ups are all great ways to catch them. Look to 4-10' of water and emerging pencil reeds. This is a great time to take kids fishing because the action can be fast and furious.

Looking forward to seeing you on the water this spring. Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Service


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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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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