Here is your Leisure Outdoor Adventures fishing guide report for Leech Lake. This past weekend many of your Leisure Outdoor Adventures Fishing Guides participated in the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament. This is a great event that is held each year by the Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce. The 155 boat field is full of great walleye fisherman from all over Minnesota and the Midwest, including many Leech Lake Fishing guides, including the Leisure Outdoor Adventures crew. Two of these guides, Jason Freed and Chuck Hasse were crowned the 2017 Leech Lake Walleye Tournament Champions, Jeff Andersen and Steve Olson finished 12th, and Toby Kvalevog and Aaron Murphy’s teams finished in the top 1/3rd of the field as well. All in all a great tournament that is always well ran.
Here is your report for the week
With the warm temperatures the lake is changing each day and starting to set up in its typical June summer patterns. Leech Lake walleyes are known for following the bait, and with these temperatures our Leech Lake Fishing Guides are starting to see some bug hatches, crayfish showing up, and still lots of small perch and minnows to feed on. On the West end of the Lake, Grand View Flats, areas between 1st and 2nd Duck Points, Big Hardwoods, and Little Stoney all set up well with West and NW winds blowing into them. 8-14feet of water was best pulling lindy rigs with leeches, crawlers, and some days snap jigging jigs and minnows was best. There is still a solid weed bite as well in the cabbage that can be found in Sucker Bay with a slip bobber and leech or jig and minnow. Try using a KenKatch Long Shank Jig, this helps with those short bites and ups your hooking percentage.
On the East End and Main Lake, walleyes are showing up more and more on the rock reefs with many pushing out a little deeper on bright sunny days and cloudy wind days back up shallow. Start in 12 feet and work your way out. Trolling spinners 1.0 -1.5 mph is a great way to cover ground on these reefs. Look to Mokey, North Bar, Annex, Submarine, Variety, and Huddles to all produce fish. As the bugs start to hatch look for mud transitions, and pay close attention to the where the bugs are showing up. Lindy rigs and leeches also were probably the #1 producer to put fish in the boat this past week.
Some of the best fishing is still to be had this summer. If you are looking to get out on Leech and want to set up a guided fishing trip give us a call at 1-855-LOA-HOOK or check out our website at www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Until next week
Leisure Outdoor Adventures