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JASON FREED
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7/26/15 2:04 PM CST
Kind of a slower week this last week. One might call it the dog days of summer. Right now the key to success on the lake is to take advantage of those key feeding times. The early morning bite, evening bite, and those certain feeding periods during the day are what are producing the best fishing. Pay attention to the solunar calendar major and minor feeding times, although not 100% accurate is does more often than not prove to be correct. Also when the wind picks up, changes direction, cloud cover rolls in, or any weather change are other things to key in on to catch active fish. Right now with all of the bait in the lake, the fish don't have to work too hard if they won't want to.

On the South End of the Main Lake, trolling crank baits and spinners has been the most productive. Secondary Rock Reefs found off of well known pieces of structure, in 18-25feet are all producing fish. Diamond Point, Rogers Point, Huddles and Variety Reef, and the reefs off of Big Rock Reef have all had bites from day to day. The crank bait bite is best trolling off of long steep breaks or large basins such as the ones found in Portage Bay or Paris Trench. Leadcore, long lining, or planer boards are all effective ways to fish crank baits for walleyes.

Musky fishing is starting to pick up and with the warm temperatures we will be facing this week, they should really start to move. Weed bays or long stretches of isolated cabbage such as the ones found in Portage Bay are a good place to start casting bucktails or twitch baits. Also the main lake rocks are heating up and more fish are being seen near Mokey, Submarine Island, and Pelican Island. The best is yet to come here.

On the West End, Walker Bay continues to be the most consistent. Fishing the Humps in 18-35ft of water with a leech, crawler, or chub has produced the most fish, with many being slots. Keepers are still relating mainly to the shoreline breaks in 18-30ft of water on windy days. Aggressive tactics such as throwing swim baits or rippin raps in 6-10ft of water early in the day or in the evening has also produced keepers to put in the livewell.

The other local lakes are producing great smallmouth and largemouth fishing as well as some great bluegill and crappie fishing. Look to the weed edges in the more and evenings for the crappies with deep water adjacent. Both smallies and largemouth are relating to weedlines or small mouth to transitions between rocks and gravel. A jig/worm or small jig tipped with a leech are both productive and ways to fish them.

Until next week Tight Lines!


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7/16/15 9:09 AM CST
Well things have definitely slowed down in the past 7 days on the lake. Fish are still being caught, but with the amount of bait that is in the water the fish aren't having to work real hard to find a meal. For some reason, this time of July each year after all of the hatches always seems to be the "dog days of summer" on Leech Lake.

Fished the AIM tourney last weekend. Nice finish their Zwiegs! We finished 15th place, which is respectable, but kicking ourselves, we just needed one more good upgrade to make that jump. Our best fishing was like Zweigs, either rigging creek chubs or leeches on the humps, but we also found good fishing right away in the morning in 6-8ft of water pitching jigs with leeches, not the big ones, but plenty between 18-23" to get the score card filled up. Now the report for the week

Days where we have wind are still being the best producers with fish being caught in a variety of places. Main lake rocks are still producing some fish, not nearly the amounts they were two weeks ago, but with some time and a fine tuned system of either lindy rigging, pulling spinners, or slow death in 12-20ft of water walleyes are still being put in the boat. Variety, Hogers, Huddles, and secondary reefs off of Diamond Point for example are producing fish. Also on the Main lake, slip bobber fishing rocky humps such as the ones found in Bungy Bay or around Big Rock Reef are a great way to catch fish in the early morning hours or evenings. This is also the time of year to pull out the crank bait box and work the steep edges of structures and basins such as Paris Trench and the steeps breaks found by Pipe Island and Rogers Point.

In Walker and Agency Bays, Walleyes are scattered between the humps and shoreline breaks. Humps that top out at 20-30ft seem to be the best producers for larger walleyes, with some humps holding keepers. Rigging them with chubs or leeches is proving to be the best tactic. Four of the top five teams in the AIM tournament were focusing their efforts on these areas. When using chubs also be prepared to catch alot of pike which is a great change up. Try changing your leader though to a 10-14lb fluoro leader to keep from getting bitten off too much.

Musky fishing is starting to pick up with fish being found in the cabbage still and some fish are starting to show up on the main lake rocks. Portage Bay, Sucker, Uran Bay, and Kabkekona have all been good for seeing and catching a few fish.

Another thing to take note of is the awesome fishing found outside the shorelines of Leech Lake. There are so many great little lakes that yield exceptional bass fishing, panfish, walleye, and northern pike and are fairly easy to get into and figure out. So if things aren't working on Leech, look at the DNR Lake Finder site and set up a day exploration. You can hit two or three in one day.

Until Next Week Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures


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7/13/15 10:56 AM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Game Day. Fished the AIM Tournament on Leech Lake Sunday. We fished Creek Chubs, not to big 5"-6" on a rig. When fishing Creek Chubs, I like to use the Lindy Rattling No Snag Sinkers. My thoughts are the rattle beads are a bit of an attractant. When fishing these Creek Chubs, you really need to give them a bit of line when you get a bite, several times I thought I gave them plenty of line, set the hook, and when the fish came in, it was barely hooked in the lip.

We fished several humps and underwater points, you could pull a fish or two then if you left and came back, 30-60 minutes later, you had to hope th e fish would replenish and also hope that nobody else hopped on that spot when you left. We bounced around all day hitting hump and hump. We ended the day with our 5 best fishing weighing 26.03 LBS, good enough for 6th place.

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7/11/15 10:13 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Much better day today. Fished deep humps rigging creek chubs. We couldn't miss, every hump we hit we were able to pick up another fish. Fishing the Aim Weekender tournament tomorrow, we will see what the day brings.

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7/10/15 9:27 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Fished the big lake lake today, best bet was pulling crank baits on the break lines. Caught several fish in the protected slot.

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7/9/15 8:52 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Today was tough, no wind. Bounced around fishing here there and everywhere. Fished leeches, crawlers, minnows and crankbaits. Pretty much the entire kitchen sink. Caught a couple fish on leeches. Tough day tomorrow should be better.

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7/9/15 6:29 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Caught two Walleye in Agency Bay in 12-14 feet of water on a gold spinner pulling a leech. 17 inch at 2:00 PM and and 25 inch at 11:30 AM.

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7/8/15 8:12 PM CST
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Jason, Thanks for the great reports. Do you know of any campsites that are close to good walleye spots? I am thinking about heading up next weekend if the weather is ok. I only have a 16' boat with a 25 hp, so I am looking for somewhere to catch fish close to where we launch/camp.

Thanks, EIU

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7/8/15 10:33 AM CST
We have hit the mid summer patterns on Leech Lake, with water temps in the mid 70s, the bug hatch finally slowing down, and the walleyes somedays can be very cooperative and others it is more of a grind. The feeding periods are definitely smaller windows, so being in the right place at the right time is obviously the key.

The Main Lake Rocks have slowed quite a bit with the bug hatches tapering off and the fish having been actively eating the last three weeks. Focus your efforts on secondary rock reefs found off of the major well known structures. Fish have been being caught farther down on the South end near Huddles, Variety, and Hogers Reefs trolling spinners in 12-19ft of water. Let the wind dictate the depth you are fishing. When the wind blew last week 11-12ft of water was the best, when it calmed down sliding out deeper in 17-19ft seemed to produced more. Mess around with your color and bead combinations, one day last week a purple, gold, and pink blade was the best producer by far, who would have thought! When they aren't going on the spinner bite slow down and lindy rig them with crawlers and leeches or try slip bobber fishing isolated humps or rock piles.

Walker Bay, Agency Bay, and Kabekona Bays are all starting to heat up. The walleyes are relating the shoreline breaks in 14-18ft of water trolling spinners, lindy rigging with a minnow, crawler or leech are also producing. Also some fish are starting to show up on the various humps that top out from 15-30ft of water. Seems they are favoring the edges and isolated points or shelves found on the various humps. Also slip bobbering fishing the cabbage in Steamboat, Sucker, and Portage Bays has produced walleyes when the bite is tougher.

Also this is the time of year to get the crankbaits out and troll leadcore in the basins or off of major pieces of structure as well as long lining on the flats.

Pike and Musky are still relatively slow, but should start heating up here very soon with the water temps being where they are. Try down sizing and using a smaller bucktail or twitch bait to trigger bites.

Until next week


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7/3/15 9:38 AM CST
Leech Lake Fishing Report

Well things are changing all over the lake with bugs still hatching, water temps in the mid to low 70s, and tons of perch and minnows swimming throughout the lake. With all of this, we have found a mixture of results with some days being excellent fishing and other days it being what I call the “walleye grind” on the lake.

The Main Lake Rocks are still producing fish. Having a staggered bug hatch has helped keep this bite active. The morning seems to be the best time to be fishing the rocks. Pulling spinners is the best method and mixing up blade colors has been key. Dialing in the color with the speed and you will set up a trolling program that will put fish in the boat. With walleyes actively feeding and moving around, spinners are the ticket in covering water and finding the active schools of fish. We have found that 1mph to 1.4mph has been the ticket in 16-20ft of water on sunny calm days and 11-14ft of water on windy days. Annex, Submarine Island, Red Rocks, Pelican Reef, Mokey, Huddles, and West Bar have all produced fish this past week. If spinners aren’t working, slow down by blowing up a crawler and using a lindy rig to work through the schools of fish.

Wind Blown points are still producing fish if you get a steady wind from the same direction for a couple days in a row. Depending on the conditions, you will need to cover the water column. On a good windy day, fish are still being caught in 6-8 feet of water pulling lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches. Stoney, Little Stoney, and Ottertail have all been good. On calmer days, look to fish the steeper breaks in 14-18ft of water.

Walker and Agency Bays are producing some fish on humps and shoreline breaks. 14-25ft of water has been the ticket pulling lindy rigs with crawlers or sucker minnows have all produced fish. Also slip bobbering fish in and around cabbage beds or weed edges with a lively leech is also producing fish.

Continue to be versatile and try fishing new water when you are out there. Getting away from the fishing pressure like always is a major key to success.

Tight Lines

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6/23/15 9:07 PM CST
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Versatility is the name of the game right now on Leech Lake. This past week the lake has been met with many bug hatches and changing conditions from day to day so being versatile is the name of the game. By this I mean, having the different kinds of bait such has minnows, crawlers, and leeches in the boat, and the different presentations set up and ready to go in your rod locker.

Walleyes throughout the lake are gobbling up mayflies, molting crayfish, and little perch which means the feed bags are one. Don't let these things deter you because it can be really good fishing.

On the west side of the lake, fish are being caught on Grand Vu Flats, Big and Little Hardwoods, and within Traders Bay on the breaklines in 11-16ft of water. Dragging lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches is by far the best presentation. Spinners with crawlers or minnows has been working on flat calm days when you need to cover ground. Walker Bay has been on the slow side. Fish are being caught with many being slot fish, but some keepers are showing up on the Cedar Shoreline and within Agency Narrows in 18-22ft of water.

On the main lake, the rock reefs such as Submarine Island, Annex, North Bar, Red Rocks, and the areas off of Pelican Island are also producing fish in 10-18ft of water. The bigger walleyes are showing up more on the tops and edges of the reefs, where as the keeper fish are being caught in the mud as they are feeding on bugs. Look for scattered boulders in these areas and try trolling spinners with crawlers or leeches at 1.1-1.4mph. Colors that are good are orange, gold, green, and sometimes even throwing on something that is out of the ordinary to change things up. If spinners aren't working, slow down and rig them with crawlers or leeches or try pulling slow death set ups at .8 to 1mph. Slip bobber fishing the edges of the reefs during the evening hours is also a good way to put some fish in the boat.

Lots of great fishing is yet to go this summer. Things may slow down a little bit after all of the hatches take place, which is normal, but the challenge is there are walleyes always biting somewhere. Gotta love the CHASE of it all.

Some crappies are being caught off the weed edges in the early morning and evening in Shingobee and Miller Bay with panfish also being caught in the cabbage in Steamboat Bay.

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6/16/15 7:10 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
It has been a busy week for the Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Service. Between three of our guys fishing the Cabelas NWT tournament on the lake or being on the water everyday guiding, needless to say we were in hot pursuit on Leech Lake walleyes.

The lake is definitely changing with water temps in low 70s in areas on somedays and multiple bug hatches going on. The shallow water bite is still going on some parts of the lakes such as Portage Ba, West Goose Flats or in Sucker Bay, but definitely identify cabbage beds is the key to catching and holding walleyes. A jig and minnow is still the best bet by pitching an 1/8th oz jig with a golden shiner or rainbow.

As a whole though, the fish are moving off and setting up on breaklines in 12-20ft of water in places such as Grand View Flats, Traders Bay, Pipe Island, Big Hardwoods, and off of many of the main lake points found throughout the lake. When looking for these areas, look where you may have caught them earlier in the season, they won't have gone far. Trolling spinners or lindy rigging with crawlers and leeches is the best way to work over these areas. Also a slow death rig and bottom bouncer is a great tactic to use when the bugs are hatching.

The Reefs on the lake such as Annex, Submarine Island, North Bar, West Bar, and Mokey are all starting to produce fish. Depending on the wind, the fish will be scattered and it is best to cover water until you find the fish. Look for small humps on top of the reefs or scattered boulders found off of the edges near the mud and gravel transitions. Depths will vary from day to day. Trolling spinners or casting jigs with minnows are great ways to breakdown these main lake structures. This bite should only get better.

The key to success on the lake right now is being versatile and having all the different presentations and types of bait ready to throw at them. Somedays leeches are the bait of choice in the morning and crawlers turn on in the afternoon, or vice versa, just be ready to switch things up if the bite slows.

Some of the best fishing is still to come this month! Give us a call if you are looking to hit the water, learn a few things, and catch a few walleyes.

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6/15/15 8:42 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Spent Saturday on Leech, it was fun. The Cabelas tournament was going on, watched lot of boats running around. We got out on the main lake by ourselves and pulled spinners with Crawlers. Fished up and down the trench, between the 3 of us, we caught 12 fish in 4 hours between 10" and 24". We didn't keep anything, we just wanted to be out for the day pulling spinners.

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6/9/15 8:59 PM CST
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Well things have been busy in the guide service world of late with trips going out each day and Leech Lake for the most part has been very good this past week. Unstable weather and wind patterns at times has maybe caused for some inconsistency but I found last week going against the norm and what others are doing can pay off. So if others are fishing shallow, try deep, if others are trying to play the wind, fish the other side of the wind blow structure. The best part of this time of year, it seems almost any kind of presentation has been working.

For the most part, the walleyes are in that transition period on the lake and you can find them all over the water column. Some of the best action this past week was pitching jigs and minnows and find holes within larger sand and weed flats. Seemed like 5-9ft was a good place to start and this was a good way to put keeper fish in the boat. A gold or green long Long Shank Ken Katch Jig were my best producers when doing this and finding emergent cabbage was the other key. Pay close attention to your depth finder and mark those spots when you see it.

Main Lake Rocks such as Submarine Island, Pelican Island, Annex, North Bar, and Mokey Reef are all starting to produce fish. Trolling spinners with a bottom bouncer at .8-1.3MPH seems to be the ticket. Leeches, crawlers, and even minnows with a spinner all produced fish. Color combos just depended on the day. The best part is this bite should only get better. Lindy rigging as well as slip bobber fishing on windy days or during low light hours are other ways to fish these rock structures. Depending on the day and win, 10-19ft of water all produced fish.

Some bug hatches are starting to also pop up on the lake, so pay close attention to his, because the fish will be close by. Don't let them scare you off, this can be some of the best fishing all year.

Musky Reports were mixed throughout the lake with a few fish being caught. Weedy Bays are a great place to start throwing small bucktails or twich baits this time of year, Uran, Miller, and Steamboat Bay would all be good places to look for these emerging cabbage beds. The muskie fishing will only get better as the summer goes along, so get the big rods ready to cast, cast, and cast some more! Tight Lines!

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6/9/15 9:58 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Spent the day on Leech this past weekend, the fish are still shallow, 8-12 feet hitting a Jig and a minnow. The shiner run is dwindling, time to fire up crawlers and spinners.

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