Leech Lake, Cass County

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5/28/16 @ 9:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
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
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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
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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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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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5/18/16 @ 3:33 PM
luken27
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Fishing Leech Lake for the first time this coming weekend.  We are staying in Sucker Bay.  Any points around the area of the Bay that produce good walleye or crappie?  Thanks for the help.

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5/10/16 @ 9:18 AM
stan the guide
stan the guide
USER since 4/25/14

Nice summary,  Makes me wish I was going to Leech rather than Vermillion.

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5/9/16 @ 9:37 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jason Freed
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MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

Well the anticipation is building for Walleye Opener 2016 on Leech Lake.  Instead of a fishing report, I thought I would send out a few good pieces of advice for your Leech Lake Walleye Opener.  


1. Find the Bait and you will find the walleyes - Walleyes are done spawning and will be ready to start feeding actively.  Spot Tail Shiners will be the the food of choice, so look for bait balls on your electronics or up in the shallows.  If you find some bait,  you should probably stop and fish.

2. Fish the Wind - Leech Lake is a wind driven lake.  The fish congregate where the wind is blowing.  Points, shorelines, and flats will all be vital areas to look at.  Also any current areas are worth fishing as well.

3. Shallow, Shallow, Shallow - Be prepared to fish anywhere from 3-10ft of water.  Fish could be ultra shalow and this means pitching jigs to them by fan casting an area.  With a good wind, you may be able to make drifts through some of these shallow areas as well, but get your bait out away from the boat.

4. Have your Jig Box ready - A jig and minnow should be your first choice.  Jigs such as a KenKatch Long Shank or 3D Eye in 1/8thoz or 1/4oz is a good place to start.  Colors are endless, but remember bright sunny days something that will create some flash in the water is usually a good thing.  

5. Change up your cadence - This is very important.  Sometimes they want it dragged and sometimes they want it snapped.  Paying attention to your jig cadence and what is working is really important as is the line angle in which you are doing it.  Little things can make a huge difference.

Remember to be safe, show great etiquette on the water and at the boat landings, and enjoy the weekend.  It looks like normal Opener weather, rainy, cold, and windy!  But who cares, we are back Walleye Fishing!

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4/25/16 @ 8:34 PM
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Jason Freed
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MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous
Well we are ice free and ready to go for open water on Leech Lake. Water temps vary right now anywhere from 44-54 degrees depending on the location. The shallower bays such as Steamboat, Boy, and Headquarters all have warmer temps in the low 50s where as other parts of the lake such as Walker Bay, Kabekona, and Agency have colder temps with the deeper water.

In terms of the bite, things are overall fairly slow. When the weather cooperates for a few days in a row the perch bite starts to pick up in 4-7ft of water with a 1/16oz jig and a fathead or rainbow. Dragging the jig is sometimes the key and other times a short hop or under a slip bobber. Crappies are showing up at times in the harbors, but be aware some of them are private. The panfish bite will definitely pick up as the water temps start to maintain themselves in the low to mid 50s. A 1/16ox or 1/32oz jig with a crappie tube or puddle jumper under a float is a great place to start.

Stay tuned for some great Walleye Opener tips in the next week or so!

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3/15/16 @ 1:30 PM
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Jason Freed
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First Quarter
Well as I sit here this morning and listen to the thunderstorm, I can't help but think the ice season is quickly ending. There may still be some places to get on this weekend with temps cooling down, but in many places around Leech the ice is quickly melting and starting to break away from shore some. We found over the course of last week in some places there were holes opening up from swirling water that a person could fall through or a tire could easily fall into, so it is really important to have all of your safety gear with you from ice picks, life jacket, rope, and a fishing buddy along if you do go out. We are officially done for the winter with all the houses off the lake and no more guide trips for this year's hard water season.

In regards to the fishing, it is was good. On Leech Lake the perch bite has been sporadic at times, but when you find the right school you can put a nice bunch of jumbos on the ice in that 9-12" range, with a few bigger ones mixed in. Fishing in 3-8' of water has been the best with sight fishing being the main way of catching them. What that does is allow you the angler to be more selective when setting the hook. Using a larger rattle or flutter style spoon with a whole minnow is a great way to also keep those pesky little perch away at times. Also we had luck using the Maki Plastic Minnow Head or the Mino XL when fishing. Plastics are great, because you can catch alot of fish on plastic before having to put a new one on and with perch being so nomadic being able to get back down to them quickly is a big key to success.

Panfish has been great. Bluegills are showing up in 6-10' of water along weed flats and edges. Tungsten jig with a plastic tail has been dynamite, but somedays real meal has been the key as well or even the time of day. So have a few waxies or euros along just in case. Crappies are starting to set up on the edges or ledges of the basins and some even being caught in those same weed areas as the gills. Tungsten jigs with plastics, vertical style jig with a crappie minnow, or a small jigging spoon are all good presentations.

With the ice rods and houses put away, it is time to get the boats ready for river fishing. We will be heading both North to the Rainy and South to Pools 2-4 on the Mississippi to get a few hook sets in. Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for more ice out reports and some tips for early season fishing. It is looking like an early spring, which means anglers can get out an enjoy river fishing, crappies, perch, and panfish before Walleye Opener in May.

Tight Lines!

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3/8/16 @ 1:56 PM
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JJMac1
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USER since 3/8/16

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
18 inches
A very tough fish trip (3/2/16 -3/6/16) this year due to not being able to find the large schools of Perch, and the overall perch size was really down from past years.

After tons of holes and a little research on Minnesota Outdoor News we were able to find some just within the Walker Narrows in between Pine and Oak Point. You could catch some in 8-10ft. but the bigger "jumbos" we caught ended up being in 5-7ft. of water. However the bite was still very timid and the sizes were down.

Hopefully they get bigger in the next following years.

ps.Sucker Bay was not accessible from the South Side. And the perch were not there.

Good luck anglers.

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2/26/16 @ 5:41 PM
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Jason Freed
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MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous
Well the 2016 Eel Pout Festival was another success. The numbers seemed to be down for the festival, but the Eel Pout fishing was note. Anglers said leading up to the event pout fishing was very good and did taper off during the weekend. We weighed 476 Eel Pout and the great news is nearly half of them were put pack into the lake to be caught again. The biggest Eel Pout registered was a 13.56lb pout caught by Jesse Friedrich. Bright glow spoons or large glow jigs tipped with fatheads, shiners, or rainbows was definitely the ticket for putting fish on the ice. As we move forward into March, these fish are going to start to spawn and more shallow. Right now flats in 28-35ft of water adjacent to steep breaks have been the best producers and some fish are starting to show up more shallow.

Walleye Fishing has been tough of late. There has not been a real consistent bite. Some of the best reports came in 15-20ft of water along shoreline breaks during the dusk and dawn light periods. Set lines or a glow jig with minnow has been the best producer, but don't over look being ultra aggressive and looking for new and fresh spots to fish.

The Perch Fishing is starting to show signs of promise this past week along weed/sand edges in 8-12ft of water. There is some sorting to be had, but with some hole hopping and a little work, an angler can put together a nice day's catch. Site fishing has also been effective in 5-7ft of water for jumbos.

As we move forward, the days get longer and the late ice fishing should get better for jumbos, crappies,and panfish with the walleye fishing closing.

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2/9/16 @ 11:51 AM
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Jason Freed
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MEMBER since 5/17/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent
Well we have hit the typical February ups and downs. This past week the fishing was of mixed results, mainly for walleyes.

With the last warm spell, alot of the snow on the lake melted, which actually has helped the lake in terms of making more ice. Walker Bay has increased its ice thickness which is great news for the Eel Pout Festival. The melt at the same time created some rough riding conditions when driving out, so be sure to take it slow.

In terms of the fishing report, Walker Bay remains as the most consistent bite on the Lake. The Main Lake has slowed quite a bit and the fish have seemed to scatter. With that being said, the mobile fisherman who is willing to find new areas that have not been touched or pressured should be rewarded. Still look towards main lake rock reefs, humps, or shoreline breaks in 18-25ft of water.

In Walker Bay, the fishing has been up and down throughout the week, but many anglers are still finding success with keeper sized fish during those low light hours as well as just after dark. Shoreline breaks actually were the best this past week in 18-26ft of water. What this allows anglers to do is often times intercept fish as they are moving shallow to feed, or many times a shoreline break can serve as a highway for fish to move along during the day.

Downsizing your bait size has been a key this past week and not using larger shiners or rainbows. Fatheads or smaller profile minnows has helped put more fish on the ice. A Glow Jig with a whole minnow or small jigging spoon has worked well.

As Feb. roles along, the perch bite will continue to improve as the fish work more towards the shallows in larger schools. This time of year site fishing can really payoff for jumbos. It is a blast to watch those big jumbos come in and inhale your presentation.

The panfish bite still remains strong on smaller local lakes. Fish are being found in the basins in 20-35ft of water or along weed flats in 12-15ft of water. If the walleye bite is slow, get out the auger, look up some lakes on the Lake Finder DNR website, and start your hunt for some great panfish action.

We still have some rental spots available in Feb. and with March knocking on the door give us a call if you are interested in pulling up some perch!

This week's video report https://www.facebook.com/leisureoutdooradventures/?ref=hl

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2/1/16 @ 9:29 AM
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Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (44%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
17 inches
Was suppose to go to Red on Saturday, but came here instead. Fished Walker Bay hitting a few humps in the 20-30' depths. The two of us picked up some nice Walleye's, they seemed to want dead sticks this weekend. Jigged them in, and they would hit the dead sticks.

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1/21/16 @ 1:39 PM
Jason Freed
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Hudsonfischer

Yep. Wheelhouses are starting to get out a little farther into Walker Bay and they have been going out now on the Main Lake for a couple weeks now.

You should be in good shape by Eel Pout Fest.

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1/21/16 @ 1:07 AM
hudsonfisher
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Excellent! I won't be on leech until eel pout fest but I like keeping up to date with how things are going on the lake until then. Im guessing there are wheel houses out in the bays? Thanks

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