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JASON FREED
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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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JASON FREED
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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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10/9/14 7:52 AM CST
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!!

hockeyguy39
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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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9/25/14 1:22 PM CST
Headed up to Sucker Bay on Saturday for a full week of nothing but fishing. Definitely exactly what I need. We've got the perch and walleye bite pretty much figured out, but any tips/spots to try for some decent sized northern? We got bit off a number of times last year fishing perch and were only able to land a couple snakes. What's the word on the musky bite? Starting to heat up at all?

thanks for any info! pics to follow...hopefully.

hockeyguy39
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9/25/14 1:22 PM CST
Headed up to Sucker Bay on Saturday for a full week of nothing but fishing. Definitely exactly what I need. We've got the perch and walleye bite pretty much figured out, but any tips/spots to try for some decent sized northern? We got bit off a number of times last year fishing perch and were only able to land a couple snakes. What's the word on the musky bite? Starting to heat up at all?

thanks for any info! pics to follow...hopefully.

JASON FREED
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9/21/14 2:03 PM CST
The Fall Bite is ON!

Well the leaves are changing colors and the Fall Bite is ON! Anglers throughout Leech Lake are reporting fairly consistent action for walleyes and a perch bite that is getting steadier by the day.

Walleyes can be found in a variety of places. On the Main Lake, Stoney Point, Duck, Little and Big Hardwoods, and the flats around Goose Island are all producing a mixed back of keeper fish as well as nice fish within in the protective slot. The best method has been either a 1/8th oz jib and a rainbow minnow or shiner or a lindy rig with a leech or crawler. When you have wind, use it to make drifts and begin honing in on the areas you are catching fish eliminating dead water. With no wind, work the areas over fan casting and working you jigs. On the South end, wind blown shoreline breaks down near Trappers Landing and Huddles have been producing walleyes as well. Look for depths of 6-11 ft to target active walleyes on the Main Lake.

Walker Bay and Agency Bay are also producing walleyes. Steep breaks, under water points, and the various humps area all producing fish. Lindy rig with a crawler or minnow have been good presentations.

The perch bite is also picking up and will only get better. The Walker Narrows as well as Goose Flats have been prime locations, pitching a 1/6th oz jig with a fat head minnow. The action can be fast and furious at times.


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9/18/14 8:17 PM CST
Leech lake is appearing to have an early fall walleye bite this year. I have only been out a few days in the last week but fishing has been pretty good. I have been getting walleyes on sand flats, both shoreline flats and off shore flats. Best depths have been 8 to 12ft. A jig and fathead minnow work well and you just have to find the first fish and there should be more near.

Leech lake is a wind driven lake and most anglers know to fish the wind blown shorelines and this does hold true for the most part. Wind direction is important on the shorelines but not so much on off shore structures.

Lots of time to enjoy leech lake this fall. Along with upcoming fishing reports I will also be posting this winter with fishing reports and ice conditions.

Tom Wilson

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9/16/14 5:52 PM CST
Any fishing update? Perch walleyes? Comming up Thursday. Thanks

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9/8/14 12:11 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Had a good time last week at the Federal Dam campground. They take good care of the grounds. We stayed 3 nights. Weather only allowed us to get out fishing one day. We found Perch on Waboose Bay up at Grassy Point. Minnows were working for us. Headed north on hwy 38 and east on hwy 1 from there. My first time traveling thru this area and really enjoyed the drive and the State Parks we stayed at. Thanks again for everybody's ideas before I left. Later D.W.

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9/6/14 10:43 AM CST
Are there any public boat launches near Oak Point? I see there is a Squawpt launch. Is that a good luanch? Thank you: Bucks Only

JASON FREED
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8/31/14 9:47 PM CST
There is a good slip bobber bite going on right now in the sand of North Walker Bay, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches have been taking fish. Mounds point and and Little Hardwoods also have fish starting to show up. Evening trollers are having success pulling cranks in 5-7 feet of water near Pine Point and the West Goose Flats area. Lindy rigging creek minnows and redtails continue to produce fish in Walker bay and Agency Bay. Fish are setting up near the steeper edges of structure anywhere from 25-40 feet of water. This past week, wind was a key component as well, when the wind blew, fish definitely bit better. When it was calm, the fishing slowed down considerably.


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8/30/14 1:16 PM CST
Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Spent a week on Pine Point. Tough week for walleye. Didn't see many come to the fish cleaning house Sunday thru Thursday. Got 7 keepers Friday trolling around Ottertail.

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8/28/14 8:17 PM CST
Thanks for everyone's suggestions and ideas. Heading out in the morning and I'll leave a report when I get back. First stop will be Reed's for a license and check out Walker. Then up to Federal Dam to the campsite. Thanks again, D.W.

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