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SneakyPete
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3/10/14 4:55 PM CST
Just wondering on the current ice conditions. Hoping its melted and gone by the opener. Any info would be great! Thanks in advance.

JASON FREED
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1/20/14 8:20 PM CST
Ice Depth: 22" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Was up on Leech for a few days over the weekend chasing perch and walleyes with clients.

Spent the day on Saturday chasing perch and walleyes. We found the perch fairly cooperative with quite a bit of sorting. Never did find a larger school of jumbos, but still managed to catch quite a few from 10-12". We found them anywhere from 6-10' fishing with jigging spoons such as the Clam Bomb Spoon and Blade Spoons with a whole minnow. The whole minnow was the key to catching the bigger perch. Green weeds was a key to finding the larger schools of fish.

That evening and Sunday focused on walleyes. Much of Walker Bay is full of fish houses so finding some new ice isn't easy, and getting off the roads is becoming more difficult as well. Finally was able to find a couple spots that didn't look like they had been fished recently. Punched a few holes and found active fish right away in 25-30' of water. Jigging spoons and having a flasher is the key right now. Not many walleyes of late have come on set lines for both myself and our fish house rentals. Being able to read the mood of the fish has been the key. Walleyes are also being caught early in the mornings and right at dusk on shoreline breaks as well. The window for this is short, so it is important to have your holes drilled in your money spots and are ready when they come. You may only get a few bites. Try setting up some tip ups as well when doing this, a great way to hole hope and fish a 2nd line.

Lake conditions are getting better and better by the week. Sounds as if more roads are getting plowed on the main lake, which bodes well for the fisherman who want to get out and chase perch and walleyes out there.

Tight Lines! Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures


Icemaster35
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1/18/14 5:52 AM CST
Me and my father in law are heading up to thy area (winnibigoshish an leech lake) and just trying to find some good perch and crappie fishing. We are staying in a cabin and fishing portables. Any tips would be great.

Hogholder
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1/9/14 10:41 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Sunny
Hit Pine Point area on the 8th. Just fished the afternoon period.

Tried to go east off the ice road towards Snake Pit, not good...

got stuck in deep slush,,,, swore, shoveled, swore, shoveled.... truck caked in perma-slushy...

fished 11 fow on flat. saw one tiny perch in 45 minutes

Major move to South of Goose Island. saw several small schools of wimpy little perch (3-6"s).... Did get one skinny 14" walleye, lost another in hole maybe an inch bigger. Also saw about 5 other VERY neutral walleyes until Brindley's Harbor Flunkys decided that since they were moving a couple of their shacks 1/2 mile NW of me (cross Country w/ chains through tons of slush...) towards Oak Point, they HAD TO drive w/ in 15 yards of me about 6 times total back and forth!!! Disrespectful morons.... Looked like they were simply moving and setting up houses for the next day or weekend, but come-on... I was the only occupied fishhouse for 1/4 mile around (in 9fow water none the less).... Gotta remember that and return the favor perhaps while their 'pros' are setting up some over-charged clients later this winter.... anyway, good luck all, and careful on the slush... not cool...

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JASON FREED
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12/30/13 2:29 PM CST
Ice Depth: 17" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: Below 0° F
Was up on Leech Lake this weekend running some of our rentals. The fishing before the front was decent with keeper sized walleyes in Walker Bay on steeper shoreline breaks and points as well as humps in 23-30' of water. Once the front settled in the fishing really slowed down throughout the rest of the weekend. Before the front, jigging spoons such as the Clam's Blade Spoon, Buckshots, or Macho Minnows tipped with a minnow head or full minnow were doing the trick, but once the front settled in, dead sticks with a plain glow hook or a 1/16th oz jigging spoon with a crappie minnow head caught a few walleyes.

The ice conditions in Walker Bay are the best on the lake. 16-18" of ice everywhere I went and most people are starting to drive out on the lake with trucks. I would still caution if you are heading to new areas to walk, take a sled or atv and scout first the ice conditions. With things starting to stabilize fishing should pick back up this week.

Ice conditions as reported from the Main Lake are not good. Lots of slush with 8-11" of ice under it.

Was able to get out on some small lakes in the Hackensack area and found the crappies active as well. Slush was a factor on these lakes, so foot or sled travel was the only way to get around. 20-26' if where we found the fish and they were aggressive!

Now that things have settled down after the holidays and a long high school football season I will have my Leech reports more regular this winter.

Be safe and set the hook!

Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures


hockeyguy39
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10/8/13 12:18 PM CST
That's funny Geneva Kid, we were up there at the same time at the same resort. Birch Ridge, right? We had pretty good luck too. Kind of slow, but caught fish every day. It certainly was windy, but we made it out just fine. Got tossed around a bit, but the boat took it and the fishing was worth it. Jigs and minnows and I dragged a lindy rig at times and we did well on perch and some walleyes. After getting only three northern last year we had at least two dozen snakes/biteoffs. Also had two tiny (4-5") muskies attack our minnows. That was funny to see. I can finally say I've had a muskie on lol.

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10/7/13 8:58 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Fished the last full week on Leech, was a great trip. About 65 walleyes boated, approx 300 perch and 25 northern. We lost 2 days due to the wind but caught the biggest walleyes of the trip off the piers (27 & 25) Just a wonderful lake. 17th trip up and better each year! Big Smile

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10/7/13 8:53 AM CST
Hows the fishing been, I sent some info to a few different guys going up the past few weeks and haven't heard back yet. Just curious. Would love to be fishin, but it's huntin time. This pic is for my cousin Dave. These are the bucks my dad and I shot last Thursday in Michigan. I do realize it's no fishing report sorry!

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TH Muskie
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10/1/13 9:03 AM CST
Fish the cabbage in the back of Kabekona Bay. There are muskies using those weeds.

dave53
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9/23/13 11:11 PM CST
Heading up to Leech the first weekend in October for a few days of fishing. Usually fish walleye, but one of the guys is bringing his young son(I think 10 or 11) and wants to try musky fishing. I told him I'd bring some gear and we can give it a try. I thought we could cast for a bit and then try some trolling. Not sure how long he will last throwing big baits.

Don't want to bring a ton of stuff, so what would you recommend for a short list of bait styles and colors for casting or trolling.

I fish a musky tournament last weekend and someone suggested Portage Bay as a place to fish, but I haven't looked at a map yet to see if it is close. We are staying on the south side of the lake.

Thanks for any help on bait choice or locations,

Dave

Jack of Diamonds
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9/19/13 4:48 PM CST
Thanks for the info BLACKBRD I really appreciate it, I will be up for a week starting the 22nd shoot me an email (browning_121@yahoo.com) if you want to grab a beer, least I can do for priceless info!! Cant wait to get up and get some tight lines! Anybody have a reading on recent water temps. Looks like they should be falling pretty rapidly over the next week with a few cool nights. Again thanks in advance, good luck to all!

npc3ship
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9/18/13 8:10 PM CST
Thanks (Love 2) will do!!

It would be nice to bring in about a dozen 2# crappies.

love 2 fish
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9/18/13 5:14 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Troll perch colored rapalas at dusk in 10/12 ft. and pitch a frog in the rice for bass.Did very well on both in Sucker Bay last week.

npc3ship
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9/17/13 4:28 AM CST
Going to Leech (Sucker Bay)next week. Main targets are Walleye, Perch, Crappie and would also like to find some Bass. In the past when fishing in the fall we've had no problem finding our share of eye's and jumbo's by drifting with a jig and minnow. The last couple of trips the crappie were far and few in between almost non-existence. It's been a while since our last visit any over all advise would be great but where and how to find some crappie would be greatly appreciated.

Newf
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9/15/13 10:28 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Fished Friday and Saturday. We fished 13- 10 ft. flats and did well. Drifted spinners with leeches and night crawlers. Purple and gold seamed to be the best blade colors for the spinners.

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