Thanks for the report. Tell Chuck H. Mark Kubal said hey. Nice feesh.
Really looking forward to being back up on Leech. Mid august again. Last year we were unable to attend as my dad battled lymphoma for 6 months and now being cancer free he is chomping at the bit to get back up too. Can't wait, keep the reports coming.
Sorry it has been a crazy month of June with guide trip and the Ultimate Fishing Camp, but here is a quick report on Leech
With the big winds this week we were not able to venture out as far, so not a whole lot to report from the Main Lake. When it isn’t blowing too hard, the main lake rock reefs were kicking out nice Leech Lake walleyes in 14-18 feet of water. Pulling lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches as well as slow death at .5-.8 mph was the best. Speed is the key when dialing in these fish. Our Leech Lake fishing guides found a nice mix of eaters and bigger fish. Still many of the same places as last week were producing in North Bar, Fletchers, Ivans, Submarine, etc, but don’t forget to look for secondary reefs and humps that are nearby or if the fish are not on the edges of those reefs look to the mud basins where the bug hatches are taking place and drive until you graph fish.
On the west end of the lake in Walker Bay and Agency Bays, shoreline breaks that had wind blowing in were the best. 14-20ft of water is where we keyed in on. Pulling lindy rigs with chubs, leeches, or crawlers all worked to put a nice mix of walleyes and even some nice pike in the boat. Other areas to key in on would be under water points and bars that run out into the bays and have deep water right next to them the bigger fish like to suspend and then come in and feed during these times.
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
Fished Leech Saturday. Stayed on the big lake,, we all knopw this is a wind driven lake, there wasn't much wind Saturday. Lindy Rigged leeches on Granview Flats, caught some fish, nothing big. Drover over to Stony caugh a few fish in 13' of water on a jig and minnow. Went to Ottertail, few fish here too. I couldn't find a specific spot that was on fire, had fun though.
Leech Lake Walleyes once again found themselves spread out and in different areas and related to different pieces of Leech Lake structure. Shiners and Leeches seemed to be the bait of choice for those Leech Lake Walleyes, but plastics are still catching some fish. Be sure to stop in at Full Stringer Bait and Tackle, Swansons Bait and Tackle, Tutts Bait and Tackle, or Sportland Bait and Tackle for all your bait and tackle needs.
The LOA Fishing Guides found much of their success on the West End of Leech Lake. Focusing in on the flats around West Goose in depths of 7-10ft of water, as well as the wind blown points such as Duck, Big Hardwoods, Ottertail, Pine, and Bowmans. Sucker Bay also proved to have a good wind driven bite throughout the weekend. A Jig and Minnow was the best presentation by far, but in most instances instead of jigging it, dragging or swimming it along the bottom seemed to work best, but when the front came in on Sunday the Leech Lake Walleyes were snapping and aggressively jigging was provoking the bite. When things slowed down, slowing down with a lindy rig and leech put fish in the boat as well. Green cabbage once again was a key to finding active walleyes and jumbo perch in 5-8ft of water. Pitching an 1/8th oz KenKatch jig with a shiner caught Leech Lake Jumbos, Walleyes, and pike. Slip bobbers and leeches/shiners also have put fish in the boat being either fished in the weeds or windblown points.
East End/Main Lake
On the Main Lake, the rocks still were producing a great bite as well as some of the East End points such as Battle, Sugar, and Five Mile when the strong Westerly winds were blowing. Annex, Submarine, Pelican, and North Bar were all producing fish in 10-14ft of water. Lindy Rigs with leeches or shiners seemed to work best, but the biggest fish still seem to want a 1/8th or 1/4oz jig and shiner.
Leech Lake Crappie and Bluegill fishing still remains strong. When the weather warms up for a couple days both species are moving onto their beds and are actively feeding. Looking to Boy Bay, Millers Bay, Shingobee, and Steamboat for the best action in 3-6 feet of water. Just remember to use selective harvest as these fish are more vulnerable.
On Saturday we went out of chase on the lake and went to sucker bay and started using lindy rigs tipped shiners. we caught a couple small ones and started switching bait and lures. we ended up catching most of our fish on bottom bouncers with JB lure leech harnesses. On Sunday we changed everything up and fished the flat north of goose island in about 10 fow. Dragging 1/8 oz northland stand up jigs tipped with a large fat head minnow. There were a lot of boats on the water, we tried to stay on the out side of the packs. that seemed to work the best for us.
Sorry it has been awhile. Back guiding and doing trips and will be full force here in June. Here is quick report from last weekend.
Walleyes on Leech Lake found themselves spread out but actively feeding on shiners. A Jig and shiner or a plastic and lindy rigs with shiners and leeches were the go to presentations during the course of the week. Somedays walleyes were wanting it dragged along which is where lindy rigs worked well and other days snapping or twitching a jig and minnow was the ticket. So being diverse in your presentations, changing up colors and cadences, and getting away from the crowds is the ticket.
West End - Fish were found on West Goose Flats, Star Point, Grand Vu Flats, Duck Point, Pine Point, Stoney, and on some of the breaklines in Traders Bay. Depending on the day depths changed, but it seemed the best bite was in 8-14 feet of water. Find the shiners and you found walleyes closeby!
East End/Main Lake - Main Lake Rocks are still producing a large quantity of fish in the 20-26” protected slot, with some keepers mixed in. Annex, Submarine, Five Mile, Pelican Island, and Rogers Point all had decent bites. Fish were typically found in that 8-12ft range on this part of the lake and finding areas with sand and boulders was the key. Portage Bay also reported a good bite up near Federal Dam. Look for emergent cabbage in Portage, especially on those bright and sunny days where those walleyes will look to find cover. Pitching a jig and minnow or jig and plastic for these Leech Lake Walleyes in the cabbage is fun way to catch them.
Jumbo Perch are also showing up with the walleyes, but often times will be shallower. Found some of our best perch bites in 6-10ft of water, with some really nice jumbos mixed in.
We were able to fish 4 days out of the 6 due to bad weather We managed to limit out on 9 - 13" perch (120) by Tuesday afternoon and we caught 40 Walleyes 16" - 26". We kept our limit out of the slot with no problem with most 18 - 19". I fished Bass on the last day getting a LM Bass or Northern almost every cast for at least an hour. I think I boated 30 Bass & 20 Northern myself all on a white spinner bait in 5' of water fishing the reeds. Bass were to 4lbs and northern were to 28". Spoke with a couple of guys from the Twin Cities who boated 60-70 walleyes in 3 days up to 25" and they were used shiner minnows and leeches on a small jig fishing vertical. They were after bigger fish but were not able to find any as no one else could either from what I was told and saw. At 58 degrees the big ones have spawned and left to deeper water the guides told us so maybe I will find the bigger ones this fall. Great trip despite the wind and all day rains we had for a few days.