Welcome to another hard water season from Lakewood Lodges. We now have our sleeper houses out on Leech Lake on the big lake. The fishing was good this week with the evening bite being the best. A variety of walleyes and northerns with many over 7 pounds. We are out of Trappers Landing Lodge with a road access. We are very excited to have a road system to all the reefs on the south side of leech lake as soon as ice conditions allow it.
The ice on the the big part of the lake is 9 to 11 inches but be safe and check the ice, it’s still early. Walker Bay just froze over on Wednesday with 1 1/2-3 inches.
As always, please use caution when you venture out on the new ice. Make sure that when you are exploring new fishing locations you test the ice thickness by chiseling or drilling test holes to ensure that you have enough ice to safely move around to your favorite fishing spots. You should reference the MN DNR literature on “Recommended Minimum Ice Thickness” for some rough guidelines for new clear ice. Generally speaking, you should have a minimum of 4 inches for walking on, 5 inches for driving ATV or snowmobile, 8-12 inches for small cars or small pickup trucks, and 12-15 inches for medium sized pickup trucks.
With all the cold weather coming this week we should make some ice. We will be checking ice on some smaller lakes this week. Good luck and have a great week rippin some lips.
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