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Central Minnesota, the Perfect Fishing Spot

Leech Lake, located primarily in Cass County in north-central Minnesota, has approximately 112,000 surface acres. In its original state, Leech Lake covered about 112,000 acres. In 1884, a dam was built on the Leech River, raising the water level about two feet and increasing the surface area to its present size. The maximum depth of Leech Lake is approximately 150 feet; however, nearly 80 percent of the lake is less than 35 feet deep. Leech Lake has an irregular shape with many large and small bays and an estimated 201 miles of shoreline. Approximately 23 percent of the shoreline consists of a gravel-rubble-boulder mixture, nearly all of which is used by spawning walleye.

Leech Lake and the surrounding area lakes offer some of the finest multi-species fishing opportunities anywhere. Hundreds of pristine Minnesota lakes of all sizes are scattered throughout the area forests, providing excellent fishing for walleyes, pike, muskies, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappies and sunfish. The Leech Lake area has it all for the seasoned fisherman, as well as for the kid after their first fish.

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Fishing Reports

Spring Walleyes on Leech Lake – you can’t beat a stand up jig and a spot tail shiner.  Fish shallow rocky points and wind-blown shorelines and look for structure points or changes in vegetation, these areas will hold the most fish… Read More

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Facts

Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota – it covers 111,527 acres, has 230 miles of shoreline and reaches a maximum depth of 150 feet, although over 80% of the lake is less than 35 feet deep.  On the shores of Leech Lake are the towns of… Read More

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Lake Map

Leech Lake and the surrounding areas are known for great fishing, and one path to success is to know your lakes.  Spend some time on these following Minnesota DNR sites to get to know all the details … Read More

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Fishing Tips

One might look at the sheer size of Leech Lake and become overwhelmed.  You might wonder, where do I even start?  No need to worry! Think of Leech Lake as a group of smaller lakes that are all connected.  Read More

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Area Guides

Leech Lake is Minnesota’s third largest and offers a fishing experience not to be missed. With is large size and nearly a dozen bays Leech Lake offers a habitat for over 20 different species of fish, from Trout to Walleye, Eelpout and much more. Read More

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History

The Leech Lake area was originally settled by the Sioux Indians, who were driven out of the territory by the Chippewa (Ojibwe) in the 1700’s. The first Europeans to settle in the area were French fur traders. Read More