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Fishing Report for the week of July 17, 2017
Outright Angling Fishing Report for July 17th 2017
Walleyes– Typical for water temps in the 70’s, the walleye bite is best early and late in the day, or when there is an abundance of clouds or wind. Finding fish is no longer the main priority, finding fish that are feeding is the challenge now. Indeed, leaving schools of poo-poo fish, and finding schools of pac-man fish can be key. Pitching jigs or slip-bobber rigs near cabbage weeds, reeds, or shallow sand patches in 5-10 feet of water should work throughout July and August, as long as the conditions are somewhat favorable. Trolling crankbaits or live-bait-rigging in 20-25 feet of water remain great options.
Muskies- The muskie casting bite is really starting to take off, with several nice fish hitting my net this week. Casting bucktail spinners, jerk-baits, or topwater near shoreline areas has been productive for getting fish to follow, and a few good bites each day. Trolling large crankbaits near deep basins remains a productive option as well. The careful handling and release of these fish is crucial to sustaining a healthy fishery.
Bass and Panfish- The bass bite has been on fire! Largemouths are coming unglued when a topwater frog or spoon comes skittering overhead. Smallmouth Bass remain fairly shallow and are hitting shallow running crankbaits and jerkbaits. Bluegills are showing up near the best looking green cabbage weeds or coontail, just out from their spawning grounds. Bass and panfish are really a great option during mid-day when the walleye conditions get tough, so give it a try.
Cheers and hook-sets,
Captain Phil Bauerly- Leech Lake
Churck Emery Fishing Report
Fishing on Leech Lake is in a typical summer pattern. You have to work for them but if you put your time in you should expect a mixed bag of walleye, northern and smallmouth bass.
A productive way to fish this time of year is with crankbaits. Shad Raps and Salmos have been best. Start with crawdad and bright colors. They will work on the large rock piles and sand flats.
Crawlers have been the best live bait. Cover water with a spinner or slow death presentation.
There are lots of Northerns in the bays of your looking for some action.
Muskies are just starting to get active with more follows than takers.
Chuck Emery Guide Service