Leisure Outdoor Adventure — Fishing Report

March 1,  2017

Leech Lake Fishing Report

Well walleye season is officially closed and now we wait until the fishing opener.  It can’t come soon enough!  Here is a quick report though for some other species that are still available to be caught throughout  Leech Lake.

Perch – Jumbos are starting to show up more and with a little elbow grease you can put some nice ones in the bucket.  This means, drilling holes and staying on the move.  Right now you can find perch in 8-12ft of water fishing holes and depressions in sand flats.  Green weeds are also holding nice perch.  Look to the areas about Sand Point, West Goose Flats, Sucker Bay, and Agency Bay for some of the best action.  A jigging spoon packed full of wax worms or a minnow is the best bet to stay active and move around.  Try setting up a dead stick near by as you hole hop.

Eel Pout – We had a great festival again this past weekend.  The fishing contest had just over 300 eel pout weighed, with many being released.  This is the best time of year to be fishing for them as they are moving towards their spawning grounds.  Look to steep breaks in Walker, Agency, and Kabekona Bays as well as working some of the same types of structure on the edges of the reefs on the Main Lake.  1oz or 1.5oz glow jiggin spoon packed with minnows is the best way to go.  Right now the best bite has been after dark, but as they move towards the shallows you will start to pick them up more during the daylight hours.

Panfish – Look to areas in Steamboat and Sucker Bay where you have good green weeds in 6-10ft of water. As it warms and the water starts to run back down the holes some of the best late ice crappie and bluegill fishing is to be had on the lake. Tungsten jigs with plastics or packed with euro larvae work extremely well.  A small 1/16th oz jigging spoon is also a great tactic to pluck out the biggest ones in the school.  Like Perch, be sure to practice proper harvest.  These fish do get vulnerable to being caught so only take you really need and put some back to keep the fishery in great shape.

Still lots of ice and fishing to be had!  Get out and enjoy it

Until next time

Jason Freed

Leisure Outdoor Adventures

Jason Freed

President of Leisure Outdoor Adventures





13 Responses to Leisure Outdoor Adventure — Fishing Report

  1. Hello,

    We have made a trip to leech lake for the past 20 years and have not done a guided fishing trip in a while. Our week long stay begins on July 26 and ends August 1. I was wondering what your rates would be for taking a group of 3/4 for a half day walleye fishing trip and also a full day rate? We stay each year at Anderson’s Northland Lodge.


    • James,
      Thank you for visiting our area, we are so happy you keep coming back. I would check with Northland first to see if they do any fishing tours or who they would recommend. If they can not help you, check out our fishing guides on line at leech-lake.com. I am going to pass your email on to Northland and hopefully they will get back to you.

  2. Water levels are low in the winter months. Although fish are still lethargic, the water has begn to warm up and early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth , spotted bass, and crappie at this impoundment. Minnows are often good bait this time of year, as we get closer to spawn try your spinners and jigs!

  3. Good morning,

    We will be there this Friday, wondering what the water levels are like?


    Thank you,


  4. I just like the helpful information you provide for your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I’m reasonably certain I will be informed a lot of new stuff right right here! Best of luck for the next!

  5. I am heading up to leech Sept 27th, staying in Agency Bay unfamiliar with the lake. Is their fish around that bay or do I need to head to the big part of the lake, thanks

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