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
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
President of Leisure Outdoor Adventures