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Fishing Report for May 13th

Steve Nosbisch Guide Service

Fishing opener was a huge success once again on Leech Lake. Many keeper size walleyes were caught along with some big fish to keep it fun. Fish were being caught in a variety of locations. Many of the  rocky main lake shorelines and points were holding fish when the wind was blowing into them. The bait of choice right now is definitely a jig and shiner. Fish were caught anywhere from 4’-12’ of water. When it was overcast and windy they were shallower, and when it was calmer or sunny the fish slid a little deeper. Water temps ranged from 45-51 throughout the day where I was fishing. Fishing should only get better as the water continues to warm. With the warm water the crappies are starting to show up in some of the bays as well. It’s a great time of year to be on Leech Lake.

Outright Angling Fishing Report May 13, 2019


Walleye fishing is here, and Leech Lake area guides, resorts and other local establishments are off and running. The fishing has been great, with the classic jig-and-minnow doing most of the damage in 5-14 feet of water, just as many predicted. Details matter, and paying attention to boat speed, jigging cadence, jig color etc, is key to putting more of these delicious-state-fishes in the boat right now. Don’t miss the best walleye bite of the year, local resorts and guides still have some limited availability this month. 


Crappie fishing remains strong, with good numbers of fish showing up at the end of our lines, along with some real trophy slabs. The shallow extremities of the lake are great places to look for these fun and tasty fish. 


With bass and muskie fishing right around the corner, angling opportunities will be quite plentiful here at Leech Lake. Pick a species or two and plan your next outing, I would love to have you aboard.


Cheers and hook-sets,

Capt. Phil Bauerly 

Leech Lake Fishing Report – Leisure Outdoor Adventures.

The Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide team was out in full force over the weekend fishing Leech Lake.  We woke up on Saturday morning to a great Leech Lake Walleye chop and hungry walleyes. Our seven boat guide group managed to put together a great outing with many keeper walleyes under 20” and a few bonus picture fish over the 20” mark, with the biggest being just shy of 27” for the day.  Overall it wasn’t a fast and furious bite, but grinding it out in key areas that were close to well known spawning areas was the best in 7-10 feet of water. Look for sand/weeds or sand/rock or gravel areas were best. 1/8th oz jig tipped with a shiner, rainbow, or fathead caught 90% of our fish over the weekend.

Water temps ranged from 49-52 degrees on the West side of the Lake.  While on the East Side of the Lake and on the Main Lake water temps varied more.  Many parts of the Main Lake were in the mid 40s as well as Walker Bay. These areas produced a much slower bite, as water temp is the key this time of year.  Many of the well known areas produced fish throughout the weekend in West Goose Flats, Star Point, Duck, Pine, and some on Grand View Flats. On the East side of the lake the areas around Bear Island and the Eastern Shoreline points such as Battle, Five Mile, Sugar, and Partridge all had solid reports as well.

Also were mixed reports on the crappies, but that bite should pick up as we go through May.  Sucker, Boy, Miller, and Steamboat Bays would all be good starting points.

Stay tuned for more next week!

Tight Lines

Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Team

Jason Freed

President of Leisure Outdoor Adventures



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