Leech Lake Fishing Report for week of July 18
Leech Lake Guide Team
West side fishing report on Leech lake. Fishing remains consistent in the early morning and evening hours of the the day. Three very simple tactics we use daily for walleyes are slip bobbers, lindy rigs and pitching jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. Key areas of focus are north walker bay, steamboat bay, kabakona bay and agency bay. Targeting deep weed edges and breaklines during the middle of the day brings increased opportunities to get bit. Muskies have started to show up in their summer homes on shallow structure. There are still plenty of fish transitions from the deep water, but more and more are showing up every day. I expect the fishing to really start to heat up in the next week or two. As of now, bucktails are getting the most attention from the active shallow fish.
The water temps are finally in the mid 70’s and the walleyes have responded with increased feeding activity. Usually at this time of the year I am pulling crank baits. With a couple of days off I have worked both spinners and cranks with spinners still out preforming crank baits. The small perch have been tough but the walleyes have been worth it. I have also tried leeches on a spinner with good results. Chartreuse with a leech has been effective. This week I will continue to work both spinners and crank baits and expect to be all cranks by the end of the week. I like scatter raps in either crayfish color or perch color.