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Fish report for the week of August 13, 2018

Leech Lake

Not a whole lot has change for our Leech Lake Fishing Guides this past week.  The bite has slowly began to pick up for walleyes but also some jumbo perch. We have been spending our time rigging crawlers along breaklines and underwater humps and points and slip bobber fishing where we can find nice patches of cabbage.  This is especially effective on calm and sunny days.

Fishing has been best for our guide team in Walker Bay as well as other bays on the West end of the lake.  There has been alot of pressure in areas, so the key is to seek out new ground and realize that often times those fish either move out or will get pressured to the point they won’t be as easy to fish.  Trust your electronics and drive until you start seeing bait and then pay attention to that depth and key in on those specific areas of structure and you will often find fish. Like anything wind plays a key on Leech and where you should often fish.  Be sure to go faster when pulling cralwers to keep those small perch off, so pulling those rigs .8-1.1 mph has been best for us.

Otherwise we have spent alot of time fishing other lakes in the Walker Area and having great luck.  Pulling spinners along deep weed edges in 18-24 feet of water has yielded great action for walleyes and bass.  Rigging chubs has been another great tactic for catching big smallmouth, pike, and some bonus big walleyes. Drop shotting, jigs with senkos rigged wacky style, and even top water at times have been go to presentations for putting big bass in the boat.  Panfish are relating to the weeds in 8-14 feet of water. Try using 1/32 oz jig with a small minnow or tube and find the right kind of weeds and you will find some great panfishing this time of year.

LOA Guide Team




Overall fishing remains steady. During daylight hours walleyes can be had trolling crankbaits and spinner rigs around shoreline breaks and deeper flat areas. Locating bait balls in areas in 13-16’ of water has been a key to success. Pay attention to the prevailing wind direction as it will concentrate bait. During evening and early morning hours look to shallow areas close to deep water to be holding actively feeding walleyes.

Muskie fishing is slowly getting better with some days being better than others. Fish are showing up in a lot of different locations. Bucktails and topwater baits are always good to start with.

Panfish can be caught along some of the deeper weedlones. Casting small jigs with a half night crawler or crappie minnow will produce some fish.

Steve Nosbisch Fishing Guide


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