Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Our team of Leech Lake Fishing Guides have been running throughout the lake in search of the hot bite the past week. We have definitely hit that post 4th of July slump, but with some work there are still some good days to be had. The key right now is to stick and move for the most part and if you find a good school work them over, but fully expect them to shut down. We have also noticed feeding windows are a major key right now with early mornings being good and late evenings. During the day time you just gotta keep moving.
On the Main Lake, pulling spinners in 16-20 feet of water along rock reefs and transitions is still kicking out fish. The bite hasn’t been as good but if you stick with it you can put some fish in the boat. Changing up blade color and speed is a big key to success. Slow death has also been good at times. Also look to deeper breaklines and find those larger schools of bait fish in 25-30 feet of water and you will find some of the bigger walleyes.
On the West Side of the lake in Walker Bay, shoreline breaks and breaklines are still kicking out fish in 12-20 feet of water depending on the wind and the day. Pulling crawlers and leeches on lindy rigs as well as throwing slip bobbers with leeches are the presentations that are working the best. Also look for the crankbait bite to start up here soon as well trolling #5 and #7 shad raps.
It is important right now with the warm water temps that you take good care of these bigger fish that you are going to put back in the lake. Don’t keep them out of the water that long and take care of them as you are putting them back in the lake. They just need a little love and the same goes for the larger predator fish as well such as the musky and pike.
Some of the smaller lakes in the area are also kicking out fish in 16-22 feet along weedlines pulling spinners, lindy rigs, and also using corks. Alot of good fishing can be had on these little lakes for bass, walleye, pike, and panfish.
Until next week
Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Team
–Fishing Report- by Swanson’s Bait & Tackle
Brought to us by Fish On Outdoors with Bill Hornung
Crappie-Try trolling with plastics and 1/32oz jigs to find fish. Once you find them keep going through them or throw on a slip bobber rig with a jig and minnow. Look for fish to be in the 12-16ft range.
Bass- Weeds and weed edges are holding fish. Texas rig plastics to get action. Top water is still good at low light times. smallmouth have moved a little off rock edges. Dropshot rigs are a good option for these fish.
Walleye- All options are on the table. Rigs, jigs, jigraps, trolling cranks and spinners. Cover water to find active fish. Not all fish have moved deep, check different deepths.
Good Luck! #FishOn