Leech Lake Guide Team
Another year and another good start to the fishing season on Leech Lake. Overall fishing was good this weekend. Water temps ranged anywhere from 48°-52° in most areas. With the cooler water temperatures the fish were a little sluggish at times, but there were clear bite windows during low light periods and when the wind picked up.
The area around Goose Island is a good place to start your search. Sandy flats in 7’-9’ of water, and anywhere you can find bait fish held the most actively feeding keeper sized fish. Areas with scattered boulders in 9’-12’ of water held some fish as well, including some of the nicer fish. It’s no surprise a jig and a minnow was the bait of choice this weekend. A jig and minnow will likely continue to be the most productive presentation for the next week or so.
Fishing for walleye has been better early morning and at sunset. The bite picked up when the wind started blowing on main lake points. Jig and a minnow produced the best bite. Fishing will get better when the water warms up a little.
A unique spring was followed by a unique opener. With water temps in the 30’s and the spawn done those who went out early (5am) were rewarded for their efforts with a good shallow water bite. The bite shut down as boats began to pile up. Others who found fish away from boats also had good action in the morning until others saw and joined them. Again more boats slowed the bite. Shiners were most effective although in very short supply. Rainbows were a good second option. Saturday evening bite produced nice fish in low boat areas.
The wind was a factor both Saturday and Sunday limiting access to some spots. By Sunday shiners were unavailable and rainbows limited. Some had success with half a crawler on a jig. In general most got some nice fish with others limits at specific times and places. Some on Saturday, fishing on the east side in the rocks, got a nice mix of walleyes and small mouth
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Well it felt good to be back on the Big Lake after a long winter and boy was it windy but the walleyes seemed to be ok with that. Alot of mixed reports throughout the weekend but what seemed to be consistent was getting up early and hitting the bite at first light seemed to be consistent along with a mid day bite and the last hour before dark. Otherwise it was at times spotty.
1/8th to 1/4 oz jig along sand/rock transitions, sand to mud or fishing sand flats with sand grass in 6-10 feet of water seemed to produce the best results. There were fish also caught out deeper in 12-15 feet fo water. Fishing wind blown shorelines and points was the normal name of the game throughout the whole lake as long as you were able to hold up in the crazy wind at times. The bite really should continue to get better this month as those fish start to set up on their post spawn locations. Water temps ranged from 50-55 degrees throughout much of the lake.
Tight Lines and we will see you on the water
Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Team