One might look at the sheer size of Leech Lake and become overwhelmed. You might wonder, where do I even start? No need to worry! Think of Leech Lake as a group of smaller lakes that are all connected. So no matter which resort or hotel you’re staying at, you can be sure to find a great fishing spot nearby. Every resort owner wants you to have a wonderful experience of Leech Lake and to catch lots of fish, so the first step is to ask their advice! They can help guide you to the secrets spots near your lodging better than anyone.
The next step is to consider what kind of fishing you most enjoy. Do you prefer running lindys, pulling cranks, casting, or jigging? One of the best things about Leech Lake is that no matter your preferred style, there are multiple areas on the lake that can accommodate it. The third tip: the fish are located where the food is — that is, in the weeds, rocks, and along the shorelines were the wind has been blowing. With all these thoughts in mind, you can make your game plan: Where are the fish during the time of year that you are visiting Leech Lake? What has the weather been like? How are the locals having success, and how can I adapt that with what I am most comfortable with?
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone can learn from the many great fishing guides in the area. Don’t think of a guided fishing trip as just a leisurely way to spend an afternoon, but rather, as furthering your fishing education — and your guide has the best classroom in the world! Local fishing guides are well worth the investment; not only do they know where to fish on the lake, but more importantly, how to fish the hot spots. Of course, you want to be sure you find the guide who best suits you. Some questions you may consider when choosing a guide: how long have they been fishing Leech Lake? How are they when you talk to you on the phone?
You want to fish with someone who is excited to share their tips and advice. A good guide will have both a strong passion for fishing, and a desire for you to be successful. You want someone who truly loves bringing people fishing, and not just a means to pay the bills. To find a guide that best suits you, check with the resort you are staying at or with the local bait shops. They’ll help you find the perfect guide for your Leech Lake fishing experience!