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Fishing Report for August 3, 2020

Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Team

Our team of Leech Lake Fishing Guides have been busy guiding on Leech and the surrounding lakes the past couple of weeks and here is the report.

Leech Lake

Walleye fishing has been sporadic at times, you just have to be willing to stick and move and fish a lot of spots if you don’t land on a pod of active fish.  Oftentimes you find yourself catching 1-3 fish out of a school and then you gotta move.  Now if you find a school that hasn’t been pressured you may be able to really get on a good bite.  In terms of the presentation piece, trolling crankbaits such as #5 or #7 shad raps or flicker shads has been working in 9-15 feet of water along sand breaks.  Look for the bait and often the fish are somewhere.  You just gotta cover ground when doing it.  Also trolling the edges of the reefs on the Main Lake during low light hours can be productive.  There have also been some reports of decent leadcore bites along steep breaklines on the main lake in 20-30 feet of water.

Otherwise pulling lindy rigs with crawlers, leeches, or chubs in 16-22 feet of water has been producing some fish, slip bobber fishing the weeds or edges of the wind blown rocks, jigging raps, as well as a jig and minnow or leech at times are all producing, it just really depends on the day.

Muskies are starting to get more active on the rocks and within the weedbads.  Bucktails and topwaters are the name of the game so get out and start casting.

Hackensack Area

We have also been fishing alot of the lakes in the Hackensack area and finding good mixed bags of bass, walleyes, panfish, and pike.  Working weedlines with lindy rigs and leeches or pike minnows is a good way to put fish in the boat.  18-25 feet of water.  Rock humps are kicking out smallies using drop shots or a tube jig, and panfish are hitting good in the early AM and evenings along weed edges casting a jig/tube or jig/minnow.

Until next week

Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Team




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Panfish/Crappie- Fish are moving out over open water. Fish may suspend 20ft down in 36ft of water. Try dropping jigraps down to these fish. Weed lines are still holding fish.

Walleye- Bottom bouncers with crawlers in the 8-16ft range has been getting the best results. It’s that time of year where multiple presentations will produce fish. Trolling at low light is also a good option. Shad raps worked at the same depths is a good option.

Bass- Rocks, Weeds, and sand are all good spots to find bass. Texas rig plastics in the weeds, topwater baits in all areas, jerk baits on the rocks.

Muskie- Shallow rocks with topwater and bucktails. Plastics like bulldawgs and medusas are working on weed edges and rock breaks.

Good Luck!


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