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Fishing Report for January 11, 2018

Outright Angling- Leech Lake Fishing Report for January 11th 2018

Leech Lake ice conditions have set-up nicely for vehicle travel in most areas. 12″-26″ of ice is typical throughout the bays and main lake. As usual, caution should be used near the narrows (Walker, Agency, Kabekona etc.) and channels between the bays. Please, make no assumptions or educated guesses about ice thickness. Check with a resort, bait shop, or set out on foot and check ice often when ice thickness is unknown. 

The Walleye bite has been a productive one, especially from 7:00 to 9:00 am, and again from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Typical structures on the main-lake and bays in 12-25 feet of water have been best. Burbot (aka Eelpout) have been starting to show-up in these same areas, usually just after dark. Live Rainbow minnows or Shiners on a weighted green-glow hook, or 1/8 -1/4 oz jigging spoons will work for both species.

Perch activity has been low, likely due to the early cold fronts we have had. The best bet for active perch right now would be some of the deeper (12′-25′) walleye spots. Covering water is key to contacting the larger specimens.

Whitefish and Tullibees are another fun option during daytime hours. Soft-bottom depressions where bug hatches occur have been best for these scrappy fish. Small gold or silver flutter spoons tipped with waxworms, and worked up-and-down the water column are great for catching these fish.

Cheers and hook-sets!

Captain Phil Bauerly- Leech Lake

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