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Fishing Report – July 17, 2023

Steve Nosbisch

Walleye fishing remains solid for the most part. Some days are better than others, but overall fishing as been good. Most fish are coming along wind blown break lines and weed to sand transitions in 11-14’ of water. Slip bobbers and leeches, jig and a leech, and jig and night crawler have all been effective this week. A jig and leech took the slight edge over the other two. The wind has been consistent out of the west and northwest, so check out the areas where the wind has been blowing into.

The muskie fishing has really been heating up. Look to the shallow weeds and rocks to be holding the most active fish right now. Bucktails and topwater baits during the low light hours have been working well lately.


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Leech Lake Area fishing report:
Wind and cooling water temps have been the story for the past week on Leech Lake.
We have found walleye in 10-14ft off of sand and weed flats this week pulling Crankbaits, casting artificial lures like jigging raps and plastics as well as bobber fishing leeches and crawlers. Fishing has been best for live bait early mornings with artificials taking over mid day. Notable sand flats are in Sucker, Portage and Traders bay areas that are holding large schools of perch and walleye.
Largemouth Bass have been in heavy weed cover and being caught with heavy jigs top water baits.
Smallmouth are on deep rocks in the mid lake and can be caught on Ned rigs, drop shots, and tubes around 14ft.
Musky action has slowed some with reports of fish being caught around weed, sand and rock breaks in 6-10ft.
Panfish have been located in the deep weed edges. Bobbers with live bait or tube jigs will get bit.

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