Fishing Report for June 22, 2020
Weather was the story this past week. Strong winds and heavy rain presented challenges. The winds at times prevented me from getting to the places I wanted to fish. When I could get there the fishing was steady with a nice mixture of small medium and large walleyes. Crawlers with a bottom bouncer is my first option this time of the year. Some places the perch caused me to switch to a leech. I had success both jigging and rigging the leech. If you are on the East side of the lake try pulling a rap over the tops of the rock humps for active fish and the edges with a crawler or leech on a rig for less aggressive fish.
Fishing has remained very good on Leech Lake. Lots of walleyes have been caught this week. Plenty of eaters and a few big fish in the mix to stretch the line as well. Most of the fish in my boat this week were caught pulling Lindy Rigs tipped with either a leech or night crawler near weed lines in 8-17’ of water. The weed lines are holding lots of small perch, and the walleyes are close by. As the yearly bug hatches continue to take place on the area lakes looks for the fish to concentrate near soft bottom areas where bugs are hatching. Trolling crank baits is a great way to cover to water and find those roaming fish that are following the bug hatches.
The Muskie fishing is starting to pickup around the area. While there are still a good number of fish out over the open water, as the water continues to warm up, some fish are starting to move in and set up in the shallow cabbage weeds. Topwater baits and bucktails are triggering those active fish.
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Leech Lake was friendly to our team of Leech Lake Fishing Guides this week with Leisure Outdoor Adventures. We are the midst of a bug hatch and this will continue for the next three weeks more than likely. We have not seen the big mayflies quite yet but they will be coming. Don’t let this scare you off as there is still some good fishing to be had. The key on Leech during this time is to cover water and really key in on the transition areas where these bugs are hatching.
The Main Lake has been kicking out fish in 14-20 feet of water along the main lake reefs and humps. Pulling spinners with a crawler harness or slow death has been a good way of putting walleyes in the boat. Key in on going .7-1.1 mph hour and cover ground until you locate the active fish. If you need to slow down with a lindy rig and crawler or leech. Slip bobbers are also catching fish as well. The shoreline breaks in Walker Bay are still producing in 13-22 feet of water pulling rigs and spinners as well.
Muskies are starting to show themselves more and more as well. Open water trolling has been the best bet for these. Also smallmouth bass fishing has been good throwing tubes, jerkbaits, and even top waters on the calm days, when we can get those. 🙂
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Leisure Outdoor Adventures Guide Team