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Fishing Report for October 9, 2017

Outright Angling- Leech Lake fishing report for October 9th 2017


With the recent cooler temps and northwest winds, the fall bite has turned from so-so, to full-on. Excellent numbers of these favorites are hitting the landing nets on rocky, wind-swept points and reefs on the main lake. A decent weed bite is also happening in Portage, Sucker and Steamboat bays with some bonus jumbo perch adding to the experience. A good ol’ jig-and-minnow has been the main presentation lately. Walleyes and perch should continue to school-up tighter and tighter as the water cools into the lower 50’s.


Water is in the mid-50’s now, and these giants are on the move. Large bucktail spinners, topwaters and jerkbaits are all moving and catching fish. Shallow rock reefs, rocky shorelines and sand beaches have all kicked-out some dandies the past few weeks. As the water cools into October, the bites often get fewer, but the biggest fish of the year will soon let their guards down. The careful handling and release of these apex predators is essential to sustaining the fishery.

Cheers and hook-sets,

Captain Phil Bauerly

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