Fishing Report for September 5, 2017
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Well, another week of up and down temps and weather patterns. Seems as though every other day it rains which comes along with constant wind switches. Despite the fluctuations, fishing has remained relatively steady for walleyes. Water temps have now dropped to the mid 60’s which has resulted in some changes in fishing patterns. Deeper water was best over the course of the week using lindy rigs and crawlers or redtails in 18-30 ft over deeper structure. Leeches have been scarce in the bait shops and some anglers are now switching their jigging patterns to minnows. All seem to be working to some extent, but it changes daily. Make sure if possible, that you have the full arsenal of bait along with you each outing. The crankbait bite that had been going with the warmer water temps has now dropped off a bit, but there is still a fish caught here or there using this method.
President of Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Outright Angling- Leech Lake Fishing Report for September 4th 2017
Not much has changed on the walleye front in the past few weeks. There are still a lot of fish scattered throughout mid-depth flats, and some nice fish are being caught trolling crankbaits and covering water. We should be on the verge of a very good shallow jig-and-minnow bite as the baitfish, walleyes and bigger perch start to bunch up a bit in the shallows. As the water cools, we typically see some great action once these concentrations are located.
We have been spending a lot of time casting for the trophy muskies of leech lake, with some great results. Fish are being caught on shallow rock reefs, shorelines and weeds throughout the lake. These fish use the entire lake, so don’t be afraid to try new areas. Bucktail spinners, large jerkbaits and topwater lures are all catching fish the past few weeks. The careful handling and quick release of these apex predators is crucial to sustaining a healthy fishery.
The next 50-80 days are typically some of the most productive to pursue the walleyes, perch and muskies of Leech Lake.
I hope to see you out there.
Cheers and hook-sets,
Captain Phil Bauerly- Leech Lake