Fishing Report for the week of July 2, 2018
Steve Nosbisch Fishing Guide
Fishing has been decent over the last week, but it’s had its ups and downs. Bug hatches are still taking place on the lake and are affecting the bite some. Many of the fish are full of mayflies, crayfish, and small perch, so timing a bite window and fishing during key times is important right now.
There are a lot of areas on the lake that are holding Walleyes right now, but staying on the move to contact fish that are willing to bite is key. Look to transition areas from weeds to sand or rocks to mud to be holding fish. Live bait rigging night crawlers has been the most consistent producer this week with a jig and night crawler coming in close second. A majority of fish were found in relatively shallow water this week with 4’-10’ of water being most consistent. Break lines in 17’-24’ of water are holding fish as well, but timing a bite window is important in these areas. The areas around Cedar Point, Goose Island, Grand Vu flats and Huddles Reef are worth checking out. Trolling crankbaits or a leech under a slip bobber towards evening and after dark have also been producing some fish.
Panfish are now slipping out of the shallow water and are setting up in their summer homes. Look for deeper weed lines near breaklines to be holding fish. Move around until you find a school of fish then come back to them and fish the area more thoroughly with either live bait or small plastics.
The Muskie fishing is just starting to really take off out on Leech Lake. Casting bucktails and topwater baits over new cabbage weeds is turning a few fish. This will only get better over the next few weeks.