Fishing Reports for Week of July 31
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Leech lake has still remained stable during the recent consistent yet warmer and calm weather. For walleyes, trolling shad raps during the day and evening in 11-14 feet has been most effective for keepers pulled at 2.2 to 2.8 mph in the areas such as Grand View Flats, Snake Pits and Duck Point areas. Days where there isnt much wind try using planer boards to keep your baits out and away from the boat. Crayfish colored patterns have worked best, but each day is different so experiment with a combo of different colors and patterns.
In the early mornings or late evenings, try pitching a jig and a leech or throwing a slip bobber into areas of weeds, cabbage and / or shallow rock piles. This seems to be the best tactic that we have seen now, and if fishing the rocks a bonus smallmouth or two is even possible.
President of Leisure Outdoor Adventures
Outright Angling- Leech Lake Fishing Report for July 31st 2017
Walleyes- Walleye fishing has been decent during the first and last couple of hours of the day, or anytime there is an abundance of clouds or wind. I still like to start shallow during these times, and work my way deeper when necessary. Pitching jig-and-leech combos to rock-to-sand transitions on main lake shoreline points is a sleeper technique when we hit the dog-days of summer. Finesse-casting jigs in these areas early in the morning can put walleyes of all sizes top-side.
August is also the best time to learn how to utilize our electronics. “Road hunting”, or driving structure until you mark fish on your electronics, is a very productive way to put fish in the boat when nothing else seems to work. When I mark fish on my sonar, I like to drop down a live-bait-rig, and give it a few minutes before moving on the the next good “marks”.
Muskies- Leech Lake muskies are definitely on the move, but are not necessarily setting up on primary spots yet. Rocks, weeds, sand and open-water are all home to these predators, and some nice fish are being caught by those willing to put in long days of casting. The proper handling, and quick release of these special fish is necessary to sustain the fishery.
Bass- The Smallmouth Bass bite remains very strong, with great numbers of 16″-19″ fish coming over the rail lately. These fish have been more than willing to come out and play during mid-day, when the walleye bite slows. Largemouth Bass fishing remains strong in the way-back bays and heavy rice cover.
Cheers and hook-sets,
Captain Phil Bauerly- Leech Lake