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Leech Lake Fishing Report May 21, 2023

Leech Lake Report 5/24/23

Fishing on Leech Lake has been good this past week. Walleyes are starting to group up and hold tight to shallow structures, and the panfish bite has really picked up this week as well.

Walleyes are being caught using a spottail shiner and a jig in 5’-12’ of water. Weed to sand transition areas are holding plenty of keeper sized fish right now with rocky shorelines holding some of the nicer fish. Keeping your boat off the fish and pitching 1/8 ounce Kenkatch Tackle Co. 3D Eye jigs has been a key to success on calm and sunny days. This is especially true when targeting those shallow feeding walleyes.

Panfish are showing up in their typical shallow spring areas. Look for green new growth cabbage weeds to be holding crappies, sunfish, and perch. A small plastic under a float has been out producing live bait recently. Remember, these fish are beginning to spawn, so please practice selective harvest and release the largest ones if you are planning on keeping a few.

Steve Nosbisch


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Main Lake – the most consistent or best walleye reports on the main lake were in Portage bay weeds and rocks as well as sand flats of Sucker bay 9-12ft of water. Success continues to be had by Keeping your line away from the boat due to low winds and clear conditions. Water temps are in the low 60’s and fish are starting to school as they wait for Crayfish and bugs to start hatching.

Walker Bay – Water temps are in the low 60’s during the day. A few fish were found on the shoreline breaks in 12-18ft. Mounds Point entering Steamboat Bay also produced a few fish in the 5-9ft depth range using a jig and minnow presentation.
The spring panfish bite is just starting to take off. Look to areas on the north and east side of all three bays (Steamboat, Sucker and Portage) and find emerging bull rushes along shorelines to find Bluegills and Crappies just starting to make beds for spawn. Small tube jigs set under a float in 2-4ft of water is a good place to start.

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