Leech Lake Maps – Depth, Vegetation & Topography

February 10th, 2017

Looking for the perfect Leech Lake map to choose the best spot for the Eelpout Festival or your next summer fishing excursion on Leech Lake? Look no further! Below you will find a complete list of all the different Leech Lake maps on the web, all easy to print. Whether you need detailed Leech Lake depth maps or a simple overview we have you covered. Each map image links to the original source when clicked, for full functionality.  Plan your next fishing trip today, Find Leech Lake Lodging now.

 

Leech Lake Depth Maps

Depth maps also include contours, these contours in combination with depth estimates ensure anglers and resource managers get an accurate view of the lakes layout underneath the surface. Anglers can utilize these maps to identify prime locations for particular species of fish. Like the deep humps in Walker Bay which are generally a great location for Walleye, or the shallow areas around Goose Island which are often great for perch, among many other insights anglers can gain from depth maps. This is especially true on a lake as large and varied as Leech Lake. Click on Each Map image to go to their original source.

 

Leech Lake Depth Map App

A Lake Depth App for your smartphone From Gpsnauticalcharts.com

leech Lake Depth Map
From Leechlake.org
Leech Lake Topographic Map

A great topographic nap overlaid on mobile friendly google maps from Topozone.com

 

Leech Lake Depth map

Make your own highly detailed lake map with printouts from the MNDR.

Leech Lake Vegetation Maps

Depth maps can tell anglers a great deal about a lake and it’s ideal fishing locations, but combining what you have gleaned from a depth map and combining that with a Leech Lake vegetation map will bring your fishing game to the next level the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has put together a detailed report on the vegetation makeup of Leech Lake that includes a dozen or more vegetation maps anglers can use to find the optimal locations. Since Bass and Muskie among other species often like to stay along the edges of weed beds for much of the year, a vegetation map can help you to pinpoint those locations where you are most likely to hook that trophy fish.

Leech Lake vegetation map

One of many Leech Lake Vegetation maps included in a report from the MNDNR

 

Leech Lake Map – Names & Places

Leech Lake has innumerable points, islands, inlets, and bays some mentioned more often than others in our fishing reports. Often however if you are not a local or unfamiliar with the lake these locations can be hard to find as most maps do not list them all. The topographic map below solves that problem, with every single location labeled and identified even the rarely mentioned ones like Hardwood or Five Mile point among many others. No longer will you here about a great fishing spot on Leech Lake near such and such point, unable to find the named place on any readily available maps.

Leech Lake Topographic map

A detailed Topographic Map from the MNDNR

 

With these Leech lake Depth and Vegetation maps you should be ready to plan the ultimate fishing excursion with success. Combine these maps with our fishing reports for up to date fish locations and tactics, and begin planning your next fishing trip today. If you have found the perfect fishing spot, it’s time to find the perfect lodging as well, use our lodging search tool to identify the perfect place to stay. See you on the water (or ice)!

 

Minnesota Fishing Resorts – Leech Lake

January 19th, 2017

Minnesota has so many lakes and so many fishing resorts it can sometimes be hard to find the perfect combination. Some base their choice on the type of fish they most enjoy catching, or the lakes limits on particular species of fish. Some base their choice on the type of lodging they are looking for; whether that be a rustic cabin or a luxurious lake home, and some choose the perfect Minnesota fishing resort based on the fishing potential of the lake on which it is located. Of these three categories Leech Lake tics all the boxes for those seeking out the perfect Minnesota fishing resorts. With nearly a dozen different species of fish with healthy populations, well over 20 different lakeside fishing resort options, and the third largest lake in Minnesota, you would be hard pressed to find another location that offers all these features in such abundance. Need more detail on why all the best Minnesota fishing resorts are on Leech Lake?

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Fishing Resort Options

With nearly 30 fishing resort options you can afford to be choosy when you take your next fishing trip. Many offer boat and fishing gear rentals in the spring, summer and fall seasons. Then when winter arrives they offer all you could need to make your ice fishing trip a success, including large ice houses! Several resorts have full lodges with restaurants and more, so after a long day on the water and ice fishing you don’t need to drive to town or cook a meal, you can get everything you need in one location, which means more time to fish and explore Leech Lakes nearly 103,000 acres and 195 miles of varied and beautiful shoreline. Need more reasons to choose a Leech Lake resort during your search for the best Minnesota fishing resorts. How about free fish cleaning and packaging as part of your stay! Many resorts in the area offer this amazing service few appreciate until they have to clean a half dozen fish for the family! We have an amazing amenity/features search tool that can help you easily choose the perfect fishing resort for your needs, check it out now and get matched with the perfect resort.

 

Fish Slot Limits on Leech Lake

  • Walleye – Leech Lake has a unique slot limit for Walleye compared to most other lakes in Minnesota. It allows a slot limit of four Walleye and all Walleye between 20-­26” must be immediately released and one over 26” allowed in possession.
  • Northern Pike – These large predators have a growing population on Leech Lake. You can take three but may only keep one over 30″.
  • Muskie – Leech Lake has provided some of Minnesota’s largest Muskie’s, with the size of the lake allowing them to grow to truly amazing weights. Their is a limit of one and it must be over 54″.
  • Bass – These challenging catches can be quite aggressive on Leech Especially during the sunrise hours. The slot limit is 6 total (small &  large-mouth) from May 28th to September 11th. During the winter their a 6 catch limit for Large-mouth and catch and release only for small-mouth.
  • Crappie – Most often found around Moonlight bay and the surrounding area their is a limit of 10.
  • Sunfish- Slot limit of 20. Leech Lake holds the state record for largest Sunfish at over 1 lb.
  • Perch – Leech Lake is especially well known for it’s abundant perch population  with a 20 a day slot limit.
  • Eelpout – No Limit!
  • Trout – Sometimes found around the inlets and outlets, there is a 5 catch limit and a season from May to October.
  • Whitefish – Another slot limit unique to Leech Lake, their is a limit of 25. Leech Lake holds the record for largest Whitefish at 12 lbs.
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There are many Minnesota fishing resorts to choose from throughout the state, but one would be hard pressed to find such a concentration of fishing resorts anywhere else. The quantity of choices and fish species available to anglers on Leech Lake makes every trip a s success. If your not having luck with Bass you can just switch to targeting Walleye or one of the many other species and because Leech Lake is so large their is always another spot to try. As one of Minnesota’s top 21 fishing lakes a fishing trip here is not to be missed. Your search for Minnesota fishing resorts is over, you have found the Leech Lake Area!

 

Walker MN – Things To Do In The Winter

January 5th, 2017

Looking for things to do in Walker, MN during the winter months? From ice fishing, to shopping, to snowmobiling, skiing and more, Walker offers the perfect winter escape. After weeks at a time indoors a short trip and some time in a new place can help renew and refresh you after months traveling from home to work and back, trying to avoid winter. In this post we will explore all Walker has to offer, so you can get out and have a good time this winter.

 

Skiing and Snowshoeing In Walker MN

shingobee ski map

Looking to get outside and away from the city, to enjoy a little bit of nature this winter. Walker offers several great options for skiing and snowshoeing that allow you to traverse or glide through unspoiled national forest and recreation areas.

  • Shingobee Recreation Area – With 12 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing with flat and lightly sloped areas for beginners, as well as some steeper terrain and sharp corners for experts, skiers of all ages will enjoy a day a Shingobee. It also offers access to the North Country Scenic Trail as well, so if 12 km isn’t enough you can transition over to the North Country Scenic Trail System. Shingobee also offers an amazing sledding park with a chalet for families looking to enjoy the winter weather, and many opportunities to explore the forest on Snowshoes.
  • The North Country Trial – This trail offers the perfect opportunity to snowshoe the forest and explore nature with no bugs and no mud! It is also widely used by XC skiers who in enjoy un-groomed back-country skiing through the dense forests of the area.

Snowmobiling in Walker MN

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  • Leech Lake is so large (Minnesota’s third largest in fact) it offers a snowmobiling opportunity in itself with miles of perfectly flat terrain and often thick snow-cover, with easy access from Walker.
  • Heartland State Trail – This extremely well maintained trail system offers access to Hundreds of miles of other state trails and leads from Walker to Park Rapids. It offers sharp and rolling terrain which makes it a wonderful ride on snowmobiles.
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail - With 115 miles of groomed trail, a wide variety of terrain and very few road crossings, this trail offers snowmobile enthusiasts the ability to travel from Walker to Bemidji and beyond.

Winter Shopping In Walker MN

Enjoy a day in Walkers close nit downtown exploring the wide variety of shopping options, from local clothing, to northwoods decorations, outdoor gear and more.

  • Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. – Offering a eclectic collection of northwoods furnishings, Leech Lake and Walker, MN branded clothing, and an astonishing selection of MN grown wild rice and other local products you are sure to find something unique here.
  • Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters – Love the outdoors, Reeds has a huge variety of outdoor supplies from ice fishing equipment, hunting gear, and winter sports supplies.
  • 513 Mainstream – Offering specialty men and women’s clothing this local boutique offers unique and fashionable clothing.
  • Lundgrigans Clothing - In operation since 1937 they offer a wide array of fashionable and outdoor oriented clothing options.

Ice Fishing In Walker MN


Everyone’s favorite winter activity in Walker is ice fishing on Leech Lake, recently named one of North Americas Top 10 ice fishing destinations. With great options for winter lodging that include ice fishing guides and ice houses as part of your stay, ice fishing was never more fun or comfortable. Stay in a heated and furnished ice house while you fish one of the US’s top ice fishing lakes. With easy lake access to Walker and it’s many shops and restaurants.

Restaurants In Walker MN

Walker has many great restaurants to enjoy after spending a long day on the ice or trials. From amazing BBQ to Steak, and more here are Walkers top three restaurants (Based on TripAdvisor  ratings).

  • The Boulders – Known for their great steaks and seafood options, they are know for their entrees and have a large and diverse menu.
  • The Piggy BBQ – Written about in the New York Times, they offer some of the best BBQ in the state.
  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant – Known for their delicious breakfast’s and large portions start your morning off here.
Winter may bring the cold, and limit your outdoor activity options but their are so many things to do in Walker MN you are sure to have a great time. So get your ski’s, snowshoes, sleds or ice fishing gear and get to Walker. It’s time to ditch that Winter melancholy and enjoy an amazing winter on the ice or trails in Walker MN.

 

Leech Lake Ice House Rentals

December 20th, 2016

Last weeks Leech Lake ice fishing post offered some great resort and lodging options for your next ice fishing excursion, many of which offered ice houses as part of their stay. However we have had requests for more information on options for Ice Houses in the area. So we have put together this great resource for finding Leech Lake ice house rentals. Whether you are looking for a deluxe sleeper unit or a simple and portable single person shelter, this comprehensive resource ensures you will find the perfect ice house for your needs. If you’re looking for lodging as well, remember to check out our post on winter lodging packages that include ice houses.

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Ice House Rentals on Leech Lake

The Leech Lake ice house rental is a tradition in the area. With such a large surface area, and sometimes chilling winds out on the ice, an ice house can be a wonderful way to increase the enjoyment and time you can comfortably spend out on Leech Lake during the chilly winter months. Enjoy heated interiors, electricity, full kitchen space, living area, and much more in some of the luxury units, or go purely functional with some great low cost portable options.

 

  • Tom Wilsons Leech Lake Ice Houses – These 4 person luxury sleeper ice houses include stoves, bathrooms, multiple power outlets, stereos, cedar interiors, up to 8 holes and much more. Enjoy ice fishing in comfort like never before, this is the perfect option during frigid weather, long trips, and for families. Starting at $125 per night.
  • Whitney’s Fish House Rentals - With Leech Lake ice house rentals that can sleep up to 5, include full kitchens and bathrooms, heated interiors, exterior windows and power, you are sure to be fishing in comfort with one of these ice houses. Starting at $112 per night.
  • Shriver’s Bait Company – These fish houses our set on the optimal ice fishing spots throughout the lake with each spot targeted on a certain fish. From Walleye to Eelpout and Perch to Northern. Each sleeps four, has a propane heater, offers 8 holes and a “private rustic toilet”. Starting at $60 per day.
  • Outright Angling - Offering a highly mobile experience Outright utilizes two man heated Otter shelters and guiding. What you lose in comfort you gain in mobility and targeting. Portable shelters offer quick take-down and assembly meaning you can move from one part of the lake to another extremely quickly. Guide and Shelter Service $125 per person.
  • Hiawatha Beach - With a large lodge open year round and fish house rentals available for rent, you will be ready to start ice fishing as soon as you arrive. Located on Leech Lakes Steamboat Bay you also get a sheltered location so fishing without an ice house can be done in comfort.
  • Walker Rental  - Most often found on Walker Bay these ice houses offer easy access from Walker and our optimally placed.
  • Chartered RentalsLocated in Annandale , MN they will get you out on the ice in a deluxe ice house or a portable one nearly anywhere in central Minnesota, including Leech Lake. This is certainly one of the best choices for luxury ice fishing. Options starting at $100 a day.
  • Leisure Outdoor Adventures – Offering 5-10 hour heated ice house rentals, with indoor bathrooms, 8 holes lights and more. With room for up to four people this is the perfect option for families who want to spend the day on the ice in comfort.  $150 for 10 hours.
  • Berndt Guide ServiceWith 2 and 5 bed sleepers available and the option for guide services, this is a great option for those who are new to ice fishing on Leech Lake. Starting at $100 per day. 
leech lake fish house rental

We are certain this Leech Lake Ice House rental guide will help you enjoy a day or days on the ice in comfort, but if you want more comfortable options and to end the day in a warm cabin check out our recent post on Leech Lake resorts that offer Ice House’s as part of their winter lodging options. Want to know a little more about the ice and fishing conditions before you plan your Leech Lake ice fishing trip or rent a fish house be sure to check out our weekly fishing report to find out how the ice is and some of the hot fishing spots. We hope we see you out on the ice very soon!

Leech Lake Ice Fishing Guides, Lodging & Ice Houses

December 16th, 2016

As ice has capped Leech Lake and we have begun to see people out ice fishing on Leech Lake where it gets thicker earlier around Pine and Stoney points, we are reminded that not everyone has the privilege of year round residence on Leech Lake. Fortunately the area has several great lodging options open year round, but more importantly some offer specialized Ice Fishing packages with guides and all, which can mean the difference between an average day on the ice (which visitors tell us is amazing), and an absolutely awesome day ice fishing that will make Leech Lake your lifelong ice fishing destination. This year we predict an extremely strong Walleye season compared to years past, based on the trends we have seen you will be seeing bigger walleye and more pulls than ever before. So book early and come prepared to catch big!

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Leech Lake Ice Fishing Lodging, Guide & Ice House Packages

  • Bridley’s Harbor –  Well known for their perch ice fishing experience Brindley’s offers guided Leech Lake ice fishing packages all winter. As part of the guided ice fishing package anglers get access to heated and lighted 8 hole ice houses, portable shelters, and lodging at one of 5 winterized cabins. Their Leech lake Ice Fishing packages go quick so book quickly if you plan to get on the ice with them and their experienced guides.
  • Trapper’s Landing – Offers a Pro Shop Ice Fishing package which gives their guests free use of professional grade ice fishing gear as part of a lakeside cabin rental. This includes an underwater camera to help you find fish with ease, live bait and much more!
  • Adventure North Resort - Gives guests a variety of options, including fully outfitted Leech Lake ice fishing packages which include a stay at one of 6 cabins and custom built heated and lighted ice houses. They also offer guests the ability to rent a cabin and bring their own ice house, with easy lake access and ice house transportation. Ice fish in comfort at Adventure North Resort.
  • Big Rock Resort – Has over half a dozen Leech Lake cabins available all winter and offers guests the ability to rent an ice house or bring their own. Guests can also ensure an awesome ice fishing experience on Leech with Big Rock Resorts in house pro guide Chuck Emery. Get a cabin today.
  • The Shores at Pine Point - Get extremely easy access to Leech Lake and access to ice house rentals. Located centrally on Pine Point you will have easy access to Traders Bay, Sucker Bay, and Walker Bay. So be prepared for a wide variety of ice fishing options. Book a trip today.
  • Oak Point Resort – Enjoy the unique experience of spear fishing through the ice with Oak Points specially designed spear houses, which double as Ice Houses. With ten ice houses, plowed ice roads and lakeside cabins, you are sure to have an amazing Leech Lake ice fishing trip here.
  • Hiawatha Beach – With a large lodge open year round and fish house rentals available to guests you will be ready to start ice fishing as soon as you arrive. Located on Leech Lakes Steamboat Bay you also get a sheltered location so fishing without an ice house can be done in comfort.
  • Steamboat Bay - Another great option for those that want to focus on Perch Steamboat bay Resort offers ice house rentals, easy water access, winterized cabins, and enough space for you to bring your own ice house, take a look at their options.
winter lodging leech lake

Winter Lodging Options

Need more lodging options? While these options don’t offer ice houses or ice fishing packages they still offer extremely easy access to the lake and great options for those who have all their own gear or know the lake well.

We hope this guide ensures you have a great time out on the ice this winter. Leech Lake ice fishing offers some of the most diverse options for ice fishing in Minnesota. With a truly wide variety of fish species and amazing guide and lodging options you will not leave Leech Lake without having an amazing ice fishing experience. Use our weekly fishing report to help plan your next Minnesota ice fishing adventure. See you on the ice!

 

 

Black Friday Deals In Leech Lake

November 21st, 2016

Thanksgiving is nearly here, in Leech Lake we will be celebrating with family and friends, enjoying turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and much more. This post however isn’t about our thanksgiving, it’s about the day after, which brings deals, savings, and shoppers delight. Black Friday has nearly arrived, and local Leech Lake businesses are gearing up for it’s arrival with great opportunities to save. The beauty of Leech Lake may be what brings you to the area, but there is also a vibrant local shopping scene not to be missed. From unique clothing stores to art galleries, and sporting goods stores, the Leech Lake area offers a local shopping experience and the chance to find gifts you can’t get anywhere else, which is just one more reason to stay in the Leech Lake area. Below you will find information on all the participating local stores to prepare yourself for Black Friday (and Small Business Saturday) shopping and savings opportunities.

 

christmas point shop walker mn Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. - The perfect place find unique home decor, Leech Lake hoodies & tee’s, and of course Minnesota wild rice. Open from Noon to 5PM on Black Friday, you are sure to find something here for that north woods enthusiast in your life.

 

 

 

 

lakes area powersports walker mnLakes Area Powersports – Your one stop power-sports headquarters Lakes Area can fully outfit you for your next adventure. Find the perfect ATV,UTV or Dirt bike  for your off-road needs. Prepare for winter with new and used snowmobiles, or think ahead to summer and get a PWC so you’re ready for sunshine and good times. Offering great deals Black Friday and amazing door prizes on the hour for small business Saturday! Prepare for your next adventure this Black Friday in Leech Lake.

 

 

 

 

reeds walker mn Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters – Reeds annual ice classic sale extends the entire Black Friday weekend and offers store-wide savings. This is an absolute must stop if you have a outdoor or hunting enthusiast in your life. A hunters dream,with optics, tree stands, cameras, rifles, handguns, and shotguns, dog gear, decoys and mush much more. Don’t forget about that water sports lover in your family, check out kayaks, SUP’s, canoes, water-skis and other must haves. If winter has sneaked up on you be sure to stop in and save on a massive selection of outdoor apparel.

 

 

 

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Jenny and Co. – Offering top of the line kitchenware and gourmet foods and spices, this is a must visit on Black Friday if you or someone you know is an avid foodie. Cook like the chef you always knew you could be!

 

 

 

 

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Peculiar Painter – Find art and art supplies with a Nordic touch at the Peculiar Painter on November 25th and 26th from 11AM to 4PM. Explore amazing paintings, cards and more while enjoying Swedish Glogg and ginger cookies.

 

 

 

 

heritage arts walker mn

Heritage Arts – Antique furniture, home decor, decorative supplies and more. Find unique candles, beautiful rugs, and holiday supplies for your home! 9:30 AM to 6 PM on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

Come to the Leech Lake area this Black Friday and support local small businesses and find that one of a kind gift for that special someone in your life. If you think experiencing the beauty of the Leech Lake is a gift in itself, book your lakeside cabin for the summer while there are still openings. Get your family the gift of a Leech Lake vacation this Black Friday.

 

Ice Fishing on Leech Lake – Tips and Tricks

November 18th, 2016

The first snow of the year offers a stark reminder that summer is gone and winter is arriving in whiteout style, but it also indicates ice fishing on Leech Lake is not far off. It is looking like we will be getting a thick layer of ice this year and if the amazing summer and fall fishing is any indicator, this ice fishing season should be extremely fruitful. It’s time to dig that winter fishing gear out from under whatever pile it has been buried under since the end of last winter and get everything prepped for long days on the ice. In that spirit we would like to share some Leech Lake ice fishing tips for our favorite winter fish, with all those new anglers and those that just need a little refresher, before the season starts.

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Ice fishing for Bass on Leech Lake

Bass may be less active during the winter months but that doesn’t mean you can’t find success fishing for them on the ice. In the winter months bass tend to become extremely lethargic as their metabolism slows with the drop in water temperatures. They aren’t lethargic the entire winter though. Warm and calm periods above the ice will see bass activity below the ice increase drastically. During these active periods bass will often leave the rocky humps they stick to in winter and move into weedy flats or towards the basin edges in the 10 to 25 foot depth range. Headquarters bay and the edges of Moonlight bay often offer the best bass fishing in winter months, and  the immediate vicinity of Leech River can either offer amazing results or not a single bite in a day during the winter, so if you are feeling lucky you may want to try it.

More than the right spot it’s important to have the right equipment for bass fishing in the winter. Tip ups are extremely unlikely to get you a single bite, when it comes to bass. You will want to be using a short rod and a very light line, combined with a very small jig, the larger jigs used in fall will not work during the winter. Combine an extremely small jig with a bit of wax worm and regular lifts and drops to keep bass interested. Bass fishing in winter is perfect for those who want a challenge and like to be more proactive while they are ice fishing, no tip ups when you are bass fishing.

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Leech Lake Walleye fishing in the winter

Walleye behave much the same as the do in the fall and spring during the winter months. look for them In the basins of Walker Bay and around drops in Agency bay. Walleye, being nice and consistent for anglers year round, giving the best chances to catch Walleye in the low light early mornings and evenings. If you are lucky and the Walleye are extremely active you may be able to get away with a tip up but your best bet will be to use a shortened rod and remain active at the hole. Medium-Small jigs are your best bet for Walleye in the winter, but in less active periods a jigging spoon tipped with bits of minnow can provide great results.

Ice fishing for Walleye on Leech Lake, is certainly less challenging than Bass, but still allows you to be more proactive at the hole, and because the best Walleye fishing is near Walker it’s an easy task to go back into town get lunch and then head back out on the ice.

 

Ice fishing for pike on Leech Lake

So it’s freezing out or you just want to sit back and enjoy yourself on the ice while the tip up does the work for you, well that’s what northern pike are for. Pike remain extremely active and aggressive compared to most Leech Lake species in the winter.  As the water cools pike will move to the edges of surrounding weed beds or near the deeper edges of bars. Sucker bay and Boy bay often offer the best northern pike populations during the winter months, it is important to find their depth though. Even if you are in the right area if you miss their active depth you will lose out on a lot of hits, so unless you have a camera you will want to drill several holes close together and vary your depths to find that sweet spot.

Catching pike is not the challenging part finding them is, but one you have found them a tip up, a heavy line with a wire leader, and a plain old hook with a with a live minnow will work wonders. So if your in the mood to sit back, relax and watch for the flag to pop, target the areas where northern congregate find their depth and enjoy!

leech lake northern pike

 

We hope you will find our tips our lead to stellar results and a winter filled with fish fries. You might be asking but what about eelpout!? Well let me ask you something, would you share your eelpout fishing spots and tips? Besides we need to leave some challenge to Ice Fishing on Leech Lake. If our first snow has made thoughts of long days on the ice and freezers full of fish dance through your head, think about reserving your cabin or hotel room before they are all gone. We hope to see you on the ice very soon! Until then, enjoy the snow!

 

 

Spending fall in a rustic Leech Lake cabin

October 21st, 2016

In late fall the temperatures drop and things start to slow down as the world outside prepares for the onset of winter. Take this chance to relax on the edge of the water in a warm and cozy Leech Lake cabin (and enjoy great fall discounts). Sit next to the fireplace and enjoy a warm cup of coffee as you watch the sunrise over the morning fog on Leech Lake. With small cozy cabins, to luxurious lakeside lodges you a certain to find a comfortable fall retreat to help you relax and recharge before we enter the long Minnesota winter. Let us help you find a cabin and give you some great ideas for what to do while you are in the Leech Lake area.

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Fall Activities in Leech Lake

Shopping

Take a drive into Walker and enjoy a day exploring all the unique shops without feeling rushed.

  • Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. – Offering a warm and inviting interior with an eclectic variety of Northwoods items. From delicious wild rice and other regional foods to rustic cabin furniture and much more. The perfect place to get something truly one of a kind this Christmas for the Northwoods enthusiast in your life.
  • Lundgrigans Clothing - A local favorite Lundidgrans offers a wonderful fall shopping and the quintessential styles of Minnesota. Combining outdoor utility with lasting style and quality. Here you can find unique clothing designed for a Northwoods lifestyle that perfectly matches the character of a cozy Leech Lake cabin.
  • Front Porch Quilts – Explore one of a kind quilts that reflect the Scandinavian ancestry of the area or purchase the supplies and patterns to sew your own.
  • Main Stream – Men and Women’s clothing with both urban stylings as well as outdoor utility.
  • Aunt Belle’s Candies - With handmade fudge, taffy, and other delicious confectionaries this is the perfect place to subdue your sweet tooth or get the gift of sugar this Christmas.

 

Dining 
 The Leech Lake area has some absolutely amazing dining options. Melt in your mouth BBQ to absolutely amazing local breakfast options, among the many other great restaurants we have written about. After a day exploring the shops in the area, a meal at one of the many local restaurants is the perfect way to end your day before you retire to the comfort of your lakeside cabin.
Hiking 
 Surrounded by national forest and hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails the Leech Lake area is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Don’t miss out on a wonderful fall hike. Soon you will need ski’s or snowshoes to do just that!
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Fishing 
Leech Lake is famous for its absolutely amazing fishing, and fall is no exception. Bring your fishing equipment, bundle up and spend the day hunting down that trophy fish.

Leech Lake Cabins 

The Leech Lake area offers an absolutely wonderful collection of cabins perfect for enjoying a fall escape. From large family cabins to snug two-bedroom lakeside log cabins with classic wood interiors and small dining areas overlooking Leech Lake, there is certainly an option that is right for you. Explore cabins now, and don’t forget to check for great fall discounts up to 50% off!
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Fall Colors In Minnesota: The Leech Lake Area Fall Color Drive

October 13th, 2016

The Fall colors are reaching their peak in the Leech Lake area, and with our wide variety of small county roads and narrow highways, the area is the perfect place to take a fall color drive. Enjoy a day passing beneath and along the colorfully shrouded pavement as you enjoy the natural beauty of the area. From Walker to Bemidji along lake-shores, forest roads, state forests and more, the Leech Lake Fall Color Drive is the perfect way to spend a day and provides many opportunities to stretch your legs on hiking trails and enjoy the colors of fall from up close. Our route is customized based on our experience to provide you with some of the best roadside color and scenery in the area. So take a drive up to Leech Lake get a lakeside cabin and spend the day on the road enjoying the beauty of fall.

Minnesota State Highway 200

Start your fall color drive off in Walker and head out along the southwestern tip of Leech Lake on Highway 371, where you will get some great views of the now colorful leaves reflecting off the clear waters on your way to MN 200. On MN 200 you will proceed east along the southern edge of Leech Lake on this colorful road with plenty of opportunities to explore tree shrouded county roads as you move towards County Rd 8 NE.

 

County Rd. 8 Northeast

After passing along the southern edge of Leech Lake you will turn north on County Rd. 8 NE, where the in the Chippewa National Forest the dark green of the intermingled pine tress against the changing colors of the roadside deciduous trees truly make the reds and yellows pop. Just before you reach Bena we recommend a detour on Forest Road 3033 left off of County Rd 8. The trees stretch over top the entirety of this narrow dirt road and offering a wonderful tunnel of oranges, reds, and yellows. This small forest road will take you directly to your next destination – US 2.

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US 2

US 2 will take you west towards Bemidji and out of the Chippewa National Forest and towards the famous Paul Bunyan and Babe Statues of Bemidji. However if you feel like a more nature filled stroll along the shores of this lake we recommend you turn right onto Roosevelt Rd SE as you enter town and then North on Lake Ave SE along the shores of Lake Bemidji as you make your way to the Picturesque and colorful Lake Bemidji State Park. After enjoying the color make your way south Towards US 71 and back to beautiful Leech Lake.

 

US 71

This route is straight and fast with colorful crimsons looming behind golden fields as you make your way back to Walker and the same State highway you started your Minnesota fall color drive on. As you reach Kabekona Corner take MN 200 back east towards Leech Lake. Don’t worry the rest of the route wont be wide highway, soon you will be entering a state forest.

Minnesota State Highway 64

Take a right on MN 64 and head south into the beautiful birch lined highway of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. This route offers a truly wide array of intense shades of yellow as you pass by the whitened birch trees along it’s edges. This narrow highway through the Paul Bunyan Forest is the quintessential Minnesota fall highway  drive, with gentle hills, colorful skies and gentle turns. Now put an end to the gentle turns, and enter a winding Minnesota county road.

 

Blue Trail Forest Road

Just after you pass Kabekona Road keep an eye out for Blue Trail Forest Road and turn left off of Highway 64 onto this winding path. The trees envelop the entire path and offer a wonderful sight. This little traveled road offers some beautiful colors and little traffic so you can slow down and enjoy them at your leisure. Then turn north onto Parkway forest road and make your way north to County Highway 39 and then 38, back to the gorgeous lakeside town of Walker where your started your beautiful Leech Lake Fall Color Drive.

fall drive

 

The Leech Lake Fall Color Drive offers the route to our favorite fall color tour on little traveled and little known roads (Many don’t even have a street view in google!) that offer some of the biggest color in the area. It takes you through National and State Forests, State Parks, and Small towns, along lake-shores, past shops, and much more. All while enjoying the many hues fall has to offer. So enjoy it with your windows up when there is a chill, or down as the sun comes out and the air warms. We hope you enjoy the fall colors and the Leech Lake Fall Color Drive as much as we do.

Looking for lodging, want great fall rates? Explore all our options on the Lodging page. We hope to see you soon.

 

Bass Fishing on Leech Lake – Fall Tactics

September 15th, 2016

Fall marks the transition from summer to winter, and with it fishing tactics must also transition. The tried and true angler’s tactics of summer will become less and less effective as the water cools and the vegetation along the shores begins to die off. Bass move from shallow to slightly deeper water in vegetated areas, their biting patterns change, and their aggressiveness can shift widely depending on the time of day to a much greater extent than it did in the summer months, and so can their diets. So that jig that worked wonders in the summer might not give you the same stellar results this fall. Leech Lake is no different. In other posts we have shared some of the top fall fishing spots on Leech Lake, here we will go through some of the basic tactical changes you will need to make.

Best time of day for fall Bass fishing

You don’t need to wake up as early in the fall the best fall fishing on Leech Lake tends to come between 11AM and 6PM as the water warms, fish get more active and the pre-winter feeding frenzy begins. This means anglers can wake up late, enjoy a late breakfast of bacon and eggs in a lakeside Leech Lake cabin and hit the water, when the fish are most active.

 

Bass and the wind

With changing colors and cooling water, fall also brings with it a sometimes strong northern or westerly wind on Leech Lake. While not directly affecting your larger fish, it does effect the habits of baitfish which can indirectly effect the larger predators, especially bass. Find the direction of the wind and focus your efforts on the far shore. For instance, say you’re fishing Boy Bay and there is a strong westerly wind, you would want to cast with the wind on the eastern side of the bay to increase your chances of getting a hit.

leech lake wind

Fall Bass Lures

Because Bass will be following the schools of baitfish, in many cases they will be concentrated in one area which means you need to find their concentration point before you can really start targeting them. Since Leech Lake is so large, it’s best to start the day with a shallow crankbait and cover a wide area within one of the bays until you hit a concentration, if you are not seeing a lot of activity with the crankbait, think about switching to a jerk bait and re-covering an area to force a bite and nail down a likely concentration to focus on. Once you have found a concentration, you can try sticking with the crank or jerk bait that drove the first hit, but if you are in a heavily vegetated area, think about shifting to a jig or a smaller, no snag spoon that will allow you to get into the weeds successfully.

Fall Bass fishing on Leech Lake offers some great opportunities for snagging some trophy fish, but it may take some time. Fall Bass fishing is all about locating baitfish concentrations, so stick to the bays and make sure you cover a wide area, unless you get lucky you are going to need to spend some time locating a concentration, but once you do the time spent finding it without a bite will be well worth it. On Leech Lake the concentrations can be quite large, so you can focus on one area and get hit after hit. It’s all about covering a wide area and identifying the concentration. We hope you get the chance to join us on Leech Lake this fall for some amazing Bass fishing, and don’t forget to check out our weekly fishing report. With a great fall lodging discounts, combined with even better fishing Leech Lake is the place to be for anglers. See you on the water!