Leech Lake Area
May 10, 2013
Ice fishermen were chasing perch and tullibees last weekend so fishing open water doesn’t look good for the opener. Some of the bays and shoreline areas have started to open, but most of the main lake is expected to be ice-covered this weekend.
May 3, 2013
There was no problem getting on the lake with an ATV as of Monday morning with most shorelines and access areas remaining intact. It’s going to take several more days of warm weather, wind, rain or the combination of all three for the ice to start deteriorating.
April 26, 2013
The lake is looking better for ATV travel and with some warm weather in the forecast, anglers should be able to move around a bit more by this weekend and chase perch.
April 18, 2013
This area received six inches of wet, heavy snow early in the week so moving around the lake continues to be difficult. Perch action has been slow with a few anglers walking to perch spots in Walker Bay, Trader’s Bay, and Agency Bay with little or no success reported.
April 12, 2013
There hasn’t been many people fishing, likely due to the fact that slush continues to limit travel options. A few anglers were using snowmobiles to reach Stoney Point, but the tullibee bite has been slow. A handful of anglers also hit Sand Point for perch and found limited success and noted that it is difficult to move around.
April 5, 2013
Lake conditions have improved a bit, but deep slush is limiting where anglers can go, even with snowmobiles. The only reports worth noting are coming off Sand Point where a few anglers are trying for perch with minimal success.
March 28, 2013
Travel options were limited early this week and there is water under the snow. There are no roads open so the few people fishing are walking or using snowmobiles.
March 21, 2013
Snowmobiles are the only option for travel throughout the lake and that’s been difficult with the slush. Resorts have given up plowing roads and that has prevented anglers from getting on the lake, which has meant no fishing options or reports this week.
March 15, 2013
Another eight to 10 inches of snow hit the area last weekend, making travel and fishing options even more difficult. The added snow also has caused slush to become more evident and that, too, is limiting fishing options. Plowed roads are minimal and getting off them isn’t an option so it’s best to call a resort or bait shop in the area to see if lake conditions have improved heading into this weekend.
March 7, 2013
The perch bite continues to be pretty slow with just a few decent-sized fish coming out of the Pine Point area in nine to 14 feet, but you have to fish through numbers of small fish. It also remains very difficult to travel off the main roads unless you have a snowmobile due to deep snow and drifts.
March 4, 2013
Perch reports have been pretty limited, but the deep snow has limited anglers from getting to some of the better fishing spots. The perch action at this point involves catching numbers of small fish with the occasional keeping-sized perch mixed in. Look to the Sand Point area in eight feet or between Duck Point and Big Hardwood Point in 14 to 17 feet of water. Tullibee reports have been non-existent, but getting to those spots is difficult as well.
February 22, 2013
Anglers who stay mobile are finding perch in 14 feet throughout Sucker Bay and the Big Hardwoods Point area. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods in shallow water, six to 12 feet, off Sand Point and in Walker Bay. Tullibee reports have been limited, but there hasn’t been many people chasing them due to deep snow and travel issues on the lake.
February 15, 2013
With more than a foot of snow hitting the area, most anglers and resorts were plowing roads to fish houses early this week. A few walleye reports were heard off the humps in Walker Bay and the Goose Island area will be worth hitting for perch in 10 to 14 feet once roads open. Look to Sand Point and Steamboat Bay for northern pike in nine to 11 feet.
February 8, 2013
Walleye reports have been limited with a few fish being caught during the evening hours or overnight on the humps and shoreline breaks of Walker Bay in 20 to 30 feet. The Sand Point area is giving up a few perch, walleyes, and northern pike in nine to 14 feet, as is the area north of Goose Island in 10 to 14 feet.
February 1, 2013
Perch are scattered between nine and 11 feet off First and Second Duck points. You’ll also find perch during the day in nine to 12 feet and walleyes in the evenings over 14 to 18 feet on the breaks from Sand Point to Cedar Point. The tops of the humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes during the evening hours as well.
January 25, 2013
If you can stay mobile, you’ll put together a nice bunch of perch in eight to 14 feet off Pine Point, First Duck Point, Second Duck Point, the Hardwoods, and north of Goose Island. Walleyes also have been active with fish coming off the 16- to 20-foot break from Sand Point to Cedar Point. There’s also been walleyes coming off the humps in Walker Bay from 25 to 35 feet.
January 18, 2013
Perch action has improved off Sand Point in nine to 13 feet or north of Goose Island in 10 to 14 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes in 25 to 33 feet, as are the Sand Point and Goose Island areas in 10 to 15 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Cedar Point in 12 to 18 feet, while Portage Bay is giving up perch and walleyes in nine to 14 feet of water.
January 11, 2013
Perch action has picked up from Goose Island to Duck Point in 10 to 14 feet. Walleyes, most of which have been bigger, are coming off Sand Point during low-light periods in 10 to 18 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes in 28 to 30 feet, while perch and a few walleyes can be had from Pine Point to GrandVu in 10 feet.
January 4, 2013
Walleye activity seems to spike during the early morning and evening off Goose Island in 12 to 16 feet, Grand Vu Flats in eight to 12 feet, and near Stoney Point in 18 to 24 feet. The 14- to 23-foot shoreline breaks in Walker Bay have been more productive than the main-bay humps for walleyes in recent days. Perch and bluegill reports have been limited.
December 28, 2012
Ice depths continue to improve throughout the lake with Pine Point and Stoney Point still producing walleyes during the evening hours in 10 to 16 feet. Ice conditions also have improved in Walker Bay although caution is needed when traveling on it. Look to the humps and shoreline breaks in 14 to 20 feet for walleyes here. Perch reports continue to be limited with walleye anglers picking off the occasional keeping-sized jumbo.
December 14, 2012
As of Tuesday morning, most of the main lake had a skim of ice, Walker Bay remained open, and the bays such as Kabekona, Shingobee, and Steamboat had two to three inches of ice. Anglers were getting on a handful of small lakes in the area, with limited fishing success reported.
December 7, 2012
The wind blew open the ice that had started to form on Walker Bay and the main part of the lake, although some ice remained on the smaller bays and wind-protected shorelines. There wasn’t anything ready for anglers to walk on early this week, but with cold weather predicted after Tuesday night, that could change by the weekend.
November 30, 2012
Most of the main lake and Walker Bay were open as of Tuesday morning, but Shingobee Bay, Steamboat Bay, and most small lakes in the area were ice covered. There hasn’t been anyone fishing, but some of those small lakes could be an option soon.
November 23, 2012
There hasn’t been a lot of people on the lake with walleye reports limited to a few fish being caught in Walker Bay. It seems most anglers are content waiting for ice, which had started to form on the small lakes and bays. Deer-hunting reports from the final weekend of the season indicated some big bucks being shot and quite a few smaller bucks as well.