Archive for February, 2016


Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Walleye fishing has been slow with a few fish being caught during the evening hours on the east shore of Walker Bay in 30 to 32 feet. Perch reports have improved off Pine Point to Goose Island, and up to Sucker Bay in 8 to 12 feet.

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The Leech Lake Area Dining Guide

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Don’t go hungry while you’re in Leech Lake. Our dining guide will give you a local insight into the fare of some of Leech Lakes most popular restaurants. From BBQ to Fish Fry, and Homestyle meals, Leech Lake has a wide variety of truly delicious food options and unique destinations. Have a meal you won’t forget in Leech Lake, and be certain you will enjoy a full stomach, and satisfied taste buds with our dining guide. 

Fish on plate

  • The Boulders: Known for its delicious and diverse array of dinner entrees the boulder will provide you with a wealth of truly delicious options. From Crab Crusted Grouper, Gorgonzola Ribeye, Penne Jambalaya, Walleye, and much more. The Boulder is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike so be sure you make a reservation if you plan a meal at prime times. Prepare yourself for difficult choices when choosing what to order, there are so many great options, you will want to try them all. Casual dinner and delightful entrees.
Lamb shank
  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant: If you are looking for a truly filling breakfast or a Homestyle meal this is the place for you! Known for their large breakfast dishes that will fill your plate and you up. If you’re looking for Homestyle Broasted chicken and mashed potatoes or meatloaf, Jimmy’s is not to be missed. Be sure to bring your appetite, and eat  like a Lumber Jack. Minnesota Home cooking from their kitchen to your table.
  • The Piggy: Kansas style BBQ made to perfection, in Leech Lake Minnesota. With BBQ briskets, ribs, pulled pork and more, the piggy focuses on one genre of food and strives to achieve perfection. Expect long waits on most occasions and don’t be surprised if they sell out of food before closing. Once you sit down though, and take your first bite you will find the wait more than worth the while. Melt in your mouth BBQ, made in Minnesota.
Pulled pork dinner
  • 502 Restaurant: Dine in style, on the shores of Leech Lake. Best known for their wild rice bread and “award winning” Black Angus prime rib, enjoy a night out you won’t soon forget. While you’re there enjoy drinks (and a happy hour) from the area’s largest bar, where you’re sure to find your drink of choice. Lakeside dining, drinks, and deliciousness.

 Food on counter

These are just some of the great dining options the Leech Lake area has to offer, but they are sure to please even the most discerning palate. Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, or BBQ, we’ve got you covered in Leech Lake Minnesota.

To match the areas wonderful dining options, Leech Lake also has some great lodging options.

Eat well and Stay full in Leech Lake!

Leech Lake Ice Fishing: Walleye Edition

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

While most anglers will be seeking a prize Eelpout in the coming days, Leech Lakes large Walleye population can provide you with the perfect opportunity to stock up on fresh fish this winter. While we hope everyone gets their fill of Eelpout; it’s best not to put all your minnows in one bucket. So with that we would like to make sure you come prepared to maximize your fishing potential with some tips, tricks, and equipment for targeting Walleye while you’re out on the ice.


Woman with walleye


Walleye Fishing Tips, Tricks and Equipment:


Use Light Lines: By using light fishing lines you’ll get less drag. This lets the walleyes suck in your bait and more importantly the hook it’s attached to, and prevents you from getting short strikes. We have found Walleyes tend to be picky but impatient eaters, thus when they come across a suitable meal, they inhale their prey and if this flow is prevented you will get short strikes.


Don’t Forget About Minnows: These are one among the best baits to use when catching walleyes, especially in cool and clear. 3inch 5inch minnows are sufficient when hooked appropriately behind the dorsal fins or through their lips by #1 to #4 hooks.


Jigging Poles: While not as convenient as a tip up if you’re looking to pull up Walleye, you’re going to want to bring some jigging poles, 32” inchers with recoil guides are the best option if you are serious about filling that fridge. While using jigging poles means a more involved ice fishing experience, you will be rewarded for your efforts, pull your fill up Friday and enjoy all the other activities the Eelpout Festival has to offer the rest of the weekend.

Guy with jig pole and walleye

The Right Spot: Get to know the layout of Leech Lake if you don’t already, Walleye have the heaviest presence in Walker Bay, Walker Narrows and Agency Bay. You will also get good results on point, breaks and other mid-lake humps. Keep close to the bottom, and most importantly get your spot early, the lake fills up quick.


Know What to Keep:

In terms of fish size and what you are allowed to keep, Leech Lake has special regulations that vary from much of the rest of the state. On Leech Lake, all walleye from 20-26” must be released and one over 26” is allowed in possession, total possession limit of four. For more info, check out the DNR’s “Lake Finder” for notes and data on the lake.

Leech Lake Map


Have a great Eelpout Festival, and remember just because you’re targeting walleye at some of your holes doesn’t mean you will miss out on a prize Eelpout, they tend to have somewhat similar biting and location habits to Walleye in the winter on Leech Lake.

See you on the Ice!

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The 28- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes, while the Pine Point area is giving up a few walleyes and perch in 10 to 15 feet. You’ll also find perch in 8 to 14 feet off Sand Point and Shingobee Bay started giving up crappies in 30 to 34 feet.

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Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Walleye action has really slowed on the main lake with some fish still being caught in deep water throughout Walker Bay or off Cedar Point in 16 to 18 feet. You have to sort through some small fish, but perch are being caught in the Narrows over 6 to 8 feet and north of Goose Island in 8 to 12 feet.

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Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Walleye action has been pretty decent during low-light periods on the humps in Walker Bay over 28 to 40 feet of water. The GrandVu Flats area also is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. You have to sort through your perch to put together some keeping-sized fish, but they are biting on the 7- to 10-foot sand/grass areas off Sand Point, Star Point, and the Hardwoods area.

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