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The Leech Lake Regatta – Sailing Since 1971

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The Leech Lake Regatta running annually since 1971 will be here soon, as one of Minnesota’s largest Regatta’s it offers two fleets of mono and multi hull sailboats that race in multiple divisions over three days. With dozens of sailboats taking to the water daily it is truly a wonderful sight, as Leech Lake becomes a tapestry of multicolored sails and boats. The race is only one part of the daily Regatta happenings. Come prepared for great times, both on and off the water.

 

 

The first day (August 12th) of the Regatta starts at 4PM when racers arrive and check in or register receive their race information, packets, and tickets to the awards banquet, by this time most teams will have their boats in the water and set for the first day of racing. The Shores of Leech Lake Resort offers Regatta participants space to sleep in boats, tents, and other areas for $10 per night and allows boats parked on the grounds for $15 per night, and don’t forget to purchase tickets for the fish fry and BBQ. Once participants are settled in the real fun starts with live entertainment from the Desert Blues Duo on the grounds, starting at 6PM and going to 9PM, all are welcome.

 

Day Two (August 13th) starts early at 7AM with coffee and donuts on the front lawn of the Shores Resort and then team photos in front of the main lawn, followed by a quick race meeting and the blessing of the fleet. The Leech Lake Regatta then shifts into full swing at 9 AM when the first day of racing begins. This offers racers and viewers the perfect time to see all the different Sailboats gathered to launch from the shores of Leech Lake. The race then continues throughout the day. Finally after a long day of racing there will be a Fish Fry at the Walker Community Church, followed by music and a campfire at the Yardarm.  Enjoy the company of fellow racers and friends as you relax under the stars around a large campfire, the perfect way to end the day.

Day Three (August 14th) starts off early again with coffee and donuts and a race meeting. Then day two of the racing begins at 9AM. Enjoy another wonderful (hopefully windy) day on the water racing or watching the race from the shore or your boat as competitors jockey for position around Leech Lake. After you come in from the water (hopefully as the day’s leader), the large BBQ will be up and cooking while the Kellog Duo plays in front of the lodge. Don’t forget to bring your costume to celebrate the Leech Lake Regatta. Judging will start at 8PM. Finally if you’re not too tired, spend some time around the communal campfire again before the final day of racing.

Day Four (August 15th) marks the third and final day of racing. The last chance for teams to jump up in the rankings, while enjoying the wonderful waters of Leech Lake. The final day of Racing will end before 3PM and then participants will make their way to the Northern Lights Convention Center to enjoy their Awards Banquet.

 

 

The Leech Lake Regatta has been a tradition since 1971, and will continue to be for many years to come, if you haven’t registered yet there is still time, you can register with The Shores of Leech Lake Resort. For those not racing the Regatta still offers wonderful entertainment both on and off the water. If you need lodging for the Regatta please visit our lodging listings. Otherwise we will see you on the water!

Best Summer Fishing Spots On Leech Lake

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Leech Lake is most definitely a source of outdoor fun and adventure from boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing and more, but don’t forget it is one of the best lakes in Minnesota for casting lines, sitting back and relaxing while you fish. Leech Lake is Minnesota’s third largest  at 111,527 acres, and has nearly a dozen bays each with their own unique fishing opportunities and habitats. These habitats give anglers the ability to target 15 unique fish species from catfish to white perch and trout among others year round and another five from May to March including Musky and Walleye. If you are new to fishing on Leech Lake or just looking for some great Leech Lake fishing information, this post is written for you, we will share some of our favorite spots to fish on Leech Lake in the summer. Visit our Fishing Tips and Resources Page for even more information

boat on leech lake

Photo by Matt Taufen

 

  •  Muskie: These monsters are fun to fish and love clear water that has plenty of weeds, large logs, stone outcroppings, and other larger debris. On Leech Lake in the summer months Portage Bay, Walker Bay, Submarine Island and Agency bay tend to be the most popular with consistent rocky shallows or dense weed beds in these areas, which make for the perfect musky habitats.
  • Bass: Personally one of my favorites if I’m looking for a relaxing day casting in the summer months. Bass prefer shallow waters and weedy or well vegetated waters along the shore where insects are plentiful. Try seeking out areas of with lots of cover when casting for Bass. On Leech Lake, Steamboat Bay’s rice beds tend to be a great spot to attempt to hook a few while you relax in the sun.
  • Northern Pike: As a cold water fish Pike will let you pull away from the shore a bit more if you feel like it or if it’s getting too crowded for your tastes. This isn’t to say you can’t be successful casting for them in the shallows, you certainly can. Pike just give you a little more area to work with while still getting hits in comparison to Bass or Muskie on Leech Lake. Some great shallow spots for casting are Boy and Sucker Bay and if you enjoy trolling Cedar Point to Minnesota Island offers some great opportunities.
  • Walleye: Leech Lake has one of Minnesota’s healthiest Walleye populations and it shows. This might be some of the most exciting fish to cast for Leech Lake, especially during the summer months. They also allow you to pull even further away from the shores during the day in the summer months before they move closer to the shore in the evening, which helps to change things up if you’re tired of casting into the shallows. Because they prefer gravel, packed sand or rocky lake floor. Walker Bay around the rocky basins and humps, tends to be the most popular spot for Walleye on Leech Lake but Agency bay also offers some great Walleye fishing as well.
  • Pan Fish: These are usually Bluegill and Pumpkinseed, with a smattering of Sunfish on Leech Lake. They are the perfect fish to if you want to sit back and relax with a bobber or if you are fishing with young children. Panfish and especially bluegill love sheltered cribs, fallen trees on the shore other structures. Recently Moonlight bay has offered some great spots for panfish on Leech Lake.

 

leech lake map

Source: fishingleechlake.com

With its diverse array of habitat options, size, and many unique bays you will likely be able to eventually get something to bite along the shore wherever you are. There are also many other varieties of fish and habitats Leech Lake has to offer that we didn’t have the space to talk about here. So if you are looking to relax after days of water sports like skiing and tubing, grab a pole jump in the boat or sit on the end of a dock and go fishing! We will see you on the water!