Archive for August, 2016

Fall Fishing Spots On Leech Lake

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Fall brings mild temperatures and a respite from the summer heat before the chill of winter arrives to Leech Lake. It also brings an amazing array of colors to the area, with beautiful hues of red and yellow reflecting of the waters of Leech Lake. Which offers the perfect backdrop to your next fishing trip! With fall coming fishing tactics and spots also change on the Lake. In this post we will share the best fishing spots and tactics for some of Leech Lakes most popular fish, during the mid-Fall months.


Walleye: As the lake transitions into fall, Walleye will start to wait just outside the shallows of Portage and Sucker Bays as well as shallow narrows as dying vegetation on the shores start to push smaller bait fish out into slightly deeper water. The edges of these shallow bays make the perfect locations to target Walleye. If you don’t have luck there, turn on the depth finder or look for moderate shallows with fairly good cover for bait fish and cast into the edges.

 

Panfish: For fall Pan fishing you will be fairly successful targeting the same locations as you would for walleye. Jigs with worms or grubs tend to work great this (or any) time of year.

 

Muskie: This can be the best time of year to target that perfect trophy, they largely stick to the same places as in the summer, but there is a shift into the somewhat deeper weed beds. Walker Bay, Submarine Island and Agency bay weed beds and edges around 15-20ft tend to give the best chances of getting a hit from a monster. Shift away from surface baits and move towards crankbaits for the best results.


Bass: Bass on Leech Lake will push out only slightly from their summer haunts so it’s best to target the edges of the wild rice beds just move into slightly deeper water. Steamboat, Boy Bay, and sometimes areas around Federal Dam provide the best bass fishing in the fall. This is the perfect time to target them with slow spinner baits, especially on warmer fall days when they are more active.

 

Northern Pike: If you love pike Leech Lake in the fall is the best place to be. Our pike are extremely active and aggressive this time of year. Focus on the same areas you would fish for Muskie (Walker Bay, Submarine Island and Agency bay), but use Jigs baited with minnows and unlike muskie expect constant hits instead of casts. The edges around Kabekona bay may be worth a check for pike if you are not having luck anywhere else.

 

Leech Lake is great for fishing year round but Fall offers less traffic and competition for anglers and is when many of the Lakes trophy fish are caught. We hope you join us out on the lake for some amazing fishing this fall. To sweeten the deal many lodges offer discounts ranging between 15% to nearly 50% off depending on the month. Fall really does represent an angler’s paradise on Leech Lake. Start planning your trip today and check out current lodging specials.

 

 

Biking the Paul Bunyan & Heartland Trails in Leech Lake MN

Friday, August 12th, 2016

With the third largest lake in as our backyard, while you’re on the water it is easy to forget that Minnesota’s longest bike trails run along Leech Lakes shores and through Walker. With over a 120 miles of paved bike paths the Paul Bunyan and Heartland bike trails offer a one of a kind biking experience. Winding through towns and forests, over streams and rivers, and along the shores of many lakes, these trails offer the ultimate biking experience for enthusiasts and families alike, Especially during the Autumn months.

What to Bring On a Family Bike Trip

So you have brought your bikes to Leech Lake and you are about to take a ride on the Paul Bunyan and Heartland State trails, what else do you need? First things first at least one rider should carry a backpack or saddle on the trip to carry all the essentials. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks – while there are many restaurants along or just off the trail, a hungry child on the trail will not make for a good ride. Bring their favorite (easily transportable) snacks with and be sure to have at least three separate serving’s worth for each child. If you can, place a water bottle on each bike to give kids easy access and control over their water. Now that we have the primary essentials taken care of, let’s move on to the fun stuff!

If you bike south towards Hackensack be sure to bring swimsuits so everyone can cool off in the water and take a break from riding. A dip in the water always seems to make the ride go a bit smoother. If you are not ready to go for a swim when you reach Hackensack, don’t worry you will have another opportunity in Backus. Depending on where you start from you can also take a trip into Walker for a swim as well.

The Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails are perfect for family bike trips. The trails are largely flat and easy to ride, with plenty of spots to stop, rest, snack, and explore. We hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do.

 

Biking Enthusiasts

If you are riding the trail with a group of biking enthusiasts or yourself, keep in mind that you will be passing through many charming small towns with a bevy of unique local shops not to be found anywhere else, so it is a great idea to bring a back-pack or saddles to transport those must have items from shops along the way. Shopping by bike helps to break up the ride and makes for a fun time.

If you are planning a long trip and are going to be 30 or more miles from your car it’s always a good idea to bring a patch kit and a portable bike pump, while an unlikely occurrence if you get a leak in one of the long wooded stretches it can become a long an time consuming walk back to the nearest town.

Otherwise you are on the longest trail system in the state, enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature that the trail has to offer. Including the many connected parks, including Chippewa National Park, Lake Itasca, and Crow Wing State Park.

 

Minnesota Fall Color Bike Rides

Fall offers the perfect time to ride the Paul Bunyan and Heartland Bike trails, with a reprieve from the heat of summer and the chill of winter it is one of our favorite seasons to bike the trails. If you time your trip right it also makes for one of the most beautiful seasons as well. From Leech Lake to the north the trails pass through long stretches of forest that display the most vibrant tapestry of colors as the seasons change. Enjoy hues of red and amber as you pass beneath the branches.

Use the MN DNR Fall Color Finder, and plan your bike trip as the colors reach their peak. With so much trail to explore you are sure to see every changing color possible on a bike trip this fall! You haven’t seen autumn colors until you have biked beneath them on the Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails, and don’t forget to bring your camera either!

 

The Leech Lake Area is the perfect place to start your ride, and offers many other great things to do from shopping to fishing, boating and more. If you are looking for lodging for your next bike trip, take a look at our wonderful Leech Lake lodging specials and find the perfect place to start your Journey on the Heartland and Paul Bunyan Trails.

We will see you on the trail!