Archive for September, 2016

Bass Fishing on Leech Lake – Fall Tactics

Thursday, 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!


Leech Lake Minnesota Fall Color Guide

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Fall has arrived, that means shorter days, cooler temps, great cold water fishing, and changing colors. Leech Lake and the surrounding area offer an abundance of beautiful scenery, which positively brightens as shades of orange, yellow, and red take over the landscape. We want to ensure you don’t miss them, so in this post we will provide great resources for tracking the fall colors in Minnesota, as well as the best places to view them in the Leech Lake area, which is nestled in the leafy Chippewa National Forest. Fall colors arrive quickly, and they can disappear just as fast so make sure you are ready!

Leech Lake Fall

Tracking Fall Colors

One of the best fall color finders and trackers in Minnesota is operated and updated daily by the MNDNR. The Minnesota State Parks and Trails Fall Color Finder is one of the best sources for fall color information, and with its past map information you can use it to help you plan your trip. It also offers an email and text alert so you can ensure you don’t miss the turning of the leaves this year. Broken down, with daily reports from over 70 parks and trails scattered all over Minnesota be sure to keep this website handy if you are a fall color fanatic.

If you are looking for weekly updates sent right to your inbox be sure to sign up for the Minnesota Fall Color Update you will be alerted every Thursday to new color changes and forecasts on where the peak will arrive next. They also offer a great Fall Driving Guide that lists some of the best roads In Minnesota to travel during the peak of Autumn. With all the updates and ideas Explore Minnesota offers during the fall season, this makes it a great resource for any Autumn enthusiast.

Minnesota Fall Color Map

For all the traditionalists out there nothing will ever beat the tried and true. The Farmer’s Almanac offers predictions for when fall colors will arrive on a state by state basis, and they are right more often than not! So if you need to plan your stay long before peak colors arrive this is your best option.

Finally get the latest information on the local status of the fall colors in the Leech Lake area from the experts in the field by following the Chippewa National Forest on Twitter  and Facebook. With daily photos and or videos, of the local area they are one of our favorite Autumn Resources.


Best Places to View the Autumn Colors In Leech Lake

Leech Lake offers a plethora of great options for exploring all the Fall Colors. Our favorite viewing spot is of course from the lake! Cruise along the shore and in and out of bays where the colors are abundant and can vary drastically in different parts of the lake. Don’t forget to bring your fishing equipment either, fall colors and fishing! That is the Leech Lake life. Spend the day trolling the shores while floating past a tapestry of oranges, yellows, and reds.

Leech Lake Fall Colors

Leech Lake

Another great option for families and bikes we discussed in a past post, is an autumn ride along the paved Heartland and Paul Bunyan bike trails. This is the perfect family activity where you can ride under the changing colors for miles. In many places the trees will form a canopy of color overhead. A fall bike ride in the Leech Lake area is not to be missed, and who doesn’t enjoy the sound of crunching leaves on the trail.

For hikers the Chippewa National Forest offers 160 miles of trails, with over 650,000 acres of forest to hike and explore. Including 1300 lakes and ponds, over 900 miles of river and a plethora of natural beauty. If a relaxing fall hike sounds great to you, you don’t want to miss out on a trip to the Chippewa National Forest.

Chippewa national forest in fall

Chippewa National Forest

This fall color season should be absolutely amazing due to the abundant rainfall this summer. So keep an eye out for changing colors and check out our resources often. We hope to see you on the lake or trails this autumn enjoying the colors as much as we do. Be sure to share your Fall photos with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you need lodging in the Leech Lake area don’t forget to check out our Fall Specials with rooms and cabins up to 50% off!