Archive for July, 2017

Leech Lake Public Access: Boat Landings

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Leech Lake has a number of well maintained public access boat landings surrounding the lake, to ensure everyone has easy access to the water. In this post we have aggregated all the public landings into one easy to navigate layout so you can find and quickly get directions to the nearest Leech Lake public access point. Another, even easier way to get on the water and enjoy the lake is to stay at one of the Leech Lakes beautiful resorts, which all have on site boat landings. Most resorts will also allow non-guest boat landing use for a fee as well. If you are looking for a boat landing and somewhere to stay we recommend the stone and two birds solution - find Leech Lake lodging now. If you just want to test the waters before taking a long week at one of the resorts (no one comes to Leech Lake just once!), below you will find details on each Leech Lake public access point, including directions.

Leech Lake Public Access Points

 Erickson’s Landing

Offering easy public access right off the highway onto Walker bay and directly next to the inlet to Kabekona bay this boat landing offers a sizable parking area and a wide ramp. The landings name also has some interesting background. According to local recollection, it is called Erickson’s Landing in remembrance of the one armed truck driver who originally owned the property, that is now public access.

 

Walker City Park Boat Landing

This is one of Leech Lakes best maintained public access landings, and often the busiest. Located just off downtown Walker and within the park the location is central to Walker Bay and offers very quick access to Agency Bay as well.

 

Shingobee Bay Public Access

This Leech Lake landing puts you in the very far south-western edge of the lake in Shingobee but is often quiet and offers extremely easy access to Agency and Walker Bays.

 

Stony Point Landing

The Stony Point landing offers one of the most central landings on the lake, it offers easy access to the center of the lake and is located between Traders Bay and Pelican Island.

 

Whipholt Roadside Public Access Point

Located directly between Rogers and Diamond points on a long sandy beach this landing offers easy access to the central southern portion of the Lake.

 

Brevik Town Boat Landing

Located just outside of Headquarters bay and near the southern tip of Bear Island this landing offers quick access to nearby weed beds surrounding the eastern side of Bear Island. This quiet public landing is gravel and offers limited parking.

 

Battle Point Leech Lake Public Access

Located nearly in the intersection of Boy and Headquarter’s Bays this well maintained landing offers a large parking area and a wide ramp with easy access.

 

Federal Dam Boat Landing

This very well maintained landing offers a large paved parking area and a very wide paved ramp. Offering easy access to great fishing around the inlet and easy central lake access.

 

Sucker Bay Landing

Another recently updated landing, this Leech Lake Boat landing offers a long gradual ramp a sizable paved parking area and quick access to the central lake.

 

We hope this post helps make getting on the water easier than ever before. Leech Lake Public Access points provide quick and easy access to all parts of the lake, allowing you to easily enjoy the water, whether you want to spend the day fishing, cruising, tubing, or skiing. If you just want to spend a day on the water or want to test the waters on your first visit to the area public access landings are a great option. However, if you are looking to truly enjoy all the area has to offer check out area lodging, and plan your next trip to Leech Lake. See you on the water!

 

 

Leech Lake Muskie Fishing

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

The ultimate freshwater trophy fish, the muskie can be an elusive predator, adept at avoiding even the most appealing lures. Leech Lake Muskie fishing can be challenging, but that just means you can spend longer on the water relaxing! While you are relaxing, waiting for that inevitable Muskie bite (this being Leech Lake, it’s inevitable), you can prepare yourself for the perfect trophy Leech Lake muskie photo. In this post we will share some of the top summer spots and tactics on Leech Lake, one of the states best muskie lakes. We intend to make getting that muskie trophy photo easier than ever before, using this post you are certain to need a new profile photo – one that includes you, and a certain monster fish!

leech lake muskie fishing

Leech Lake Muskie Spots

The first thing to do before you launch the boat, is pull out that vegetation map, or use our maps, and find the “cabbage” – AKA weed beds.  In summer the muskie stick to the edge of weed beds, where food is easy to come by, more specifically they prefer the deeper edges of these beds. So once you’ve found the cabbage, put that depth finder to use, and cast to hit the deepest edge. Getting more granular the bays to target are…

  • Sucker Bay – With thick cabbage and lots of food this is a top spot for muskies on Leech, however lot’s of Muskies, does not always mean lots of bites in Sucker Bay. With all that food and easy pickings, the muskies in Sucker can be quite lethargic in the summer, catch them in an aggressive mood here, and you will have that trophy fish in no-time.
  • Walker Bay Narrows – The weeds have thinned out in the narrows over the years, but the mix of boulders still makes it a great spot, stick within the narrows and you will likely get a hit or two.
  • Agency Bay – If you’re not having any luck in the narrows it’s only a short ride into Agency Bay. The North-Western and Eastern edges of Agency Bay can often provide some very aggressive muskies, that have moved out of the Walker Bay narrows.
  • Bear Island Narrows – With some thick pond-weed beds, Leech Lake muskie are known to congregate on the eastern tip of Bear Island, as you push into Headquarters Bay through the narrows. This location, often missed by most anglers can be a great location, and a less crowded fish. If they aren’t biting in the narrows, just move up the shore along the South-Eastern edge of Bear Island and start hitting the edge of the reed beds there.
  • Portage Bay – Push into the points on Portage Bay and hit the deeper edges of the weed beds around the 15 foot drop off or push in a little shallower. The thick cabbage and heavy bait fish presence makes this a Leech Lake muskie feeding ground.
  • Black Duck Point – This location just on the edge of the extremely thick Boy Bay weed beds can result in some serious pulls, we’ve found it tends to be slow during the day, but at dusk there is a complete shift. Think about finishing off your day here.

 

Leech Lake Muskie Spots

Find the Muskie and the green circle to find the top spots.

Leech Lake Muskie Tactics

There are two primary tactics that show the best results with Leech Lake muskie once you’ve found the right location. If you are hitting deeper into the cabbage natural colored shallow spinners show some amazing results, and as you move out to the edges put on a heavier spinner that is a little brighter, but not obnoxious (neon green is definitely not a winner). If you are hitting a mix of rock and light cabbage, or just rock we highly recommend a smaller Reef Hawg, however this bait does not do well in heavy cabbage areas. On occasion, we have also seen some great results with surface baits in the summer over the top of very thick cabbage.

leech lake muskie lure

Leech Lake has some aggressive muskie in the summer, the hard part is finding them. Being such a large lake with so many different bays and shores, every spot on Leech is like fishing a completely different lake, except you don’t have to trailer in and out. So keep moving, and use a vegetation map to explore even more areas that could be hiding lurkers. We hope this Leech Lake muskie hot-spot guide gets you that trophy fish faster than ever before, if you have any additional spots and are willing to share, please add them to the comments. If you haven’t caught that trophy muskie yet or want to try fishing Leech for the first time, find a place to stay now. Otherwise, See you on the water!