Archive for February, 2018

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 23, 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

You now have to stay on the plowed roads or use a snowmobile to get around after 12 to 17 inches of snow hit the area this week. Look for perch in 15 to 20 feet in Walker Bay or on Variety Reef and Olson Reef out from Trapper’s Landing. These areas also will produce a few walleyes during the evening hours in 15 to 25 feet. Tullibees continue to be caught in the deep hole off Stoney Point, and eelpout action is picking up over the deep water in Walker Bay.

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Looking for a Snowy Outdoor Get-Away? Leech Lake is Minnesota’s Premier Cross Country Ski Location

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

It’s easy to bundle up and stay indoors during a Minnesota winter. But why would you want to do that when the Leech Lake area offers so many fun winter activities?

cross country skiing in Minnesota

Cross country skiing is one of the many winter activities that can get you moving during the cold winter months and the Leech Lake area offers a variety of public trails for cross country skiing. Some of which include the Chippewa ski trails, Heartland, Itasca State Park trail, and many more.

If you are new to cross country skiing, have no fear because even though XC skiing can be an intense workout, any skill or exercise level can participate.

When you are visiting Leech Lake make sure to check out all of the local shops and restaurants of nearby Walker, MN, and end the day where you can rest and relax at one of Leech Lake’s many year-round resorts.

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 16, 2018

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Tullibees continue to be found suspended over deep water off Stoney Point, while the 18- to 25-foot breaks in Walker Bay are giving up a few walleyes at night. Look to the Sand Point area for perch and the occasional walleyes in 12 to 15 feet. Some perch also are being caught in 10 to 16 feet by anglers moving throughout the Hardwoods, First Duck and Second Duck points or north of Goose Island.

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Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 9, 2018

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Walleye action has been pretty slow with just a few fish being caught after sunset on the east shore of Walker Bay in 18 to 25 feet. The Sand Point area is producing a few perch and an occasional walleye in 8 to 12 feet, while tullibee action has picked up off Stoney Point over 30 to 40 feet.

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Come Celebrate Eelpout Fishing on Leech Lake

Monday, February 5th, 2018

While Leech Lake is known for its fabulous walleye fishing, it is also known for its Eelpout. We are proud to hold the International Eelpout Festival every February. This year Leech Lake is celebrating the 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival on February 22 – February 25.

Leech Lake Minnesota Eelpout Festival

 

You can fish Eelpout year round, but the best time is in late February. It is said that it is best to fish for Eelpout right before the first light of the day, or from sunset and on.

 

An Eel-what?

A Burbot, also known as an Eelpout, is a deepwater fish that is a cross between an eel and a catfish. Eelpout’s colors often times vary from yellow-brown to a dark olive with different color patches, which gives it camouflage-like appearance. They often times have small scales, slimy skin, and nostrils that resemble a catfish.

They usually weigh around six pounds and are less than 28 inches long. They typically have a very long body with smooth skin and a single whisker under its chin. Eelpout are known to be great predators and are excellent to eat. Bubot can most commonly be found in northern Minnesota lakes and rivers, including Lake Superior, but can also be found in part of the lower Mississippi River. The Burbot is a good indicator of a healthy watershed. They typically require water temperatures lower than 70 degrees, so in the summer they are a rare catch, but come winter the freshwater predator comes very much alive and active

 

2018 International Eelpout Festival

Every February, Walker, Minnesota grows about 10 times its size as thousands of eager fishermen and women gather on Leech Lake to take part in the International Eelpout Festival.

However, fishing is only half of the fun. Attendees can attend the Fish Fry or take part in the Eelpout Curing, Rugby or Beer Pong Tournament.

Whether you come for the fishing, the events, or a combination of the two, know that Leech Lake has lots of winter lodging options for you and your friends and family.

 

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Feb 2, 2018

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Walleye action has been sporadic – they bite one day but not the next. The best action is taking place at night in 20 to 25 feet throughout the main lake or on the 18- to 20-foot breaks in Walker Bay. Perch are being caught, but you will have to sort through quite a few small fish in 12 to 15 feet in Agency Bay or the 6- to 10-foot sand grass areas off Sand Point and Pine Point.

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