Archive for September, 2019

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Sept 26th, 2019

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Sucker Bay is producing decent numbers of eating-size walleyes, as is First Duck Point, Little Hardwoods, and Second Duck Point in 9 to 12 feet. Walker Bay is producing walleyes off the shoreline breaks and points, but walleyes continue to be scattered. Jiggin’ Raps, a jig and minnow, crawlers, and live-bait rigs with large minnows are working. Perch reports have been strong off Sand Point, the Narrows, and towards GrandVu in less than 8 feet. Muskies continue to be pulled off the main lake rocks or weeds in Agency Bay. Duck hunting has started somewhat slow, although there are some wood ducks being shot.

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Best Places to Check Out Fall Colors in MN

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

The Leech Lake area is famous for its fantastic fall colors. The hundreds of acres of state & national parks and forests, such as Chippewa National Forest and Itasca State Park, as well as the miles and miles of world-class hiking and walking trails, make Cass County the perfect place to take in the beauty of fall in the Northland.

If you’re planning a trip to catch the fall colors yourself, we have some insider tips on the best places and ways to find the most memorable views!

Chippewa National Forest

Enjoy the Fall Colors at Chippewa National Forest

Established over 110 years ago, the Chippewa National Forest is one of the earliest National Forests, and the first to be established east of the Mississippi. It occupies more than 1.5 million acres of preserved and protected forest land, nestled right in the heart of Northern Minnesota.

The Forest offers nearly 300 miles of trails that wind throughout its trees and wetlands. You can find an online, interactive trail map by using the National Forest Service’s Interactive Visitor Map tool.

For those who seek to truly immerse themselves in the colors of fall, camping sites are available throughout the forest as well! Developed campgrounds (with electricity, a picnic table, fire ring, and parking) can be reserved for $14 to $26 per night. Backcountry camping sites are also available for those who prefer to “rough it” — these are free and cannot be reserved. Find more information on camping in Chippewa here!

Deep Portage Learning Center

See the best autumn colors at Deep Portage Learning Center

Located in Hackensack, MN, Deep Portage is a combination of an environmental education center and outdoor recreation center. You’ll not only learn about the surrounding environment, but also have plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy it. When the fun is done, head inside the center for a delicious, family-style, home-cooked meal.

Surrounded by ten miles of forests and lakes, Deep Portage offers programs and activities including canoeing, archery, rock climbing, and bird-watching. It’s a great choice for families who plan to make a trip up North, as there’s truly something for everyone!

 

Forestedge Winery

Forestedge Winery near Leech Lake, MN

For those looking to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the fall colors in a more relaxed atmosphere, consider a visit to Forestedge Winery! As the name implies, Forestedge is located on the edge of the Paul Bunyan National Forest, meaning you’re just a short walk away from one of the largest State forests in Minnesota.

Not only does the winery offer 21 award-winning varieties of wines, with ingredients and infusions ranging from blueberries to rhubarb, but plenty of outdoor seating is available. You’ll enjoy not only the sights and sounds of fall, but also the tastes and smells as well!

 

As you can see, there are many, many ways to enjoy the fall colors in the Leech Lake area, whether you’re interested in a long weekend camping trip, or taking it easy with a glass of wine. For even more ideas on ways to check out the fall colors, stop by our Attractions page for a full list of forests, parks, trails, and more.

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Sept 19, 2019

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Walleye reports continue to be spotty with some fish being taken on crankbaits, a jig and minnow or crawlers. The fish seem to still be spread out and covering water continues to be the best option throughout the main lake. Rigs and large minnows are producing some walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot breaks in Walker Bay and the evening slip bobber/leech bite continues off Sand Point. Anglers continue to sort through perch at Sand Point, GrandVu Flats and the Narrows. Muskies are chasing bucktails on the shoreline rocks, flats, and weed edges.

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Why We Love Fall in Walker

Monday, September 16th, 2019

The end of summer is a bittersweet time of year. There’s that feeling you get while sitting around a campfire in late August, watching the sunset on the last night of your family vacation. You feel grateful to have created so many wonderful memories together, but melancholy that the time together must come to an end. It’s easy to wish that summer could last forever, but we know that eventually, the kids have to go back to school, work will get busy again, and the days will grow shorter and colder.

Fall Colors in Walker, Minnesota

Photo Credit: MinnesotaNorthwoods.com

But the wonderful thing about life “up north” is that we get to enjoy everything that all four seasons have to offer throughout the year. We enjoy the peace and quiet of a winter snowfall. Soon, that snow melts away, buds appear on the trees, flowers begin to bloom, and the birds begin to sing. As the days become longer, it’s time for leaping off the dock and plunging into the lake, roasting s’mores around a crackling fire, and spending hours of solitude out on the water.

Which brings us to the wonderful season of fall! It’s certainly a special time in northern Minnesota. We love and enjoy all the classic fall traditions like sipping apple cider, carving a jack-o-lantern, and of course, walking among the trees as their leaves change to all shades of red, yellow, and orange. And for all of these things, there’s no better place to be than Leech Lake.

One reason we love fall in Walker is that there are hundreds of miles of wooded trails that provide a perfect opportunity for a hike, stroll, or bike through the trees. The rugged beauty of the Heartland trail is an ideal way to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds that nature offers around this time of year, as you hear the satisfying crunch of leaves beneath your feet and birds calling over your head as they fly south.

(Helpful tip for those who may not live in the Leech Lake area but love to make a trip to enjoy the fall colors: the Minnesota DNR provides a handy tool to track when the leaves change color around the state. You can even sign up for email updates! Check out the Fall Colors Finder here.)

Of course, fall isn’t just about enjoying nature, it’s about enjoying each other’s company, as well! Festivals, celebrations, and gatherings abound, from Fall Has it All and Ethnic Days to Oktoberfest feasts. A quick peek at the Leech Lake events calendar makes it obvious that there is PLENTY of merriment to enjoy in the months of September and October!

We enjoyed a wonderful summer here in Walker, and it’s always a little disappointing when we realize that a great season has come to an end. But it’s also a reminder why we love living in Walker, living near Leech Lake, and living in Minnesota: at the end of every season, we there’s another one right around the corner.

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Sept 12, 2019

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Bigger perch have started being caught in better numbers near Sand Point, Trapper’s Landing, and the Narrows in 4 to 7 feet. Muskie action continues to be good with bucktails on the rocks more than weeds. Some walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on the shoreline breaks and points, but covering water with crankbaits or spinner rigs continues to be more productive.

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Sept 5, 2019

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The evening/after dark bite for walleyes continues to go off Sand Point in 10 to 14 feet with crankbaits or a slip bobbers and leeches. During the day, crankbaits or spinner rigs are being used on main lake structure and breaks to cover water and pick off walleyes in 9 to 15 feet. Some anglers have started catching walleyes with a jig and minnow in less than 10 feet on the points and shoreline breaks. Muskie anglers are seeing and hooking more fish on the rocks rather than weeds, and largemouth bass action remains strong in the reeds or rice beds in most bays. Larger perch haven’t shown up in big numbers on their traditional fall spots.

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