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Our Favorite Fishing Jokes Ever

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Lack of bites on the lake got you down? Need some ways to pass the time while you’re waiting for a nibble? We’ve got just the thing! We’ve compiled some of our favorite fishing jokes for your amusement (and possible groaning…).

 

It’s the Least He Could Do

Two old fishing buddies are fishing on the bank of a small stream, just off the side of the road.

As they sit and wait for a nibble on their lines, they hear the sound of several vehicles approaching. Soon enough, a line of cars in a funeral procession comes around the bend.

Upon seeing this, one of the men stands up, removes his fishing cap, and solemnly holds it over his heart until the entire procession passes by. He then turns back around, places his cap back on his head, and resumes his fishing.

His fishing buddy, taken aback by his companion’s unexpected display of reverence, comments, “gee, Bill, I’m impressed. Good on you for being so respectful.”

Bill shrugs and responds, “It’s the last I could do. We were married for 35 years, after all.”

 

Divine Intervention

After enjoying his usual pre-fishing routine of gulping down several beers at the local bar, Sven set out to do some moonlight ice fishing.

Upon reaching the lake, he took out his drill and began to cut a hole. As soon as he began to drill, a loud voice from above cried out, “There are no fish here!”

Though startled, Sven took it as a sign from above and moved to another spot on the lake. He began to drill again, and once again, a loud voice from the skies cried out, “There are no fish here!”

With growing concern, Sven crossed to the other end of the small lake. “This must be far enough,” he thought. “Surely there are fish here.” And so he began to drill once more. And, once more, a voice from the heavens cried out, “There are no fish here!”

In desperation, Sven cried out, “God, is that you?”

“No, you idiot,” the voice responded, “it’s the rink manager.”

 

Loaves and Fishes?

A young man was visiting a small woodland town that was known for its abundantly stocked lakes and delicious fish fries.

Excited to try some delicious fried fish for himself, he asked around town about the very best place for a meal. Everyone he asked told him of a small monastery deep in the woods, where lived a small group of monks known for their prowess in catching and cooking the best fish & chips anyone had tasted.

And so, the young man followed their directions, which took him along a small, well-worn path far into the forest.

Finally, he came across a small, stone monastery. He knocked on the wooden door, and a rather plump man in a brown robe opened the door.

“Hello,” said the young man, “are you the fish friar?”

“No,” he responded, “I’m the chip monk.”chip monk

 

We hope you enjoyed our jokes! What are YOUR favorite fishing jokes to get a laugh (or a groan) out of your fishing pals?

 

MUSKIE FISHING ON LEECH LAKE CAN’T BE BEAT!

Friday, September 7th, 2018

If you’re in search of the perfect trophy fish, look no further Leech Lake is the HOT spot!  The Muskie is well known for being an elusive predator, able to avoid even the most appealing lure. While it can be challenging, it also means that you have an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of Leech Lake that surrounds you.  Take your time, relax and wait for that Muskie to bite (inevitable on Leech Lake) before you know it you will have your trophy photo with you and this monster fish! Leech Lake is one of the best Muskie Lakes in the state of Minnesota. Take some tips from Troy Linder Fishing, Troy recently had an opportunity to fish with the AnglingBuzz/Fleet Farm contest winner on Leech Lake. Sounds like they had a great time!

Pull out your vegetation map, or use our maps, and find the “cabbage” – AKA weed beds. Muskie like to stick to the deeper edges of the weed beds where food is easy to come by. Here are some spots we recommend:

  • Sucker Bay – Offers thick cabbage and plenty of food, this is a top spot for Muskies on Leech Lake. If you are able to catch them in an aggressive mood you are sure to get a big bite in no time.

  • Walker Bay Narrows – Although weeds have thinned out over the years, boulders still make it a great spot.

  • Agency Bay – If you’re not finding much luck in either in the narrows head over to Agency Bay. Not too far away, the edges can provide some very aggressive muskies that have moved out of the narrows.

  • Bear Island Narrows – This spot has thick pond-weeds. Leech’s muskies are known to hangout on the eastern tip of Bear Island. This location is often missed by most anglers but can be a great location, less crowded with fish.

  • Portage Bay – Hit the deeper edges of the weed beds, right around the 15 ft. drop off or push in a little shallower.

  • Black Duck Point – On the edge of thick Boy Bay weed beds may result in some serious pulls. Finish off your day here, slow during the day but at dusk there is a definite shift.

We hope this gets you excited to find the perfect spot on Leech Lake to get that trophy Muskie! If you know of any additional hotspots please feel free to share in the comments. Whether you are looking for that trophy muskie or looking to try fishing Leech Lake for the first time, find your perfect lodging with us. Hope to see you on the water!

THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN! LEECH LAKE FISH SPECIES & REGULATIONS

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Every year the Minnesota DNR is tasked with counting fish, not just a few but A LOT of fish! They do this so they can better manage fisheries and set appropriate fishing regulations. Using their DNR LakeFinder, we are able to see the results for Leech Lake. Let’s take a look at what they had to say!

Leech Lake in Cass County, near the town of Walker, MN has a wide variety of fish to be found in the lake: Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Burbot, Cisco Species, Hybrid Sunfish, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tullibee (Cisco), WALLEYE, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Bowfin (Dogfish), Shorthead Redhorse, White Sucker, Banded Killifish, Bigmouth Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Brook Stickleback, Central Mudminnow, Common Shiner, Emerald Shiner, Fathead Minnow, Golden Shiner, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Logperch, Longnose Dace, Mimic Shiner, Mottled Sculpin, Sand Shiner, Spotfish Shiner, Spottail Shiner, Tadpole Madtom and Trout Perch. Whew that was a mouthful!

Leech Lake has special fishing regulations that differ from statewide or border water regulations for certain species and take precedence over general fishing regulations.

  • Walleye: All from 20-26” must be immediately caught and released. One over 26” allowed in possession. Possession is limited to four.

Leech Lake Indian Reservation:

  • Cisco: Limit 50 possession.

  • Whitefish” Limit 25 possession

General and inland water fishing regulations can be found on the MN DNR website if you need additional info before heading out. We also would like to remind you to please “Be a Hero, Transport Zero”, help prevent the spread of invasive species. MN DNR has also found both Zebra Mussel and Eurasian Watermilfoil in Leech Lake.

Now that you know the regulations and just how many different species your plan your trip with us today! Your Leech Lake fishing get-away is sure to be exciting! What will you catch? Hope to see you there!

Photo submitted by: Ben Wasson

FEATURED MINNESOTA RESORT MEMBER: ANDERSON’S NORTHLAND LODGE

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Get your last chance Summer Vacation in with the kids at Anderson’s Northland Lodge located on beautiful Leech Lake. This is the Minnesota family vacation destination. Anderson’s Northland Lodge is a kid-friendly resort with a sandy beach for the kids to enjoy swimming. They offer FREE paddle boats, kayaks, water bikes, water trampoline, canoes and more! Sand volleyball & a full children’s jungle gym near the beach offer fun for all ages.  In addition to the never-ending lake fun, the kids can also enjoy the scheduled resort activities which include turtle races, coin digging, crafts, contests, scavenger hunts and more! After a long day sit on the beach, roast marshmallows, share laughs and stories from the day before!

Not only is Anderson’s Northland Lodge a great MN family vacation destination but is also a great place for Minnesota fishing getaways! In 2017 they had the best fishing in 33 years, right in front of the resort! Leech Lake is one of Minnesota’s largest and most premier fishing lakes where fishermen can enjoy reeling in Walleye, Muskie, Northern Pike, Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Pan-fish, Eelpout and more! Anderson’s Northland Lodge provides fishing boat rentals and Leech Lake fishing packages at excellent rates.

So plan a Summer Minnesota resort vacation today and enjoy the comforts of home in one of Anderson’s Northland Lodge’s vacation home rentals on Leech Lake before Summer passes us by! You won’t be disappointed.

FEATURED MEMBER: ADVENTURE NORTH RESORT

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Adventure North Resort makes it easy to get away from everyday life. They take care of the little things so you can enjoy a relaxing vacation. Located on Leech Lake in Walker, MN. You can’t help but be drawn to this beautiful resort, from families to fisherman, all are sure to enjoy this private resort setting.

They offer large reunion log homes, lake homes, and cozy cabins for two! They can accommodate groups of up to 15 people! Their clean “Up-North” lake homes offer full kitchens and baths, sun decks or screened patios, air-conditioning and magnificent views of the lake.

There is always something to do at Adventure North Resort! During the Summer months they offer the perfect family vacation destination, with amenities such as:

  • Heated outdoor pool with slide.

  • Sandy beach with kayaks.

  • Playground.

  • Lake toys with Jungle Jim Pyramid

  • Kids activities

This resort is also a fishermans paradise. They offer amenities to make the fishing fun and easy such as:

  • Protected covered harbor with slip rental.

  • Full service harbor staff.

  • Free launch service for your boat.

  • Free fish cleaning and packaging for travel.

  • Free trailer storage.

  • Boat and pontoon rental

This small private resort focuses on customer service. They aim to make sure all guest enjoy their time at the resort. They are happy to direct you to many additional activities in the Walker area that you can also enjoy while you stay with them, such as:

This resort is open year round and also offers many winter activities as well. They are Handicap Accessible and pet-friendly. If you are interested in booking a stay with them now is a great time, they are offering a special starting July 7th through July 14th. Give them a call at 218-547-1532 or visit their website www.adventurenorthresort.com.

Last Minute Travel? Head to Leech Lake

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Thinking about taking a last minute vacation? We’ve got great news for you! Our extended forecast in June will make Leech Lake your perfect last minute travel spot! Temps are predicted to be in the upper 70’s to lower 80”s with very little rain for the whole month of June.

Who doesn’t love the idea of dropping everything to surprise your friends, family, significant other, or even your fishing buddies with an impromptu trip to a warm vacation destination! Take time out of your busy life for a short get-away, you’ve earned it!

Walker, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas offer endless options to help you take advantage of this beautiful weather- fishing, boating, and sailing on the beautiful waters of Leech Lake. The area also has two golf courses, a handful of dining and shopping options, and countless attractions including hiking and biking trails.

Some say there is no greater escape than relaxing in the sun with a fishing pole in hand. Leech Lake offers world-class fishing! The lake is also a beautiful destination for boating, kayaking, and swimming. Many Leech Lake resorts even offer boat and kayak rentals, so anyone who joins you will enjoy a hot day on the lake. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

So now that you know where you’re headed, your boss has given the greenlight for a few days off and your bag are all but packed? Where will you stay? How many people in your group/family? What is your budget? Leech Lake offers numerous lodging options, whether you are looking to “rough” it at a campground, bring your RV, stay in a cabin, or at a resort. Check out our Lodging Page and contact resorts find the out what is open NOW. Need a little more time to plan? Use our Plan Your Trip tool to narrow down and customize your search.

Have a great time! Enjoy the nice weather! We can’t wait to see you here!

Minnesota Fishing Opener: Leech Lake Facts & Fish

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Man holding walleye on leech lake mn

Fishing opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. This weekend, on May 11th, marks the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Opener! Planning to celebrate by fishing on Leech Lake? Here are a few facts about Leech Lake and a list of the fish that can be found there to help get you excited for this weekend!

  • Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota. It covers 111,527 acres, has approx. 230 miles of shoreline. Its depth reaches a maximum of 150 ft. even though over 80% of the lake is less than 35 ft. deep.

  • Walker, Cass, and Federal Dam, MN offer several lodging options on the shores of Leech Lake to help you plan the perfect fishing vacation. This includes resorts, lake cabins, camping grounds, RV parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts.

  • Although several rivers feed into the lake the only major outlet is Leech River.

  • The lake is surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest. Most of Leech Lake also lies within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

What are you hoping to catch on Leech Lake? Whether you’re dreaming of a “Big Catch” to mount on the wall or just hoping to catch dinner there are several types of fish to be caught on Leech Lake. If your looking for a guide to fishing  Leech Lake Fishing Reports is a great place to start!

  • Walleyes: The most sought-after fish on Leech Lake. The fishery is presently at peak levels with populations of fish from 13 in. to over 25 in.! Leech Lake has a 4-fish limit with a protected slot of 20” to 26”.

  • Northern Pike: These fish are fighters, putting up a good fight and making fishing fun! Located throughout the lake they are sure to be a staple in your fish dinner.

  • Muskie: This fish is what legends are made out of. Due to catch & release ethic, Leech Lake is the home to more “Big Catches” than ever. Your fish story could easily feature a Muskie over 50”.

  • Bass: If you find yourself in shallow water with heavy cover get ready to catch some largemouth bass! Leech Lake is unmatched in the Midwest for these easily looked over fish.

  • Perch: Aggressive in the fall but fun to catch all season these fish are the best eating fish in the lake.

  • Sunnies: Aka Bluegill or Sunfish, these tasty panfish will remind you of childhood days spent in the sun with a cane pole and garden worms. Fun to catch for the entire family!

  • Crappie: This elusive fish is most often found on warm spring days, midsummer night’s and again in the fall. Leech Lake hosts a youth crappie tournament in the  Spring.

  • Eelpout: This freshwater cod is easy to catch through the ice but stays deep during open water season.

  • Prey Species: This is what the gamefish are having for dinner. Primary prey for gamefish in Leech Lake are perch, crayfish, and minnows. Insects and invertebrates also play a part in the food chain.

Remember whatever you are fishing for have fun and be safe! Goodluck!

Spring Is Here…Almost

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

hiking backpack boots and hat

It’s finally starting to warm up and spring fever has started to sink in (even if there is still snow on the ground). With spring brings new activities and more opportunities to travel and be outdoors. Leech Lake offers a vast amount of activities to choose from like golf, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, sailing. So much family fun!

Leech Lake Activities To Get You Outside This Spring

1. Golf:  Leech Lake has four wonderful golf courses to choose from.

 

2.   Hiking and Biking: Leech Lake offers so many trails to choose from you won’t know where to start. Check out:

  • Heartland Trail, located just south of Walker which is one of the oldest paved trails in Minnesota’s North woods. It offers breathtaking views and a hiker’s paradise.

  • Paul Bunyan State Recreational Trail,  an easy going trail that offers beautiful scenery.

 

3. Fishing and Boating: Leech Lake in Cass County is about 112,000 surface acres and 150 feet in depth at its deepest point, although a majority of the lake is roughly 35 feet deep. Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota is a great place to take the family to teach them how to fish or enjoy each other’s company while fishing. Leech Lake and the lakes around it offer a wide variety of fish including:

  • Walleyes

  • Pike

  • Muskies

  • Crappies

  • Sunfish

  • Perch

Visit Leech Lake This Spring

Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota is the perfect place to visit this spring. Leech Lake offers many outdoor activities to keep your family having fun for days. So if you are looking for a place to visit this spring, Leech Lake is the place for you. Check out one of our many Leech Lake lodging options from hotels to resorts and book your stay today!

Eelpout Festival Review

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The last weekend in February was the annual Eelpout Festival. More than 270 eelpout were caught throughout the two-day tournament held on Leech Lake.

Here is a summary of the leaderboard. All of the 2018 International Eelpout Festival Tournament Results can also be found on the Eelpout Festival website.

Top Ten Biggest Pout:

1. Jesse Friedrich, 10.66 lbs

2.  Matthew Christopherson, 10.2 lbs

3. Jim Poncelet, 9.98 lbs

4. Greg Johnson, 9.77 lbs

5. MJ Dickman, 9.26 lbs

6.  Greg Johnson, 8.81 lbs

7. MJ Dickman, 8.29 lbs

8. Cole Joslyn, 8.25 lbs

9. MJ Dickman, 8.25 lbs

10. Grant DeVries, 7.97 lbs

Top Ten Individual Tonnage:

1. Greg Johnson, 33.58 lbs

2. MJ Dickman, 33.1 lbs

3. Cole Joslyn, 27.91 lbs

4. Grant DeVries, 24.71 lbs

5. Todd Felix, 24.11 lbs

6. Jim Poncelet, 23.85 lbs

7. Steve Troyna, 22.76 lbs

8. Brandon Yeats, 20.65 lbs

9. Rik Cole, 20.15 lbs

10. Austin Stein, 19.81 lbs

Teem Tonnage:

1. Team Gene, 221.37

2. Bayside Plumbing, 199.22 lbs

3. The Burbs, 43.93 lbs

4. Pout Laws, 36.39 lbs

5. Pouty Animals, 19.49 lbs

6. Rustad Rebels, 16.42 lbs

7. SamSquanch, 5.57 lbs

8. Shake and Bake, 1.65 lbs

9. Three Stooges, 1.18 lbs

10. Burbot Bandits, 1.16 lbs

Puny Pout Winner:

Dan Thompson. 0.33 lbs

 

 

 

 

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!