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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!

 

 

 

Leech Lake Fishing Reports – All In One Place

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Leech Lake Fishing Reports are in high demand, especially as we move into summer. Instead of having to search through disparate pages and dig through search results we have decided to do the work for you! In this post we will provide links and quick descriptions of all the available fishing reports. This will allow you to find the type of report you are looking for quickly, whether it’s a very short one that quickly lists the most recent hot-spots, or a detailed and descriptive weekly post. If you are looking for a quick rundown of what’s biting and where, visit our fishing report now. Otherwise click the fishing report name and visit the latest report!

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Leech Lake Fishing Reports – Community Forum Based

These forums allow locals and visitors alike to share fishing news, ask about the latest conditions, and share their tactics for fishing on Leech Lake. This is the perfect place to get daily updates on a variety of lake conditions, and fishing news.

  • Lake State Fishing – Lake State Fishing has a very active community of veteran Leech Lake fishers and is the perfect place to share your expertise our ask questions of the community before your next fishing trip. From water temps, to the latest tactics and spots, this active community gives you an on the ground analysis of Leech Lake fishing.
  • In Depth Outdoors – Another great resource with an active community, with a core group of dedicated users who provide detailed reports and analysis on current conditions. This is especially helpful for first time Leech Lake visitors, users are very responsive to questions and provide some great detail.
  • Lake-Link – With a core group of local guides, this is a great place to get the latest reports from guides who are out on the water everyday. Feel free to ask questions, and get even more detailed info here.
  • Fishing Minnesota – With a less active community, this forum definitely contains some gems, with detailed (but sometimes sporadic) fishing reports from area guides and experts.

Leech Lake Weekly Fishing Reports

Get consistent reporting every week on the latest conditions and tactics, with these great Leech Lake Fishing Report resources.

  • Leech Lake Tourism Bureau – Our very own weekly fishing report. Meant to be short and sweet, and easy to view on your phone. A paragraph that lists the latest hot-spots, what’s biting, and what tactics are getting the most pulls.
  • Leech Lake Chamber  - These detailed weekly reports offer several paragraphs from a number of local guides, giving you a detailed view of different species and different areas of the lake.
  • Jeff Sundin - These reports are very tactics based, which gives you a good idea on how to best get pulls. But they often given detailed location details, great for the how, but less detail focused on the where.
  • Fish Tidy – This App provides amazing mapping capabilities and tips with local knowledge. You can view the latest catches on Leech Lake on the app or at the bottom of the webpage.
  • Team One Stop Outdoors - Another Great weekly report that rotates between local guides each week, so it offers a wide variety of perspectives and different tactics. Posts range from short and sweet to long and detailed because of this.
  • Angling Buzz – Offering a Weekly video fishing report from Leisure Outdoor Adventures this is the perfect way to get the latest fishing info quickly, in under 2 Minutes.
Being one of the regions top fishing destinations means there are many Leech Lake fishing reports, giving fishers a wide variety of options and perspectives to ensure their next trip is a success. If you are planning a trip to Leech, these are the resources you will want to check in with before you hit the water. It’s a big lake, don’t spend your time searching for the best spots, skip right to pulling them in. If you haven’t planned your Leech Lake fishing trip yet, now is the time. Fishing resorts and lodging are filling up fast, so book early. Use our lodging guide to find Leech Lake fishing lodging nowand see you on the water!

Leech Lake Family Crappie Fishing

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

As of late we have see a large uptick in the Crappie population on Leech Lake (or maybe they’re just more aggressive) a top crappie fishing destination. This small little panfish is the perfect family fishing target, as all you really need to be successful is a bobber and worm, or simple jigs. Because crappies on Leech Lake are so easy to catch it helps to keep young children engaged and interested in fishing instead of bored with it. Too many have made the mistake of taking young children Bass or Muskie fishing for hours at a time. These species are some of the most fickle biters and it can often take long periods without a bite to land that Leech Lake trophy Muskie, that means while you wait the young fisher you brought with is likely bored out of their mind (if they don’t appear so they are probably just being polite). If this happens next time they will be hesitant to go out fishing again. By fishing crappie you can regularly pull fish, which helps to keep children intent and interested instead of bored, making it more likely you’ll create a fan of fishing. Crappie is the perfect introduction species for fishing, and in this post we will give you some great tips for fishing Leech Lake crappie so you get regular pulls and have a great outing.

Leech Lake Crappie

Leech Lake Crappie Hot-Spots

On Leech Lake the crappie tend to stay in the reedy shallows, some of the top spots include the edges of the rice beds around Federal Dam, especially around, and in Waboose Bay where the thick beds and sheltered waters provide great crappie habitat. Sucker bay is another great crappie location, especially in the late spring and early summer months, two particular locations that tend to be top performers around Sucker Bay are Sugar Point and the eastern edge of Battle Point.  While you’re in the area think about targeting Boy Bay around the river and Blackduck Point. If you are looking to stay a little closer to Walker try fishing crappie in and around the inlets and harbors of Agency Bay. Finally depending on movements we have even seen some fairly decent crappie fishing around the edges of Walker City Park on Walker Bay. Not sure where these locations are? Explore Maps Now.

 

Leech Lake Topographic map

A detailed Topographic Map from the MNDNR

Catching Crappie On Leech Lake

Crappie being one of the easiest fish to catch on Leech Lake means there are not a whole lot of specialized crappie tactics you need to use. As long as you are in the right location, you’re 90% of the way to making consistent pulls of 7-10 inch crappies. Even the cliche worm and bobber tactic will give you crappie fishing success on Leech. However we recommend white jigs and minnows for the best results, or wax worms and bobber. Again the real key is finding crappies on Leech Lake, once they are located, catching them is easy.

As you can see crappie are easy to find and easy to catch, making them the perfect target for your family fishing outing. Because so few target them on Leech Lake, the population is quite large in size and quantity. DNR samples have found the average crappie size on Leech Lake is a very large 10 inches. So most of your catches will end up being keepers which means an even more rewarding family fishing experience, as you get to enjoy a meal of what you caught together.  If you haven’t already, start planning your Leech Lake family fishing trip today with our lodging directory.

See you on the water!

 

 

 

Leech Lake Fishing Videos

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Leech Lake is one of Minnesota’s top fishing destinations and we have been recognized as one of the top 10 fishing lakes in North America, one of the top 10 fishing lakes in Minnesota, the 2nd best lake in Minnesota for Walleye fishing, one of the top 16 Lakes for bass fishing, one of the best Muskie lakes in the state, and one of the top perch lakes in Minnesota among many other top fishing destination recognition’s.  In Leech Lake we know fishing and we know how to ensure you have a successful fishing trip. Area resorts and lodgings know the lake, know the fish, and know the spots. If you need lodging for your next fishing trip, explore Leech Lake resorts here.  This post aggregates some of the best fishing videos about Leech Lake and the amazing results anglers see. With tips, advice and amazing catches these Leech Lake fishing videos are not to be missed.

 

Leech Lake Walleye Fishing Video

Looking for that perfect walleye fishing experience? Fishing the Midwest features Leech Lake as one of their top walleye destinations in this video, so expert angler Bob Jensen and local experts show off the lakes great Walleye stocks. Leech Lake maintains it’s amazing Walleye stocks and population with unique stock limits: a 4 fish limit, a 20″ to 26″ protected slot, and one walleye over 26″ allowed.

 

Leech Lake Walleye Tournament Video

Leech Lake is also well known for it’s large fishing tournaments which are a huge draw. A great benefit of being one of Minnesota’s largest lakes is that anglers are not stacked up on each other during tournaments. This fishing video from the 2016 Walleye tournament offers some great aerial views and gives an idea of the size and popularity of Leech Lake fishing tournaments.

 

Bass Fishing Videos On Leech Lake

The fishing is so good on Leech Lake that when you are fishing for one species (Bass in this case), you can end up catching another. For instance a mid size Muskie, caught at the end of the day after some great bass catches. With such a variety of fish species, if you are not having luck with one you can always change location and tactics, or just fish for another species!

 

Perch & Panfish Leech Lake Fishing Video

The perfect fish for a family fishing experience, Leech Lake perch and panfish are abundant and make easy and fun catches for young children who often have a hard time waiting to catch that trophy fish, or want to stick with worm and bobber. Panfish are easy to catch and can provide great enjoyment for those family fishing outings. They are also the perfect way to teach young children the joys of fishing.

 

Leech Lake Muskie Fishing

Muskie fishing on Leech Lake can be challenging as the fish have become accustomed to being targeted, not because of low population. Meaning longer lives and bigger fish. Successful location combined with tailored tactics can result in some great catches with many massive Muskie catches coming out of Leech.

Bonus Classic Footage Of Leech Lake Fishing

Some great classic Leech Lake fishing footage and a story of 40 years of great fishing.

 

As you can see there is a reason Leech Lake is a top Midwest fishing destination, with such a large surface area and wide variation in lake makeup from bay to bay the lake has the amazing ability to provide strong habitats a wide variety of species. If these Leech Lake fishing videos have convinced you that you need to fish Leech, be sure to check our latest fishing report, see species specific fishing tips for the lake, and find the perfect fishing resort for your needs. And if you have your own great Leech Lake fishing videos be sure to share them with us on Facebook or in the comments!

See you on the water!

 

Leech Lake Maps – Depth, Vegetation & Topography

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Looking for the perfect Leech Lake map to choose the best spot for the Eelpout Festival or your next summer fishing excursion on Leech Lake? Look no further! Below you will find a complete list of all the different Leech Lake maps on the web, all easy to print. Whether you need detailed Leech Lake depth maps or a simple overview we have you covered. Each map image links to the original source when clicked, for full functionality.  Plan your next fishing trip today, Find Leech Lake Lodging now.

 

Leech Lake Depth Maps

Depth maps also include contours, these contours in combination with depth estimates ensure anglers and resource managers get an accurate view of the lakes layout underneath the surface. Anglers can utilize these maps to identify prime locations for particular species of fish. Like the deep humps in Walker Bay which are generally a great location for Walleye, or the shallow areas around Goose Island which are often great for perch, among many other insights anglers can gain from depth maps. This is especially true on a lake as large and varied as Leech Lake. Click on Each Map image to go to their original source.

 

Leech Lake Depth Map App

A Lake Depth App for your smartphone From Gpsnauticalcharts.com

leech Lake Depth Map
From Leechlake.org
Leech Lake Topographic Map

A great topographic nap overlaid on mobile friendly google maps from Topozone.com

 

Leech Lake Depth map

Make your own highly detailed lake map with printouts from the MNDR.

Leech Lake Vegetation Maps

Depth maps can tell anglers a great deal about a lake and it’s ideal fishing locations, but combining what you have gleaned from a depth map and combining that with a Leech Lake vegetation map will bring your fishing game to the next level the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has put together a detailed report on the vegetation makeup of Leech Lake that includes a dozen or more vegetation maps anglers can use to find the optimal locations. Since Bass and Muskie among other species often like to stay along the edges of weed beds for much of the year, a vegetation map can help you to pinpoint those locations where you are most likely to hook that trophy fish.

Leech Lake vegetation map

One of many Leech Lake Vegetation maps included in a report from the MNDNR

 

Leech Lake Map – Names & Places

Leech Lake has innumerable points, islands, inlets, and bays some mentioned more often than others in our fishing reports. Often however if you are not a local or unfamiliar with the lake these locations can be hard to find as most maps do not list them all. The topographic map below solves that problem, with every single location labeled and identified even the rarely mentioned ones like Hardwood or Five Mile point among many others. No longer will you here about a great fishing spot on Leech Lake near such and such point, unable to find the named place on any readily available maps.

Leech Lake Topographic map

A detailed Topographic Map from the MNDNR

 

With these Leech lake Depth and Vegetation maps you should be ready to plan the ultimate fishing excursion with success. Combine these maps with our fishing reports for up to date fish locations and tactics, and begin planning your next fishing trip today. If you have found the perfect fishing spot, it’s time to find the perfect lodging as well, use our lodging search tool to identify the perfect place to stay. See you on the water (or ice)!

 

Minnesota Fishing Resorts – Leech Lake

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Minnesota has so many lakes and so many fishing resorts it can sometimes be hard to find the perfect combination. Some base their choice on the type of fish they most enjoy catching, or the lakes limits on particular species of fish. Some base their choice on the type of lodging they are looking for; whether that be a rustic cabin or a luxurious lake home, and some choose the perfect Minnesota fishing resort based on the fishing potential of the lake on which it is located. Of these three categories Leech Lake tics all the boxes for those seeking out the perfect Minnesota fishing resorts. With nearly a dozen different species of fish with healthy populations, well over 20 different lakeside fishing resort options, and the third largest lake in Minnesota, you would be hard pressed to find another location that offers all these features in such abundance. Need more detail on why all the best Minnesota fishing resorts are on Leech Lake?

       Winter

      Summer/Fall

Fishing Resort Options

With nearly 30 fishing resort options you can afford to be choosy when you take your next fishing trip. Many offer boat and fishing gear rentals in the spring, summer and fall seasons. Then when winter arrives they offer all you could need to make your ice fishing trip a success, including large ice houses! Several resorts have full lodges with restaurants and more, so after a long day on the water and ice fishing you don’t need to drive to town or cook a meal, you can get everything you need in one location, which means more time to fish and explore Leech Lakes nearly 103,000 acres and 195 miles of varied and beautiful shoreline. Need more reasons to choose a Leech Lake resort during your search for the best Minnesota fishing resorts. How about free fish cleaning and packaging as part of your stay! Many resorts in the area offer this amazing service few appreciate until they have to clean a half dozen fish for the family! We have an amazing amenity/features search tool that can help you easily choose the perfect fishing resort for your needs, check it out now and get matched with the perfect resort.

 

Fish Slot Limits on Leech Lake

  • Walleye – Leech Lake has a unique slot limit for Walleye compared to most other lakes in Minnesota. It allows a slot limit of four Walleye and all Walleye between 20-­26” must be immediately released and one over 26” allowed in possession.
  • Northern Pike – These large predators have a growing population on Leech Lake. You can take three but may only keep one over 30″.
  • Muskie – Leech Lake has provided some of Minnesota’s largest Muskie’s, with the size of the lake allowing them to grow to truly amazing weights. Their is a limit of one and it must be over 54″.
  • Bass – These challenging catches can be quite aggressive on Leech Especially during the sunrise hours. The slot limit is 6 total (small &  large-mouth) from May 28th to September 11th. During the winter their a 6 catch limit for Large-mouth and catch and release only for small-mouth.
  • Crappie – Most often found around Moonlight bay and the surrounding area their is a limit of 10.
  • Sunfish- Slot limit of 20. Leech Lake holds the state record for largest Sunfish at over 1 lb.
  • Perch – Leech Lake is especially well known for it’s abundant perch population  with a 20 a day slot limit.
  • Eelpout – No Limit!
  • Trout – Sometimes found around the inlets and outlets, there is a 5 catch limit and a season from May to October.
  • Whitefish – Another slot limit unique to Leech Lake, their is a limit of 25. Leech Lake holds the record for largest Whitefish at 12 lbs.
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There are many Minnesota fishing resorts to choose from throughout the state, but one would be hard pressed to find such a concentration of fishing resorts anywhere else. The quantity of choices and fish species available to anglers on Leech Lake makes every trip a s success. If your not having luck with Bass you can just switch to targeting Walleye or one of the many other species and because Leech Lake is so large their is always another spot to try. As one of Minnesota’s top 21 fishing lakes a fishing trip here is not to be missed. Your search for Minnesota fishing resorts is over, you have found the Leech Lake Area!

 

Walker MN – Things To Do In The Winter

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Looking for things to do in Walker, MN during the winter months? From ice fishing, to shopping, to snowmobiling, skiing and more, Walker offers the perfect winter escape. After weeks at a time indoors a short trip and some time in a new place can help renew and refresh you after months traveling from home to work and back, trying to avoid winter. In this post we will explore all Walker has to offer, so you can get out and have a good time this winter.

 

Skiing and Snowshoeing In Walker MN

shingobee ski map

Looking to get outside and away from the city, to enjoy a little bit of nature this winter. Walker offers several great options for skiing and snowshoeing that allow you to traverse or glide through unspoiled national forest and recreation areas.

  • Shingobee Recreation Area – With 12 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing with flat and lightly sloped areas for beginners, as well as some steeper terrain and sharp corners for experts, skiers of all ages will enjoy a day a Shingobee. It also offers access to the North Country Scenic Trail as well, so if 12 km isn’t enough you can transition over to the North Country Scenic Trail System. Shingobee also offers an amazing sledding park with a chalet for families looking to enjoy the winter weather, and many opportunities to explore the forest on Snowshoes.
  • The North Country Trial – This trail offers the perfect opportunity to snowshoe the forest and explore nature with no bugs and no mud! It is also widely used by XC skiers who in enjoy un-groomed back-country skiing through the dense forests of the area.

Snowmobiling in Walker MN

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  • Leech Lake is so large (Minnesota’s third largest in fact) it offers a snowmobiling opportunity in itself with miles of perfectly flat terrain and often thick snow-cover, with easy access from Walker.
  • Heartland State Trail – This extremely well maintained trail system offers access to Hundreds of miles of other state trails and leads from Walker to Park Rapids. It offers sharp and rolling terrain which makes it a wonderful ride on snowmobiles.
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail - With 115 miles of groomed trail, a wide variety of terrain and very few road crossings, this trail offers snowmobile enthusiasts the ability to travel from Walker to Bemidji and beyond.

Winter Shopping In Walker MN

Enjoy a day in Walkers close nit downtown exploring the wide variety of shopping options, from local clothing, to northwoods decorations, outdoor gear and more.

  • Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. – Offering a eclectic collection of northwoods furnishings, Leech Lake and Walker, MN branded clothing, and an astonishing selection of MN grown wild rice and other local products you are sure to find something unique here.
  • Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters – Love the outdoors, Reeds has a huge variety of outdoor supplies from ice fishing equipment, hunting gear, and winter sports supplies.
  • 513 Mainstream – Offering specialty men and women’s clothing this local boutique offers unique and fashionable clothing.
  • Lundgrigans Clothing - In operation since 1937 they offer a wide array of fashionable and outdoor oriented clothing options.

Ice Fishing In Walker MN


Everyone’s favorite winter activity in Walker is ice fishing on Leech Lake, recently named one of North Americas Top 10 ice fishing destinations. With great options for winter lodging that include ice fishing guides and ice houses as part of your stay, ice fishing was never more fun or comfortable. Stay in a heated and furnished ice house while you fish one of the US’s top ice fishing lakes. With easy lake access to Walker and it’s many shops and restaurants.

Restaurants In Walker MN

Walker has many great restaurants to enjoy after spending a long day on the ice or trials. From amazing BBQ to Steak, and more here are Walkers top three restaurants (Based on TripAdvisor  ratings).

  • The Boulders – Known for their great steaks and seafood options, they are know for their entrees and have a large and diverse menu.
  • The Piggy BBQ – Written about in the New York Times, they offer some of the best BBQ in the state.
  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant – Known for their delicious breakfast’s and large portions start your morning off here.
Winter may bring the cold, and limit your outdoor activity options but their are so many things to do in Walker MN you are sure to have a great time. So get your ski’s, snowshoes, sleds or ice fishing gear and get to Walker. It’s time to ditch that Winter melancholy and enjoy an amazing winter on the ice or trails in Walker MN.

 

Leech Lake Ice House Rentals

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Last weeks Leech Lake ice fishing post offered some great resort and lodging options for your next ice fishing excursion, many of which offered ice houses as part of their stay. However we have had requests for more information on options for Ice Houses in the area. So we have put together this great resource for finding Leech Lake ice house rentals. Whether you are looking for a deluxe sleeper unit or a simple and portable single person shelter, this comprehensive resource ensures you will find the perfect ice house for your needs. If you’re looking for lodging as well, remember to check out our post on winter lodging packages that include ice houses.

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Ice House Rentals on Leech Lake

The Leech Lake ice house rental is a tradition in the area. With such a large surface area, and sometimes chilling winds out on the ice, an ice house can be a wonderful way to increase the enjoyment and time you can comfortably spend out on Leech Lake during the chilly winter months. Enjoy heated interiors, electricity, full kitchen space, living area, and much more in some of the luxury units, or go purely functional with some great low cost portable options.

 

  • Tom Wilsons Leech Lake Ice Houses – These 4 person luxury sleeper ice houses include stoves, bathrooms, multiple power outlets, stereos, cedar interiors, up to 8 holes and much more. Enjoy ice fishing in comfort like never before, this is the perfect option during frigid weather, long trips, and for families. Starting at $125 per night.
  • Whitney’s Fish House Rentals - With Leech Lake ice house rentals that can sleep up to 5, include full kitchens and bathrooms, heated interiors, exterior windows and power, you are sure to be fishing in comfort with one of these ice houses. Starting at $112 per night.
  • Shriver’s Bait Company – These fish houses our set on the optimal ice fishing spots throughout the lake with each spot targeted on a certain fish. From Walleye to Eelpout and Perch to Northern. Each sleeps four, has a propane heater, offers 8 holes and a “private rustic toilet”. Starting at $60 per day.
  • Outright Angling - Offering a highly mobile experience Outright utilizes two man heated Otter shelters and guiding. What you lose in comfort you gain in mobility and targeting. Portable shelters offer quick take-down and assembly meaning you can move from one part of the lake to another extremely quickly. Guide and Shelter Service $125 per person.
  • Hiawatha Beach - With a large lodge open year round and fish house rentals available for rent, you will be ready to start ice fishing as soon as you arrive. Located on Leech Lakes Steamboat Bay you also get a sheltered location so fishing without an ice house can be done in comfort.
  • Walker Rental  - Most often found on Walker Bay these ice houses offer easy access from Walker and our optimally placed.
  • Chartered RentalsLocated in Annandale , MN they will get you out on the ice in a deluxe ice house or a portable one nearly anywhere in central Minnesota, including Leech Lake. This is certainly one of the best choices for luxury ice fishing. Options starting at $100 a day.
  • Leisure Outdoor Adventures – Offering 5-10 hour heated ice house rentals, with indoor bathrooms, 8 holes lights and more. With room for up to four people this is the perfect option for families who want to spend the day on the ice in comfort.  $150 for 10 hours.
  • Berndt Guide ServiceWith 2 and 5 bed sleepers available and the option for guide services, this is a great option for those who are new to ice fishing on Leech Lake. Starting at $100 per day. 
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We are certain this Leech Lake Ice House rental guide will help you enjoy a day or days on the ice in comfort, but if you want more comfortable options and to end the day in a warm cabin check out our recent post on Leech Lake resorts that offer Ice House’s as part of their winter lodging options. Want to know a little more about the ice and fishing conditions before you plan your Leech Lake ice fishing trip or rent a fish house be sure to check out our weekly fishing report to find out how the ice is and some of the hot fishing spots. We hope we see you out on the ice very soon!

Leech Lake Ice Fishing Guides, Lodging & Ice Houses

Friday, December 16th, 2016

As ice has capped Leech Lake and we have begun to see people out ice fishing on Leech Lake where it gets thicker earlier around Pine and Stoney points, we are reminded that not everyone has the privilege of year round residence on Leech Lake. Fortunately the area has several great lodging options open year round, but more importantly some offer specialized Ice Fishing packages with guides and all, which can mean the difference between an average day on the ice (which visitors tell us is amazing), and an absolutely awesome day ice fishing that will make Leech Lake your lifelong ice fishing destination. This year we predict an extremely strong Walleye season compared to years past, based on the trends we have seen you will be seeing bigger walleye and more pulls than ever before. So book early and come prepared to catch big!

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Leech Lake Ice Fishing Lodging, Guide & Ice House Packages

  • Bridley’s Harbor –  Well known for their perch ice fishing experience Brindley’s offers guided Leech Lake ice fishing packages all winter. As part of the guided ice fishing package anglers get access to heated and lighted 8 hole ice houses, portable shelters, and lodging at one of 5 winterized cabins. Their Leech lake Ice Fishing packages go quick so book quickly if you plan to get on the ice with them and their experienced guides.
  • Trapper’s Landing – Offers a Pro Shop Ice Fishing package which gives their guests free use of professional grade ice fishing gear as part of a lakeside cabin rental. This includes an underwater camera to help you find fish with ease, live bait and much more!
  • Adventure North Resort - Gives guests a variety of options, including fully outfitted Leech Lake ice fishing packages which include a stay at one of 6 cabins and custom built heated and lighted ice houses. They also offer guests the ability to rent a cabin and bring their own ice house, with easy lake access and ice house transportation. Ice fish in comfort at Adventure North Resort.
  • Big Rock Resort – Has over half a dozen Leech Lake cabins available all winter and offers guests the ability to rent an ice house or bring their own. Guests can also ensure an awesome ice fishing experience on Leech with Big Rock Resorts in house pro guide Chuck Emery. Get a cabin today.
  • The Shores at Pine Point - Get extremely easy access to Leech Lake and access to ice house rentals. Located centrally on Pine Point you will have easy access to Traders Bay, Sucker Bay, and Walker Bay. So be prepared for a wide variety of ice fishing options. Book a trip today.
  • Oak Point Resort – Enjoy the unique experience of spear fishing through the ice with Oak Points specially designed spear houses, which double as Ice Houses. With ten ice houses, plowed ice roads and lakeside cabins, you are sure to have an amazing Leech Lake ice fishing trip here.
  • Hiawatha Beach – With a large lodge open year round and fish house rentals available to guests you will be ready to start ice fishing as soon as you arrive. Located on Leech Lakes Steamboat Bay you also get a sheltered location so fishing without an ice house can be done in comfort.
  • Steamboat Bay - Another great option for those that want to focus on Perch Steamboat bay Resort offers ice house rentals, easy water access, winterized cabins, and enough space for you to bring your own ice house, take a look at their options.
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Winter Lodging Options

Need more lodging options? While these options don’t offer ice houses or ice fishing packages they still offer extremely easy access to the lake and great options for those who have all their own gear or know the lake well.

We hope this guide ensures you have a great time out on the ice this winter. Leech Lake ice fishing offers some of the most diverse options for ice fishing in Minnesota. With a truly wide variety of fish species and amazing guide and lodging options you will not leave Leech Lake without having an amazing ice fishing experience. Use our weekly fishing report to help plan your next Minnesota ice fishing adventure. See you on the ice!