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Leech Lake Is the Perfect Place for Ice Fishing

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Ice fishing is a great way to experience the beauty of a winter landscape. For those who already love fishing, it combines the peaceful solitude of a cherished activity with the stark white beauty of winter. A fish house on a winter lake can be the perfect getaway.

 

There is no better place to enjoy what ice fishing has to offer than on Leech Lake in Minnesota. Surrounded by gorgeous wilderness, Leech Lake is a winter wonderland for ice fishers. The lake is lined with resorts all along its shore where you are sure to find the right spot for your winter getaway. Some of the popular resorts include:

  • Lakewood Lodges. A team of ice experts works at this resort to help you with your ice fishing endeavors.

 

  • Adventure North Resort. A less crowded option for vacationers, Adventure North features world-class walleye fishing right off its shores.

 

  • Brindley’s Harbor. On a long peninsula at Walker Bay, Brindley’s Harbor has good access to the best fishing spots as well as dog sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

 

  • Big Rock Resort. Big Rock Resort offers free fish cleaning and packaging for the walleye, muskies, and perch you bring back from your outing.

 

  • Trapper’s Landing Lodge. Trapper’s Landing is ideal for ice fishing and offers many activities as well. They have over 1,600 feet of Leech Lake shoreline.

 

  • Bayside Resort. Inside they have a dart board, pool table, and pinball machine. Outside they have Agency Bay, a part of Leech Lake.

 

One of these resorts or many others makes for a perfect stay whether you want to ice fish, go snowmobiling or just explore the area. Kroubetz Fish House Rentals gives you an opportunity to take a small home away from home out onto the ice to catch some fish. With a deposit of $300, you can confirm the dates you want to have your fish house. Then you take your fish house, find your location and settle down for a relaxing time ice fishing with the comforts of home on hand.

 

Ice Fishing

 

Ice fishing is a relaxing time in a beautiful environment, but you don’t want to just drop a lure in the water. You want to catch some fish, too! Here are some tips from the experts to help you make the most of your time ice fishing.

 

  • Scout until you find the right spot. Use sonar to hunt for schools of fish, and make sure to check to the side of your hole, not just directly underneath.

 

  • Look for the right kind of bottom. Fish like the sticky bottom areas in early winter but generally are more active in deeper waters later on.

 

  • Find depression. A depression in a large bay is a great place to catch a fish in winter, and most fishermen overlook these areas.

 

  • Move your jig. Make your bait wiggle around with small movements of the wrist to imitate live prey.

 

With these tips, you can start reeling in fish in your Kroubetz rented fish house amidst the splendor of Leech Lake in the winter. If you’re looking to get away for a time, give Leech Lake a try.

Sources:

https://leech-lake.com/ice-fishing-leech-lake/

https://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/fishing/2014/02/red-hot-ice-fishing-tactics

https://www.bigrockresort.com/

https://www.brindleysharbor.com/

https://www.leechlake.org/lodging/profileDetail/Bayside%20Resort

https://business.leech-lake.com/list/member/trapper-s-landing-lodge-on-leech-lake-276

Winter Lodging at Leech Lake

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Whether you’re visiting Leech Lake for the end of the ice fishing season or simply just a quiet family getaway, there’s a resort for you, and many of them are open through the winter. Here’s a brief rundown of the lodges and resorts ready to make your dream winter vacation a reality:

 

Adventure North Resort offers winter ice fishing packages complete with a reunion-style lodge for up to 15 guests. You can book your heated ice houses here too, and let someone else clean your catch of the day while you relax in the whirlpool tub.

 

Anderson’s Horseshoe Bay boasts natural fireplaces in every room, perfect for some cozy unwinding after a chilly day on the lake. With access to snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing as well as a heated indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, the entire family can enjoy the weekend.

 

Bayside Resort is located right on Leech Lake, with a host of waterfront cabins for your quiet lake getaway. Ice fishing packages are going fast, so be sure to book soon.

 

Big Rock Resort offers a total of seven year-round cabins. Two of the larger three-bedroom cabins are perfect for larger families or groups and boast outdoor hot tubs, while the other has the lake views you’ve been dreaming of.

 

Birch Ridge Resort hosts 15 cabins and on-site gas, bait and tackle. For the family, the lodge offers pizza, ice cream, beer, snacks and convenience items as well as a game room.

 

Bluewater Lodge is one of the area’s premiere event hosts with a bar, restaurant and marina on the property. Choose from cabins or rooms in the main house and make BlueWater your home for the weekend.

 

Brindley’s Harbor is your choice for guided ice fishing trips complete with ice house rentals, as well as quiet weekends away with the family. Guaranteed quiet outside of the Walker city limits but just a few miles from local restaurant spots.

 

Chase on the Lake is an award-winning lakefront resort offering lakeview hotel rooms as well as two and three bedroom condos perfect for a snowmobiling weekend. The resort also features a spa, bowling center and indoor heated pool and hot tub.

 

Hiawatha Beach has plenty to offer in the winter, so don’t let the name fool you. Conveniently located on the Heartland snowmobiling trail, Hiawatha Beach also offers a heated pool and hot tub, arcade, movie room, as well as a banquet hall for all your large gathering needs.

Oak Point Resort is your ultimate Minnesota winter getaway. With plowed access to ice houses and spear fishing, ice skating, broomball, and hockey rinks, or easy access to snowmobiling and local winter hunting trails, there’s no shortage of winter activities.

 

Shores of Leech Lake Resort- the name says it all. Nestled on beautiful Leech Lake, the resort’s cottages offer fireplaces as well as a lakefront fire pit you can gather around with family or friends. Access to nearby Walker and snowmobiling trails makes this resort a prime winter spot.

 

Steamboat Bay Resort is open year-round for hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more – you can bring your own or rent a snowmobile nearby. After a long day, be sure to settle in next to the fire in one of the cozy cabins.

 

Trapper’s Landing Lodge features luxury units on miles of Leech Lake shoreline, including steam showers and whirlpool tubs and bonfires complete with s’mores. If you’re here for the ice fishing, the lodge rents heated sleeper ice lodges guaranteed to make the most of your ice fishing trip.

 

Many of the above resorts and lodges are currently offering reduced winter rates, so be sure to call and inquire.

Ice fishing tips

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Here in Leech Lake we love to ice fish. What better way to relax from your crazy life, then to be on the ice on a sunny winter day reeling in the fish. Here are some fishing tips that can help you get everything you want out of your Leech Lake fishing trip:

#1

Be sure to ask the locals and resort owners where the fish are biting. They are the ones who know the lake best and are always willing to give you the best experience possible.

#2

You will be sure to find the best walleye action a little closer to Walker, MN. While your there you can stop in town and grab a bite to eat and get warm before heading back out to the ice.

#3

Catching pike is not the challenging part. Finding them is! But, once you have found them a tip up, a heavy line with a wire leader, and a plain old hook with a live minnow will work wonders.

#4

Look into a fishing guides. There are plenty here in Leech Lake that would love to get you on the fish!

#5

Book a stay at one our lodges! There are plenty of places to stay here in the winter. Check out which places offer ice house rentals and guide services so you can get out on the ice today!

We hope to see you on the ice this winter! Remember to look into our lodging packages to see where you can stay on your next fishing trip to Leech Lake, Minnesota’s Original “Up North”.


February Events at Leech Lake

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

February is upon us, and with it comes more winter weather and another month on beautiful Leech Lake. The later winter months are the perfect time to visit the area; the woods are covered with fresh snow, the ice is at its best, and our local lodges and resorts are the perfect cozy escape you’ve been looking for. Make sure you include these events in your February Leech Lake getaway!

 

Ice Fishing

 

If quirky festivals and buyers shows aren’t your speed, or even if you’re looking to catch a festival and sneak in a little ice fishing over a long weekend, there are still plenty of quiet corners of the lake. February makes for some solid ice fishing and is a great time to check out the Leech Lake/Walker area’s host of ice house rental options. Forgo the busy schedule and your hectic pace of life and spend some time on serene Leech Lake.

 

 

Frostfest

 

Saturday, February 9th marks the second annual Leech Lake Frostfest. Get out on the lake as the entire town gathers for an afternoon of food, live music, craft brews, and games galore for the younger members of the family. Stop by for the home brew competition and support the Deep Portage Learning Center, this year’s non-profit beneficiary. See you there! 

 

Valentine Candlelight Ski at Shingobee

 

Ski by candlelight with your Valentine and join us at Shingobee Hills Recreation Area February 14th. From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, skiers will be invited to start at the chalet and ski a half-mile candlelight loop at the base of the sled hill. Warm up afterwards with a fire and hot cocoa at the chalet and share this special evening with your loved ones of all ages. 

North Country Buyer’s Show

 

Leech Lake is proud to welcome the North Country Resort, Retail and Restaurant Buyer’s Show February 20th and 21st. In its 44th year, the Buyer’s Show features vendors both old and new from nearly every industry imaginable. Featured are clothing, advertising, software, insurance, boats, decor and more; if you have a business, chances are you’ll find something that interests you! Join us at the Northern Lights Event Center for this memorable event.

 

International Eelpout Festival

 

For 40 years, the International Eelpout Festival has celebrated one of the world’s ugliest bottom-dwelling fish with a party right on the surface of Leech Lake. Join in February 21st – 24th as we celebrate what’s been proudly named one of the “15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never Knew Existed.” Experience live music, eelpout curling (see it to believe it), eelpout rugby, dog sled races, a jalapeño eating contest, a Beer Pong tournament, an ice bar, and more


From snowy afternoon festivals complete with live music and fun on the icy lake, to cozy nights by the fire in one of the many area lodges, from bustling wholesale buyer’s shows to peaceful fishing on a quiet inlet; no matter what your vacation preference, Leech Lake and Walker have it all this February. We say, “come for the festivals, stay for the friendships!”

Start your vacation planning now and take a look at one of our local resorts – there’s something for everyone!

5 Don’t-Miss Events in the Leech Lake Area this January

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

As the hum of the holidays dies down, life begins to normalize again. New Year’s resolutions are set, and red hearts begin to fill the stores. It is firmly the off-season for vacationers. This makes January and February the perfect time for a vacation in northern Minnesota. It is a time for fewer crowds, great savings, and perfect snow. Take advantage of a bold northern adventure. While you are making plans for your winter getaway, here are events in the Leech Lake/Walker, Minnesota, area that you don’t want to miss.

 

 Leech Lake Art League

 

A recurring Thursday event, Leech Lake Art League displays the budding local art scene. It is the perfect time for professional and amateur artists to come together for critiques, networking, and exciting discussions. Visitors and artists are welcome. Bring your painting along for a lesson, or just share an excellent visit with fellow artists.

 Live Music at The 502

 

The 502 offers lakefront dining with rave reviews. This open-kitchen restaurant, in an Arts and Crafts setting, offers a wonderful place to enjoy a winter view of Leech Lake. Several nights through the month of January, The 502 partners with local Mike Morse to bring a great variety of live music events to the Leech Lake area.

 Wildfire on Ice

 

The Walker Community Center hosts another annual installation of Wildfire on Ice. It’s a day of family fun, food, fundraising, and the great game of hockey – a Minnesota tradition. The firefighters face off in an almost-no-rules hockey game to raise money and awareness for wildfire prevention. It’s great entertainment for a great cause.

 Ice Fishing for Individuals With Disabilities

 

Beautiful Camp Bliss, nestled in the woodlands of Walker, Minnesota, is hosting a winter weekend retreat for ice fishing, fun, and relaxation for all individuals dealing with disabilities. The ticket pricing is reasonable, and the views are exquisite. The fishing is fantastic, just as with any Leech Lake adventure. If you or someone in your family or group of friends has a disability, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy accessible fun. Additionally, it’s a great way to learn about ice fishing.

 

Leech Lake and the greater Walker area have so much to offer. Visiting in the winter provides a peaceful, snowy setting for some of the best events of the year. Check out our resorts to plan the perfect getaway during any of these great events. If you rather, come just to relax and hide away. No matter what, Leech Lake can provide the winter vacation you and your family desire. Make a New Year’s resolution to make time for adventure.

 Winter trail in the forest

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Vacation in Walker!

Monday, December 17th, 2018

 

 

Walker, Minnesota is calling your name! If you’re craving a white Christmas filled with winter sports, crackling fires, and hot mugs of cocoa, come to Leech Lake and the surrounding area for Christmas vacation. There is more than enough to do in the region – all enjoyed from a cozy private spot in one of the area’s many esteemed resorts.

 

From ice fishing and snowmobiling to sleigh rides and visits with Santa, there is something for everyone in Walker. You’ll have a holiday to remember whether you’re an area local or visiting from out of town. Come see our winter wonderland for yourself!

 

Winter Sports and Activities in Walker, MN

 

Thinking of a holiday getaway in Walker? There’s no better place to be when Jack Frost comes a-knocking. People come from all over to stay in a resort near the beautiful Leech Lake and enjoy the myriad things to do in nature’s winter paradise. Outdoor sports and activities include:

 

  • Ice fishing in heated ice houses
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sledding
  • Sleigh riding
  • Horseback riding
  • Winter hiking
  • Skiing

 

You’ll find over 150 miles of cross-country ski trails through the Chippewa National Forest in the Walker Lakes area, as well as hundreds of miles of pristine snowmobiling trails. This region is truly a winter lover’s dream.

 

Holiday Events and Family-Friendly Fun

 

Walker is the perfect winter vacation destination for the whole family. Whether you’re looking to unplug and spend quality time with your loved ones in a private cabin in the woods or you want to mingle to live music at one of the local establishments, Walker has you covered. Here are just some of the many things to do in the area the month of December:

 

  • Live Entertainment at the 502 with various artists
  • Night Before Christmas at the Walker Bay Theatre
  • Northern Namaste Yoga
  • Chinese nights at Charlie’s
  • Meat raffles to support the Leech Lake Youth Hockey Association at Lucky Moose and Charlie’s
  • Sing We Now of Christmas dinner and a show at Charlie’s
  • Leech Lake Art League meetings
  • Several holiday open houses
  • Annual holiday fundraisers, bingo nights, trivia nights etc.
  • Holiday Customer Appreciation shopping sales

 

Check out the full calendar of events for more information and options! You’re sure to find something fun for everyone in the Walker Lakes area. Start planning your trip, booking your resort room, and getting the family excited for what’s sure to be your best Christmas vacation yet. Happy Holidays from the Walker, MN community and Leech Lakes Tourism Bureau!

Attend Holiday Events at Leech Lake in December 2018!

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year on Leech Lake! From Christmas-themed plays and live entertainment to ice fishing and snowmobiling, there are a variety of exciting holiday activities and events for the whole family. Staying at a resort on Leech Lake in December is a winter lover’s paradise, with sparkling snow and something to do for everyone. Grab your coat, bring the family, and head to the Walker Lakes, Minnesota area for an unforgettable winter vacation!

 

What to Do on Leech Lake in Winter

 

On top of the outdoor activity opportunities the lake has every year, local businesses have also planned several exciting holiday-themed activities in the area. If you stay nearby in December, you’ll have easy access to the following fun things to do:

 

  • Meat Raffles. Lucky Moose will have meat raffles as a fundraiser for Leech Lake Youth Hockey from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday in December. Charlie’s will also host meet raffles for the hockey association on December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.
  • Leech Lake Art League. Relax and tap into your creative side by joining the ongoing weekly painting group at Leech Lake. It’s open for both members and first-time visitors. If you’d like to work on your own form of art, you’re welcome to do so! The League meets from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Thursday.
  • Leech Lake Chamber Holiday Open House. Socialize, grab a bite to eat, and celebrate the holidays with the Chamber Holiday Open House on December 18th. It’s free to attend!

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of things to do on and near Leech Lake in December. You can also enjoy The Night Before Christmas at the Walker Bay Theatre, plenty of other holiday open houses, and shopping sales at Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters (with photos with Santa). View the full calendar of events and start planning your trip!

 

Where to Stay on Leech Lake

 

One of the best things about staying on Leech Lake is the different local resorts that will make you feel at home. Choose a small, private setting on Pine Point at Adventure North Resort and enjoy ice fishing in a heated ice house, a cozy cabin with a fireplace, and fish-cleaning services. Enjoy an indoor pool and hot tub near the Heartland Trail for snowmobiling at Hiawatha Beach. Or, spring for a luxury getaway in a resort room at Bradley’s Harbor in the north woods.

 

There are over a dozen places to stay on Leech Lake when the temperatures drop – all of which offer unique activities and amenities for winter guests. You’re sure to have a memorable time no matter which resort you choose. Enjoy the snow and all it has to offer from a cozy spot in a renowned resort location in Minnesota. What are you waiting for? Book your dreamy winter getaway on Leech Lake today!

 

 

Winter Vacation

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Thinking about taking a vacation this winter? Why not think about heading to the Leech Lake Area. With plenty of snowmobile trails and ski trails and enough lake to spare we make for the perfect winter get away. Think about it, being outside all day snowmobiling or ice fishing and then coming back to a nice comfy lodge. It sounds nice!

 

You could even surprise your family with a holiday vacation. We are sure the kids would love to spend there time outside sliding at some of our perfect sledding hills. For the parents think about stopping at Portage Brewing which is open year round! Spend your holidays with us being carefree and having lots of fun!

 

Don’t forget to plan a day to explore Walker, MN and experience a handful of shopping and dining options. You might even be able to finish up your holiday shopping! Walker also offers arts and entertainment, museums, and a casino!

 

Don’t worry about where to stay, Leech Lake offers a ton of lodging options. Check out our lodging page for more information and to contact the lodges that are open now.

 

We hope you enjoy your stay in Leech Lake!

Spend Thanksgiving Weekend in the Leech Lake Area

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

 

The Leech Lake area has a lot to offer guests of all ages. From family activities to craft beer tastings, you are sure to find something to do this holiday season. Plan a quick trip this year and get away from the chores of cooking and dirty dishes. We’ve got plenty of activities to enjoy, giving you a much-needed break from the holiday stress. Take a look at some of the fun activities happening in the area for Thanksgiving weekend 2018.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Immanuel Lutheran is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who wants to celebrate. There is no cost for the event, just a welcoming community of people to share the holiday. Pack your bags and celebrate in the beautiful area of Leech Lake. The event is from 11 am to 2 pm.

 

Beergo

 

Play the new craft beer Bingo known as Beergo at the Portage Brewing Company. Compete for prizes, all of which relate to craft beer, and treat the whole family to a night of fun. Those 21 and older can indulge in the craft beers, but guests of any age are welcome to the Brewing Company. They offer a whole menu of food and appetizer choices, making it a great stop after Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Black Friday Hike

 

A Black Friday hike is happening in the Paul Bunyon State Forest. Avoid the crowded stores and get ready to climb off the extra calories from the day before with a beautiful hike through the Chippewa National Forest. For more details, call 218-432-3910.

 

Night Before Christmas

 

Revisit the classic children’s tale, Twas’ the Night Before Christmas in this rendition by the Walker Bay Theater. Get the kids ready for the Christmas season after the turkey has settled. Tickets are available for $16 for adults and $11 for seniors and students. The show starts at 7:30 pm on Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th or at 3:00 pm on Sunday the 25th. Contact the theater at mnfltheatre@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Makers Market

 

Get a head start on your holiday shopping this season. The Makers Market at the Portage Brewing Company is your one-stop shop for all things local. The taproom turns into an open-air market, so grab a craft beer and sip your way around shopping this season. The market opens at noon on Saturday, November 24th.

 

Festival of Lights Parade

 

A variety of holiday activities will be happening in the area on Saturday. One of these is the Festival of Lights Parade. It happens in downtown Walker, getting everyone into the festivity of the season right on time.

Yoga

 

Get your mind and body ready for the holiday season with Yoga at the Portage Brewing Company. Purchase a four-class pass for the last classes of the season or drop in for one session. Yoga instruction by Northern Namaste Yoga. This program happens on Sunday nights in November starting at 5:30 pm.

 

With all of these local activities, you are sure to find something fun for you and your family this Thanksgiving weekend. Pack your bags and head for the woods of Leech Lake

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!