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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

Minnesota Fishing Opener: How to Stay Safe on Leech Lake

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

This weekend marks the 2016 Minnesota Fishing Opener! What a better place to celebrate than fishing on Leech Lake? Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota and is home to some of the best walleye fishing in the Midwest. Lakes can get busy, especially during fishing opener. While you’re out catching fish – remember to be careful! Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe while out fishing.

 

Fishing on a Sunny Lake

 

1.       Life Jacket: If you are going to be on a boat while fishing, be sure that everyone on board has a life jacket. Chances are you won’t need it, but it’s always best to be safe. Even if you are a great swimmer, emergencies cause anxiety levels escalate which could cause you to not swim as well as you normally would. Spring weather in Minnesota can be fickle, but life jackets can serve as an extra layer to help keep you warm. Life jackets can also be quite comfortable – giving you extra cushion for your back!

 

Life Jackets on Boat

 

2.       Safety Kit: From a first aid kit to map – make sure you have everything you need on your boat. According to the Red Cross, a good first aid kit should have the following:

  • Bandages
  • Absorbent Compress Dressings
  • Adhesive Cloth Tape
  • Aspirin
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Antibiotic Ointment

Leech Lake is huge, and it’s easy to get lost or turned around while out on the water – especially if it’s your first time here or are exploring a new section of the lake. We recommend bringing a map of the lake out with you, or a GPS, in case you do get turned around while out on the lake. With 160 Square miles of lake getting lost can be easier than you may think on Leech Lake. A map of Leech Lake can not only help you figure out your direction, but can give you insight on the topography surrounding the lake. This will give you warning of the depth and if you may run in to any unexpected shallow areas.

Map of Leech Lake

3.       Appropriate Footwear: This the arrival of spring and warm weather, it’s tempting to throw your tennis shoes and boots aside and opt for flip flops and sandals. However, many hooks and other sharp objects are used while fishing and may find their way to the floor of the boat. Avoid accidental injury and stepping on these objects by wearing shoes that cover and protect your feet.

4.       Dress Appropriately: We’ve already mentioned that spring weather in Minnesota can be fickle and unpredictable. Making sure you’re prepared with the proper clothing can be the difference between a great and miserable day out on the lake. We recommend dressing in layers, that way you can be prepared for a hot – or frigid – day. Be sure to pack a rain jacket and pants in case the weather starts to get wet above the boat as well.

5.       Keep Knives and Hooks Covered: To avoid injury, keep knives and hooks covered and stored away when not in use. Picking out a great tackle box can help keep your fishing life organized and safe. Many tackle boxes are available with multiple trays and different sizes. These are great to keep your larger tools (like knives and scissors) on the larger shelves, while keeping your smaller hooks and jigs organized on the top shelves.

Fishing Tackle Box on Dock

 

Have a great fishing opener and season! We look forward to seeing you on Leech Lake soon.

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: The Shores at Pine Point

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over for the year, it is definitely time for some relaxation. What better way to relax than taking a trip to Leech Lake?

 

The Shores at Pine Point is a family owned Leech Lake resort that is open year round, so it is perfect place to get away from the real world for an ice fishing vacation or weekend family getaway. Since the resort is located right on the shores of the beautiful Leech Lake, it offers all the quiet and tranquility you’ve been looking for.

 

Shores at Pine Point features new lakeside cabins for rent that all offer flat screen TVs, full kitchens equipped with dishwashers and porches with gorgeous views of Leech Lake. These cabins are the perfect place to relax with your family and a hot drink after a long day of ice fishing on the lake. The cabins that are open year round can sleep from four to eight people, so there will be plenty of room for the whole family!

 

If you are coming to Leech Lake for the excellent ice fishing, Shores at Pine Point is a great choice for you. Since the resort is located right on the shores of Leech Lake, you will have easy access to the lake. Leech Lake ice fishing is known to be some of the best in the world, and if you are looking to catch Northern Pike and Eelpout during the cold winter months, there is no better lake you can choose!

 

If you are looking for other activities besides ice fishing in the Leech Lake area, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. The area offers hundreds of miles of trails that are groomed specifically for snowmobiling in the winter. Two of the most popular trails in the area are the Paul Bunyan and Heartland Trails that both offer scenic rides through the forests, lakes and towns in the Leech Lake area. Other winter activities in the Leech Lake area include both cross country and downhill skiing and snow shoeing. You will definitely never be bored on your trip to the area.

 

After a long day in the chilly outdoors, the nearby town of Walker, MN offers a variety of restaurants and bars to relax and eat a great meal. With so many options, you are sure to find something the whole family will love.

 

Now that you know all the benefits of a Leech Lake getaway, book your stay at The Shores at Pine Point today! A trip to Leech Lake is sure to give you memories that will last a lifetime.

Leech Lake Ice Fishing

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Even though the ice fishing has been pretty limited on Leech Lake so far this winter, Leech Lake ice fishing season is right around the corner! The Leech Lake area is the perfect place to go ice fishing because of the many area resorts that offer a perfect place to relax after a long day on the ice.

 

Right now the fishing reports are saying there are some limited fishing options in the Pine Point area, but anglers have only been walking out on the lake due to the deep snow and slush underneath it. The tough conditions have prevented ice fishing in any other spots on the lake so far, and ice depths are varying.

 

Even though the conditions haven’t been ideal so far this winter, there are still months of Leech Lake ice fishing ahead of us. Leech Lake is a great place to catch Northern Pike and the famous Eelpout. Eelpout are caught mainly during the winter, and a great place to find them once the ice thickens is Walker Bay.

 

One of the biggest challenges of ice fishing is trying to keep warm! Many of the Leech Lake area resorts offer ice house rentals that make your time ice fishing much more enjoyable. These resorts are an excellent place to relax after a successful day of fishing while drinking hot chocolate and sitting by the fire.

 

The town of Walker, MN near Leech Lake offers many restaurants where you can stop to get a great meal and share your best fishing stories.

 

As you can see, there is no better place for ice fishing this winter than Leech Lake! Book your stay at one of the Leech Lake area resorts today. We hope to see you out on the ice soon!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Hiawatha Beach Resort

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Do you have any Christmas plans yet? If not, there is no better place to celebrate the holidays than Leech Lake! Hiawatha Beach Resort at Leech Lake is the perfect place to get together with the whole family.

 

Hiawatha Beach Resort features a spacious lodge with rooms large enough for the whole family! The lodge rooms can accommodate anywhere from four to sixteen guests and come equipped with full kitchens and a beautiful view of Leech Lake.

 

If you’re looking for a smaller, cozier place to stay, Hiawatha Beach Resort also offers cottages with all the comforts of home. The cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, cable TV and fully furnished rooms. At Hiawatha, you have your choice of one, two, three or even eight bedroom cabins.

 

Besides amazing places to stay, the resort also features a variety of amenities to make your stay even better, including a large indoor heated pool and spa, a movie viewing room, an arcade and free Wi-Fi in the lodge lobby.

 

If you and your family like ice fishing, Hiawatha Beach Resort is the perfect place for you to stay! The resort is located in Steamboat Bay, which is known for its excellent fishing conditions. Hiawatha Beach Resort offers ice house rentals and also a special ice fishing package that includes an ice house rental and lodge room. Leech Lake is known for its excellent ice fishing, so be prepared to catch lots of walleye and perch!

 

Since Hiawatha Beach Resort is only eight miles from the town of Walker, MN, you will be close to many unique shops and a variety of restaurants perfect for family dinners. The Leech Lake area also offers several movie theaters to catch a movie with the whole family. The adults in your family can enjoy the area casinos, winery and the nearby Leech Lake Brewing Company.

 

Another perk of staying at Hiawatha Beach Resort is they offer private conference rooms and catering services if you want to really go all out and plan a holiday family reunion. Hiawatha will take care of all the details and let you enjoy your family time!

 

As you can see, Hiawatha Beach Resort is the perfect place for you to gather with your family during the holidays. For more information, check out Hiawatha’s website and book your stay today! Make this holiday season unforgettable with a trip to Leech Lake.

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Bailey’s Resort

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

If you’re sick of staying at chain hotels and motels when you go on vacation, give Bailey’s Resort a try the next time you visit the Leech Lake area. Bailey’s Resort is proud to be a family resort and will treat you like family during your stay!

 

Bailey’s Resort is located on Kabekona Bay on the beautiful Leech Lake. You will never run out of things to do at this resort, because they offer endless activities for every member of your family.

 

All the cabins at Bailey’s Resort are completely modern and come with fully equipped kitchens. The owners at Bailey’s pride themselves on maintaining spotless cabins, so you will never have to worry about them being dirty. The cabins are also all fully furnished and have a deck with seating and a grill perfect for family cookouts. All the cabins also have an excellent view of Leech Lake, so you will be able to watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from your deck.

 

The variety of activities offered at Bailey’s Resort will keep your family busy throughout your entire stay. Bailey’s offers a large sandy beach that includes a water bouncer, swim raft and waterslide. The resort also has kayaks, paddleboats and paddleboards for guests at no charge. Other family activities at Bailey’s Resort include a large playground area, basketball and volleyball courts, tetherball and horseshoes.

 

Even if there happens to be a rainy day during your stay, you will never be bored at this resort. The large rustic lodge has a pool table, pinball and video games, TV and a selection of DVDs, board games, puzzles and a piano. The lodge also sells ice, soda, candy, ice cream and pizza for those days when you don’t feel like cooking.

 

If you are coming to Leech Lake to try some of the world famous fishing, Bailey’s Resort is the perfect choice for you! The protected Kabekona Bay offers excellent walleye, northern, bass, panfish and muskie fishing and provides easy access to the rest of the lake. If you don’t have your own boat, Bailey’s offers fishing boat and pontoons rentals. Guests also have the option of taking a guided fishing trip with a professional guide. The resort also features a lakeside fish cleaning house, but you if would prefer, they are licensed fish packers and can conveniently clean and package your fish for you.

 

It’s never too early to start planning your next Leech Lake family vacation! Bailey’s Resort offers everything your family will need to have a memorable getaway; book your stay today!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Adventure North Resort

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Just because September has arrived doesn’t mean you still can’t have a Leech Lake weekend getaway! Adventure North Resort, located on Point Pine of Leech Lake, is open year round and offers amazing fishing in all four seasons.

 

Adventure North Resort features beautiful lake homes that your family will love spending their Walker, MN, vacation in. You have the option of choosing anywhere from a one bedroom to a five bedroom lake home, depending on the size of your family. These lake homes offer all the conveniences of your own home, including a charcoal grill and DirecTV.

 

Some of the most popular fall activities at Adventure North Resort are fishing on the beautiful Leech Lake, hunting and even scrapbooking! Leech Lake is known for its amazing walleye, northern pike and jumbo perch fishing, and Adventure North Resort offers a protected harbor and fishing boat rentals for you to take full advantage of the lake. There are also professional fishing guides available at the resort.

 

If you would rather get away for a weekend of hunting, the Leech Lake area is known for its deer, duck and grouse hunting in the fall months. Hunting guides are also available for your convenience.

 

Another option for a Leech Lake fall getaway is a scrapbooking retreat. One of the spacious lake homes at Adventure North Resort can be converted into a craft workroom able to accommodate 10 to 15 guests. The scrapbooking retreat packages also include breakfasts and dinners served to your whole group!

 

Whether you’re looking for some outdoor fall activities, like hunting and fishing, or would rather take a girls’ getaway to do some crafting, Adventure North Resort has everything you could want! Book your fall Leech Lake vacation here today!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Chase on the Lake

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Can you believe it’s almost September already? Even though summer is almost over, there is still time to make a family trip to Leech Lake for one last getaway before fall!

 

If you’re looking for the perfect place to take an end of the summer vacation, look no further than Chase on the Lake in the heart of downtown Walker, MN. This beautiful resort offers all the amenities you could ever need! Your entire family is sure to enjoy a getaway at this historic, yet modern, resort.

 

At Chase on the Lake, you have the choice of staying in the luxurious hotel rooms, spacious condos or cozy cottages. The hotel rooms conveniently feature a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and hair dryers. They also have some of the most comfortable beds you will ever sleep in! You can also choose from lakeside rooms with balconies overlooking Leech Lake or suites with a full living room and kitchen.

 

If you’re looking for a little more room than a hotel room can offer, the condos at Chase on the Lake are perfect for you! All the condos feature a full kitchen, washer and dryer, fireplace and balcony. You have the option to choose from studio, one, two and three bedroom condos that can sleep up to eight people comfortably. Most of the condos are attached to the resort, so you’ll be right next to all the amenities offered at Chase on the Lake.

 

The cottages are the last lodging option at Chase on the Lake. All the cottages have been recently remodeled and are within walking distance of the resort. The cottages feature private lakeside decks, docks and a sandy beach area. You can choose either a seven or five bedroom cottage, and all the cottages come with the conveniences of home, like high speed internet, a full kitchen and a washer and dryer.

 

There are a variety of activities at Chase on the Lake that will keep your whole family busy! You will definitely never be bored at this resort. Besides being located right on Leech Lake, which offers amazing fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing, canoeing and swimming, Chase on the Lake also offers a pool and fitness center. The pool area has arcade games that are a perfect way to keep kids busy on a rainy day. Chase on the Lake also offers a two lane bowling alley that the whole family can enjoy! There is even catering and cocktail service, so you can enjoy some food and a drink while you bowl. There is also a spa at Chase on the Lake that offers massages, manicures and pedicures, body wraps, facials and much more.

 

A day on Leech Lake will make anyone hungry! Luckily Chase on the Lake is home to the 502 restaurant that serves delicious Northwood’s specialties and timeless classic American dishes.  The 502 offers amazing views on its lakeside patio and also features a full bar with live entertainment on the weekends.

 

As you can see, a lake vacation doesn’t get much better than at Chase on the Lake! Book your end of the summer getaway here right away, before it’s too late!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Bayside Resort

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Do you have plans for Labor Day weekend yet? If not, you should definitely book your stay on Leech Lake today! Bayside Resort on Leech Lake is the perfect place to bring your whole family for an end of the summer vacation.

 

Bayside Resort is located on Agency Bay in Leech Lake. Agency Bay is a great area for fishing and also the perfect spot for swimming, water skiing and jet skiing. You will also have access to Walker Bay and Trader Bay for even more fishing and boating opportunities!

 

Your children will love the sandy beach and playground at Bayside Resort. The resort also offers volleyball and basketball court for visitors, as well as a swim raft, kayaks and paddle boats so your whole family can enjoy long days on the water.

 

All the cabins at Bayside Resort have beautiful views of Leech Lake and are near the shoreline. Depending on your family size, there are one, two, three and four bedroom cabins available for you to choose from. All of the cabins have air conditioning to keep you cool on the hot summer days and are fully equipped kitchens with microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, mixers and other appliances. They also offer the modern conveniences of cable TV and free wireless internet access.

 

Grills are available for making family dinners as well as fire pits for roasting marshmallows and gathering around at night after a long day on the water.

 

Bayside Resort offers fishing packages that include a boat and motor, bait, gas and free fish cleaning so you can take advantage of the excellent Leech Lake fishing. You can also fish right off of the dock.

 

The lodge at Bayside Resort carries essential grocery items, in case you forgot to pick something up before you get there. There are also various games to keep your children busy if there happens to be a rainy day during your stay, including a dart board, pool table and pinball machine.

 

If you feel like exploring the surrounding area, Bayside Resort is close to a variety of restaurants and shops in Walker, MN. There are also four golf courses nearby as well as paved hiking and biking trails.

 

Bayside Resort is offering fishing package specials for the end of August and throughout the month of September. Give them a call today to reserve your Leech Lake getaway at this amazing family resort!