Posts Tagged ‘leech lake fishing’

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!

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.

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 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.
minnesota fishing resorts
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!