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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 Member: Moonlight Bay Resort

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Moonlight Bay Resort and Campground is located in Walker, MN. It is family operated and offers wonderful cabins and a campground surrounded by beautiful pine and oak trees for you and your family to stay, relax and enjoy Leech Lake. Moonlight Bay Resort also accommodates larger groups with a large cabin rental and offers a 24’ pontoon to rent for a fun day out on Leech Lake.


Tim and Dina Tabbert the owners of Moonlight Bay have created this resort with endless opportunities for fun. Available to their guests are: canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, pontoons and more that help you stay active on Leech Lake.


If the game of golf spikes your interest there is a golf course located right across the street, or if you feel like taking a hike in the wilderness you can check out the Paul Bunyan trail that is within walking distance of the resort. After a full day of activities at Moonlight Bay Resort be sure to check out the local shops and restaurants of Walker, MN.


This family operated resort is a great place to bring your family to get away from the stresses of daily life.

Featured Member: Bailey’s Resort

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Bailey’s Resort in Walker, MN is located on Kabekona bay on the west end of Leech Lake in the beautiful Chippewa National Forest.  This resort offers many activities like kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Paul Bunyan bike trail that runs past the driveway of the resort.


Bailey’s is a great place for your family to stay at for your Leech Lake family vacation. They offer a beach and playground where everyone can shoot hoops, play volleyball, play a game of horseshoe or have a bonfire. Bailey’s also offers hydro bikes and an aqua jump.  They have a nearby golf course where you can work on your swing and if you are a hunter or shooting fanatic, the Northstar Sportsmen’s Club is only 5 minutes away.


They offer eight non-smoking cabins that are modern and fully equipped with a kitchen. Each cabin is completely furnished with beds and linens; all you have to bring is your towel, toiletries and food. If that wasn’t good enough each cabin has a view of the lake and has its own deck with tables and chairs to admire your view.


Bailey’s Resort on Leech Lake also provides a prime spot for fishing on Leech Lake.  Their protected 1,000 acre bay offers walleyes, northerns, bass, panfish and even muskies. Their protected location gives the benefits of sheltered fishing and boating waters with access to the larger parts of Leech Lake.


Dana and Cindy Pitt are born and raised in Minnesota and love the walker area! They are in their 14th year of running Bailey’s Resort.  In 2006 they were named, Resorter of the Year by the Congress of Minnesota Resorts. Bailey’s Resort is a true Up-North family vacation for all!

Featured Member: Horseshoe Bay Lodge

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The Anderson family’s newest resort, Horseshoe Bay Lodge, is quite literally an “Up North Paradise”. With their heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and plenty of fun activities for the kids you are sure to find something to please every member of the family.


Enjoy a meal at the water’s edge, overlooking beautiful Leech Lake, at Horseshoe Bay’s restaurant and lounge. In the winter months the whole family can take advantage of their indoor pool and video arcade room. Their event center is perfect for family reunions, meetings, corporate retreats, parties, and weddings!


Horseshoe Bay Resort is located on one of Minnesota’s premier fishing lakes which is full of huge muskies, nice walleyes, Northern Pike, Bass, and more! This makes it an ideal location for those of you who enjoy spending time on the lake whatever the season.


Horseshoe Bay Lodge invites you to explore the beauty of Northern Minnesota, to share in the memories that only a family vacation can offer, and to take advantage of their full service facility and quality service.

FEATURED MEMBER: Acorn Hill Resort Fishing Lodge and Family Resort

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Looking for that perfect family fishing resort? Acorn Hill is known for its family appeal and great fishing. They appeal to families with their endless amenities and activities including waterslides and a sandy beach, a pool and hot tub, a playground, volleyball court, basketball court, horse shoe, shuffle board, paddle boats, a game room, kayaks, campfire pits and much more. Some of the cabins even have private hot tubs! They are centrally located on a harbor of Leech Lake making it easy for fishermen to get to good spots on the lake. Leech Lake is great for walleye (stocked every year), muskie, bass, pan fish (like sunnies and crappies) and others. According to Richard Breda, the owner of the resort, “We provide everything fishermen need!”


Some of the fishing amenities include: boat rentals, guide services, fish house rentals, weekly pro fishing seminars, bait and tackle, fish cleaning facilities, and dock service. When asked how Richard would describe the overall atmosphere at the resort, he responded, “It’s beautiful. We are very secluded. You don’t hear any cars- the only thing you hear is boat motors.”


Acorn Hill was built in the 50’s. Richard Breda and Cynthia Prescott purchased the resort in 2000 and began a partnership with Doug Fure and Family to create a family friendly resort, perfect for people of all ages. The resort started out with just 6 cabins; it now includes 13 cabins and one house, 232 seasonal RV sites, and 7 rental RV sites! It was mainly a fishing resort when they bought it years ago, and they have successfully turned it into a family resort. Richard says his favorite part of running the resort is “I enjoy the people that come – the people that return every year and making new friends as well.”


Richard was eager to talk about the resort and some of the returning visitors that come year after year. He described a bunch of people that come every 4th of July weekend from all over the world, traveling incredible distances just to get to this beautiful, secluded piece of paradise. Richard would describe Leech Lake as “the best lake in Minnesota.” He ended our conversation by reiterating the beauty at the resort, stating “the scenery is just fantastic here.”