Bluegills and sunfish are numerous in Leech, but only found in the shallow bay areas. Kabekona, Steamboat, Miller, Shingobee, Boy, Headquarters, Waboose and Sucker Bays are all good choices.
Spring: The fish are in extremely shallow water – 3’ or less. Harbors and muddy back bays are full of sunfish. Use small ice jigs, black ants, micro jigs or small hooks on a slip bobber rig with waxies or maggots. Use a trolling motor to move slowly until you locate fish, then anchor and have fun.
Summer: Same approach will work, but a better tactic is a small jig and slip bobber with a small leech or piece of crawler. The fish move a little deeper into cabbage beds, reeds and wild rice edges. Don’t hesitate to use a long extendable pole, 10’-15’ long,
and doodle in the reeds. You can lift the fish directly out.
Fall: Sunfish are starting to shift to their winter staging areas so they are on the move. Try weed edges from 10’ up to the 20’-30’ range. The same small jigs and waxies or grubs will work. Locate the depth the fish are holding at and fish with a slip bobber to stay in the zone.
Leech Lake Fishing Tip
Can be found in the shallow bay areas. Kabekona, Steamboat, Miller, Shingobee, Boy, Headquarters, Waboose and Sucker Bays are all good choices.