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Leech Lake Fishing Reports

Leech Lake Area


October 2019

October 31, 2019
Fishing pressure has been limited to a handful of walleye anglers that continue to pitch a jig and minnow or Jiggin’ Raps on the points, rocks, and shoreline breaks in less than 10 feet. Duck hunting has picked up with more divers and northern mallards showing up over the past week.

October 24, 2019
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the points and main lake rocks in 5 to 8 feet. Muskie anglers are doing best by trolling open water basin areas or working the cabbage beds in Portage Bay and Sucker Bay. Anglers continue to sort through perch for their keepers off Sand Point in 4 to 9 feet. Grouse hunting has been decent, and a few more diver ducks are being shot.

October 17, 2019
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow in less than 10 feet along Big Hardwoods and north into Sucker Bay. Sugar Point and Battle Point also are giving up walleyes in 5 to 9 feet and the rock pile in Kabekona Bay has produced walleyes with a slip bobber and minnow. Muskie action has slowed a bit, but Sucker Bay and Portage Bay are worth working with topwater baits, while crankbaits have triggered some fish around Cedar Point in Walker Bay. There’s been a few more duck hunters out and they’re seeing more of a mixed bag this week.

October 10, 2019
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot cabbage in Portage Bay and on Second Duck Point in Sucker Bay over 8 to 12 feet. Sand Point in Walker Bay is worth hitting for perch and walleyes in 5 to 12 feet, while perch are going on Huddle’s Reef in 6 to 12 feet. Muskie action has been light, and duck hunters aren’t seeing much for new birds in the area.

October 3, 2019
Perch action remains strong off Sand Point and the narrows in 5 to 8 feet or 10 to 15 feet. A jig and minnow or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 7 to 9 feet or on the 10- to 15-foot breaks around Star/Oak, Hardwoods, GrandVu Flats, Sand Point, Cedar Point, and additional shoreline breaks in Walker Bay. Muskie anglers continue to do best on the main lake rocks, but a few bigger fish have been caught from the remaining weedbeds.

September 2019

September 26, 2019
Sucker Bay is producing decent numbers of eating-size walleyes, as is First Duck Point, Little Hardwoods, and Second Duck Point in 9 to 12 feet. Walker Bay is producing walleyes off the shoreline breaks and points, but walleyes continue to be scattered. Jiggin’ Raps, a jig and minnow, crawlers, and live-bait rigs with large minnows are working. Perch reports have been strong off Sand Point, the Narrows, and towards GrandVu in less than 8 feet. Muskies continue to be pulled off the main lake rocks or weeds in Agency Bay. Duck hunting has started somewhat slow, although there are some wood ducks being shot.

September 19, 2019
Walleye reports continue to be spotty with some fish being taken on crankbaits, a jig and minnow or crawlers. The fish seem to still be spread out and covering water continues to be the best option throughout the main lake. Rigs and large minnows are producing some walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot breaks in Walker Bay and the evening slip bobber/leech bite continues off Sand Point. Anglers continue to sort through perch at Sand Point, GrandVu Flats and the Narrows. Muskies are chasing bucktails on the shoreline rocks, flats, and weed edges.

September 12, 2019
Bigger perch have started being caught in better numbers near Sand Point, Trapper’s Landing, and the Narrows in 4 to 7 feet. Muskie action continues to be good with bucktails on the rocks more than weeds. Some walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on the shoreline breaks and points, but covering water with crankbaits or spinner rigs continues to be more productive.

September 5, 2019
The evening/after dark bite for walleyes continues to go off Sand Point in 10 to 14 feet with crankbaits or a slip bobbers and leeches. During the day, crankbaits or spinner rigs are being used on main lake structure and breaks to cover water and pick off walleyes in 9 to 15 feet. Some anglers have started catching walleyes with a jig and minnow in less than 10 feet on the points and shoreline breaks. Muskie anglers are seeing and hooking more fish on the rocks rather than weeds, and largemouth bass action remains strong in the reeds or rice beds in most bays. Larger perch haven’t shown up in big numbers on their traditional fall spots.

August 2019

August 29th, 2019
Cover water with crankbaits on the 14- to 18-foot rocks and you’ll catch a few walleyes. There’s also a spinner and crawler bite in the Goose Island/Snake Pit area in 15 to 20 feet. A slip bobber and leech or trolling crankbaits at night continues to produce some walleyes in the Sand Point area over 9 to 12 feet. Muskie reports have been best from Portage Bay, the Annex and Submarine Island area with bucktails. Spinnerbaits are turning largemouth bass in the reeds or rice beds in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay.

August 22nd, 2019
The rock areas such as North Bar, West Bar, and Submarine have been producing muskies on bucktails. Some walleyes are being taken with spinners and crawlers on the 18- to 22-foot rocks or by trolling crankbaits in the Meadows area in less than 14 feet. There is an evening slip bobber/leech or crankbait bite from Sand Point to Cedar Point in 10 to 14 feet. Shingobee Bay started giving up panfish, while Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay have been best for largemouth bass.

August 15th, 2019
Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits during the evening hours in 11 to 13 feet of water on the main lake rocks or with slip bobbers and leeches around Sand Point in 10 to 14 feet of water. Bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers are producing some walleyes on the main lake reefs in 18 to 20 feet of water. Muskies have been hitting blades or topwater baits on the rocks around Pelican Island, and bass reports have been strong in Sucker Bay and Boy Bay.

August 8th, 2019
Muskie action continues to go strong with jerk baits and topwater baits on the mid-depth weeds and rocks. Walleye anglers are covering water with crankbaits or spinner rigs with crawlers and leeches on the main lake flats in 15 to 20 feet. The area west of Goose Flats and Trader’s Bay have been two of the more consistent spots. Trolling crankbaits or slip bobber fishing during low-light periods in 10 to 14 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point in Walker Bay also has produced walleyes. Largemouth bass reports continue to be good from the reeds and rice beds in most bays.

August 1st, 2019
Look for walleyes to hit a spinner rig along the 15- to 20-foot shoreline breaks or 25- to 30-foot humps in Walker Bay. Cover water with crankbaits or spinner rigs in 15 to 20 feet for walleyes in Trader’s Bay, the Snake Pit, Hardwoods, and Duck point areas. Leadcore and crankbaits are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on the south end. Muskie action has been good on the rocks, while the rice beds in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay are kicking out largemouth bass.


July 2019

July 25th, 2019
Bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers seem to be working best on the main lake rocks for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are turning walleyes each evening along the 10- to 15-foot breaks in Walker Bay. There’s also been some daytime action with Jiggin’ Raps on the humps and points in Walker Bay. A few muskies are being seen on the rocks, while the reed beds in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay are giving up largemouth bass.

July 18th, 2019
You need to cover water and key on low-light periods of the day for walleyes. The best reports are coming off the rocks in 10 to 15 feet with spinner rigs and crawlers. The Annex, Pelican Island, and Submarine Island are good starting points. Walleyes also are being caught on the 9- to 15-foot breaks and weeds with slip bobbers and leeches around Sand Point and Cedar Point during the evening hours. Live-bait rigs and redtails are turning walleyes on the deep humps in Walker Bay. Muskie action has been best with bucktails or topwater baits on the rocks.

July 11th, 2019
Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes on the main lake rock in 15 to 20 feet or the 9- to 12-foot weeds in Sucker Bay. The north end humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes, as are the breaks off Cedar and Sand points in 12 to 14 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but catching only a few on the weeds with topwater baits. Jerkbaits are turning smallmouth bass on the rocks, and plastics are working for largemouth in the bays.

July 4th, 2019
Anglers are covering water with spinner rigs and leeches or live-bait rigs and crawlers on the main lake for walleyes. Hit the points, shoreline breaks, and rocks in 12 to 16 feet. The sharp, shoreline breaks in Walker Bay continue to produce walleyes, and if there’s a good wind, a jig or slip bobber and leech will turn walleyes on the points and shorelines in less than 10 feet. Muskies are being raised from the weeds, but with the recent warm up, look for the rocks to kick out fish as well.


June 2019

June 27th, 2019
The 12- to 15-foot rocks, points, flats, and shoreline breaks are producing walleyes on spinners or live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches. There’s some low-light walleye action with slip bobbers or crankbaits around Pine Point and Sand Point in 9 to 12 feet. The 12- to 15-foot breaks and points in Walker Bay started producing more walleyes as well. Muskie action has been best with rubber baits or topwater on the weeds in the bigger bays.

June 20th, 2019
Spinners and crawlers or leeches and live-bait rigs are producing walleyes on the rock edges, south end breaks, and main lake structure in 12 to 16 feet. Walleyes also are hitting on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines in Portage and Sucker bays or in 9 to 14 feet off Cedar Point and Sand Point. Muskie action has been better on the weeds than rocks, largemouth are hitting in shallow water in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay, and the south end rocks are kicking out smallmouths.

June 13th, 2019
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the wind-driven points and shorelines in 7 to 10 feet. Walleye action also has picked up on main lake structure such as the rocks and deeper points with leeches or nightcrawlers in 9 to 14 feet. Northern pike have become active in the emerging weeds throughout the lake, the reeds in Boy Bay are holding panfish, and largemouth bass reports have been excellent from the shallow bays.

June 6th, 2019
There’s been a bit of transition with the walleyes over the past week with more fish being taken on crawlers and leeches on the 12- to 14-foot structure, especially during midday hours. Walleyes also are hitting minnows or leeches during low-light periods and windy conditions on the shoreline breaks and points in 6 to 9 feet. Largemouth bass action has been excellent in the shallow weeds and reed areas and some muskies are being raised from shallow vegetation as well.


May 2019

May 30th, 2019
Walleye action continues to be strong along most wind-driven points and shorelines in 6 to 10 feet. Depending on wind direction, spots such as the Hardwoods, Pine Point, GrandVu Flats, Meadows, Duck Points, Star/Oak, and the Mounds are worth hitting. You’ll find nice perch mixed in and despite cool water temperatures, bluegills and crappies are being found in the shallow water of most bays.

May 23rd, 2019
If the wind is blowing, walleyes continue to be caught on the wind-driven points and shorelines with a jig and minnow. On those bright, calm days, walleye action has been best in 10 to 15 feet with minnows or crawlers. Bigger perch have set up on the points and flats in 6 to 10 feet, while crappie reports remain favorable out of Shingobee Bay, Pumphouse Bay and Sucker Bay.

May 16th, 2019
Walleye reports have varied, but the south end has been giving up good numbers of fish in 4 to 8 feet on jigs and minnows. Areas such as the Meadows, Hardwoods, Star Point, Oak Point, or First and Second Duck points have all been giving up walleyes. Crappies remain active in the shallow bays and harbors with better reports coming out of Portage Bay and Sucker Bay.

May 9th, 2019
Anglers have started to find some crappies in the shallow lagoons or bays. Most of the better reports are coming out of Boy Bay and Sucker Bay in less than 8 feet. With some stable, bright weather expect the crappie bite to keep improving in most bays.

May 2nd, 2019
Walker Bay, Steamboat Bay, and Kabekona Bay were ice-free early this week. There was still some floating ice on the main lake, but it’s expected to be gone by this weekend or early next week. There has been some decent crappie reports coming out of Sucker Bay in 10 feet.


April 2019

April 25th, 2019
There was still plenty of ice on the lake early this week, but the shorelines are open and the ice is turning black. It appears as though it won’t take long for the ice to go if it stays warm, rains, or there’s a combination of both.

April 18th, 2019
Ice fishing options were limited early this week and most shorelines will likely be open far enough to prevent people from getting on the lake by this weekend. Those that went out also reported soft main lake ice conditions.

April 11th, 2019
There was still quite a bit of activity last weekend for tullibees and perch, but a lot of anglers reported that the shorelines are getting rough and main lake ice is getting soft. If you can get on the ice, the bite should be good, but many people stated that it was risky early this week.

April 4th, 2019
Many anglers have been walking out and some shorelines are getting soft, but ATVs were being used on some access areas early this week as well. Perch reports have been good in 4 to 8 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, and Agency Bay Narrows. Tullibee reports also have been decent off Stoney Point in 25 to 35 feet, and Shingobee Bay is giving up a mixed bag of panfish.


March 2019

March 28th, 2019
There is still quite a bit of slush in spots and some shorelines have started to pull away, but ATVs were being used early this week. That may change by the weekend so call ahead. Tullibees were being found suspended off Stony Point and other deep-water locations. Perch reports have improved off Sand Point, in the Narrows, and in Agency Bay over 9 to 12 feet. You still have to do some sorting, but better numbers of jumbos were being caught.

March 21st, 2019
The lake continues to be a mess with slush still causing issues. A few people have been walking out, but struggling with the current conditions. Even anglers with track vehicles are experiencing a tough go of it with all the slush. As a result, fishing reports of any kind have been minimal again this week.

March 14th, 2019
The majority of activity over the past week has been from anglers trying to get their fish houses off the lake and that’s been difficult. Deep snow and slush is causing major travel issues across the lake so fishing has been minimal.

March 7th, 2019
There isn’t much to report other than it’s very difficult moving around the lake. Deep snow, slush, and drifts have made travel nearly impossible and fishing pressure has limited as a result. Anglers trying to remove their fish houses have found it to be a struggle due to conditions.


February 2019

February 28th, 2019
The lake is a mess after last weekend’s wind and snow. Drifts and slush have caused major issues throughout the lake, while anglers and resort owners alike were still in clean up mode early this week. Make some calls before heading out this weekend to see if lake conditions have improved and what access or travel options exist.

February 21st, 2019
The lake is covered with deep snow and slush, and even the spots where roads are plowed are starting to experience some flooding issues in areas. Off-road travel is nearly impossible without some type of track vehicle, and you’ll come across pockets of slush on those as well. There are some opportunities to get around parts of the lake, primarily in Walker Bay, out of Trapper’s Landing, and a few other areas, but it’s tough to get around. The few walleyes being caught are coming from the humps in Walker Bay over 30 feet or more and on the 16- to 20-foot structure on the main lake.

February 14th, 2019
Setlines and shiner minnows are producing a few walleyes each evening on the 15- to 20-foot points or 30- to 35-foot humps in Walker Bay. Some perch are being caught on the north side of Walker Bay or Agency Bay in 12 to 18 feet. The deep water in Walker Bay also is worth hitting for eelpout. There are roads plowed to some areas of the lake, but a snowmobile is your best option – it allows you to get away from the crowds.

February 7th, 2019
Shiner minnows continue to produce a few walleyes throughout Walker Bay in 22 to 32 feet. The south shore flats out of Trapper’s Landing also are producing some walleyes over 20 to 25 feet. Sand Point continues to produce perch in 6 to 12 feet, but you have to sort through a lot of small fish and you’ll increase your odds of putting a few more jumbos on the ice if you’re willing to stay on the move. Snowmobiles are the best mode of transportation since it’s tough to get off the plowed roads that exist.


January 2019

January 31st, 2019
Walleyes continue to bite best after dark on structure or shoreline breaks in 16 to 30 feet. Since last weekend, weather conditions haven’t allowed anglers to move around so those with permanent houses have been taking what they can get. Perch reports also have been limited, but look to the Sand Point, Pine Point, and Goose Island areas in 6 to 14 feet.

January 24th, 2019
Anglers are sorting through their perch and those that stay on the move are putting together a nice bunch of fish off Sand Point in 6 to 10 feet or north of Goose Island in 6 to 12 feet. On the south end, the Claybanks and Red Rocks areas are producing perch in 6 to 12 feet. Walleye action has been spotty with the best reports coming from low-light periods on the breaks and humps in Walker Bay in 18 to 30 feet.

January 17th, 2019
Anglers are sorting through numbers of small perch, but coming up with decent bunches of keepers off Sand Point in 9 to 12 feet or Boy Bay and Agency Bay in slightly deeper water. Walleyes continue to be caught, but reports have been best from those on the move, fishing overnight, and getting away from the crowds. The main lake points, flats, and reefs have been productive in 14 to 22 feet and the deep humps in Walker Bay are producing fish as well.

January 10th, 2019
Walleyes are being caught on the south shore humps and reefs in 18 to 24 feet, but the anglers catching the most fish have remained mobile or stayed well past sunset. The 40- to 50-foot humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes, again during low-light periods. You’ll also pluck some walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 22 feet or the 12- to 14-humps around Templar Point, Fisher’s Point, and the Breezy area. Sand Point is giving up some walleyes and perch in 9 to 12 feet, although you have to sort through numbers of small perch.

January 3rd, 2019
You’ll hook walleyes and a few perch off Sand Point in 12 to 15 feet or off the rocks and humps on the south end out of Trapper’s Landing in 17 to 19 feet. Some walleyes also are being caught in 16 to 20 feet in Agency Bay and Trader’s Bay. Ice conditions are generally good even with more than 14 inches of snow hitting the area late last week. There’s some thinner ice, slush, and cracks in Walker Bay so talk to a resort before venturing out.



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