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Leech Lake Fishing Reports - 2015

Leech Lake Area

December 25th, 2015
Much of Walker Bay remained open as of Tuesday morning, but there is more ice on the main lake this week than last. A few anglers have been walking on 2 to 4 inches of ice in Trader’s Bay, out of Trapper’s Landing and Pine Point. They’ve been getting out to about 9 feet of water and finding a few walleyes. The area’s small lakes do have much better ice conditions and offer more favorable fishing options.

December 18th, 2015
Ice fishing still isn’t an option with the main lake wide open and very limited ice in the bays – the ice that did exist actually deteriorated this week. If it gets cold enough, some limited ice-fishing options could exist by the weekend, but call ahead.

December 11th, 2015
While there is some ice in the bays, walking on it is not recommended after another week of warm weather. The walleye season is open again here and a few anglers have been able to get out in boats due to the lack of ice. They’ve reported catching numbers of fat, healthy looking fish.

December 4th, 2015
The main lake is wide open with skim ice in the bays and along many of the shorelines. There’s nothing fishable at this point, but look to the bays to be the first areas with walkable ice as soon as the weather gets cold again.

November 27th, 2015
Ice is very limited with a thin layer taking hold along the shorelines and wind-protected bays and harbors. The big bays and main-lake areas were ice-free early this week. If it gets cold enough, some of the small lakes tucked back in the woods could have walkable ice soon.

November 20th, 2015
Muskie anglers have been out in big numbers and catching quite a few fish. Most have been coming off the reef edges where the fish are staging, waiting for the tullibees to move on top. Water temperatures are just about cool enough to drive hoards of tullibees to the tops of the reefs. Several reports of jumbo perch catches have come out of Isle and Twin bays in 15 feet.

November 13th, 2015
Fishing pressure has been light, but a few anglers are finding some walleyes on Otter Tail Point or the Hardwoods when the wind blows. There hasn’t been much for new ducks moving through, but hunters report seeing more deer than a year ago. Harvest has been somewhat limited since hunters are in bucks-only or lottery areas throughout the region.

November 6th, 2015
A few more muskies have been caught this week including a couple reported catches of 50-inch fish. But water temperatures need to drop a bit more for these fish to really start hitting in shallow water; they seem to be staging at this point. There’s also been a few reports of jumbo perch coming from Isle Bay in 15 feet and smallmouth bass action remains consistently good on the rocks and points.

October 30th, 2015
Water temperatures are at or nearing the point that tullibees should start showing up on the shallow rock piles and reefs so those areas should be worked for consistent muskie action. Smallmouth bass can still be had on the rocks as well, although fishing pressure for them has been limited.

October 23rd, 2015
Fishing pressure continues to be limited with a few smallmouth bass and muskie anglers on the lake. Look for muskies on the edges of the rock reefs where tullibees spawn and smallmouths on middepth rock reefs.

October 16th, 2015
Look for smallmouth bass on shallow to middepth rock reefs and use caution on these reefs because the buoys marking them have been removed. Look for muskies on the edges of the rock reefs and this bite should only get better as the tullibees move onto the rocks and muskies begin feeding on them. There were several reports of big perch caught this week on the 6- to 8-foot rocks.

October 9th, 2015
Fishing reports have been limited, mainly due to a lack of anglers. Muskies and pike should be hitting on the weedlines in most bays or on the shallow rock reefs. Look for smallmouth bass scattered between the reefs and areas with large boulders.

October 2nd, 2015
Angler numbers remain low so it’s been difficult to gauge fishing success. The few who are venturing out continue to find smallmouth bass on the rock reefs and rock points. Live bait, crankbaits, and plastics are all producing fish. Muskie and pike anglers continue to be scarce.

September 24, 2015
Walleye fishing has improved, but still isn’t as consistent as most would expect. Pitch a jig and minnow combination in 9 to 12 feet off Sand Point, GrandVu Flats, and Hardwoods during the evening hours for better numbers of fish. Catching perch is not a problem, but there continues to be a lot of small fish in the mix off Sand Point and the Narrows in 6 to 9 feet. Muskies continue to be scattered between the rocks and weeds, with the evening hours proving to be most productive.

September 17, 2015
A jig and minnow has become the primary presentation for walleyes on the West Goose Flats, Meadows, and deep structure in Walker Bay. Muskie reports have slowed, but some fish are being taken with topwater baits along the bulrush and wild rice edges. You still have to do some sorting, but perch are biting on the east side of the narrows in 6 to 9 feet.

September 10, 2015
A jig and minnow is starting to produce walleyes during morning and evening hours around Goose Island, GrandVu Flats, the Meadows, and Pine Point in 8 to 14 feet. Minnows also are taking walleyes and some big pike on the deep humps in Walker Bay. Troll crankbaits at night off Sand Point for walleyes in 9 to 12 feet. Muskie, perch, and sunfish reports have been poor, but bass have hit along rice bed edges.

February 2, 2015
Setlines with large minnows are turning walleyes on the 15- to 20- foot humps in Walker Bay. Cedar Point is giving up walleyes in 12 to 18 feet, as are the main lake flats in 12 to 15 feet. Catching perch involves sorting numbers along the 12- to 15- foot sand and shoreline breaks in?Walker Bay or in shallower water off Goose Island and Pine Point.

January 27, 2015
You have to stay on the move, but walleyes and northern pike are being caught on the flats and shoreline breaks on the main lake and in Walker Bay over 10 to 14 feet. Look for perch to be mixed in, but you have to sort through quite a few small fish.

January 15, 2015
Walleyes have been caught on the humps in Walker Bay in 25 to 40 feet and the main bay breaks in 18 to 25 feet. The south end of Walker Bay has been producing walleyes as well in 20 to 26 feet. Look to Pine Point, Goose Island and the Hardwoods for walleyes and a few perch in 10 to 15 feet. Perch have been caught in good numbers, but they have to be sorted through.

January 8, 2015
Walleyes and perch are hitting off Pine Point and the shoreline breaks in Walker Bay in 10 to 14 feet. Walleyes also have started showing up on the deep humps in Walker Bay, but most have been running small. Some of the best walleye action is taking place after dark on setlines and shiner minnows. Northern pike have been active in less than 12 feet in most bays and main lake structure.


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