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Leech Lake Fishing Reports

Leech Lake Area


December 29th, 2016
This will be our last report of 2016. New Years weekend fishing is looking like it will be quite good, ice conditions are quickly improving with the main lake having an average thinkness of 10-14 inches but still has many ridges, while Walker Bay is still thin at about 5 inches with some bad breaks. The rockpiles off the main lake have been offering some great Walleye fishing in the 15 foot range.

December 22nd, 2016
Much of the main lake has 8 to 11 inches of ice, but there are some cracks and ice heaves to watch for. Walleyes are being caught off Stoney Point and Pine Point in 12 to 14 feet. In Walker Bay, anglers are reporting varying ice depths from 4 to 8 inches with people mainly fishing off the first shoreline breaks and catching some walleyes during low-light periods. ATVs are being used in Agency Bay and Trader’s Bay, but fishing reports have been limited.

December 16th, 2016
The entire lake is now ice-covered and some limited fishing has begun. Anglers have started walking out “a couple hundred yards” on parts of the south end and off Pine and Stoney points. Early this week, 3 to 5 inches of ice was reported in these areas so there should be some decent fishing options by this weekend.

December 8th, 2016
A few anglers were still trolling crankbaits at night last week and catching walleyes. That’s likely come to an end this week with the cold air arriving and ice expected to develop rapidly.

December 1st, 2016
While some ice had started to form on the shorelines and in some shallow bays, most of it was gone this week due to the rain and wind. Reports of any kind will continue to be limited until some of the small lakes in this area offer walkable ice.

November 17th, 2016
Fishing pressure has been extremely limited since the deer season began, but those that still have their boats out are catching walleyes, mainly in shallow water or on the deep breaks and humps in Walker Bay. Look for a push of ducks to move in with cooler weather expected this weekend. Hunters are seeing deer and filling tags with deer they might have passed on during the first week of the season.

November 10th, 2016
Most of the effort shifted from the lake to the woods, with many sitting in deer stands this week. Reports indicated that there are a few more deer in the area than last year. Some hunters did well and others passed on deer in fear they’d spoil in the heat. Although angling pressure has been light, those going are catching big walleyes in shallow water on minnows during the day and with crankbaits at night.

November 3rd, 2016
Walker Bay is still producing some amazing Walleye's in the deeper bowls, with best results seen with jigs. Perch and Panfish have picked up in the weedy shallows. Sucker Bay has also been producing some agressive muskie as of late, when using spoons and crankbaits

October 27th, 2016
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes over 50 to 70 feet in Walker Bay during the day. You’ll also catch a few walleyes with jigs on the wind-driven points on certain days. After dark, trolling crankbaits in shallow water off the points and shoreline breaks has produced walleyes. Muskies are scattered with the best reports coming off the rocks on North Bar, Otter Tail Point, and Pelican. Perch remain shallow, but haven’t bit as consistently. Grouse hunting has improved, and although some new ducks moved in, hunters are seeing big numbers at this point.

October 20th, 2016
Work the wind-driven shoreline points and breaks with a jig and minnow for walleyes. Bigger pods of fish are being found on rocky structure in 6 to 8 feet, especially if it’s windy, and bigger minnows seem to be working best. At night, troll crankbaits in less than 12 feet around the points and breaks for walleyes. Perch continue to be pulled from the narrows, Sand Point, and GrandVu Flats area in 6 to 8 feet, and muskie anglers continue to find bigger fish on the rocks. Grouse hunting has improved, but there hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area.

October 13th, 2016
Daytime walleye action continues to be less consistent than most expect, but water temps still haven’t dropped a lot. A jig and minnow is recommended during the day on any wind-driven point or shoreline – just keep moving until you connect with an active pod of fish. At night, crankbaits are producing fish from Sand Point to Cedar Point, along Pine Point, and on the shoreline breaks in Walker Bay. Muskies are active on the rocks. Perch are in the 6- to 8-foot cabbage and points. Duck hunters aren’t finding many new birds. Grouse reports are improving

October 6th, 2016
Walleye reports have been up and down, but a jig and minnow is your best option on the south side of Pelican Island, Otter Tail Point, and the Hardwoods – work wind-driven shorelines. Perch are going strong in 6 to 8 feet off Sand Point and throughout the Narrows. Muskie reports continue to be good on the rocks. Grouse hunters are seeing birds. A few more ringbills have moved into the area for duck hunters.

September 29th, 2016
Between strong wind events, perch are being caught in the Narrows, Sand Point, Meadows, and Grand Vu areas in 6 to 8 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on the wind-driven points and shorelines in less than 10 feet – water temperatures have dipped below 60 degrees. Muskie action remains strong on the main lake rocks and south end structure. Most hunting parties shot ducks, but not a lot of limits were taken – wood ducks and teal were most abundant.

September 22nd, 2016
Muskie reports are favorable on the main lake shallow rocks and bulrushes in most bays. There’s been improvement with the perch bite, although anglers continue to sort through these fish. Look to the Walker Narrows, Sand Point, shallow weed flats and bulrushes to hold numbers. Walleye action has been slow, but a few have taken minnows in the weeds, on flats, and wind-driven shorelines or points.

September 15th, 2016
The jig and minnow bite is picking up along shallow weeds, shoreline breaks, and points as water temperatures continue to drop. Crankbaits also will produce walleyes on the flats, points, and wind-driven shorelines during the day and at night. Perch action has picked up on the shallow weeds during the afternoon hours and with some sorting, you can put together a nice bunch of fish. Most muskies are being found on rocks and windy points in less than 12 feet.

September 8th, 2016
The 10- to 14-foot breaks and weeds off Sand Point and Cedar Point are producing walleyes on crawlers. The wind-driven points and shorelines are starting to hold more walleyes, most of which are being caught on minnows or blown-up crawlers. The shallow weeds and rocks continue to provide consistent muskie action, while Boy Bay is a safe bet for northern pike and Steamboat Bay is producing largemouth bass.

September 2nd, 2016
Walleye reports have improved off Otter Tail Point, Annex, and West Goose Flats areas. Crankbaits are working best in 9 to 12 feet. There’s also an evening crankbait bite off Sand Point and Cedar Point in Walker Bay. Muskies remain active on the shallow rocks and weeds, with bucktails and topwater baits working best in the Pelican Island, Portage Bay, and Pipe Island areas.

August 26th, 2016
Muskies are tight to shore and hitting topwater baits in Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, around Pelican Island, and Pipe Island. Crankbaits continue to work best for walleyes in 9 to 15 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point, Templar Point, and West Goose Flats. Largemouth bass are in the cabbage areas of most bays. Smallies continue to be plucked off the main lake rocks.

August 19th, 2016
Muskies are tight to shore and hitting topwater baits in Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, around Pelican Island, and Pipe Island. Crankbaits continue to work best for walleyes in 9 to 15 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point, Templar Point, and West Goose Flats. Largemouth bass are in the cabbage areas of most bays. Smallies continue to be plucked off the main lake rocks.

August 12th, 2016
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes during the early morning and evening hours on Mounds Point and Sand Point in 7 to 10 feet. A spinner and crawler also is working on the Snake Pit and Meadows area in 12 to 14 feet and trolling crankbaits in the evenings near Pine, Sand, and Star points is worth trying as well. Muskies continue to be caught at a good pace on the main lake rocks or weedlines in Portage and Sucker bays.

August 4th, 2016
Walleyes are being caught on live-bait rigs and crawlers along the 14- to 18-foot breaks in Walker Bay. During the evening hours, a slip bobber and leech combination is turning walleyes off Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet. Other midday walleye options include Pine Point and West Goose Flats in 12 feet if the wind is hitting them. Pitch the docks and reeds in any bay for largemouth bass, while Boy Bay is giving up sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Muskie action has been up and down, but topwater baits remain the best option on the rocks.

July 29th, 2016
Topwater baits have produced muskies on the rock and weed areas of West Bar, North Bar, Pipe Island, and Sucker and Portage bays. A spinner and crawler are triggering walleyes in 14 to 18 feet on West Goose Flats and in Portage Bay, and there is some evening crankbait action in 9 to 15 feet. Jigging Rapalas are producing walleyes on the humps in Walker Bay as well. Work the deep reeds with plastics in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay for bass.

July 22nd, 2016
Muskie reports have really picked up from the rocks and weeds, with topwater baits around Diamond Point and in Portage Bay or Deadhead Bay, among other spots. Trolling Shad Raps on West Goose Flats or between First and Second Duck points has produced walleyes. Leadcore and crankbaits also are producing over deep water in Walker Bay.

July 15th, 2016
The Pelican Island and Snake Pit areas are producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet, as is Otter Tail Point in 18 to 22 feet. During low-light periods, pitch jigs or slip-bobber rigs with leeches on the 8- to 14-foot break in Walker Bay for walleyes as well. A few more muskies are being raised in the weeds throughout Sucker Bay, but there haven’t been a lot of big fish reported.

July 8th, 2016
Hit the rock areas such as Submarine Island and the Annex with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers for walleyes in 12 to 16 feet. The 12- to 14-foot breaks and weed areas off Sand Point and Cedar Point in Walker Bay started producing a few walleyes, as are the deep humps in Walker Bay. If the wind blows, the points and shallower weeds will produce walleyes, and the crankbait bite at night is picking up in 9 to 14 feet. Hit the cabbage in any bay for largemouth bass or the main-lake rocks for smallmouth. The weeds in Portage and Sucker bays have produced a few muskies.

July 1st, 2016
Strong winds and a mayfly hatch have slowed walleye action, but the bite was starting to rebound early this week. Trolling Shad Raps early and late each day has produced fish on the rocks in 12 to 20 feet. Spinner rigs and leeches also are turning walleyes on the main-lake structure in 12 to 14 feet, and the humps in Walker Bay have started giving up fish as well. Muskies continue to be tough to find, with an occasional fish pulled from the cabbage.

June 24th, 2016
Spinners and crawlers or live-bait rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot rock areas such as the Annex and Submarine Island. Work the Meadows in 7 to 12 feet, the Snake Pit in 15 to 18 feet, and Cedar Point in 16 to 20 feet with the same presentations. Largemouth bass are hitting in the cabbage in most bays and smallmouth bass remain active on the main lake rocks. Muskie angling pressure has been light with a few reports coming out of Portage and Sucker bays.

June 17th, 2016
Walleyes are being caught on leadcore and crankbaits on the main basin over 16 to 25 feet. The main lake rocks, the Hardwoods, Meadows, and Duck Points are giving up walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 10 to 14 feet. The wind-driven points and shoreline breaks are giving up some walleyes as well. Muskie reports have been limited, but largemouth bass fishing has been strong in Steamboat Bay, and the south shore rocks are producing smallmouth bass.

June 10th, 2016
The south-end rock, main-lake rock, First Duck Point, Second Duck Point, and the Hardwoods are all producing fish. Look for wind-driven areas to hold the most active fish. The weeds in Sucker Bay and Portage Bay are producing walleyes as well. A jig and minnow or live-bait rigs with crawlers and leeches are producing fish. A few muskies have been caught in the cabbage weeds, and northern pike are biting throughout the lake.

June 3rd, 2016
Walleyes are active but scattered throughout various parts of the lake. Generally, the wind-driven shorelines, points, and main-lake structure have been best in 9 to 14 feet. West Goose Flats, Little Hardwoods Point, Pine Point, Agency Bay, and the GrandVu area are all good starting points. A jig and minnow, leeches, and crawlers are all part of the mix this week. There are plenty of northern pike mixed in, and there have been some good panfish reports from Portage and Boy bays.

May 27th, 2016
Walleyes are biting best when the wind blows, with minnows and leeches working best. Work north of the Two Points area in Portage Bay, the Hardwoods, Duck points, and Stoney Point. There have been numbers of northern pike mixed in, and some of the bays and harbors are producing crappies.

May 20th, 2016
Some of the best walleye reports are coming from 10 to 12 feet with a jig and minnow. The fish seem to be more scattered, and it’s helped to stay on the move if the bite slows in a specific area. Varying degrees of success are coming from the Duck Point area, Hardwoods, GrandVu Flats, Portage Bay, and Sugar Point.

May 13th, 2016
Crappies are being caught, but they seem to be moving in and out of the shallows and there aren’t big numbers of fish being caught. Key on the afternoon hours in the boat harbors, Boy Bay, Steamboat Bay, and Shingobee Bay.

May 6th, 2016
Crappie action has picked up in shallow water on many of the area’s small lakes. On Leech, crappies seem to be moving in and out of the shallows, with Shingobee Bay and Sucker Bay providing early action.

April 29th, 2016
Panfish action is slowly developing in the shallow bays, but it has not been outstanding. Cool weather continues to keep water temperatures down and that’s preventing crappies from moving shallow.

April 15th, 2016
There was a lot more ice than open water early this week. There is some open water around some of the points, in the bays, and along the shorelines, but the wind is pushing it. There’s a chance that most of the ice that remains could be gone by the end of this weekend or early next week.

April 8th, 2016
The small lakes in this area are open and there is some open spots around the bridges and channel areas in the bays on the big lake. Most of the main lake is covered with ice and it has not started to break up, but it is expected to go out fast once it warms up.

April 1st, 2016
There’s still a lot of ice on the main lake, but the shorelines are gone and the ice that remains is no longer safe to walk on. It’s between seasons here as fishermen wait for open-water options to develop.

March 24th, 2016
There was some limited ice-fishing activity in a few bays last weekend, but that’s no longer an option. Main-lake ice varies in depth and appears honeycombed, while most shorelines have pulled away, as well. Ice fishing has ended here.

March 18th, 2016
Main-lake ice is black, looks chewed up, and the shorelines are opening. After Tuesday’s rain, finding walkable ice will be day to day, so call ahead for lake conditions going into this weekend.

March 11th, 2016
It’s likely that ATVs will be the best travel option by this weekend. Perch reports have been spotty with anglers finding numbers of fish, but not a lot of bigger perch. Staying mobile has produced better numbers of bigger fish in 9 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, Goose Island, and in Agency Bay. Tullibee reports have been limited and the north end of Sucker Bay is worth noting for bluegills.

March 4th, 2016
Anglers continue to sort through perch, but better numbers of jumbos have started showing up around Sand Point, Pine Point, and the narrows in 4 to 7 feet. Some tullibees have started being found suspended off Stoney Point and the deep hole off Goose Island.

February 26th, 2016
Walleye fishing has been slow with a few fish being caught during the evening hours on the east shore of Walker Bay in 30 to 32 feet. Perch reports have improved off Pine Point to Goose Island, and up to Sucker Bay in 8 to 12 feet.

February 19th, 2016
The 28- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes, while the Pine Point area is giving up a few walleyes and perch in 10 to 15 feet. You’ll also find perch in 8 to 14 feet off Sand Point and Shingobee Bay started giving up crappies in 30 to 34 feet.

February 11th, 2016
Walleye action has really slowed on the main lake with some fish still being caught in deep water throughout Walker Bay or off Cedar Point in 16 to 18 feet. You have to sort through some small fish, but perch are being caught in the Narrows over 6 to 8 feet and north of Goose Island in 8 to 12 feet.

February 5th, 2016
Walleye action has been pretty decent during low-light periods on the humps in Walker Bay over 28 to 40 feet of water. The GrandVu Flats area also is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. You have to sort through your perch to put together some keeping-sized fish, but they are biting on the 7- to 10-foot sand/grass areas off Sand Point, Star Point, and the Hardwoods area.

January 29th, 2016
Walleye action has picked up off Pine Point toward Goose Island and the Narrows in 10 to 15 feet. You’ll also find walleyes out of Trapper’s Landing in 18 to 22 feet or the 35-foot humps and shallower shoreline breaks in Walker Bay.

January 21st, 2016
Walleye reports have been best off the main lake, primarily the south shore reefs such as Huddle’s and Olson’s in 14 to 16 feet. There’s also some evening walleye action on the 26- to 36-foot humps in Walker Bay. Perch are biting, but you have to do a lot of sorting through small fish in 6 to 12 feet off Pine Point and the GrandVu area.

January 15th, 2016
Walker Bay continues to have varying ice depths, so ATVs remain the best option, but main-lake ice has improved. Walleyes are being caught along the shoreline breaks or 28- to 34- foot humps in Walker Bay. Again, portables and ATVs are suggested. Walleyes also can be had during low-light periods in 12 to 14 feet in Trader’s Bay, off Pine Point, and at the GrandVu Flats area. Some perch are being caught in the narrows over 5 to 7 feet of water.

January 8th, 2016
East - Most bays have 8 inches of ice and although main-lake ice conditions are improving, check with a resort before venturing out. Perch are being caught on the reef edges and outside the edges of the bays in 12 to 18 feet. Good numbers of walleyes are being taken on spoons and minnow heads in 16 to 24 feet. Angling and spearing for pike has been good in the bays such as Isle, Cove, and Wahkon.

 

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