Leech Lake Area
December 29, 2017
Walker Bay continues to give up a few walleyes during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet. The main-lake rocks and reefs are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Trader’s Bay and the Goose Island breaks also are producing fish in 12 to 14 feet. Ice conditions have improved, with the recent cold front shoring up many of the areas that had marginal ice, but you still need to watch where you’re going on some main-lake areas. Extended cold could take care of that.
December 22, 2017
Ice conditions have improved, but depths still vary from pockets of thin ice to as much as 13 inches in some bays and main lake areas. It’s a tricky deal at this point since some areas are not safe for any form of travel, while ATVs are being used in other spots. The first shoreline break, 18 to 25 feet in Walker Bay is giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods. Look to Sand Point for walleyes and a few keeping-size perch in less than 12 feet and some of the main-lake reefs, those with good ice in and around them, are giving up walleyes in 15 to 20 feet.
December 15, 2017
The main lake has 2 to 7 inches of ice, but it varies throughout the basin. Thin ice was still being found in many areas and there was a pocket of open water from Pine Point to Goose Island earlier this week. Trader’s Bay has 5 to 9 inches of ice and Walker Bay is now ice-covered with a thin layer. Anglers have just started to venture out.
December 8, 2017
Walker Bay was wide open on Tuesday morning, but some of the other bays were ice-capped. The wind early this week kept pockets of open water from locking up on the main lake, although some limited foot travel has started, not far from shore on parts of the main lake. The small lakes have better ice conditions, and they’re providing better fishing options.
December 1, 2017
With the exception of some shoreline ice, the entire lake is again wide open. This week’s wind and high temperatures took care of most of the ice that had started to form – there was still a boat or two in Walker Bay last weekend. Anglers are fishing the small lakes for panfish where 4 to 6 inches of ice is being found.
November 24, 2017
After strong winds on Tuesday, any thin ice that had formed on the main basin had re-opened. With the exception of ice on the wind-protected bays and shorelines, there was more open water than ice early this week. Some small lakes in this area have enough ice to walk on, but you need to check it as you go since ice depths vary.
November 17, 2017
Much of the main lake and bays were capped with ice, but conditions likely changed after rain and warm weather early this week – there were still boats in Walker Bay on Monday. The small lakes in the area are capped as well, and some walkable ice has formed on a few small lakes.
November 9, 2017
Deer and duck hunting reports have been good. There were good numbers of deer shot and most were happy. A push of new ducks into the area also has provided success for waterfowl hunters. Ice is limited, but most lakes were open this week.
November 2, 2017
A handful of die-hard anglers have ventured out this past week, but fishing pressure has been light due to strong winds and cold temperatures. Walleye reports have been limited to a few big fish coming out of deep water in Walker Bay. Although muskie reports have been slow look to the shallow rocks for fish.
October 27, 2017
A jig and minnow is finally producing decent walleye numbers on the wind-driven points and shorelines. Some walleyes also are coming from the deep breaks in Walker Bay. Muskie action is limited, but perch are being caught in 8 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Mounds Point, and the Meadows. Hunters are shooting a mixed bag of ducks including more ringnecks and mallards, while grouse hunting action has been noticeably better over the past week.
October 20, 2017
The deep rocks and 16- to 22-foot breaks on the main lake have been giving up walleyes during the day. If the wind is blowing, you will find active fish along the wind-driven shorelines and points in less than 12 feet during the day as well. Some anglers are trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet during the day or in shallower depths at night in Walker Bay and also hooking some walleyes. Muskie aaction continues to be best on the rocks, but fishing pressure for them has been light. Look for nice perch in deep water, but more numbers in less than 12 feet. There hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area and grouse hunting reports have been pretty good since the leaves have come down.
October 4, 2017
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and perch in 9 to 14 feet north of Shingobee Island, the Annex, Submarine Island, and North Bar. Similar depths from Sand Point to Cedar Point in Walker Bay have been productive as well. Topwater baits have been best for muskies off Otter Tail Point and the north end of Portage Bay. There hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area, but ringnecks, teal, and wood ducks are being shot.
September 29th, 2017
Perch and walleye action picked up a bit since last week with good reports coming from 9 to 14 feet on Mounds Point, Sand Point, Pine Point, the rocks south of Bear Island, and off Goose Island. Minnows are producing walleyes on the main lake rocks or east shore of Walker Bay in 8 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits at night has produced walleyes from Sand Point to Cedar Point as well. Muskies are being taken with bucktails or topwater baits on the main lake rocks. Most groups shot ducks opening weekend with wood ducks, teal, ringbills, and a few mallards in bags.
August 17th, 2017
There’s a morning walleye bite with redtails or Jiggin’ Raps on the humps in Walker Bay. Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on the Snake Pit Flats and Annex area. Trolling crankbaits after dark in the Sand Point area has produced walleyes as well in 9 to 14 feet. Bucktails or topwater baits have worked best for muskies on the rocks and the rice beds in Boy Bay are kicking out largemouth bass.
August 11th, 2017
Slow-death rigs or spinners tipped with crawlers are turning a few walleyes on the main lake rocks or 10- to 14-foot weedlines. Some fish are being pulled from the shallow weeds as well. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce walleyes off Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet during the evening hours and after dark. Hit the reeds in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay for largemouth bass and the deep, main lake rocks for smallmouth. Bucktails and topwater baits are the best options for muskies on the rocks as well.
August 7th, 2017
Walleye action has been spotty with a few fish hitting spinners and crawlers on the Hardwoods and Goose Island Flats. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches have turned some walleyes in 8 to 12 feet during the evening hours off Pine Point, Sand Point, and in Trader’s Bay. Muskie reports have been mostly positive with bucktails or plastics on the rocks and bass are hitting in the “slop” in most bays.
July 27th, 2017
Crankbaits or slow-death rigs with crawlers are producing walleyes on the 9- to 14-foot weedlines or main lake reefs in 17 to 25 feet. Muskie action has improved with bucktails in Sucker, Portage, and Kabekona bays. Look for largemouth in the reeds and weeds of Boy Bay, Portage Bay, and Sucker Bay or smallies on the 17- to 20- foot rocks.
July 20th, 2017
The past week’s heat seems to have driven walleyes deeper. Work 16 to 22 feet on the main lake rocks and breaks. Some walleyes can be had on the points and shoreline breaks in less than 12 feet during low-light periods. Muskie action has slightly improved with the rocks and weeds now showing signs of life early and late each day. Look to the cabbage in Boy Bay for bluegills and for northern pike in the weeds throughout the lake.
July 13th, 2017
Walleyes are being caught on a variety of live-bait and artificial presentations. The shoreline breaks in Walker Bay, Goose Island Flats, and main lake rocks continue to produce fish in 12 to 16 feet. If the wind blows, the 6- to 10-foot weeds and points also will kick out walleyes. At night, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits will turn walleyes off Sand Point in 8 to 12 feet. Muskie action has been spotty with some fish being caught in the weeds of Portage Bay.
July 6th, 2017
The main-lake rocks continue to give up walleyes on nightcrawlers in 10 to 14 feet, but with a good wind, a jig and minnow will still produce fish on the shorelines and points. The humps and breaks in Walker Bay started giving up a few more walleyes as well. Look for muskies around the cabbage in Portage Bay and Steamboat Bay, while bass action has been best in the reeds around Minnesota Island.
June 29th, 2017
Crawlers, leeches, and minnows are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet around Pelican Island, Pelican Reef, Red Rock Reef, and the Annex. Throwing topwater baits over the weeds in Portage Bay has triggered a few muskies. Work the cabbage in Boy Bay for crappies.
June 22nd, 2017
Crawlers or leeches on a live-bait rig or spinner are turning walleyes on the rocks in 7 to 9 feet – Pelican Island area and the Annex have been two of the better spots. Walleyes also can be had during the evening hours with live bait on the 10- to 12- foot flats. Muskie reports have been quiet, but the reeds in most bays are producing largemouth bass.
June 15th, 2017
It’s been a consistent week of walleye fishing with leeches, nightcrawlers, and minnows. Most fish continue to be found in less than 12 feet and they’re often weed-related. The Hardwoods, Duck points, Goose Island, Pine Point, GrandVu Flats and the breaks in Walker Bay are all producing some fish. Bass fishing reports are strong from the rice and reed beds, but panfish reports have been slow. Look for better muskie action on the mid-depth weeds or shallow rocks.
June 8th, 2017
Walleye action has picked up quite a bit since last week with fish being found in Portage Bay, the Hardwoods, Second Duck Point, the Annex, and Deadhead area. The majority of walleyes are weed-related in 9 to 12 feet and they’re hitting a jig and minnow, and spinners and crawlers or leeches under floats. The pencil reeds in most bays are holding jumbo perch. Muskie action has been slow.
June 1st, 2017
Look for scattered walleyes to hit minnows, leeches, and crawlers in 6 to 10 feet. Fish are being caught in a lot of areas, just not big numbers on most spots. Work the wind-driven shorelines around Goose Island, Battle Point, the Hardwoods, Sugar Point, Pine Point, and Otter Tail Point – stay on the move. Bass are showing up on the shorelines in most bays and remain in pre-spawn mode.
May 25th, 2017
The walleye bite has been sporadic with spurts of activity throughout the day. A jig tipped with a minnow or leech is working best in 4 to 10 feet and fish the wind-driven shorelines. Areas such as the Hardwoods, Meadows, Goose Island, Pelican Island, Battle Point, and Sugar Point have been most productive if the wind is hitting them.
May 18th, 2017
Walleyes seem to be more spread out than expected with fish coming off most wind-driven shorelines and points in 6 to 10 feet. A jig and minnow is working best, but live-bait rigs are producing as well. The routine involves picking off the aggressive fish within a given area and move to the next spot and do the same. Crappies and bluegills are being found in the bays and boat harbors in shallow water.
May 11th, 2017
Crappies are being caught in Boy Bay, Kabekona Bay, and the north end of Sucker Bay in less than 6 feet. Most harbors are holding crappies as well and perch reports have been decent in the Narrows.
May 4th, 2017
Crappies were starting to show up in the bays and boat harbors, but they moved out with the return of cold, windy weather. As conditions improve, start by looking just outside these locations and then inside them as the water warms.
April 27th, 2017
A few crappies have shown up in the boat harbors and shallow bays, but no big numbers. These fish are moving in and out with the constant weather changes and the water needs to warm up in order to keep them shallow.
April 20th, 2017
Start looking to the bays and harbors to hold crappies as soon as the sun comes out and water temperatures climb in these shallow areas. The ice is gone, so it shouldn’t take but a few days of warm weather to get these fish moving into the traditional, spring haunts.
April 13th, 2017
Last weekend’s wind chewed up most of the ice. As of Tuesday, anything that remained was floating and being pushed with the wind. Complete ice-out should occur soon.
April 6th, 2017
There was some limited ice fishing last weekend, but it’s no longer advised. With the shorelines opening and an uncertainty with the main lake ice, the winter season has ended here. Prep your boats and tackle!
March 23rd, 2017
Perch are being caught and anglers with the most success continue to stay on the move. Pine Point, the Hardwoods, Goose Island, First Duck and Second Duck points are all worth hitting in 8 to 12 feet of water. Tullibees are being found off Stoney Point towards the Trench in 25 to 30 of water – some fish are being caught shallower as well. The ice seems to be holding up – trucks were being used early in the week, but ATVs might be a safer option by this weekend.
March 16th, 2017
Anglers willing to move and sort through fish are catching nice perch north of Goose Island in 8 to 15 feet. The tullibee bite also has picked up in the Trench area off Stoney Point over 30 to 35 feet. Anglers continue to catch plenty of eelpout on the sharp breaks off Templar Point. With the exception of some heaves that you need to go around, ice conditions remain favorable for truck use.
March 9th, 2017
Small jigs and wax worms under a flasher are turning tullibees over 30 feet of water off Stoney Point, Paris Trench, and in Horseshoe Bay. Perch also seem to be bunching up on the 8- to 10- foot sand grass areas of Sucker Bay, Steamboat Bay, Goose Island, the Narrows, First Duck and Second Duck points. Most shorelines have improved with the cooler weather, main lake ice is still over two feet thick and most anglers are using ATVs.
March 2nd, 2017
Most shorelines remain intact, main lake ice is good, and trucks were being used early this week – just watch for cracks. Perch reports have been best off Goose Island, First Duck and Second Duck points in 8 to 12 feet. Perch also are going in 9 to 11 feet off Sand Point and Cedar Point – you’ll have to do some sorting of small fish in most locations. Tullibee reports continue to improve off Stoney Point and in Horseshoe Bay over 25 to 40 feet.
February 23rd, 2017
Most accesses have held up through the rain and warm weather, and with some colder air predicted, vehicle travel should remain an option this weekend. Perch are being caught, but you have to move and do some sorting in Sucker Bay, off Pine Point, and around Goose Island. Anglers continue to catch a few walleyes each evening off Sand Point and Cedar Point in 14 to 22 feet. A few tullibees continue to be caught off Stoney Point, but no big numbers at this point.
February 16th, 2017
Perch action continues to improve around Sand Point, Goose Island, the Hardwood’s, and in Trader’s Bay. Tullibees also have started biting with fish being found suspended over 30 feet near Stoney Point. Walleye action has been more sporadic with the best reports coming off the 18- to 24- foot shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or the mid-depth rocks in the Trapper’s Landing area.
February 9th, 2017
Perch action has picked up in 7 to 11 feet off Sand Point, around Goose Island, and the backside of Bear Island. The key to catching walleyes is to move away from the crowds in 16 to 18 feet off Diamond Point and Pine Point or along the 10- to 14- foot breaks in Walker Bay.
February 2nd, 2017
Walleye action has been sporadic, but Walker Bay is giving up fish near Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 14 feet. A few walleyes also are being caught on the main lake rocks in 17 to 22 feet. Look for perch on the east side and north of Goose Island in 8 to 12 feet – stay on the move.
January 26th, 2017
Perch reports have been favorable off Sand Point in 8 to 12 feet, Pine Point in 8 to 15 feet, and the flats off Cedar Point in 10 to 12 feet – drill plenty of holes and keep moving. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods or after dark on the 17- to 22-foot rock areas, around Goose Island, and off Pine Point. A few crappies have started being pulled from Shingobee Bay.
January 19th, 2017
Truck travel is now regular on the lake. Perch action has picked up with better numbers of bigger fish being found in 10 to 15 feet off Goose Point, Pine Point, Sand Point, and the Hardwoods. Walleyes have bit best during the low-light periods, and it is key to get away from the crowds. Look to the Snake Pit in 14 feet and the 30- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay as good starting points.
January 12th, 2017
Look for walleyes in 18 to 22 feet during the day or in 14 to 18 feet during low-light periods on the main lake reefs – Big Rock and Huddle’s are good starting points. Perch require some sorting, but they are biting in 8 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, and in the Walker Narrows. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedline in Sucker Bay.
January 5th, 2017
Walleye reports have been best during the evening hours off the Trapper’s Landing area in 15 to 17 feet. Areas such as Pine Point, the Snake Pit, Goose Island, and GrandVu Flats are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. There’s also some evening walleye action on the humps in Walker Bay over 22 to 34 feet. Much of the main lake has 14 to 17 inches of ice, with 6 to 12 inches in Walker Bay.
Fishing report provided by
Reed's Sporting Goods
Shriver’s Bait Company