Leech Lake Area
December 27th, 2018
There’s 14 to 16 inches of ice in the Trapper’s Landing area, and there are roads marked out to Huddle’s Reef, Diamond Point, and Roger’s Point. Ice depths continue to vary from 8 to 14 inches in Walker Bay and 12 to 16 inches on the main lake. Walleye action has been best with shiner minnows and setlines during low-light periods on the points and reefs in 14 to 18 feet. Stay mobile during the day in these same areas, but work deeper water with jigging baits.
December 20th, 2018
Bigger walleyes and a few keeping-size fish are being caught on the main lake flats and Stoney Point areas in 14 feet. The Sand Point area continues to produce perch, but you’ll have to sort. Crappies are being found suspended over deep water in Shingobee Bay and the south side of Walker Bay. Some small houses have been pulled out of Trapper’s Landing where 16 inches of ice is reported, the main lake has 12 to 14 inches of ice, it varies in Walker Bay from 8 to 14 inches, and there is a heave to watch for north of Pelican Island.
December 13th, 2018
The main lake now has areas with 10 to 14 inches of ice. Walker Bay is capped with 8 to 10 inches around the shorelines, but thinner ice the farther out you go, so you need to watch where you travel. Spoons and hole hopping is producing walleyes on the south end rocks in 10 to 14 feet. The Sand Point area is giving up perch and a few walleyes in 6 to 10 feet. Look to Trader’s Bay in 12 to 15 feet for perch and a few walleyes as well.
December 6th, 2018
Walker Bay is capped and some foot travel has started close to shore. On the main lake, ice depths vary from 3 to 8 inches. There has been some perch caught in 6 to 10 feet in Kabekona Bay, around Shingobee Island, GrandVu Flats, and out from City Park in Walker Bay. Walleye action has been limited to a few fish off the south end humps.
November 29th, 2018
A strong wind last Friday opened a big chunk of Walker Bay, which remained open early this week. Foot traffic should be an option out of the Trapper’s Landing area this weekend, and the Trader’s Bay/Pine Point areas would be worth checking for walkable ice as well.
November 15th, 2018
The main lake was mostly covered with skim ice on Monday morning, but pockets of open water remained as well. Walker Bay was wide open and a few muskie anglers were still putting boats in at the City Park Landing. Most small lakes in the area are now covered with ice, but walking out is not yet advised.
November 8th, 2018
Fishing activity has been limited to a few muskie and walleye anglers in Walker Bay. Since the deer season opened, even they have backed off. The deer opener offered mixed reports, but there seem to be a fair number of deer in the area. Anecdotal reports indicated that the rut is not in full swing, and quite a few small bucks were taken.
November 1st, 2018
The majority of anglers sticking it out have been hanging in Walker Bay for walleyes. The deep humps, points, and shoreline breaks have been giving up some walleyes on minnows and crankbaits. Muskie reports have been fewer lately, but the 10- to 15-foot rocks are have still been producing a few fish for those putting in the effort. Deer activity has definitely increased, and duck reports remain favorable despite less participation.
October 25th, 2018
The deep humps in Walker Bay are still producing walleyes, as are the south end rocks. A few walleyes and perch are being taken with minnows in the Narrows, Oak Point, and Hardwoods areas. Anglers trolling large baits over deep water in Walker Bay are picking off suspended muskies. Duck hunting has been decent as a few more ringbills and mallards have moved in.
October 18th, 2018
Windy weather has again limited angling pressure since last week. When people can get out, walleyes are being taken with minnows on the points and deep humps in Walker Bay. Perch reports have been best in 9 to 12 feet in the Narrows, Sand Point, Agency Bay, and Cedar Point. Muskie action continues to be best on the shallow rocks with sucker minnows or rubber baits. Waterfowl hunters have started to see more divers moving in.
October 11th, 2018
Wet and windy weather over the past week has limited fishing opportunities. The few anglers venturing out are finding the occasional walleye on the wind-driven points or shoreline breaks in 6 to 10 feet. The deep humps in Walker Bay also are worth hitting for walleyes with Jiggin’ Raps or minnows. Perch action has slowed a bit and a few muskies continue to be caught off the shallow rocks with bucktails or rubber baits. Steady winds have helped knock some of the leaves down so grouse hunting should pick up, but there wasn’t a big push of new ducks into the area since last week.
Oct 4, 2018
Hit the wind-blown shorelines with a jig and minnow in 6 to 9 feet for walleyes. The deep humps or 18- to 24-foot breaks in Walker Bay are kicking out walleyes as well. Perch reports remain decent, although there is some sorting of small fish involved in 6 to 9 feet off Sand Point, Mounds Point, and GrandVu Flats. Muskie anglers are finding fish on the rocks or via trolling in Walker Bay. There’s some mallards and geese to be had and there has been reports of a few more divers showing up early this week.
Sept 27, 2018
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes early and late each day in less than 12 feet, as are Jiggin’ Raps in 15 feet during the day. Better areas have been Cedar Point, Agency Narrows, Goose Island, and the Snake Pit. Trolling crankbaits around Pine Point, Cedar Point, and Sand Point in 9 to 12 feet has turned walleyes at night. Muskie action remains very good with bucktails on the rocks and rock-covered points. The duck season started on a good note, especially for those hunting areas with rice beds.
Sept 20, 2018
A jig and minnow has started producing a few walleyes during the day on the wind-driven shorelines and points in 9 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits in these areas at night has produced some walleyes as well. Bucktails continue to provide consistent muskie action during the evening hours on the rock piles and points. Perch action has picked up in Trader’s Bay and Sand Point – look for the sand/grass areas in 9 feet.
Sept 13, 2018
A spinner and nightcrawler is producing walleyes in the cabbage off Mound’s Point and the breaks off Otter Tail Point. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up a few big walleyes and trolling crankbaits at night in 9 feet has been productive on the Goose Island Flats and Sand Point. Muskie action was a bit slower this week, but the rocks continue to give up some fish early and late each day.
Sept 6, 2018
Trolling crankbaits at night in 7 to 9 feet has produced walleyes off Pine Point and west of Goose Island. If the wind is blowing, there is some daytime walleye action with crankbaits off First and Second Duck points in 8 feet. Work the cabbage in Steamboat Bay or off Mound’s Point and the rocks on the south side of Otter Tail Point and Stony Point for muskies.
Aug 30, 2018
Cover water with a crankbait or spinner and crawler for walleyes in Sucker Bay over 12 to 16 feet. The deep humps in Walker Bay started giving up a few more walleyes on live-bait rigs and crawlers. Trolling crankbaits after dark around Goose Island in 9 to 12 feet has produced walleyes as well. Muskies are hitting blade baits or topwater baits on the main lake rocks. Largemouths have been pulled from the rice beds.
Aug 23, 2018
You have to cover water to catch walleyes during the day. Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing some daytime fish in 12 to 15 feet around Goose Flats, the Snake Pit, and Cedar Point in Walker Bay. A slip bobber and leech also is producing some walleyes in the weeds and Walker Bay breaks in 9 to 12 feet. Muskie action remains best on the main lake rocks, but some fish have been caught in the weeds in Sucker Bay as well.
Aug 16, 2018
Walleye action continues to be off, but some fish are being taken during the day on live-bait rigs and crawlers on the main-lake flats in 10 to 14 feet. You have to cover a lot of water. Trolling crankbaits or anchoring with slip bobbers and leeches are producing a few more walleyes during low-light periods in 8 to 12 feet on the flats and breaks in Walker Bay. Muskies remain somewhat active, but they seem to be more scattered between the rocks and weeds this week.
Aug 2, 2018
You need to cover water on the main lake with a spinner and crawler in 9 to 11 feet for walleyes from Joe’s Landing to the Hardwoods. A slip bobber and leech is turning walleyes on the 16- to 20-foot rocks on North and West bars, while crankbaits are producing walleyes after dark in Walker Bay from 8 to 12 feet. Muskie reports have been good on the cabbage in Portage Bay and north of Hardwoods. Largemouth bass are hitting in the rice beds throughout the lake
July 27, 2018
Muskie action has improved quite a bit from last week with good reports of active fish coming out of Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, Agency Bay, and the Two Points area. Walleyes are tough to catch during the day, but you will hook a few during low-light periods with slip bobbers and leeches or spinners and crawlers off Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 14 feet. Trolling crankbaits in these areas after dark also has produced some walleyes. Find the cabbage beds in most bays and you’ll catch bluegills and bass.
July 20, 2018
Walleye anglers are grinding out bites during the day with live bait or Jiggin’ Raps on the humps and shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or the main lake rock and weed flats. Trolling crankbaits at night in 9 to 12 feet has produced some walleyes from Sand to Cedar Point and the GrandVu Flats to Pine Point area. Hit Portage Bay and Sucker Bay for muskies, the rice in Steamboat Bay for largemouth bass, and the shallow weeds in Shingobee Bay for panfish.
July 13, 2018
A slip bobber and leech or live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in the weeds of Trader’s Bay, Sucker Bay, and off Sand Point during the evening hours. The humps in Walker Bay started giving up a few more fish and some walleyes are being caught at night by trolling crankbaits from Sand Point to Cedar Point in 9 to 14 feet. Reports on the main lake have been slower, likely due to a significant mayfly hatch. The cabbage in Shingobee Bay is producing bluegills, and muskie reports have been best off the south end rocks or weeds in Portage and Sucker bays.
July 6, 2018
Rocks continue to produce better numbers of walleyes during the day in 15 to 20 feet. With a good wind, you’ll still pick walleyes out of the weeds and shoreline breaks in 9 to 12 feet with spinner rigs and leeches. Trolling crankbaits at night from Sand Point to Cedar Point in less than 12 feet has produced walleyes as well. Muskie reports have been better this week than last, with fish now being raised on the weedlines and shallow rock areas.
June 29, 2018
Walleye action seems to have moved off the weed edges and onto the rock piles in Walker Bay or the 15- to 20-foot rocks throughout the main lake. Slow-death rigs and crawlers are working best and some fish are being taken with crankbaits on the flats in 14 feet. The rocks also are holding muskies, but anglers are having a tough time getting them to commit to a bait. Hit the Minnesota Island area in Steamboat Bay for bass and the cabbage beds in Shingobee Bay for panfish.
June 22, 2018
Spinner rigs with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes in around the 6- foot weeds and main lake rock piles. The wind-driven shorelines also have been productive in 9 to 12 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes during the evening hours as well. Muskie reports have been good, but the weeds have been more productive than rocks this week.
June 15, 2018
Walleyes have spread out a bit more with fish still being found on the points and shoreline breaks in 9 to 12 feet, while others are being caught on deep structure throughout the main lake and in Walker Bay. Minnows continue to work, especially on those shallow locations, but leeches seem to be the best option this week. Muskie anglers are hooking a few small fish on bucktails and largemouth bass continue to be caught in the reeds and wild rice area around Minnnesota Island in Steamboat Bay.
June 8, 2018
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on most wind-driven shorelines and points. Better areas this week have been the east and west shorelines of Walker Bay in 15 to 25 feet, West Goose Flats and Stoney Point in 7 to 15 feet, Trader’s Bay in 8 to 12 feet, and back side of Pine Point in 6 to 10 feet. Bass action has been strong, but muskie reports have started out slow.
June 1, 2018
Walleye action has improved with a jig and minnow, crawler, or leech all producing fish. Work the points and shoreline breaks in 5 to 10 feet with a good wind or cloudy conditions or slightly deeper if the conditions are calm – windy days have been much more productive than the calm ones. Panfish and largemouth bass reports have improved from the reeds and docks in most bays.
May 25, 2018
A jig and shiner minnow combo is producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on GrandVu Flats, Pine Point, Bear Island, and in Trader’s Bay. Fish the wind-driven shorelines, regardless of where you’re at. Northern pike are mixed in with the walleyes, while bass and panfish have started showing up in the shallow bays.
May 18, 2018
Walleye reports vary and most anglers are picking off quite a few big fish with some eaters in the mix. A jig and minnow is working best on the points and shoreline breaks in 6 to 9 feet. Low-light periods or windy days have been best, but the wind hasn’t blown much this week. Work those wind-driven areas when it does blow.
May 11, 2018
As of Tuesday morning, most small bays were open, and the ice in Walker Bay was busted up and looking close to going out. There will be plenty of water to fish this weekend, even if there’s still some ice floating on the main lake, and there’s a chance, with the right weather this week, that it could all be gone. Look for crappies in the small bays and boat harbors as well.
May 4, 2018
Heavy rains on Sunday and Monday night started to take their toll on the ice, but the shorelines were only open about 6 to 10 feet on Tuesday morning. The ice in Walker Bay is black, and with the rain, there was quite a bit of water on top of it. Ice conditions on the main lake looked pretty solid early this week. Some small bays and small lakes are expected to be open by this weekend.
April 27, 2018
Based on lake and shoreline conditions early this week, using ATVs should be an option at least through this weekend. Tullibee action has been minimal, but the perch bite definitely picked up with good reports coming from Sand Bay, Agency Bay, and Second or Third Duck points in 8 to 10 feet.
April 20, 2018
Fishing reports have been limited to a few perch being caught in less than 10 feet off Sand Point, Cedar Point, and in Agency Bay. There hasn’t been many anglers out and the snow has settled enough that ATVs or track vehicles are being used.
April 13, 2018
There’s been a few reports of perch being caught in Sucker Bay and some tullibees coming off Stoney Point, but very few anglers have been on the lake. Track vehicles are still suggested for travel.
April 6, 2018
Most accesses are holding up, but deep snow and pockets of slush on main lake areas means track vehicles are the best mode of transportation. For the most part, fishing reports have been very limited due to the minimal activity on the lake.
March 30, 2018
Travel conditions continue to be difficult throughout the lake with deep snow, slush, and minimal roads limiting where you can get to. Perch action has been particularly slow, and some tullibees continue to be found suspended over 30 feet or more off Stony Point.
March 23, 2018
Deep snow and slush continues to limit where anglers can get to. Perch reports have been spotty at best with a few fish coming off the Sand Point area in 9 to 12 feet. Tullibees continue to be caught off Stoney Point over 30 to 45 feet and eelpout are hitting at night in Walker Bay – some are deep and others are being caught in less than 20 feet. There’s been a few reports of crappies being found suspended in Shingobee Bay over 20 to 24 feet.
March 16, 2018
You have to sort through some small fish, but the Sand Point area is producing perch in 8 to 18 feet. Tullibee anglers continue to do well off Stoney Point, finding suspended fish over 30 to 40 feet. Other areas on the lake have been tough to get to due to deep snow and a lack of roads – snowmobiles remain the best travel option.
March 9, 2018
Another round of snow this week means that snowmobiles remain the best travel option until some road systems are plowed open – check with resorts on those. Some perch are being caught in 10 to 15 feet off Sand Point and Cedar Point in Walker Bay. The Hardwoods, Goose Island area, and Duck Points also are giving up perch in 9 to 14 feet. Expect to sort through some small fish. Tullibees are being found suspended over 30 feet off Stoney Point and the Paris Trench area.
March 2, 2018
Snowmobiles are the best travel option after last week’s snow with limited roads being plowed now that the walleye season is closed – check with resorts. Tullibees are being found suspended over 25 to 30 feet off Stony Point and the Paris Trench area. Perch action has been sporadic with some sorting involved. Look to Sand Point, Goose Island, the Hardwoods, and Duck Points in 9 to 14 feet.
February 23, 2018
You now have to stay on the plowed roads or use a snowmobile to get around after 12 to 17 inches of snow hit the area this week. Look for perch in 15 to 20 feet in Walker Bay or on Variety Reef and Olson Reef out from Trapper’s Landing. These areas also will produce a few walleyes during the evening hours in 15 to 25 feet. Tullibees continue to be caught in the deep hole off Stoney Point, and eelpout action is picking up over the deep water in Walker Bay.
February 16, 2018
Tullibees continue to be found suspended over deep water off Stoney Point, while the 18- to 25-foot breaks in Walker Bay are giving up a few walleyes at night. Look to the Sand Point area for perch and the occasional walleyes in 12 to 15 feet. Some perch also are being caught in 10 to 16 feet by anglers moving throughout the Hardwoods, First Duck and Second Duck points or north of Goose Island.
February 9, 2018
Walleye action has been pretty slow with just a few fish being caught after sunset on the east shore of Walker Bay in 18 to 25 feet. The Sand Point area is producing a few perch and an occasional walleye in 8 to 12 feet, while tullibee action has picked up off Stoney Point over 30 to 40 feet.
February 2, 2018
Walleye action has been sporadic – they bite one day but not the next. The best action is taking place at night in 20 to 25 feet throughout the main lake or on the 18- to 20-foot breaks in Walker Bay. Perch are being caught, but you will have to sort through quite a few small fish in 12 to 15 feet in Agency Bay or the 6- to 10-foot sand grass areas off Sand Point and Pine Point.
January 26, 2018
The Trapper’s Landing area is producing walleyes after dark in 18 to 25 feet. You’ll also hit walleyes in Walker Bay during low-light periods on the shoreline breaks and deeper humps. Look to Sand Point for perch in 6 to 10 feet and Cedar Point for walleyes in 18 to 30 feet. Sucker Bay is giving up perch and a few walleyes in 13 feet.
January 19, 2018
Walleye action has picked up during the evening hours on the 35- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay. The 18- to 20-foot reefs out from Trapper’s Landing are giving up walleyes, as are the Pine Point and Goose Island areas early and late each day in 15 to 18 feet. Perch reports have been limited with a few nice fish being found mixed in with the walleyes on the main lake areas.
January 12, 2018
Walleye reports have been best off the north and south ends of Walker Bay in 25 to 35 feet. The Sand Point area is giving up a few walleyes and the occasional keeping-size perch in 10 to 12 feet. Main-lake walleye reports have been limited to a few fish on the 12- to 20-foot structure.
January 5, 2018
Ice depths vary with vehicles being used in some areas and ATVs on other parts of the lake. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods on the humps and rocks out from Trapper’s Landing. The 16- to 22- foot breaks or 25- to 30-foot humps in Walker Bay have kicked out walleyes as well. The Sand Point area is worth noting for perch and a few walleyes in 6 to 12 feet.
Fishing report provided by
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Shriver’s Bait Company