Leech Lake has been world-famous for its monster muskies ever since the legendary muskie rampage, when dozens of fish were caught during a hot, calm spell in July 1955. Due to catch and release practices, today the lake produces even more big fish over 50 inches than it did decades ago.
Spring: Fish are migrating from spawning areas to summer habitat. Look for 6’-8’ cabbage weeds or areas of heavy perch concentrations. Use trolling motor and sight fish. When located, pitch bass creatures or bigger jigs in front of them. Small topwater lures, small cranks and bucktails will also trigger them.
Summer: Fish are now on all kinds of structure – weed beds, sand bars, rock reefs and open water. Increase the size of lures and use all types. Be sure to try topwater, twitch baits, bucktails with trailers, Bulldawgs and troll bigger crankbaits like Jakes, Grandmas, Magnum Cisco Kids and Depthraiders. Jerkbaits like Suicks, Reef Hawgs, and Wade’s Wobblers work well. Bucktails like Hawg Spins, M&G, Cowgirls, and Eagletails are good.
Tip…. Fish low light periods – dawn & dusk, cloudy days, windy days and stormy weather.
Fall: The later, the better for big fish. The fish are on rock reefs and sand bars more than weed beds. Hit windswept points. Large baits like Bulldawgs, Cowgirls, Suicks, big cranks or twitch baits work well. Find baitfish in open water with your electronics and troll through them with big crankbaits.
Leech Lake Fishing Tip
Fish low light periods – dawn & dusk, cloudy days, windy days and stormy weather.