Minnesota Perch Fishing

For what many people say is the best eating fish in the lake, try 1/16 oz. to ¼ oz. jigs with minnows – spinner rigs also work. Fatheads or 2 1/2” Gulp minnows work best. Pitch jigs out and work slowly towards boat or troll slowly with small spinners.

Spring: From ice-out until the second week in June the fish are usually in shallow areas near weeds or rushes in 4’-8’ of water. They are spawning and usually eat
whatever is in front of them.

Summer: Fish scatter to all depths. Best areas are cabbage beds found along and in the rushes. Pitching jigs & minnows in there will get walleyes and pike also. Use weedless jigs (Northland Weed Weasel) and a trolling motor to cover water until a school is found. Then set up on them and enjoy. 

Fall: The best time for perch, as they are aggressive and predictable. Often there will be walleye and pike mixed in with them. Shallow weeds, sandgrass flats and shorelines are good. Pitching any jig and minnow combination will work, as will a simple bobber set-up.



 

Six boats on the lake

Leech Lake Fishing Tip

From ice-out until the second week in June the fish are usually in shallow areas near weeds or rushes.

More Information:

Bass
Bluegill/Sunfish

Crappie
Eelpout
Muskie
Northern Pike
Perch
Walleye