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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Phil,
Thank you for all of your informative updates.
Best of luck on the well anticipated walleye season.

Trick

Posted on: 5/8 19:44:34
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Fancaster....thanks for your postings.
Informative and interesting !
Thanks, again.

tweed

Posted on: 5/9 11:44:33
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Thanks for the info. I will be at the Fed Damn campground. Got my FIL, son and wife to join the group this year. They are hoping just to get some fish. Doesn't have to be Eyes. So I appreciate the info.

Posted on: 5/9 12:56:21
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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I managed to find a spot at Fed Damn Campground as well. With the nice weather in the forecast I got a feeling its going to be a zoo on the lake.

Posted on: 5/9 14:20:42
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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The water is really warming up, surface temps this afternoon were all 55-60 on the bigger water. With sun and calm winds forecast, finding fish that aren't spooked by the boat traffic could be key. The bait shops and town sure are busy compared to the last eight months.

Again, be courteous, be safe, and have fun!

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 5/12 17:39:38
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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It was a successful opener for me and my guest anglers. We worked hard for bites at times, but ended up with limits of very nice keepers, and some slot fish. What an awesome weather day besides!

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 5/13 21:31:45
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Weekend re-cap:

Leech Lake saw a great turn-out for the 2017 walleye opener this past weekend. The fishing sure didn't disappoint, and neither did the weather. Though most anglers worked for bites, nice keeper sized 15"-20" walleyes went into livewells, and into frying pans across the region. Of course, picture pretty "slot fish" are always a welcome sight out here as well.

An 1/8 oz jig and minnow was our best producer as predicted, though my guest anglers saw their best action in 10-12 feet of water, a little deeper than most Leech Lake openers. Getting your boat speed just right made a huge difference this past weekend with 0.7 mph being just the right approach for getting the walleyes mouths to open-up.

The lake ecosystem is 1-2 weeks ahead of normal, with water temps in the upper 50's on most of the open-water areas.
I predict that a host of presentations will come into play besides just the usual jigs and minnows that are the staple during most early season outings. Lindy rigs, slip bobbers, crankbaits and spinner and nightcrawler harnesses can all be potentially hot presentations should the water temps climb into the 60's over the course of the next few weeks. For now, we will start with jigs and minnows, and go from there.

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Posted on: 5/14 21:31:42
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Wow nice fish that is awesome. Gonna be up there in a month or so.

Posted on: 5/14 22:40:33
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Nice job Phil. This is where it pays to hire a guide.

My buddy was on Leech for opener. He has a place up there and knows the lake well. He said it was very slow. Said he barely saw any fish being netted at all the usual spots. Lack of wind probably made it tougher.

Posted on: 5/16 11:07:09
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Going up for my first time June 1-5. What's the go to set up that time of year? Crawlers and spinners? Should I pack trollingnrods too?

Posted on: 5/16 21:37:03
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