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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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I second this. I'm going up at that time and am hoping I'll still be able to snap jig. Will this technique still be effective? thanks Phil


I always say that when the water is in the 60's, you need to be ready with many techniques to catch leech walleyes. There is typically a couple of tournaments during this time, and the winning presentations are always across-the-board.

Snap-jigging in shallow water will probably work if there is a stiff wind. Otherwise, anything goes in June.

Posted on: 5/16 22:29:14
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Well, we finally got our opener weather. Water temps have dropped back down into the low 50's and the fish are acting like it. Jig and minnows in 3-10 f.o.w. on the main lake has been the ticket the past few days, and the fish have been crushing it.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 5/22 20:57:24
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Great report, fancaster.

I fished the lake all last week, and we couldn't buy bites with shiners. For us, the best bait was -- oddly enough -- crawlers, long-lined behind the boat while drifting way out away from the pack in 14+ ft of water. Very strange, at least in my experience. When we figured out the pattern, we whacked 'em, though. Just took us a while.

Posted on: 5/22 22:36:56
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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The weather couldn't have been more different from yesterday morning to this morning, thankfully the fish bit either way. Water surface temps are climbing out of the cellar today, I saw 51 most places yesterday but we are climbing by the minute. Yesterday we caught half of our fish on lindy rigs with leeches in 7-10 f.o.w. and today it was all jigs and shiners in 9-12 f.o.w. A lot of small pike have been feeding on the schools of shiners with the walleyes, so don't get discouraged by the hammer handles when you find them.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 5/24 14:41:31
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Anyone make it out this weekend?

Posted on: 5/29 6:30:21
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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We were there on Friday. Parking lot at Fed. Dam was only a third full, that should have been or red flag that it was a tough bite. At first it was to calm, but the wind did pick up but the fishing didn't. We got skunked! It's fishing

Posted on: 5/29 7:47:03
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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I had one mediocre outing, and three productive ones in the past four days. Like you said, it is fishing after all. Not hiding from the wind and fishing shallow has paid off for me lately. A jig and shiner or rig-and-leech have been splitting the catches. Finding a speed that will trigger strikes is also very important. I typically will only use a drift sock if my boat speed is over 1 mph. Lately .8 - 1 mph has been best for getting fish to open up. 6-10 f.o.w. has been best for me.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 5/29 17:57:50
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Well done Phil.

Posted on: 5/30 9:54:34
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Walleyes

The walleye bite on main lake rock reefs has been very good when the wind blows, or we have some cloud cover. A jig and shiner, jig and leech, or live-bait-rig and leech have all produced fish. Probing the tops of shallow rocks with a slip-bobber and leech has been productive at times as well. Cabbage-weed beds are also holding some fish, this will only get better as the crayfish move into these areas to feed and molt. During mid-day, we have also caught some very nice fish trolling crankbaits on deep breaklines in 20-25 feet of water. We should see some bigger bug hatches this week, and additional tactics such as spinners and night-crawler combos could start to shine.

Muskies

Leech Lake has long been known as a slow starter for muskie fishing. I believe these fish take their time getting to their more predictable summer spots, following meandering schools of baitfish for most of June. Fan-casting or trolling large areas can be productive however, just don't get discouraged if fish don't show up where they are "supposed to" be. We were fortunate enough to land one nice fish on opener and have some action with a few others.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 6/5 14:33:46
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Great detailed report and wow some great looking fish in those nice photos. Thanks for sharing your fishing trips with us here on LSF we sure do enjoy them............Kirk

Posted on: 6/5 14:50:40
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