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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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July 3 notes- Leech Lake

Walleyes

Waters are warming back up and walleyes are being caught on typical summer patterns. Cabbage weeds, sand, and rocks have been best the past week, with jigs and leeches still being my top producer. Trolling deep-diving crankbaits in 15-25 feet of water has been productive as well. Typical for summer, early morning and evening fishing is your best-bet on sunny and calm days. Clouds or wind can keep walleyes biting all-day-long however.


Muskies

The muskie casting bite has yet to really take off, but any day now fish should show up on predictable summer locals. We have caught a few fish trolling in large basin areas, these fish are still relating to open-water whitefish and tullibees that can roam fairly shallow until the water warms. Once the surface water warms into the 70's, tullibees will go deeper, and many muskies will migrate toward summer ambush spots where they key on forage that relates more to structure.


Bass and Panfish

July is a great time to take a break from walleye fishing during mid-day, and focus on the excellent bass and panfish opportunities that Leech Lake has to offer. Largemouth bass are found in very shallow wild rice, reeds, and lilly pads, and can be easily taken on top-water frogs and swim-jig combos. Smallmouth bass are found near rocky shorelines and points, and will take a variety of jigs or crankbait combos. Crappies and bluegills can be found now in weedy areas adjacent to classic spawning areas.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 7/3 20:26:43
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Fancaster,

Nice fish. Thanks for your pictures and synopsis
of the different species. Look forward to your
updates !

tweed

Posted on: 7/4 3:03:40
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Walleye fishing has actually been pretty good the past month. Pitching jigs and leeches near rocks, weeds and sand patches has been my go-to most mornings. Trolling crankbaits has also put some nice fish top-side. August is also the best time to learn how to utilize our electronics. “Road hunting”, or driving structure until you mark fish on your electronics, is a very productive way to put fish in the boat when nothing else seems to work. When I mark fish on my sonar, I like to drop down a live-bait-rig, and give it a few minutes before moving on the the next good “marks”.

Muskie action has been good one week, and tough the next. Fish are starting to show up more on primary spots, and those putting in their time are scoring some nice fish. Rocks, weeds, sand and open-water areas all can hold these fish.

Smallmouth bass action has been really spectacular during mid-day when the walleyes are uncooperative. Largemouth action continues to be really great in the way-back rice and bays.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 8/3 22:06:25
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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The walleye bite this past week has been up-and-down, which is typical for August. We have seen very good days with great numbers and quality, but have struggled other days when conditions are sunny and calm. Some larger perch and pike are already starting to show up with the recent cool-down, and the walleyes should really start bunching-up in the shallows soon too. Muskies are very active.. more on that soon. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass have been bending rods with a vengeance.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 8/17 21:03:43
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Hopefully those smallies are going back in the water. Would make an awesome lake even better if a good smallmouth fishery took hold!

Posted on: 8/21 12:02:37
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Re: Some 2017 Notes- Leech Lake
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Walleyes

Not much has changed on the walleye front in the past few weeks. There are still a lot of fish scattered throughout mid-depth flats, and some nice fish are being caught trolling crankbaits and covering water. We should be on the verge of a very good shallow jig-and-minnow bite as the baitfish, walleyes and bigger perch start to bunch up a bit in the shallows. As the water cools, we typically see some great action once these concentrations are located.

Muskies

We have been spending a lot of time casting for the trophy muskies of leech lake, with some great results. Fish are being caught on shallow rock reefs, shorelines and weeds throughout the lake. These fish use the entire lake, so don't be afraid to try new areas. Bucktail spinners, large jerkbaits and topwater lures are all catching fish the past few weeks. The careful handling and quick release of these apex predators is crucial to sustaining a healthy fishery.

The next 50-80 days are typically some of the most productive to pursue the walleyes, perch and muskies of Leech Lake.
I hope to see you out there.

Cheers and hook-sets!

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Posted on: 9/4 11:30:32
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