Less Than Desirable Results

Posted on September 6, 2016 · Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

The last couple weeks have been a bit of a struggle here on Leech Lake, usually the water temps are cooling down and fishing is getting better but it seems this year we’ve been in a bit of a holding pattern. Water temps have kept steady right around 70 degrees for the better part of a month even with the shorter days and cooler nights it hasn’t really changed, typically 60 degree water is going to be the best action of the year, and at the rate our temps are falling now it may not be until November.

Pictured below from L to R: Kent Bohac and Dave from Nebraska, making Big Rock great again, Matt Woods from Prior Lake, MN with a couple Uram Bay muskies – 37 and 47 inchers, Brian Osterberg from Belvidere, IL with a few nice pike.

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The real shining star for the last couple weeks has once again been the muskie bite, they are going and going good. Big fish and small, it seems all sizes are biting right now and all over, Uram Bay has been a great spot for them this summer and the mid-lake reef structure hasn’t been far behind, uram bay is conveniently about 2 stones throws from the resort. Smaller fast-moving baits seem to be the ticket and dark colors are working best. The annual Frank Schneider memorial tournament is happening this coming weekend, the timing couldn’t be better.

Pictured below from L to R: Mike and Justin Rogers from Fort Dodge and Des Moines, IA with a rockbass double, 23.5 inch walleye and a nice stringer of pike and walleye.

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Perch are beginning to show themselves in the shallow south shore bays, I’d imagine sucker bay will be going soon also, there seems to be an unlimited number of 7 and 8 inchers biting, but with a little catch and release you’ll be able to get yourself a package of eaters.

Walleye have really been hit or miss over the last couple weeks, some days limits would be brought in and then we would go a few days without seeing a walleye, we’re in between some seasonal patterns right now with some fish still hanging around on the reefs with others starting to show themselves in shallow water, if I was a betting man (and I  am) I would bet we’re only a week to 10 days away from some really good fishing, get your jigs and minnows ready and hit some shallow wind-blown structure.

Pictured below are a few shots from our guest Justin Rogers – half of the Rogers Photography duo and newer side business he started with his wife Jonah. Justin has been a guest at Big Rock for 27 years now and is turning into quite a photographer, check out some more their work here – www.facebook.com/RogersPhotographyIA

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Featured image up top is from Justin Rogers trolling to success.

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