Walleye, Smiles and a little Wind

Posted on June 19, 2017 ยท Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

As we continue to chug our way through June it has really started to feel like summer here at Big Rock. We have more children here now than the previous couple weeks and my time has shifted more towards making ice cream cones than cleaning fish, but that’s not to say fish aren’t biting, they are. Strong west winds and the occasional down pour have thrown a small wrench into the mix but it’s nothing we can’t deal with. Water temps have stayed static and in some cases went down a little, depending on the area the mercury is bobbing right around 68 degrees.

Pictured below from L to R: Ron Brown and his grandson Will Medvec from St. Cloud, MN – Don, Dorothy, Mike and Jonah Rogers, Isaac and Don Poldervaart and Justin Rogers from Fort Dodge, IA and Des Moines, IA – Danny Roux from St. Louis, MO and Danny and his father Stan.

With water temps holding tight for the time being Walleye fishing has stayed on the right path it’s a late spring/early summer type of bite right now not quite a troll’em up situation yet, but it’s close. Stick with live bait if you’re going after Walleye, leeches and crawlers are working best if you’re able to get your hands on a few spottails shiners they will work too. They’re hard to keep alive this time of year, don’t look at them funny or they’ll belly up on you.

Head to the south shore structure for Walleye. Roger’s Point and around the corner into Miller Bay has been good, if you prefer to fish some weeds and sand head up into Sucker and Portage Bays, the sand and mud flats near Pine point and south into Traders Bay also have fish on them. Look for fish on the rocks during windy conditions, it may involve some bouncing around but it will be worth it after throwing a few keepers in the live-well. Transitional areas from rock to sand and gravel are also holding fish. Tie on Lindy Rigs with leeches or crawlers, make sure you air up the crawlers, it really helps, it gives them just a little more flotation keeping your hook away from snags and weeds.

Pictured below from L to R: Nick Roux from St. Louis, MO – Will Medvec from St. Cloud, MN with a nice little Muskie and yours truly (they let me go fishing) with a throw-back Eye.

If you prefer to troll crankbaits head out to Submarine Island and Annex Reef drag perch and crawfish colored raps in 10-14 feet of water, you’re going to have to weed through pesky Pike to find some Walleye but you’ll get plenty of action while trying.

Muskie season is just starting to get going, there has been reports of a few Muskie catches but most have been while fishing for Walleye or Pike, most Muskie fishermen are waiting until the water temps reach the low 70’s before spending any substantial amount of time on the hunt.

Featured image up top is of Bob Smith from Farmington, MN and his niece Cassidy – look at that smile!

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