Change of Direction

Posted on July 24, 2017 · Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

Following a couple of weeks of minimal fishing effort from our guests and weather that was more suited towards getting a suntan we had a few cabins worth of seasoned veterans in the fishing department do battle with the lake we call Leech. Walleye fishing and just fishing in general is taking a turn for the better right now, with stable weather (until last Friday at least) and water temps back into familiar territory of 73-74 degrees fish have responded. Long line trolling is going to be your best bet right now, tying on a #5 or #7 shad rap or flicker shad and letting out around 100 feet of line is going to put you into the best position to put some marble eyes in your livewell. Splash your way out to some of the mid-lake reef structure and drag the aforementioned rapalas in 8-14 feet of water, and as Russ says, purple is best during the day, and in the evenings tie on a black and silver.

Pictured below from L to R:

Brenda Havlik her husband Russ their son Jess and her father-in-law Vern – all from the Cedar Rapids, IA area with a nice mix of big slot fish and some eaters.

Staying on the topic of Walleye and trolling, you’re going to need to stay mobile and put in the time, early morning and evening are best right now which is almost always the case for this time of year. Walleye and Pike are primarily eating crawfish on the rocks on this side of the lake, head out to Submarine Island, Annex Reef, Mokey Reef and North Bar and the East side of Pelican Island. The pictures above are great at showing what this lake has to offer, but unfortunately they don’t show how much effort was put in to get those results.

Muskie fishing continues to be a little slow, anglers are seeing fish and getting follows they just aren’t grabbing on like they should be and with the weather we have been having the switch could flip at any second and we could have another Muskie rampage on our hands, which wouldn’t bother me a bit.

Pictured below from L to R:

Russ and Vern Havlik accompanied by Loren Becker and his grandson Will – showing off a days catch. Another shot of father and son duo Russ and Vern and lastly an image of the downpour we received on Friday night, I would estimate there to be about 40 feet of visibility.


The Storm on Friday was said to have had up to 70 mph winds and quarter sized hail and as the leading edge passed through it definitely packed a punch, fortunately we’re protected from the West side and we didn’t see any hail, instead were pounded by over and inch of rain in about 15 minutes and the grass said thank you.

If you’re looking to squeeze in a last second vacation we would love to help! we have a few prime-time summer dates still open in a few cabins and one that just happened to open up for the 5th-12th of August. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to give us a call or drop us an e-mail, we would love to meet you.

Featured image up top is courtesy of Russ Havlik and Co.- talk about a beautiful sunset. wowza.

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