Sunny Skies and a few Eyes

Posted on July 30, 2018 · Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

This summer is beginning to feel like a freight train whose brakes are not working, I really wish we could somehow slow it down. We have already blown passed the half-way point of the resorting season and are now headed towards the tail end, before we know it cooler North winds will be scattering beautifully colored leaves across the lawn.

The last couple weeks have been absolutely perfect, with old friends and new. We could not have asked for better weather, but that’s only part of the equation here. While most are content spending the day lounging at the pool  working on their suntan while sipping margarita’s or a pina colada, many guests have unfinished Walleye business to attend to.

Pictured below from L to R: Russ Havlik from Cedar Rapids, IA with a Leech Lake Smallie, Loren Becker from Cedar Rapids, IA with a Northern worth lifting and Cody Hanson from Oak Grove, MN and a Grassy Point Muskie.

With cooler nights and days starting to get ever so slightly shorter water temps seem to have reached their peaks, I was a little worried that temps would continue to rise into the 80’s and we would see a tullibee die-off, something we haven’t seen for quite a few years, but it looks like that’s not likely to happen this year. Temps are hanging right around the 77-78 degree mark on a majority of the lake, some smaller bays with less water movement are a litter warmer.

Walleye and Pike fishing has been a bit of an adventure lately, as is relatively common for this time of year. Trolling crankbaits on mid-lake reef structure like Big Rock, Mokey and Annex Reefs are giving up fish as is Submarine Island, but you’re going to have to work hard for them. Weed edges in Sucker Bay and around the West Goose Flats are a couple other area’s that are worth dropping a line into. Leech Lake is overflowing with food for fish right now, from Craw Fish to small Perch, you’re going to need to get a reaction type bite in order to get some meat into the freezer, most of the fish we have been cleaning have their bellies chock full of craw fish.

Pictured below from L to R: Doug Learnard from Peachtree City, GA with a Leech Lake Muskie specimen, Abby Becker from Cedar Rapids, IA with a nice little eater Walleye and Russ Havlik with a beauty of a slot Walleye.


Bass fishing is really booming right now, it’s often overlooked here, it will fill your day with explosive action, especially since our Small Mouth population is continuing to grow, bronze-backs fight like crazy, often spending more time in the air than the water.

Muskie fishing remains above average, if there is one species of fish that loves the warmer water temps, it’s our prized Muskie. Muskie tend to be most active during the summer months, with their activity at its yearly peak they are often willing participants in chasing your lure. Area’s around Pelican Island and Submarine are consistently good this time of year, just remember they are the fish of 10,000 casts, so keep track and hold on!

Featured image up top is courtesy of Jennifer Mathieu from St. Louis, MO. This image is a good representation of the weather we have had to contend with lately, poor us.

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