A Summery Mix

Posted on June 4, 2019 ยท Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

As we continue to plow through the 2019 summer season, it actually felt like summer this past week, there was a mix of wind throughout the week and plentiful sunshine. We had our warmest day since last September with the mercury being pushed as high as the 85 degree mark, luckily the humidity was low, it made for a very pleasant day. Longer warmer days have begun to get water temps back near where they are supposed to be for this time of year, surface temps are sitting in the low 60’s and with more nice weather in the forecast they will continue to climb.

Pictured below from L to R: Kelli and Mike Geilow from Apple Valley, MN

While warm, sunny and calm might not be the best conditions for Walleye fishing, it make for comfortable days in the boat, compared to some of the weather we were dealing with the prior few weeks, it’s much welcomed. Anglers have still been primarily using jigs and shiners to chase Walleye and as water temps continue to rise the availability of shiners will come to an end forcing anglers to try new tactics be it trolling crank-baits or dragging around a night crawler or leech on a lindy rig, I recommend the latter.

Pictured below from L to R: Bruce and Patricia Craig and their two sons from Johnson, NE – The Hanson twins from Brookings, SD – Matthew and Steve Suchy and Alex, from Blaine, MN

The bonus that we’ve had this spring is the Perch and Crappie bite that has been well above average compared to the last few years, the crappie bite is about done now with fish finishing their spring spawn and leaving the shallow waters of the north end of Sucker Bay. Perch fishing in Sucker Bay remains good, average size of fish is looking really good right now, they are absolutely delicious to eat and tons of fun to catch, you’ll all but forget about Walleye fishing, for a few minutes that is.

Muskie season is now also open, there isn’t typically a lot of anglers that focus on them this early in the season, but you never know, as the action begins to pick up I’ll relay the info to you.

Bass fishing is an often overlooked spring activity on Leech Lake, I guess people only want to catch Walleye this time of year, go figure. If you’re looking to change it up try some bass fishing, they are literally around every corner of the lake and with fish pushing up towards 6 pounds you could catch a tank.

The 11th annual Leech Lake Walleye Tournament was held this past weekend, a total of 155 boats competing for over $46,000 in cash and prizes. The winners of the two-day event had an impressive total of over 35 pounds of fish earning them over $15,000 in cash, cha ching.

Featured image up top is of Kelli Geilow.

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