Some Heat and a few Bites

Posted on June 11, 2019 ยท Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

Another week has come and gone in the beautiful Northwoods and it really felt like summer for a few days. Daily highs cranked up into the mid 80’s and air conditioners were employed to mitigate the effects, luckily humidity was low but it won’t stay that way for long.

With the sun and heat lake temps have rebounded nicely from the cooler temps we have had thus far this spring, surface temps were as high as the mid 60’s on the main lake and a couple of degrees higher in the shallows and protected bays. Temps have cooled down a few degrees the last couple of days with air temps being cooler and we have had our share of wind stirring the proverbial pot.

Pictured below from L to R: Chad Ressemann from Bemidji, MN with one of the pile of 27 inchers his family caught. The Schmidt family from various areas of the twin cities – Joe, Jan, Bill, Greg and Bill Sr. with David Beniak (in the black shirt) a wonderful family outing with limits of Walleye – Zain Spangler, grandpa Doug Riediger and son-in-law LeRoy from Vermillion, SD. with a stringer of assorted Bass.

Walleye action remains good on the main lake with fish moving away from their spring haunts towards mid-lake reef structure, one easy way to determine Walleye whereabouts is what’s inside their stomachs, more and more fish that we have been cleaning have stomachs that are filled with crawfish and that is a good indication that they are on the rocks. Look for fish on Annex and Submarine Island, Stoney Point and up into Portage Bay near Two Points and Ivans Bay, other good spots in June are the South Easter parts of the main body near Pipe Island and down into Bungy Bay. Bring a variety of baits from leeches and night crawlers to minnows and crankbaits.

Pictured below from L to R: Justin and Mike Rogers from Des Moines and Fort Dodge, IA with a hefty pike and a couple of Walleye for the deep fryer

The spring Perch and Crappie bite is quickly coming to and end, areas in Sucker Bay that were bumper to bumper with boats over the first couple weekends are now devoid of anglers, look for Perch fishing to bounce back in early August and into September, like usual.

Bass fishing remains outstanding on Leech Lake, as water temps climb Bass action climbs right along with it, areas in Boy, Sucker and Uram Bays are producing many healthy fish, just look for some vegetation and hang on. Small Mouth Bass are also being caught in high quantities, but not always on purpose as they like to hang out on the rock piles, making for a surprise when Walleye fishing.

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