Stormy with a chance of Pike

Posted on July 23, 2019 ยท Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

Well, it looks like summer is here to stay and she brought a couple of friends and when I say friends I’m referring to wind, rain, thunder and lightning. this past week was a little on the damp side, with a couple of downpours throughout the week totaling over 4 inches it has really kept our grass growing and green. Regardless of the couple of days of grey skies, overall the weather has been great for skiing, tubing, swimming and just plain relaxing and to top it off fish are continuing to be caught.

Water temps are steady into the mid to upper 70s which is about as high as it typically gets for the summer on Leech Lake and with that fish are spread out and catching them involves a fair bit of running around and swapping lures.

Pictured below from L to R:

Jeremy Bushey from Cloquet, MN – Tucker Havlik from Cedar Rapids, IA – Russ Havlik from Cedar Rapids, IA and Clayton McKenna also from Cedar Rapids, IA

This time of year fishing isn’t usually topping our guests priority list, but if you’re going to spend a little time trying it will be well worth the effort.

If Walleye is what you’re chasing tie on crank-baits (flicker shad, shad raps) and cover lots of water, head out to the mid-lake reef structure tie on a perch colored rap, let out 95 feet of line and put around at 2 mph. Areas around Submarine Island, Annex and Mokey Reefs are great starting points, if that doesn’t work head over towards Goose Island and the roam around the weed edges and mud flats.

Pictured below from L to R: Tucker Havlik, Loren Becker and Clayton McKenna – all from Cedar Rapids, IA

Northern Pike and Muskie action remains good, look for Pike in the southern bays where weeds are thick, cast a spoon, spinner or drag a big minnow around, you’ll have plenty of action. Muskie have been showing themselves on the shallow mid-lake rock structure with areas around Pelican Island producing well, try North Bar, West Bar and Red Rocks Reef or cruise over to Submarine and Annex Reef, smaller fast-moving erratic baits seem to be best at the moment. The warmer summer water has really kicked Muskie activity into high gear.

Featured image up top is of Kaija Borin from Cloquet, MN with a healthy Miller Bay Northern Pike.

Thanks for reading

Come see us at Big Rock Resort