As the Temperature Rises

Posted on May 19, 2020 ยท Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

What a difference a few days can make, after putting up with some unusual weather over opening weekend, this past week was more of what we’re used too. After the snow melted and the wind settled we were greeted with sunny skies and gentle winds. It didn’t take long after the weather improved to see water temps jump up to land in the mid 50’s, that’s typically the sweet-spot for water temp when all the action starts.

pictured below from L to R: Loren and Dan Becker from Cedar Rapids, IA – Dave and Jan Beniak from Eden Prairie, MN – Marty Andreasen from Walker, MN and Arnie Andreasen from Sauk Centre, MN and Jon Wolfe from Lino Lakes, MN

Walleye fishing is only going to get better as water temps continue to climb, and with climbing water temps and some steady weather we’ve been able to finally get our mitts on some of the spot-tail shiners everyone is looking for, with some pretty warm weather headed this way I’m a little worried that the shiner spawn is going to be short-lived, you know how touchy these minnows can be under the best of situations, they tend to die if you look at them funny.

Pictured below from L to R: Jon Wolfe from Lino Lakes, MN – the Cedar Rapids crew – Wayne, Russ, Mike, Dan, Loren and Marty – and a line of paitents ready for surgury.

For the majority of last week and opener getting Shiner minnows was tough to say the least and with that it has forced many anglers to try other baits to entice the ever-picky Walleye into biting. Many anglers have resorted to night crawlers and leeches to do battle and not-so-surprisingly it’s worked and in areas that tend to be more popular once the water has warmed up more. dragging lindy rigs around Submarine and Annex reefs seem to be putting the +20 fish into the boat and area’s up in Sucker Bay near Little and Big Hardwoods and up near 1st and 2nd Duck seem to be putting the smaller fish into the boat along with a mix-match of Jumbo Perch and Northern Pike.

Keep your eyes peeled around the far north end of Sucker Bay and into Boy Bay at any second Crappies and Sunfish are going to decide it’s time to spawn and when that happens it’s going to be fast and furious for a short time, you don’t want to miss out on that action.

Featured image up top is of Kevin Luehrs, Karl Pinski and Aaron Luehrs, from Walker, Plato and Stillwater, MN

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