Blog #5 – Still Cookin’

Posted on June 9, 2020 ยท Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

We’re a few days into week 5 here in the Northwoods and things are right on track, the yard and lakes thirst for rain has finally been quenched we have had around 2 inches of rain dumped on our heads over the last few days and to top it off we were without power for a majority of the night and into this morning. Lucky for us most of the rain has been during the evenings and into the night and hasn’t thrown too much of a wrench into the Walleye chasing that’s been going on.

Last week started with some really nice weather, while it may not have been ideal for Walleye fishing it was really nice to have consecutive days of blue sky and calm winds, fish were still biting but it was a tad more difficult, forcing anglers to take advantage of low-light periods. You can pretty much count on wind and weather to follow any stretch of sunny and calm and that’s precisely what happened, wind shifts and white capped waves were the norm during the end of the week and for anglers that braved that situation, they were rewarded with eagerly biting Walleye.

Pictured below from L to R: Dave Hoeft, Kent Bohac, Mike Carmena and Mike McNeil from Nebraska and Texas – Justin, Jameson and Mike Rogers from Des Moines and Fort Dodge, IA – Terra Spangler from Vermillion, SD and Jonah Rogers from Des Moines, IA

Walleye fishing has been a bit of a jumbled up mess lately with fish spread across every square foot of the lake and just about every tactic is fooling them. Anglers have been trolling reefs, slip bobbering on rock piles and dragging lindy rigs across the sand and everything in between and still catching fish, fishing really goes up and down with the wind on Leech, make sure you’re out there when that wind is blowing. If trolling is your game head out towards the mid-lake reef structure – Mokey, Submarine, Gary and Flesch’s reefs have fish scattered about on them. If lindy rigging is more your style steer the bow of your boat towards South Eastern main lake rock piles and reefs – Campbells Bar, Variety Reef, Rogers Point and around Pipe Island has tons of structure.

Pictured below from L to R: David Mathieu from Lakeville, MN – Justin and Mike Rogers from Des Moines and Fort Dodge, IA – Joe Schmidt from Minneapolis, MN and Greg Schmidt from Minneapolis, MN – while I don’t normally glorify Rock Bass, I thought the “double” was worth a mention.

With water temps sitting steady into the mid to upper 60’s and some cooler weather on the way look for Walleye fishing to remain good, tactics are slowly shifting away from jigs and minnows and will be almost exclusively leeches and night crawlers with some crank-bait trolling peppered in. Look for rocky mid-lake structure in the 12-18 foot range, don’t be afraid to try deeper when the sun is high and hot and shallower when it’s windy or cloudy.

Featured image up top is of Grandpa Mike and Jameson Rogers.

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