A Little Hotter Than Normal

Posted on July 21, 2020 ยท Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

After a few weeks of missed blogs, we’re back! time to close the gap and get everyone back up to (trolling) speed.

The past few weeks of fishing have been a bit of a struggle to put it lightly, we’ve had to deal with one of the longest stretches of hot hot hot weather that I can remember, and we’re wimps up here in northern MN, so take that with a grain of salt. With consecutive days in the low 90’s and humidity percents in the same range, fishing was relegated to the back burner, and sitting in the pool was pushed to the front.

Water temps shot up from the upper 60’s to the lower 80’s in areas of the lake seemingly overnight and with that just about every fish in the lake locked it’s mouth shut, but some seem to have been unlocking as of late. When water temps get near or at the 80 degree mark that’s when we typically see a tullibee/whitefish die off, luckily this year we didn’t have that happen, which hasn’t happened in quite a few years, storms and cooler nights pushed into the area and have now dropped water temps by a solid 5 degrees.

Pictured below from L to R:

Will McKenna from Cedar Rapids, IA – John Hedgecoth from Des Moines, IA – Kyle Carlson from Clive, IA and Patrick Hurt from Ackley, IA

Fishing has begun to rebound as water temps have dropped, we’re still far from normal but at least heading in the right direction. Anglers have continued the tried and true method of trolling “on the rocks” and in recent days have finally began reaping said rewards. If you’re a Bass, Muskie or Pike fisherman, those rewards are typically easier to get with warm water, give a non-walleye species a try.

Pictured below from L to R:

Another shot of Pat, John and Will

In the meantime, keep trolling. Head out to Big Rock, Mokey and Annex Reefs, don’t forget to try Pelican Reef and nearby Red Rocks or troll the western shoreline of Pelican Island, the rocks on these locations are your best bet for mid-lake Walleye, if you’d rather work some weed lines, head over towards Goose Island and the Grand View Flats and keep them Perch colored crankbaits in the water!

Featured Image up top is of Will McKenna from Cedar Rapids, IA – with a nice little catch he and Grandpa rustled up.

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