East Side Report:
Fishing the east side of Leech this week has been a little tough at times but with mixed successful days. We had some very strong winds out of the west and northwest a couple of days this past week. Wind can be good but when you get strong winds up to 35 MPH it can make it tough to move around and fish.
The bite has definitely changed to more of a Leech bite. Fish have transitioned over deeper rocks and gravel bars. Anywhere between 15 to 25 feet of water. Underwater rock points around Pelican Island can be a great place to start. I pitched jigs tipped with leeches for my best success this past week although fish that were very aggressive wanted slip bobbers. I did try pitching jigs tipped with minnows and the clients stuck with leeches but over all leeches produced. When you mark fish and they don’t want to bite try the kitchen sink before you leave them. I tried to pitch a half crawler on a jig but that didn’t seem to work but at times especially during the mayfly hatch it can be extremely effective. My overall top colors are blue and white, patriot, gold and watermelon.
The Mayflies have not fully come yet but I think it should happen this week. I have started to notice bugs showing up on my graphs which means the crawler and spinner bite should be hot this next week.
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West side report Leech Lake.
We are seeing consistent surface temps around 71 to 76 degrees which means the heat of summer is on its way. But don’t worry Leech Lake offers walleye opportunities anywhere from shallow cabbage beds to targeting walleyes on deeper breaks and humps. 3 Very simple tactics are pitching 1/8th and 1/4 ounces jigs tipped with leeches, half a crawler or minnows at times, Slip bobbers tipped with a leech and Lindy rigs in 12 to 22 feet of water rigged with large to jumbo leeches or nightcrawlers. As weed growth continues to increase due to rising water temps fishing for northern pike, muskellunge, panfish, small mouth and large mouth bass can be a great way to break up the day if walleye fishing is tough.
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