July 11, 2017
Despite the recently completed bug hatch and warmer water temps, you still can find some hungry walleye out on the big lake. Using your electronics to pinpoint fish this time of year is very important as the fish are on the move. The best way to find these roaming fish is to troll crankbaits. Most of the anglers who are having success trolling are using #7 Rapala Shad Raps, Live Target “Bait Balls” or Berkley Flicker shads. They have been fishing on the mid-lake structure and secondary shoreline breaks near Diamond point, Pelican Island, Variety Reef and Pipe Island in 12’-18′ of water. The use of a longer trolling rod and a line counter reel can make a world of difference enabling your crankbait to run its true depth. If trolling is not your preferred method of fishing, make sure that you are fishing in the low light periods where slip bobbers and lindy rigs are working best in 10’-13′ of water. There has been a solid Walleye bite using inflated night crawlers running the rig around 1.3-1.7mph. There are a few options that still working, cover the water and bring lots of tackle.
Musky action has started to pick up for most of the anglers that are pursuing them. They are starting to see a lot of fish showing themselves near Pipe island, White Rocks, Red Rocks and the Diamond Point area. Most anglers are using WaxWings, medium sized inline spinners or buck tails and top waters when the winds are down to get a monster to rise. There has been a solid weed growth in Portage and Sucker Bay opening up another option for these fish. We are seeing the surface temps in the low to mid 70’s and with the warmer weather predicted, we will see the musky bite only increase. We are now on the other side of the moon phase as it is waning into the next couple weeks, the next full moon will be August 8th which is generally a great moon to catch a trophy muskie.
We are starting to head into peak summer patterns which can be tough for some anglers to catch fish but with the variety of species found on Leech Lake, you should find some action at the end of your line. Our Pro Shop is stocked to help you enjoy your adventure on Leech or the surrounding lakes. On the lake with an empty cooler & no lunch? Dockside food & off-sale delivery is available. Call us at 218-836-2500. As always, be safe on all your outdoor adventures and we hope to see you on the dock at Trapper’s!