July 14, 2017
What wonderful fishing weather we are having on the big lake. With the cooler temperatures, it is keeping that water in the upper 60’s and low 70’s, this keeps the walleye bite going. Usually this time of year the walleye can be hard to pattern, but with the water temps hovering in their preferred range, they can still be caught multiple ways. For most of our anglers, fishing with Crankbaits or Lindy rigs seems to be the ticket. These are two different extremes but are producing the most fish compared to traditional methods. For those of you who like to troll Crankbaits a #7 Shad Rap or #7 Flicker Shad by Berkley, long lined in 14’-18’ during the day, will produce fish near Variety Reef, Diamond Point, Annex Reef and North Bar. Keep these Crankbaits moving quickly around 2-2.5 mph. During the evening, you can tie on a #4 Salmo Hornet or #5 Shad Rap and head to shallower water but keep going the same speed. If you are not a trolling type of angler, running a Northland or Lindy crawler rig or leech on these same deep water spots with a longer leader 6’-8’ will produce some fish. Make sure you are using your electronics to find the fish first and then fish the lindy rig through them.
Musky fisherman are starting to frequent the lake. We have had some reports of fish being caught but with the cooler water, they are not as active as years past. Fishing near the sand flats or weed flats is where most of the fish are being caught. Using a little slower presentation with medium-sized Musky Crankbait, or a Safety Pin Spinner is the way to go. Also, make sure that you are fishing the Majors and Minors throughout the day to get the most active fish.
If you are looking for something just to bend the pole during the middle of the day, the Largemouth Bass have been very active up in the shallow bays around the lake. They do like to hang near the Wild Rice that is starting to emerge. Use Spinner baits to try and locate these fish first and then switch to some frogs or your favorite popper to get them out of the weeds. The best spots to look for these fish near Trapper’s Landing is Miller Bay, Boy Bay and Headquarters Bay.
We are in full summer swing on Leech lake. Make sure that you have multiple rods rigged and plenty of lures with you. If you are guest staying with us, we have all the rods, reels and lures ready in our Pro Shop for you to use to chase your favorite fin. We will mark a map for you with some of latest fishing spots and we have all your favorite snacks for a day on the lake. Don’t forget, call The Merit for dockside delivery when your cooler gets low or you need some lunch! 218-836-2062. As always make sure you are safe on all your outdoor adventures and we hope to see you on the water.