August 2, 2017
Fishing Report Sponsored by Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters in Walker.
If walleyes are your game then they should push a bit shallower than what you will be fishing. The rig that will still be the most effective are spinner rigs or Little Guy Rigs (Lindy). This will be the flash and speed you need to trigger those target walleyes. Stay in that 10-18’ range to find the fish this week. Leech is best known to be a lake that is wind affected so where there is choppy water there is bound to be fish. Still use your locators to find the fish because if you don’t see fish on the readout than there is nothing there to bite. Still hit the weed edges and the flats but really try to look around the rock piles. If the Spinner rig is not for you and you just want to keep moving then pulling a Crankbait is your ticket. This is still a great way to pull in some walleyes. First locate the fish and then start pulling with multiple passes before moving on and switching up colors. These walleyes will be tough but not impossible to catch. The colors that will work best is crawdad, perch, gold, purple and foil on the baits will add a good flash too. If you are looking for a slow and relaxing way to fish for walleyes, then you need to do some slip bobber fishing in the weed edges out in 10-15’. You can also do slip bobbers over the rock piles in 15-20’. This is a slow and effective way to go but remember to bring lots of bait as a lot of species will be caught this way too.
Musky fishing is in full swing this time of year. In the morning hours at sunrise pull top water baits in the shallows. All the fish needs is enough water to cover its back to swim. You can see them up as shallow as a 1.5’ hunting. Then as the day moves on pull spinners and jerk baits with gusto out in 5-12’. Be aggressive, these fish are aggressive and they need some movement to hit. In the brightest parts of the day the best results will still be pulling some massive Cranks along those deeper weed edges 10-15’.
Bass is a very active and exciting fish to target. The fish just explode on top water bait and are pound for pound one of the toughest fighting fish. The best way to target these guys will be to use frogs in the low light period with a quick twitch across the Lilly pads or rice in the shallows less than 8’. Then mid-morning and late evenings switch to plastics using a wacky or Texas rig in 5-15’. In the high light times of the day pull lipless cranks along the weed edges in 8-15’. This way you can cover lots of water and catch a lot of fish.
The fish are out there; just remember to change it up when things are not working. Change colors. change your way of presentation and last change spots.
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 the latest fishing spots and we have all your favorite snacks for a day on the lake.
Just out fishing Leech Lake? Call The Merit for dockside delivery when your cooler gets low or you need some lunch! 218-836-2062. Our Marina has gas, bait & ice too!