May 17, 2018
Leech Lake Walker Bay Ice and Fishing Report 05.17.18
It’s been a great opening week around the Leech Lake area. Unlike other years the weather has been beautiful. Almost too nice for the people out chasing walleyes.
Light winds and bluebird sky’s made it a bit more challenging on Leech Lake. Water temps are still on the cold side with the ice just going out last Thursday. Despite the weather and the cold water temps the walleye bite still proved to be good. The key seems to be to stick with it and keep grinding it out. Lots of nice fish were caught throughout the lake with a good mix of keeper size fish and slot fish. Fish are still a bit scattered with the shiner run not going yet. 4-12 ft of water has still been the key depths. Long line a jig and minnow or Lindy rig a leech or shiner.
Pine Point, Grand View Flats, Star Point, 2nd and 3rd Duck Point, Stony and Little Stony Point have all been great areas to look. Leech Lake is still a very wind driven lake, so keep looking for the wind-driven points. Also don’t be afraid to get off the point and into the flats when the wind does not blow. These fish will be scattered out of the points looking for baitfish.
Water temps have varied from 46-55 degrees depending on where you are. With some of those temps hitting the mid 50’s the crappie action has also picked up. Look for some of the darker bays like Sucker, Steamboat, and Boy. These bays are where the water is warming faster. With the warm week of weather around the Leech area, the walleye bite will continue to improve. We should be rewarded for the late spring with great fishing for a longer period of time.
Good luck to all on the water and don’t forget to stop in at Reeds and let the experts mark a map or help you with your tackle needs.
Trapper’s Landing Lodge South Shore Ice and Fishing Report 02.23.18
The first week of the fishing season has started off well on the main basin of the lake. The weather has been almost too nice to go chase walleye but they are finding their way into many anglers boats. With the nice weather the surface temps have been comparable to years prior with the main lake surface temps ranging 50- 55 degrees, and in the shallow bays, water temps are 55-60 degrees. So the late ice has not had too much of an impact on our surface temps. The walleye bite continues to be a shallow bite with Jigs/ Minnows. Look near the south side of Bear Island, Partridge Point, Rogers Point and Submarine/Annex in 4-10 ft of water. If you are staying at the resort right now you can cast a lighted bobber at night and find walleye right from shore. The crappies are starting to move into the marina during the day and are biting in Boy and Headquarters Bay in less than 6 ft of water. Look for the new weed beds and you will find those fish. With favorable weather heading into this weekend, we are looking for the bite to stay good.
The Restaurant will be open this Thursday/Friday at 4 PM-9 PM and on Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM for food and bar service after. We also have a good supply of shiners, nightcrawlers, and leeches at the marina. We still have some last minute lodging opportunities, please call 218-836-2500 to reserve. We hope to see you on the water.