October 17, 2019
Fall is definitely in the air around the Leech Lake area. Crazy fall weather with snow, wind, rain, and some warm weather has made it very challenging, to say the least. With water temps and weather finally starting to stable out, fishing continues to be very good. It’s a great time to be on the water chasing whatever species you choose.
The walleye bite has been very strong throughout the fall. Fall patterns are in full swing on Leech Lake. Right now the best bite we are seeing is coming off a jig tipped with a fathead or a rainbow. Keep an eye on your windblown points like Pine Point, Stony Point, Ottertail Point, First and Second Duck Point, Big and Little Hardwoods and Star Point. Most fish have been coming out of 3-10 feet of water. Don’t be afraid to pitch those jigs up shallow especially if you have the wind on any of these points. We are also seeing fish come out of Grand View Flats, Walker Bay Narrows, and Sucker Bay. You should be able to find some nice perch right along with fishing walleyes in all of these areas. Walker Bay has also had a very solid bite in the last few weeks. Lindy rigging a Redtail or Creek Chub is your best approach right now. Cedar Point, Second Point, Lighthouse Point, and Templar Point are all great spots to look at this time of the fall. 15-25 ft is your target depth range but these fish will slide out in deeper water or shallower water to feed. Don’t be afraid to fish a lighted slip bobber after dark offshore. Many of these fish are moving up into the shallow water rocks to feed after dark.
Panfish have also been going well too. Sucker Bay, Portage Bay, and Boy Bay are all great areas to look at. If you can find any of the remaining green cabbage weeds crappies will be in there. The North end of Sucker Bay and Deadhead Bay still has quite a bit of green weeds left and the crappie action has been pretty good. Pitch a jig and a minnow at them or a slip bobber with a minnow when you find them.
Fall is also a great time to catch a world-class trophy Muskie off Leech Lake. Leech Lake Muskies put the food bag on in the fall preparing for winter. Walker Bay is a great spot to look for these healthy fish, many people will troll open water with the muskies being suspended preying on baitfish. Also where you can find the remaining green cabbage weeds on Leech will also hold muskies. Many of these weeds hold baitfish that’s why the muskies are around. Burning bucktails or running big plastics like Bulldawgs through and around weed beds can be key right now.
Don’t forget the Leech Lake area has some great grouse hunting and duck hunting as well. With the cooler fall weather, we are starting to see a push from the Northern ducks on Leech. The Walker area also has endless miles of trails and public land for the upland hunters.
Make sure you stop in at Reeds in Walker for any of your outdoor needs. Our team can always mark a map or get you heading in the right direction. Enjoy the great fall around the Leech Lake area.