February 11, 2020
Leech Lake Weekend Ice and Fishing Report Recap 2.11.20
Ice conditions continue to improve across Leech Lake right now. We are starting to see the slush pockets that plagued the lake freeze up and this upcoming week weather will only help with lows in the -20’s and highs in the single digits. The Trapper’s Landing Lodge ice road again will be open to all size vehicle and wheelhouse traffic for the remainder of the season. We do have some cutouts made across the ice road on some select structure but if you can find a low spot in the banking you can travel off road to set up, since we have little to no snow left on top of the ice.
Fishing on Leech Lake was good this past weekend with most of our ice house rentals and road users reporting a mixed bag of walleye, tullibee, northern pike, perch and smallmouth bass being caught.
Walleye action continues to be during the lowlight hours in 17-26 ft, along Olson’s Reef, Rogers Point and Big Rock Reef areas, while anglers on snowmobiles found them on the variety reef area, and pelican island areas. Jigging a flutter type spoon such as a Clam Leech Spoon, Northland Glo Shot or VMC Tingler spoon tipped with a minnow head is working along with a set line and a minnow under a bobber is a good combination to use during the low light times.
Perch are picking up in the shallows right now across the lake in 6-10 ft of water, the sunny days are best up shallow. Use your favorite gold spoon tipped with a small minnow to jig or a small jig and plastic minnow are working well. Drill a lot of holes and use your electronics to locate these fish and keep on the move. You will have to sort through some small fish but you will find those larger fish out there.
Tullibee action picked up this past weekend on the south shore, near rogers point and big rock reef in the deep holes 28-40 ft of water. Again, you will want to drills and cover water to locate the most fish. We saw lots of good reports coming in this weekend.
Overall it was a great weekend to be out and ice conditions continue to improve. Stayed tuned for more updates this week and we hope to see you on the ice.