June 26, 2020
The bug hatch is in full force around Leech Lake but that has not caused the fishing to slow down like it has in previous seasons. The main basin is seeing a good influx of keeper sized fish being caught in 14-22 ft of water, with some of the bigger fish being pulled from deeper water during the day time. Make sure you pack a couple different rods and equipment with you when heading out, on calm days a Northland Bottom Bouncer with a spinner rig and nightcrawler combo are working well being trolled 1-1.5 mph. Your spinner blade colors should be perch, hammered gold and orange work well along with the new Northland Butterfly Blades. If the wind picks up a Lindy rig or Slip Bobber with a leech seem to be picking up more fish in those same depth ranges. We have also had some good reports of fish after dark trolling shad raps in 6-10 ft of water as well.
Musky action is picking up across the Leech Lake as the water temps move into the high 60’s low 70’s. Fishing the sand beaches up near Bear Island, Ottertail Point, Pelican Island and Diamond Point are all producing fish. Smaller slower presentations seem to be getting a better reaction from a trophy. As we get through the bug hatch and further into the summer fishing action should continue to pick up.
If the walleye or musky are a little slow during the day, head out smallmouth fishing. The smallmouth are showing up around Pipe Island, Diamond point, and Rogers point in 6=8 ft of water. Using your favorite swim bait, or jerk bait will put some fish topside. If you have kids with a slip bobber rigged with a leech are good options to get the kids hooked into a trophy bronze back.
Across the lake we are hearing and seeing good catches despite the large mayfly hatch going on. There are no signs currently of the bite slowing down and we are seeing lots of keeper sized fish. If you are needing lodging, we still have some smaller midweek stays available please call our Front desk for availability 218-836-2500. The Merit restaurant at Trapper’s is open for lunch and dinner Thursday thru Sunday.
As always be safe on all your outdoor adventures and we hope to see you on the lake!