October 12, 2020
Leech Lake Fishing Report for Leech Lake 10-10-20 – Trapper’s Landing Lodge
We are in our peak fall bite currently across Leech Lake as the water temps are in the Upper 40’s to low 50’s currently. Most anglers are using jigs and minnows currently on any of the mid lake reefs, wind blown points and remaining weed edges. For the windy days and night time fishing look in 10 ft of water or less and on the sunny still days, look a little deeper in 12-20 ft of water. For anglers looking to fish at night, trolling Husky Jerks, smithwick rouges along the shallows is producing a lot of fish and the anglers sitting off the docks at night are using light slip bobbers and minnows in less than 3 ft of water. The peak is right now and should last through next week as we have above average temps coming at us which should maintain that magic water temp.
Along with the great walleye fishing the Perch bite has been strong up in the weedy bays such as Boy, Portage, and Steamboat. Drift across the big weedy bays with a smaller jig/minnow or jig/plastic combination to find a good limit of Jumbos, or find a school of them and sit on them with a slip bobber rig. Many limits have been getting pulled this past week and it’s a good mid day bite across the lake.
The big musky are on the prowl right now as well. Most anglers are throwing big plastics and swimbaits along the mid lake structures around Pelican Island, Bear Island, and Pipe Island. Most anglers have found a slower retrieve right now is better for those fish and some anglers are even switching over to the large Decoys and bobbers right now to find a couple of those fall giants.
The winds the past week have knocked down a lot of the leaf cover in the woods and we are starting to hear good grouse reports come in to the area, with multiple flush days and good numbers of birds being seen. We had a small push of timberdoodle into the area this week as well. Its sounds like it has been a good year so far for grouse hunters. Waterfowl numbers were down this week due to the warm weather and large south winds, we have had some small flocks of divers move into the area and being out at first light will get you some shots, but we will need some cooler weather to bring some new birds into the area.
We have had some great fall weather this past week and are seeing our best fishing of the season right now. There is still some great lodging opportunities at the resort to come up and get in on the great action right now. Call in at 218-836-2500 to see what we have available. The Merit will be open Thur-Saturday through Oct 17th. We look forward to seeing you on the water.