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  1. Ok so we're finishing up our week of fishing here on Leech and will head back to Iowa tomorrow. It was a great time, the lake sure didn't disappoint. Pannies are in the shallows (we found 64 degree water in some bays) and the walleye's were a bit of a struggle UNTIL we got in contact with a guide (Tom Wilson). I was in a follow boat one day and that was the highlight of the trip. If you can swing it a guide like Tom is sure worth the coin. I really like how Tom not only showed us the current techniques / lures / presentations but more importantly spots to hit in the following days of our vacation. Anyway we ended up with a 28.5 walleye being the largest of the week and Two members of our family got their personal bests for eyes on this trip as well. The personal bests are still swimming in Leech as we speak. Slow death rigged Berkeley Gulp crawlers worked well for us; especially towards the end of our stay. But Leechs and slip bobbers were our go too each evening. We were unable to get on a good crankbait bite though and while trolling cranks noticed a real lack of pike hookups. While I am hoping to make it back to Leech next year a return in 2017 is probably a more realistic bet. Until then, good luck to you all, Kevin.
  2. I heard that crawlers on rigs with a small spinner or a slow death hook is working real good pulled through the cabbage weeds. Anybody doing anything out there?
  3. Leech Lake Fishing Report Well the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament is a wrap and another huge success it was. Almost 1300 fish were brought to the scales with almost 80 limits of 6 fish brought to the scale each day. The best part there was a 98% live release rate which says a lot about the success of this tournament and its incredible workers. A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved who helped make once again the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament one of the best in the Midwest. Last but not least a big congratulations goes to one of the LOA team members Aaron Murphy and his partner Pete Miskovich on their 5th place finish and the largest bag for Day 1 of the tourney. The lake is changing by the days and week. Fish can be caught so many different ways and in so many different types of locations. During the tournament anglers had success lindy rigging, with a jig and minnow, and pulling spinners. The fish are definitely transitioning into their summer patterns and haunts and as June moves along it should really get good. For the LOA team, a jig and a minnow was by far our best producer when it came to putting fish in the boat. Depending on the conditions aggressive snap jigging along sand flats, breaklines in 8-12ft of water, or pitching jigs into cabbage was the best producer. 1/8th KenKatch Long Shank Jigs were the ticket and color was key. Changing up the color during bright conditions vs. cloudy or overcast was the key to putting more fish in the boat. Many anglers had a lot of success rigging leeches and crawlers along shoreline breaks and along transition lines of rock/gravel or sand and gravel. Having a longer snell with a smaller hook and glow bead, such as 6+ feet was definitely a key to success. Spinner fishing is starting to also pick up and one of our favorite times of the year..look for rock edges on the main lake reefs or shoreline breaks around Sand Beach and Two Points to produce fish in 12-16ft of water. Speed was the key, going anywhere from 1-1.5MPH depending on the weather conditions. June is one of our favorite times to be on the lake because there are so many locations and ways to catch Mr. Walleye. The Cabelas NWT tourney is the next big event on the lake in just a little over a week. It should be fun to see many of the well known pros in action. Get out and Set the Hook! Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures
  4. Pounded these bays and Pumphouse too for Largemouth over two days and came up empty...How can such good looking areas not produce bass? Maybe I fished it wrong but used plastics and spinner baits to no avail. Shaking my confidence.
  5. Seems like things are kind of slow but wondering what others are seeing. Water temps were 50 last weekend and dropped this week.
  6. Who's fishing the tourney this weekend? The wind is supposed to be perfect for pitching jigs in the reeds. I wish I was going to be in it.
  7. Any tips, tricks, words of wisdom or even wisecracks I don't care!! Will be there in 37 days! Targeting everything! woop!
  8. Friday and Sunday’s walleye fishing was pretty decent. Friday we had strong north winds and rain most morning. It was not pleasant but the fish didn’t care and bit well. My quests were not keeping fish so we just had fun releasing walleyes all morning. We figured we boat close to 20 walleyes with the largest being just over 25”in the 3 hours we lasted. I didn’t fish Saturday. Sunday was a cold morning and a chilly boat ride. The numbers were about the same but it took twice the time. We had a decent wind and found the fish to be a little lazy in the beginning but as the day warmed the fish got active. Catching more slot then keepers, it took most the trip to get our limit but action was steady all day. Sunday’s high light was the first fish I’ve seen over the slot this season, a fat 27”. Both days saw the larger fish being a little shallower then the rest of the catch. Whereas the majority of fish were caught in 10ft the larger fish were plucked out of 8ft. Jigs are still producing for me and I have been spending most my time on large flats. Fish have seemed to be holding on the subtle depth changes, often whit only a depth change of a foot. Today (6/1) was better then decent, we fished weeds and found great numbers of keeper size fish with just a couple slots and one over. We had a perfect wind and the fish cooperated very well. This is just my theory but 10 days ago the shiners were rumored to be done and not available much longer. Well that changed with a second shiner run and the bait shops have plenty. This could explain why I am getting walleyes in the same areas as I did 2 weeks ago. The shiners came back in and so did the walleyes,,, at least to the type areas I’m fishing. Water temps have been moving around all season. I had 65 on Friday on the big lake and 59 this morning warming to 61 by mid-day. I see the jig bite lasting a bit longer then I had thought earlier. Many years I have jigged walleyes up to Fourth of July, but its not always the case. Tom Wilson
  9. Any reports on the bass activity are they getting close to pre-spawn or are they in pre-spawn will be up starting Monday the 1st and hoping they are going nuts. This is our annual fishing trip with my buddies to the cabin. Walleye fishing has been great the last few years but I am a bass fisherman at heart and with the late spring last year was really tough. Even up on Trout caught fish but not like most years. Just wondering if you guys are seeing them around and if so the depth. Cant wait and to catch some big bull Bluegills on Trout as well and have some fun with a good and sometimes loud group.
  10. Anglers reporting a good mix of eaters and slot walleyes this week using a variety of methods. Anchoring and jigging is favored. When it's windy,spinners are the go to method. The mud flats outside of Pine were good in 15-22 feet. Pine Island to Zippel Bay had walleyes in 24-30. Long Point over to 12 Mile Reef had numbers in the 19-22 foot range. Those that headed north to the reefs got lucky in 16-21 feet. Hot colors were gold, chartreuse, or pink. On the Rainy River, smallmouth bass and northern pike very active with walleyes in the mix as well. Best bite in 17-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner on pink or gold. On cloudier days with less clarity try shallower waters in 14-16 feet. Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues with mixed bags of fish. Walleyes and pike very active in 20-25 feet near Oak Island and Blackbird Island or the west side of Garden using gold or orange. Perch are spawning and the smallmouth bass are in the shallows as well. In Ontario waters, numerous spots producing as well. Try Falcon Island in 25 feet for walleye and crappies.
  11. Anyone try fishing down by wilson? Never even driven down there, but got the itch. Any backwater spots or is it all wide open current?
  12. I was at East Twin yesterday and the lake already had green slime floating and I talked to someone that went to School Grove last night and found the same thing. This seems danged early, especially since the lakes aren't that warm yet.
  13. Did a little trolling around the edges of a big weed flat and caught a ton of northerns, and a couple big bass. The fish were really aggressive. We trolled jigs and minnows in 8-14 fow. Good times!!! She has it down, seriously.
  14. What effect will this wind and cool down have on the fishing for the weekend? Will it move the eyes off the weedlines to deeper water?
  15. Had some luck with the bluegills on Lower Prior Lake yesterday afternoon. Seems they were in pre-spawn mode possibly. A few squirted when I was trying to unhook them. Fished near weeds in about 10 ft of water and landed a couple of larger ones and a few mid-sized ones to fill out the pan. Was using a panfish rod and slip bobber with a 1/2 night crawler on a bare hook. Tried a few leeches also and caught a couple of small LMB. Hooked int one large one that snapped my line on my panfish rod. Might have been a little excited on that one. Toward the end of my trip I pulled a bottom bouncer Lindy rig (blue spinner) with a nightcrawler and hooked into a 8 inch walleye and a small perch. Seems like all species were biting yesterday, hope it continues! There weren't many casts I didn't catch something.
  16. Fished out of Wheeler’s Point last Sunday thru Wednesday. I should say we got up there late in the afternoon on Sunday and got rained out, and Monday’s weather was LESS than desirable. We could only fish the river Monday due to the hurricane, with notta bump. Tuesday and Wednesday the weather, and fishing, were phenomenal! Spent the entire day on the water both days 7am to 7pm. Fished back and fourth between 22-27 FOW in front of Pine Island. We caught LOTS of small 12-15” walleye and sauger, but made up for the small fish with 10 slots and several 17-18” walleyes. The highlight was a 29” 9lb walleye, 3rd picture below! The other slot fish were between 20” and 24”. What a ball!! White and pink 3/8oz jigs with a frozen shiner, live fat head or, leeches caught fish. I will say that only 3 fish were caught on leeches but they were all slot fish. Frozen shiners were the best. Can’t wait to get back! Have a great day!
  17. Free members only Mille lacs lake fishing reports can be found at the link below. To see this report you must either sign-in or sign-up and become a Fishing Minnesota member. It's eays and it's FREE.
  18. New to the site and looking for some help fishing Lake Washington. I want to take my kids out and catch some fish. They are 4 and 6 so any action will keep them happy.
  19. The Cannon River is up and looking good for the opener. Water temps were 52 degrees in three different spot. An old friend of mine said there was A school of White Bass at the bridge just north of Tetonka this morning. Let's all hope for light wind next weekend.
  20. Was thinking of hitting Sabre lake saturday but I have heard from a couple of people that the landing was real shallow last fall and was wondering if it has come up this spring at all. I have a 17 1/2 foot boat and was wondering if I would have a problem landing it. Any help would be greatly appriciated in helping me determine if I should try a different lake or risk doing damage to my boat. Thanks
  21. I am going to be heading down to Waterville in a few weeks right around Bullhead Days I beleive.... How has the bite around or on Tatonka been, I havent fished more than 3 times down their I dont think so I was wondering if anyone has any advice... Thanks in Advance
  22. Mark and I were out on the lake , 1 fish in many hours was really dead. The only one fish was a bass 14". The ice was 14" thick when i put the ice dipper down the hole to measure it. People were driving around all over the place.