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Scott M

Leech Lake 08-10

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Scott M

Things are looking pretty rosy for Leech Lake in the next couple years. I will have to include it on the "must fish" summer and winter tours.

I just read that test netting found the second highest walleye lifts ever recorded on the lake and an excellent size distribution. I remember hearing about lots of big fish being caught this past year, and combined with the strong 2005 and 2006 year classes, there ought to be some pretty nice walleye fishing for size and numbers.

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Just finished up two weeks on Leech. I share the optimism for the future of Leech Lake fishing. Most days we fished we limited. Fished for 3 - 4 hours each time out. Most of the fish were in the 16" - 17". We caught 8 - 10 slot fish with the largest at just under 26". The slot fish along with the 11" - 13" were released.

We had one day where two of us caught over 40 Walleye in the 16" - 17" size, for the most part, in a 2 1/2 hour window. This was a first-ever for me on Leech. I have had good days but never anything like this! I have to credit my friend who suggested we fish the area, one I do not normally fish.

This fall Star Point and Little Harwood were the most productive areas. Last fall it was all Pine Point and Little Stony. I didn't spend much time on the south half of the big lake. Most days we had south winds or south-east or south-west and the Walleye were on the moss.

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MNsuzuki

Very nice report. Fishing really has been very good on Leech all year. What a beautiful lake, and now we even get good fishing!

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moehawk

Leech is Back for sure, I spent lots of time fishing this summer and fall, tons of fish in all sizes, personal biggest this year was a 27.5 and seen a 34, what a hog, we had been drifting the west goose flats, with a few boats, when the boat next to us tied into her, we were just moving out for a new drift and pulled up the view the beauty before they put her back in. The DNR had a public meeting near the end of Sept. to discuss the idea of stocking again and get imput, any word on their decision yet? I definately like the idea, I caught tons of 10" to 12" fish that I am suspecting are the stocked eyes. The interesting part is I have fished leech for many years and never seen as few boats on the lake as I did this year, I suppose some of it has to do with the number of resorts on the lake compaired to 10 years ago. The slot did hurt the resort/guide business but did wonders for the lake. Leech and Winnie walleye fishing is good and only going to get better.

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    • Borch
      It usually pays off finding your own fish.   Nice report.
    • Borch
      Welcome to the forum.  Lots of good options already given.  Have some fun!
    • ozzie
      The fish are out there and they go hot and cold on the bite but they are catchable!  Anytime you can get the kids out fishing is worth it in my opinion!  Take them up and wet a line is about the only way you will find out if they can catch anything or not.  The main thing to look for before going to Red is the week leading up to the date you plan on fishing is to watch the wind speed and direction.  If blowing from the west for a few days the water stirs up and gets hard to fish. 
    • ANYFISH2
      Welcome TheEyesofanAngler! A ton of good bass lakes around the area.  For numbers of 2 to 4 lb bass, the eastern Todd County lakes near Burtrum and NW Morrison county are hard to beat as well.
    • Wanderer
      Good job guys!
    • YellowFinRed
      Have only been out a couple of times now but did get a 5.5 lb walleye my first 10 minutes out in 16 feet of water. Lots of fish in the 16-20 feet range. No jumping in the boat but catching fish on the mid lake areas. I'll be darned if I'll sit under a bridge with other boats when you can catch fish out on the lake without others boaters around.
    • Gillraker
      Any reports from Buffalo?  I would imagine that they are doing OK right out in front of the marina/beach.  Anybody?
    • DonkeyHodey
      agree with gimruis.  look to the river. Your chances of catching a 3# bass or better are exponentially better on the river.  (There's a reason SC/mississippi was chosen for the Gov's opener last year--the Mississippi around here is really a world class smallmouth fishery.)  (most river rats will tell you that you can essentially catch smallies any time of year and often as by-catch while targeting other species.)  Below the SC dam is pretty much catch and release only (all 12-20 inchers must be released) but it's quite loaded with big smallies! (and lots of good shore areas on public land)  Just be prepared to lose a few lures on snags... Frankly, If you want to stick to lakes, I think you can pretty much pick a lake in a 30 mile radius...--most produce bass in good quantity, it's just years may vary in terms of sizes.  Clearwater is good.  Consider Bass lake adjacent to it.  (...it's not just a clever name.)
    • Wanderer
      Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. 😎
    • gimruis
      I like Clearwater too.  I haven't fished in in a couple years now but I used to and we caught a lot of fish out there.  The one negative was all the competition - there seemed to be a tournament almost every weekend. Another overlooked place to target smallmouth: RIVERS.  The Sauk River and the Mississippi between St Cloud and Elk River is plum full of bass and receives minimal fishing pressure (its just my opinion but rivers in general are very under fished here in MN).