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Anything good happening on Leech lake lately? A couple of weeks ago the Goose Island area was o.k., but looking for some consistent perch action. Has anyone been trying Agency or Traders Bay lately? Any new news would be appreciated.

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was just up to Leech this past weekend and caught some true jumbos! 8-12 feet of water seemed to be the best AWAY from the crowds off of pine point. That's all I know till the next time I go up...Good Luck<BR>LLL

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Thanks for the tip on Pine Point. Which direction were you? In the narrows in front of Grand View?, towards Goose Island?, or more off the Traders Bay side? I'll be going up tomorrow night and should be able to give a report on Monday.

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Yes I was towards the narrows... in the past we have also had good luck in 16 ft of water as well (if you drew a line from the tip of where the bar is to the point on the south side of the narrows and went in between them in about 16ft...it might even touch the 17 ft mark as well out there...) Basically though it's hard to say any one spot is good out there. It seems the key is (especially later in the season) is to stay away from all the big crowds and comotions (especially throught the afternoon). Over the years deeper water has proven it worth but every once and a while you have to try something different because all it is one huge flat with gradual slopes and slants (at least nothing is really sharp)<BR>One other side note and then I'll stop babbling... I had the Aqua-view up there on New years eve weekend and there wasn't much around in the way of big perch and walleye (that was on the tip of the bar the juts out from the mainland.<BR>Anyways Good Luck...<BR>Hope to see a report on Monday<BR>LLL

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A weekend update. Fishing was only o.k. Worked the area of Grand View Flats and hit a few perch and tullibees. Only a handful of the perch are what you would consider the jumbos. 10-12' of water seemed to be the best, again AWAY from the crowd. Reports from Reed's and Walker Bait were all very slow. Looks like people are getting ready for the Eelpout Festival.

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At least you didn't get skunked...<BR>never been to the eelpout festavil...<BR>I'm getting geared up for my annual "week before walleye season is over trip" to Leech.<BR>Last year was unbelievable... I have never caught of seen so many walleye in one weekend<BR>See ya ll on the Ice<BR>LLL

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I'll be going back up to the cabin 2/3-2/5 for some end of the season walleye activity. What part of the lake do you work this time of the winter? I've done o.k. on the humps in Walker Bay, but the fish tend to run on the small side. Usually we are looking for more activity and end up chasing perch and tullibees instead. Let me know if you will be there on the above dates and we can compare notes on the ice.

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