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First trip to Leech this June. Any suggestions?


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Some friends and I are going to come up to Leech around the 2nd weekend in June. This is our first trip on this water. We will be after walleye, bass, pike or maybe even the occational muskie. Any suggestions regarding location, depth or live bait recommendations is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

John

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Welcome, The most accurate advise is to keep posted here for updates just prior to your trip. Your timing should be good with the water into the 60's though. The worst advise would be to give you tips based on the past, I get caught fishing memories from time to time. Keep posted.

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Should still be a jig bite then. The norm for walleye is shallow rocks and weed beds(cabbage).Tell us what part of the lake you will fishing.

Gofishleech

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bkft,

What part of the lake are you staying at?? That would help in being able to give you tips.

Ole

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Sorry. We'll probably be in either Walker Bay or Stoney Point.

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bkft

Like leechlake said it's probably not the best info. to give you tips on past years but here goes. If you stay out on Stony Point, I'll give you what's worked for me for 30 years, keep in mind, I haven't fished Leech for the last 2 years due to poor fishing.

Number 1 on Leech is to fish the wind blown shoreline, I know you hear this all the time but it's true. I'm not going to suggest you head out in big wind waves but I've fished Stony, Middle Stony and Little Stony Points in 2-4 ft. waves and the fishing is great. Traders Bay has some good fishing as well, there's are a couple of areas that have some good weed patches and they hold nice perch and walleyes. When the wind is blowing good into an area, don't be afraid to fish shallow, I've fished in 3-4 ft. of water on bright sunny days in these conditions and done well. Many years ago, we used leeches as bait exclusively, that was back in the late 70's and 80's, starting in the mid 80's I couldn't buy a bite on a leech, everything came on shiners. I jig and rig depending on what they want and how many rocks I'm fishing over. In my experience the Stony Point area holds bigger fish, Pine Point seems to hold more fish but they tend to be a little smaller. Another place you will want to spend some time is around Goose Island and the Snake Pit, these areas don't have a tremendous amount of structure but they hold alot of fish. Ottertail Point can be good as well and it has alot more depth variations. If you feel adventerous, Big Rock Reef, the Graveyard and around Pelican can be good. I hope this helps you out, if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask me.

Good Luck

Ole

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That's exactly the kind of info I was looking for, Ole. Thanks a lot.

All the talk about the recent poor fishing and cormorant overpopulation has kinda started to get me worried we won't find much. Some of the guys coming on the trip are not really experienced and I want to get them on some good fishing. Do you think it would be a better decision to try Cass, Winnie, or even over to the Gull chain instead?

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Well to be real honest, the trip my brother and I take our son's on has been to Leech for the last10 years, up until 2003, then we switched to Cut Foot/Winni, the fishing up there has been nothing less than fantastic!! If you really want to put some newbe's on fish, I'd head to Winni, maybe when they get these cormorrants under control Leech will be the jewel it used to be.

Ole

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Plan to do some night fishing on Leech. The water has been very clear the past several years and the shallow spring walleyes are spooky.

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