Friday, April 17, 2020

Leech Lake Fishing Calendar

I've spilled the beans again! Actually, I've been meaning to do one of these for some time. Bear in mind, these are general rules-of-thumb based on typical weather and water conditions. Also, closed seasons don't always start/stop with the start/end of a month, so be sure and check the regulations regarding those exact dates. 

Cheers and hook-sets,

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Pay to Slay- Experience a Leech Lake Muskie Hunt in 2020!

Too soon? No way!
I'm excited to be booking some 2020 muskie trips as of late! (Though some clients do book dates a year in advance.) There's still a lot of great dates open from June-November, there are some peak-period dates still available too. Passing-on seasonal patterns and techniques is my specialty, along with uncovering overlooked structures and patterns specific to Leech Lake. Please give me a shout if you have any questions, or you would like to get on my calendar and experience these amazing fish.

Cheers and hook-sets, 
Capt. Phil Bauerly

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Leech Lake- Early June Fishing Report

Outright Angling - Leech Lake Fishing Report for June 10th 2019
June is such a great month for Leech Lake fishing, the bite has been even better since my last report. Bent rods, high-fives and smiles from one end of the lake to the other, all species are on the chew. 

Walleyes have been the main target, with great fish coming topside on nearly every outing. A jig-and-minnow has accounted for the most bites, but the fish are starting to show a preference for leeches and night crawlers as the water warms.  I predict that a live bait rig with a leech will be a solid bet over the next few weeks. 6-14 feet of water has been most productive depths to fish lately. Trolling shallow crankbaits at night in 8-10 feet of water has been a hot tactic too for those who don't mind loosing a bit of sleep, this bite should continue for a while. 

Muskies will be the target for some this week, we have already put a couple dandies in the boat without much effort. Either casting very shallow weedy bays, or trolling over the basin can be productive tactics during the month of June for muskellunge. Casting the classic "summer spots" will really start to shine later in July for these beasts. I'm really looking forward to this! 

Cheers and hook-sets,
Capt. Phil Bauerly  

Monday, May 13, 2019

Outright Angling Fishing Report May 13, 2019

Walleye fishing is here, and Leech Lake area guides, resorts and other local establishments are off and running. The fishing has been great, with the classic jig-and-minnow doing most of the damage in 5-14 feet of water, just as many predicted.

 Details matter, and paying attention to boat speed, jigging cadence, jig color etc, is key to putting more of these delicious-state-fishes in the boat right now. Don't miss the best walleye bite of the year, local resorts and guides still have some limited availability this month. 

Crappie fishing remains strong, with good numbers of fish showing up at the end of our lines, along with some real trophy slabs. The shallow extremities of the lake are great places to look for these fun and tasty fish. 

With bass and muskie fishing right around the corner, angling opportunities will be quite plentiful here at Leech Lake. Pick a species or two and plan your next outing, I would love to have you aboard.

Cheers and hook-sets,
Capt. Phil Bauerly 

Monday, May 6, 2019

2019 Leech Lake Fishing Opener Forecast

Well, things are shaping up nicely for the MN fishing opener here on Leech Lake. With decent weather and temps forecast for this week, we should see water temps approaching 50 degrees for opening day. Walleyes will likely be finishing up their spawning rituals later this week, so the careful handling of larger females is good practice.

Major main lake points and adjacent flats are typically good areas to check, depths of 5'-12' are typically most productive. If this isn't working, try moving to the shallow, warmer water at the north end of the lake where baitfish and walleyes often congregate on 5'-10' flats. I like to avoid the crowds and find fish that haven't been bothered as much. If you have side-imaging, you can often key in on these spooky fish much quicker, and make long casts in this cold, clear water. Pitching 1/8 oz jig and minnow combos is the classic technique, but soft plastics and even hard baits can produce well too.

Crappies can be a nice bonus this time of year, and many slab crappies have already been caught all the way around the shallow perimeter of Leech Lake this spring. We are seeing crappies staging in deeper water during the cooler mornings lately. If you have side-imaging, you can locate these fish a bit faster. Later in the afternoons, try the shallow shorelines and pencil reeds in 3-5 feet of water for these favorites. We typically harvest a couple of nice crappies per person, and release the rest for future generations. Wow will they put a smile on your face!

Have a safe and fun opener everyone, we'll see you out there!

Cheers and hook-sets,
Capt. Phil Bauerly

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Update- Leech Lake

Outright Angling - Leech Lake Fishing Report for 10/15/2018  
Well, with water in the 40's now, we don't have a whole lot of time to get out on the lake. Mother nature is in charge now, but the fishing has been pretty fantastic! 

Walleyes have been schooling-up and binge-feeding on minnows the past few weeks. The bite windows can be short, but those anglers crossing paths with active fish are experiencing some really great catches. It's pretty hard to beat casting a jig-and-minnow combo in 4-8 feet of water. We have also been getting bites on a bit heavier jig with a 3"-4"plastic minnow tail, and even rattle baits some days. We should have great opportunities for walleyes at least through the month of October this year, for those willing to brave some chilly fall temps.  

Muskie fishing has been productive for those willing to chase "the fish of 10,000 casts" (luckily we do a bit better than that). We often do cast for hours (or troll) for the right opportunity with these fish, but the adrenaline filled pay-offs can be huge. Large spinners, big rubber baits and jerkbaits are all good options right now for muskellunge. Main lake points, rock reefs, and rocky shorelines where the wind has been blowing in are all good locations to search for that fish of a lifetime right now. If you want bragging rights on the biggest fish in Leech Lake, sure can't catch them from the couch. Get out and give it a try!

Cheers and hook-sets!