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, well...you sure can't catch them from the couch. Get out and give it a try!
Cheers and hook-sets!