Sunday, June 29, 2014

Probe locations weedy...for walleyes large and greedy

The tallest clumps of green cabbage weeds and coontail are worth a thorough check right now. Larger, noisy suspending jerk baits and paddle tail plastics have been the right tools for pulling big shouldered walleyes out of these watery forests.

If you detest catching pike than this might not be the program for you.

                   A slip bobber and leech combo can work too if the panfish aren't too pesky.

Cheers and hook-sets!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Break Out the Arti's For Leech Lake Walleyes

During the past three outings we have been boating fish on a variety of artificial lures including trolling Shad Raps and Tail Dancers along with casting Jigs-and-ringworm combos, paddletail plastics, suspending minnow baits and Rippin' Raps. If you like mixing in artificals with your live bait, now is the time to take your arti's for a swim.

Lures work great for covering water and locating active fish. With water back up in the 70 degree range Walleyes can be triggered into striking plastics and hard lures alike. Change up the profile, action and color of your artificials until you dial in on what works best.

I'm not suggesting you leave your live bait behind but artificial lures can be an effective and fun way to catch Walleyes on Leech.

They work for eater sized and bigger slot fish.

                                                        Cheers and hook-sets!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

There are Few Big Pike In Leech Lake

Leech Lake has a large population of Northern Pike but seldom reach the 40" mark. Here is one that touched this elusive barrier.

                                                         Cheers and hook-sets!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June Walleyes-Leech Lake


Fish are starting to scatter a bit. It takes a bit of scrounging to get bites one day and then it's lights out the next. Spinner/crawler rigs and crankbaits have not produced for me yet so it has been a jigs and rigs with Minnows and Leeches deal. I had the pleasure of fishing with some great folks this week and have a busy week coming up. I got out Muskie casting for a few hours yesterday and moved a few really nice fish. With stable weather, the Muskie bite should really get cranking.

Cheers and hook-sets!

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Great Tournament Weekend on Leech Lake

The Leech Lake Walleye Tournament was held this past weekend and the lake did not disappoint. 1200+ Walleyes were weighed in with some really nice ones between 26" and 30" as well.

My partner Jim and I were cursed with slot fish on day one and released 9 fish between 20 and 26 inches that we could not weigh in. Our day one highlight was Jim's fat 26-1/4 incher that weighed just under 6#. Day 2 we caught plenty of fish under the legal slot of 20" and weighed in our 6 but didn't get that big fish we were looking for.

Some days it's more eaters and others the big slot fish but that's fishing.
 I can't wait for next year, what a great fishery.

Cheers and hook-sets!