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Leech Lake Walleye Catching

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Considered one of Minnesota's top locations for walleye fishing, Leech Lake offers the angler a chance to truly test their skills. The lake offers a wide range of fish to choose from, including the elusive walleye. You will have to be prepared to move around the lake and try different techniques with walleye fishing and if you can't change you location or presentation of your bait, you may have trouble hooking the fish you were hoping for.

Leech Lake walleye fishing is not for the faint of heart. The lake has a terrain that includes shallows, windblown shores, weed beds that are huge, rock reefs, deep humps, and break lines that are just as deep. The walleye will use all of these different places to hide during the day and night and will congregate in certain areas during the year. Versatility is the only way to handle the diversity of Leech Lake. If you are beginner, you will definitely need the help of a seasoned Leech Lake angler.

The walleye at Leech Lake range from four to six pounds and the lake is filled with them thanks to the constant supply of smaller feeder fish. Additionally, the time of year and weather has a lot to do with knowing where the best places on the lake are to find the walleye. To start, you need to be prepared to hit the lake as soon as spawning has finished. You will find them congregated on the shallow food shelves in the lake where perch and shiner minnows are the most abundant. Places such as Pine, Duck Point, Little and Big Hardwood, Stony and Ottertail are the best locations to catch them at this time of year.

In these locations you should use a jig that has been outfitted with a shiner minnow and stinger hooks just in case the walleye are biting lightly. This setup can be used with a light lift and drop motion or to snap jig it. The snap jig technique works the best if the walleye are not biting when you simply lift and drop the motion. Keep in mind that if you think you have had a bite but are not sure then it's better the set the hook and come up empty than to miss the fish.

Walleye fishing on the lake changes by mid-June due to the warming of the water. The weed beds have developed by this time and this is where you will find the walleye hiding. Areas such as Portage and Sucker Bay contain cabbage weed beds and the walleye will be swimming in and out the weeds. Areas like The Meadows contain sand grass weed beds and the walleye congregate there in great numbers.

Fishing in the weed beds requires different presentations and techniques in order to draw out the walleye. For fishing in the areas with the cabbage grass weed beds you should use rigs that include some live bait - either a leech or night crawler - and a gumdrop floater to help keep the bait from getting caught in the grass and coming off the hook. The areas with the sand grass should be trolled using a crank bait that have a minnow or perch pattern on them. Shad Raps are some of the crank baits that professionals have had luck with in Leech Lake.

The fishing changes again by the middle of September when the walleye begin to move into the rock reefs. Battle Point, Bear Island, Pelican Reef, Submarine Island and Huddles Reef will all see walleye schools during this time of year. The best way to catch them in these areas is to use the jig and minnow setup we talked about earlier.

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

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Here's a 25 inch walleye caught at Lake of the Woods, Ontario. The picture is a great memento for me.

I caught it drifting. We caught it amongst some smaller ones that ended up on the dinner table.

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