LEECH LAKE FISHING REPORTS LEECH LAKE AREA
The entire lake is now ice-covered and some limited fishing has begun. Anglers have started walking out “a couple hundred yards” on parts of the south end and off Pine and Stoney points. Early this week, 3 to 5 inches of ice was reported in these areas so there should be some decent fishing options by this weekend.
Red Lake Report: 12/21/16
It was a relief to be able to use the snowmobile up on Upper Red Lake. With 12, almost 13 inches of ice, it made for easy traveling.
Upper Red Lake is shallow with areas of small underwater humps and islands, and a 3-5 ft break line that follows the shoreline. Our first location was in shallow water in the morning on the edge of a break (7-8.5 ft) but did not have much success. After repositioning ourselves at mid day on a small flat off the edge of a quicker break, we finally struck Red Lake gold. Within the first 5 minutes of fishing at the new location we were on the board and it was game on from there on.
Jigging a 1/4 oz. Buckshot Flutter Spoon tipped with a minnow head was the main bait used, giving off a flashy and active presentation. You can never go wrong with a red and silver/gold colored lure on Upper Red. However, other bright colors like pink and orange work well also.
When marking a fish, I found it best to give small, quick and repetitive actions to the bait. If the bait sat still, the fish wanted nothing to do with it, but as soon as you gave the lure some action, the walleye absolutely hammered it!
Check out our Upper Red Lake Walleye video at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=uslPZd-npEM