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Fishing Report, June 18, 2018

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We had a lot of rain fall that last week and the endless fronts and pressure changes have made for some inconsistent fishing. Fish are definitely biting, but you need be ready to adjust your tactics while your out there. This week is looking a little bit more stable for weather, so we should see a little more consistency moving forward.

Walleye fishing, though good, has been a little tricky to get dialed in on. Some days they're crushing minnows on a jig, and the next they're lightly picking a crawler on a long lined rig. Leech Lake has been getting into a summer pattern where leeches and crawlers have been holding most of the action. Most anglers are rigging now, but we're not seeing that scattered spinner bite yet. As water temps warm more and more anglers will be switching over to bouncers/spinners.

Largemouth are starting to get hungry and have been moving in on the frogs against shore. Weed beds are developing nicely and it's time to get the heavy sticks out to go deep in the weeds. Smallmouth have been in a strong post spawn feeding pattern. Aggressive fish off the edges are pounding cranks and topwater. They'll start settling into a more mild summer pattern soon, but for now the bite is on!

Crappie are settled into the summer pattern hanging on those nice weedbeds. Finesse them out of the weeds during the day, and you can move around and be more aggressive before dark. Focus on that 6-12' water. Bluegill have been spawning and are very aggressive up shallow. Anything small is getting the job done.

Musky fishing hasn't been half bad. Smaller lures seem to be working better, mostly bucktails and big v-spinners around the weeds. Topwater at dusk has also been stirring up a few fish. All these fronts going through have produced some interesting feeding windows where the muskie light it up for a bit, you just have to be out there to take advantage!


Fishing Report, June 11, 2018

We've seen a strong shift to the Leeches and Crawlers over the last week, and many fish are actually still up shallow on the smaller to mid sized lakes. Right now they seem to be in a transition point where they are starting to show up in their deep water spots, but they can also [...]

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Fishing Report, June 4, 2018

It was a brutal weekend to be on the water with with wind, cold, and rain! Those that braved the elements though did well on the lakes that like the chop like Leech. The tournament anglers on Leech did well up there Saturday and Sunday, but it was ugly out there!Moving forward this week we [...]

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Fishing Report, May 28, 2018

It was a beautiful Memorial Weekend for those spending it on the Lake! The weather was shifted a little more towards the beach goers and tubers than the fishermen, but fish were definitely caught across the area! We were hearing there was a great evening bite on many lakes for walleye. They are really moving up [...]

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Fishing Report, May 21, 2018

Fishing has been very good this last week and weekend. We are seeing increasing activity on the walleye front on many of the later starting area lakes like Pine Mountain, Woman, Baby, and Pleasant. Still a little cool on the water temps, but fish are showing up in 15-22 during the day, and shallower at [...]

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Fishing Report, May 18, 2018

Fishing has really picked up across the area this week. We're hearing great reports from Leech Lake on the main lake, shallow water (under 10'). Fish are spooky so make sure you get your bait out away from the boat weather pitching, drifting or trolling. We've heard good reports on everything from shiners to leeches, [...]

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Fishing Report, May 14, 2018

Well at least we had open water for fishing opener! Fishing wasn't easy across the area with the bait shortages we saw this year and cold water temps. As the water warms up we should see some better action along with better bait availability!The best action came from late in the day and into the [...]

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Fishing Opener Bait Outlook

We've been hearing that small amounts of shiners are starting to run some places, but they haven't really started to come in strong. The sun is supposed to be shining today so that should help warm the temps up some, and hopefully they will start trapping. Unless things change drastically over the next 24 hours, [...]

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2018 Minnesota Fishing Opener Outlook

Though we had our concerns over the last 30 days, we can safely say that fishing opener will not be requiring an ice auger and ice rod! All the area lakes are now ice free except for Leech Lake last we heard, and Leech is looking optimistic for opener as well!It is however looking like [...]

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Leech Lake Area Ice-Out Report 2018!

We have open water on several lakes in the area, and what isn't open is looking like it wants to go soon! We'll have many lakes open here in the next 48 hours. The main hold-outs will be Ten Mile, Woman, and Leech, but it is looking pretty optimistic for fishing opener 2018!Crappie have been [...]

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