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Fishing Report, July 30, 2018

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It has been an interesting fishing week with all of the weather changes going on. Day to day and hour by hour things have been changing, but as a result we've heard of some great bite windows anglers have been able to take advantage of. It has been all about timing.

Leech Lake has been fairly slow on the walleye front with most of the action coming from bottom bouncers on the main lake flats 15-20'. We have heard of some schools of walleye cruising the cabbage that can be targeted with slip bobbers or light jigs, but you have to be in the right place at the right time. The smaller area walleye lakes like Little Boy, Pine Mountain, and Ten Mile have been doing pretty well for summer. Trolling cranks around dark has been working well, and fishing mid lake humps after dark with lighted bobbers, cranks, or pitching jigs has been productive.

Muskie fishing has been fantastic on the area - fish have really started heating up. Big baits have turned on, and we're hearing more and more on topwater. Leech Lake, Little Boy, and Baby have all been doing well in the early mornings. We should continue to see a good bite for a while here - mostly weeds have been producing, but on Leech it is about 50/50 between weeds and rocks.

Largemouth are chomping hard in the weeds, but you have to get in after them. On lakes with less emergent weeds and cover the fish really stack up in the limited options and can be very aggressive. Lakes with larger banks of weeds can provide great fishing for the largemouth, but you'll want to speed up the retrieve and you'll have to cover more ground to find the fish scattered around.

Smallmouth fishing has been very hot on the area lakes like Stony, Portage, Baby, and Woman. Best time is early early morning, but the action can be well worth the early wake-up call! Early in the morning search baits and topwater have been producing very well. As the sun gets higher fish off the edges with jigs and drop shot rigs if you can find concentrations of fish.

Bluegill are stacked up along the weeds right now and are very aggressive. Good sized gills are pretty easy to search out by just cruising the lily edges with small jigs. Crappie have been pretty good to, but they're a little more scattered. Find big cabbage beds and just drag light jigs around to search them out. There are not too many areas this time of year where you can just sit on top of them as they're constantly cruising.


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