The Leech lake walleye fishing has either been lights out great or slow. No in between for us. Our Guides out of Walker MN have been putting in the time the last week and finding fish a variety of ways. Target places that have water that is 18+ feet deep near by or good weed growth. Traders bay has been good as well as Ottertail and Duck points.
Keep in mind that the water temp is warming up so the fish are starting to move a little slower. As the sun gets high in the sky look for them to seek cover and out of shallow water. We have been catching them nearly every way possible but our most productive days have been using two different methods.
Live Bait Rigs
One of our favorite ways to catch Walleyes on Leech Lake is using a Snell or live bait rig. We have covered them in past reports and not much has changed on how to fish these rigs and what to look for in your equipment. Typically, when using crawlers use a longer snell. Look for something close to 7-8 feet long especially on calm days. If you are using a leech or minnow a shorter snell is easier to control. 5 foot is a good length to shoot for on these.
What I mean here is moving faster with a presentation that allows for just that. Basically you are looking to cover water looking for active fish and trigger a reaction strike from them big Leech Lake Walleyes. Pulling spinners with crawlers in the 1.2 – 1.8 mph range to find active fish has been good when the fish are neutral. If you prefer an artificial method Crank baits have been working also.
We have been picking them up using Rapala shad raps in 11 – 17 Feet of water. As far as color a bleeding shad, perch, or crawdad pattern have been our go tos. This is a little faster method. Generally we target the 1.8- 2.6 mph range.
We Have limited spots left for July but do have a openings available for August. https://leechlakeguideservice.com/contact-us/