With the water warming up on Leech Lake and a small fly hatch this past week our Leech Lake Walleye Guides report “fish are starting to fall into their summer spots.” This also means summer patterns are a go! When it is fairly calm out our go to tactic has been spinners. They allow you to cover a lot of ground in a short time and you trigger a reaction bite for even the laziest walleyes. A few things have been key to us catching these walleyes, the tackle and the location.
Most of the fish our walleye guides have been catching have come on only a few different colors of spinner rigs. White and pink has been #1 with a close second being purple and gold. We prefer to run these spinners behind a 1.5 oz bottom bouncer. One tip that has helped us when the sun is bright and its flat calm out is to down size that bouncer to a 1 oz. This allows you to get it further away from the boat compared to a 1.5 oz. The idea is to keep it close to the bottom but not dragging on it. Try to keep the boat moving at about 1.4-1.7 mph.
1st and 2nd Duck point, Ottertail point, Traders bay, Grassy point and the main lake humps have all been producing fish. Focus on the 8-12 feet of water with mid-day spots being a bit deeper. Most of our fish have been coming from the sand to weed transition. This type of fishing is best done with a longer rod and a soft tip. Setting the hook isn’t necessary and actually causes more missed fish. Allow the rod to bend back with the pressure of the fish for a few seconds and then begin your fight.
We still have openings for June but space is limited. Call now for more info or a Leech lake fishing report. https://leechlakeguideservice.com/contact-us/