It was another busy Walleye guiding opener. The weather was decent and we did have enough wind to keep the fish active. Most of our Walleye and perch were caught along the west shore line as the wind was blowing in. Star PT, Little Hardwood, and Big Hardwood all held numbers of active fish.
A Green Northland Fireball Jig was the hot lure for us tipped with a fat head or shinner. Our fish came out of 5-9 feet of water so using the wind to stay in the correct depth was fairly easy. Jigging these leech lake walleyes can be a bit of a guessing game some days. We have found that certain times they will want a more rapid jigging movement and other times slower with a longer fall. Having each person try different colors is common sense but having each person using a different jigging movement until you figure out what they are looking for can really improve your catch on Leech Lake.
Putting together a pattern to catch these eyes wasn’t too tough. The perch have spawned or are in the process of it depending on where they are located. Since they are in shallow to spawn the walleyes were in shallow chasing them. Along with the depth was the bottom structure that we targeted. Perch spawn in mostly sand so focus your efforts on that. Of course this is one of the reasons that the Green jigs were so hot.