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Leech Lake trip

  • Cverdy240
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    #2005281

    Hey guys, new member here..but have been reading posts for awhile.

    Me and a few friends are going up to leech on the 27th-31st, will be staying in a castle. First time fishing the lake.. not really sure what we are getting into. We have fished the other big name lakes around the state before. I am just curious if anyone has any suggestions on which bay we should fish during this time, and what to expect,(night bite,day bite..etc..etc) since we have never been up there, also any recommendations on which resort to go out of? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks

    AnotherFisherman
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    #2005375

    If going for walleye, low light will be your best time for sure. The night bite can be hit or miss but don’t rule it out!

    Welcome to IDO!!

    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
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    #2005377

    I’d book a day or half day guided with Phil Bauerly at Outright Angling and have him answer your questions. In general on Leech you want to set your sleeper up on a good night bite spot, and plan on staying on the move during the day.

    John Rasmussen
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    Blaine
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    #2005694

    Also going up there for the first time. Big Werm where would you look during the day shallow? Rocks or sand? Thanks if you would not mind sharing.

    belletaine
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    Nevis, MN
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    #2005703

    I’d book a day or half day guided with Phil Bauerly at Outright Angling and have him answer your questions. In general on Leech you want to set your sleeper up on a good night bite spot, and plan on staying on the move during the day.

    I echo Werm. Phil’s a great guy with a proven track record.

    I’m a big proponent of hiring guides. While some may look at it as surrendering I view it as taking a class.

    I’ve also hired Tom Wilson aka Yodi. Not sure if he’s still around here or not.

    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
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    #2006330

    Also going up there for the first time. Big Werm where would you look during the day shallow? Rocks or sand? Thanks if you would not mind sharing.

    Sorry just saw this, depends a lot on which part of the lake. Walker Bay I’ll usually hit some of the humps, or first break structure. Main lake if you can find a rock to sand transition, or one of the many rock/sand flats off of the points and just keep moving until you find what you’re looking for. Often if you are catching perch, that’s a good spot once the sun gets low.

    belletaine
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    Nevis, MN
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    #2014468

    I’m putting my shack in Horseshoe Bay Sunday and will be out until probably Thursday. Latest news is a tight window at sundown. You’ll have warmer temps which can’t hurt! I spoke with Phil earlier in the week and he was actually driving back from Tennessee.
    I’ll post some reports while I’m out there.

    hottoddytipup
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    Crystal
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    #2015039

    HEading up this weekend. How was the fishing?

    Did you use a resort road? Plenty of ice?

    belletaine
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    Nevis, MN
    Posts: 5116
    #2015135

    I went through Horseshoe Bay Resort. Someone else is using it now and I’m heading out tomorrow for a few days. Some fish are being caught despite the -33 nights. This weekend should be good with temps pushing thirty. I’ll report back on Thursday.

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