Report from the Dock
The spring panfish bite seems to have been pushed back with the recent cold and windy weather. There were crappies and some bluegills starting to be caught in many areas last week, but most of those bites have slowed this week, and weather conditions really haven’t allowed people to fish for them. The traditional shallow, spring spots remain pretty cold so there hasn’t been a big push of panfish into these areas. Generally, they seem to be moving in and out of the shallows – in when the sun comes out and surface temperatures spike and back out when it cools down. Some of the more consistent catches this week have come from bays with a bit more depth, not shoreline related, and outside of these shallow locations in 6 to 15 feet of water. Until it stays consistently warm, it’s likely this will continue to be the case but expect a quick transition once the sun does shine for a few days. Like last week, focus your efforts during the afternoon and evening hours when water temperatures are warms.
Leech Lake Report
The remaining ice went off the lake last weekend, but the weather this past week hasn’t allowed anglers to get out and start looking for crappies in the bays and boat harbors.