Report from the Dock
For the most part, the majority of the state has remained relatively cool over the past week, so water temperatures have not climbed much. There’s a lot of low to mid 60-degree water temperatures being reported and that seems to have allowed those shallow walleye and panfish bites to hang in there for another week. Minnows are still in play for walleyes, but there’s been a definite transition to leeches and nightcrawlers in many areas this week. Generally speaking, most of the really solid walleye bites are taking place in less than 15 feet of water. The panfish spawn is in varying phases, wrapped up in the south, ongoing in central Minnesota, and just starting to the north. There should be plenty of excellent panfish-catching opportunities in the week ahead statewide. Bass and northern pike remain shallow and active, while muskie anglers kicked off their season last Saturday. Reports were limited, with smaller profile baits raising the majority of fish.
Leech Lake Report
Minnows continue to produce walleyes, but many anglers have transitioned to leeches or nightcrawlers. Daytime bites have been difficult, especially if the wind isn’t blowing, with some fish coming off the 12- to 15-foot breaks in Portage Bay, Trader’s Bay, the shorelines in Walker Bay, and Goose Island Flats. You’ll still find active fish during low-light periods or windy conditions on the points and shoreline breaks in 6 to 9 feet. Panfish are showing up in the bays, so look for the rice and reed beds to hold crappies and bluegills. There were some muskies caught on opening weekend, with reports indicating that open water trolling patterns were producing.