Report from the Dock
With the exception of a few shallow bites, the majority of crappies now being caught throughout the state are over the deepest areas within a given lake. These basin fish are roaming, usually suspending higher in the water column, and most active in the evenings and overnight. Bluegill reports continue to be a bit light, but there doesn’t seem to be as much attention put on them as there is for crappies. The key for ‘gills has been green weeds if they’re available or finding suspended fish over deep water – look for them mixed with basin crappies. Walleye action is about the same as it has been for the last couple of weeks. Expect better walleye fishing on some of the state’s more traditional walleye lakes that simply have a higher population of fish in them. Most walleye bites have dried up on the majority of small lakes and key on low-light periods of the day with dead sticks and minnows. Slush and deep snow is still an issue in a lot of areas, so don’t plan on going anywhere you want.
Leech Lake Report
Walleye reports remain spotty with some fish being caught late in the day and overnight in Walker bay over 20 feet or more. A few walleyes also are being taken in 18 to 22 feet towards Bear Island and north of Stoney Point – dead sticks and shiner minnows are working best. There’s been some decent perch coming out of Miller’s Bay and the Sand Point area in 6 to 12 feet and work the deep basin areas for tullibees, which seem to be getting more active.