Report from the Dock
It was a nice weather weekend for fishing and activity was strong in most areas. It sounds as though walleye anglers are starting to transition back to minnows, although crawlers and crankbaits are still producing fish. Water temperatures are cooling down and that seems to keep the fish active for longer periods throughout the day. Panfish are still weed-related and active, but several reports this week indicated crappies have started to move off the weeds into deeper water and suspend in some areas so look for that trend to continue as water temperatures cool down. The bear season has gone well with the first week of the season, even the first weekend, providing plenty of opportunities for people to fill their tags. There seems to be no problem drawing bears into baits this season. The early goose started as it always does with some groups doing well and others struggling to get birds. Participation wasn’t overly strong for the early teal season, but those that ventured out seemed to see and shoot enough birds.
Leech Lake Report
Jiggin’ Raps are producing walleyes on the main lake rock piles and mid-depth humps in Walker Bay. A jig and minnow is producing more walleyes on the wind-swept weeds and points as well. Muskies seem to be most active on the rocks and there’s been quite a few reports of anglers having success by trolling. Perch action is slow, at least for big fish, so plan doing a lot of sorting. The cabbage in Boy Bay continues to produce bluegills and crappies. The teal and goose seasons have started well and most bear hunting reports have been favorable as well.