Leech Lake Fishing/Ice Report For January 20, 2022
January 20, 2022
Report from the Dock
Lake and ice conditions have remained about the same as last week, meaning anglers continue to deal with a lot of snow and big pockets of deep slush, especially across big portions of northern Minnesota. While more roads have been plowed on many lakes, it’s nearly impossible to travel off of them due to the conditions. ATVs or side by sides with tracks remain your best travel options if you want to do any moving around off the main roads that have been opened. There was a big transition to nightime walleye and crappie activity over the past week. Anglers staying late, often fishing overnight, are doing much better than those trying catch fish during midday hours. The primary pattern for both has been to jig aggressively with some type of glow or rattle spoon to draw fish in, but most are being taken with dead sticks and minnows – look for suspended fish as well. Trout reports have been favorable during the first week of the season with rainbows, splake, and lakers all cooperating.
Leech Lake Report
Walleyes have been tough to find with some limited activity overnight on the humps in Walker Bay or main lake structure in 24 to 28 feet. Dead sticks are producing more fish than jigging presentations. A few crappies are being found suspended over deep water in Boy Bay during low-light periods. Look for perch in the Paris’ Trench and Sand Point areas over 12 to 14 feet.