Leech Lake Fishing Report for August 9, 2023
August 9, 2023
Report from the Dock
Anglers willing to get up early or fish late in the day, and even after dark, seem to be catching better numbers of walleyes. Most anglers are covering water by trolling spinner rigs tipped with crawlers and minnows or pulling crankbaits. Some evening walleye action is still taking place on slip bobbers and leeches, although finding bigger leeches is nearly impossible in most areas, as the leech season winds down. Low-light periods have also been best for crappies and muskies. On many lakes, there’s a window of really good crappie activity as the sun rises and sets each day. Look for suspended crappies over basin areas or tight to thick weed edges. Bucktails or topwater baits have been the tickets for muskies early and late. There’s definitely been more action this week, but still more follows than hook-ups. Bass, pike, and bluegills are all weed-related, with deeper cabbage and other deep vegetation producing bigger fish.
Leech Lake Report
Walleye activity improved during the past week with spinners and crawlers, crankbaits, and a slip bobber and leech. Sucker Bay, Pelican Bay, Goose Island, Two Points, and the north end of Walker Bay have been most productive in 6 to 14 feet. Muskies are also actively chasing bucktails and topwater baits over the rocks and weeds throughout Portage Bay, Walker Bay, and Sucker Bay. Bass and panfish reports have been light.