Leech Lake Fishing Report For June 29, 2022
June 29, 2022
Report from the Dock
Walleye anglers struggled a bit more this week than last with mayfly hatches affecting the bite and strong winds limiting when they could fish many days. Evening hours seem to be providing the most consistent walleye activity with weed edges, main lake bars, and shoreline breaks producing fish in less than 15 feet. Midday hours have been more difficult with live-bait rigs or spinners with leeches and crawlers turning some fish on structure in 15 to 20 feet or so. There wasn’t much talk about minnows this week and it appears as though leeches and nightcrawlers are primary live bait options. Bluegills and crappies are now being found in or along cabbage or other vegetation on most lakes. There’s been a few shallow water (spawning) bluegill bites hanghing in there, but main lake weeds are your best option for numbers. Largemouth and smallmouth bass reports remain excellent with fish being caught shallow and deep this week.
Leech Lake Report
Summer patterns are starting to kick in with a change from minnows to a better leech and crawler bite. Main lake rock reefs are producing walleyes, while Sucker Bay and Portage Bay are producing fish on slow-death rigs or spinners tipped with a crawler in 12 to 16 feet. A slip bobber and a leech or crawler are producing walleyes in the weeds and off Sand Point in 12 to 16 feet. Work the 15- to 25-foot breaks in Walker Bay with a Lindy Rig and leech or a bigger minnow. Muskies are being raised in the cabbage throughout Portage Bay and Sucker Bay, while largemouth bass are going in the rice and weed growth in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay.