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Leech Lake Area, MN (Jan 24th, 2024)

Ice thicknesses have improved quite a bit since last week’s cold front, and with nicer weather this week, there have been a lot more people fishing. Generally, ATVs, snowmobiles, and side by sides are now being used on lakes across the state. Throughout northern Minnesota, trucks have started to be seen on quite a few lakes, but they’re still not recommended in most locations.

Walleye activity continues to be best during low-light periods and after dark. Jigging spoons seem to be drawing fish in, but most fish are being caught on deadsticks or tip-ups with minnows, especially at night. Crappies are being found suspended over deep basin areas on most lakes, but you’ll still find some pods of fish in shallow water and around weeds or mud, along with bluegills. Northern pike seem to be weed-related and active in most areas, and trout reports sound favorable around the Ely and Crosby areas with a mix of lake trout and stream trout being caught.

Leech Lake

Daytime walleye action has been spotty with some fish being caught away from main-lake structure in 22 to 30 feet. Low-light periods have been more productive around Pelican Island and the main-lake rocks in 14 to 18 feet. The 20- to 28-foot shoreline breaks in Walker Bay are also producing walleyes early and late each day.

Perch action has been best off Pine Point in 9 feet and out from the Acorn Hill Resort area in 14 to 20 feet. You’ll find suspended tullibees and whitefish over 20 to 30 feet out of Horseshoe Bay. Trucks are being used in some areas out of select resorts, so work through them, while ATV use is an option on other parts of the lake.

Leech Lake Tourism
www.leechlake.org