Leech Lake

Leech Lake is one of Minnesota’s largest and most scenic lakes, covering over 100,000 acres. Known for its diverse fish population and beautiful surroundings, it offers a variety of fishing experiences that attract both novice and seasoned anglers.

Notable Lakes

Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Leech Lake & Mississippi River


102,947 acres


Maximum depth of 156 feet

Fishing Species


The most sought-after fish in the Bemidji area, known for its excellent taste.

Tips: Use jigs tipped with minnows or leeches along drop-offs and weed edges.


Known as the “fish of ten thousand casts,” muskie fishing is challenging but rewarding.

Tips: Trolling with crankbaits or casting large bucktail spinners near weed edges and rocky points.

Northern Pike

Aggressive predators that provide exciting action for anglers.

Tips: Jigging with live bait like minnows or using crankbaits in deeper waters during the day.


Prized aggressive fish known for their amazing fights.

Tips: Spinner Baits along weed edges, combined with wacky worms. Don't be afraid to go in to the weeds, Ned rigs have been a great option too.

Seasonal Fishing Tips


Focus on shallow waters for walleye and northern pike as they spawn.


Fish deeper for walleye, use nightcrawlers or leeches on a Lindy rig.


Target muskie with large lures; look for walleye in deeper waters using live bait rigs.


Ice fishing for perch and walleye; use small jigs with waxworms or minnows.

History and Interesting Facts

Leech Lake has a rich history with Native American tribes and was a significant site during the fur trade era.

Named for the French word "vermillon," meaning "red," the lake is known for its stunning sunsets.

Recommended Lodging By Leech Lake

We have built relationships with some of the finest resorts around Leech Lake to meet your needs.

CHase on the lake

The Historic Chase on the Lake Resort is located in the city of Walker, MN, on the shores of Leech Lake. We cater to guests of all types: personal travel, business groups, family vacations, and more.

Bluewater Lodge

Our guests enjoy modern lakeside cabins that are clean, comfortable and available for all seasons. We are conveniently located on south Walker Bay only minutes from downtown Walker, and many great local attractions.

Trapper's Landing

Trapper’s Landing Lodge offers more than the classic family vacation destination. With a prime location, luxury accommodations, protected marina with boat rentals and activities to enjoy all year round,

Agency Bay Lodge

Agency Bay Lodge offers lakeside cabins, sandy beaches, lake fun along with great fishing and easy fishing access! We are a family owned resort and we are here to make your vacation the most memorable and fun.

Moore's lodge

Moore's Lodge on Leech Lake has a tradition of hospitality and extends a warm welcome to family vacationers and fisherman who are looking for a destination spot to experience the very best that Minnesota has to offer.

Bayside resort

Bayside Resort is a family resort located on Agency Bay of Legendary Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota. Whether your visit is a fishing expedition, family vacation or just a brief getaway, Bayside provides a great place to relax.

Learn more with the guide life!

If you have experienced Lake Vermillion Walleye fishing and want to learn more or if you have never been and want to see what this lake can offer, this is the show for you! LOA Guides Justin Chromy and Jason Freed head out on a cold weather day and put the forward facing sonar and slip-bobbers to work! Capitalizing on multiple big bites and a bunch of eaters to boot, these to show the full experience of what this beautiful lake has to offer and enjoy a great shore lunch to wrap it up!

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