Leech Lake fishing report- Early May

Toby Kvalevog

Leech Lake fishing report- Early May

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May 28th 2024

Water temps have cooled to upper 50’s to low 60’s with the cooler temps and rain. The shiner bite is still a thing in most places. 1/8th and 1/4 (depending on the wind) jigs have been preferred with blue being a favored color. This week we have caught fish with every technique so it really depends on the school. Jigs and minnows and or plastics in shallow water, while rigs with live bait has prevailed in deeper water with less spooky conditions with wind. Bobbers and leeches have worked at all depths. The key with all techniques is to find fish that are not pressured and avoid spooking them by staying 30+ feet away utilizing side imaging and or forward sonar.

Most rocks humps in the main lake have fish in 12-17ft on the windward edges. Sand and sand grass fish are in 10-14ft in sucker and portage bays. Steamboat bay fish are in 6-10ft weed flats (jig and minnow) and the Walker bay fish are in 10-22ft on rock and sand edges.

Shiners, Chubs, Leeches and Crawlers are working as well as artificial baits.

The bite is good when you find em. Key into the midday bite window. Warmer water means active fish when temps are dropping over night.

Have fun!

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