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Leech Lake Fishing Report for South Shore 02-05-20 - Trapper's Landing Lodge

ICE REPORT
The warm weather and rain did us some good this past weekend with the snowpack on the lake, and it was followed by some great cold weather have made the slush and ice conditions good on this end of the lake. Due to that we will be open this weekend for wheelhouse traffic and we do have some cutouts made on our end of the lake which will be on a first-come basis. Still use caution when traveling off-road as there is still some slushy areas around the lake. The ice thickness is 18-25” consistently around our road.We will have no limitations on vehicle size or wheelhouse sizes for the weekend, all traffic must go 5 mph while pulling out onto the lake.NO DRILLING HOLES on the road and they still need to be a good distance off the main roads.FISHING REPORT
Walleye Fishing was slow this past weekend and the guests that are catching fish are in 14-20 ft of water on any breakline or midlake hump. Set lines with a minnow under a bobber are catching the most fish. For anglers chasing fish during the day jigging raps are the ticket and ice trolling. Drilling holes and fishing aggressive this time of year will put more fish topside.The Merit will be open Thursday - Sunday this weekend, if you plan on coming up Presidents Day Weekend, be sure to call ahead and get reservations for our Valentines Day Dinner Special. Give us a call at 218-836-2500 for any questions or to make your reservation. We hope to see you on the ice!

 

Mille Lacs Fishing Report for South Shore 01-31-20 - Trapper's Landing Lodge

Mille Lacs lake is on fire! We have the best ice conditions across the state!  We are finding 18"-22" of ice consistently with no slush or flooding. Almost any resort you call has a road plowed out to the mud, rocks, or a flat which is where most people want to be to catch walleyes. Driving seems to be safe, along with pulling your large houses along with it. Fishing portable? No problem, the lake is yours, just find some what of an idea on where you want to fish and that will bring you to the access you need to be. It doesn't seem to be a specific location on the lake but it does seem like the best or most action comes when you are set up on some sort of break line or transition using jigging spoons.
 
Area Fishing reports- Walleye fishing is by far are most sot after fish and it produces like crazy. We are noticing that red, orange, and chartreuse colored hooks on set lines, or rattle reels is very productive with a small sucker minnow, rainbow, or even a fathead. If you find one of those breaks I would highly recommend setting up a tip up to cover the ground rigged with the same colored hook or a Northland glow jig. The jigging spoons have been good as well throughout the day and into the evening time. Some of the favored jigs we sell are the Clam Leech Flutter spoon, Phantom Budzo, VMC Tingler spoon and Sebile vibratos, and the NEW eye-ball spoon by Northland as been on fire. Into the night time a rattle reel or set lines are a must to have. Set lines are most popular with that same colored hook, a small jig head, or a demon/teardrop style hooks. A small sucker, or fatheads have been the best live bait on those rigs. Perch bite has been getting some attention also. The larger jumbos will hit on your walleye rigs, if your looking or you see some smaller fish down there use smaller versions of the same type with a waxie, or red plastic to mimic the blood worms they are feeding on. Some of the smaller lakes around that are well known panfish lakes are getting a lot of traffic as well. Those lakes are all drivable as well. Small flies with waxies or small crappie minnows has been the best tactic. The panfish guys really love the 13 fishing tickle sticks paired with your chose of a black betty reel. One of our favorite walleye combos is the Fenwick Techna paired the Pflueger limited edition President 20 which has been a great combo for us this winter with lots of great reports on it.  
 
We have all you need to rig up a new rattle reel, as well including the famous Northern Light rattle reels, we have a bunch of colored fly-line and your favorite hook or jig to pair it with. If your bringing the kids, bring your camera or consider one, you can see a lot at long distances which is cheap entertainment for all!  Any questions stop in and see us just south of the lake off of 169 and as always tight lines!
 
The Reeds Mille Lacs Outpost Team