Leech Lake Fishing Report for Walker Bay
The Reeds fishing team would like to wish all anglers a Happy New Year!
Take time to go back through your pictures and jot down 2019’s angling successes. What lessons did you learn? Which colors brought the most luck? Who helped you become a better angler? What goals do you have for this ice season?
With the start of a new year, this is also a great time to pull your new 2020 calendar out and plan not only your next ice fishing adventure but also your spring/summer vacation to Minnesota’s premier fishing destinations Leech Lake. Trappers Landing Resort is filling up quick!
Keys to your success: Snowmobiles, insulated portable fish houses, Buddy Heaters, Ion Electric augers, collapsible metal shovel, headlamp, Vexilar, Underwater camera, ice scoop, insulated flotation ice suits, insulated rubber boots, ice cleats, face masks, waterproof gloves, long johns, and propane.
Days are getting longer. The dusk bite has been furious. A scoop of fatheads in an aerated Engel Live Bait cooler and a mix of 1/8th oz Northland green/white buckshot and VMC Black/Gold Tingler spoons are what you need to get on the hot walleye bite.
With each angler allotted 2 fishable lines, try something new this year and get yourself an orange Frabill Insulated tip-up. Connect a swivel to the end of the tip-up line and tie 12” of #8 fluorocarbon line to it with the sharpest hook on the market, a #4 Gamaktsu red hook. Crimp two small splits shot 6” above the hook and pierce a fathead behind the dorsal fin so it can swim freely. Place the minnow 6” above the bottom and watch how easy and fun it can be to catch fish as you play a game of cribbage from inside your warm shack.
This morning’s temperature was 20 degrees with a low of 2 degrees. Despite the Eelpout festival being canceled, we are confident ice conditions will improve. January historically is the coldest month of the year. Walker Bay currently has anywhere from 6-11” of ice with 12-16” of snow on top and 2-10” of slush, which hopefully is starting to freeze. It is critical to inform others of where you plan to fish and when you will be back. We advise fishing in parties with multiple snowmobiles/UTVs in case someone gets stuck. Ice is never safe. Be cautious and prepared so you can continue to enjoy this great sport!
Come into Reeds, let’s talk about the bite, get the bait you need, the jigs you want, and the friendly service of outdoor professionals more than happy to share stories and ways to make memories for years to come. We look forward to seeing you and preparing you for a great getaway onto the ice!