Leech Lake is a world class musky destination for the size and number of fish. After ice out and the water temperatures warm up a bit the leech lake musky begin to spawn.
As soon as wrap up spawning they begin to start feeding and they stay in shallow. This happens right around the first week of June, usually right around the Minnesota musky opener.
Anglers will throw smaller bladed bucktails, beaver bats, and small crankbaits for these fish.
A few weeks after that usually around the second or third week of June a decent amount of adult fish move out to the deeper water like Walker Bay, Kabekona Bay and the main lake basin.
If you find the bait you’ll be able to find the muskies. The muskies are suspended out in that deep water feeding on ciscos and other baitfish.
Casting rubber baits or trolling crankbaits are going to be your best way to target those fish.
They will stay out there suspend over the deep water for a couple weeks and then will start a move towards the shallows in early July.
Main like points, rock humps, and shallow weed beds will all hold fish. Those muskies will stay there through July and into August.
This is when anglers will be burning bucktails and fishing topwater.
As the water temps slowly begin to drop towards the end of August and into September those muskies begin to move towards the shallow sand.
As the water temperatures continue to drop and we move into fall the musky will move to the deeper weed lines and towards deeper rocks and the cisco spawning areas.
Big rubber baits, live suckers or big crankbaits are going to be the best baits this time of year. That bite will continue to the end of musky season here on leech.
That is a full cycle of the musky fishing up on Leech lake. Plan a trip to Leech and enjoy one of the best musky destinations in Minnesota.