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Leech Lake is located east of the town of Walker, MN, just a 3hr drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Leech Lake is in the Chippewa National Forest and offers up some outstanding northwoods scenery that many have come to expect from Minnesota. Leech Lake is also Minnesota’s 3rd largest lake at over 112,000 acres. It has depths that reach over 150 ft but most of the lake's depth does not exceed 30ft. Leech is a Muskie fisherman’s paradise! It offers endless structure to fish including rock reefs, large expansive cabbage beds, sand beaches, bull rushes, and both submerged and natural islands. For you guys that are looking for that true Minnesota fishing experience - you will love Leech! For those of you that don’t already know, Leech Lake is the source of all of Minnesota’s stocked muskies throughout the state. They are the fastest growing strain of muskies in North America and that is why Minnesota is home to thousands of 50 inch Muskies, with some fish reported reaching 60 inches in length and exceeding 50lbs!
I have been fishing Leech Lake for many years, but most of my trips to Leech will be during the hot summer months of late July and August when I am up there for weeks at a time. What is nice about fishing Leech Lake versus some of the other large muskie lakes around the country is that even if the wind decides to kick up, there is always great fishing opportunities in the smaller bays of Walker, Agency, Shingobee, and Kabekona. All of these smaller bays have some really deep water holding some real monster Leech Lake Muskies..
Note: All of my trips on Leech Lake we will be launching at the Walker City Park Launch. I do not pick people up at resorts because of changing winds on the lake which can make it dangerous to load and unload at some resorts.

Recommended Lodging:

Lakeview Inn, Walker MN, right across from the City Launch - (218) 547-1212

Country Inn, Walker MN, couple miles from Walker Launch - (888) 266-2146 www.walkercountryinn.com

Chase on the Lake, Walker MN, just down from Walker Launch - (888) 242-7306 www.chaseonthelake.com

Those of you looking for more of the resort feel, possibly for a great Minnesota family vacation, www.leechlake.org has listings of many beatiful resorts on Leech Lake.

 

 

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