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This week’s Leisure Outdoor Adventures

fishing report for the week of July 22

Leech Lake: The main Lake rocks continue to produce the best number of keepers. Spinners with crawlers have been the best trolled in 13-16 feet of water.  Good colors have been Jolly Roger Electric Perch or Sunrise Craw; best speeds have been 1.1 to 1.3 mph. Walker Bay is showing signs of heating up with the shoreline breaks still holding good numbers of fish. Live bait rigging creek minnows or a jig with a golden shiner has worked very well.  For Northerns, troll bigger spinners with sucker minnows along weedlines for good numbers and a great chance at a 30-plus inch pike.   

Gull Lake: Gull Lake has produced some good walleye action this past week. The key has been a willingness to move and find active biters. All options are viable this time of year for walleyes, live bait rigging, jigs, spinners and cranks. Fish have shown up on the bowties and Cinosam in 16 to 20 feet of water. If you just want to catch fish, live bait rig bigger minnows (redtails, creek chubs, sucker minnows) right along the weedline. Be sure to keep moving so you are covering water.

Lake Mille Lacs: There is still a hot bite for smallmouth on Mille Lacs. Senko worms, X-raps and Salmo are taking fish. Good spots to try are Pike Point, Garrison Reef and St. Albans Bay.  

Lindys and leeches have started to out produce spinners of late; good flats include 7-mile, Matton and Fletcher’s. Guys trolling leadcore are also having success targeting fish that are suspended 15 feet down.

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