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Ted Takasaki

E. Gull Lake, Minn.

Fall on Leech

I've spent a lot of time on Leech Lake fishing and the lake is known as a walleye factory.  But, the perch fishing is fantastic as well and I just had a great time fishing for them this past week.  Consant action and great for the frying pan, these finatical fish are a blast.  If you want to entertain your kids or your neighbor's kids, then this is the fish to fish for. 

We all just had a blast watching these fish bite as we were fishing them in 4 to 6 feet of clear water.  You could take it away from the smaller ones and let the bigger ones take the bait.  Sorting was the key as 8 to 10 inchers were the ones to keep.  Nothing huge, but fun.

Our tackle was pretty simple... light action rod, line, and a small #2 hook, X-Change Jig tipped with a minnow.  Lower it to the bottom and work up towards the surface.  We would drift with the wind and if the wind was too strong, then we would anchor.

Try it sometime.. it can become addiciting!  Oh, and by the way, we caught several walleyes between 24 to 26 inches, so that was a great time

Perch are fun and super tasty!

Perch are fun and super tasty!

as well.

 

Winnie is Splendid

Being one of my first outings on Lake Winnibigosh during open water, I found the lake to be a ton of fun with lots of fish.  I spent most of the week trolling open water flats with spinnners and in line weights only to be aggravated most of the week.  Some big fish, but very inconsistent.  Finally, I switched to bottom bouncers and Lindy Rigs on the sharp breaklines (which I am more comfortable with especially on a Minnesota lake with one rod per person).  This proved to be the right pattern because I went from 26th place on the first day to 14th on the second.  Unfortunately, due to a violent wind storm, the tournament was cancelled on the 3rd day.

Nonetheless, I had a great time figuring out the bite and felt good about making such a good move.  That's all you can ask for while fishing... pose a challenge to yourself and figure it out.  It's like solving a big jigsaw puzzle. 

Looking forward to the fall with big fish bites all over the place and a little pheasant hunting.  Can't wait!!!

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