Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Leech Lake Perch - Mille Lacs Perch Report

Leech Lake Perch
It's jumbo perch season here in Minnesota and my friends Tim, Abear and I headed north to Leech Lake in search of just that, Jumbo Perch.  The bite was on but getting them to bite wasn't the challenge.  We were faced with too many small fish.  We had to move, move, move and drill, drill, drill.  We finally put together an area towards the last three hours where we put some nice fish on the ice.  It seemed like each hole held a few decent fish, which would bite first, then it seemed like the small fish would take over.  We had to move holes at that point.  We fished the Bear Island Area which is no secret and for good reason.  The shore line structure, near Hardwood Point, seemed to hold the nicer fish as the midlake structure seemed to be packed with the small fish.  These fish are on the move so be prepared to get a good work out.

Mille Lacs Perch
I have also been fishing a few times with the perch master, John Hoyer, on Mille Lacs Lake.  The perch fishing there too is on fire.  John has been pretty dialed in all season.  It's fun to watch him work and talk to him about the details that make him successful while fishing.  One thing he keys in on is bottom transitions from mud to rock/gravel.  It takes some work to find these areas but the work is paid off with buckets full of perch.  So take some time and locate these transitions areas.

Both of these lakes offer great perch fishing and they are on the bite now!  Get out and take advantage of this beautiful weather and great perch bite.

"Make a Memory"
Jeff "Breezer" Andersen

1 comment:

  1. Oh, my gosh, that is one great Perch there. Jumbo doesn't even say it right. Wish I lived where just a chance at Perch like that existed. Thanks for sharing.