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Lake Leelanau Fishing Reports
6 Reports on Lake Leelanau
Soft Swimbaits (Sm/Md)
Really Windy day in early May two days after a cold front. Water temps were touching 47 degrees on the windblown side of the lake. Focusing on shallow pockets that were trapping warm water and holding heat from the sun had fish scattered in them. Had to cover a lot of these areas but got on a good bite of mainly all 3+ lb fish that were taking advantage of the wind/warmth being held up in the shallows.
Smallies were starting to move and bed.
I was getting nothing working the ledges with crank baits and drop shotting. In an effort to get some fish in the kayak I switched to the Ned rig and went shallow. After getting some monster perch around the reeds, I got a few small smallies. I ended up working some of the stumps with a coppertuese Ned rig with a chartreuse head and got a fair amount of smallmouth in the boat. I should point out the weather was consistent over a few days. It was pretty sunny and fairly windy the entire time. The lake was new to me but I only worked the middle of the lake on the west shore. I think I would’ve had better luck on the south end of the lake but pedaling down there wasn’t in the cards for me this time.
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