Sunday, October 26, 2014

The end is near...

The end of the open water fishing season is drawing to a close, for a non-ice fishing guy, that stinks!  However, this extended stretch of unseasonably warm weather leads to a plethora of opportunities for all fishermen.  Muskies, walleyes, and perch are all trying to fatten up for the long extended winter that will be here all too soon.  

Muskie guys have been targeting weeds and rocks.  As the water drops, rocks will turn on as the ciscoes move into spawn.   We found this one wandering the open water near a wind blown flat area that typically will hold perch.

The battle was epic and just as important is the release.

Walleyes have been hitting lindy's with creek minnows or rainbows.  You can also use the fall favorite, a jig and a fathead! The beauty is the jumbos are mixed in or nearby this time of year.  While the end is near, take advantage and get out and fish!  No matter how good Aaron Rodgers is doing for your fantasy team, he won't help you catch a 46 inch muskie!

Sunday, September 21, 2014


The Fall Bite is ON!

Well the leaves are changing colors and the Fall Bite is ON!  Anglers throughout Leech Lake are reporting
fairly consistent action for walleyes and a perch bite that is getting steadier by the day.  

Walleyes can be found in a variety of places.  On the Main Lake, Stoney Point, Duck, Little and Big Hardwoods, and the flats around Goose Island are all producing a mixed back of keeper fish as well as nice fish within in the protective slot.  The best method has been either a 1/8th oz jib and a rainbow minnow or shiner or a lindy rig with a leech or crawler.  When you have wind, use it to make drifts and begin honing in on the areas you are catching fish eliminating dead water.  With no wind, work the areas over fan casting and working you jigs.  On the South end, wind blown shoreline breaks down near Trappers Landing and Huddles have been producing walleyes as well.  Look for depths of 6-11 ft to target active walleyes on the Main Lake.

Walker Bay and Agency Bay are also producing walleyes.  Steep breaks, under water points, and the various humps area all producing fish.  Lindy rig with a crawler or minnow have been good presentations.

The perch bite is also picking up and will only get better.  The Walker Narrows as well as Goose Flats have been prime locations, pitching a 1/6th oz jig with a fat head minnow.  The action can be fast and furious at times.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall!!!! Fanatstic fishing and phenomenal colors!!

Any time on the water is time well spent, but it is tough to beat fall!  As temps drop, fishing heats up and the colors mother nature provides are spectacular!  The past couple weeks have been the best of both worlds for all being that the jig/minnow bite is coming on and lindy riggers are in fishing heaven also.  However, perhaps the best part of fall is you will have the whole parking lot to yourself.

 This has been the scene as we have continued to go above and beyond to put fish in the boat.  Other people turn their attention to the woods while we continue to devote time to the water to catch fish like these!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Jiggin Rap Madness!!

It has been a good couple weeks for the LOA crew for walleyes on Leech Lake.  We are finding fish out deeper but still relating to shoreline structure, IE underwater points and bars.  Fish have been anywhere from 14-30 feet of water depending on wind and cloud cover.  Another key has been to stay on the move and not sit on fish too long.  A typical scenario is to mark a school, go through and pick off the aggressive ones and then move onto the next school.  Additionally, these schools of fish will slide around on individual pieces of structure as you are working them so don't just fish your old icons.

As the title suggests, the dominant fish catching presentation has been the vaunted jiggin rap.  This is not a secret anymore and it is clearly out fishing live bait by a LONG shot.  It does take some time to get used to it, but rest assured, it is worth the effort.  Experiment with size and color as well; despite this being a reaction bite, the pattern seems to make a difference.

As fall approaches, the bite will continue to improve.  Everybody's favorite bite, the jig and minnow, will resurrect itself soon as well.  No matter what your bait/weapon of choice is, get out there and make a memory!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Monster Muskies on the Chow

It's that time of year and the muskies are hungry.  We have been fishing a variety of lakes including Leech Lake, Cass Lake, Bemidji and a few others.  The water temps have finally been consistently over 70 degrees.  Best baits have been the Bigtooth Tackle JUICE Bucktail.  You can find them at Reeds Sporting Goods.

The bite has been really scattered each day has been a new day from Rocks, to weeds, to sand and everywhere in between.  The windows have been extremely short but come fast so when you catch a fish move fast.

Minnesota Fish

LOA Guide Kirby Budrow puts Chris and Barb on a Leech Lake 50 Incher! 

I get in on the musky action

My Son, Gavin's, helps dad with his first musky battle.

Not a monster but a super sweet figure 8 move put Nate Reiley on the board
Mikel's first musky - A 50 incher!

Mikel's second musky - A monster 51.5 incher!

Lake of the Woods Muskies

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simplifying your Approach to Smallmouth Fishing

I am an absolute Panfish nut and spend most of my time searching for bull Bluegills, Jumbo Perch and big
Crappies, but there is one fish that I can't seem to ever get my mind off and that's Smallmouth bass. A rush of excitement runs through my body every morning knowing that you could have a very sore arm by the end of the day. 

There are so Many Ways to Approach these drag pulling head shaking beauty's, but my favorite way of targeting these fish is your standard Walleye equipment Such as Crawler Harnesses and the Lindy Rig known in the bass world as the "Carolina Rig". Simply put the Lindy Rig is one of the easiest presentations and could be considered one of the most effective for every type of mood the fish throw at you. 

As Most Know a simple Lindy rig is 6ft snell with live bait on the end such as a Crawler, leech or Minnow
followed by a barrel swivel and a walking sinker to keep your presentation on the bottom. This Presentation allows me to stay tight to the structure I am fishing and enables my Electronics to do the talking. A great example is my past few weeks of fishing. Fish have pushed deeper onto the transition line and I have been finding them tight to the grass and sand transition in 18.5 fow. Now When I say 18.5 Ft I mean that exact depth as these fish are not holding a foot more or a foot less. With this rig I am allowing my self to fish almost right below me covering alot of ground and giving me the best percentage on keeping it right in the strike zone. 

A good sonar and gps become key when you need to stay tight to a certain piece of terrain. My sonar helps me stay right in the depth and shows every movement I make on my gps. When coming over a school of fish you just marked I start about 50 yards away and make my way toward the school because if there is one group you will probably find more along your way and giving your bait the best look coming into the strike zone. Not every school is going to be aggressive and that is what makes this presentation so special. I always start out at .5 mph to see how active the fish are and proceed to slow down my speed sometimes coming to a stop and letting your leech or minnow do the work. Every time I get a hook set I mark a way point and as you catch more fish you will develop a pattern fishing multiple schools and slowing down or speeding up on every batch you approach. 

This method has blessed me with many 100+ fish days and some big fish days as well. Tie up a Lindy Rig when you are targeting Smallmouth and I know you will get bit. 

Happy Fishing Everyone!!
Mike Raetz 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Guide Testimonials and July Fishing Report

Our Guide Team has been busy hitting the water of late, putting fish in the boat and smiles on peoples' faces.  One thing we cherish is getting feedback whether it is the compliments and the praise we want to hear or sometimes what we don't like to hear.  That is what make us better and keeps us going day in and day out.  Just wanted to share a few things from our customers of late.

We had a fantastic time this morning.  I told him myself, but Chuck was great!  Perfect guide for young kids.  This was my girls first time out and they LOVED it!  I would recommend Outdoor Leisure Adventures and Chuck to anyone looking for a guide.- Tom McConnell

We had a great time fishing Jim was an excellent guide Thank him again for me when you see him. Also he took quite a few pictures of my kids with their fish if you guys put any of them up on your website let me know so I can check it out.- Chad Holthouse

 Just a footnote to a great fishing trip: Kirby was truly a stellar guide in every way. Not only did he put Chris and I on fish, he also provided everything we could have asked for. He was so knowledgeable and courteous to both of us. Being anglers ourselves, Kirby provided us everything we could have wanted in terms of communication and experience. Thankyou for a wonderful 1st trip on Leech. - Barb Eue

Leisure Outdoor Adventures is simply THE BEST!  My family and friends have been given some of the greatest memories thanks to Toby, Jeff and Jason!  Three generations of family have shared the joys of, not "fishing", but "catching" with Leisure Outdoor Adventures.  you'll never see people work harder to make sure you have a great time.  We have made it a tradition to hook up with Jason Freed every year when we vacation at Chase on the Lake on Leech.  I don't know who had the bigger smiles on their faces, my kids, grandparents, or me.  We'll be booking Leisure Outdoor Adventures again soon!

Mike Mussman
Twin Cities Radio Personality   
These are just a few of the many emails and phone calls we get back after guide trips.  Certainly not every guide trip is perfect, but ultimately we strive to make it a memorable experience every time we pick up our people at the docks.

 Fishing Report

Leech Lake is still turning out some walleyes, you just have to work a little harder for them.  Early morning and evening bites have been good in 7-10ft of water using slip bobbers with a plain hook or small jig and leech, be sure to experiment each time you are out or casting jigs with leeches or smaller minnows such as fatheads.  During the day fish are being caught in Walker Bay working shoreline breaks in 18-30ft of water pulling chubs, crawlers, and Leeches.

Mixed reports are coming from the main lake.  Fish are being caught on the south end of the lake on Olson's, Huddles, Variety, and Hoger's Reefs slip bobber fishing or lindy rigging with a crawler or leech.  Trolling crankbaits along the major points such as Rogers or Diamond is also producing fish.  Mixed reports are coming from the main lake rock piles, the best fishing has been off of the rocks in 18-20ft of water pulling spinners with crawlers.  On windy days, slip bobber fishing around Pelican Island and on top of the reefs can also produce fish.

All in all this is the time of the year you have to think outside the box and try some different things.  Fish lots of spots, trust your graph, we love using our Lowrance Touch Screen's to pinpoint specific pieces of structure and plot a course as we drive structure.  Once we see fish, a simple tap on the screen and you have a waypoint marking that school of fish.  The key part is do your homework first, this will help eliminate alot of dead water for you.  Try different presentations and have fun doing it.

The LOA Guide Team


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Still Making Memories!!

The fish are on the move and the LOA crew is in hot pursuit.  It is important not to box yourself in with bait selection right now.  We have seen days where a variety of things work and days where they only want a certain bait.  Be prepared and be ready to adapt to what the fish want, not what you want to give them.  Ultimately, in this battle of wills, the fish will win! Here are some pictures from those who made some great memories this week!  If you want a chance to make a memory, call us at 855-LOA-HOOK.