Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend another weekend at my wife’s grandparents cabin on Leech Lake, in Walker, MN (we made the trip last year in July). I have two small children, so I know my chances to get out fishing are limited. We got up to the cabin Thursday evening and we stayed in to relax and acclimate ourselves to our new home for the weekend.
Friday morning, we made the 12 mile drive into Walker and headed to Reed’s Sporting Goods so I could pick up some new musky leaders. I had my grandfather-in-law drop me and my boat off at the park right in Walker and I fished my way back to the cabin. This was on my second time fishing Leech Lake, but I had a Lake Map marked up with key musky areas to help me out. My first stop was a small hump coming out of deep water and I had a mid 30 inch musky follow my Bulldog up to the boat, on my second cast, and it hung around my figure-8s for about 2 minutes, or so it seemed. He just wouldn’t open his mouth. After the quick drift over the hump, I made one more pass and raised the same fish (I think), but he left quickly.
After hitting several other areas marked on my lake map, the fish were not active and I headed back to the cabin for a late lunch. On my way back, I noticed numerous boats with numbered stickers who were in the PMTT Musky tournament. A couple hours go by and a few more of my in-laws make their way up to the cabin. Towards the end of the evening I took my wife, her brother, and his wife out in the boat for a few drinks as we wet a couple lines and shared some stories. Still no fish.
The next morning, I took my brother-in-law out for his first try at muskies. After a quick tutorial on casting a baitcaster rod, he’s got the hang of it and we make our way down a shoreline. I raised one musky in the mid 30 inch range on a homemade jerk bait, but he was lazy and that was all we saw. This would be the last of my musky fishing over the weekend, as there was lots of family time around the cabin and at the beach.
Overall, it was very disappointing fishing, but my two and a half year old did catch a crayfish off the dock which was very exciting. He definitely has the fishing genes built in him, as all he wanted to do was go in the boat and cast the fishing poles. So I hope to have many future fishing trips with him at the cabin.
Good luck fish’n
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.