Wadena fishing teams find good angling on West Leaf
West Leaf Lake
On a beautiful summer night with a light east wind, an air temperature of 65 degrees, water temperature at 74 degrees under clear blue skies, the fishing was good on West Leaf.
Team Reel Fishermen started out fishing crappies in about 10-13 feet of water, just on the "outside" edge of the cabbage. They quickly got into the crappies. They caught their boat limit of 12- to 13-inch black crappies, several 8- to 10-inch sunfish, five northern pike and even a 19-inch walleye who must have thought it was a crappie, all in the first hour and a half of fishing. Fish were caught using a chartreuse Slurpie and slow trolled on the outside edge of the cabbage beds. Mike Craig, leading the Spoonpluggers, reported smaller fish were hitting the spoonplugs. Craig did have good luck on the west end of the lake fishing for sunfish on the weedline. Team J&J brought in several nice fish including a very nice 13-inch crappie.
Weather conditions were air temps of about 80, water temp about 75, clear skies with a light west-northwest wind. Teams scattered after the 6 p.m. start time with some trying the shallow water, while others tried the deeper water.
They finished with a boat limit of crappies, three nice bass and 21 points for the night. The Walleye Wishers boated a walleye, three northerns, a nice crappie along with a boat limit of sunfish to finish with 20 points for the night. Team J&J, along with Steve Shoberg, had a very productive night with a boat limit of crappies, several sunfish and Jordan Youngbauer's 25-inch walleye.