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September 28, 2022

The fall bite has begun! Water temperatures have now dropped into the low 60’s and should cool down even more this week and that is good news for anglers! Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on area lakes. Many of the fish we’ve been catching this past week have been coming in 8-10’ of water. Balls of baitfish are up shallow and the walleyes are following the bait. Bass fishing has been a bit tougher this past week, not sure why but perhaps with fronts coming through it seems like every other day that might have something to do with it. We are catching some on plastics off the deeper weed edges. Crappies and bluegills continue their trek towards the deeper basins but we are still catching some off the deep green cabbage on small jigs and minnows or plastics. Pike action has been good on jigs and minnows in 8-12’. You’ll find jumbo perch going in 8-10’ on jigs and minnows. It’s a great time to be on the water but dress warm as it can be a bit chilly out there especially in the mornings. As we head into the month of October the bite should only get better! Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service

September 14, 2022

The fall walleye bite has slowly started to kick in on Bemidji area lakes. This past weekend we had a couple of mornings with low temperatures in the 30’s and that has started slowly dropping water temps and in the fall that’s a good thing! This past week jigs and minnows were producing for myself and guide clients. Most of the walleyes were coming off the 12-14’ breaks and weed edges. As water temperatures continue to drop the fall bite should only continue to get better! Look to Lake Bemidji, the Cass Lake Chain, and the Turtle River chain of lakes for decent walleye action. The bass fishing has picked back up after a bit of a slowdown using plastics off the deeper weed edges. You’ll still find some crappies and bluegills off the deeper cabbage but this past week there has definitely been a transition to many of those fish suspending over deeper basins. These next few weeks can be some of the best fishing of the year. Colors are starting to change, birds are starting to migrate, it’s a wonderful time to be in the great outdoors here in the Bemidji area! Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service