A lot of things are changing in the Bemidji area and on our local lakes. The algae is now in full swing, and water temps are starting to fall did to the cooler nighttime air. The water temp on Lake Bemidji has dropped nearly 10 degrees since our last report. Turnover will happen soon.
The walleye fishing remains good. A lot of fish are hanging off the edges of mid-lake structure in 26-26′ of water. Leadcore with cranks or jig-rapping are two great producers right now. Some fish can still be caught on the shallow rocks, sand, and weed beds.
Panfish remain easy targets. Find the deeper green weeds and have fun with a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler.
Bass anglers are seeing many fish moving deeper. A lot of bigger fish can be found tossing jig-worms off the deeper points.
Muskies are still going strong as they prepare for fall. A lot of big fish have been eating baits over the past few weeks. Burning bucktails or throwing topwater baits are good tactics right now in the shallow weeds.
Matthew J. Breuer
Northcountry Guide Service