Lake Bemidji walleyes are spread out right now with fish being caught in 4ft out into 30ft+ depths and everywhere in between. Utilize your electronics for finding the deep fish and look for green weeds when searching out the shallow fish. Once you locate fish, lindy rigging or jigging large minnows is a great bet for getting bit as these fish in autumn want big meals. Jigging rapala/puppet minnow style baits are also a great method for bringing in some of those deep fall walleyes.
Muskie fishing remains hot as the temps cool, Cass Lake and Plantagenet in particular. Don’t overlook some of the smaller muskie waters either come fall, Big Lake and Little Wolf are great muskie destinations if you’ve got a smaller boat or the wind is blowing. Muskies will hang in the weeds as long as they are green. Concentrate your time on the greenest weeds you can find, and you should move some fish.
The panfish bite continues to get better as water temps drop as well. Crappies are schooling up in the basin, and once located, an angler can bring in a quick meal. Often time you’re going to find these fish deep, so keep that in mind as they may not survive the release. Barotrauma can effect fish coming to the surface from depths of just 25ft. If the fish you find are below that, simply catch and keep what you want to eat and move on, catch and release fishing at those depths can put a hurt on the population.
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