Fishing and Outdoor Reports
June 03 - Fishing Report
May 27 - Fishing Report
Water temps continue to slowly rise and are in the low to mid 60’s and that has turned up the walleye bite on area lakes. The emerging weedlines are turning fish on a jig and minnow and mid lake structure is starting to produce also. Trolling shallow running crankbaits from dusk to midnight over some of the bars and cabbage in 6-8’ of water is also producing walleyes. Look to Bemidji, Grace, Plantagenet, and Lake Andrusia. Crappies and bluegills are tucked up close to emerging reeds in 3-6’using small jigs and plastics. Bass fishing has been excellent up in the shallows on swim jigs and a jig and plastics. Northern Pike are hitting pretty much anything you want to throw at them along the weed edges. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!
May 19 - Fishing Report
The weather this past weekend was much nicer compared to opening weekend and the walleyes were a bit more cooperative. Water temps are still in the low 50’s on the larger lakes and mid to upper 50’s on the smaller lakes. Most of the walleyes are coming from 12-18’ off the weed edges and the edge of the flats. Jigs and minnows or livebait rigs and minnows are turning fish. Look to Lake Bemidji, Irving, Plantagenet, Andrusia, and Wolf Lakes. Pike are on the bite everywhere in those same areas. Bass fishing has been good up in the shallows on jigs and plastics. The crappies and bluegills have moved back up into the shallows on area lakes. Small jigs and plastics or wax worms and small minnows have been working well. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!
May 13 - Fishing Report
The weather was a big factor on the opener. It was cloudy and temps in the mid 30’s and light winds but by mid morning the wind picked up and a mix of snow and rain hit the area for much of the rest of the day. On Sunday it was just cold and windy. In the Bemidji area it seemed like the number of anglers out was down quite a bit from previous openers. Not sure if it was because of the Coronavirus or the cold weather. Lake Bemidji was kicking out a few walleyes on jigs and minnows in 8-12’ as was Lake Plantagenet, Andrusia, and Wolf. Bass fishing was excellent for those pursing them and most were up fairly shallow hitting swimbaits and jig and plastics. Crappies and bluegills have moved back out to deeper water but with warmer weather in the forecast for the weekend look for them to start moving back into the shallows.
May 9 - Fishing Report
It’s finally here, the 2020 Minnesota fishing opener! Water temps on area lakes should be in the upper 40’s-low 50’s and the walleyes should be on the backend of spawning. Lake Irving is always a great place to start as it’s a shallower lake and warms up quicker. And with the Mississippi River running through it that’s always a good thing. Look in that 6-12’ range with a jig and minnow and you’ll be set to go! We’ve got some wonderful lakes here in the Bemidji area that hold excellent numbers of walleyes! Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, Wolf, and Andrusia just to name a few. If the walleye bite is a bit slow, look to the shallow water bays and shorelines for some good crappie and bluegills. It will be busy at the access’s so please be patient, practice social distancing, and please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!
February 19 - Fishing Report
The walleye season closes at midnight Sunday February 23 so now is the time to start focusing on Crappies, Bluegills, Perch, and Tullibie! There is a good perch bite going on Lake Bemidji and Plantagenet in 18-30’ on jigging spoons and minnow heads/wax worms. Look for tullibie suspended in 40-60’. A flasher spoon with about a 8-12” drop line and small spoon with wax worms or minnow heads has been working well. Look to Gull, Pimushe, Midge, and Turtle lakes for crappies and bluegills.
Have a fun time on the ice, please take your trash and dispose of it properly, and please practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!