Summer 2021 Fishing & Outdoor Reports
Fishing and Outdoor Reports
Check back weekly for updates from Dick Beardsley on the fishing & outdoor reports. Find out conditions on different lakes in the area and how the fish are biting.
September 15 - Fishing Report
Jigs and minnows and live bait rigs and minnows are turning some walleyes on Bemidji, Andrusia, and Gull in 10-17’. The fall bite is slowly getting better. Bass fishing remains good using plastics off the deeper weed edges. Crappies are starting to move to some of those deeper areas but we are still catching decent numbers off the edge of the cabbage.
August 18 - Fishing Report
The wind lately has been a problem and along with water levels continuing to drop fishing pressure has been light. If you have a bunk trailer where you have to float your boat off that could be a problem at some lake access’s. The walleye bite has been a bit tough this past week but if your persistent you’ll find some on Bemidji and Plantagenet. 18-24’ seems to be the depth we’re finding them at. Bass fishing remains excellent using plastics along the deeper weed edges. Crappies and bluegills are still being found off those deep cabbage areas.
August 11 - Fishing Report
Not a whole lot has changed this past week. Water levels continue to drop from the drought so be careful at the access’s. Walleye fishing for this time of the year has been pretty good on area lakes. Jigs and minnows along with live bait rigs and crawlers/leeches are producing some fish in 11-18’. Bass fishing remains excellent using plastics on the deeper weed edges and crappies and bluegills are still being found off and in the deeper cabbage.
August 4 - Fishing Report
Fishing remains steady here in the Bemidji area on most lakes. You’ll find walleyes in 11-18’ on Bemidji, Plantagenet, Wolf, and Andrusia. Jigs and minnows are still producing as are live bait rigs and crawlers/leeches. Bass fishing remains excellent using plastics off the deeper weed edges and you’ll find crappies and bluegills in those same areas. Water levels continue to drop from the lack of rain and some access’s are a bit tricky to launch your boat.
July 28 - Fishing Report
Not a whole lot has changed since last week. Walleye fishing remains quite good on Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Andrusia. Live bait rigs and crawlers working the deep weed edges and the sharper breaks in 12-18’. You’ll find some nice perch in those same areas hitting jigs and minnows. Nass dishing remains excellent using plastics out on the deeper weed edges and throwing spinner baits across the top of the grass. You’ll find your best crappie and bluegills action off the deeper cabbage. Low water makes some of the boat access’s a bit difficult to get your boat launch and loaded.
July 21 - Fishing Report
The Bemidji area received some rain Monday but lakes levels are way down because of the drought and launching a boat on some lakes is difficult. Walleye fishing has remained decent on Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Andrusia in 16-22’. Pulling spinners and crawlers or live bait rigs with crawlers or leeches has turned some fish but we are also catching some on jigs and minnows. Look to the deeper weed edges for crappies and bluegills and you’ll find plenty of bass in those areas also. Pike fishing has been good on jigs and minnows.
July 14 - Fishing Report
Fishing remains strong here in the Bemidji area. Look to Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Andrusia for walleyes. Find the edge of the sharp breaks and you should find some fish. Jigs and minnows, spinners and crawlers, and live bait rigs are all working. The pike fishing has been excellent on jigs and minnows or live bait rigs. Bass are hitting plastics in and off the weed edges and you’ll find crappies and bluegills also off the weed lines.
June 30 - Fishing Report
As we head into July fish are all set up in their summer patterns. Walleyes are being caught on live bait rigs and crawlers/leeches and jigs and minnows are also still turning some fish on the deep weed lines and sharp breaks. Mid lake structure are also holding fish. Puppet Minnows are also working well especially on those deeper fish. Look to Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Andrusia. Pike action has been good on jigs and minnows and the bass fishing has been excellent using plastics off the weed lines. You’ll find crappies and bluegills near and in the deeper water cabbage.
June 23 - Fishing Report
The weather has been a bit up and down recently and along with another mayfly hatch on some lakes it has affected the walleye bite. We are still finding fish along the sharp breaks and weed edges in 12-16’ and also out off the deeper humps and bars in 18-24’. Jigs and rainbows or leeches have been turning some fish along with live bait rigs and crawlers/leeches. Look to Bemidji, Plantangent, and Gull Lakes. Pike are still going strong along the weed edges and bass continue to be caught on the inside and outside weed lines using plastic. Most crappies have set up on deeper cabbage areas and bluegills are making that transition to those same spots.
June 16 - Fishing Report
Walleye fishing on Bemidji area lakes has been good and you’ll still find some of those fish up in the cabbage in 7-9’ especially early and later in the day or when the wind is blowing. Working the deeper off shore humps and bars is also producing fish. Jigs and minnows are still working as are crawlers and leeches. Look to Lake Bemidji, Gull, and Plantangent. Pike action has been good along the weed edges. Bass fishing continues excellent using plastics on the inside and outside weed edges. You’ll find crappies and bluegills also along the deeper weed lines.
June 9 - Fishing Report
The extreme heat has kept many folks off the lakes by noon but the walleye bite has been good. There is a mayfly hatch going on now on many Bemidji area lakes and water temps are in the low to mid 70’s. Lake Bemidji, Plantangent, and Andrusia continue to kick out walleyes in 7-12’. Jigs and minnows are working well as are live bait rigs and leeches/crawlers. Bluegills are up shallow and mist crappies are now being found out off the deeper weed edges. Bass fishing is good using plastics up shallow and on the deep weed line.
June 2 - Fishing Report
This past week Tuesdays big winds and cold temps kept many folks off the water but by this past weekend the weather got better. The walleye bite on Lake Bemidji has been very good on jigs and minnows. You’ll find those fish as shallow as 7-9’ and out on the breaks in 12-14’. Plantagenet, Wolf, and Andrusia are also kicking out some walleyes. The pike on all lakes are on a feeding frenzy! Bass fishing has been good using plastics in the shallows. We are finding most crappies and bluegills up in and just off the emerging reeds.
May 26 - Fishing Report
The walleye bite continues good on Bemidji area lakes. Jigs and shiners, livebait rigs, and slip bobbers with leeches are all working. Water temps on most lakes are now in the low to mid 60’s. You’ll find the walleyes still shallow yet but also out in the 12-14’ breaks. Look to Bemidji, Andrusia, Wolf, and Plantagenet. Bluegills are up shallow and you’ll still find some crappies shallow but many are starting to move out to the deeper cabbage. The pike are hitting on just about anything!
May 19 - Fishing Report
With the nice weather there were plenty of folks out on opening weekend. Some anglers did well on walleyes while others not so much but that is typical for opening weekend. Jigs and fatheads or shiners were the ticket for walleyes and pike. Some fish are being caught in shallow shoreline areas while others were in 12-14’ on mid lake humps. Crappies have finally moved up into the shallows along with bluegills. Water temps are in the mid 50’s. Look to Lake Bemidji, Irving, Plantagenet, Wolf, and Andrusia for walleye and pike.
May 12 - Fishing Report
The weather has been better this past week but overnight lows have been in the 20’s so what little warming we get during the day drops back down at night. Most lakes in our area the water temps are in the upper 40’s to low 50’s. The weather is turning warmer this week and opening weekend temps look to be in the mid to upper 60’s. The panfish bite should be going strong in shallow water by the weekend and look 8-12’ for walleyes. The Cass Lake chain is usually excellent for the opener as is Lake Plantagenet and Lake Bemidji.