Open Water Fishing and Outdoor Reports

September 30 - Fishing Report

Water temps on most area lakes have dropped into the upper 50’s. Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in 8-18’ on Lake Bemidji, Andrusia, and Wolf. You’ll also find some fish in 25-30’ using jigging raps. Pike are active on the weedlines using jigs and minnows and throwing cranks across the top of the grass. Bass fishing remains active on the deep green weed edges and you’ll find some crappies out in the deep basins and still some on the deep cabbage. Grouse hunting is good and the leaves are falling quickly. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

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September 23 - Fishing Report

Not a whole lot has changed since last week. Water temps are holding in the low 60’s and with the warm weather this week they may even rise a bit. Jigs and minnows are turning some fish in 10-20’ on Lake Bemidji, Andrusia, and Wolf lakes. You’ll find pike in many of those same areas. You’ll find crappies still relating to the deeper green cabbage and you’ll also find some suspending out in the deeper basins. Bass fishing remains very good fishing plastics off the deep weed edges. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

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September 16 - Fishing Report

Water temps continue to cool and the walleye bite is slowly getting better. This past week on windier days we’ve been catching fish on jigs and minnows in 8-10’. On the calmer days out to 20-25’ has produced some fish. Jigging raps and live bait rigs with larger minnows are also turning some fish on area lakes. Fishing the cabbage on Lake Bemidji and Plantagenet should provide you some action. You’ll find pike in those same areas. Bass fishing remains very good on tubes and Texas rigged plastic worms working the deeper weed edges. You’ll still find some crappies and bluegills in and around the cabbage but some of those fish have begun to move out to deeper water. 

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September 9 - Fishing Report

The Bemidji area saw its first freeze Tuesday morning and water temps are continuing to drop. The walleye bite has been a bit sporadic this past week but you’ll catch some fish if your willing to work at it. Jigs and minnows are producing some fish in 14-20’ on Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Gull. Bass fishing continues to be good using plastics along the deeper cabbage. You’ll find some crappies around the cabbage and some are moving out into the deeper water basins. Muskie have been hitting on bucktails on Bemidji,Plantagenet, and Cass. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

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September 2 - Fishing Report

The walleye bite continues to improve as water temps slowly fall. Jigs and minnows, live bait rigs and minnows, and jigging raps are all putting some fish in the boat. Mid lake structure seems to be holding more fish then shoreline breaks in 14-20’ on Lake Bemidji, Wolf, and Andrusia. Pike action has been good along the deeper weed edges on most area lakes. Bass fishing continues excellent and you’ll still find some crappies out on the deeper cabbage areas.

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August 26 - Fishing Report

The walleye bite continues to slowly improve. Jigs and minnows, live bait rigs, and jigging raps are all turning some fish in 12-18’ on Bemidji, Gull, Plantagenet, and Andrusia. Larger pike are being caught along the weed lines on jigs or live bait rigs and larger minnows. Bass fishing remains excellent on just about any plastics and you’ll still find crappies and bluegills up in and on the edge of the deeper green cabbage. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come! 

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August 19 - Fishing Report

Water temps are now in the upper 60’s - low 70’s and that has helped the walleye bite. Jigs and minnows are starting to produce walleyes more consistently now but the majority of the fish are still coming on live bait rigs and leeches or crawlers. Jigging Raps are also producing fish.  Look to the sharp breaks and mid lake structure in 12-18’ on Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, Andrusia, and Wolf. Bass fishing remains excellent fishing topwater baits early in the day and then plastics along the deep weed edges. Pike action is very good fishing jigs and minnows along the weedlines and crappies have started to scatter out a bit along the weed edges and cabbage areas. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

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August 12 - Fishing Report

This past weekend brought lots of thunderstorms and heavy rain so that affected the bite a bit. If you were patient and worked at it you could boat a few walleyes on Lake Bemidji, Andrusia, Turtle, and Plantagenet. Live bait rigs and leeches or crawlers or larger creek chubs were turning some fish. Spinners and crawlers worked along the outside weed edges also were working. Bass fishing remains excellent fishing plastics or topwater baits. You’ll find crappies and bluegills scattered along the cabbage. Muskie have started hitting bucktails on Lake Bemidji and Plantagenet. Please remember to practice selective, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

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August 5 - Fishing Report

Some of the area lakes are experiencing a algae bloom including Lake Bemidji which is typical this time of the year but that has helped the walleye bite a bit. Look for the walleyes on those lakes in 8-12’. Larger Colorado blades spinners and crawlers or leeches are turning some fish. Larger chub minnows and livebait rigs are also working in deeper water off of mid lake structure. Besides Lake Bemidji look to Grace, Plantagenet, and Andrusia. Bass fishing remains excellent and you’ll find them in the thick weeds and pads and also out on the deep water weed edges. Crappies are in the deeper water cabbage and you’ll find some bluegills in those same areas. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

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July 29 - Fishing Report

Not a lot has changed since last week. You’ll find walleyes on Lake Bemidji, Andrusia, and Plantagenet in 12-24’. Live bait rigs and leeches or crawlers are working. Jigs and plastics worked in the cabbage are also turning a few walleyes. Bass fishing remains excellent on plastics. Fishing the thick weeds shallow or the deeper weed edges are the areas to focus on. Bluegills and crappies are out along the 8-12’ cabbage beds. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

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July 22 - Fishing Report

Water temps have dropped back into the mid 70’s and that has helped the walleye bite a bit. Live bait rigs and leeches or spinners and crawlers have been the ticket to boating some walleyes. Look to the deep weed edges, mid lake structure, and sharp breaks on Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Wolf lake. Pike fishing has been good on area lakes off the deep weeds using a jig and minnow. Bass fishing remains excellent using plastics and you’ll find crappies and bluegills in and around the deeper cabbage. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to Come! Have a great day on the water!

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July 15 - Fishing Report

June 30 - Fishing Report

There are more bug hatches going on area lakes so that has continued to slow the walleye bite. Spinner rigs and crawlers are your best bet right now. Look to the deep weed edges and sharp breaks in 14-22’. Jigging raps are also working on deeper humps and bars if you find a pod of fish. Look to Bemidji, Wolf, and Plantagenet. Crappies and bluegills are scattered around deeper weed edges in 8-12’ using small jigs and plastics. Bass fishing remains good using plastics off the deep weed lines while topwater baits are working well up in the shallows early in the day. Have a great 4th of July weekend and please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!
 

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June 24 - Fishing Report

With the bug hatches occurring on many area lakes the walleye bite this past week has slowed down a bit. Lake Bemidji, Wolf, Grace, and Plantagenet are kicking out a few fish on live bait rigs and leeches or crawlers as are spinner rigs with leeches and crawlers. Look to the deep weed edges in 12-14’ and also mid lake humps and bars in 16-22’.  Pike action remains solid on area lakes along the deeper weed lines. Bass fishing remains excellent fishing plastics also along the deeper weed edges. You’ll find crappies and bluegills in and around the cabbage in 8-12’. Smaller jigs and plastics or slip bobbers and panfish leeches are working well.
 

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June 17 - Fishing Report

The wind has been a big problem in the Bemidji area this past week. Along with the mayfly hatch on Lake Bemidji and starting on other area lakes the walleye bite has been a bit tougher this past week. Live bait rigs and crawlers or leeches are turning some walleyes and jigs and minnows are still working. Look towards the deep weed edges and some of the sharper shoreline breaks on Lake Bemidji, Andrusia, Wolf, and Plantagenet. Pike are biting on about anything along the weed edges and the bass fishing continues excellent on area lakes on shaky head jigs and tubes along the deeper weed lines. Crappies and bluegills and are being caught in 10-12’ in and around the cabbage. 
 

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June 10 - Fishing Report

We’ve had quite a bit of rain and wind here in the Bemidji area this past week and that has kept a lot of folks from getting out onto the water. Saying that though the walleye fishing has remained good using jigs and minnows or live bait rigs and minnows , leeches, or crawlers. Look to the deep weed edges and mid lake structure in 12-16’. Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, Big Turtle, and Andrusia are all kicking out some fish. Bluegills are up on the beds and you’ll still find crappies off the edge of the reeds and emerging cabbage. Bass fishing remains strong throwing plastics up in the shallows. The muskie season opened this past weekend and some good numbers of fish were doing more following then biting on Lake Bemidji and Plantagenet. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

 

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June 03 - Fishing Report

Water temps on most area lakes are now in the mid 60’s and that has really turned the fishing on. Walleyes are still hitting jigs and minnows and live bait rigs and minnows. On windier days you’ll find those fish up off the shallows points and bars but many of those fish are now relating to the deep weed edges and also mid lake structure in 12-18’. Bemidji, Wolf, Turtle, and Andrusia all have a good bite going. You’ll find crappies and bluegills up close to the emerging reeds and also in the emerging cabbage. Pike are on the bite everywhere and bass fishing has been excellent using plastics up in the shallows. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!
 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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May-9th-2020-Fishing-Report

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!

Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service
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