Ice Fishing With Smaller Presentations FISHING REPORT

The extended period of subzero temperatures have continued to add more ice to lakes in the Bemidji area. Lake Bemidji has between 14 and16 inches of ice in most locations, while many of the shallow lakes like Lake Irving have at least 18 inches of ice. The cold has helped keep the slush on the lakes to a minimum, with most lakes lakes having a few shallow patches of slush in the areas with the most snow. Cracks and ice heaves can also bring water to the surface, so they are usually the areas anglers have to watch out for the most on the lakes. The snow is deep enough on the lakes for anglers to get stuck without a 4-WD vehicle with ample clearance and good tires. Anglers planning to go off the trails on the ice should travel in pairs and bring a tow strap and a shovel.
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Work for the Walleyes, Bass Bite is Excellant! FISHING REPORT

The water temps have cooled back into the mid 70’s and with that the Walleye fishing has picked up a bit. Still have to work a bit for them but if you have some patience you should boat some fish. Jigs and minnows/crawlers/and leeches are still working, but pulling spinners has produced better. Look to those sharp breaks and deep weed edges for the best concentration of fish. Lake Bemidji has a good night time crankbait trolling bite going. Bigger Pike are also relating to those deep weedlines. Bass fishing remains excellent using plastics on the deep weed edges. Crappies and Bluegills are in and around the deep cabbage using small jigs and plastics. The Muskie bite is heating up on Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Big lake throwing bucktails over the cabbage beds. Have a great day on the water and please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we
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Bass & Pike Providing Lots of Action!

If you want lots of action, the Bass and Northern Pike fishing has been super the past week! Look for Bass and Pike off the deep weed edges and mid lake humps and you should have plenty of action. Throwing plastic baits has worked really well! Crappies and Bluegills are relating to the outside edges of the cabbage using small jigs and plastics/minnows. The Walleye bite has been a b it tougher, but if you have some patience you’ll boat a few. As the water cools, and some of the bait fish get eaten up, the Walleye bite should only get better! If you’re into pulling cranks after dark, fish the flats and weed tops, you’ll catch plenty of fish – especially on Lake Bemidji. Have a great day on the water and please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for
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