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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Find Out Where The Fish Are Biting During The Dog Days of Summer

If you enjoy the summer fishing opportunities the Bemidji area has to offer, this is the time of year to get out and really take it all in. The bite for pretty much every target species in our area is splendid. Muskies, bass, panfish, and of course, walleyes. The algae bloom has the lakes a tinge green, allowing anglers to focus in on the shallow water bites on lakes like Bemidji and Plantag for walleyes. Other lakes in the area are also putting out some nice fish, such as Big Turtle, Turtle River, Cass Lake, and several others. Pulling spinners or crankbaits over cabbage flats or mid-lake humps can be productive. Don’t discount the marks you find off the mid-lake structure, either. Deeper fish are hanging off the edges, and can be caught jigging, rigging, pulling spinners, or jig-rapping. Panfish, bass, and muskies are all hanging around the fresh, tall
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Fall Muskie Fishing Is Right Around The Corner

A lot of things are changing in the Bemidji area and on our local lakes. The algae is now in full swing, and water temps are starting to fall did to the cooler nighttime air. The water temp on Lake Bemidji has dropped nearly 10 degrees since our last report. Turnover will happen soon. The walleye fishing remains good. A lot of fish are hanging off the edges of mid-lake structure in 26-26′ of water. Leadcore with cranks or jig-rapping are two great producers right now. Some fish can still be caught on the shallow rocks, sand, and weed beds. Panfish remain easy targets. Find the deeper green weeds and have fun with a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Bass anglers are seeing many fish moving deeper. A lot of bigger fish can be found tossing jig-worms off the deeper points. Muskies are still going strong as they prepare
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“The Fish Are Hungry!”

What a change a few weeks can make. The water temps have dropped drastically, along with the air temps. Fall is definitely on our doorstep. With cool water temps and fall just about here, the lakes are void of anglers and the fish are hungry! Walleyes can be found moving into their fall haunts. Deep holes and deeper transition areas are holding a lot of fish. Jig-rapping, rigging large minnows, or pulling leadcore are all great options on many lakes in the area. Crappies are also moving deeper, and are suspended over deep water. Some fish haven’t yet transitioned, but will soon. Muskie anglers are feeling the change as well. July and August were stellar months, but the cool off has turned the muskie fishing into a grind. As we get closer to winter, the muskies will feed heavier and begin to put on some serious weight. There’s no better
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