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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Finding The Fall Fish

Lake Bemidji walleyes are spread out right now with fish being caught in 4ft out into 30ft+ depths and everywhere in between.  Utilize your electronics for finding the deep fish and look for green weeds when searching out the shallow fish.  Once you locate fish, lindy rigging or jigging large minnows is a great bet for getting bit as these fish in autumn want big meals.  Jigging rapala/puppet minnow style baits are also a great method for bringing in some of those deep fall walleyes. Muskie fishing remains hot as the temps cool, Cass Lake and Plantagenet in particular.  Don’t overlook some of the smaller muskie waters either come fall, Big Lake and Little Wolf are great muskie destinations if you’ve got a smaller boat or the wind is blowing.  Muskies will hang in the weeds as long as they are green.  Concentrate your time on the greenest weeds you
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Fall Feeding Frenzy

Fall fishing in in full swing. The die hards that continue to get their boats out are being rewarded for their efforts. The weather was great for a few days and getting a break from the rain has had anglers getting out. Crappies are schooling up in the deepest basins in our area lakes. Some days you’ll find them in big schools, while the next day you might see them in several smaller schools. The key is using your electronics to locate these fish, and when you do they are typically biting. Try a small jigging Rapala or Northland Puppet minnow, as these baits get down to the fish quickly and you don’t need to rebait, keeping your hands dry and warm. Walleyes in the fall tend to be found deep, with the lakes all turned over now. Look for hard bottom areas near sharp break lines. Don’t be afraid
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Anglers Ready For Ice Fishing

The small to medium size lakes have 8-10” of ice but with all the snow we’ve received recently there has been a little slush on some lakes. There still isn’t much going out on Lake Bemidji, though some folks are walking out on the south end using portables and getting a few walleyes early and late in the day, no one is fishing the north end yet. This could all change by this weekend as we’ve been well below zero the past few days. Jigging spoons and minnow heads in 12-18’ are working for walleyes. You’ll find the crappies out in the deep basins on area lakes. Electronics really help as some of those fish are suspended while others are tucked near the bottom. Slip bobbers and small minnows and small jigs and plastics or wax worms are producing crappies. Have a great day on the ice, know where your
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Small Lakes Show Big Results!

Many of the lakes in the Bemidji area have 8-10” of ice but there is some slush underneath the snow on some of the lakes. A few folks are using ATV’s and snowmobiles to get out to spots but no one is driving vehicles yet. Normally this time of year, Lake Bemidji sees many fish houses. However, weather conditions have made it a challenge, but with this recent cold weather hopefully we will see conditions improve. Look to some of the smaller panfish lakes in the area for crappies and bluegills. Small jigs and plastics, wax worms, or minnows are producing some fish. Lake Irving is kicking out some walleyes and perch on jigging spoons and minnow heads. Have a safe and fun day on the ice and please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!   Dick
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Fish Are Biting Despite Ice Conditions

What a winter so far! We’ve got lots of snow here in the Bemidji area and it has created a mess on area lakes! Lots of slush under the snow on top of the ice and it has made getting around very difficult. Vehicle traffic on area lakes is pretty much nonexistent and Lake Bemidji is like a ghost town because folks can’t get their fish houses out on the lake. You can still get on the lakes but your best bet is using snowshoes and pulling the portables and gear out with you. We’ve been getting some nice crappies along with a few walleyes. The benefit of this winter is the limited amount of people out on the lakes. Most winters the fish are not hitting hard, which should in turn make for some great open water fishing! If your heading out on area lakes just know your going to
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Dedicated Anglers Finding Results On Area Lakes

The lakes were firming up but now we received another 8-10 inches of snow over the past couple of days  and more is on the way going into the weekend.  If you can get to area’s on Lake Bemidji you will catch some walleyes and perch on jigging spoons and minnow heads in 28-32’. The problem is getting out. Vehicle traffic is a no go, snowmobiles are a possibility but you really need to be aware that you could hit some major slush. We’ve been snowshoeing out to spots but that’s a lot of work. There just aren’t many folks out on area lakes. With more snow in the forecast it’s best to call ahead of time for an ice report.   Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service 218-556-7172 dick@dickbeardsley.com www.dickbeardsleyfishingguide.com
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Snowshoes & Snowmobiles Encouraged This Season

Nothing has really changed from last week’s report other than the Bemidji area received another 15+ inches of snow and travel onto area lakes is extremely difficult. Vehicle traffic is a no go because of the heavy snow and slush. Snowmobiles are a possibility but slush is a big concern. Your best option is snowshoes and pulling your portable. If you’re willing to work a bit you’ll catch some walleyes, perch and pike on Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Andrusia. Jigging spoons and minnow heads in 20-30’ are turning some fish.  It is supposed to warm up a bit so hopefully that will settle some of the snow but it sure won’t help with the slush. There just aren’t many people out. It’s best to call ahead for ice conditions. Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!  
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Conditions Improve Slightly For Area Anglers

The good news is we haven’t had any significant snowfall here in the Bemidji area but it’s still very difficult to get around. There is now a plowed road on Lake Bemidji from the Paul Bunyan Park parking lot and there are a few fish houses off the road. Lake Irving also has a plowed road as well. If you do follow a road out please don’t drill a hole next to someone’s house as it will possibly get flooded out. The snow has crusted a bit so snowmobiles are a good option now but there are still pockets of slush. Your best options on many area lakes is to strap on snowshoes and pull your portables. Look to Lake Bemidji for a few perch, walleyes, and tullibie in deep water. Lake Plantagenet is kicking out some perch and a few walleyes. Crappie action on Lake Andrusia has been picking
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Plowed Roads Create Opportunity For Anglers

My how things have changed in the last week! There are some plowed roads on the south end and one plowed road on the north end of Lake Bemidji and wheelhouses are popping up especially on the south end. If you don’t venture to far off the plowed roads you should be ok, but getting off them you could run into slush. Perch are going throughout the day on jigging spoons and minnow heads and also wax worms. A few walleyes are coming early in the day and then again late afternoon/evening. Lake Irving is also kicking out some perch and a few walleyes. Lake Plantagenet is producing perch in the NW area of the lake. There are no roads going out but snowmobiles are now a option. Wolf Lake and Lake Andrusia are kicking out some crappies especially late afternoon/evening. Have a fun, safe time on the ice and
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