Ice Fishing and Outdoor Reports
January 12 - Fishing Report
With the nice weather especially this past weekend lots of folks were out on area lakes. The walleye bite has a early morning window and then again late afternoon/evening. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are turning some fish as well as dead sticks with a fathead or shiner. You’ll find fish from 12-30’. The key is to get away from the crowds especially on the weekends. Perch are going on and off all day long. Look to Lake Bemidji, Irving, Wolf, Plantagenet, and Grace. Pike action has been good on area lakes off the deep weed edges and you’ll find crappies and bluegills in the deep basins and deeper weed edges. Look to Gull, Beltrami, and Midge lakes.
January 5 - Fishing Report
With the nice weather this past holiday weekend there were quite a few folks out on the ice fishing or getting their houses out. Most lakes have 13-17” of good clear ice and vehicles are now enabling people to get out and about. The walleye bite is a pretty short window early and later in the day. Jigging spoons and minnow heads or dead sticks with a larger fathead or shiner are turning some fish. Look to the 12-14’ breaks and also deeper in the 25-30’ range. The perch bite has picked up and they pretty much will go most of the day on spoons and minnow heads or Tungsten jigs and wax worms and spikes. Look to Bemidji, Irving, Plantagenet, and Andrusia. Crappies are hitting on Gull, Beltrami, and Wolf early and late afternoon/evening. Look to the weed edges for bluegills.
December 30 - Fishing Report
With the holidays and with most lakes having 12”+ of ice on most area lakes there were more folks out on the ice. There are vehicles including half ton pickups now out but know where your going! Early morning and late afternoon/evening has been your best shot at catching walleyes. Some fish are coming off the 12-14 break lines but you’ll also find some out on the deeper humps. Perch are also going in less than 10’ but you’ll also find some out on the deep humps. Look to Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet, Wolf, and Andrusia. You’ll find crappies and bluegills off the weed edges on Gull, Beltrami, and Midge lakes.
December 22 - Fishing Report
We continue to slowly build ice on Bemidji area lakes and with mid teens below zero forecast for this week that is going to really help. On the south half of Lake Bemidji there is 9-10” with a bit less on the north half. Vehicle traffic is still not happening yet but anglers are getting all over the lake on side by sides, 4-wheelers, and snowmobiles. Look for walleyes of the first break in 12-14’ using jigging spoons and minnow heads. Dead sticking is also turning some fish. You’ll find perch and pike in those same areas. Plantagenet is also turning some walleyes early and late in the day with perch going all day. Gull, Moose, and Beltrami are kicking out bluegills and crappies.
December 16 - Fishing Report
Folks have started venturing onto Lake Bemidji where there is 4-7” of ice depending on where your at on the lake. Look to the first break line for walleyes using jigging spoons and minnow heads early and late afternoon/evening. Plantagenet, Grace, and Irving are also producing walleyes early and later in the day. Look to Gull and Beltrami for some bluegills and crappies. Most of the lakes other than Bemidji have 8-10” of ice.
December 9 - Fishing Report
December 2 - Fishing Report
Last Year's Ice Fishing Season
February 19 - Fishing Report
The walleye season closes at midnight Sunday February 23 so now is the time to start focusing on Crappies, Bluegills, Perch, and Tullibie! There is a good perch bite going on Lake Bemidji and Plantagenet in 18-30’ on jigging spoons and minnow heads/wax worms. Look for tullibie suspended in 40-60’. A flasher spoon with about a 8-12” drop line and small spoon with wax worms or minnow heads has been working well. Look to Gull, Pimushe, Midge, and Turtle lakes for crappies and bluegills.
Have a fun time on the ice, please take your trash and dispose of it properly, and please practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!