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Lake Bemidji Fishing Report

August 29, 2013

The recent colder weather has started to move many walleyes into their fall patterns already. Fish can be caught rigging jumbo leeches and small red tail minnows throughout the day on main lake break lines and humps in 14-22 feet of water. The perch bite has started to pick up recently as well. Look to the shallow sand flats with scattered cabbage weeds under 9 feet of water on the north end with a jig and fathead to produce the best perch bite. A number of nice walleyes are also being caught by the anglers targeting perch. Look for the jig and minnow bite to pick up in the upcoming weeks. The muskie bite on Bemidji is picking up as well. Anglers have been moving fish on bucktails and topwater baits consistently.

July 19, 2013

Walleyes have settled into their summer pattern in the last few weeks. With the major bug hatches already taken place the walleyes are starting to feed heavily on leeches and crawlers. Main lake humps and breaks on the north end of the lake have been producing fish throughout the day, with weed lines producing early and late in the day. Straight rigging leeches or spinner rigs and bottom bouncers tipped with a crawler have been a common theme with anglers having success. The muskie bite has been picking up this past week on Bemidji as well. Anglers having success are throwing bucktails and topwater baits over the tops of the cabbage beds.

June 20, 2013

Walleyes are finally settling in for the early summer patterns. Feed bags are on with this time of the year making walleye fishing the most interesting. Pre bug hatch creates multiple opportunities fish using a nearly every tactic. The jig and minnow bite is still very productive, but is starting to decline due to the fish starting to slide off the breaks. Rigging a leech has been producing fish middle of the day, but the crawler bite is picking up as well. There is a strong bite on the inside of the weed lines in 5 to 7 ft, and a steady bite a little deeper on the break in about 14 to 21 feet. No surprise here, KenKatch 3D eye jig has still been the ticket for the guys capitalizing on the jig bite. Rigging has been steady with just a plain hook and a crawler or leech. This is also the time of year when bottom bouncers and spinners start to become a mainstay.

June 3, 2013

Walleyes are on the chew as of recently and showing up in good schools as  water warms . The larger schools are found congregated along rock and gravel runs anywhere from 6-16 feet seems to be the ticket, with new cabbage forming   on the south and north end of the lake don't be afraid to throw into those areas . Jig and minnow along with  leech rig bite have both been producing the most fish. 1/8 oz. and 1/4oz.  Kenkatch long shanks and 3D eye jigs have been the go to for putting a nice limit of fish in the box. Large 20 inch plus fish have been mixed in as well. Hot colors have been watermelon along with blue and white. Northern pike are on the hunt hard and have their feed bag on in the new cabbage.

May 27, 2013

Not a lot changing from our last report other than the bite is getting better .Walleyes have been holding tight now out of spawn as the water warms up in 3-10 feet of water setting up for feed mode. With the increasing boat pressure, the walleyes are spreading out all over the shallows. The larger schools are found congregated along rock and gravel runs moving towards the north end of the lake. Jig and minnow along with leech rig bite have both been producing the most fish. 1/8 oz. Kenkatch long shanks and 3D eye jigs have been the go to for putting a nice limit of fish in the box. Large 20 inch plus fish have been mixed in as well. Hot colors have been watermelon along with blue and white. Northern pike are on the hunt hard and have their feed bag on.

May 19, 2013

Walleyes have been cruising in and out of spawning stages all week long. We are talking 3-10 feet of water setting up either in a spawn mode or feed mode. With that fish activity and the increasing boat pressure, the walleyes are spreading out all over the shallows. The larger schools are found congregated along rock and gravel runs. Jig and minnow along with leech rig bite have both been producing the most fish. 1/8 oz. Kenkatch long shanks and 3D eye jigs have been the go to for putting a nice limit of fish in the box. Large 20 inch plus fish have been mixed in as well. Hot colors have been watermelon along with blue and white. Northern pike are out of spawn and have their feed bag on. They are being found all over and reed beds that are starting to pop up.

January 18, 2013

Bemidji giving up steady numbers of walleyes with mobility being key to success. Anglers producing walleyes starting out shallow in the morning on top of breaks such as Diamond and Reese’s, and then as the sun gets higher toward mid-day moving and setting up again in 12-19’ with 14’ being the lucky number the past few evenings for many anglers. Prime bite has been 4:15 to 5:00pm, but walleyes are being produced throughout the day and many in sleeper houses reporting waves in the middle of the night. Jigs tipped with fatheads, suckers, or shiners and glow/chart jigs and spoons. Lots of anglers getting into some nice perch out there!! Northern bite has been sporadic and hopefully this next front will heat things up a bit. Be safe out on the ice and Keep a Tight Line!

January 2, 2013

Right now Lake Bemidji has some of the hottest ice fishing action going in the area for both walleye and perch. Anglers producing good numbers of walleye fishing anywhere from 10-28’. Those setting up in the shallow range are getting into some great walleye action at first light and near dusk. The bite fishing deeper water has been more steady throughout the day, but with less intense action at sunrise and sunset. Many anglers fishing shallow are using smaller minnows or even just minnow heads on something flashy such as a Sutton Spoon or Slender Spoon, while some anglers are keeping it simple using a small Swedish Pimple tipped with a minnowhead. Nickel or copper flash seems to be what the eyes are after right now more so than the color of the sticker on the lure. Fishing deeper water, the same method is working to lure the fish in, but the walleyes then end up hitting deadsticks set up with a plain red hook and a smaller minnow. The eyes are hammering it during daytime hours. Then as evening comes, anglers are switching deadsticks over to a larger minnow such as a large shiner or sucker minnow. Perch are being produced at widely varying depths, with many anglers producing great numbers of some true jumbos out there. Keep a Tight Line!

September 6, 2012

No surprise, but the walleyes haven’t headed for deeper waters yet. Don’t look at your calendar, but instead keep in mind what temps your thermometers have been reading the past few weeks. Average depths for hookin’ into some good number of decent eater-size walleyes have been from 6-14’. The jig and minnow bite starting to come on strong, still fishing in or along side the cabbage. Weeds are starting to die off so it’s getting easier pulling jigs through the cabbage. I got out a couple times last week and didn’t do too bad rigging redtails. Muskies – with the cooler nights water temps are dropping and bites are coming on stronger. Kramer Bros. Windowmakers have been the ticket!! Keep a Tight Line!!

December 6, 2012

The hard water season has finally arrived and people are starting to venture onto lakes in the Bemidji area. Ice conditions are varying from lake to lake with smaller shallower lakes having more ice than the larger deeper lakes. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution during the early ice season as ice thickness can vary greatly, i.e., you can be on 8” in one spot and 1” in another. Most are walking out, chisel in hand, checking ice thickness in front of them as they go. Cleats and ice picks through sleeves are great ideas right now!! Remember that safety should always be your first priority this time of year!

South end of Bemidji has been frozen over for about a week and a half, and a few anglers have been going out on 2-3 inches of ice. North end of Bemidji just froze over in the last day or 2 and the ice conditions aren’t safe just yet. Hopefully the weather will cooperate over the next few days and bring some safe ice soon! However, anglers are out on some of the smaller lakes in the area including Irvine, Grace, Wolf, Grant, Julia, etc. Plantagenet – most waiting a bit longer to head on out there. Low light conditions have been producing best with people catching walleyes on shoreline breaks in 7-12’ using rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head, while others are finding success using small glow jigs tipped with a fathead or shiner minnow. Pan fishermen are finding success fishing weed edges using waxies, euro larvae, or crappie minnows. Remember to keep safe during this early ice season!! Updated report will follow as ice conditions improve.

September 6, 2012

No surprise, but the walleyes haven’t headed for deeper waters yet. Don’t look at your calendar, but instead keep in mind what temps your thermometers have been reading the past few weeks. Average depths for hookin’ into some good number of decent eater-size walleyes have been from 6-14’. The jig and minnow bite starting to come on strong, still fishing in or along side the cabbage. Weeds are starting to die off so it’s getting easier pulling jigs through the cabbage. I got out a couple times last week and didn’t do too bad rigging redtails. Muskies – with the cooler nights water temps are dropping and bites are coming on stronger. Kramer Bros. Windowmakers have been the ticket!! Keep a Tight Line!!

August 28, 2012

Walleyes were starting to head into late summer transition but with all the hot weather, walleyes have returned, believe it or not, back to the shallows and the thicker cabbage. Anglers are reporting hooking into some nice eater-size walleyes the past few days fishing the thicker cabbage. The crawler bite seems to be most prominent, finessing your snell through the cabbage. Many anglers are discouraged still having to fish the cabbage working their way through the weeds, and why haven’t the walleyes headed out to deeper and cooler water? Who knows. It’s fishing. Turn-over should be getting close with the thermal cline roughly 24-28’. The bite on mid-lake structures has slowed down during high sun periods--but at sunrise or sunset into the night, anglers ARE finding walleyes on mid-like structures such as Grassy Island, The Rock Pile, and parts of Diamond Bar pulling crankbaits from 12-16’ (purpledescent still the most popular color choice). Keep a Tight Line!

August 16, 2012

Shallow walleye bite has slowed down a bit and fish are being produced out a little deeper (14-22’). Anglers having success using crawlers on spinner harnesses and pulling crankbaits (Rapala SR-5’s and SR-7’s with Purpledescent and Perch being the top colors of choice). Trolling at this depth anglers are having to do less sorting than fishing the shallower weeds. Lots of anglers trolling over mid-lake humps, while others are pulling KenKatch Hair Jigs (1/4 - 3/8) tipped with fathead minnows. Rigging with bigger redtails not going full bore just yet. Seems like the smaller live baits are out-producing the bigger minnows right now. Anglers also reporting success rigging with leeches at this depth. Jumbo Perch still being found in the 6-14’ range, fishing more in the cabbage. Vertical jigging with #3 or #4 Jig-N-Raps, or fishing a plain jig tipped with a fathead has been producing some beauties out there. Muskie hunters finding it easier to put the time in on the water with the cooler temps. Reports of more smacks and shows using Bucktails and top-waters. On Plantagenet the walleye bite slowed somewhat. It was cookin’ for about 3 days this past week fishing in front of the Boys Camp and the islands, but the past couple days anglers reporting lots of smaller fish. Right now Plantagenet is the go-to lake for the hottest muskie action in the area. Lots of hook-ups the past few days. Keep a Tight Line!

August 10, 2012

Walleyes are still extremely shallow. A great crankbait bite going on fishing shallow sand flats, targeting schools of small perch is the key to success. For the larger walleyes, pulling crawlers on breaklines in 10-20’ with no spinnerblades has been the key to fooling those lunkers. For the Jumbo Perch, fishing in the cabbage using 16th or 8th oz chart jigs tipped with a fathead minnow has been sending many anglers home smiling. Muskies still on a tight feeding window but showing themselves on Windowmaker Bucktails and top-waters. Shallow is the tip of the week. Keeping your baits wet has been the key to success! Keep a Tight Line!

August 2, 2012

Lots of walleyes still being fooled on the shallow shelves with crankbaits or spinner rigs with crawlers. V-Spins on a KenKatch Hair Jig tipped with a fathead minnow pulling across the weeds is also being very productive, cruising at a trolling speed of 2.4-2.8 using a slight twitch. Finding some fish moving off the shelves as well--all the way out to 28’ of water—deep-water jigging or rigging producing some numbers, but shallow water fishing is producing better numbers right now. MUSKIES - A lot of big fish holding tight to the cabbage and some fish cooling down on the shallow rocks at night, a lot of rubber Medussas and big-blade bucktails are the weapons of choice. Good top-water bite--really firing up in the evenings. It’s all coming down to time on the water to catch your next trophy. Lake Plantagenet is kicking out some very large muskies as well! Keep a Tight Line!

July 26, 2012

Even with all the intense heat anglers are still finding the fish on Bemidji. On the humps there’s a great jig and crawler bite going on for the walleyes. On weedlines crawlers and spinners with bottom bouncers, or leeches on straight lindy rigs with or without blades have been the magic ticket producers. Anglers finding fish both right in the cabbage and on the breaks. Evenings definitely starting to heat up with the crankbait bite (5-10’). The muskie bite has been heating up. Lots of fish chasing Bucktails, Bull Dogs and Medussas, as well as some top-waters in the evenings. A lot more fish showing up in the evenings than mornings right now. Also good reports coming from Plantagenet as well as the Cass Lake Chain. Keep a Tight Line!!

June 26, 2012

THE BITE IS ON!!! By far the best summer fishing we’ve seen in 7 to 8 years! Anglers are heading out in droves with so many Bemidji and Cass Lake area lakes absolutely on fire!! On Lake Bemidji walleyes are beginning to move out of the shallows. Anglers are doing well blowing up night crawlers and using on single-hook snells with a slower presentation. Walleyes are being produced fishing gradual sloping breaks starting at 17-20’ and then slowly working up to the heavier cabbage in 12-8’. A super slow presentation with this method is key. Anglers are also still sight-fishing up on the bars with a jig and a minnow. Amazing how long the excellent Lake Bemidji walleye bite has been going on, and is now starting to fit all types of angling to suit everybody’s style of fishing—with the only exception being the leadcore bite which hasn’t turned on just yet. Numerous anglers reported producing limits of walleyes over the weekend using just leeches and crawlers--leeches on a jig and pitching toward the cabbage, and crawlers on a single-hook harness, floating slowly along the edge of the cabbage. Some reported marking fish in 40’ plus, but those with cameras discovered that most of these were suckers. Peak walleye bite has been 5:45-7:15 am, and then 8:15-9:45 pm, tho plenty of catching going on in between. Would not fish past 24’. Mid-lake structure such as the Rock Pile--not happening just yet---a few are being picked up but not producing as well as the top of Diamond Bar, and the Big Flat. For the best Jumbo Perch action in the area head over to Lake Irvine and fish the top of Center Island or really any weedline—the perch are constantly moving. SOME NICE PERCH FOLKS!! Keep A Tight Line!!

June 5, 2012

Bernie & Christian Brennan

Lake Bemidji still going strong! Pitching jigs tipped with minnows into or along the cabbage using a slower presentation has been the ticket. Dragging a leech on a snell rig has been producing excellent results as well. Walleyes are being found fishing 5-12’. With the cooler water temps the walleyes have been staying in a feeding frenzy with a slower presentation. Color of jigs doesn’t seem to matter much, but the presentation does. Best bite has been from dawn to 10:00 am or so and then again from 4:30-9:45 pm, although anglers are picking up limits even mid-day, but taking a little longer. The smaller walleyes have been hitting crankbaits so use a slower presentation to find your keepers. A handful of anglers have been marking nice fish in deeper water, but no success of hooking up with a limit—maybe 1 or 2 but that’s about it. So, keep it simple and shallow anglers. Lake Plantagenet is still being quite generous with the walleyes. Good numbers of eater-size fish being produced. A good leech and minnow bite going on! The walleye bite on Blackduck isn’t as fast and furious as last year’s early season, but it’s really starting to pick up with nice limits being caught in a short amount of time. Keep a Tight Line!

May 24, 2012

The walleye and perch bite is phenomenal right now, and easy pickins’ because of the shallow bite! Where you’re a beginning angler or have your lake coordinates all programmed into your GPS, you’re gonna catch ‘em out there!!
Walleye and Northern Pike are feeding heavy after spawn, and holding tight to shoreline structure. Leeches and minnows are producing best in 6-14’ fishing tight to or right in the cabbage. Water temps are from 56-62 degrees, depending on the day. Best selling baits have been spot tail shiners or leeches, and tournament anglers have also been purchasing good quantities red tails and creek chubs. The crawler bite hasn’t quite turned on. Not saying you won’t hook into ‘em using crawlers, or crankbaits, but they’re not the baits of choice for the majority of anglers just yet. On Plantagenet—the bite has definitely picked up!! Limits of nice little eater walleyes are being produced on the outside edge of the weedlines, fishing close to the breaks, using jigs tipped with spot tail shiners. Keep a Tight Line!



March 14, 2012

Accesses are all in excellent shape right this minute and are good-to-go for trucks and vehicles. With the tropical temps, things could change in a heartbeat and Cameron Access is usually the first to break up along the shoreline. It's wet out there, but anglers are finding good numbers of some beautiful jumbo perch on top of the deeper bars, many using Lindy Rattlin' Flyers and Northland Macho Minnows tipped with minnowheads. Jigging tops of mid-lake humps anywhere from 18-32' has been the rumor! For all you pout-pounders out there THE BITE IS ON!! Keep a Tight Line!

March 7, 2012

What a crazy year and why should it change now? Instead of fishing for perch in 30-40' where they'd normally be feeding off the bottom on bloodworms, anglers are finding them in 11-27' using minnowheads on larger spoons, such as Suttons, Buckshots, Macho Minnows, or Slender Spoons. Another successful method has been jigging with drop hooks with a spoon such as a slip drop spoon by Custom. Anglers using this technique report having to do less sorting because the smaller perch are chasing the spoon as the lure is lifted from the lake bottom, at which point the minnowhead is being scarfed up by the larger perch. Eel pout are on the verge of their spawn, and this weekend, with all the warm weather, could be a turning point. Prospects are high to be pounding the pout on Bemidji! The pout bite's been turning on about a half hour before the sun goes down and it's been slowing down about 1-1/2 hours past sunset. Some are reporting catching a few throughout the nite. Pout-pounders have been using large fathead minnows with Big Nasty Pout Spoons or XL Buckshots, pounding the bottom, creating a "poof" of mud, and then teasing their way up. Pout have been hitting on edges of mid-lake humps in 17-28'. Back straps are excellent boiled in Sprite and then dipped in melted butter and garlic. Delicious!!! Speaking of pout, a big congrats to Aaron Guthrie on a state record-breaking Lake of the Woods pout!! Crappies and sunnies are going strong on many area lakes such as Little or Big Buzzle, and similar-sized lakes that are hidden and off the beaten track. Most popular bait for crappies has been crappie minnows, tipping your favorite small jig, while for sunnies euro larvae and waxworms have been working the best. Some anglers reporting major sunny bite on glass jigs tipped with three euro larvae. We're seeing numerous pictures of some awesome fish--and the feedback we're getting about which lake is usually the same, "an area lake" or "Lake X". THE BITE IS ON!!! Keep a Tight Line!

March 5, 2012

Yesterday's Kid's Perch Derby on Bemidji was a huge success with 1192 kids registered and an estimated crowd of 4000+ people out on the ice with kids, parents & grandparents! Over 125 bikes were given away, 115 rods & reels and much much more! A huge thanks to the Paul Bunyan Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association and to Bryan "Beef" Sathre, main coordinator of the event along with Nate Porchardt, and so so many other businesses and individuals who helped bring everything together to provide an awesome day of fun for the kids out on the ice!! Great job guys! For pics & more "like" Paul Bunyan Perch Derby for Kids

February 14, 2012

WOW!!! What a phenomenal ice fishing season it's been so far! Great fishing, excellent ice conditions, and tropical temps!! Could use a bit more snow for banking—we'll see what happens in the coming week. South end of Bemidji has been producing both perch and walleye. Hot spots have been out in front of Ace or out from Paul and Babe in 10-17'. The north end has been producing walleye on the edges of smaller lake humps in 22-28' with an evening bite turning on about 4:30pm. Most anglers using glo jigs tipped with fatheads, and for the evening bite some are reporting better numbers and sizes switching over to sucker minnows on a plain jane hook. Perch bite on the north end is scattered from 11-32'. Hot spots for the perch have been out in front of Ruttgers and in front of the State Park. Pout are going! Find any hump and most are holding pout. It's not peaking just yet but you'll catch some numbers out there. Keep a Tight Line!

January 2, 2012

Best ice we’ve seen in years! 10-14 inches of clear blue ice. People are starting to drive trucks pulling larger houses--BUT absolutely check out your route before attempting to drive it. It’s great to be out there and not walking around in all kinds of slush. Beware when crossing pressure ridges. The walleye fishing can’t get much better than this, Folks! The magic depths have been 19-28’. Anglers are producing walleyes using a shiner on a dead stick, and jigging a Northland Macho Minnow or Buckshot tipped with a minnowhead has been deadly. Walleyes are biting around the clock with the biggest flurry of activity between 4:00-6:00 pm. The perch seem to be getting larger and anglers are finding better numbers. We’re catching some beautiful perch out there!
Keep a Tight Line!

December 13, 2011

Hello Folks! Hard water fishing is upon us! Ice thickness on Lake Bemidji is varying between 3-1/2 to 7 inches. Quite a few people are venturing out on 4-wheelers staying away from the deeper waters (40' plus which seems to have thinner ice). Most of those heading out to spear northerns are using 4-wheelers staying close to the shoreline. Anglers walking out to fish walleye and perch are finding fish in depths from 18-24'. A glow jig tipped with a shiner on a deadstick, while jigging a larger spoon next to it seems to be doing the trick. Good numbers of walleye are being produced using this technique. Early mornings and early evenings have been producing better than mid-day. Lake Irvine now has a substantial amount of ice (9-11 inches). Some reports of vehicles on the lake (even full-size pick-ups), just as many are holding off a bit and walking out or using 4-wheelers for now. People are catching fish—both walleye and perch. Walleye numbers have dropped off a bit, but still producing a safe fun day of fishing. Depths producing have been 10-18'. Tip-up fishing has been phenomenal! 3-7 p.m. has been prime time for producing the best numbers. One of the hotter lakes in the area has been Plantagenet. Many folks have been driving both vehicles and trucks on the south bay (ice depths 6-10 inches of good ice). Many others deciding to wait it out a bit and using 4-wheelers or walking for right now. Walleyes being produced from 12-23'. Also an early morning and early evening bite. Here you're either on 'em or you're not. Big Turtle has been another hotty, which is now starting to slow down just a bit. Ice thickness from 5-8". Anglers are fishing 11-20' and still catching more than a couple. In general, on most of the smaller lakes in the area ice conditions are good and depths are varying quite a bit from lake to lake (3-13"). Lakes we have heard people taking vehicles on include Irvine, Plantagenet, Andrusia and some of the smaller lakes. Would we? No – not yet. All ice thicknesses given are on the conservative side. Be safe out there! Keep a Tight Line!

August 23, 2011

What a fishery!! Even with all the heat we've had this summer Lake Bemidji has only been down for a slow bite for a couple of weeks throughout the entire season. Right now Bemidji's still producing good numbers of both walleye and perch. The leadcore bite has not turned on yet. Anglers are pounding midlake structures from 12-19' and producing limits of walleyes rigging with leeches and crawlers. Anglers are also producing good numbers of walleye jigging with minnows in the shallows fishing the shoreline cabbage. Perch are being caught in the same areas using mostly jigs tipped with smaller fathead minnows. So you'll want to try midlake structures as well as in the cabbage along the shorelines to find the jumbo perch. Rumor has it—limits of perch are being caught as shallow as 6' along the pencil reeds on Reese's and out in front of The Pines. In the muskie world—heard of a 51-incher caught this week and a lot of follows are going on out there. Seems like Bemidji has recently become an after-dark producer. Keep a Tight Line!

August 16, 2011

Lake Bemidji still the best producing lake in the area! Lots of nice eaters are being caught out there. The bite is taking place on any mid-lake structure such as Grassy Island, The Rock Pile, Diamond Bar, or the DNR Bar, fishing from 5-9' pitching jigs tipped with larger minnows such as small redtails, sucker minnows, or large fatheads. Fish still lingering in the thicker cabbage. Also, dragging a leech on the deep side of the weedlines off mid-lake structures producing high numbers of walleyes (9-16'). The thermal cline is approx 25' and anglers are finding the closer they fish to the thermal cline, the smaller the fish. Lake Bemidji has a great year class coming up. Your nicer eaters are being found at 15' and shallower. Excellent perch bite – 6' or less using jigs tipped with smaller minnows fishing the pencil reeds. In the musky world, some monsters are being caught using smaller bucktails. Top water baits producing a lot of follows. Keep a Tight Line!

July 12, 2011

Unbelievable bite! How does Lake Bemidji keep producing the walleyes?!! Probably one of the hottest lakes in the area. Walleyes are being caught in the weeds using jigs tipped with minnows or rigging with leeches or crawlers along weedlines. What more can we say? UNREAL fishing! The perch are in the same areas including the big Diamond Flat, the east side north of the outlet, out in front of the State Park, and fishing the reed beds along the west side. Angers are producing best numbers of larger perch using jigs tipped with fathead minnows. Some are even bobber fishing. Depths from 6-12' for both walleye and perch. Same techniques for Lake Irvine are producing walleye on the Center Bar. Musky bite continues to be difficult during daylight hours. Keep a tight line!

July 7, 2011

Lake Bemidji walleye fishing continues to be excellent even with the may fly hatch. It's awesome fishing – still with a shiner and a jig – shallow (6-9'). Anglers are having the best results working jigs at a medium pace – meaning – not vigorously reeling in right away. Trolling with Beetle Spins is also working at a slower troll (1.3-1.4 mph). The leech and crawler bite has turned on as well. Anglers are using leeches and crawlers fishing in deeper water (9-18' using a snell, blowing up crawler and dragging quite slowly). Toward dark anglers are beginning to produce good numbers of walleye pulling crank baits (4-7') along Diamond Bar and also on top of the Rock Pile. The musky bite seems to be slow during daylight hours. Anglers are seeing a lot, but not many aggressive hits. Musky heads report they're having more action after dark. Keep a Tight Line!

June 13, 2011

Unbelievable bite but a little more difficult fishing because you're fishing shallow with a long shank jig tipped with a spot tail shiner, pitching into the vegetation or cabbage. Either swimming your jig back or finessing it on the bottom through the vegetation seem to be producing best results. Limits are being caught using this technique. When we speak of shallow on this lake we're talking as shallow as 2' where you can sight fish the walleye you'd like to try for. The walleye are that shallow feeding on spawning shiners. Average depth for anglers has been 6-8'. Midlake structure not producing as well as shoreline structure. Anglers reporting not even marking any fish on or around midlake structure. The leech bite still producing fishing weedlines with a snell. Crawler bite is still slow. Keep a Tight Line!

May 26, 2011

Up until last Sunday jumbo leeches were producing big numbers of walleye rigging 4-6'. With the water temp dropping a few degrees with the cooler weather, the leech bite has decreased. The bite on Lake Bemidji is excellent right now using jigs tipped with spot tail shiners, (4-8'), fishing cabbage beds. Either let your jig drop to the bottom using a little finesse to work your way through the cabbage, or if it's too thick, swim your jig back. Yesterday late afternoon four of us went out and produced our limit using white jigs with red eyes tipped with spot tail shiners. Best areas for numbers--Diamond Bar and out in front of the State Park. Keep a Tight Line!

May 17, 2011

Walleyes are shallow coming out of their spawning stage (4-13' shoreline structure). Jigs and shiners have been producing best, but there has still been a good leech bite pulling in the 11' range. White and Chart. Jigs 1/8 or ¼ tipped with spot tail shiners or rainbows has been producing well for area anglers. Irvine same story but northern going like crazy so bring plenty of extra bait & jigs. Keep a Tight Line!

March 30, 2011

Great perch bite out in front of Lavinia, State Park, Ruttgers, and so on (10-42')!! Northwoods access holding up well and many still driving trucks off Lavinia. Great crappie bite on many of the smaller area lakes! Keep a Tight Line!!

March 24, 2011

Perch bite picking up steadily. Still surprisingly fishing 25-35'. Current hot spots include Grassy, out in front of State Park, Ruttgers, Lavinia, and Northwoods Access. Custom Slip Drops & JR Rattling Jigs have been popular. Tell you what, folks, some nice perch are being caught! Eel pout starting to go-finally. Keep a Tight Line!

March 15, 2011

 Lake being hit quite hard for the perch anywhere from 10-36'. The deeper the water - the higher the numbers but also more sorting thru to get the keepers. Lake still driveable. Accesses seem to be holding up. Not quite sure what happened to the pout bite. We'll wait and see what happens in the next few days here. Keep a Tight Line!

March 9, 2011

Accesses and ice conditions are excellent – NO SLUSH!!!  Lots of anglers out there fishing for jumbo perch and finding schools at varying depths.  Perch are being found at 10-13’ early mornings and later afternoons using smaller jigs such as Kastmasters and Macho Minnows tipped with minnowheads.  Anglers are noticing with the past few brighter days they’re doing well fishing deeper mid-day (24-38’) using larger spoons tipped with minnowheads.  With the current warm front going on the perch bite has turned on significantly.  Many anglers reporting limits of 10-12” perch.  Eel pout have been showing up mostly between 7:00 and 9:00 pm - but it’s been hit or miss with only a few numbers being caught.

March 9, 2011

 The crappie bite continues to improve on favorite lakes such as Turtle River, Little Grant, Grace and your secret little crappie holes.  Perch bite on Blackduck has been hit or miss.  It's a little early before the big ones turn on out there.  Keep a Tight Line!!

March 3, 2011

Good numbers of perch being found on the north end (23-26') out in front of Ruttger's, 34-38' out in front of the State Park, and 22-28' out in front of Library Park.  Some anglers producing perch as deep as 50' fishing various spots.  With warm up and then colder temps slush problem no longer exists and lake is drivable all over.  All accesses are in good condition except for Cameron.  For eel pout lovers – some are being caught out there (18-42') although the bite has been sporadic.  Irving producing good numbers of perch but need to weed through for the keepers.  The crappie bite has been improving in the evenings, and both crappie minnows and wax worms are producing fish.  Keep a tight line! 


Lake Plantanganette Fishing Report

August 29, 2013

The walleye bite on Plantagenet has been steady. Many anglers are finding success live bait rigging leeches along the Red Squirrel and thunderbird point break lines throughout the day in 12 to 16 feet of water. Pulling crankbaits over the center hump and over the top of the cabbage weeds in 6-8 feet has been a top producer of walleyes and northern early and late in the day. The muskie action has been good with anglers moving fish primarily on jerkbaits and topwater baits.

July 19, 2013

There's been a steady bite on Plantagenet rigging a leech on edges of the center humps in 7-14 feet of water. Pulling crankbaits along the northeast weed edge has also been productive for both walleye and northern early and late in the day. The Muskie bite is in full swing out on Plantagenet as well with bucktails producing some of the nicer fish.

June 20, 2013

The rigging bite has been steady out on Plantanganette. Many nice fish have been caught rigging a shiner or a leech off the red squirrel shoreline down to the windmill. The shallow water jig bite is still producing fish, but has not been as productive as rigging. The muskie bite has been picking up out on Plantan as well. Casting bucktails and topwaters over the newly emerging cabbage has produced some nice fish. As the water temperature increases more and more each day the muskies will become more and more active.

June 3, 2013

Walleyes are a little slower as of the weather this past week but still on the chew the north end of the lake shallow sand has been the ticket for catching a few good size walleyes as usual .  Jig and a shiner have produced the most number of fish. 1/8 oz and 1/4 oz Kenkatch long shanks have been the most popular. We have heard of a really good leech rig bite starting to fire up in 6-16 feet of water.  Hot jig colors are white, blue and white, and pink and white.  Anchoring in 4- 8 feet of water and pitching the jigs are catching the most fish due to the clear shallow water. Make sure to not spook the fish when moving up to the shallows. Keep a tight line!

May 27, 2013

Not a lot changing from our last report other than the bite is getting better . Walleyes on the north end of the lake shallow sand has been the ticket for catching a few good size walleyes. With pre-fishing pressure increasing leading up to the Backwoods Bar & Tabers Bait 1st Annual Barclay-Kendall Memorial Tournament June first, we will see a lot of boats heading that way. Jig and a shiner have produced the most number of fish. 1/8 oz and 1/4 oz Kenkatch long shanks have been the most popular. Hot colors are white, blue and white, and pink and white. Anchoring in 4-6 feet of water and pitching the jigs are catching the most fish due to the clear shallow water. Make sure to not spook the fish when moving up to the shallows.

May 19, 2013

Walleyes are being caught on the north end of the lake up on the shallow sand. These fish are mostly all spawned out and starting to disperse along the shallows. South bay of the lake next to the School craft river all the way to the boys camp point have been better sized fish. Jig and a shiner have produced the most number of fish. 1/8 oz and 1/4 oz Kenkatch long shanks have been the most popular. Hot colors are white, blue and white, and pink and white. Bluejay pink round head jigs tipped with a fathead have also been very popular. Anchoring in 4-6 feet of water and pitching the jigs are catching the most fish due to the clear shallow water. Make sure to not spook the fish when moving up to the shallows.

Lake Big Wolf Fishing Report

July 19, 2013

The crankbait bite has been producing walleyes most evenings on Wolf Lake. Shallow running crankbaits in 4-9 feet of water over cabbage weeds seems to be the key. Pulling spinner rigs and bottom bouncers tipped with a crawler pulled fast will also entice the active walleyes. Covering lots of water searching for the active fish has been key to anglers' success on Wolf Lake.

Big Turtle Lake Fishing Report

August 29, 2013

There has been a consistent walleye and northern bite on Big Turtle lake in the past few weeks. Anglers who are finding success are pulling spinner rigs tipped with a leech or crawler along the edges of the cabbage weeds in 12 to 14 feet. Gold, rainbow, and silver bladed spinner rigs have been a key to many anglers success. Pulling red tails along the edges and over the tops of the humps has been producing for some walleye and pike anglers as well.


 

February 23, 2011

Walleye bite has grown finicky but people are still getting a few--less numbers but larger sizes being reported. Spot Tail Shiners seem to be the bait of choice for the walleyes. Perch are going 30' and deeper with an occasional walleye mixed in. Minnowheads on a jig working well for the perch. Keep a Tight Line!

February 16, 2011

Cameron Access temporarily (we hope) closed. Truck broke thru ice earlier this afternoon-still walkable. Fishing has picked up. Nice perch 12-22' and 34-36' on orange swedish pimples. Walleyes scattered-no rhyme nor reason. Shallow water for the walleye bite sunrise and sunset--and we mean shallow (5-11'). Keep a Tight Line!

February 10, 2011
Ice Conditions

February 10, 2011
Fishing Report

February 3, 2011

Hearing of major slush/water/flooding problems on many of the lakes in the area (i.e., Turtle River, Plantagenet, Big Turtle, Beltrami). ATV's experiencing more trouble than sleds. Anglers getting away from roads to auger, and not crowding is being very helpful to the situation. If thinking about setting up and augering along or on a road--DON"T DO IT!

February 3, 2011

Talked with Aaron Guthrie and Schmitty of bigboysfishhouserentals.com earlier today. They said the warmer weather is turning things on again. Perch are starting to become more aggressive and chasing jigging spoons tipped with fathead heads (28-32'). Walleyes still doing better on set lines using plain hook and sucker minnows (22-26'). Northerns can also be found 22-26'.

February 1, 2011

January 27, 2011

Perch are starting to school up in deeper holes. Look for depths 35-40' north end of Bemidji. Small glow jigs tipped with fatheads and small shiners on dead sticks and jigging spoons tipped with small minnowheads jigging. Walleyes can be found in 28-32' in early afternoons or late mornings and 18-24' dusk and dawn. Keep a Tight Line!

Travel pretty limited to roads. A lot of slush is being found off the roads on both the north and south ends. Trying to get to the Rock Pile could be particularly dicey. Make sure you have a shovel with you if you're trying to get off the road. Thanks to the guys keeping the roads open - couldn't do it without you!

Lake Bemidji Fishing Video from January 21, 2011

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