Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Joe

Bemidji Area Fishing Reports

Recommended Posts

Joe

Fishing Reports for the Bemidji are a below? Lake Conditions and Access as well?

Enjoy posting how the fishing is going for you and include Pics if you'd like.

Lots of great info below and newer fishing reports are on the pages that follow.

full-2-27496-bemidji.jpg

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sassyshad

Well ive been out on Bemidji the last couple of night but haven't had much luck. Tonight was the best so far. I got out a little late but i caught 6 jumbo perch and 2 small walleyes (12 & 15 inches). It seemed that the fish just shut off at dark. I found that my best luck was in 35-40 ft of water. I caught everything off a plain hook and a fathead. I didn't catch much but its a start in the cold weather. Things should begin to pick up this weekend with the warmer temps. Good luck to everyone!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sassyshad

Im just wondering if anyone is having any luck with Craps in the area, without traveling to far?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Matt Breuer

I'll break up the back and forth chatter and utilize this thread for what it's for, a fishing report... wink

Panfish in the Bemidji area remain active. The crappies are still holding in the deep basins in most lakes. The numbers have slowed down, but the quality of the fish has improved. The bluegill's are still holding in shallow in most lakes with weeds, while on lakes where the o2 is or has died off in shallow the fish are holding suspended off the breaks. Start shallow and work your way out, that's my advice for planning your assault...

Walleye fishing is slow but steady. Some days on Lake Bemidji are great, while other days you can only pick up 1-2 fish. We've had our rentals in 22-40' of water, and the action has been roughly the same in all depths in-between, with different times of day being better. Plan is still putting out fish, but it's slowed down dramatically from the start of the ice season.

All species are biting when found, and the people who're able to stay mobile are being rewarded!

Good luck out there!

dsc04340pn0.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slayer-of-fish

been out on bemidj and plan alot. Most nights its 2-3 but about 1/2 time now its 0-1. nice size though. r rarely venture beyond 20 feet unless im totally skunked. I was out on cutfoot tonight and caught 3 nice eyes in 6 feet of water.. bigger minnows work best for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slayer-of-fish

I was on bemidji last nite from 600pm until 1000pm. fishing tipups in 10-14 feet of water on the west side of the lake. I had 8 flags go up in that time period and pulled up 3 nice walleyes. all of them were 23 inch females. I was out this morning in the same spot from 530 to 800 and i managed 4 flags and two fish, another 23 inch female and a 18 inch male. I have no idea why everyone insists on fishing the 30-40 foot depths but keep on fishing them and stay away from my shallows!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
kwohl

slayer, thanks for the report. I don't know why everyone is so deep either. I was in 30 feet last night and only caught a few little perch. I'll have to stay shallower next time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Slough Shark

Fished Bemidji yesterday from 1 till 6 in 32 feet. Lots of perch no eyes. I'd like to try moving in shallower but the snow has drifted in around the house and I don't have a plow. Last Wednesday it was warm enough to stand outside without a shelter so I tried 12-22 feet with no luck. Drilled a lot of wholes but didn't see anything on the vex. Maybe just a bad night. Slayer have you been catching them shallow for awhile or just recently?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Matt Breuer

Clients in our rental caught right around 26 walleyes over the weekend. A lot of toss-backs. They pretty well stayed put in the rental shack and had off and on action the entire weekend, with lulls in-between. They did venture out in portables Sat. afternoon to a suggested area where they were rewarded with some great numbers of perch, as well as 1-2 bonus 'eyes I think...

Majority of the fish came in 24-26 feet of water depending on the side of the house, portable action was in 34-36'.

Fishing has definitely improved out there!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slayer-of-fish

ive been catching them shallow since i started to icefish. And for the most part their all nice fish. My thinking is this..when walleyes feed, they move shallow. when they move shallow to feed, my best luck is just big live minnows with maybe a spinner rig but mostly just a plain red treble. they move up to the shallows, 6-15 feet to feed and with a big minnow hanging down there it seems to me to be dynamite. During the day is when i may go to 20-30 feet and do some jigging. but once that sun gets low, the tipups are out anywhere from 10-16 feet usually. occasionaly i move from 20 to twenty four if fishing is just real slow. but when the fish are in feeding, their in feeding ya know?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mcbobby

A buddy and I are coming up to the area next weekend. Not sure what lakes we will be fishing yet, but will probably eventually hit Bemidji or Plant for the eyes night bite. How are travel conditions on these and other area lakes? Also, how is Bemidji for perch fising? When I have come up in the past, I have fished other lakes in the area for perch but have never tried Bemidji.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ac777

Bemidji's prety good as far as perch go, but haven't ran into many jumbos. Travel on bemidji is ok also. depends on where you go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fish Slayer

Plant has been pretty good if you stay on the roads. I havent venture to far off yet this year so dont know how much slush you will run into or if you will be able to drive very well with the snow depths.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mcbobby

Thanks for the info guys. Do you think it is worth while for me to bring my 4 wheeler up...or is the snow too deep/slush too bad off the main roads anyway?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Matt Breuer

With the amount of snow we lost over the weekend followed by this deep freeze you should be able to get around fine. Monday I was able to get all over the place without much trouble. A quad should be great.

ac777, there are some brute perch in Bemidji. Everyday someone catches some 11-12" fish on Bemidji...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ac777

With the amount of snow we lost over the weekend followed by this deep freeze you should be able to get around fine. Monday I was able to get all over the place without much trouble. A quad should be great.

ac777, there are some brute perch in Bemidji. Everyday someone catches some 11-12" fish on Bemidji...

Yeah i will agree with you on that, I've caught a few nice ones, and I saw a pic of one that was 14, I was just saying that most were average sized.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Trelipe_King

On Bemidji with the recent warm up and then cold snap the snow on the lake has firmed up nice and we have been getting around with trucks off the roads basically with out much trouble, haven't ran into any slush either. As long as you have 4WD you should be fine. So I would leave the wheeler at home, a truck will be fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FishHawk11

How about getting around with a 16' sleeper on Bemidji, we're hoping to get out to Grassy Island, anybody made it out there. Ill be up in 2 weeks, any info on travel would be great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Slough Shark

On Bemidji with the recent warm up and then cold snap the snow on the lake has firmed up nice and we have been getting around with trucks off the roads basically with out much trouble, haven't ran into any slush either. As long as you have 4WD you should be fine. So I would leave the wheeler at home, a truck will be fine.

I would take this statement with a grain of salt as I just got off the lake after being stuck for about half an hour. Yes I have 4 wheel drive and I did get out but it took a lot of work. I'd stick to the roads.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Trelipe_King

slough shark yeah your probably right we could have just been in an area where the snow wasn't as a lot of other areas on the lake, sticking to the roads is definately the safest bet, but getting off the roads in some places is possible.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TMF89

Could anyone elaborate on that? I've never been stuck in the snow before, and I'd rather not start. What parts of the lakes are safe?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Matt Breuer

Never been stuck in the snow? Are you here for college from Cali? wink

The Southern half of the lake has more snow than the Northern half, however, the Northern half has far less ice. Places are drifted, while others barely have any snow at all. If you pay attention, you should be able to get around, especially with a quad. If you don't know the lake very well, and the thought of possibly getting buried scares you, don't leave the plowed roads...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mcbobby

Thanks for all the info guys. Leaving this afternoon and am pumped. I am bringing the wheeler. Will post how we did when I get back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pikemaster101

I could not agree any more with you. I also have been driving anywhere and have not even almost got stuck once yet. The snow has a nice crust on it and you can cut off any road where the bank is low enough.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ducksnbucks

Matt,

When you say much less ice on the north end, how much less? Enough for me to bring a 16' sleeper out there this weekend? Thanks for the info.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now




  • Similar Content

    • #m2
      By #m2
      Does anyone know if big pine lake mn. By perham is safe  to drive on.. I'm driving ram 1500 hemi... and r the walleyes biting...thanks....
    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      The bite remains consistent on the Minnesota side where we are fishing between 26 and 28 feet, yielding good walleye, sauger and jumbo perch. The dead stick will provide action early and throughout the day. Shallower depths are worth fishing early and late for quality walleye, a majority of which are in the slot.

      Up in Canada, big crappies are filling buckets via minnows, plastics and rip’n raps as well as, very light setups in 28-32 feet. Walleye fishing is outstanding near structure, either points or reefs. jig’n raps, buck shots or spoons have been productive.

      See you soon!
      Sunset Lodge








































    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from Sunset Lodge!

      We have had another strong week of Walleye and Sauger fishing up in the Northwest Angle with fish being caught all throughout the day! Fish in the 24-30” class were common with pails full of Walleye over 16” coming in as well. The best approach methods have varied through out the day, from a dead stick to an actively jigged buckshot or rip’n rap. Glow red, gold and any UV colors are preferred just off structure at the bottom of the break lines between 24 and 30ft. Many football sized giant perch  were seen this week, too.

      On the Ontario side, Walleye have been active all day long. Certain reefs have been giving up fish consistently to anything that is actively presented.  Crappie fishing has been best early and late in the day with 14” fish common in 28’  or deeper.

      See you soon!
      Sunset Lodge
















    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from Sunset Lodge!

      We have had another strong week of Walleye and Sauger fishing up in the Northwest Angle with fish being caught all throughout the day! Fish in the 24-30” class were common with pails full of Walleye over 16” coming in as well. The best approach methods have varied through out the day, from a dead stick to an actively jigged buckshot or rip’n rap. Glow red, gold and any UV colors are preferred just off structure at the bottom of the break lines between 24 and 30ft. Many football sized giant perch  were seen this week, too.

      On the Ontario side, Walleye have been active all day long. Certain reefs have been giving up fish consistently to anything that is actively presented.  Crappie fishing has been best early and late in the day with 14” fish common in 28’  or deeper.

      See you soon!
      Sunset Lodge
















    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      1.2.18 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
      Happy New Year from the NW Angle!
      On the Minnesota side, we are fishing walleyes in 22-28 feet. Success has been had on slender spoons, Rip’n raps and rattle baits near structure and break lines. Saugers and Perch have been more consistent in water deeper than 26’ using the same baits. This past week with the cold weather dead sticks were producing in the afternoon. We have houses placed in typical spots for the season; from the north side of Oak all the way to Shady with ice depth as thick as 2 feet. Stay to marked trails as there is a small amount of rough ice. Our biggest walleye of the week was pushing 30” with many more in the slot. 
      Crappies coming out of Canada are huge as usual, with many at or above 14 inches being caught out of 30 feet of water. Walleye and Perch can still be had off of any rock point using UV rip’n raps or a dead minnow. 
      We hope to see you soon!
      Sunset Lodge












































    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      Ice fishing continues to be very good. On the south shore fishing Big Traverse Bay, nice mix of walleyes and saugers in 20 - 28'. Varying ice conditions all over the lake so please go through a resort and use the ice roads as they are checked daily and groomed for smoother travel.  Some ice roads allowing 1/2 ton trucks.  Most resorts update Facebook pages for current info or call ahead.  Water clarity is good.  Some days jigging line is hot, some days dead stick with a plain hook / minnow.  Gold, glow, and pink are good colors.  Try a rattle if fish not reacting.  Auger extension could be necessary in spots where ice is layered.    The Rainy River is ice covered with a few local fish houses here and there, but overall, with current of the river, we suggest working through resorts for safety.  The majority of the resorts fish the lake.     The NW Angle has good ice conditions where resorts have ice roads / trails and fishing has started out excellent.  Walleyes in 22-26' with mixed in saugers, pike and perch.  Resorts are guiding anglers to big crappie on the Ontario side of lake. Snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point on south shore to NW Angle is marked.  



    • monstermoose78
      By monstermoose78
      Hit the ice for the first time today about 6 inches of ice and lots of slush 3-5 inches deep. The snitch handled the work load with amazing results. The busy end was the smallest pug bug with a maki mino the crappies were racing up am crushing it. The gills would come up slowly but would eat it. Had a 3 to 4 pound walleye break me off in the top of the hole.



    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
       
      Water temps are hovering around 48 degrees and fall fishing is phenomenal! Walleyes are biting anywhere from 14 to 30ft with jigging being the most effective method. Crappies are continuing to bite around sunken trees and deep holes with a good amount of perch mixed in. Anglers have had success trolling for large pike and muskies with jigging also bringing some to the boat. 
       
      We are getting fish houses ready for the 2017-18 ice fishing season and are very excited for hard water!
       
      We recommending checking availability for winter ASAP!
       
      Sunset Lodge








































    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
       Hello from the NW Angle!

      Water temperatures are slowly falling, with surface temps in the high 40's early in the day and ending in the low 50's in the afternoon.
       
      Here in Minnesota, fishing has been great. A jig and minnow set up is the top producer with fish showing preference for orange or chartreuse. Big pike have been caught on the jig and trolling minnow baits.
       
      Canadian fishing is consistently putting more crappies and perch in the well. These pan fish will take shiners and sometimes favor them to a fathead or plastic. Fish are HUNGRY and are well fed, a lot of thick fish with full stomachs.  24-32ft has been the favored depth within the last week.  

      With water temps falling and the new moon looming, expect to see more large predator fish this week!
      Sunset Lodge







    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      10.9.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Water temps are still hovering in the mid 50’s.

      Jig and a minnow/shiner will fill your live well in Minnesota. Areas of best success, have been between island or high currents spots with depths ranging from 13-16’ or 22-26.’ Fish are really hungry and are packing on the pounds before ice season!

      Canadian walleye fishing is also outstanding. Orange, pink or chartreuse with a minnow/shiner have been effective off of points at depth of 18-26.’  We have also experienced a lot of perch this week, limits of crappies when targeted, the occasional pike and muskies on the jig.

      Musky action on shallow reef tops has slowed as fish are moving out to deeper waters, trolling cranks or jigging big rubber is common practice now. Many small mouth have been seen this week with wounds from predatory fish. 

      Less than two weeks left of open water fishing at Sunset Lodge, we have some availability remaining before we close down for the season on October 22! 

      We hope to see you soon,
      Sunset Lodge





























  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

  • Share & Have Fun