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Capt. H (Ret.)

Bemidji Area

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Capt. H (Ret.)

I will be in Bemidji this Saturday for several days and plan on doing some fishing. Lake Bemidji was recommended but I was also told there are many lakes to choose from. I am looking for any information about the area fishing and what to expect. I will be fishing from a boat. I also practice catch and release so I am not fishing to fill a freezer.

Thanks in advance.

Capt. H

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ajfisherman

Capt H., it seems that in August I have the most success fishing for walleyes in the 6-12 feet range. Have you fished Lake Bemidji before?

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Capt. H (Ret.)

AJFisherman, Thanks for getting back to me. I have not fished Lake Bemidji before. I do chase walleyes, bass and panfish on a regular basis so I can usually find something to catch. I intend to buy a map of the lake when I arrive and to talk to the bait shops to see if I can squeak some information on where to fish. A friend of mine recommended the Bemidji area and Lake Bemidji specifically so I hope he gave me good information. If not, I am going to set him up on thin ice this winter!!

I will have the wife with me so it won't be an all fishing trip. We plan to see some sites and probably hit a few shops. I was just wondering if anyone would give me any information about the fishing or areas to stay away from with my boat. Yea, I am wrapped a little tight when it comes to the boat!! Anyway, we will be there tomorrow and it sounds like the weather might not be so good but we plan on making the best of the trip no matter what.

Thanks.

Capt. H

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LocalGuide

Stop in at Tabers bait in bemidji. He will normally send you in the right direction and set you up right.

I haven't been up to bemidji in a while but, I think the night bite for walleyes has picked a little bit out there and could be a option.

Otherwise I think the walleyes are being found in the weeds up there.

Thats all I have heard lately. Let us know how you do!

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Eyehawk

Good Advice, Taber's is the place to go, I can't wait to get back up there, its just to bad I go there for school and not just for fishing and hunting.

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LocalGuide

Well technically Im a student too. More outdoors than at BSU, but they still get the check! tongue.gif haha

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Eyehawk

Same goes for me Local, especially in the fall and in early ice, thats when for me I have to pick my poision so to speak..either go ice fishing or bow hunting! But ya try to explain it to your advisor or teachers and they don't understand.

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Matt Breuer

The walleye bite on Lake Bemidji as well as the surrounding lakes is very good! You won't have trouble finding fish!

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Homeland

Hey Matt,

Believe it or not, I've never gotten out on Bemidji. But...my father in law is coming out from Nebraska this weekend and wants to try it.

I pulled my 17' pontoon off Gull a couple of weeks ago because it is getting too shallow, so its trailered and ready.

Can you or anyone else (Woodman) give me some current advice on launching spots and where we might find some walleyes & Bluegills?

We're going to give it a go for a couple of days, weather permitting.

I also am thinking of hitting North Twin...any advice on that?

Shoot, I never get off the farm!!!

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Matt Breuer

Lake Bemidji is a great choice if you're looking to catch walleyes. The only bad thing about the lake is the huge groups of people sitting on one area. If you get away from the crowd the fishing is still great, and it's more enjoyable. Pick a shoreline break or a good bar and you'll probably find fish. Pretty much any lake in the area containing a good population of walleyes is producing! Pick one, and give 'er a go! Salmo Hornets in 8.5 to 14 feet have been working great for me and clients during the day as well as the twilight hours.

Bluegills are still going pretty good on many lakes as well. If you're up in the Gull Lake area you can basically pick one of the many great panfishing lakes up there, and do well. I'd look to the deep cabbage for bigger fish.

North Twin... I haven't been out there for so long I wouldn't even dare head you in a direction. We've done well on walleyes right out from the access in 13 feet of water on the shoreline break. The panfishing has always been decent out there, and you can hit a few bass as well. The lake is small enough that you're pretty much gauranteed some success if you put in some time!

Good luck!!

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iland99

Matt, I've just got to ask: Who took that wonderful photo in your avatar? The composition and lighting is absolutely stunning!! Such a pretty fish too!

In all seriousness, the fish are biting pretty good, as we found out this weekend. It was a blast! Oh, and the photographer for my avatar picture did a pretty good job too! wink.gif

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