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Lake Bemidji Fishing Reports


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So was that you bobbing around in the middle of all us tubers on that small lake west of Bemidji yesterday?

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Chris, funny, after talking to you at the access last night I see this! Nope, wish it had been, as that would have been better than coming home from vacation!

How'd you fare on Bemidji last night?

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Chris, Matt..

Not to jump in on your conversation, but what depth would you target walleyes on Bemidji right now? 20-25 ft daytime 10-15ft night/evening?

As usual, thank you

Lindy

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Found walleyes this afternoon in 3-6' of water, as well as 36' of water. Pick your poison for the day, and stick with it. Pitching jigs WAY up there, and dragging them back to the schools of 20-40 walleyes has been working, until you're noticed... We need the lake to darken a bit so the shallow bite is less about stealth and more about spot. Also pitching the wind blown cabbage beds in 7-11' of water has been working. Deep, you almost have to lay a redtail on their nose, the deep bite is tough right now, but the rewards are great! Pulling cranks has been putting fish in the boat too, over the cabbage in 7-11' of water.

Good luck out there!

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  • 11 months later...

just hoping somebody can give me a nudge in the right direction on Lake Bemidji Largemouth Bass LBLB. i can pretty easily tell largemouth habitat when i see it, but i could use a little hint or something. thanks for your help.

the reason im asking is that in a recent issue of minnesota sportsman bemidji was listed as an overlooked bass lake, but they included stump and irving. stump i can see, i've caught some large largemouths there and can see a lot of good habitat in the shallows. irving i'm not sure about.

thank you in advance!

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LMB can be found on Bemidji in only three spots. In front of the river outlet, in the reeds closer to shore(the muskies rule the outer reeds). In the lagoon of lagoona. The reeds outside of the lagoona area.

Irving has a few in the NW corner in all the slop. You could work your way through to Marquette, there are a few in there.

And of course stump, there are some pigs in there.

LMB are kept in check by the huge muskie we have in the system. Being a "soft rayed fish" they go down with very little need for tarter sauce. Therefore the muskies and big snakes tend to munch them.

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I've goofed around on Bemidji when on vacation, but it sounds like I should have taken it more seriously.

Can you navigate from the Bemidji to Cass, or do you need canoe or kayak? I have fished Wolf and had real good luck for walleyes but nothing big. Big walleyes were being caught at the inlet from the river on leches at night.

Mike

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The power da^m makes it a little tough. Not to mention the 20+ miles of river.

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Nice report, Ill be in Bemidji this year for college, and will be spending a lot of time on the lake. Im just curious, out deep, do you guys ever try down rigging? I mainly fish LOW and I know thats what I'd be doing right now over vertical jigging.

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There is a small window for down rigging on Bemidji. It's late summer when the surface temps reach the mid 70's. The walleye set up just above the thermocline. Most anglers use lead core and cranks to kill these fish. And I say kill because the water temps are so high, the oxygen levels are low and they are coming up from 30+ ft.

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So you've never tried it around this time of year out where you are catching them jigging?

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I don't think down-rigging works very well on Bemidji. I've tried it, and I know others who've tinkered with it numerous times to no avail. Lead is where it's at...

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Well, thank for the info, looks like my riggers are gonna be a little dusty the next few years haha

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ok, someone was on the ice today just off the Northwoods access with an ATV...who was it and how was the ice?

Buck

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not me, but u can go first this year! winkgrinlaugh

was it last year or two years ago we ventured out early and you got attacked by the northern? Man that was funny... grin

Buck

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That was last year, and you made me walk and drill first and then when I found the spot you decided to join me when I had everthing set up. That darn northern made me bleed like a stuck pig and you showed no sarrow! You thought it was the fish, and in fact it was half my thumb! cry

We will have a mtg. tonight to schedule the game plan!

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That was last year, and you made me walk and drill first and then when I found the spot you decided to join me when I had everthing set up. That darn northern made me bleed like a stuck pig and you showed no sarrow! You thought it was the fish, and in fact it was half my thumb! cry

We will have a mtg. tonight to schedule the game plan!

I was shining the light for you so you could see where you were drilling... cool

Sounds good, we've got some refreshments that will help us remember how big our fish were last year... crazy

Buck

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I was out off Cameron park yesterday. we had anywhere from 1.5 to 6 inches. i would deffinatley NOT be taking a wheeler out for a while. the ice cracks when your walking out and water coming up throught the cracks in some spots. i had the ice sink bout 4 inches underneith me in 1 spot. walking should be ok for the most part but NO WHEELERS yet!

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Someone was driving some type of vehicle on Irving. It wasn't a 4 wheeler. I've seen vehicles that float made specifically for ice fishing on t.v. I'm wondering if it was something like that.

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Someone was driving some type of vehicle on Irving. It wasn't a 4 wheeler. I've seen vehicles that float made specifically for ice fishing on t.v. I'm wondering if it was something like that.

There is a guy in town that has one of those Wilcraft rigs, talked to him on Bemidji last year. Did it look like a big tray with 4 wheels?

Buck

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on the way home tonight I saw some fisherman out from northwoods with portables, and 3 spear shacks. Out from country club there was one portable on the flat! I will be waiting till the weekend to go test one of my early ice spots. Got a call from Northwoods fisherman and he said 4 inches. Be safe and don't rush the ice, it is early this cold weather will help, but it will take time!

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on the way home tonight I saw some fisherman out from northwoods with portables, and 3 spear shacks. Out from country club there was one portable on the flat! I will be waiting till the weekend to go test one of my early ice spots. Got a call from Northwoods fisherman and he said 4 inches. Be safe and don't rush the ice, it is early this cold weather will help, but it will take time!

4"??? It's supposed to get cold this weekend, so I think I'll sit back and let mother nature do it's thing for another week before I venture out. Love to fish, but love to stay dry even more.

Buck

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I was out and found 4" of solid ice with 2" of iffy crust along with it. Looks great to me! A person can't be too safe though, tread carefully!

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