It's been far too long since our last fishing report.. That can only mean that we've been busy scooping bait!
Fishing really seems to be heating up in the Bemidji area. And the water temps right along with it. The shiner bite continues to be great, but spottails are becoming harder to find. Many anglers will either switch to golden shiners or transition to leeches & crawlers. Redtails & creek chubs are also a sought after bait this time of year - especially for tournament anglers.
Lake Bemidji has really been putting out some fish lately. And just in time for the Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic this weekend. Expect to see some nice bags from the anglers!
We're hearing that shiners, leeches, crawlers & cranks are all producing. Many fish are still being caught shallow from 4-10'. Look for fresh growth cabbage as walleyes are being caught jigging along the edge of the cabbage beds.
Look for some nice perch starting to show up in the weeds as well. We've heard some great reports using fatheads under a slip bobber.
Cass Lake walleyes have been more aggressive early mornings and evenings. With the clear water they can be spooky during the day. Hit the shoreline breaks 12-20' and work slow with a shiner or leech. Slide out deeper and watch your locator to see if they slid out a little deeper on the breaks. During the daytime, 16-18' seems to be where the fish are being caught. The walleyes will move up shallower toward evening and you can get them in 6-8'. Crankbaits after dark have also been producing.
This last weekend was muskie opener, and with the inclement weather, some anglers staid off the lakes. We did hear of several muskies caught both casting & trolling this week.
Get out, enjoy the weather, and put a bend on that rod. The fish are waiting!!
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