What a difference a week makes!
Birds are chirping, the robins are back, and pairs of geese are patiently waiting on frozen lakes for them to thaw. Is spring finally here to stay??
The snow really took a hit over the last few days, and it looks like the accesses did too. Plenty of people still out perch fishing on Bemidji, and we've been hearing that anglers are catching fish anywhere from 8' to 50'. Yep - how's that for a range of depth? So the perch are finally transitioning out of the depths they've been ganging out in over the last few weeks. Fathead minnow heads are still the chosen bait.
As your mom probably told you - "Make good decisions!". The ice conditions and accesses will be changing rapidly with this weather. Use caution as you head out this weekend.
Panfish anglers are still going strong with bluegill & crappie action on the area lakes. We're still stocked on crappie minnows & waxies to help you out in your pursuit this weekend.
Several anglers have stopped in and geared up for some trout fishing this week as well. Yet another great fishing option in our area at the current time. We to have flies, Mepps spinners, & jars of trout eggs & nuggets in stock.
Pike fishermen continue to hit Lake of The Woods, and the pictures and reports we've been seeing & hearing are impressive. Grab your friends, a bucket of tip ups, a case of.....pop. And head north! You may need some sunscreen this weekend too! We just received another shipment of Big Tooth quick strike rigs, and we're fully stocked on Light Northern size suckers (approx. 5-6").
Last but not least, it's time for STURGEON!!! Lots of dinosaur fishermen are headed to the Rainy this weekend. The current is still slow, the water is still good, and the fish are ready to be caught! We've been hearing that the anglers targeting them have been catching, but just not in big numbers yet. I expect that to change this weekend as more boats specifically target them. We have flats & half flats of crawlers ready to go, as well as all the gear you need for landing one of those prehistoric beasts!
Don't forget that next Saturday is our big Grand Opening celebration! Lots of drawings, prizes, in store specials, food, and events happening that day. Also, check out our Facebook page for additional contests for guide trip giveaways & more!
Good luck & stay safe out there this weekend whether you're in a boat or on the ice. Enjoy the great weather & put some fish topside!
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