Weather Forecast


Ice is here but thickness will vary on Bemidji area lakes


Lakes in the Bemidji area have been slowly freezing over for the last couple of weeks. A few lakes froze early and a few lakes still have open water, with the rest of the lakes somewhere between the two extremes. Anglers really need to know where they are going early in the ice fishing season. The lakes vary greatly in how they make ice and how long it takes them to freeze over completely. Many lakes have current areas that can stay open most of the winter.

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Paul Nelson
Paul Nelson writes a weekly fishing column for the Bemidji Pioneer. He runs the Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service.