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PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Strike zone shrinks as water cools in Bemidji area lakes

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Most deep lakes in the Bemidji area “turned-over” recently, with surface water temperatures in the low to mid 40s.

Water is most dense around 39 degrees, so when the water in the lake cools below 39 degrees, it floats on the surface until it freezes.


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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.