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April 2, 2015
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Perch, panfish are biting, but ice conditions are suspect
April has arrived and there is still ice on the lakes in the Bemidji area. The ice fishing season should be listed as day to day, with the end of the season going into overtime. Rain and warmer weather melted more of the ice on the lakes this past week. The extended forecast is predicting...
April 2, 2015 - 4:49pm
March 26, 2015
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Don't give up on ice fishing season just yet
Cold temperatures have slowed down the melting process on the lakes. This has extended the ice fishing season at least one more weekend for those anglers who just can't get enough. There is still more than 26 inches of ice away from the shoreline on most lakes. The ice is soaking...
March 26, 2015 - 5:13pm
March 19, 2015
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Meltdown makes things tricky for ice anglers
The meltdown of the lakes in the Bemidji area slowed down this week, with the return to more "normal" temperatures for this time of year. There is still plenty of ice away from the shoreline on most lakes, but the ice along the shoreline is degrading from all the melting snow and...
March 19, 2015 - 7:04pm
March 13, 2015
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Fish are changing locations as spring approaches
Lakes in the Bemidji area have been in meltdown mode this past week, with the arrival of much warmer temperatures across Minnesota. There is still a lot of ice away from the shoreline, so the critical part of extending the ice fishing season is how well the accesses are holding...
March 13, 2015 - 9:21am
February 12, 2015
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Productive ice fishing season coming to a close
The Bemidji area received a couple inches of new snow this week, which shouldn't be enough to impede anglers' access to the lakes. There are two more weekends in the gamefish season on the inland lakes of Minnesota. Anglers are allowed to fish for species like walleyes and northern...
February 12, 2015 - 6:15pm
February 6, 2015
Alleged fish house burglars busted: Two Bemidji men in custody
BEMIDJI -- Two Bemidji men are in custody and some property stolen from ice anglers on Lake Bemidji has been recovered by the Beltrami County...
February 6, 2015 - 4:45pm
December 23, 2014
Beware 'toilet bowling' on Lake Bemidji
BEMIDJI -- With the recent warmer temperatures, anglers on Lake Bemidji and other area lakes should tread with care as 'toilet bowling' may make the areas around their ice fishing holes unsafe. Ron Bostic, who owns Taber's Bait in Bemidji, said recent rainfall can widen ice holes...
December 23, 2014 - 11:48pm
February 15, 2014
Many anglers, many angles at Hardwater Classic
BEMIDJI-- In winter in Minnesota, if you want to bring people together, you hold an ice fishing tournament.
February 15, 2014 - 5:44pm
January 9, 2014
Paul Nelson: Frigid temperatures mean better ice for anglers
The silver lining behind all of the cold weather is this was about the only scenario that could have helped the horrible ice conditions created by an early snowstorm. Lakes in the Bemidji area have had bad ice conditions since early December, when a heavy storm dumped more than 20...
January 9, 2014 - 12:25pm
November 21, 2013
Paul Nelson: As deer hunting concludes, thoughts turn to ice fishing
There is one more weekend remaining in the 2013 firearms deer season in the Zone 1 portion of the Bemidji area. Deer harvest numbers are down about 6 percent from 2012 through the first two weeks of the deer season. Colder temperatures and some snow on the ground should help hunters...
November 21, 2013 - 11:19am
November 19, 2013
Ice still too thin, DNR says
Department of Natural Resources officials want Minnesotans to understand that it still is too early to walk on the ice. “The bottom line is it's crucial that people do not let their guard down,” the DNR’s Kara Owens said, “because ice is never 100 percent safe. A...
November 19, 2013 - 8:20am
March 2, 2013
Ice houses on the move
Several people have removed their ice houses from Lake Bemidji this week as walleye fishing closed for the season. The ice houses in the northern...
March 2, 2013 - 12:11am
January 26, 2013
Beaver Pride Hardwater Classic: Jeff Iceman, 500 anglers try luck on Lake Bemidji
BEMIDJI – In a city of temporary homes, Jeff Iceman was an island of minimalism. Yes, his name is Iceman. The village began taking shape early...
January 26, 2013 - 11:36pm