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March 13, 2014
Perfect day for fishing
Perfect day for fishing
March 13, 2014 - 11:57am
Paul Nelson: Spring meltdown has begun on Bemidji area lakes
The spring meltdown has begun in the Bemidji area as temperatures finally rose above freezing for several days. Slow and easy is the best way to melt the snow on the lakes and preserve enough ice to support anglers for some late-season ice fishing. There is plenty of snow on the...
March 13, 2014 - 11:52am
March 6, 2014
Fishing: Annual kids' perch derby is Sunday
BEMIDJI — The annual kids’ ice fishing perch derby sponsored by the Bemidji chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on Lake Bemidji in front of Library Park. The derby is intended for children but the entire family is encouraged...
March 6, 2014 - 3:21pm
Paul Nelson: Late-ice patterns develop when snow, ice begin to melt
It is hard to feel like spring is just around the corner when temperatures are still well below average and the lakes are still covered with heavy snow and about 30 inches of ice. The average high temperature for today in the Bemidji area is around 32 degrees, with an average low...
March 6, 2014 - 3:19pm
February 27, 2014
Paul Nelson: Anglers should consider removing fish houses from area lakes
The 2013 Minnesota fishing licenses expire Friday and the 2014 licenses take effect on Saturday. The area immediately around Bemidji wasn’t hit too hard by the latest snowstorm but Upper Red Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake and most other lakes between Bemidji and Grand Rapids...
February 27, 2014 - 1:26pm
February 20, 2014
Paul Nelson: Anglers begin to make transition from walleyes to panfish
Only one more weekend remains of the fishing season for gamefish in inland waters of Minnesota. The season closes for walleyes, northern pike and other gamefish species Sunday at midnight. Once the season closes for gamefish, anglers will turn all of their attention to non-gamefish...
February 20, 2014 - 11:25am
February 13, 2014
Paul Nelson: Gamefish seasons end Feb. 23 on Minnesota inland lakes
There is one more week in the gamefish season for inland waters of Minnesota. The season closes at midnight on Feb. 23. Licensed anglers are allowed to fish continuously for non-gamefish species in Minnesota. The 2013 Minnesota fishing licenses will expire on Feb. 28 and a 2014 fishing...
February 13, 2014 - 11:37am
February 7, 2014
Paul Nelson: Walleye fishing typically improves late in the season in Bemidji area lakes
If it gets cold enough for long enough, almost anything will freeze. The ice conditions on the lakes in the Bemidji area continue to improve, with only isolated patches of slush remaining on a few lakes. It is amazing how acclimated a person can become to the cold. Anything above...
February 7, 2014 - 12:00am
January 30, 2014
Ice fishing: Cass Lake Chamber, BSU sponsor tournaments
CASS LAKE — The annual ice fishing tournament on Cass Lake hosted by the Cass Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be Feb. 8. Parking is available at Sailstar Marina and the MnDOT rest area. The tournament begins at noon and will continue through 3 p.m.
January 30, 2014 - 12:40pm
Paul Nelson: Continued cold limits fishing options on Bemidji area lakes
Another month of winter is almost done, which should not cause anyone to shed any tears because they will just freeze to the side of your face. It is hard to talk about anything outdoors this winter without first mentioning the cold. The weather has been nothing short of brutal...
January 30, 2014 - 12:38pm
January 16, 2014
Paul Nelson: Blowing snow covers roads on many Bemidji area lakes
After more than a month of bitterly cold weather, the recent brief mid-winter thaw felt wonderful. Most residents of the Bemidji area have spent the first part of the winter confined to their houses, avoiding going outside whenever possible. The down-side of many mid-winter thaws...
January 16, 2014 - 12:49pm
January 2, 2014
Paul Nelson: Slush is finally beginning to freeze on Bemidji area lakes
The bitter cold temperatures are finally having a positive impact on the slush covering many lakes in the Bemidji area. The process is slow and it takes very cold weather for a long period of time but the slush can eventually freeze if it stays cold enough for long enough. The ice...
January 2, 2014 - 12:35pm
December 26, 2013
Paul Nelson: Ice conditions slowly improving but access remains limited
The ice conditions are slowly improving on the lakes in the Bemidji area but there are still major slush problems on many lakes. Anglers are limited to where they can go on most lakes and only a few lakes are ready for vehicle traffic.
December 26, 2013 - 5:32pm
December 12, 2013
Paul Nelson: Access to Bemidji area lakes difficult because of slush
The Bemidji area is still in the deep freeze after last week’s major snowstorm and there have been very few anglers on most of the lakes since the snowstorm. Once anglers begin to venture back on the ice they will find many lakes covered with slush and the ice in generally poor...
December 12, 2013 - 12:11pm
December 5, 2013
Paul Nelson: Heavy snow hampers development of ice on Bemidji area lakes
Lakes in the Bemidji area were busy making ice and anglers were starting to get onto the lakes when a snowstorm dumped more snow on the lakes than the ice was ready to support. The only potential saving grace for the ice on most lakes is the extended cold snap that was expected to...
December 5, 2013 - 4:00pm