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Paul Nelson: Ice fishing season has arrived for Bemidji area anglers
The ice fishing season is underway as anglers are finding a few shallow lakes with enough ice to walk on. All lakes are not created equal when it comes to ice so anglers have to be very careful and avoid the deep lakes until later in the season. Upper Red Lake is one of the premier...
November 27, 2013 - 12:54pm
November 14, 2013
Paul Nelson: Some smaller Bemidji area lakes are beginning to freeze
Temperatures were cold enough earlier this week to freeze some of the lakes in the Bemidji area but persistent high winds during the cold weather were enough to prevent most of the lakes from freezing. The extended forecast for next week predicts cooler temperatures again, which...
November 14, 2013 - 7:37pm
November 7, 2013
Paul Nelson: Bemidji area anglers trading rods for rifles
Anglers are still able to get their boats into virtually all of the local lakes. Many anglers, however, will be trading their life jackets and fishing rods for orange clothing and deer rifles this weekend. Early Saturday morning, some people reading this column will be sitting...
November 7, 2013 - 2:06pm
October 31, 2013
Winter slot limit allows walleyes up to 20 inches on Upper Red Lake
UPPER RED LAKE — Anglers again this winter will be able to keep larger walleyes on the Minnesota portion of Upper Red Lake after the annual harvest came in below the target cap. That means anglers will be able to keep four walleyes up to 20 inches in length, with one walleye...
October 31, 2013 - 2:27pm
Paul Nelson: Bemidji area anglers should consider winterizing boats
Many of the ponds and swamps in the Bemidji area are starting to become coated with ice. Surface water temperatures in the lakes are between 39 and 40 degrees, so they are ready to freeze as soon as air temperatures stay below freezing during the day. Most of the docks at the public...
October 31, 2013 - 2:23pm
October 24, 2013
Paul Nelson: Bemidji area anglers should switch to ice fishing tactics
Weather in the Bemidji area took a turn toward winter this past week. Surface water temperatures in the local lakes plummeted to around 40 degrees, which is the same temperature as the water under the ice during the winter. Any lake that had not yet turned over finished the process...
October 24, 2013 - 3:31pm
October 17, 2013
Paul Nelson: Full moon offers opportunity to target trophy walleyes in Bemidji area lakes
The first hard frost of the season occurred this week in the Bemidji area and much colder temperatures are forecast for next week. Surface water temperatures in the local lakes continue to drop and most lakes now are in the low to mid 50s. Fall fishing can be great but it is very...
October 17, 2013 - 12:42pm
October 10, 2013
Walleye population on Leech Lake remains strong
WALKER — The results of recent fall test netting on Leech Lake conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) show the walleye population remains strong and anglers who visit Leech Lake should continue to expect quality fishing. Lake-wide, walleye counts in...
October 10, 2013 - 9:50am
Paul Nelson: Fish are moving to winter locations in Bemidji area lakes
Most of the leaves have turned to their fall colors and the wind has been blowing them off the trees until they cover the ground. The same strong winds have been mixing the water column in the lakes. The surface water temperatures have cooled into the upper 50s in most lakes, with...
October 10, 2013 - 9:48am
October 3, 2013
Walleye tournament to fight cystic fibrosis is Saturday
CASS LAKE — A few spots remain for the 12th annual Cystic Fibrosis Walleye Classic which will be Saturday on Cass Lake. Sponsored by Steve and Julie Ballou who own Break on the Lake Resort, the tournament is held to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis. Last year’s tournament...
October 3, 2013 - 2:55pm
Paul Nelson: Fall view from boat in Bemidji area is spectacular
October in the Bemidji area can be about as good as it gets for someone who loves the outdoors. The scenery alone is worth the trip and it automatically accompanies most hunting and fishing trips. The view from the boat on many of the lakes gives anglers the best possible view...
October 3, 2013 - 2:54pm
September 26, 2013
Paul Nelson: Predicted rain could hasten fall cooling of area lakes
How fast the lakes go through the progress of cooling in the fall depends largely on how warm it is during the day and how cold it gets at night. Anglers could take out a calculator and average the daily highs and lows for a week and come pretty close to what the surface water...
September 26, 2013 - 3:24pm
September 19, 2013
Paul Nelson: Surface water temperatures continue to drop in area lakes
The fall cool-down continues this week in the Bemidji area, with most lakes now having surface water temperatures in the low 60s. When the best fall fishing occurs is debatable. If it had to be put into a 10-degree range, the best fall fishing usually occurs as surface water temperatures...
September 19, 2013 - 2:44pm
September 14, 2013
Masters Walleye Circuit
Masters Walleye Circuit Cass Lake Chain Friday-Saturday Top 5 Final Results Team: number of fish; weight 1-Diegel and Steffen (Pierre, S.D.): 10; 32-2 2-Peters and Lewis (Slayton): 10; 27-11 3-Topper (Cohasset0 and Anderson (Hill City): 10; 27-10 4-Minke (Lindstrom)...
September 14, 2013 - 8:52pm
September 12, 2013
Paul Nelson: Annual fall cool-down of Bemidji area lakes is under way
Cooler weather has arrived in the Bemidji area and the fall cool-down is in progress. Surface water temperatures have been dropping all week and most lakes now are in the upper 60s. Walleye fishing continues to improve in most lakes but there are several patterns working right now...
September 12, 2013 - 1:16pm