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September 25, 2014
Paul Nelson: Daily walleye bite often peaks in afternoon during fall
Bemidji area residents enjoyed a nearly perfect week of weather this past week, although there was a little extra wind on a couple of days if someone wanted to be picky. Surface water temperatures in the lakes have been holding steady or slightly rising and most of the local lakes...
September 25, 2014 - 3:34pm
August 28, 2014
Paul Nelson: Slower presentations are effective as summer turns to fall
Labor Day Weekend signals the end of the summer tourist season in the Bemidji area. Students are already in school in many parts of the country and the rest will be attending their first classes of fall semester very soon. Many seasonal residents will also be leaving soon. Cabin...
August 28, 2014 - 12:57pm
August 21, 2014
Paul Nelson: Fish in Bemidji area lakes adjust to fall conditions
The Bemidji area is losing 21 minutes of daylight per week (about three minutes per day) and Friday’s sunrise in Bemidji was at 6:24 a.m. and the sunset will be at 8:21 p.m. (a total of 13 hours and 57 minutes of daylight). Surface water temperatures in most Bemidji area lakes...
August 21, 2014 - 2:41pm
August 14, 2014
Paul Nelson: A variety of sinkers can be used to help catch walleyes
Historically, July boasts the highest average temperature in the Bemidji area but this year August is turning out to be the warmest month of the summer. Surface water temperatures are holding in the mid to upper 70s in most lakes. Algae blooms caused by warm water temperatures and...
August 14, 2014 - 2:57pm
July 31, 2014
Paul Nelson: Weeds are maturing, spreading in Bemidji area lakes
It took until the last week in July to get a week of summer-like weather in the Bemidji area. Surface water temperatures are holding in the low to mid 70s. There is an algae bloom starting to tint the water green in many lakes and reduce the water clarity. Many of the weeds in the...
July 31, 2014 - 3:25pm
July 17, 2014
Paul Nelson: Water temperatures remain cool in Bemidji area lakes
Several nights with lows in the 40s were enough to drop the surface water temperatures in the lakes back into the mid to high 60s, which is pretty cool for the middle of July. There was a late mayfly hatch in a few lakes when the surface temperatures reached the low 70s. Then a strong...
July 17, 2014 - 1:52pm
July 10, 2014
Paul Nelson: Surface water in Bemidji area lakes finally nears 70 degrees
Surface water temperatures in the Bemidji area lakes are finally getting close to 70 degrees because of the arrival of more “summer-like” weather. Summer fishing patterns will begin to develop in the lakes as long as the lakes continue to warm past 70 degrees. Most lakes have...
July 10, 2014 - 1:11pm
July 5, 2014
Fishing: From hockey nets to landing nets, Kvalevog guides on Leech Lake
Brad Dokken Forum News Service WALKER — The bend in Toby Kvalevog’s fishing rod told him the walleye he’d been looking for was down there...
July 5, 2014 - 6:36pm
June 26, 2014
Paul Nelson: Anglers must be aware of high water on Bemidji area lakes
High water levels on the lakes and flooding in many parts of Minnesota are typically a spring phenomena but this year the flooding is happening in June because of near-record amounts of rain. There are many buzz words that get thrown around about the weather, with topics like global...
June 26, 2014 - 12:23pm
June 19, 2014
Muskies Inc. hosts tournament Saturday on Bemidji area lakes
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji/Cass Lake chapter of Muskies Inc. will hold its annual tournament on Saturday and anglers may fish Bemidji, Plantagenet, Cass, Big and Big Mantrap lakes. A complete catch/photo/release tournament, the boats will hit the water at 5 a.m. and the awards ceremony...
June 19, 2014 - 10:58am
Paul Nelson: Rain, high water dominate Bemidji area fishing scene
Rain has been a common theme for the last couple of weeks in the Bemidji area and water levels in the lakes are high in much of Minnesota after the heavy rains. Smaller lakes are often more vulnerable to water level fluctuations because the outlets on the lakes can’t get rid of...
June 19, 2014 - 10:55am
May 29, 2014
Fishing: Annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic benefits area organizations
BEMIDJI — The 14th annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic June 7 on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving will feature a full field of 100 boats and event official Tracy Pogue isn’t surprised that the tournament reached the maximum well before the registration cutoff date. “We got the...
May 29, 2014 - 2:14pm
Paul Nelson: Bemidji area lakes experience dramatic warming
Seasons often change on a dime in the Bemidji area. After a long, cold winter and a cool, wet spring, summer arrived suddenly this past week, almost like someone had flipped a switch. The lakes are warming fast with air temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s this past week. Surface...
May 29, 2014 - 2:12pm
May 15, 2014
Paul Nelson: Perfect weather, cooperative walleyes greet anglers on Bemidji area lakes
Opening weekend of the 2014 fishing season in the Bemidji area had nearly perfect weather and pretty good fishing for most anglers. Most of the successful walleye anglers were fishing in a river or close to a river inlet or outlet. Once the river walleyes are done spawning, they...
May 15, 2014 - 2:44pm
May 8, 2014
Fishing: Gary Newell Memorial walleye tournament is May 17
BEMIDJI — The annual Gary Newell Memorial Walleye Tournament on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving will be May 17. The winning team will receive $2,600, based on a 75-team tournament, second place will be worth $1,500 and the team that finishes third will earn $1,000. Entry fee is $170...
May 8, 2014 - 11:04am