Paul Nelson writes a weekly fishing column for the Bemidji Pioneer. He runs the Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service.
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There is a chance for measurable snow every day through the weekend and into early next week, so an undetermined amount of snow is about to fall on the lakes in the Bemidji area. Anglers with stationary fish houses on one of the area lakes will want to watch the forecast for snow amounts, especially if they have a fish house in a remote location. The ice conditions are still very good on most lakes.
Lakes in the Bemidji area have been very busy this winter, with large numbers of anglers on the lakes, especially on the weekends. Good ice conditions, minimal snow cover and mild January weather have allowed anglers to spread out on the lakes, with many of the most popular fishing areas literally covered with fish houses. January is typically the toughest month of the winter for ice fishing.
Winter arrives when it is good and ready, often with little regard to the calendar. Winter arrived in the Bemidji area this past week and it will likely stick around...
October was warmer, more windy and drier than the average in Bemidji. Water levels in many of the lakes are slightly below average heading into winter because of the lack...
The beautiful October weather continued for another week in the Bemidji area. The nice weather is supposed to last through the weekend but cooler temperatures are on the way for...
October arrived this week with 11 hours and 45 minutes of daylight. We are losing about three minutes of daylight each day and will continue to lose daylight until the...
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...
The best days of autumn are usually the bright sunny days with calm winds and temperatures somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 degrees, at least for anglers wanting to go fishing. It is much harder to appreciate fall with gale force winds, dark overcast skies and rain cold enough to feel all the way through most high tech outdoor gear. Anglers have to have tough hands and a high tolerance for cold to continue fishing late into the open water season. Most fishing presentations are tough to do properly when wearing gloves, with the possible exception of bobber fishing or trolling with rods in
Just in case anyone forgot what fall temperatures can feel like in the Bemidji area, this past week gave everyone a little reminder of what is coming. Surface water temperatures in most lakes have cooled into the mid 60s and are falling fast. Fishing has been pretty good for most species during stable weather but a strong cold front with rain, cold temperatures and heavy winds can still make fishing tough for a day or two. Boat control can be a problem for anglers fishing in the fall, especially when trying to get small baits into deeper water. Most cold water presentations in the fall inv
Lakes in the Bemidji area are already noticeably less busy since Labor Day as many of the tourists and seasonal visitors have headed home or to warmer climates for the winter. Surface water temperatures are holding in the upper 60s in most lakes, which should be good for fishing once the weather stabilizes. Summer fishing patterns in the lakes are starting to fall apart but there are still walleyes and other species using the shallows, especially later in the day when the sun has had a chance to warm the water. When the water temperatures begin to cool anglers will usually do better if they