Paul Nelson writes a weekly fishing column for the Bemidji Pioneer. He runs the Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service.
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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...
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...
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 so anglers may have to do some searching to figure out which pattern is the most productive.
Many resorts do most of their business during the summer months and the owners will begin the long process of shutting down almost immediately after the Labor Day Weekend. A few resorts on some of the larger lakes like Winnibigoshish, Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake may do more business in the winter than they do during the summer. These resorts have to winterize their cabins and switch everything over from summer fishing to ice fishing during the fall.
Labor Day Weekend is the last big weekend of the summer tourist season in the Bemidji area. Some seasonal residents will already be taking out their docks and getting their...
Lake Bemidji hopefully dodged a bullet recently when an out of state boat with zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil was discovered and ticketed at the Northwoods access. AIS (aquatic invasive species) are a hot topic in many circles, with the welfare of our lakes at stake. Optimistically there is hope to stop the spread of AIS, but realistically it seems to be more a question of "when" rather than "if" the lakes will get exposed to some type of AIS.
The weather pattern has changed again in the Bemidji area. The weather seems to run in streaks, with drastic changes often happening suddenly. Several weeks of cooler weather made it look like it was going to be an early fall but the weather pattern has changed back into summer mode, at least into next week. Surface water temperatures in the lakes are on the rise again. Most lakes are back into the low to mid 70s. This will likely trigger another algae bloom in some lakes and should bring back many of the summer fishing patterns.
Lakes in the Bemidji area continue their fall-like cool down into the second week of August. Surface water temperatures have fallen into the mid 60s in most lakes, which is similar to what usually happens in early September. There is still time for more hot weather this summer but it is hard to complain about high temperatures in the 70s and overnight lows in the 50s. Fishing usually picks up for walleyes once the lakes begin to cool late in the summer. This year has been anything but normal, so it is hard to figure out how the fish will react.
The weather patterns have changed again in the Bemidji area. The hot and humid weather has been replaced with cooler, much more comfortable 70s during the day and perfect sleeping with 50s and the windows open at night. Surface water temperatures in the lakes are dropping quickly with the cooler weather, which reduces the chances for a heavy algae bloom any time soon.
Don’t look now, but it is already the third week of July. If that makes you want to ask “where has the summer gone,” you are not alone. It is...