Paul Nelson writes a weekly fishing column for the Bemidji Pioneer. He runs the Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service.
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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...
Walleye fishing has been tough in most lakes when the conditions are not primed for walleyes. The days with bright skies, hot temperatures, little wind and no cloud cover can be brutal on the lakes with clear water. Anglers can always grind a few walleyes out of the weeds with jigs and minnows or jigs and plastics. It is not an especially fun way to fish, with the jig needing to be cleaned of weeds after nearly every cast and also frequent bite-offs from northern pike.
Walleye fishing is starting to slow because of the long days and plentiful food in most lakes. The bite can be especially tough when the conditions do not give walleyes...
Summer is finally here, with surface water temperatures reaching the mid 70s in most lakes in the Bemidji area. Thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds were again part of the...