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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: Summer heat causes tougher walleye bite

The summer heat arrived here in the Bemidji area the past few days and the walleye bite has been a bit tougher. We are catching some walleyes either in deeper water or they have been tucked up right in and around the cabbage.

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Dick Beardsley has been a fishing guide for over 50 years and owns and operates Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service in Bemidji.
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The summer heat arrived here in the Bemidji area the past few days and the walleye bite has been a bit tougher. We are catching some walleyes either in deeper water or they have been tucked up right in and around the cabbage.

Live bait rigs with leeches or crawlers working the sharp breaks and deeper humps or pitching jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or plastics into the cabbage have turned some fish. If you're fishing the cabbage, Northland Tackle has come out with the Weedless Fireball Jig. It’s sweet as you can work that jig right through the cabbage without getting hung up.

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Brennan and his daughter, Noelle, from Rochester, pose with crappies caught during a recent fishing trip with Dick Beardsley.
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Crappie and bluegill fishing continues to be excellent off the deep cabbage using small jigs and plastics. On a side note, there are a number of lakes in the Bemidji area where you can keep only five bluegills or sunfish. Most of those lakes have signs posted at the access but make sure you know the rules for the lake you are fishing in.

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Dick Beardsley poses with a large Northern Pike caught during a recent fishing trip, which was later released.
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Bass fishing is excellent all across the area using plastics on the deep weed edges. Bigger pike are being caught out on the deeper weed lines using jigs and minnows or plastics.

Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come.

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Dick Beardsley holds up a 10-inch bluegill that was later released.
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Dick Beardsley is the owner and operator of Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service in Bemidji. He can be reached at (218) 556-7172 and dick@dickbeardsley.com. For more information, visit www.dickbeardsleyfishingguide.com.

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