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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: The fall bite has begun

As we head into the month of October the bite should only get better.

Dick Beardsley Fishing Report
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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Water temperatures have now dropped into the low 60s and should cool down even more this week and that is good news for anglers.

Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on area lakes. Many of the fish we’ve been catching this past week have been coming in 8-10 feet of water. Balls of baitfish are up shallow and the walleyes are following the bait.

Dick Beardsley holds up a nice Northern Pike caught during a recent fishing excursion.

Bass fishing has been a bit tougher this past week, not sure why, but perhaps the cold fronts coming through every other day might have something to do with it. We are catching some on plastics off the deeper weed edges.

Crappies and bluegills continue their trek toward the deeper basins but we are still catching some off the deep green cabbage on small jigs and minnows or plastics.

Pike action has been good on jigs and minnows in 8-12 feet. You’ll find jumbo perch going in 8-10 feet on jigs and minnows.


Larry Reed of Motley, Minn. holds up a dandy crappie caught during a recent fishing outing with Dick Beardsley.

It’s a great time to be on the water but be sure to dress warm as it can be a bit chilly out there, especially in the mornings. As we head into the month of October the bite should only get better.

Dick Beardsley holds up a walleye caught with a jig and minnow.

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

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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