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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: The best part of being a fishing guide is the people you meet

I’ve been guiding for more than 50 years and I love everything about it. But the best part is the people you meet.

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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I’ve been guiding for more than 50 years and I love everything about it. But the best part is the people you meet.

This past weekend I had a couple, Nathan and Brandi Rossman from Omaha, Nebraska, who was in town for a wedding and also to celebrate their sixth anniversary. They celebrated by surprising each other by doing something the other person doesn’t know about.

Nathan and Brandi Rossman from Omaha, Nebraska, celebrated their sixth anniversary with a guided fishing trip with Dick Beardsley.

Brandi had the first half of the day then Nathan had his surprise for Brandi during the second half of the day.

Brandi’s surprise to Nathan was a half-day guided fishing trip. We had a ball! The fish weren’t exactly jumping in the boat but we caught enough walleyes for them to have a couple of nice meals and they caught and released lots of northern pike.

We listened to the Vikings game, shared stories, and caught a good number of fish. Great memories for all of us.


Brandi Rossman from Omaha, Neb., holds up a northern pike.

Water temps continue to cool and are now in the upper 50s. By the end of this week, with a few days with highs only in the 40s, the water will cool down even more and the fall bite should be into full go mode.

Most of the walleyes have been coming in 10-12 feet off the edge of still green weeds on jigs and minnows.

Brandi Rossman of Omaha, Neb., holds up her first ever walleye.

You’ll also catch jumbo perch in those same areas along with northern pike. Most crappies are now out in those deep basins where they are hitting jigs and minnows or plastics.

The fall bite is here and the trees should be in peak fall form by the weekend. It doesn’t get much better than that when spending time out in the great outdoors.

Dick Beardsley holds up a nice northern pike caught during a recent guiding trip.

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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