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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: Old or young, fishing has no barriers

My dad started taking me fishing with him when I was 2 years old, I’m 66 now and love it as much as I ever have.

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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Do you know what I so love about fishing? It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, male or female there are no barriers!

This past week I had Kell Lovell and his son-in-law Nick out for a four-hour guide trip. Kell turned 93 the day I took him out. We had so much fun and we all caught lots of nice crappies.

Kell was a dentist and served in the U.S. Army for 27 years and then had a private practice once he retired from the Army. The fish were cooperating but the stories I heard from Kell were even better than the fishing.

93-year-old Kell Lovell of Bemidji with a nice crappie.

Then just a couple of days later I took a young boy, Kaylor Ekstrom and his great-grandmother Pat out for a morning of bass fishing.

Kaylor is 8 years old from Fairmont, Minn., down on the Minnesota/Iowa border. They live on a hog farm so the north country was all brand new to him.


The fish weren’t exactly jumping in the boat but we caught some nice bass and Kaylor had a giant one that threw the hook.

My dad started taking me fishing with him when I was 2 years old, I’m 66 now and love it as much as I ever have.

Kaylor Ekstom, 8, of Fairmont holds up his chunky bass.

Onto the fishing report, the bass bite is phenomenal right now. Slinging plastic frogs up into the lily pads and the shallow weeds will turn fish in the morning, the deeper weed edges fishing plastic worms, tube jigs or a jig worm during the day and you’ll get lots of rod bending.

The walleye bite is still a little tougher but if you have some patience you’ll catch some on live bait rigs with leeches or crawlers or a spinner rig with leeches or crawlers.

Look to Bemidji, Blackduck and the Cass Lake chain. Crappie and bluegills continue to be biting on the deep weed edges using small jigs and plastics or a slip bobber with crappie minnows or small leeches.

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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