WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: What a difference a year makes
Last year at this time, the whole area was in a terrible drought and lake levels were so low that many folks who have cabins or live on area lakes couldn’t get their boats off the lifts. This summer we’ve been blessed with nice rains and high water levels.
It’s hard to believe we are already into the second week of August. What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, the whole area was in a terrible drought and lake levels were so low that many folks who have cabins or live on area lakes couldn’t get their boats off the lifts because the water was so low.
This summer we’ve been blessed with nice rains and water levels have actually been up a bit on most lakes for this time of the year.
Water temps reached their peak about the third week in July when most lakes had water temperatures around 77 degrees. Now many of the lakes I’ve been guiding on this past week water temps are now in the lower 70s, which bodes well for fishing.
Bass fishing continues to be excellent on area lakes. If you like getting out around sunrise, throwing topwater baits up into the shallow grass and lily pads you’ll get plenty of explosions and seeing those fish explode on a topwater bait will get your heart racing.
Once we get into the mid-morning hours, look for the bass out on the deep weed edges using tube jigs, a jig worm, or a Texas rigged plastic worm and you should have plenty of action.
We are catching crappies out on the deeper cabbage and for bigger bluegills don’t be afraid to fish those deeper humps. Many associate bluegills with shallow water and there are plenty of them there but the bigger ones will be out deeper.
The walleye bite hasn’t changed a lot since last week and having patience is the key. Covering lots of water and you’ll pick some up pulling spinners and crawlers or leeches and live bait rigs are also turning some fish.
The jig bite is slowly coming back around and that will only get better as we head into the fall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.dickbeardsleyfishingguide.com.