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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: The fall bite we are all looking forward to is just around the corner

The fall bite that we all look forward to hasn’t arrived quite yet but as we get into September now and the water temperatures start to dip lower it won’t be long.

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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The fall bite that we all look forward to hasn’t arrived quite yet but as we get into September now and the water temperatures start to dip lower it won’t be long.

Recently we’ve had a few chilly mornings with morning temps in the mid-40s and you can see the steam rising off the lakes around the area.

We’ve got a couple of days this week when daytime temps will be in the 80s but after that, the forecast looks way more fall-like and water temps will start dropping and the bite will start hopping.

Jill Beardsley holds up a largemouth bass caught during a recent fishing excursion with her husband Dick.

This past week the walleye bite has picked up a bit especially on a couple of the bigger lakes like Upper Red Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish.

Spinner rigs and crawlers or minnows are producing fish off the breaks and deeper weed edges in 6-12 feet.


Lake Bemidji is starting to pick up just a bit for walleyes in water from 11-28 feet. Live bait rigs, jigs and minnows or snap jigging plastics are working well. The cold front that dropped in late last week dampened the bass bite a bit but we were still catching fish but had to work at it a bit more.

Bob Freed of Pennsylvania holds up a chunky largemouth bass.

Tubes and drop shots were producing fish off the deep weed lines. Crappies can still be found off the deeper cabbage and some are suspended out in the deeper basins. Muskie action is also starting to pick up throwing bucktails.

Dick Beardsley holds up a walleye caught during a recent fishing trip.

Fall fishing is one of my favorite times to be on the water, enjoy this wonderful time of the year and 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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