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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: Water temperatures continue to drop

In the spring, once the water temperature hits 60 it’s like a switch is turned on and the walleye bite really gets going. In the fall when water temps drop to 60 or below it seems to really trigger the fall bite.

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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 continue to drop slowly and most lakes are in the mid to upper 60s. In the spring, once the water temperature hits 60 it’s like a switch is turned on and the walleye bite really gets going. In the fall when water temps drop to 60 or below it seems to really trigger the fall bite.

Walleye fishing on Lake Bemidji has been a bit up and down. Right now they are a bit scattered and you’ll catch some in 8-12 feet and others out in 30 feet and everything in between.

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Mike Dunlap of Newbern, N.C., and Dick Beardsley hold up a couple of bass caught on a Bemidji area lake.
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Jigs and minnows are producing fish as well as Jigging Raps or Puppets. Red Lake and Winnie probably have the most consistent walleye bite going. You’ll find those fish on Red off the shorelines in 6-8 feet and on Winnie of the shoreline breaks in 8-12 feet.

Not much has changed with crappies and bluegills since last week. You’ll still catch some off the deeper green weeds and also out in the deeper basins.

Bass fishing has been decent with fish coming off the deeper weed edges using plastics. Starting midweek daytime and nighttime temps are going to really start cooling off so water temperatures will start falling fairly quickly.

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Mark Whalen of Charlotteville, Va., holds up a beautiful Lake Bemidji walleye.
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Have a fun time on the water 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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