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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: Another wonderful Take a Kid Fishing event in the books

A week ago was the annual Bemidji Area Take A Kid Fishing event. This event has been going on for over 30 years and is a real treat for the kids and all the volunteers.

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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A week ago was the annual Bemidji Area Take A Kid Fishing event. This event has been going on for over 30 years and is a real treat for the kids and all the volunteers.

This year I had 14-year-old Julia Frenzel from the Blackduck area and 13-year-old Sienna Nevins from the Bemidji area in my boat and we had a ball. They had never met before but by noon they were having so much fun that it looked to me like they were best friends.

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Julia Frenzel of the Blackduck area holds up a beautiful walleye she caught during Bemidji's annual Take A Kid Fishing event on June 8, 2022.
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Within five minutes after we started fishing, Julia landed a 23.5-inch walleye that we released, it was her biggest walleye ever. It didn’t take long and Sienna caught her first walleye of the day.

We kept three walleyes that day and released a few others and the girls must have caught at least 30 northern pike. They both outfished me by a long shot and I couldn’t have been happier.

At the end of the day all the kids, their parents, and the fishing guides met at Lake Bemidji State Park for a big fish fry and pictures.

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Sienna Nevins of Bemidji holds up a chunky walleye she caught during Bemidji's annual Take A Kid Fishing event on June 8, 2022.
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A huge thank you to all the volunteers, the committee, and especially Christina and Demo Regas for such a wonderful event, I’m already looking forward to next year.

Congratulations to Jace and Charlie Peterson (cousins) of Bemidji for winning the June 11 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic fishing tournament on Lake Bemidji. These two young men are some of the best young anglers I’ve ever met and two of the nicest. Super job guys!

Walleye fishing remains good on area lakes. Jig and minnows are turning fish as are live bait rigs and crawlers or leeches. Panfish remain active in shallow water in the emerging reeds using small jigs and plastics or small minnows or wax worms.

Large and smallmouth bass fishing is starting to heat up and those fish are also being found shallow and along the edge of the emerging weed lines. Pike action is crazy good and you’ll catch them just about any way you want to.

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Dick Beardsley holds up a walleye caught during Bemidji's annual Take A Kid Fishing event on June 8, 2022.
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Have a great day on the water and 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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