WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: Temps and fishing should heat up soon
A couple of days last week, the cold and wind along with even a bit of snow made it feel like late fall not the last half of May.
Fishing in the Bemidji area this past week was mostly a chilly one, but the bite was pretty good for just about any species you wanted to fish for.
Water temps are in the upper 40s to the low- to mid-50s depending on the size and depth of the lake. Walleyes are starting to move out to their summer spots but we were still catching fish shallow but many were coming off the first break in about 12 feet.
Jigs and shiners or live bait rigs and shiners are turning fish on Lake Bemidji, Plantagenet and the Cass Lake chain. Northern Pike action has been excellent in those same areas.
The crappies have moved shallow and a small jig tipped with a crappie minnow or plastics under a float is working well.
A couple of days last week, the cold and wind along with even a bit of snow made it feel like late fall not the last half of May. But warmer temperatures leading into the Memorial Day weekend not only will make it more comfortable but the fishing should heat up too.
Enjoy the unofficial start of summer this weekend 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 email@example.com. For more information, visit www.dickbeardsleyfishingguide.com.