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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: Tips for fishing success on windy days

The wind continues to be a challenge though. Seems about every other day it’s blowing 30-plus miles per hour and that makes boat control and detecting bites very difficult.

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 walleye bite continues to be pretty good on Bemidji area lakes. Jigs and minnows are still turning fish as well as live bait rigs and leeches or crawlers in 10-14 feet.

The wind continues to be a challenge though. Seems about every other day it’s blowing 30-plus miles per hour and that makes boat control and detecting bites very difficult.

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Mary Muller and her sister Gale are pictured with some nice walleyes caught on a recent fishing trip with Dick Beardsley.
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One of the things that will help is going to braided line instead of monofilament. I like using 15-pound braid in a white or yellow color. Braid has no stretch so detecting bites is easier. I tie on about 4-5 feet of fluorocarbon which is invisible to the fish using a double uni knot and then my jig to that.

I can’t remember ever having so much clingy moss get on your jigs and live bait rigs out on Lake Bemidji. Seems like you constantly have to be checking your baits and peel that stuff off. Going to lighter jigs or sinkers helps a bit.

Pike action remains excellent on all lakes using jigs and minnows or trolling spoons or crankbaits along the deeper weed edges.

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Scott Schleiss of Iowa holds up a 21-inch smallmouth bass he caught and released.
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Large and smallmouth bass fishing is excellent using plastics along the weed lines and top water and spinner baits are turning fish up shallow.

Crappies are starting to move out to deeper cabbage areas and you’ll still find bluegills up along the shallow reeds.

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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