WEEKLY FISHING REPORT: Walleye fishing is excellent on Bemidji area lakes

As we are into the first full week of June the walleye fishing remains excellent on Bemidji area lakes.

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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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As we are into the first full week of June the walleye fishing remains excellent on Bemidji area lakes.

Jigs and minnows are producing good numbers of fish as are live bait rigs and minnows. Look to the first break in 12-14 feet and you should find some fish.

Bemidji, Plantagenet, Cass, Pike Bay and Blackduck lakes are all producing. The northern pike bite is crazy good! If you want to have fun and catch lots of fish a jig and minnow along the emerging weed line will give you lots of action.

Some crappies are still up shallow in some of the shallow bays and many are sitting off the emerging pencil reeds in a bit deeper water. Small jigs and crappie minnows or plastics are turning fish.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass continue to be caught up shallow on plastics and spinnerbaits. I haven’t heard how the opening of the muskie season went but I do see some folks out fishing for them.


Merlin Menning of Pipestone, Minn., and grandson Josh Schleiss and Scott Schleiss of Hospers Iowa, show off a few of the nice walleyes recently caught on a Bemidji area lake.

This Saturday, June 11, is the annual KC Walleye Tournament on Lake Bemidji. Might want to stay off of Bemidji that day as there will be around 100 boats out there on tournament day.

There will be lots of fun for the whole family down on the lakefront near Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and I believe tournament anglers start coming back in around 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Even with catch, measure, photo and release it’s still very exciting when the results start to be posted.

Have a great day on the water and please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come.

Scott Engwer of Lake Elmo, Minn., with a 24-inch walleye he recently caught and released.

Dick Beardsley is the owner and operator of Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service in Bemidji. He can be reached at (218) 556-7172 and For more information, visit

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