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Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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04/21/2004
From Bemidji, MN
Posts: 3945
As we all know, winter is here. Temps have been bottoming out and everyone's patience has been tested. Things break, blood boils, but the fish keep right on with their daily lives. Some seem less apt to bite than others, but overall the fishing is still good.

Walleyes can still be had during prime-time in the morning, and again in the evening and into darkness. Daytime fish are a bonus on most lakes in the area right now. To maximize your chances at some good fishing, get out there an hour before sunset and stay until at least an hour after. Fish have been uber-deep during the day, with many fish hanging in 40+' of water. At twilight they move up as shallow as 5' of water to feed.

Two good perch bites going right now, 30+' of water and less than 13' of water. With the lack of snow on the lakes in the area, there's still plenty of o2 in shallow, and lots of forage is still hanging in the standing weeds and mats... Frostee Spoons packed with euros or tipped with minnow heads has worked well.

Panfish in the area are still going strong. I had guests out for crappies and bluegills this past week on 2 different lakes, and the action was fast and furious. Moving until we found the pods, and then setting up the Clam's to stay warm was the ticket. Fish were holding in 20-24' of water on both lakes, and were eating up euros.




Posted on: 2013/1/21 11:52
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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From EGF, MN
Posts: 248
Thanks for the report Matt! Always like to hear from all the Bemidji guys. I like to think that I am a tough fisherman, but I have to admit that I wouldn't have been out in this cold!

Posted on: 2013/1/21 17:42
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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From Central Minnesota
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Nice report Matt. It's good to hear you're having another great year up there

Posted on: 2013/1/21 18:16
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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Joined:
07/01/2011
From Annandale
Posts: 3749
Excellent report and pics!

Posted on: 2013/1/21 18:31
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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From Bemidji, MN
Posts: 3945
Quote:

LandonA wrote:
Thanks for the report Matt! Always like to hear from all the Bemidji guys. I like to think that I am a tough fisherman, but I have to admit that I wouldn't have been out in this cold!


Let me know when you're around again, Lando. We should get together!

Posted on: 2013/1/23 9:00
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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01/20/2011
From St. Cloud & Nisswa, MN
Posts: 1455
Wow Matt those are some nice fish. Great work getting them to bite after such a drastic cold front.
You sure know your business.

Posted on: 2013/1/23 9:11
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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From Walker
Posts: 1256
Great report!

Posted on: 2013/1/23 9:16
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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From EGF, MN
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Sure will Matt! I might be heading there this weekend. Was hoping for more snow for sledding. Is there many people out riding in the Bemidji area or is is tough sleddin?

Posted on: 2013/1/23 10:08
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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From Bemidji, MN
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Let me know if you make it, maybe take a run on sleds up to Dale's for a burger? Trails are pretty decent in the woods, but the main stuff is all pretty hard-packed. I won't be able to keep up to you, but it would be fun hanging again! ;)

Posted on: 2013/1/23 12:46
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Re: Bitter Part of Winter Report...
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From Hutchinson/Bemidji
Posts: 216
Nice report Matthew, hoping to get up there this weekend myself to chase down some pannies!

Posted on: 2013/1/23 14:01
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