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Early ice report
LSF Member
From Bemidji, MN
Posts: 797
Fishing in the area so far sure has lived up to the early ice expectation. On most the lakes I'm seeing 9-13" of ice but my foot did go thorough while walking through cattails the other day so remeber to still use caution. Houses are starting to pop up on the south side of Bemidji now being pulled out with four wheelers and a few walkers on the north end. Been finding the crappies and gills both on the edges of the basins and also in the weeds 12-16 ft. Walleyes I've been finding just on the first break in 14-16ft using aggressive baits like clam psycho shad and kenkatch slim slams. Ice fishing is in full swing. Northcountry guide service rentals will be out soon, call and book them for some great early ice action.

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Posted on: 2014/12/1 11:14
Nick Cekalla

Northcountry Guide Service
Serving the Bemidji Area since 2002

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Re: Early ice report
LSF Member
From Bemidji, MN
Posts: 3945
Nice work, Nick!

Haven't been on the forums in ages, but figured I'd get some reports up now that I've got a spare minute...

Ice is looking good in the Bemidji area. Not a lot of snow, and a pile of cold weather has the ice sheets in GREAT shape. Most lakes in the area have anywhere from 5-11" of ice. Use caution in current areas, or lakes with spring as ice can vary...

Fishing has been tremendous. Red has been on fire as most know, but local lakes are kicking out some fish as well.

The panfishing in the area is lit up like the holidays. Crappies and 'gills are easily located in their late-fall and typical early-ice spots.

We'll all be down at the St. Paul Ice Show this weekend, so stop and say hello and chat some fishing. We also still have openings in our rentals this winter, and have private guided snowmobile trips open yet as well...

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Posted on: 2014/12/1 12:22
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