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Bemidji Area
« on: February 12, 2020, 08:53:44 PM »
Some of the lakes in the Bemidji area are finally seeing some solid ice and a couple have decent driving conditions.   I finally made it out on Bemidji for a bit and we did find a couple of DEEP slush pockets but for the most part, moving around was pretty good.   

Fishing was great for us, catching was marginal.  We drilled holes in some of our normal spots and did not find the "zoomer" perch we were looking for.  It seemed we would pick up a decent one and have to drill a few more holes to find another one.   We were not able to find a pattern in these fish at all.    While out we fished from 12' of water to 40 ' of water.  We used jigs, spoons, minnows and wax-worms. 
 
One of the local guides, North Country Guide Service, has been chasing some of the elusive Eel Pout and it sounds like they are doing pretty well.  I have not been out to chase them so if a person was looking to find some Pouts that is who I would be calling.  Something different, good eating and fun to catch.  

Some guys were out on a couple of the "back in the woods" panfish lakes and did pretty well IF they could stay out of the slush with their sleds.   A couple of them even got them stuck.   I believe I will wait to chase them for a bit yet.  

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Re: Bemidji Area
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2020, 09:21:36 PM »


Nice Report but, I have to ask.  Someone pays a Guide service to fish Pout?   :scratch: :scratch:
Cooking over a open fire is all fun and games until someone losses a wiener!

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Re: Bemidji Area
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2020, 09:54:00 PM »
For someone who has wanted to catch one or likes catching the pouters it's all set up for them. This year all the guides have put their time in just getting a house out.    I have personally not fished pout with them and they are one of the few who target this fish.   Pout are fun to catch but not my thing.    Just something different I guess.    :fish2:

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Re: Bemidji Area
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 09:22:41 AM »
We used to catch lots of them on Ottertail.  Not so much anymore.  I ate a lot of them. 

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Re: Bemidji Area
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 09:32:04 AM »
Not too many moons ago you could drive around on Mill lacs and practically fill up the back of a truck with the ones people threw out on the ice. Not so much anymore.

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Re: Bemidji Area
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2020, 08:48:34 PM »
Not up north here either.  Seems either there are fewer, people are keeping them or throwing them back.   There are enough eagles around right now that clean them up pretty quick too.

 

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