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April/May 2019

Upcoming events:

  • May 4th Landing cleanup Northwoods landing 10AM
  • June 1st Muskie fishing season open
  • June 15th Chapter 46 Tournament 5am to 4pm with awards at 5pm 
  • June 29th Chapter 46 outing at Mantrap Lake 6AM to 6PM


Spring has come, finally. We are all getting ready for a busy year on the water. The outings schedule has been set.  Our April Lure auction was successful. 

Plans are underway for our annual tournament, which will be June 15th. Tournament headquarters will be at the Beltrami county fairgrounds 7223 Fairgrounds Rd NW Bemidji Mn.56601. Early-bird discounts if you register online by June 1st. Registration is June 13th & 14th, 5-8pm at Northwoods Bait and Tackle and Destination Sports. Tournament hours are 5AM to 4PM. Awards, Raffle and Meal will be at Beltrami Fairgrounds 5PM to 7PM. All prizes must be claimed in person at the awards ceremony. For questions about tournament contact Chris Thury (612) 590-9785 or .

Landing clean-up dates are May 4th at 10AM at the Northwoods Access and Sept 21st 10AM at Northwoods landing,

Gary Barnard from the DNR Fisheries was our March speaker. He talked about area lakes.

  • Cass Lake; of 125 fish sampled only 3 were over 50 inches, with 62 percent of the muskies under 42 inches. It is a strong Muskie lake.
  • Plantagenet; 106 fish sampled with 30 being over 50 inches. They estimate 120 over 50 inches in the is a high-density Muskie lake 
  • Elk and Itasca lakes will be surveyed in 2019. 

Kevin Cochran was our April speaker. He gave tips for fishing Cass Lake and how fishing there has changed since the zebra mussel’s invasion in that lake. Fishing faster and deeper is now the normal method. The fish are spooked easier due to the clear water. The fish tend to be deeper. Night fishing is a great option for the now clearer lake.

Get ready for a busy Muskie season.  Have a great season and always be safe on the water


Special Thank You to: 

Kevin Cochran for being our April speaker and for sharing his notes from DNR speaker meeting.

Gary Barnard from DNR fisheries for being our March speaker. 

Secretary Bemidji/Cass Lake Chapter 46 Patricia Lesetmoe

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