PAUL NELSON FISHING: It doesn’t feel like spring?

Spring arrived on the calendar this past week, but it still looks more like winter than spring in the Bemidji area. Anglers are usually fishing out of boats on the Rainy River by this time of year, but the ice pack was still several miles east of Birchdale this week.

Anglers are still a week or more away from fishing the Rainy River, with the first week of April likely when the first anglers will be able to get their boats into the Rainy River. There are still a few anglers ice fishing in the Bemidji area. The ice is thick enough on a few lakes where anglers still need an extension on their ice auger to get through the ice.

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