Archive of Fishing reports

July2009

And the bite goes on!

Posted: July 24, 2009

And the bite goes on! Walleyes seem to be a bit deeper with the most common depths between 12-24 feet. Good areas to work include weedlines, rock piles, drop-offs, flooded roads, and flooded timber. Fish can truly be anywhere this time of year and it seems like we are catching a lot of those 14-18 inch fish with the occasional 20 inch plus fish. All presentations are catching fish: vertical jigging and bobbers, trolling cranks, pulling bouncers and spinners and pitching jigs and plastics. Worms and leeches have been the best baits. It seems like if you pinch off some of the worm, you get more bites. White bass remain active in the shallower bays. All presentations will work for them. Northerns continue to be a bit scattered; however, there are days when they show up when we are fishing for walleyes. Good luck and enjoy the great fishing and beautiful weather!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Winds and a major cold front slowed fishing this past week

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Winds and a major cold front slowed fishing this past week, but a nice forecast for the weekend should turn things around. Prior to this cold front anglers were reporting excellent fishing in most all areas of the lake.

Anglers have been finding fish cranking the windswept shorelines and edges of weedbeds, trolling bottom bouncers or cranks along sunken roads and points, slip bobbering in the trees, and jigging deeper rocky points.Some of the better cranking areas have been Pelican Lake, the smaller bays in the Flats, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, the north end of Creel Bay, the Storm Sewer area, Haybale Bay, and Browns Bay with shad raps, wally divers, and hornets.

Slip bobber fisherman have been doing well in Pelican Lake, the Mauvee area, Florida near Grahams Island, Swanson’s Point, and Foughty’s Point.

Live bait fisherman have been working the sunken roads in Pelican, the Flats, and Six Mile and sunken points and rock piles such as Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Bird Island, and the Ft. Totten/Cactus area. Pike fishing’s been a bit slower, but most anglers are reporting some fish mixed in with walleyes. White bass continue to be caught in most all areas of the lake. Their population has skyrocketed and now’s a great time to take advantage of their abundance. Jigs or plain hooks tipped with minnows or cranks in firetiger, blue/silver, or perch all work great.

Shore fisherman continue to report an excellent evening bite at most all the bridges, the rip rap near Acorn Ridge, off Hwy 19 on the north end of Creel Bay, and the Hwy 281/19 area. Leeches on lindy rigs or slip bobbers have been working the best. Saturday the Lake Region Anglers Association will be having their annual Adult/Child fishing tournament at Grahams Island starting at 9:00am. This is sponsored in part by West Bay Resort. For more details check out the anglers site at www.ndsportfishingcongress.org. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Walleye fishing on Devils Lake continues to be very good

Posted: July 20, 2009

And the beat goes on! Walleye fishing on Devils Lake continues to be very good despite some pretty tough conditions this past week. The wind has made our lives interesting. It seems to blow 30 plus miles an hour or not enough to make a ripple. We have had some pretty hard core groups that wanted to go fishing anyway and we went to the calmest water we could find and guess what we still have been able to scratch out a nice limit of walleyes.

So, how do you like to catch fish? This is the question we are asking our customers every morning. The neat story on Devils Lake right now is that there are so many different methods and right now they all seem to be successful. From jigging rock piles, live bait rigging, and slip bobbering on calm days to trolling crank baits in 8 to 12 feet of water to trolling with lead core in 18 to 25 feet of water, and pitching crank baits around weed beds in the shallows. Some days its fun to try a little bit of everything and put on a crash course in walleye fishing tactics. We have heard a lot of nice comments from customers about how they appreciated fishing so many different methods and how much they learned over the course of a two or three day fishing trip. So there is something for everyone that is for sure.

We haven’t been catching a lot of northern pike lately. Every once and a while we stubble into a couple of them but we haven’t really been targeting them either. The white bass have taken over the shallows. Pitching crank baits on wind swept shorelines or along the highway rip rap is just about a guarantee for successful white bass fishing.

This has been by far one of our busiest and best summers in the the history of Mitchell’s Guide Service and it is by no means over with. We still have 10 days of July left and August is right around the corner. The walleye fishing will still be as good then as it is now so, if you are still thinking about a trip to Devils Lake it is not too late there is still plenty of prime time walleye fishing left and we will do our best to get your party scheduled in.

Good luck fishing everybody!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Winds and a major cold front slowed fishing this past week

Posted: July 17, 2009

Winds and a major cold front slowed fishing this past week, but a nice forecast for the weekend should turn things around. Prior to this cold front anglers were reporting excellent fishing in most all areas of the lake.

Anglers have been finding fish cranking the windswept shorelines and edges of weedbeds, trolling bottom bouncers or cranks along sunken roads and points, slip bobbering in the trees, and jigging deeper rocky points.Some of the better cranking areas have been Pelican Lake, the smaller bays in the Flats, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, the north end of Creel Bay, the Storm Sewer area, Haybale Bay, and Browns Bay with shad raps, wally divers, and hornets.

Slip bobber fisherman have been doing well in Pelican Lake, the Mauvee area, Florida near Grahams Island, Swanson’s Point, and Foughty’s Point.

Live bait fisherman have been working the sunken roads in Pelican, the Flats, and Six Mile and sunken points and rock piles such as Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Bird Island, and the Ft. Totten/Cactus area. Pike fishing’s been a bit slower, but most anglers are reporting some fish mixed in with walleyes. White bass continue to be caught in most all areas of the lake. Their population has skyrocketed and now’s a great time to take advantage of their abundance. Jigs or plain hooks tipped with minnows or cranks in firetiger, blue/silver, or perch all work great.

Shore fisherman continue to report an excellent evening bite at most all the bridges, the rip rap near Acorn Ridge, off Hwy 19 on the north end of Creel Bay, and the Hwy 281/19 area. Leeches on lindy rigs or slip bobbers have been working the best. Saturday the Lake Region Anglers Association will be having their annual Adult/Child fishing tournament at Grahams Island starting at 9:00am. This is sponsored in part by West Bay Resort. For more details check out the anglers site at www.ndsportfishingcongress.org. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtest of Ed’s Bait Shop & West Bay Resort

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What great weather for fishing!

Posted: July 14, 2009

What great weather for fishing! It sure is nice that we don’t have that 90 degree stuff. Fishing still remains very strong on the west end of Devils Lake. Everyone I talk with in the shop tells me a different way they caught there fish. Shallow, mid range and some fish coning as far as 20 ft. down. Bottom bouncers and spinner flew off the shelves this weekend. Old Hyw 281 one was hot this weekend trolling spinners and cranks in 8 to 12 foot of water. Slip bobber fishing has been good on Hali’s Hump, Howard’s Bay, Windmill Ridge, The Culee trees. Trolling has been good on the north shore of the flats and on top of the Golden Hwy. Salmo hornets, Shad Raps and Rip shads seem to be the best. Colors Change every day so mix it up.

Keep your Lines Tight.

Courtest of JJ’s Bait Shop and Lodging Minnewaukan, ND

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Anglers continue to report excellent fishing on Devils Lake

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Anglers continue to report excellent fishing on Devils Lake. While anglers are still catching fish shallow, many are starting to also find fish out on deeper rocky points and humps as well. The most popular presentations continue to be slip bobbering in the trees and along weed edges or cranking windswept shorelines, but live baiters runner bottom bouncers and spinners or trolling cranks deeper are also reporting increased success. Slip bobber and live bait fisherman are working the trees and weed edges of Pelican Lake, the Mauvee Coulee area, the north shore of the Flats, Howards Bay, Holy Bay, the trees near Grahams Island, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, the Ft. Totten/Cactus area, Swanson’s Point, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger Bay. Crankers are mainly working Pelican Lake, the Flats, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, New Mill, East Bay along Hwy 57 north and south of Acorn Ridge, Haybale Bay, and East Devils Lake. Cranks such as #5 or #7 shad raps, wally divers, countdowns, esko’s, and hornets have been the most popular. Best colors have been blue/silver, black/silver, hot steel, perch, and firetiger.

Shore fisherman continue to report excellent fishing at the bridges, the Hwy 281/19 area, north end of Creel Bay, and Hwy 57 near Acorn Ridge. Best bite’s in the early morning or evening hours. Try using lindy rigs tipped with leeches. White bass fishing’s been excellent in most all areas of the lake. Unfortunately for the other fish species in the lake, the bass population has exploded making for some excellent fishing for those who target white bass. Minnows or powerbait fished with white or chartreuse jigs along with firetiger or blue cranks have been working well for bass.

This weekend is the Angler Young Angler tournament at Lakewood. We wish all you young anglers the best of luck. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtest of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Fishing on Devils Lake is still very good

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Fishing on Devils Lake is still very good, although some of the methods and presentations have started to change into the typical mid summer patterns. We are finding more walleyes in the 8 to 12 foot range this past week and we have been spending a lot of time trolling bottom bouncers with either spinners or Lindy rigs tipped with night crawlers. We are also still catching a lot of walleyes slip bobbering with leeches but have been concentrating more on the flooded timber as of late. Ptiching crank baits is still happenning but the weeds have really grown in the shallow water, infact in a lot of places the weeds in 6 to 7 feet of water the weeds are now too thick. Again, our methods have changed a little. We are now keeping our boat in that 10 foot range and pitching crank baits that dive deeper. The Rapala Shad Rap number 7’s and the jointed Shad Raps number 5’s are excellent choices. Of course we are still doing this along the windswept weedbeds.

The numbers of walleyes we are catching are just incredible! We are catching a ton of them in that 14 to 15 inch range which are the perfect eating size fish but we also pop an occasional 20 plus incher that makes the braggen board on any bait shop’s wall.

The northern pike fishing has slowed quite a bit. We have a hunch that the 76 degree water temperatures have pushed them into deeper and cooler water. The white bass fishing is still a slam dunk. Pitching crank baits in shallow water is still the ticket as long as we can find areas that are weed free.

We have been trolling some crank baits as well, mainly on flooded roads and along the highway rip rap and have had some success but we need the wind and the walleye chop to make it happen.

Mitchell’s Guide Service is enjoying one of our best summers on Devils Lake. We are busy every day discovering new patterns and finding new fish. Some of our new guides have brought us some new tactics and strategies and we are all having a lot of fun teaching our customers and helping them catch a ton of fish. Our schedule seems to fill as we go so if you are planning a trip please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will do our best to find a time that works and as always we would love to take your party fishing!

Good Luck Fishing this week!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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The key is to find weed beds that are growing

Posted: July 8, 2009

Walleye fishing remains good on Devils Lake. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, however, many of the same presentations and depths that we’ve been using over the last two weeks are still working (slip-bobbering and pitching cranks or jigs along the shorelines). The best depths have been anywhere from 2 – 12 feet of water, with some fish being caught in up to 18 feet of water. The key is to find weed beds that are growing and fish along the edge of them. Bass fishing is unbelievable and there are many areas to find them, and you catch them every single cast. It doesn’t matter what presentation you use – they’ll hit anything. Northern fishing has been a bit more hit and miss with the warmer weather. It seems like they are sliding into deeper water. Good luck fishing!

Courtesy of Mark Bry, Bry’s Guide Service

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Anglers are now finding walleyes in most all parts of the lake

Posted: July 2, 2009

Fishing continues to be quite good on Devils Lake for both shore fisherman and boaters. Anglers are now finding walleyes in most all parts of the lake, but the western part of the lake continues to be the better area.

Boaters are finding fish by slip bobbering the trees, cranking windswept shorelines and weed edges, and working sunken roads and rocky points with bottom bouncers and spinners or cranks. Crankers are working shad raps, countdowns, rattletraps, and wally divers in the shallower bays in Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, and Browns Bay in East Devils Lake. Blue/silver, black/silver, perch, and firetiger have been the better colors. Slip bobber fisherman have been working the trees near the Mauvee Coulee, Grahams Island area, Ft. Totten area, casino area, Howards Bay area, and most all the bridges. Those using bottom bouncers and spinners have been doing well working sunken roads in Pelican Lake and New Mill Bay and also most of the rocky points spread throughout the lake. Pike and white bass continue to be caught along with walleyes in most all areas of the lake.

Shore fisherman are reporting their best action in the evening hours just before dark for walleyes with bass and pike action happening all day. The better areas for shore fisherman have been all the bridges, the Hwy 19/281 area, Hwy 19 near the airport, Skadsens Bay (which has now been shut off for boaters due to the new coffer damn being built across the entrance), and the area from the dike to Acorn Ridge on Hwy 57. In these areas anglers are pitching jigs or cranks, slip bobbering, lindy rigging, or using a split shot or other weight and a plain hook or floating jig tipped with a leech. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday weekend. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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