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August2009

Time flies when your having fun!

Posted: August 27, 2009

Time flies when your having fun! Fishing on Devils Lake remains excellent on many different types of presentations. We are still catching a lot of fish trolling along the weed beds in 8 to 14 feet of water on many parts of Devils Lake. We are mainly live baiting using bottom bouncers 3 feet of line and a plain hook tipped with either a leech or half of a night crawler. We are also catching a lot of fish slip bobbing the flooded timber and along the weed beds as well. Trolling crank baits have also been very successful along the highway rip rap and the many flooded roads in the lake as well. We have also had some success jigging rock piles on calm days.

So not much has changed since our last report. Writing these reports seems like all we talk about is the excellent fishing on Devils Lake but honestly this season has been that outstanding. I don’t want to get into statistics here but I would be hard pressed to remember a group this season that did not take their limit of walleyes home with them. That is a pretty darn good sign of success on any lake and it has become normal for us here on Devils Lake.

We still have plenty of summer left and the fishing is as good as ever so it is not too late to put a group together and come and fish Devils Lake with Mitchell’s Guide Service. We are still running 6 to 8 guides per day and staying plenty busy but we can always find room to fit you in. August is “Iowa Month” and we definitely want send a special welcome to all our Iowa farmers out there who are waiting for harvest to get here. Come on up to Devils Lake and experience some world class walleye fishing. Who knows you may even run into your neighbors!

Good Luck Fishing Everybody!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Fisherman continue to report excellent fishing on most all parts of Devils Lake

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Fisherman continue to report excellent fishing on most all parts of Devils Lake. Those doing the best have been trolling the edges of weedbeds or rocky points with cranks or bottom bouncers with spinners, jigging rocky points and humps, or slip bobbering in the trees. The better areas continue to be the sunken roads and humps in the Flats and Pelican Lake, Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, the Casino area, all the bridges around the lake, Foughty’s Point and the area from there to Skadsen’s Bay, and the Black Tiger area. Try trolling cranks such as jointed shads or salmo hornets; or bottom bouncers with gold, firetiger, rainbow, or red/white spinners tipped with leeches or crawlers; or slip bobber or jig with leeches or crawlers. Anglers pitching windswept shorelines are also reporting some fish but wind is key and catching is a bit more sporadic.

Shore fisherman continue to report excellent fishing at the bridges of 57, Six Mile, and the Mauvee. Shore fisherman also continue to report a good bite near Acorn Ridge, the north end of Creel, and the Hwy 281/19 area. Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers have been working the best. White bass are being found in these areas as well, but the windy side is key. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Eds Bait Shop

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Last week 90’s this week 50-60’s windy

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Last week 90’s this week 50-60’s windy. But thru it all the fish are still biting with limits of walleyes coming out of 9-13 feet of water. Most fish are eaters but getting some very nice four pounders thrown in the mix once in awhile. Trolling, some of the guys are getting some nice ones all so in 9-15′ of water. We still have some nice wether ahead this weekend. We are open and it looks like 80’s so if you have the weekend off give us a call if you want to have some good walleye action. A reminder for you duck hunters that are still looking for a nice house to rent I still have some openings. You all so may want to kept in mind the walleye action is good all day long. So after hunting it would be worth the time to hire a guide and go fishing after the morning hunt and before the sunset drive.

Courtesy of McQuiod Outdoors & Lodging

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Devils Lake can be intimidating.

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Drop, New Reef Runner Colors?

Where do you start, East Devils, Main Bay, Six Mile or maybe Grahams Island? How deep, live bait or cranks, bobbers or jigs? Devils Lake can be intimidating. If you don’t fish here every week things change and fast. I put together a list of possible presentations. Rip Rap along roads Guibber and Lemon and bridges-Main Lake rocks on sunken humps-sunken road beds-casting into timber with cranks and jigs-pulling crankbaits-bobbers in the trees-spinners along weed beds, Geez I could trip a breaker.

I normally check the weather, check with friends, guides, Fishing Buddy, anything just get me some info and a place to start. Search the data base of past experience, freshen it up with current info and I got me a plan. Not this time. Everyone says they are catching fish but each is somewhere different doing something different. I hate it when fishing is this good. What if I don’t find fish? Put together that 45 minute limit? Release the big one and have a story. Reality is, yesterday we caught two and everyone else was straining to lift their nets full of fish up on the cleaning table.

Guibber, aka Sarah, my youngest and her night time companion Lemon Drop are watching Princess Diary on TV. We are at the Holiday in Devils Lake on what is our first trip out this season for just the 3 of us. Things always look better after a good night’s sleep. I’m sort of a morning person anyway so maybe tomorrow we will just go fishing and not complicate it with too much thinking.

Overcast, south winds around 10-15 and low 60’s. Looks like a good day for fishing as we head out for a protected corner next to Grahams Island. We tie up to a tree for 15 minutes and Guibber gets a line out with a jig and Gulp. I have radio and with the boat tied up I can concentrate on the morning report and then get down to business. A Lund pulls past and starts fishing a road bed I just discovered. Cripes there are more sunken roads in this lake than I can keep track of. Radio goes fine, meaning my network woke up and I had signal. Now for some serious fishing.

It’s late August and you would think deep but the road tops at 9 to 10 feet. We are being followed by two RS-4’s 75 feet behind the boat. In close at 30 is two Reef Runner Rip Shads. First fish is on a Firetiger RS-4 and so is the next and next and so on. I make a quick change and now we have two Firetigers out the back. Not a single fish on the Reef Runners. Might as well be fishing with two lines but I’m determined to find something they want.

We run the gamut of color and style even digging into the bottom of the boxes for Thunderstick Jr’s a lure I used to pull often. After 15 minutes those two loafers get the notice and are laid off. I don’t like blue/chrome in the morning and I don’t like blue/chrome on overcast days but I’m out of colors in this box so down goes blue/chrome and up comes Guibber with a smile. Maybe I think too much and should “just go fishing” more often. We get another on blue/chrome and now we have two working for us.

Get this, the RS-4’s are as good as dead. An hour ago you could not keep ‘em in the water with all the action. Rip Shads moved in and are doing what the RS-4’s were doing early on. That just goes to show, ya got to have ’em all. You can tell your wife Schoneck said so. Tools, right tool for the right job. Ya, that makes sense.

Looking south you can see where the road comes into the water. We are on the NE corner of Grahams Island in an area locally known as Doc Hagens. The road runs north for a mile or so and tops at 10 feet. We are pulling the cranks slow. Very slow, in fact, as I don’t think we caught a fish over 2 mph. Get this, not a single crank lost, not even to a northern. Generally I tell people who want to pull cranks on DL two important facts. First buy several types and second be sure to get them in 6 packs. On the way to the lake roll down the truck window and toss out your first six pack. Kind of gets you warmed up for what’s coming.

No big fish story, not even the one that got away. Just a very good day on the water. I think I tend to minimize the quality of fishing here in ND. I have a few good days and begin taking it for granted. After all we did come in with two limits of “eaters” meaning 14-16 inch fish. Where in the upper mid-west can you pull that off in late August? Fact is our fishing is fantastic and I plan to make it a point not to diminish its value. I’ve fished other states for walleyes and my experience is ya, good fishing, but more often than not limited to a short window of opportunity. Kind of a seasonal thing. Not the case for ND, not even the dog days of August. The smile on the Guibber describes it best.

To view other reports, pictures and Google Earth GPS locations please go to: www.ndlive.com

Courtesty of Greg Schoneck of ND Live, Wet and Wild

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Fishing is still going strong

Posted: August 14, 2009

Fishing is still going strong. Best spots have been Maddock ridge, Malvee Cullee area, Howards farm, Golden Hwy and Hwy 281. Leeches on jigs and slip bobbers are working well on the humps. If the fish are not on the top slide off to the sides and you’ll find’em. Trolling the golden hwy with cranks and spinners has been good as well. Same goes for the rocks along hwy 281. The only report I have heard on shore fishing is just north of JJ’s bait shop on Hwy 281 and its been good.

Good luck to you all.

JJ’s Bait Shop and Lodging
PO Box 7
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
701-473-5440
www.jjsbaitshop.com

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Fishing on Devils Lake has been very good this past week despite some cooler than normal temperatures

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Fishing on Devils Lake has been very good this past week despite some cooler than normal temperatures. Another cold, turbulent week has returned surface water temperatures to the mid 60’s. With all of the cool weather, it feels more like early June than early August, if you’re into fishing like we are, this is probably more good than bad as the cool water temperatures have helped to extend the active bite in the 10 to 15 foot range. The walleye fishing has really picked up on the humps and bars on the main lake and in the flats and there are we are still catching plenty of fish on the edges of the weed lines and in the flooded timber.

It is still pretty much pick your poison as to all the methods we are using to catch fish. Some of our guides are doing really well slip bobbering and jigging, some are doing very well using bottom bouncers with spinners and lindy rigs, and some of our guides are doing very well trolling crankbaits. We are still catching plenty of big walleyes 17 to 24 inchers and a lot of eaters in that 14 to 16 inch range. You cannot beat the action as far as the numbers of walleyes we catch and release in a day. It is just unreal to think of how many fish this lake must have in it not to mention the number of different size classes that we catch through out the day. Our future walleye fishing on Devils Lake could not look brighter!

Not a whole lot has changed since the last report. We are still bringing our lunch box to work everyday and having a great time helping our customers experience world class walleye fishing on Devils Lake. We have enjoyed a great summer so far and it is by no means over with. There is still plenty of good fishing ahead and it is still a great time for you to gather up your family, friends, co-workers, who ever you can find and book a fishing adventure with Mitchell’s Guide Service. It will be the highlight of your summer.

Good Luck Fishing this week!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Fishing is fantastic! It seems like weeds are the key.

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Fishing is fantastic! It seems like weeds are the key. Work the edges of them with whatever presentation you are the most comfortable with. Best depths seem to be that 9-15 ft. of water. We have used jigs, bobbers, and lindy-rigs and had great luck. It is very common to catch 40-70 walleyes a day. The fish will vary from 10-18 inches with the occasional bigger one showing up from time to time. Flooded rocks have also been producing. Bass fishing has been good. The key is to locate them. They are usually in the shallow water, so cover water and you will eventually run into them. We have seen a few more northerns showing up, mainly when we are walleye fishing, but they have been a bit trickier to pattern. This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy some great fishing on Devils Lake! Good luck and keep your lines tight!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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13 inch Jumbo Perch – 16 inch White Bass

Posted: August 7, 2009

13 inch Jumbo Perch – 16 inch White Bass

If you come from the west like I do, living in Minot, the first big section of water is Pelican Lake to the north and to the south the Minnewaukan area. Moving east is Grahams Island followed by Six Mile Bay. Next up is Creel and Main Bay which finally gets us to the City of Devil Lake. So far we covered over 25 miles and we are only half way there. East Bay is up next and on the eastern edge is my destination, EASTBAY CAMPGROUND. Still have some lake to go, East Devils Lake, where the action is!

Let me introduce you to Bill and Valerie, owners of the campground. I’d say big, in a lot of ways, but mostly big in the sense of service, hospitality and care. We were on a drive around the camp when Bill noticed a guy coming in from fishing. After a quick yell out the truck window, “Want me to back you in?” he bailed out and helped the guy load his boat. I think he knows everyone here personally which amazes me. His wife Valerie, on top of holding two jobs, bakes a terrific cake. I know, since in my first hour here I was invited to supper. ND hospitality at its best. If you like attention you‘ll like Eastbay.

Tom and I met at the ramp just after morning radio. If you are not listening to ND Live, tune in every Thursday to KFYR am 550. With radio over till 12:55 we head out for East Devils Lake in anticipation of a repeat performance of yesterday’s walleye limit. Very light winds again today with light overcast makes seeing the weeds easy. Something that is important to me, since for the first time in my life I’m fishing weeds on purpose. I fish weeds a lot but never planned. You see I’m a crank guy and all weeds do for me is foul up a perfectly good set of crankbaits and mess with my patience.

One more first ever is Berkley Gulp. Fishing guide Mark Bry early this season introduced me to the 3 inch minnow in white and suggested I give it a try. It found a place in the bottom of a tackle locker which is where it stayed since. Don’t like the stuff even though several others have given it 5 stars for spectacular performance. I just don’t catch fish on Gulp so I don’t like it.

Change is good they say and I may be coming around. We are pitching into weed edges and open pockets with jigs and Gulp in 12 to 13 feet and I’m having the time of my life. When I get tired of pitching I can simply vertical jig right at the boat and get the same results. Walleyes are hitting it hard and after a little careful selection we have 4 in the boat. Tom and I make our first move to one of his secret locations and after two casts and a couple of missed fish I’m fighting something that don’t feel like a walleye. That’s cause 13 ¼ inch perch fight different. How I love this lake!

More walleyes and more fun and for no reason, we make another move to pull cranks. We motor past a group slip-bobber fishing and the lady up front may look asleep but when a bobber goes down she goes up. With the form of a professional the hook is set and Mr. Fish is in the boat. 10 minutes on the cranks is enough for me. Where is that Gulp, we got weeds to fish.

Next move, same story only bigger. Too bad too, since we already have our 10 in the live well. It’s a good experience releasing fish bigger than our keepers. Give it a try if you haven’t, and see if you don’t like the feeling. I know you will like the results. Conservation benefits us all. We are still on the same pattern with Gulp. Just to test the theory I grab another rod and hook on half a crawler. The test begins. Live bait verses Gulp. After the 3rd fish on Gulp I put the live bait rod in the locker. Geez Louise, I don’t believe it! Why have I been so stubborn all this time? Think of all the fish I could have been frying. Do you suppose I’m this hard headed about other things besides fishing? Nah, no way, not possible.

I mentioned to Tom I sure would like to get a photo of one of those legendary Devils Lake White Bass. He suggested a shoreline and we moved up to 7 feet pitching into shore but never made the big haul so common for DL. After two more moves it finally happened. Would you believe 16 inches and that ain’t even a real big one! Cripes I keep walleyes smaller than that. Dog Days of August, don’t you believe it.

I’m having supper with Tom tonight. Same old story, fish for the second night in a row. Tom even cleaned ‘em while I flapped my lips pretending to busy with important stuff. Two days at Eastbay Campground and I already feel like family. You’ll like it here, even if it takes a day or two to get used to all the attention.

To view other reports, pictures and Google Earth GPS locations please go to: www.ndlive.com

Courtesy of Greg Schoneck of ND Live, Wet and Wild

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Shore fisherman continue to report a good evening bite

Posted: August 3, 2009

Fishing on Devils Lake has been excellent with most all presentations working this time of year. Walleye anglers are pitching cranks into the edges of weedbeds or windswept shorelines, jigging sunken rock piles or around the bridges, trolling cranks along shorelines or deeper rocky structure, slip bobbering in the trees, or trolling spinner with bottom bouncers along the outer edges of weedbeds and along sunken rocky points. Some of the better areas have been the weeds of Pelican Lake; the sunken roads and flooded timber in the Flats, sunken points such as Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Bird Island, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, 5 Crows, and Swanson’s Point; the trees from Foughty’s Point to Black Tiger Bay; and the bridges around lake. Pike have been a little tougher to find, but are mixed in with walleyes in most areas. White bass are being found in most all areas of the lake by both boaters and shore fisherman. Jigs tipped with minnows along windswept shorelines have been the best.

Shore fisherman continue to report a good evening bite along the rip rapped shorelines. Some of the better places continue to be all the bridge areas, from the dike to Acorn Ridge south of DL, the north end of Creel Bay along Hwy 19, and the Hwy 281/19 area to the west. Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have been working well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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If you’re thinking summer is over and August fishing is dog days you are not from ND

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Does your wife know you got all this stuff?

If you’re thinking summer is over and August fishing is dog days you are not from ND. For years I’ve been telling those who hang up the rods early they are missing some of the best ND has to offer. Understand I’m from MN where dog days were just that. Tuff fishing. Don’t ask me what the difference is but most ND waters are not afflicted with the shortened season. Granted it’s not August yet but when it hits us this Saturday I plan to be on the water catching fish. Don’t let the summer slip by, take a couple of vacation days added to a weekend and get to Devils Lake.

I spent the night at Woodlands Resort where I got reacquainted with Kyle who owns and operates the resort. Woodlands is a first class operation with everything you can possibly need for a fishing vacation. Camping, cabins, camp store and the Cove, Woodlands own restaurant. As you can see by the wall of fish pictures, fishing here is first class as well.

With morning radio taken care of Ron and I motored out of Woodlands into a cool gray morning headed for the Golden Hi-way. I don’t fish the famous road often for some reason but I’m making it a point to pull some cranks there today. We got around Grahams Island and hit a bit more wind than I like so we just slipped into 11 to 12 feet and made a pull a few miles short of the Golden destination. Nobody home, so off for the road. One more detour at Howards as wind was blowing into shore and it just looked too good to pass up. 20 minutes in the 10 foot depth and several, “I can’t believe they’re not here’s” later, we finally hit the road.

The road is not good to me and I’m thinking to myself this ain’t gonna happen. It didn’t, so we moved off the road top to the west just a bit and pulled a hump a couple of other boats were on. First Fish, northern, followed by a small walleye on a Reef Runner Rip Shad. Low clouds and low pressure have me thinking I need to make a change so out came the cold front lures. Two RS4’s which turned out to be our best morning lures. They got us our first limit of small walleyes. Once 5 were in the box Ron and I had a council and came up with a stimulus plan. MOVE.

Devils Lake simply has too much to offer for one day on the water. Geez you could spend the entire summer here and not get to 10% of the lake. Knowing that, I still try, so off to Pelican for a look around. We arrive to sunshine and very light winds. Cranks go down into 15 feet with Bomber 24a’s at 45 feet back and Rip Shads, Shad Raps, Salmo’s and several others following. It was a two lure show all afternoon as the Firetiger Bombers were the only lures to catch fish. I consider Bombers in the same class as the RS4’s, cold front equipment.

We have a slow start with rain to the SW and rain to the NE. For some reason we are under the clear patch. That does change however and the afternoon is spent climbing in and out of rain gear interrupted by the occasional fish, a very welcome interruption. Ron released our best fish of the day and with 9 in the live well you always ask yourself if that was a good call. Turns out it was as a Bomber put last fish in the box for us.

We have plenty of day left and I get the wild idea to see if I can put the hooks to a monster northern. Earlier this season I went out with Boyd, a local northern expert and got the low down on 40 inch plus trophy fish. I knew when I climbed into his boat it would cost me and sure enough I now own several dollar an inch titanium leaders matched with 10 bucks a crack spinners. They sure look pretty in the water. I was feeling pretty good about the investment until Ron had to bring up the “Does your wife know you got all this stuff?” question. I’m used to vertical jigging a ¼ ounce leadhead so tossing a 1 ¼ ounce monster spinner and dragging it through a jungle of weeds is like winching a log up a mountain slope. Needless to say when I got off the water I gave a Boyd a call to see if I qualify for remedial training.

Last week I mentioned in the fishing tip it is always better to spend an extra two hours in the truck in order to get to good fishing rather than stop two hours short for mediocre fishing. Fact is there is no place in ND, heck MN, IA, or WI for that matter that is too far to drive for what Woodlands Resort and Devils Lake has to offer. August, you will not be disappointed.

Courtesy of Greg Schoneck of ND Live, Wet And Wild

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