Archive of Fishing reports

October2009

Anglers are reporting some excellent walleye and pike action on the lake

Posted: October 23, 2009

Welcome hunters and fisherman to the Lake Region. Another week of cold temps and some added snow this past week once again kept most fishermen off the lake. Prior to this cold front, anglers were reporting some excellent walleye and pike action on the lake. Typical fall patterns of working moving water bridge areas, trolling sunken roads and rocky points, or jigging these areas were the most effective presentations. Some of the better areas this time of year include the sunken roads of Pelican and the Flats, the bridge areas, and sunken rocky points such as Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Ft. Totten/Cactus Point, Five Crows, and Foughy’s Point. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Walleye reproduction in Devils Lake this year was the best on record.

Posted: October 15, 2009

“Walleye reproduction in Devils Lake this year was the best on record. The lake, which has tripled in size in recent years, had between five and six times the natural walleye reproduction above the long-term average.” Power said a typical test netting would average 17 walleyes per net and this year it ran about 100 per net. “It’s the best we have ever seen in that lake,” Power said.

Greg Power, Fisheries Chief for the ND Game and Fish Department

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Fishing is a lot of fun this time of year

Posted: October 12, 2009

Fall is certainly here!! We had such a warm and beautiful September, now we are getting into more traditional fall weather patterns. There are lots of activities to do in the Devils Lake area this time of year. Deer, grouse, goose, and duck hunting are all open. This time of year is always the craziest for me because there are so many options and so little time. Daylight is starting to fade more and more and the wildlife is preparing for winter.

We do still have some fabulous fishing. Fishing is a lot of fun this time of year. There is something about late fall fishing that is special. Maybe it is the fact that open water will soon be gone, or is it the fact that large fish are building up their fat supplies and on the bite. Whatever it is, we would be more than happy to get you on the water. We still have guides that are ready to go and this is truly getting to be your last chance before freeze up. We also have a guide going on Stump Lake, which has a fantastic fall bite.

I would like to say thanks to all of the people who fished with Bry’s Guide Service this summer. It was our busiest summer ever and we had awesome clients and fishing. It makes our job a lot of fun and we look forward to fishing with you again. Keep your lines tight!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Cold cool temps and wind kept most fisherman off the lake this past week.

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Welcome hunters and fisherman to the Lake Region. Cold cool temps and wind kept most fisherman off the lake this past week. The few who did make it out continue to report good fishing. Typical fall patterns are working the best with anglers working sunken roads, moving water bridge areas, and rocky points. In these areas anglers are trolling cranks or bottom bouncers with spinner or jigging with minnow, leeches, or crawlers. Some of the better areas continue to be the sunken roads of Pelican and the Flats, Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Five Crows, Foughty’s Point, all the bridges and the area near the outlet to Stump Lake in East Devils Lake. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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The walleye fishing on Devils Lake is still tremendous

Posted: October 5, 2009

The walleye fishing on Devils Lake is still tremendous and the northern pike fishing this past week has been very good as well. We are not doing anything special or different to target the northerns, we just seem to catch them as we are walleye fishing. Some of the nicest walleyes of the summer are being caught trolling crank baits. Both the Rapala jointed number 5 Shad raps and the No. 5 Salmo Hornets are still the baits of choice that are most successful.

We do have some of our guides doing very well trolling live bait with bottom bouncers along the weed beds as well. A walleye chop going into the weeds seems to really improve the bite almost to the point of being suicidal.

This past week it seems that summer finally arrived. We enjoyed many days in the mid 70s to lower 80s. Despite this summer being cooler than normal it has improved our fishing in many ways. The main reason it kept our fish in shallow water for most of the summer and it has given us longer periods of time to figure spots out because the extended shallow water bite.

With fall officially underway the fishing on Devils Lake is as good as it has been all summer. In fact, it is in some ways better as the fish seem to be getting bigger. Take a look below at some of the dandy fish that were brought in this past week. If you are looking to take a fishing trip this fall you will not find better fishing anywhere that’s going on right now on Devils Lake. With school beginning and the summer winding down, Mitchell’s Guide Service has plenty of room to take your party fishing. We would love to have you!

A reminder for all the hunter planning a duck or a goose hunt in October, Mitchell’s Guide Service is running the “Hunters Special” This is a 1/2 day guiding fishing (4 hours) in the afternoon after your hunt. The prices are $250.00 for 3 people and $225.00 for 2 people. We started this a couple of years ago and in many cases it has been the highlight of the trip.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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walleye and pike action has been excellent

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Welcome waterfowl hunters to the Lake Region. With an excellent summer duck hatch action should be fast and furious. For those hunters looking to add some fishing to their trip, walleye and pike action has been excellent. Anglers are reporting good success at most of the bridges around the lake including the Mauvee bridge, Six Mile bridge, Hwy 57 & 20 bridges, and the Woods Rutten bridge. Other areas producing fish include the sunken roads of Pelican and the Flats, rocky points such as Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Bird Island, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Five Crows, Foughty’s Point, and the far east part of East Devils Lake near the outlet to Stump. In these areas anglers are jigging with minnows, leeches, or crawlers; or running bottom bouncers with spinners. Some anglers are also trolling cranks such as jointed shads, wally divers, or salmo’s on the points and sunken roads as well.

Devils Lake also has some of the best shore fishing you’ll find anywhere. The bridges and the rip rapped highways near the Hwy 19/281 intersection, the bridge areas mentioned above, the north end of Creel off Hwy 19, and the area south of DL near Acorn Ridge all offer some excellent walleye fishing. Try using lindy rigs or jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, or crawlers. The best action tends to be in the morning and evening hours on the windy sides. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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