Archive of Fishing reports

January2010

Trails are open!

Posted: January 29, 2010

Welcome anglers to the Annual Devils Lake Fire Department Tournament. We wish everyone the best of luck and hope you enjoy your time in Devils Lake.

As for fishing, heavy snow on the lake really limited anglers this past week. However, the access group and the resorts have worked hard and been able to make some trails for anglers this week. The Casino, Woodland Resort and Ackerman Acres have plowed trails in their areas. The Chamber will be updating the trail list this morning at www.devilslakend.com (too long to include here). With the heavy snow anglers wishing to adventure out off the trails will find it tough going without a snowmobile. Possible, but tough.

Walleye anglers have been reporting a good morning and evening bite. The better areas have been the humps in the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, the Casino area, Rocky/Military Points, East Bay near the Camp entrance, the Stromme Addition area, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger. Try using sonars or buckshots, nils, raps, or kastmasters tipped with minnows or minnow heads.

Perch fishing is really hit or miss. Some anglers do well each day, but it’s been tough to duplicate it the next day. Some of the better areas have been the Casino, Rocky/Military Points, and the south end of Black Tiger. Look for deeper ledges from 30-50 feet. Hali’s, kastmasters, genz worms, hanger rigs with jigs such as ratso or ratfinkies, and small raps tipped with wax worms, minnows, or minnow head all tend to work at times.

Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

Trails are open!

Lakewood: The access point is open & cleared out.

Six Mile Bay: On the north end of Six Mile Bay, the trail loops covering the whole bay, and is in good shape. From the boat ramp, the trails runs to the Doc Hagens area.This trail has a little bit of water on it but will loop around the bad spots today.

Acorn Ridge/East Bay: The trail heads south towards Camp Grafton and back to the ramp, then towards Stromme Addition and cuts across to the 82nd Ave NE entrance (off Highway 2 East) onto the lake. The trail then heads to Foughty’s Point and continues to Skadsems Bay. The trail also cuts across to Ackerman Acres. (All trails here are in good shape).

Highway 2 Access (82nd Ave NE): The trail heads to Haybale Bay and completes a large loop.

Other trails to access are at Spirit Lake Casino and Woodland Resort.

Happy Fishing & best of luck in the tournament tomorrow!

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Anglers are reporting fairly good fishing

Posted: January 25, 2010

Anglers are reporting fairly good fishing but it can also be hit and miss. The best walleye fishing is in the early morning and evening hours. Rocky points and other structure seem to be the key. Some of the better areas include the sunken roads and points in the Flats, the Doc Hagens area, Ft. Totten/Cactus Points and Knudson’s Bay, the Casino area, Stromme Addition and the storm sewer area, the sunken road in Black Tiger Bay, East Devils Lake, and Lake Irvin. Sonars, chubby darters, or buckshots, kastmasters, raps, and nils tipped with minnow heads have all been working well.

Perch fishing remains quite spotty with a few people getting some fish each day, but not much for numbers or consistency. Some of the areas producing perch have been the Towers area, Creel Bay, Military Point, Casino area, and Black Tiger.

Pike fishing’s been decent as well with fish being found along with walleyes in most parts of the lake. Those targeting pike have been doing best in Walfords Bay, Jerusalem Bay, Lake Irvin, and Sweetwater/Morrison. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Most of our walleyes are coming in that ten foot range

Posted: January 15, 2010

FISHING, it’s up and down one day we will clobber them and the next day will just plain stink. Most of our walleyes are coming in that ten foot range. Tip-ups tipped with minnows and jigging spoons with rattles are working well. The key to catching big numbers of walleyes is moving allot during peak feeding times, A.M. and P.M. The mid day bite is slow and boring so if you get on the fish in the morning they should reappear in the late afternoon. Check out the fish these buddy’s caught on our last guided trip. There was 14 of us and we limited out both days. WOW what a day. we still have a few opening’s for the winter so quit wish’n go fish’n!

Courtesy of Jason Feldner Perch Eyes Outfitters and Lodging

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Walleyes are being caught in most areas of the lake

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A warmer than normal weather forecast has finally gotten fisherman out exploring the lake. Most anglers are reporting a good 18 inches of ice and are accessing the lake with their vehicles. Recent snows have resulted in a fair amount of snow in some areas. Those wishing to venture around will need a 4×4 vehicle. With very little money available for lake trails this year, trails will largely be limited to the casino and Creel Bay areas as the casino and Woodland Resort have been plowing those areas. Other areas will only have the access points opened. As for fishing, anglers have been reporting some excellent fishing this past week.

Walleyes are being caught in most areas of the lake with the better spots being the sunken humps and points in the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, the Casino area, Black Tiger, Stromme Addition, the storm sewer area, the south end of Black Tiger, East Devils Lake, and Lake Irvin. Anglers are using lures such as sonars or chubby darters; or jigs such as buckshots, kastmasters, raps, and nils tipped with minnows or minnow heads. Perch fisherman also reported catching some fish this past week. The better areas have been Black Tiger Bay, East Devils Lake, Creel Bay, and the Towers area. We’ve also had some reports of fish being caught in Pelican and the Flats.

Haleys, kastmasters, genz worms, ratfinkies, and other small panfish type jigs tipped with minnow heads or wax worms along with a plain hook and minnow set up have all been working. Pike fishing’s been decent as well with fish being found along with walleyes in most parts of the lake. Those targeting pike have been doing best in Walfords Bay, Jerusalem Bay, the north end of Irvin, and Sweetwater/Morrison. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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New access point open on the lake!

Posted: January 14, 2010

New access point open on the lake! 82nd Ave NE (off of Hwy 2 east) was cleared today to allow a great access point onto the lake! Happy fishing!

Billy Hildebrand from KFAN is here this weekend promoting Devils Lake. Tune into kfan.com to listen tonight and Saturday morning or the radio if it is broadcast in your area!

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The forecast for the upcoming week looks awesome

Posted: January 12, 2010

Extremely cold temps the past couple days have made fishing miserable, but have really helped with ice conditions. The forecast for the upcoming week looks awesome though. Most anglers are now finding from 14”-18” of ice and are driving vehicles. While finally thick enough to drive on, anglers still need to stay away from moving water areas such as bridges and coulees.

As for fishing, most anglers are reporting excellent walleye fishing, good pike fishing, but perch have been tough to find. Walleye fishermen are doing well on sunken rocky structure. The better spots have been the sunken roads and humps in the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Rocky/Military Point, the north end of Creel Bay, the Casino area, Mission Bay, East Bay near the Camp entrance, Stromme Addition, and the sunken road in Black Tiger. Buckshots, nils, raps, and kastmasters tipped with minnow heads have been working well as have sonars and chubby darters. The best fishing has been in the early morning and evening hours. The exception would be Lake Irvin were anglers are also reporting some fish throughout the day. Pike fishing’s been good in Pelican Lake, the north end of Six Mile Bay, Wolfords Bay, and East Devils Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups is your best bet. With perch numbers way down, perch have been tough to find. A few anglers are finding a few in the north end of Creel Bay, the mouth of Creel, the Towers area, the Casino, and in Black Tiger, but no real numbers. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Eastbay landing temporarily shut down

Posted: January 11, 2010

The Eastbay Boat landing is temporarily shut down for lake access due to an ice ridge that has formed in front of the boat ramp.

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Public Access Points Open This Weekend!

Posted: January 8, 2010

Public Access Points Open This Weekend! Three public access points will be opened up this weekend. The Eastbay Boat Landing, Lakewood Boat Landing and Six Mile Bay (North) Boat Landing will be plowed for access this weekend. Happy Fishing!

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Ice conditions are starting to improve

Posted: January 5, 2010

Ice conditions are starting to improve with most anglers reporting 10-14″ of ice. While some are starting to drive on the ice, we still recommend foot, atv, or snowmobiles. Recents snows have put some snow on the ice, so four wheel drive will more than likely be necessary.

Walleye anglers have been reporting some decent fishing in Lake Irving, the gap near the Mauvee, Doc Hagens, the north end of Six Mile, Ft. Totten area, Casino, Mission Bay, East Bay near the camp entrance, and Black Tiger. Buckshots, raps, kastmasters, and nils tipped with minnow heads all work at times. Pike fishing’s been fairly good to the north at Sweetwater/Morrison as well as the north end of Six Mile and Jerusalem Bay. Perch fishing’s been slow with a few fish being caught in Black Tiger Bay and the Country Club area. We hope you all have a Great New Year!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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The walleye fishing has been incredible for both numbers and size

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Happy New Year! Things have really picked up here in the last week. The walleye fishing has been incredible for both numbers and size. Nearly every group we have taken so far has limited out on walleyes. We have been fishing lots of structure mostly humps and sunken islands but we have had some success on some larger walleyes in the shallows in 8 to 10 feet of water. Our best luck so far has been on Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon and the Rapala jigging shad raps tipped with minnow heads.

We haven’t fish perch that much yet but are hearing lots of reports of schools of perch being found in a number of places. Only problem has been they have been very tough to get to bite so far especially with all the weather changes we have experienced this past week.

The northern pike fishing has been very good as well. We have not done much tip up fishing yet bet plan to in the next coming days. We have heard some pretty good stories from the folks in Woodland’s spear houses. They have seen lots of pike and some bruisers as well.

We did luck out on that last storm we had over Christmas. We did get about 1 foot of snow but the wind really blew it around when it came so it is not like it has a blanket of 1 foot of snow everywhere. We are driving our trucks pretty much everywhere on Devils Lake and we are finding a consistent 12 to 15 inches every where we have been so far.

I will be posting some photos shortly but am waiting to receive some from clients we guided this past weekend.

Good Luck Fishing and be safe!

Courtesy of Zippy Dahl, Perch Patrol Guide Service

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