Archive of Fishing reports

July2010

Fishing successful for most anglers

Posted: July 29, 2010

Hello Everyone…..I would like to apologize for the lack of fishing reports on the website. Ed’s Bait Shop is now under NEW OWNERSHIP and I would like to welcome everyone to the lake region and to our new business. We offer a FULL stock of bait and tackle along with added premium gas and diesel. Stop in and check us out so we can point you to the right direction on your next fishing trip!!!!

Ok lets talk fishing…..Which I am sure everyone wants to know what’s going on! Fishing has been pretty good over the past month since the lake has started to dirty up a little bit. I will talk about the last week or so of fishing for the reports…..Fishing has been successful for most anglers all over the lake. Anglers moving around are having the best luck. Some of the better areas for walleye fishing have been Stromme Addition, Dairy farm, Penny Bay, Haybale bay in East bay….Ft Totten are fishing the humps and deeper rock piles, Doc hagens area, the trees around Grahams Island, Patience point, Howards Bay, the underwater road leading from Grahams to old 281 and various places in Pelican Lake. Ways people are fishing include spinners and bottom bouncers in 12-25 ft. over water, trolling cranks in 12-25ft of water, throwing cranks along weed beds in 5-12 ft. to water, slip bobbering in the trees in 10-15ft of water, and jigging deep water points and rock piles in 18-35 ft. of water. Seems to me people are buying the colors they like best which would be the main ones like fire tiger, perch, hot steel, purple decent, black and sliver,and bleak for the cranks. Gold and or silver have been popular on the spinners. Again I stress anglers who move around the most are having the best of luck.

Shore fishing has been successful using lindy rigs with a leech or crawler in ares which include the bridges on highway 19, along the dike south of the bait shop and the rocky shoreline just west of the airport on highway 19. Early mornings or evenings have been the best from shore.

Again I want to apologize for the lack of reports. Things have been pretty crazy around here!!! Please stop in and check us out to see what we can help you with. Good luck and good fishing!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Fishing has been pretty good this past week on Devils Lake

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This past week fishing has been pretty good. Bottom bouncers and spinners have been my best option. Slow Death also seems to be catching a fair number of fish. Best colors are perch looking. Half a crawler also seems to be better than a whole one.

As for areas, 12 to 14 feet of water is the deal. Look for a weed bed and fish the outside edges. Most weeds end in about 12 feet of water right now. It may take some searching, but fish weeds and you will find walleye.

Flooded road beds have been holding fish as well. The most popular is the Golden Highway, but any road can have fish on it.

Courtesy Johnnie Candle and Rock102

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FLW Walleye Tour

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Sorry for the delayed fishing report, things have been crazy around here!  On behalf of Woodland Resort and Mitchell’s Guide Service we would like welcome the FLW Walleye Tour.  Woodland Resort is proud to host this event and would like to welcome all tournament fans to come on out and watch the weigh-ins and cheer on your favorite Professional walleye fisherman.  Thursday and Friday weigh-ins begin at 3:00 pm and Saturday the weigh in will be held at Lake Chevrolet in downtown Devils Lake.

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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And the bite goes on in Devils Lake!!

Posted: July 24, 2010

And the bite goes on!! Not much has changed here in Devils Lake over the past week. We still have a fantastic bite for walleyes and bass. Same presentations and depths are working. We have connected with some very big fish this week. Walleyes over 24 inches, many bass between 16-18.5 inches, and several pike over 37 inches. The norm for walleyes are those 14-18 inchers, the perfect fish to keep. There are many different areas that are working: flooded trees, points, roads, rip-rap, rock-piles, and weeds. This is a great time to be out in Devils Lake. Fish whatever method is comfortable for you and good luck!!

Courtesy Bry’s Guide Service

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It’s a bad time to be a walleye!

Posted: July 21, 2010

It is a bad time to be a walleye and a good time to be a walleye fisherman on Devils Lake. The walleyes are on the bite and all presentations seem to be working. Our best luck has been working weed lines in that 8-14 ft of water. There are still some shorelines where pitching cranks will produce; however, weeds are starting to really grow and you need to know where the pockets exist on each shoreline where you can pitch effectively. Live bait rigs such as bouncers and spinners have been good. We have been doing a lot of vertical jigging and pitching jigs along weeds, rock piles, and drop-offs. Overall, fish whatever way is most comfortable for you.

White bass are a bit deeper as well. Once you find them, be prepared to do a lot of catching. They seem to be a bit more scattered of late, but we have also been spending more time catching eyes and not going after the bass. Northerns are being caught every now and then with the walleyes. The weather has been nice and the fish are biting. It is common to catch many walleyes between 14-18 inches with some nicer 19-25 inchers mixed in as well. Get out here and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Another fantastic week of fishing!

Posted: July 14, 2010

We have had a gorgeous week of weather and the walleye fishing has been awesome.  It’s all about the weeds lately.   We have been either trolling slowly along weedbeds or slip bobbering along them with leeches. Both methods have been very effective.  The walleyes have been running anywhere from 15 to 22 inches and there are some smaller ones that we throw back along with them. 

The northern pike fishing has slowed up quite a bit.   We have been catching an occasional northern with the walleyes but honestly we have not really been fishing for them.  The weeds have taken over the shallows and this has pretty much ended our pitching crankbaits.  When the weeds are poking through the waters surface in 10 feet of water, not many fishermen have the patience for reeling in weeds cast after cast.

The white bass fishing has been very good as well when we have targeted them.

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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Pass me those blood pressure pills, I can’t keep up this hectic pace.

Posted: July 10, 2010

Much of what I enjoy is the result of someone else’s hard work and sacrifice. Eastbay Campground is one of many examples. I drive over and enjoy a sweet night’s stay in a cabin complete with “dish” and wake up to fresh coffee. Launch my boat and head out to where Eastbay’s owner Bill suggests I drop a line. Have the time of my life and drive home with a memory and a smile.

That smile is the result of Bill and Val’s hard work and sacrifice. Turning a flooded family farm into a resort doesn’t happen without strain. It is easy to feel the years of struggle in Bill’s heart. Devils Lake has taken as much as she has given. If you happen to be on the receiving side and find yourself smiling, pass on a word of encouragement to those who made it happen. Let’m know you’re grateful.

I have a re-occurring weakness that shows up every summer. Fishing memories. Back to where they were biting last week, last month or even last year. I found myself sitting in 15 feet on a couple of humps thinking, this just don’t feel right. “Feel right” when I’m fishing usually means my heart is struggling to overcome my brain. I finally get the point and head over to where Bill suggested I fish.

Browns Bay is around 13 feet for the most part and flat as they come. Few weeds, even less snags and stuffed to the top with several styles and sizes. They are not temperamental right now either. Cranks, jigs, spinners, live bait. Do what you like as the fish like it all.

If you are new to cranks or a bit on the shy side here is a suggestion that helps me. I look at cranks like live bait fishing. Trying different styles of cranks is the same as trying different minnows or switching crawlers to leeches. Mix up the selection with Jointed baits, high action with subtle action, big with little. Each bait has its own personality. Let the fish decide who they like.

Take a tip from the spinner guys who are masters at color change. Some days it doesn’t matter, other days it’s all that matters. Another thing the spinner gang does well is changing depths. Even if you have fish going at 10 feet it doesn’t cost much to check 8. Speed, like color can be critical. I can’t sort it all out so again; let the walleyes tell you what they like.

I have boxes of Salmo’s so don’t think Reef Runner is the only crank I own. I gave Salmo’s and several other cranks a try before it became obvious that a Wonderbread Red Rip Shad was pushing 5 to one with 3 to one odds. Jointed 5’s, Salmo’s, even Rip Shads in other colors, all coming in a distant last.

We liked 10 feet down with 35 feet of 10# Crystal tied to Rip Shads in Wonderbread Red. Hauling in a  fish a minute, my best guess is the walleyes liked it as well. We started with 4 lines out the back but Jesse and I were quickly out of breath in an effort to keep lines working. Geez, my nerves are buzzing.“Jesse, pass me those blood pressure pills, I can’t keep up this hectic pace.”

Down to a manageable 2 lines we settled in for a day made for the heart. Therapy better than a professional’s couch, but I doubt much cheaper. I do recommend, like the professional, make an appointment for next week. 95 percent Walleyes, 4 percent White Bass, and 1 percent Mr. Big Northern.

We have it easy with little effort, just the way I like it. The bonus, if you’re like me and your image is tied to performance, you will be feeling Top Dog. Enjoy it for a while, then remember who made it possible.

Thanks Bill,

Greg
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Jason Mitchell Outdoors recently filmed two episodes for his television show on Devils Lake

Posted: July 9, 2010

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Jason Mitchell Outdoors

Press Release July 7th, 2010

Jason Mitchell, host of Jason Mitchell Outdoors recently filmed two episodes for his television show on Devils Lake this past week.  Mitchell fished with Ron Ellis from Woodland Resort in the morning and caught several nice walleye using bottom bouncers and spinners along weed bed edges on the East Bay of Devils Lake.  Later that afternoon, Mitchell joined John Erikstad from Lakeview Lodge and the pair caught several nice walleye by casting crankbaits on a wind blown shorelines to film another segment.  According to Mitchell, “most of the walleyes were caught in less than ten feet of water and were very aggressive.  Devils Lake is truly one of the best walleye fisheries in the Midwest,” stated Mitchell.  According to Mitchell, filming two seperate segments in a day is very unusual and is a testiment of how great the fishing truly is.  These segments will air this upcoming fall and winter of 2011.  Jason Mitchell Outdoors airs on FSN North along with several regional broadcast stations covering North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansan, Missouri and Nebraska, reaching over nine million households.  During 2010, Jason Mitchell Outdoors boasted one of the highest ratings for outdoor programming on FSN North.

Caption for Photo: Jason Mitchell, host of Jason Mitchell Outdoors with a dandy walleye caught while filming a show on Devils Lake recently.

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The bite is on at Devils Lake!

Posted: July 6, 2010

The bite is on at Devils Lake! We have had some warmer weather which has helped warm up water, create more weed growth, and helped with an algae bloom in the water. These are all ingredients that equal active fish on our lake. Methods for catching fish really vary from pitching cranks/jigs, slip-bobbering, pulling spinners, or trolling cranks. We have caught fish using all of these presentations. Best depths seem to be 4-17 ft of water. Fish where the wind is blowing in if you can and if not work weed lines, points, flooded points or trees. It seems like once you catch 3 or 4 walleyes, there are a lot more around so stay on them. Also, we have caught many of those nice eating size fish (14-18 inchers), and we have even caught some up and comers (8-12 inchers), which are great to see. White bass are still shallow and they seem to hit any cranks or jig/plastic combo you put in front of them. Northerns are a bit scattered, some are shallow and some are deeper. We are catching a few each day mixed in with the walleyes and bass. Good luck fishing and have a great weekend!


Courtesy Bry’s Guide Service

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Well how do you like to catch your walleye today?

Posted: July 5, 2010

Happy 4th of July everyone! Well how do you like to catch your walleye today? This is the question the guides of Mitchell’s Guide Service has been asking a lot lately. All methods are working these days. Slip bobbering the flooded timber and weed lines, casting crank baits on wind swept shorelines, trolling crank baits, and bottom bouncing with spinners have all been effective methods of fishing on Devils Lake since our last report. Some days were tougher than others due to either too much wind or flat calm conditions. But the fishing has been very good overall.

The water temperatures have definitely warmed up and the fish are beginning to make a transition to a little deeper water. The weed lines have really grown and it is common to find weeds poking through the surface in 8 to 9 feet of water. This illuminates a lot of casting spots so with change so do our methods of fishing. This isn’t all figured out in a couple hours of fishing. It takes a team work of guides constantly exploring and trying new methods in many different parts of the lake and then sharing the information amongst the guide staff to help make every day successful.

We have been getting a few complaints lately of people having a hard time finding openings with Mitchell’s Guide Service in the month of July. So I went through the schedule book and found several days in July that we do still have available. Some days are soon full and there are a few that are wide open so here it is…

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