Archive of Fishing reports

August2010

The best success comes from anglers moving around a lot on Devils Lake

Posted: August 31, 2010

Hello Anglers…Sorry about missing last weeks fishing report. I was pre-fishing for that MWC Cabelas tourny and totally forgot to do last weeks report! The past couple weeks fishing has been about the same..catching a lot of fish but a lot of small ones at the same time. East bay continues to produce around the Stromme Addition, Foughty’s Point, Dairy Farm, Haybale, and Penny Bay. Jigging the bridges of 20 and 57 have also been good in the evenings. South end of the main bay is reporting success on the humps and rock piles…..Cactus point, Ft Totten point, and 5 crows are a few. The towers, old and new mill bays cover the main bay. In the flats Haily’s Hump, Patience Point, Howards Bay, and the Golden highway remain good spots as well. Pelican is picking up for some better fish, moon bars, Pelican Ridge and various weed lines around the lake are getting better. People are trolling, bobbering, jigging, spinners, and pitching cranks. Better depths for trolling have been 15-25 ft, 6-10 pitching cranks, 10-14 for the bobbers and 12-25 for spinners and bottom bouncers.

The best success comes from anglers moving around a lot and trying different presentations, depths, and locations. Good luck and good fishing! Keep those lines tight!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Devils Lake Wave Forecasts Added to Our Website

Posted: August 23, 2010

The National Weather Service Office in Grand Forks North Dakota invites you to visit the new “Lake Wind-Wave Forecast” web page for the three major lakes in our forecast area; Devils Lake, Upper and Lower Red Lakes, and Lake of the Woods. The forecasts are given as a series of maps for each 3 hours covering the next 2 days. The forecast shows the significant wave heights* over the lakes and the 10-meter winds the model uses to generate them. The wind-wave forecast will be updated when the weather forecast is updated, usually 3 times a day. Currently, it is based on the 5-kilometer weather grids but will be upgraded to use the higher-resolution 2.5 km grids in early September. Visit the page

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Local boy takes first in the MWC youth fishing tournament

Posted: August 20, 2010

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The first MWC youth fishing tournament on Devils Lake, ND was held on Friday, August 20, launching out of Graham’s Island State Park with the weigh-in held in town at the Burdick Arena. The weather was beautiful for the morning, and fish were caught. The youth, ages 8 to 12, were paired with a professional fisherman from the MWC circuit.

The results are:

1st place: Dylan Durbin, Crary, ND and Chad Maloy, Fargo, ND  –  3 fish at 5.0 pounds
2nd place: Benjamin Shepard, Devils Lake, ND and Brian Sularz, Maple Grove, MN  –  3 fish at 4.53 pounds
3rd place: Isaak Brown, Devils Lake, ND and Bryan Gaikowski, Watertown, SD  –  2 fish at 3.80 pounds
4th place: Zack Shepard, Devils Lake, ND and Brian Woodward, Casper, WY  –  2 fish at 3.77 pounds
5th place: Jayce Trana, Devils Lake, ND and Kevin McQuoid, Isle, MN  –  2 fish at 3.69 pounds
6th place: Hunter Brown, Devils Lake, ND and Guy Ryan, Salina, KS  –  2 fish at 3.68 pounds
7th place: Cory Shereck, Devils Lake, ND and Johnnie Candle, Devils Lake, ND  –  2 fish at 3.54 pounds
8th place: Andrew Lee, Walhalla, ND and Corey Heiser, West Fargo, ND  –  2 fish at 3.34 pounds
9th place: Zach Abrahamson, Minot, ND and Jim Perry, Tonganokie, KS  –  2 fish at 2.96 pounds
10th place: Ryan Reule, Devils Lake, ND and Dewey Huber, Garden City, KS  –  1 fish at 1.44 pounds
11th place: Bailey Schneider, Devils Lake, ND and Allan Freidig, Devils Lake, ND  –  1 fish at 1.41 pounds
12th place: Blake Gellner, Langdon, ND and Mike Oletzke, Watertown, SD  – 1 fish at 1.24 pounds

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Cooler weather is on its way on Devils Lake

Posted: August 18, 2010

Hello Anglers…This past week of fishing was good and bad from the reports we revieved. Hot humid weather along with very light winds made fishing some what difficult during mid-day hours. The best bite was occuring early morning or later in the evenings as temperatures were cooler. Areas that remain good fishing have been the same for quite sometime now. Over in East bay anglers reported good fishing in Stomme Addition, in front of the Dairy Farm, Foughtys Point, inside and outside of Penny Bay, Haybale Bay and south end of Black tiger. 12-20 FOW seems to be the deth for success whether your trolling cranks, spinners and bottom bouncers, or jigging and bobbering in the flooded timber. The main bay continues to be successful on Bird Island, Five Crows, Ft Totten point, Cactus Point, New mill and Old Mill bay, and the towers. If your jigging in these areas 18-35 FOW has been good, trolling get in that 15-25 FOW and troll 2.0-2.5 MPH. The Flats remains good in howards doing about anything you want along weed beds and deeper shorelines. Troll Golden Highway with cranks or spinners. Up in Pelican Angerls are reporting hit and miss with a few nicer fish. Pitching cranks on weed lines, Trolling old shorelines, and Bobbering in some of the deeper flooded trees. Moving around has been the best success rate for nicer fish. Weed through the smaller ones, be patient and you will catch you 5 keepers.

Cooler weather is on its way with some wind, hopefully the fishing for better fish will pick up a little. Good luck and good fishing, keep your line tight!

Courtesy Ed’s Bait Shop

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Good news… fish are still biting on Devils Lake!

Posted: August 13, 2010

Where is summer going? Seems like time is flying by too fast these days. Good news is that fish are still biting. We have had some very warm weather this past week, but the fish don’t seem to mind. Some days we really get them and others we have to work a bit. There really is no rhyme or reason for the days that they smack and the days that we have to work a bit. Sames presentations have been producing. Jigs tipped with a leech or a third of a crawler. Bouncers and spinners with crawlers or slip-bobbers have all worked. Best depths have been 10-18 feet. Weeds seem to be the key for us. Flooded rock piles or roads have also been good. We are seeing lots of up and comers for walleyes (those 8-12 inch fish), which is great to see!! We are also catch a lot of those 14-18 inch fish with the occasional walleye over 20 inches. White bass are biting, but you need to find them as they are on the move of late. Look for the bubbling on calm days and work shorelines with jigs and plastics. Pike are a bit hit and miss. We are mostly catching them while we are walleye fishing. With school starting or very near for many, this is a great time for a family trip out to Devils Lake! Good Luck fishing and enjoy the rest of summer!!

Courtesy Bry’s Guide Service

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The temps are hot along with the fishing on Devils Lake!

Posted: August 10, 2010

Hot Hot! The temps are hot along with the fishing. The new Lindy spinners are still number one on our guided trips. We are using the two hook harness tipped with 3/4’s of a crawler. The best depth seem to be 10 to 12 foot of water along road beads and weed edges. For the best results we are using 1 1/2 oz bottom bouncers with the new Lindy spinners. Colors that work best for me is Perch, Blue Gill and Fathead minnow. Speed seems to be key at 1.2 to 1.4 MPH/ Fishing the first four hours and the last four hours of the day seems best. You will also run into Pike and Whitebass while pulling these spinners. KEEP YOUR LINES TIGHT!

Courtesy of Perch Eyes Guide Service

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Another banner week of fishing on Devils Lake!

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Another banner week of fishing!  We have had just gorgeous weather this past week on Devils Lake and the walleye fishing couldn’t get much better! Almost all of our groups fishing with Mitchell’s Guide Service limited out on walleyes and some northerns as well.  We have been bottom bouncing with spinners and crawlers along weed lines and this method of fishing is still by far the most effective for us.

The walleyes have been ranging in size from 15 to 19 inches with some occasional 20 to 22 inch fish.  Of course there are a ton of little ones the get caught and released along the way.  Overall, considering the lack wind on some of these days, for these fish to keep biting is some what of a miracle in itself.

The water temperatures are in the mid 70s and the sun feels pretty powerful in the afternoons so if you are coming to fish with us this week we would like to remind you to bring plenty of liquids and some sunblock.

If you are planning an August fishing trip and want to experience some incredible walleye fishing now is the time!  Mitchell’s Guide Service has plenty of room and would love to take your group fishing!

Good Luck Fishing Everybody!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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It’s been a great summer for walleye and northern pike

Posted: August 7, 2010

It has been a great summer with lots of walleye, northern pike and some great catches of 2-3 pound white bass.  With trips going out every day I just have not been able to take the time to keep you up dated.  The walleye action is still doing well with lots of fish being bagged up and ready for the fry pan.  Most people think the walleye action slows down this time of year not so it just means that you have to fish a little harder.  Spinners being the number one way of catching walleyes this late summer.  We are still having catching days of over 50 fish making it a fun filled day out on the water before the summer comes to a close.  We still have some days left to fill, call anytime to check for availability.

Courtesy McQuoid’s Guiding Service

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Feldner wins final Western Division qualifier wire-to-wire – 2010

Posted: August 3, 2010

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – As a full time guide, Jason Feldner spends over 200 days a year on Devils Lake, his favorite body of water. To say he’s in tune with its seasonal walleye migration is a severe understatement. But when the ice finally receded on Devils this spring, even he struggled with the high-water conditions.

After coming up empty in his traditional honeyholes, Feldner finally gave up and began treating Devils as a new body of water. Some of his favorite trees had been ripped away by the ice and other productive areas suddenly had an additional five feet of water on them. It took some time, but the Minnewaukan, N.D., native finally figured it out. He started putting his clients on good fish and then a few months later the FLW Walleye Tour rolled into town.

Most of the Tour pros started practice by returning to their favorite trees. Just like Feldner and other locals learned months earlier, this is a different Devils Lake. The bobber bite was off altogether and the crankbait bite was just so-so.

Feldner was dialed in from the start. On day one he caught a limit weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces – taking over a lead he would never relinquish. Days two and three were more difficult, but he still managed sizeable stringers – 15-2 and 15-13 to be precise.

“I was pulling Lindy spinners in Pelican Lake in 9 to 12 feet of water,” said Feldner. “The blades I’m using just came out at ICAST a few weeks ago. Bluegill, perch and fathead minnow were my main three patterns. Fathead minnow was better in the sun and perch and bluegill were good when it was cloudy.”

Earlier in the week, Feldner also mixed in the new Lindy Shadling, but on the final day all of his keepers came on the spinners. Behind those blades was a two-hook crawler harness.

“I was fishing the bottom of the water column and trolling at approximately 1 to 1.5 mph.”

The bite was slow early Saturday. In fact, Feldner’s first two spots, the same areas that produced nearly all of his opening-round weight, were void of fish.

“We had nothing in the livewell at 11 a.m. Then we moved to our third spot, a spot I’d been saving for the finals, and finally we found active fish. We had one 400- to 500-yard stretch where we caught all eight. At about noon, the big kicker hit. In those two hours, I bet we caught 20 or so. Once they turn on, they turn on. And you’ve got to be in the right place at the right time.”

With the addition of optional pot money the 37-year-old earned $17,750.

For more information on his guide service, visit www.percheyes.com

Story by Brett Carlson

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