Archive of Fishing reports

September2010

Anglers moving around a lot are having the best success!

Posted: September 30, 2010

Fishing reports have been pretty good over the last week. Seems to me people are still catching fish in the same areas everyone has been fishing all summer. Stromme addition, Fought’s Point, Dairy Farm, Haybale, and with the cooler weather the bridges are starting to pick up as well. Fishing 5-10 FOW if you want to pitch crank has been pretty good. Right on the edge of the weeds and trees. #5 Bleek, Purpledecent, Hot Steel, and Firetiger have been the popular cranks of choice. Fishing 12-25 FOW using spinners and bottom bouncers tipped with a crawler or leech has been working for numbers of fish but not the size. Pitching Cranks and trolling them have been the best for nicer fish. Areas for that include the dike and weed beds north of stromme addition in east bay, New Mil area, Doc hagens, Howards bay, and Pelican. Up in Peilcan Refuge Island, Pelican Ridge and various underwater roads have been successful. Again anglers moving around a lot are having the best success.

Courtesy of  www.edsbaitshop.com

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Walleyes are hitting at Pelican Lake

Posted: September 29, 2010

Walleyes are hitting at Pelican Lake, all areas 12 feet or less. Target contour changes, crank baits trolled or pitched, spinners with half crawler, white and gold blades. Lots of fish activity on the Golden Highway. Excellent fishing on sunken rock piles in the Doc Hagen area and Budweiser Bay. The eastern part of the lake, excellent fishing in Penny bay pitching cranks in shallow water. Numerous fish caught trolling in 15 feet or less with jointed Shadraps and Salmo Hornets – best color choices are fire craw, clown blue and silver. East Devils Lake is very slow with small fish being caught by the outlet.

Courtesy Chamber of Commerce/Tourism

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Walleye fishing phenomenal in cooler weather.

Posted: September 19, 2010

Although it has been a much cooler and windy week of weather, the walleye fishing has been absolutely phenomenal!  Folks it just doesn’t get any better than this. For both numbers and size, the walleyes in Devils Lake have turned on the feed bag.  We would like to thank all the guests we have had this past week that braved some pretty tough conditions and released some of those 24 to 29 inch walleyes that were caught.   You truly are some true sportsman who are interested in investing in the future of our fishery.

Needless to say but this is the best trolling crank bait bite we have ever seen on Devils Lake.  Number 5 Salmo Hornets, Berkley Flickershads, and Jointed Shadraps have all been on fire.

We do still have some openings left in September and by the looks of the forecast, it could be the nicest weather of the fall.  Call in sick, lie to the wife, do what ever it takes…JUST GET HERE!  You will not find better walleye fishing anywhere!

Courtesy Woodland Resort

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Walleyes seem to be hitting just about anything!

Posted: September 17, 2010

Many outdoors enthusiast are shifting into hunting mode, but the walleyes in Devils Lake are still biting, according to Mark Bry.  Walleyes have been in a feeding mode the past week, he said, and seem to be hitting just about anything that is put in front of them.  Bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with minnows or crawlers have been working well, along with jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, a third of a crawler or plastics.  Best depths have been 4-16 feet, with bigger fish showing up in the shallower water.  Most fish are coming from flooded rocks or weeds, Bry said.

Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald, September 17, 2010

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Fall is in the air in Devils Lake!

Posted: September 13, 2010

Fall is in the air.  We have had a week of changing weather patterns this past week.   We began the week with another major cold front with a lot of wind and much cooler temperatures.  We had such fierce winds the early part of the week that we had to cancel all of our guide trips. From Wednesday on however, the weather straightened out and we were back to fishing. 

The walleye fishing and the northern pike fishing was excellent!  The size of walleyes have been in that 16 to 21 inch range with an occasional 23 to 24 incher. We had one fellow release a 27 inch fish.  The northerns are mostly 4 to 6 pounds with a few larger ones but they are that perfect size for eating.

We have had a lot of groups that we have hosted fish fries for on their third and final day of their fishing trips and it has been a “big” hit and fun way to wrap up the fishing trip.  Woodland Resort purchased a commercial grade deep fryer that does an excellent job kicking out some of the finest tasting fish you will ever eat.  Throw in some warmed up baked beans and potato chips or cottage fries and its good eatin in the neighborhood.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity either let us know when you check in or tell your fishing guide and we will make it happen.

Our methods again have not changed much.   On certain parts of the lake we are trolling crank baits with either fireline or lead chore.   Both the Salmo Hornets and jointed shad raps are still the most effective.  On other parts of the lake we have some of our guides still doing real well bottom bouncing with spinners along weed beds.

September is here and we still have some dynamite fishing ahead of us. Last year the month of September was one to remember and it is good to see a lot of our customers have.   Looking through the schedule book it looks like we have a lot of repeat guests from last September.  We had excellent fishing last September and this year should be no different.  We would like to send out a special invite to all you Iowa farmers out there waiting for harvest.

Good Luck Fishing Everybody!

Courtesy of  Woodland Resort

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Walleyes continue to bite!

Posted: September 2, 2010

It is really amazing how fast this summer has gone. Not long and the leaves will be changing and fall will be upon us. If you still have a craving for  that walleye thump and would like to get out for some late summer/early fall fishing, give us a call and we will make it happen. Walleyes continue to bite! The absolute key this time of year is consistent and stable weather. A bit of wind, the right depth and bait and the bite is on. We are still working a lot of that 9-12 ft of water. Our best presentations continue to be vertical jigging with worms, leeches, or minnows. Pitching jigs with plastics. We have also had good luck covering water with bouncers and spinners. Chartreuse, green, pink, white, and hammered silver have all been good colors for spinners. I think more important than color is depth and speed. We are moving between .7 and 1.4 mph most days. Again, our depths have usually been between 9-12 ft, but there are days when it can be as deep as 20 plus. Northerns and bass are still biting and it seems like the best action for them is pitching cranks or jigs and plastics into the shallows and retrieve them back. We have also caught some nice northerns trolling cranks out a bit deeper, (anywhere from 10-16 ft) with Shad-raps or Salmo hornets. Good luck to all and remember it is not to late to have feel that thump on the end of your pole!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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