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March2011

NDGF plans serveral boat ramp projects on Devils Lake

Posted: March 28, 2011

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is planning several projects to ensure boaters and anglers can access Devils Lake by raising threatened ramps to an elevation of 1,458 feet above sea level. Devils Lake was at 1,451.82 feet Friday. Read more

By: Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald

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Article on March fishing from the Grand Forks Herald

Posted: March 23, 2011

(This article published in the Grand Forks Herald March 20, 2011)

By: Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald

Late March traditionally ushers in good fishing on Devils Lake

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“When it’s 35 and nice, it’s just so much easier for the average person to be more mobile,” said Kyle Blanchfield, owner of Woodland Resort on Creel Bay. “It’s just so much more conducive to fish on the go, and everybody’s opportunity to catch fish improves dramatically.”

Whether March offers the best ice fishing of the season depends on who you ask — at least when it comes to Devils Lake.

“Everybody says March is the best time,” said Jason Feldner, Minnewaukan, N.D., who operates Perch-Eyes Guide Service. But conditions that allow anglers to be more mobile might be the biggest reason for the better fishing.

“Don’t get me wrong, the fish do get excited and warmer weather does help,” Feldner said. “But if it was 25-30 degrees all winter, the odds of catching more fish would be greater than when it’s 20 below.”

“When it’s 35 and nice, it’s just so much easier for the average person to be more mobile,” said Kyle Blanchfield, owner of Woodland Resort on Creel Bay. “It’s just so much more conducive to fish on the go, and everybody’s opportunity to catch fish improves dramatically.”

Feldner said current areas near bridges and culverts tend to attract fish of all species late in the winter, but anglers also need to use caution and be sure ice conditions are safe. He said shallow, gravelly areas with 3 to 4 feet of water can be good places to key on pre-spawn walleyes.

“It seems like fish will hit those shorelines and follow them to their spawning grounds,” Feldner said. “Roadbeds can be very good, too.”

Blanchfield said walleye anglers should target structure such as flooded timber, rock piles and humps. A good GPS with a Devils Lake map, he said, is a useful tool for locating likely spots.

“The best fishing is going to be right away in the morning and at sunset,” Blanchfield said. “And then target pike and perch during the daytime.”

North Dakota’s continuous fishing season means the fun doesn’t have to end at ice-out, either. Given the amount of snow in the Devils Lake basin, Blanchfield said upstream ditches and coulees will have lots of current this spring.

And current, of course, tends to attract fish. Last year, anglers were finding pike and walleyes in ditches and coulees far upstream from Devils Lake.

“Anywhere you find moving water, you’re going to find fish, and that’s real trophy time,” Blanchfield said. “There are going to be some unbelievable opportunities fishing from shore.”

Dokken reports on outdoors. Reach him at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 148; or send e-mail to bdokken@gfherald.com.

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Devils Lake on Midwest Outdoors

Posted: March 22, 2011

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Devils Lake locals Ross Sensiba and Larry Gertz took Midwest Outdoors fishing on Devils Lake! If you missed it on March 5th, you can check it out online here!  Episode 1309 (taken from MidwestOutdoors.com)

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North Dakota Game & Fish Boat Ramp Updates

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To get the latest information from the ND G&F department on the public lake access on Devils Lake for this spring & summer, click this link.

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Gotta Love March!

Posted: March 17, 2011

Hello…Gotta love March! Nice weather, snow melting and excellent fishing. Six mile bay has been the hot ticket for perch. With fish starting to school up and actually starting to bite pretty good. Movement is the key, get on the school catch fish. When the fish are gone, pack up and move again. Nice sized perch are being caught on wax worms, spikes, and minnow heads. Smaller jigs like ratsos, hali’s, forge minnow, genz worms have been usefull. Plain hook with bigger minnow has triggered a better bite some days as well. For walleye fishing, it been been fair but scattered…mission bay has been the best..fish the tracks or humps. 57 and 20 bridge are also starting to pick up since the water has started to move under those bridges. Bucks hots, Rapala jigs, Nils Masters have been working the best tipped with a minnow head. Pike fishing has been great…nort end of six mile, lake irvin, and morrison have been the best. Herring on tip ups, or a bigger jig with twister tail and full minnow if you wanna jig. Travel on the ice is starting to get sloppy but remains pretty good. That could change in the next week or so…which means get ready for 4 wheeler traffic to get around safely. Cmon out and fish while its still good. Good luck and good fishing!

Taken from Ed’s Bait Shop

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The fishing has been hot!

Posted: March 6, 2011

Hopefully the term come in like a lion and leave like a lamb is true. Our March has started out cold. The fishing on the other hand has been hot the last three days. Limits of Perch have been on the menu. The last three days it’s taken 3 to 4 hours to get our limits, wow what fun I just hope it holds. Walleye action has been hit and miss. Some mornings are good and some just flat out suck. The pike fishing has been great. I had an old boy from Iowa get a 38 incher the other day. Well we have a ton of Ice and little snow to deal with so we should be fishing into April so there is still time to book a trip.
Good fishing.

Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop & Perch Eyes Guide Service

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Jason Mitchell Outdoors and In-Fisherman

Posted: March 4, 2011

3/4/11 Devils Lake, ND

In-Fisherman recently traveled to Devils Lake to film an ice fishing segment for their nationally televised show.  In-Fisherman host Jeff Simpson teamed up with local professional angler Jason Mitchell along with Eric Naig from Northland Tackle.  The anglers combined jigging tactics with tip ups to catch several nice walleyes and northern pike with the largest pike measuring just under forty inches.  Most of the walleyes measured between sixteen and twenty two inches.  “We set up on a few spots where we caught jumbo perch, nice walleyes and big pike all in the same general area and that is pretty unique,” explained Jason Mitchell.  Snow and slush conditions have improved drastically on Devils Lake and anglers are traveling around fairly well with pickup trucks.  Ice conditions were very good and anglers traditionally experience great fishing during this late ice period that will develop over the next month. The anglers used portable Clam Fish Traps to fish a handful of locations across the lake over the course of two days with temperatures often well below zero.  “With the new fabric on the shelters and outer wear like Ice Armor, anglers can fish outside and be comfortable and because of this comfort, ice fishing continues to get more popular,” stressed Jason Mitchell.  Most of the walleyes and pike were caught in seven to twelve feet of water with the biggest walleye and pike both coming on a tip up.  Numbers of walleyes were also caught aggressively jigging Macho Minnows and Puppet Minnows tipped with a minnow head.�
Courtesy of Jason Mitchell Guide Service

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