Archive of Fishing reports

May2011

Fishing has been good over all!

Posted: May 29, 2011

Well the fishing has been good over all. If and when we get sun the fishing has been unbeatable. Most of the fish are between 18 and 24 inches. Casting plastics into the shallows is working the best. Crank baits are working good in the afternoons when the water warms up. Next week the fishing should really get good with the temps warming up.

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

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The more shoreline you cover the more fish you’re going to catch.

Posted: May 27, 2011

Hello, some sunny days this past week as helped fishing somewhat. The main lake and the flats remains hit and miss with colder water temps. People are pitching #5 berkley flicker shads or #5 shad raps. Bleek, black and sliver, or purpledecent seem to be the best colors. With colder temps fish seem a little slow at times, so if you run in to a spot where you are having some hits and follows, throw the anchor out and try to bobber the walleyes with leeches. As for pelican, the ramp is done and useable, fishing has been pretty darn good up there. Find back bays where the wind is blowing in and start pitching away. A lot of nice walleyes and decent pike are being caught. More shoreline you cover the more fish your going to catch. Just be careful, the lake is a lot bigger with a lot of new water to try and things to hit. Interested in a guide, give me a call, 701-230-9469. I have been updating some pictures on the home page, will put some up every week. Thanks and good luck!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop.

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Past week has produced some absolutely incredible fishing!

Posted: May 26, 2011

The shallow water bite is on!!!  This past week has produced some absolutely incredible fishing despite a major cold front.   Things have been a little on the slow side in the mornings so we have been picking up our guests a little later in the morning and fishing later in the day when the temperatures warmed up.  We have been limiting out on both walleyes and northern pike.  The walleyes are running anywhere from 15 to 23 inches and the northerns have been the good eater size of 4 to 6 pounds and there have been a few up to 10 pounds caught as well.

It is all about the warmer water.  Most of the main lake is around 48 to 50 degrees but in the back bays the water is considerably warmer with some places reaching up to 58 degrees.  We have been pitching mimmic minnows and jigs with trigger X.  Both of these have been red hot as of late.   We have also been doing quite a bit of slip bobbering along cattails and shorelines.  One tip we can give you is cast the shorelines until you either catch some fish or start seeing some follows.  Then throw out the anchor and break out the slip bobber rods with leaches and get ready!!!

Mitchell’s Guide Service is in full swing right now and it feels good!  We have one incredible line up of fishing guides again this year and it is nice to see everyone back in full swing.  The rising waters of Devils Lake has again changed things around here and it is so nice to have such an experienced guide staff to help figure it all out. 

Now is the perfect time to plan your summer vacation and although our schedule is filling fast we still have plenty of prime dates available.  Remember the only bad time to fish Devils Lake is the time that you’re not here!  It is going to be an awesome summer!

Good Luck Fishing Everybody!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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The Devils Lake Dilemma: Fish or Hunt?

Posted: May 25, 2011

Bob St. Pierre is director of marketing and public relations for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. A lifelong bird hunter, he chases upland birds each fall from Michigan to Montana with his German shorthaired pointer. He’s often on the FAN Outdoors show, 6 to 8 a.m. Saturdays on 1130 AM.

Read the full story online from the StarTribune

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Five Boat Ramps Ready on Devils Lake

Posted: May 23, 2011

Five boating access sites are now usable on Devils Lake, and three more are expected to be ready by early summer.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department personnel completed installing a slide-in metal ramp at Pelican Lake on the north side of Highway 19, about one mile east of the junction of old Highway 281.

Crews extended both Six Mile Bay (Schwab) ramps to elevation 1,458 feet above mean sea level, and installed a high-water ramp immediately north of the existing Creel Bay (Lakewood) ramp site.

Spirit Lake Casino ramp remains open.

Grahams Island State Park ramp is currently usable, but recreationists should call ahead (701-766-4015) to check for updates.

In addition, work is progressing on raising the East Bay parking area and boat ramps to elevation 1,461 msl, six feet higher than its 2010 elevation.

A new boating access site on Round Lake should be completed in early June, which will provide access to the western part of the lake and replace the Minnewaukan area ramps that were inundated earlier this spring. Benson County officials are working with the Federal Highway Administration for approval to breach the old Highway 281 roadbed, helping facilitate access to the main lake.

Construction of the new access area along ND Highway 20 on the south end of Black Tiger Bay is scheduled to begin in June, with completion scheduled around July 4. The site will include a gravel access road and turnaround area, a 32-foot-wide poured cement ramp, courtesy docks and large parking area.

Anglers and boaters can access the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, throughout the summer to find the current status of Devils Lake boat ramps.

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Best luck using rigs/leeches in front of Mauvis or Six Mile bridge…

Posted: May 20, 2011

Hello, well the sun finally came out this week. Warmed up that water a little bit but we still need warmer water. Rain is on tap this weekend and a lot of it with cooler temps to follow. Fishin remains slow with the best luck using lindy rigs and leeches in front of Mauvis or Six mile bridge working them really slow on the bottom. Edge of underwater roads. Basically any area where you can find rocks…which is spawning grounds. People are getting some fish but you have to work for them. People who move around the most and have the right presentation are doing ok. If you come out, stop on in we will get you set up for your day on the lake 🙂 Anyone intersted in a guide give me a call…701-230-9469. Im starting to get filled up a little so call soon and i will make time for you. Good luck and good fishing!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop.

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Boat Ramps Open On Devils Lake

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May 20, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Boat Ramps Open on Devils Lake

By: Suzie Baisch, Executive Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau

As of Friday, May 20, 2011, access onto Devils Lake became a little easier. Three public boat landings are open for use on Devils Lake. Lakewood Boat Landing, located on Creel Bay, is open with the docks placed. The original ramp is not usable at this time, and a new ramp was placed to the north of the old one in Lakewood Park. The fish cleaning station should be operational by this weekend.

The Six Mile Bay Boat Landing is up and running with one lane, and docks placed. Crews are currently working on the second lane. The fish cleaning station is temporarily down at this location until a sewer line can be fixed.

A new landing has been placed on Pelican Lake, north of Highway 19. This is the first time a boat ramp has been placed in this area of the lake and will make it easier for anglers to fish in this location. Currently it is a temporary landing. Crews will start on the permanent ramp and should be complete this fall. According to Suzie Baisch, the tourism director for Devils Lake, “Bridges have been a struggle this year, and due to the rising waters, may be an issue for the next couple of years. We are hoping that by placing new ramps in different locations around the lake, you can still fish your favorite fishing hole, or find a new one, on any section of Devils Lake you want. You may not be able to go from one end of the lake to another by boat on a windy day, but even in fishing the main bay, you still have over 100,000 acres to fish.”

Eastbay Boat Landing, located off Highway 20 should be open by the middle of June.

Also available for access onto Devils Lake is Graham’s Island State Park, located off of Highway 19. The day pass for the state park is $5, or you can purchase a yearly pass for $25. Graham’s Island is open on a day-by-day basis this year due to high water conditions. Construction on the road into the park should begin sometime in August.

Spirit Lake Casino, Woodland Resort and Eastbay Campground all have boat ramps available for day use. They are either available for free or for a minimal fee.

Coming soon will be a boat landing in Black Tiger Bay, located in the south-east corner of the lake.

“Our lake is one of our region’s largest contributions to our economy,” Baisch said. “Lake access is vital to our economy and bringing visitors to our area. I am happy to report our boat landings are opening up, and fishermen can now have access to the lake. The rising waters of the lake have been a struggle for all of us. We have had to change our perspective, and the way we do things, but we are open for business, and the fishing is phenomenal.”

For more information, log onto www.devilslakend.com or call the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-233-8048 for more information.

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Casting cranks to flooded road beds with Chris Koth

Posted: May 18, 2011

Cast cranks to flooded road beds (YouTube video)

Watch Devils Lake guide Chris Koth of Perch-Eyes Guide Service explain to North American Fisherman editor Ryan Gilligan how he casts cranks to flooded roadbeds. Visit www.fishingclub.com/webextras for more!

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Work Progressing on Devils Lake Access Sites

Posted: May 17, 2011

Taken from the ND Game & Fish website (May 17, 2011)

A new boating access site on the southeast side of Devils Lake, along with several other access sites around the lake, are being worked on and should be ready for activity by early summer, according to Bob Frohlich, fisheries development supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

The new access area along ND Highway 20 on the south end of Black Tiger Bay is an alternative to the Black Tiger Bay Recreation Area, which is no longer operable because rising water has topped the county road leading to the popular boat landing and camping area. Because of the flooded road, Game and Fish and State Parks and Recreation can no longer maintain the site, and have removed roadside directional signs.

Read more of the article here

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Weather and fishing warmed up!

Posted: May 16, 2011

The weather warmed up and so has the fishing!!!  Mitchell’s Guide Service is in full swing and has been enjoying some fantastic fishing on Devils Lake.  Pitching jigs tipped with minnows, Mimic Minnows, Salmo Hornets, and Shad raps in the shallow water has been working very well to find the fish.  Once you start to see follows and catch a few, throw out your anchor and break out the slip bobbers.  Combining these two methods to locate and catch fish is proving to be  very effective to having success on Devils Lake these days.  We have caught walleyes, northerns, and even a few white bass all in the same spot.  The forecast looks very nice all week and the kick off to this summer is finally here!!!

Good Luck Fishing!

Courtesy of Steve ‘Zippy’ Dahl

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