Archive of Fishing reports

June2011

Fishing should continue to get better and better…

Posted: June 29, 2011

Overall the bite has been good. Most days they are really snapping!! Seems like when the wind blows 30 plus or goes to flat calm, then you have to work a bit more. The key is to fish reeds. The reeds hold the shrimp and minnows, which brings in the walleyes, bass, and pike. We are still a bit behind (as far as water temp goes) but look for fish to be caught just about anywhere now. The majority of fish are still getting caught in 5-14 feet of water. We are seeing a mix of walleyes ranging between 12-25 inches, with the majority being in the 14-18 inch class. Pike seem to be sliding a bit deeper with the water temps rising. The bass are still smacking in shallow once you find them. Fishing should continue to get better and better and look for July to be a great month to fish on Devils Lake!!
Good luck to all and have a safe 4th of July!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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*New* Fish Cleaning Station

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The fish cleaning station at Six Mile Bay is now up and running!

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Tough week for inconsistent weather patterns…

Posted: June 28, 2011

Fishing has been a little tougher for us this past week.  Why?  A number of reasons and it is probably the combination of all of them.  It was a tough week for inconsistent weather patterns, we have had some thunderstorms blow through the area with lightening, thunder, high winds, followed by some pretty major cold fronts.  The water in a lot of spots is way too clear.  The water temperature is still a little on the cool side in the mid 60’s and we have not had much for an algae bloom yet.  The last reason which is probably the biggest one is the lake is up two and a half feet!  This gives these fish another 30 to 40 thousand acres to hide in.  The fish are definitely scattered and we have to work a little harder than normal for them.  But overall the quality of the fish is excellent and we are still able to catch limits on most days despite all things that have gone on here in this past week.

We are still fishing most of the back bays paying most attention to wind swept shorelines.  We are still having success pitching crank baits and plastics and slip bobbering as well.  Some of our guides have had some success trolling crank baits as well.  So a little bit of everything going on as far as our methods and presentations and it is more important than ever to be mobile and cover lots of shorelines.  The weeds are growing every day too and some of the walleyes are starting to show signs of getting into their summer patterns so the bottom bouncing season probably is right around the corner.

With the month of June coming to end, we want to remind everyone that Mitchell’s Guide Service has plenty of available room in the first two weeks of July.  July is one of our prime months of fishing on Devils Lake and usually the weather is much more stable than in May and June.  So, give us a call and plan your trip today with Mitchell’s Guide Service…We would love to have you!

Have a Great week and we hope to see you on the water.

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Starting to see a transition

Posted: June 23, 2011

Fishing remains good! We are starting to see a transition with the walleyes moving deeper. There are still a lot of walleyes in shallow bays, but many are also being caught in shallow water that is close to deep water. Some good areas to work include the mouths of shallow bays and windswept shorelines. Water temps are in the mid to high 60’s and that means active fish. Best presentations have included: jigs and plastics, pitching cranks, slip-bobbering, and live bait rigging. Most days fish are in 2-12 feet of water. Lots of eater sized eyes (15-18 inchers) with some 20 inch plus fish are being caught daily. We are also catching a few pike mixed in with the walleyes. The bass are really snapping once you find them! If you have a child or even someone that has never caught a fish before, I suggest you go after the bass. They hit hard, fight even harder and are huge!
Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Cool June means good fishing in July and August!

Posted: June 22, 2011

Is summer ever going to come? Looks like maybe this weekend. Fishing has been up and down along with the weather. When we have wind casting Lindy shadlings along the shore lines is working best. When it calms down bobber fishing in 12 foot of water or less is the ticket. I heard of some people starting get fish on the golden Hwy pulling spinners. One nice thing about this cool June the fishing will be good in July and Aug.
Keep your lines tight.

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

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Still catching walleyes and northerns in shallow water…

Posted: June 20, 2011

We were blessed with another week of fantastic fishing!  We are still catching both walleyes and northerns in shallow water.  Most effective methods are still slip bobbering along tree lines and weed lines and casting crank baits and plastics.  The quality of the fish is outstanding!  Most of the walleyes have been in the 17 to 22 inch range and the northerns have been ranging from the little dinkers we throw back to the 5 and 6 pounders that are the perfect eating size.  White bass fishing has been very good as well.    Add it all up and it is amazing the number of fish that enter your boat by the end of the day.

The spring of 2011 so far has shaped up to be one of our best shallow water bites Mitchell’s Guide Service has ever experienced.   We have had some awesome spring fishing over the years but nothing quite compares to the consistency that we have been enjoying despite some of the volital weather patterns we have been faced with.  If you have never been to Devils Lake before or if you are reading this report thinking I should be there right now…The good news is this tremendous fishing is no where near coming to an end.  The good fishing of June will continue as long as the weather is decent, July will be tremendous, Awesome August will arrive and September and even October will all be prime times to come and experience open water fishing Devils Lake style.  The only thing that will change is the methods we use to catch these fish.  The Mitchell’s Guide Service Team of Guides prides itself on team work.  Every guide on our staff is committed to making sure everyone has a successful day on the water.  This is the biggest compliment that we hear all the time is the amount of team work that is involved and executed by our staff. 

Have a great week of Fishing and we hope to see you on the water!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service

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People starting to get fish on spinners and crawlers!

Posted: June 17, 2011

Hello, fishing continues to be pretty good. Having a little wind always help, but usually its not enough or too much. Pelican remains very good with pitching cranks on wind blown shorelines on edge of weeds or trees. Get in that 3-7 FT range. Refuge Island, Loomis Bay, and north of the tracks remain the best spots. Howards bay is producing nice sized eating fish. The south shoreline of Howards seems to be the best. New mill and the FT Totten area are producing fish as well. Penny bay, stromme addition, haybale, ruttens bay, browns bay remain the best in east bay.

Moving around is having the most success, pitch till your arms fall off and cover the most shoreline as you can. Colors for cranks have been purple or blue tiger flicker shads, hot steal, purple, and firetiger shad raps. If you want to live bit, get in that 5-10 Ft and use bobbers with leeches. Some people are starting to get fish on spinners and crawlers as well. Good luck to the anglers in the Devils Lake Open tomorrow put on the the Lake Region Anglers Association. CMon out and fish, it will be lots of fun and fishing with great people and a great Association! Good luck and good fishing

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop.

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Fish being caught using…

Posted: June 16, 2011

The bite goes on!! Weather has been hit and miss, but the fish don’t seem to mind. Seems like the fish are starting to move a bit deeper, but the majority of fish are still being caught between 2-10 feet of water. Use whatever presentation that you are most comfortable with. We have had great luck with jigs and plastics and slip-bobbers. There are also fish being caught using live bait rigs like bouncers and spinners. Find bays that are shallow with cattails near and there should be fish. Walleyes, bass, and pike are all biting shallow. The bite seems to be good all day, with most days having the best bite from 11am on. Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Fishing this past week has been nothing short of spectacular!

Posted: June 12, 2011

The fishing this past week for Mitchell’s Guide Service has been nothing short of spectacular!  The quality of walleyes and northern pike is absolutely incredible and the numbers of fish that we have been catching in a days time is pretty impressive as well.  For the most part, we have been doing very well both casting crank baits, mimic minnows, and jigs with trigger X and slip bobbering with leeches.  The majority of our fish are coming shallow in seven feet or less.  With the cooler than normal spring the time to be here is NOW!  Our water temperatures are mostly in the sixty degree range and the shallow waters some days are up to sixty three or sixty four degrees.  On the cooler mornings the fishing really improves in the afternoons. 

It is nice to see so many customers from all over the country that come and fish with us leaving with their possession limits and smiles on their faces.   This is partly what makes guiding fishing such a rewarding career.  All of the flooding that we have experienced and the road construction that we have to deal with is soon forgotten once that last fish that limits you out hits that live well.

Things are very busy these days and it is challenging to find room for more groups at times but the summer has just begun.  July the fishing will be just as good and so will August and September.  Our methods will change as the fish head for deeper water but the quality will still be there and the numbers of fish caught will probably even get better.

Have a great week of fishing!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort and Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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Walleyes that bite like bass and Pikes biting off any lure…

Posted: June 10, 2011

The bite is on with some great and exciting strikes from shallow water and your hooked on Devils lake fishing. 

 Walleyes that bite like bass and being fished like bass this time of year is so fun it is hard to describe to fisherman that have not fished this way before.  Fishing trophy walleyes in one to six feet of water that was land two months ago.  Fishing with plastics or crank baits it gets your blood pumping.  Lots of very nice two to four pound fish coming in.  Lets not forget the 20 or so released monster walleyes that were seven to eight pounds with the biggest one at 10.2# caught by a Nebraska guy. 

 With pike around any corner waiting to bite off any lure that does not have a wire leader on.  Most of these toothy critters are three to eight pounds with a occasional 12 to 20 pound not unheard of.  With 20 fish limits white bass are starting to bite also giving most angers some thing else to catch.  Our average bass topping the scales at 2#s but really big bass are 4#. 

 If any of this sound like what you like to do give Aaron a call 701-351-6058 I still have some days open.

Courtesy of McQuoid’s Guide Service.

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