Archive of Fishing reports

July2011

No lack of action on Devils Lake!!!

Posted: July 31, 2011

Another great week of Fishing!  Not a whole lot new to report as far as methods go.  We are still catching most of our fish bottom bouncing with spinners and crawlers along wind swept weed lines.  We are catching all kinds of fish and it can be frustrating at times because we are catching so many smaller walleyes in the 10 to 13 inch range.  It is great to see the number of walleyes in the system.  Our reproducing the past few years must be absolutely incredible!  We are still catching our limits of larger walleyes from 14 to 22 inchers but we have to work for them and some times sort through a lot of fish.   No lack of action on Devils Lake!!!

I peaked at the upcoming schedule this morning and August is looking very busy!  We do have quite a few opening between August 11 to August 16th.  If you have those dates open and are looking for a world class adventure give us a call we would love to have you.  The month of August is one of the prime months to fish on Devils Lake.  Usually the water temperatures are at there highest and it forces the fish to go a little deeper.  This makes it a great month for trolling crank baits and bottom bouncing as well.   It is not too late to get that last fishing trip in before the new school year starts and the nice thing about coming to fish Devils Lake is the fishing is still spectacular.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service & Woodland Resort

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Devils Lake continues to produce

Posted: July 27, 2011

Many of our clients have been commenting on the fishing here in Devils Lake. Seems like there are some common phrases being said about the fishing: “That’s the most fish I’ve ever caught”, “That is the biggest fish I have ever caught” and “I’m coming back!”. I guess that the our clients can tell the story the best. Many lakes really die off in late summer but Devils Lake continues to produce. I think that the biggest factor for fishing Devils Lake this time of year is mobility. The fish can be anywhere and it is a big lake, so keep an open mind and cover some water. Live bait rigs such as bottom bouncers and spinners are deadly. Work the 8-18 feet of water and you should find fish. There are days that you have to work through some “up and comers.” but it seems like the live well is always impressive when we get back to shore. Weeds, points, flooded roads, rock piles, and just about any other kind of structure can and will hold fish. Work and move until you find them and life should be good.
Make sure to release the smaller fish properly as well. They are little this year but next year they will be better and they can’t grow to be 20 inchers if they die when they are 12 inchers. The only reason that I am mentioning this is that sometimes people will handle smaller fish poorly and the bottom line is that they are the future of our lake. I am happy to see them!  Take care and good luck!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Bottom bouncin’ spinner season is in full swing!

Posted: July 24, 2011

The bottom bouncin spinner season is in full swing on Devils Lake.  We are catching most of our fish in 9 to 13 feet of water along the weed lines on wind swept shorelines.  We are still catching fish of all sizes but when you use bottom bouncers it is easy to tell when you need the net!  We are also catching quite a few nice northern pike mixed in as well.  If you have never trolled with bottom bouncers and spinners this is the time to come.  It is such a great way to fish because we are constantly covering water and hunting for them.   It is so cool to feel the bite and the fish really don’t care if you are a first timer or a veteran angler.  Definitely fun for all ages too.

Most of our fish are coming on night crawlers but we did have one day that leeches worked a little better.

The trolling crank bait bite is also working.  Number 5 Salmo Hornets and number 5 jointed Rapalas have been the best.  Best advice we can give you is too use steel leaders because there are some big northerns mixed in with the walleyes.  Again we have had success trolling cranks on wind swept shorelines in 9 to 13 feet of water.

We do still have some guides that are having success pitching crank baits and plastics in the shallow water and some of our guides are still catching fish slip bobbering the weed lines.  So there is something for everyone with all these methods and presentations that are working.

Hopefully the we are past the super hot humidity season!   Those were some hot days on the water this past week but it wasn’t as bad you would think.  We were lucky enough to have some wind with the hot temps and it is always about ten degrees cooler when you are on the water.

It is not too late to enjoy some of the best fishing Devils Lake has to offer and all of our methods are still working.  We are very busy but we always seem to find room to accommodate your party.  We would love to have you and now is the time!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Hot Temps and Hot Fishing!

Posted: July 20, 2011

Hot Hot Hot, Hot temps and hot fishing. 80 walleyes per day are not uncommon right now. Youll have to catch that many to get 15 keepers but what fun. Pulling spinners in 12 to 15 ft. of water seem to be best. Gold, Perch and minnow patterns have been best. The bobber bite on the west end (flats) has been really good around that 13 ft. range. Leeches and crawlers have been best.
Keep your lines tight

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

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Bringing in limits but with effort to find keepers…

Posted: July 16, 2011

The fishing on Devils Lake this past week has still been very good.  The bait vendors are happy because everywhere we seem to go we have to weed through a ton of fish to get our keepers.  We are still bringing in limits of nice walleyes anywhere from 14 to 23 inches but it does take some effort and many days it does take the full eight hours to get the limit of keepers.  This is typical this time of year – mid summer patterns where the smaller walleyes of the lake seem to be everywhere and in most cases are very aggressive in pursuing a good meal.

The methods we are using to catch fish are many.  We have some guides still pitching crank baits, we have some of our guides slip bobbering weed lines and flooded timber, we have some guides that are bottom bouncing weed lines with spinners and night crawlers, and we have some guides that are trolling crank baits along shorelines in 10 to 12 feet of water.  All of us are trying to find a pattern that we can get away from the smaller fish but I don’t think any of us are finding any spots that have just the big walleyes exclusively.  One thing about it, there is no lack of action anyway.

The month of July is cruising by and before we know it August will soon be here.  The month of August we spend a lot of time trolling.  We are either pulling spinners with bottom bouncers or trolling Salmo Hornets and jointed Rapalas.  The fishing is still red hot on Devils Lake in August.  This is what makes Devils Lake so special is that there really isn’t any time period you need to avoid.  The fish keep biting and we just need to make sure we have plenty of people in our boats ready to catch them!

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

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service & Woodland Resort

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Public Boat Ramps Now Open on East Bay

Posted: July 15, 2011

As of Friday, July 15, 2011, access to the east side of Devils Lake will be much easier. A new boat ramp has been constructed by the North Dakota Game & Fish in the Black Tiger Bay area of Devils Lake. The new ramp is located along Highway 20 south, beside the South End R & R campground and is open for public use.

The other boat ramp on East Bay, located south of Devils Lake on Highway 20, by Camp Grafton, will be available for use by the public on Friday, July 15. The weather set back the work on this grade raise and it took a little bit longer than expected. According to Suzie Baisch, the tourism director for Devils Lake, “Access on the east side of Devils Lake has been a little tricky this summer. Because the water level has reached an elevation of 1454, boat traffic under the bridges is no longer feasible. The water level has also made us have to raise or move boat ramps. Because of this setback, anglers have been launching their boats from sunken road ways or ditches. This can be very dangerous. I am glad to see the public ramps are finished and usable.”

Other public boat ramps available on Devils Lake are Lakewood Boat Landing, located on Creel Bay, Six Mile Bay Boat Landing, located on Six Mile Bay, Pelican Lake, north of Highway 19, and Spirit Lake Casino.

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.

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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Bite remains solid!

Posted: July 14, 2011

The bite remains solid! There are lots and lots of up and comer walleyes being caught. Seems like some days the you have to work a bit to find the keeper walleyes and other days they are all over. We are in the summer mode of fishing weed beds.  Most of our fish are being caught in that 8-14 feet of water. Weeds are the key and work the edges or pockets until you find active fish. Also, some days we are catching more fish on the calm side of the lake. The book says that you should always fish the wind, but some days the calmer water has been better for us. Bottom bouncers and spinners are a great way to cover water and find those active pockets. We still are pitching jigs and plastics and slip bobbering as well. Pike and bass are mixed in with the walleyes and some of the bass have been flat out huge!!
Good luck to all!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Future looking bright for walleyes on Devils Lake…

Posted: July 7, 2011

The future is looking bright for walleyes on Devils Lake! We are seeing lots of 12-14 inch walleyes being caught. Seems like we get our fair share of 15-18 inchers as well.  We are just working through he smaller ones. There are some bigger walleyes being caught too.  It just depends on the day and location you are fishing. The biggest change this week is that fish seem to be a bit deeper. Most of our fish are in the 8-12 feet of water. When the wind blows, there are fish being caught in shallower water, but for the most part, we are a bit deeper. Jigs and plastics are still good; however, live bait has been very good as well. Bouncers and spinners, jigs pulled slowly with live bait, and slip bobbering have all been productive. Bass are still shallow and northerns are more spotty with the warmer water temps. Weeds are growing more and more each day. If you aren’t pulling on a few weeds every now and then, you aren’t fishing in the right areas.

Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Casting still good!

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Fishing has been very good with numbers of walleyes of 40-80 per day lots of small ones to weed thru.  But with many in the 15-20 inch areas coming from the weeds bobber fishing.  Casting is still good but the weeds are growing making some spots harder than others to fish.  We have some room left with our guides to make your trip memorable.

Courtesy of McQuoid’s Guide Service

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Old shore lines from last year are the ones to fish!

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We hope everyone had a safe and Happy 4th of July!  The fishing on Devils Lake this past week has been decent.  The newest revolation for us has been the number of small walleyes that seem to be every where.  Nice to see that the reproduction has been so spectacular but they sure do make a guy go through the leeches!  The tricky part is deciding whether to stay in a spot that is so infested or to move on to another spot.  The answer is there are many cases where you should move on but there are just as many cases where all the sudden the nicer fish move in.  So, do your best to follow your hunches.

We have still been spending most of our time slip bobbering along weedlines and pitching crank baits and plastics.   The back bays on the main lake have still been kicking out good numbers of fish but the main lake shore lines have also heated up.  The trick part about working the main lake shore lines is to figure out the weedlines.  In many cases the new shore lines are too weedy but the old shore line from last year is the one that is a lot easier to fish.  There are still plenty of spots that are wooded with scattered rock that you can keep your boat in 6 to 8 feet of water and a cast the old shore line.  It looks goofy because it seems like you are fishing quite a ways from the new shore.  Pay attention to your GPS.

The July schedule is filling in nicely and it appears we will have another busy month.  We do still have plenty of room on certain days and there is plenty of good fishing ahead of us.  The weather in July is usually more stable than the month of June provides and the reality is the fishing is just as good.  So gather your family, friends, co-workers, and come on up and fish with us.  We would love to have you!

Hope to see you on the water.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service & Woodland Resort

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