Archive of Fishing reports

August2011

Catches consistently larger!

Posted: August 31, 2011

Another banner week of fishing!!! Once again the walleyes we have been catching this past week have been consistently larger and we have also caught some very nice sized northern pike. We have still having our best success working weed edges trolling bottom bouncers with spinners and night crawlers. We continue to find new spots that produce fish. Not all of them have the nice fish, some are full of small ones and an occasional larger one. Mornings have produced larger fish and the afternoons they become more scattered but at the end of the day it all adds up to beautiful limits of fish and a ton of smaller fish that were released. We have also caught some trophy fish that our clients have been very good about taking a photo and releasing. So hats off to you folks!

September begins tomorrow and before we say good bye to August we should let everyone know that it was a great month and nearly all of our August clients left with their limits and with a smile on their face! See you folks next year! We do have a very busy September. Now that school has started just about every where, we want to encourage you that the summer is not over. We will catch just as many fish and as September progresses it has been known to be a trophy time of the year. We have already noticed the last couple of weeks the consistency of our walleyes are in that 17 yo 21 inch range and we have yet to begin trolling crank baits or jigging. So there is a ton of prime fishing left and we would love it if you planned a trip to Devils Lake to fish with Mitchell’s Guide Service.

Hope to see you on the water!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Common Fishing Questions to the North Dakota Game and Fish

Posted: August 29, 2011

Questions tend to flow with the seasons and while hunting is starting to gain ground, fishing continues to lead my list of phone, email and random inquiries. Here’s a sample of some the North Dakota Game and Fish Department typically receives, with answers from the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.

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Fishing Buddy: Devils Lake Ideal For Fall Cast and Blast

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There are several memorable days that stand out for me over the years as a fishing and hunting guide on Devils Lake but I will never forget the first time I heard the phrase “cast and blast” to describe fishing and hunting opportunities taking place in the same day. About ten years ago, I filmed a fishing show with the late Tony Dean and the plan was for him to hunt snow geese in the morning and fish with myself in the afternoon. I don’t remember the number of snow geese the hunters harvested that morning but it was a good day and I remember thinking that I had some big shoes to fill that afternoon out on the lake. After filming for about three hours, we caught approximately twenty walleyes… the largest weighing over nine pounds and the smallest larger than four pounds. All of the fish were released and as we started back for the resort, Tony shook his head and told me there is no other place on earth where you can “cast and blast” like this. I never forgot that….

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Fishing to stay solid into the fall…

Posted: August 24, 2011

The bite goes on! We are still catching lots of fish in that 12-25 feet of water. Live bait continues to be the ticket. Jigs tipped with a worm or leech and bouncers and spinners tipped with the same have been the best. Still fishing weed lines, rock piles, drop-offs and we are starting to see some fish show up near current areas. Some days the fish are in the current and other days they are just off it. Look for fishing to stay solid into the fall and we usually start to see some of those nicer fish hitting again as well. As water temps start to fall look for more fish to move back into the shallows. Pike and bass have been caught in shallow with cranks and jigs and plastics.
Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guiding Service

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Still enjoying success using…

Posted: August 22, 2011

This past week things have been very busy for us and the walleyes we have been catching have been consistently nicer size fish.  Most of these walleyes have been in the 17 to 22 inch range.  Obviously we have found some new spots to fish and the difference has been not having to go through so many small walleyes to catch our limits.  We are still catching a lot of nice northern pike along with these walleyes as well.   We are still enjoying our best success trolling bottom bouncers with spinners and night crawlers working wind swept weed lines on many areas on the main lake and east bay.

We took a peak at the upcoming schedule for the rest of August and September.  We have a very busy schedule coming up and obviously people are remembering all the good quality fish that were caught during the last couple of falls.  We do still have lots of room and as always we will do our best to find you a date to come and fish Devils Lake with Mitchell’s Guide Service.

See you on the Water!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guiding Service

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The bite is still on with keeper walleyes…

Posted: August 20, 2011

The bite is still on with many good keeper walleyes each day.  Mornings have been best when you have a little wind.  Pulling crawler harnesses in 8-15 foot of water being most productive.  With the morning fishing being so good and close to home I have put out a special deal for this September, take a look at it and give me a call.  You just can’t go wrong with a deal like this.  White bass are still up in the shallows on jigs.  With some nice 4-8# pike mixed in when your walleye fishing.

Courtesy of McQuoid’s Guiding Service

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August going down as one of the best months!

Posted: August 18, 2011

And the bite goes on…How do you like to catch your walleyes? Jigs, bobbers, live bait, or trolling are all producing lots and lots of fish. So you can fish whatever way you prefer and life should be good. August is going down as one of our best months we have had in years. Fish seem to be everywhere and they all have feeding on their minds. Same depths are going (12-25 feet of water), we are still close to deeper water (that 30 plus stuff), and we are moving around until we find the active school. We are working large weed beds, points, rock piles, and flooded roads. We still catching a lot of smaller fish, but always seem to find those nicer fish as well. The white bass have been a bit spotty, but when you find them they are running huge. They are usually in the shallow water (2-10 ft.) and the key is to cover water until you locate them. We usually catch a few pike mixed in with the walleyes everyday, most of the pike are in the 3-8 pound range. Summer has certainly went by quickly andI know this a busy time of year with school starting back up and many of the farmers beginning the fall harvest. But if you can get away from all the hustle and bustle of life, it will be well worth the fishing you will experience on Devils Lake. We are anticipating a fantastic fall bite as well, so you still have time to book that trip of a lifetime. Good luck to all!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guiding Service

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Catching most fish with….

Posted: August 17, 2011

Not a whole lot new to report.  We are still catching most of our fish bottom bouncing with spinners, crawlers, and powerbait.  We are still catching most of our fish in 9 to 16 feet of water and we are still sorting through a lot of fish to catch our keepers.  We have found some new spots along weed walls that have been producing a nice mixture of walleyes and the occasional northern pike.  The key to fishing these weed walls is to always fish the windswept side of the lake.  In other words we always want some sort of wave action coming in to the weed line we are fishing.

We had a little slower week this past week as far as customers go and some our guides did take some well deserved couple of days off.  We have a fairly busy schedule coming up this next week and we want to remind everyone that even though school is starting and harvest is under way, the fish on Devils Lake don’t quit biting.  The past three years late August and September have provided some of the best fishing of the season.  The fish generally run larger and the number of fishermen on the lake is normally way down so once we find some of the larger fish, we generally are able to enjoy some of these spots all to ourselves.

Lots of good fishing left…get them kids off to school this next week and plan a well deserved fishing trip with Mitchell’s Guide Service!!!  We would love to have you!

See you on the Water.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service & Woodland Resort

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Key to fishing weed walls..

Posted: August 15, 2011

Not a whole lot new to report.  We are still catching most of our fish bottom bouncing with spinners, crawlers, and powerbait.  We are still catching most of our fish in 9 to 16 feet of water and we are still sorting through a lot of fish to catch our keepers.  We have found some new spots along weed walls that have been producing a nice mixture of walleyes and the occasional northern pike.  The key to fishing these weed walls is to always fish the windswept side of the lake.  In other words we always want some sort of wave action coming in to the weed line we are fishing.

We had a little slower week this past week as far as customers go and some our guides did take some well deserved couple of days off.  We have a fairly busy schedule coming up this next week and we want to remind everyone that even though school is starting and harvest is under way, the fish on Devils Lake don’t quit biting.  The past three years late August and September have provided some of the best fishing of the season.  The fish generally run larger and the number of fishermen on the lake is normally way down so once we find some of the larger fish, we generally are able to enjoy some of these spots all to ourselves.

Lots of good fishing left…get them kids off to school this next week and plan a well deserved fishing trip with Mitchell’s Guide Service!!!  We would love to have you!

See you on the Water.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service & Woodland Resort

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The key to all of our walleye spots is….

Posted: August 8, 2011

The bite continues to be good! Seems like the majority of walleyes are being caught in that 12-25 feet of water. Most of our fish are coming from 12-16 feet of water and some days they are a bit shallower and some days a bit deeper. The key to all of our walleye spots is that deeper water is close (that 30 ft plus water). Vertical jigging with leeches or crawlers has been good. We have also used slip-bobbers tipped with leeches. Trolling cranks has produced some nice catches as well. Fish can move around a bit so trolling cranks is a great way to cover water. Best cranks are salmo hornets or shadraps. Slow death rigs tipped with a third of a crawler have worked as well as bouncers and spinners. We are catching many up and comers with some nicer fish mixed in! Some days the bigger fish are easy to catch and other days you have to search a bit. We have had some huge northern pike of late. Several pike have been in that 38-43 inch class. All of our pike are coming out of weeds. Summer is starting to move so make sure you get out and enjoy some great fishing!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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