Archive of Fishing reports

September2011

You name it and you can catch fish…

Posted: September 25, 2011

Well the fall fishing has been really really good. It seems like the fish are every place you go. Deep, shallow and in between. Trolling lead core on road beds. casting shore lines. pulling spinners in 8 to 12 foot of water. Slip bobber fishing. You name it and you can catch fish. This will be our last week of open water fishing. We switch over to waterfowl hunting. If you still want to get out fishing this fall let me know i know a couple good guides in the area that i could hook you up with.

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

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Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest Deadline!

Posted: September 23, 2011

Be sure to get your photos in for the North Dakota Game and Fish Departments contest to give the Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest a facelift!

Contest entries are limited to 5×7-inch or larger color prints, or digital files submitted on disk or via e-mail. Contestants are limited to no more than five entries. Photos must have been taken in North Dakota. Submission deadline is Sept. 30.

For more information including where to send your photos to please visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website.

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Mitchell’s Guide Service Hunter’s Special!

Posted: September 22, 2011

The fishing on Devils Lake continues to be very good.  This past week we caught most of our fish either pulling spinners with bottom bouncers along weedlines or trolling crankbaits.  The summer weather seems to want to hang in there enough days to make you think fall has not yet started and I think the fish are a little confused by it.  The one common demonator whether we are fishing deep or shallow the walleyes are definately more aggressive and seem to be fattening up considerably.  They are eating everything in sight to bulk up for winter.

Again we want to remind everyone that has a trip scheduled with us this fall to please bring warm clothes.  Even though we have 70 to 80 degree highs in the forecast the air is very chilly in the morning and most days it takes until 1:00 or 2:00 o’clock before the day warms up to its full potential.  The past couple of weeks very few of our guest have brought warm enough clothes.  Some of the guides do bring extra jackets with them and we have been pretty much demanding that they wear them and guess what?  The extra jackets that we brought for them have yet to be taken off!!!

Well with October less than ten days away, we want to remind all you hunters coming to Woodland in October, Mitchell’s Guide Service is again offering the “Hunter’s Special” fishing package.  This is a great addition to your time spent hunting here in the Lake Region.  Nothing better than to top off a successful hunt with an afternoon of fishing on the premier walleye lake in the country.  These trips have been very successful in the past and by the looks of schedule, many of you have already reserved you afternoon fishing trips.  We would love to have you!  Good luck and be safe out there.

Mitchell’s Guide Service “Hunter’s Special”

 1/2 day guided fishing (4 hours) after your morning hunt

 2 people $250.00

3 people $275.00

All equipment, fish cleaning and packaging included

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service & Woodland Resort.

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Even with the up and down weather the fish have cooperated

Posted: September 20, 2011

The bite has been very good! Seems like the weather has either been flat calm or very windy. Even with the up and down weather the fish have cooperated and we have had some great catches. We are seeing a bit of a transition with the fish. There are still fish out deeper (14-25ft) of water; however, we are seeing a lot more fish in the shallows. Pitching cranks and jigs/plastics into the shallows is a great way to cover some water and find that active school of fish. Some other good fall patterns include current areas near the bridges and whatever weed beds that you can find. As the weeds die off look for flooded roads and rock piles to heat up. As the water continues to cool down more and more fish will go back into the shallows. Seems like most days we are still catching a lot of eater size walleyes and we usually have some nicer ones mixed in as well. Nicer fish should continue to bite better and better as fall continues. If you enjoy hunting and still want to have some great fall fishing, give us a call and we will get you out! With the duck and goose opener coming this weekend, there are lots of options to keep a guy or gal busy. Nothing better than hunting ducks and geese in the morning and going out for a afternoon of fishing. We have half day packages that work out great for this. Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service.

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Doing a lot of bottom bouncing…

Posted: September 15, 2011

Careful what you wish for!!!  Last week we experienced flat calm conditions and we talked about how that made for tougher fishing.  Well the wind started blowing last Sunday and it hasn’t quit blowing.  The only problem is the winds have been so fierce that we have been extremely limited all week as to where we could fish.  Now for the good news…The fishing has been spectacular!!!  Through all the winds, through all the changing wind directions, and through all the major cold fronts, we have not only caught limits of walleyes but limits of nice walleyes.  Yes folks the walleyes are starting to emerge into their fall patterns.  Some of the same spots that were very good the last couple of falls have come alive with 17 to 20 inch walleyes.

We have still been doing a lot of bottom bouncing and we are starting to have more success trolling number 5 Salmo Hornets and jointed shad raps.  With all the winds we have not been able to go from spot to spot but rather had to stick it out in the one spot the wind allows us to fish.  Thank God the walleyes have been cooperative.

We just want everyone that is on our upcoming schedule this fall to PLEASE BRING WARM CLOTHES!  We want you to be comfortable out there and it is fall which means change of seasons.  The fall fishing promises to be incredible and we do not want to see your trip ruined because someone isn’t dressed properly.

The rest of the September looks very busy and October is starting to fill in quite nicely as well.  If you are planning a fall fishing trip you will not find much better walleye fishing that Mitchell’s Guide Service will help you experience on Devils Lake the next six weeks.  If you are planning to come to Devils Lake on a hunting trip remember Mitchell’s Guide Service offers 1/2 day fishing adventures in the afternoons after your hunt.

Have a Great Week Everybody!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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The bite is still very good!

Posted: September 13, 2011

I have been out every day this past week and the bite is still very good.  Friday we went out late and got a quick limit of walleyes and than got into the white bass with a 3 3/4# being the biggest, what fun, flat clam so we were chasing around the feeding fish that were on the top of the water.  Hunt an attack idea worked well and was a good change from walleye fishing.  Thursday we had three 8-12# pike some walleyes and a dozen white bass, for flat clam I thought that was good.  Wednesday another great day with clam winds, we ended up with 6 walleyes over 4# and a limit of good eaters, and two monster pike between 10-18#s.  The Weather looks like maybe frost for Wednesday Thursday this week witch will bring down the water temp I am hoping it will trigger a fall bite on big fish pulling cranks or jigging over some favorite rock humps.  I still have time in Sept. or Oct. for some of Devils Lake finest fishing. Give me a call I will satisfy the hunger.  This weeks web brag board.

Courtesy of McQuoid’s Guide Service.

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Devils Lake featured nationally!

Posted: September 9, 2011

Devils Lake was recently featured in the September issue of Ducks Unlimited Magazine. Check it out here!!

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The key seems to be movement…

Posted: September 7, 2011

Summer is a moving and the bite is going! We have had a lot of luck using live bait rigs to cover water. Fish can be just about anywhere this time of year and the key seems to be movement. We have caught walleyes as shallow as 4 feet and as deep as 32 feet. There are many different bites going, but the most consistent bite seems to be working 16-25 feet of water. Look for transitions in the bottom (soft to hard bottom, rock piles, edges of weeds, drop-offs). Seems like many of the fish are on ‘spot on the spot’ locations. Bottom bouncers work great for feeling the bottom and they can help you understand you’re your depth finder is showing. Worms, leeches and minnows have all been good. We are also using jigs and plastics and catching some nicer fish. Pike are being caught along with walleyes and we seem to catch a handful of them everyday. Bass have been a bit spotty. The key is to track them down. If you can get calm enough water look for bubbling along the shoreline and get ready. The bass we are catching are big. Look for bigger fish to get more aggressive as fall continues and many will move back into the shallower water. We should have an excellent fall bite on Devils Lake! It has been a great summer of fishing on Devils Lake and if you would like to experience some excellent fall fishing, give us a call.

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service.

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Extremely Windy Weather

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This past week we have had considerably tougher fishing.  Not to make excuses but the weather has been extremely windy (gusts to 45) or extremely calm.  In the walleye world extreme calm is our worst enemy.  Not only does it make for a tougher bite but the larger fish seem to get lock jaw and the schools of fish seem to scatter.  A walleye chop always seems to be a catalyst for producing good fishing.  Not only does it ignite the food chain on a shoreline but it gives fish a reason to congregate in a spot making them more aggressive and easier for us to locate.

So what does all this mean?  It means our fishing this past week was a lot tougher.  Most of our guests still left with their limits of fish but they had to settle for fish that ran in that 14 to 15 inch range without many kicker fish that are over 17 inches.  It is amazing how a couple of 17 to 20 inch walleyes will make a catch look so much more impressive.  There is nothing wrong with keeping some 14 to 15 inch walleyes, infact they are the best tasting fish in all of Devils Lake and you will not leave with a limit unless you keep some of them even when the fishing is at its best.

We are still catching most of our fish along weed beds trolling bottom bouncers with spinners and crawlers.  We have also tried trolling crank baits on lead chore but have not had a lot of success yet.  Most of these fish that we did catch were on the small side.  We did catch some larger northern pike though. 

Plenty of good fishing ahead of us, we just need the winds to pick up enough to give us some walleye chop.

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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Great spots for fishing…

Posted: September 6, 2011

Hello, report time again and every week. Sorry for the no reports my fault. Anyway fishing on the lake has been pretty good all summer and still is.

Right now you can do about anything you want to catch fish in any depth you want. The nice fish are coming on pitching crankbaits in the shallows still. 4-8 FOW on edge of weeds and cattails. Wind does help as usual. Pelican lake, Howards Bay, Hog Bay, Holy Bay, Old mill, Ft Totten area, Stomme addition, penny bay, browns bay have been producing fish.

Live baiting use spinners, bobbers, jigs. Use leeches or crawlers in 12-25 FOW. Producing numbers of fish but the size isnt always there. Have to weed through them to get what you want. Ft totten area, Golden highway, deeper shorelines up in Pelican, Rocky and Military points, Doc Hagens, budweiser bay…and again stromme addition, dairy farm, storm sewer area, Foughty’s Point, any of the bridges on the lake. Keep moving to you find the right depth.. basically anything with structure this time of year holds fish.

Fishing is only going to get better when the water temps cool down and the weeds start to die off. A lot more to look foward to till ice fishing starts!

New store hours for fall and winter are 6am-9pm. Stop in we will help you out! Thanks and good luck!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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