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October2011

It’s Fall Perch, Walleye & Pike Time on Devils Lake

Posted: October 31, 2011

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Open water fall fishing ranks as a peak time to catch numbers of Devils Lake walleyes and pike, along with those famous perch.  Bring a big net, because this is also “trophy” time.

Everybody in this North Dakota community is outdoors-oriented.  They will wave, smile and offer timely advice about where to launch a boat (dozens of access points are well maintained all around the lake).  The bait shops have current info about what’s biting and even GPS coordinates to take anglers to the best spots.

This 200,000 acre lake actually fishes “small,” because anglers can fish many bays and smaller connected lakes.  Launch ramps permit anglers to drive near the action. Thousands of duck and goose hunters plan mid-day fishing as part of their annual trips.  The anglers that make Devils Lake a fall destination keep coming back.  Here’s why!

Devils Lake Fall Walleyes

Summer tactics still work.  Pelican Bay is the hottest walleye bite on the entire lake right now.  Trollers pulling crank baits or bottom bouncers with spinners and crawlers catch fish along rocky shorelines, on old roadbeds and on the edges of weeds.  Key depths have been 17 to 25 feet on former exposed shorelines that are now that far under the surface.  Weed edges are 10 to 14 feet.

Bridges are walleye magnets.  Fish the current edges with jigs and minnows, and don’t miss the noon-time bite.  White bass will also surprise anglers this time of year.  When the wind blows, cast cranks or jigs towards rocky areas, right up to shore.  Northland Mimic Minnows work great on Devils Lake.

Northern Pike

Pike from 28 to 30 pounds come to the scales every year, and Devils Lake is loaded with pike from 10 pounds and up.   Locating green weeds in October and early November and casting spinner baits thru and over them WILL produce the hottest big pike action of the year.  Local experts suggest shallow water early in the day against the rip rap around bridges.  The old shorelines and roads that are under about 17 feet of water are perfect areas to troll jointed Shad Raps or Flicker Shads.  Pike bite all day long and right up to ice-up.  Of course, they’re active under the ice all winter, also.

Perch

Most anglers are familiar with winter perch.  Well, right now, the perch are in their wintering holes in 24 to 45 feet of water.  The best pattern is to fish vertically, sort of like fishing thru an ice hole.  Anchor the boat, use slip bobbers and typical perch ice-fishing lures baited with wax worms.  Or, run bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers in deeper water, where walleyes and perch will gobble them up.

Tip of the Day:  Hunters, carry a rod with you to the remote lakes that are connected to Devils Lake.  After shooting a limit of ducks, catch a limit of walleyes in the same lake.

Devils Lake guides can help point the way.  So can the many outdoor-friendly merchants and bait shops.  Ask, and you will receive the best information possible.  Check out the Devils Lake Tourism guide list, or call the CVB with lodging, fishing or any questions.  Send your fishing photos to the Devils Lake Tourism email address, with details about the catch and the persons in the photos (name and city).

For more information, log onto www.devilslakend.com or call the Devils Lake CVB at 701-662-4903 for more information.

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Fish Cleaning Stations Closed for the Season

Posted: October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011

The fish cleaning stations at Lakewood and Six Mile Bay have been closed for the season. Thank you for fishing Devils Lake and we hope to see you back on the water next spring!

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Devils Lake is Duck Country

Posted: October 24, 2011

Featured in the October 24th issue of the Fargo Forum

On Devils Lake, N.D.

The decoys are set just outside the cattails on this unseasonably warm October morning. A couple pods of dabblers in close. A couple of strings of divers stretching toward open water. Read the full story from the Fargo Forum

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Motorists Warned to Watch for Deer on Roads

Posted: October 10, 2011

Motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways, especially this time of year, because juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges.

Late October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents. Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution after dark to reduce the likelihood of encounters with deer along roadways. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around.

Deer-vehicle accidents are at times unavoidable. However, motorists should be aware of warning signs signaling deer are in the area. When you see one deer cross the road, look for a second or third deer to follow. Also, motorists are urged to pay attention on roadways posted with Deer Crossing Area caution signs.

If an accident does happen, a local law enforcement agency should be contacted. Also, a permit is required to take parts or the whole carcass of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices.

A few precautions can minimize chances of injury or property damage in a deer-vehicle crash.

Always wear your seat belt.
Don’t swerve or take the ditch to avoid hitting a deer. Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. Don’t lose control of your vehicle or slam into something else to miss the deer. You risk less injury by hitting the deer.
If you spot deer ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
No published research supports the effectiveness of deer whistles on vehicles.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish.

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