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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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Pitching crank baits is producing fish!

Posted: October 28, 2011

Cooler temps are here somewhat but the fishing continues to be pretty darn good if you can handle the cold. First off jigging all the bridges with minnows or crawlers has been working pretty good. Seems 11am-3pm has been the best time for jig fishing. All the deep rock piles and structured spots on the main bay have been producing fish as well. Trolling the golden highway with leadcore has been excellent. Wally divers flicker shads and salmo hornets have been the bait of choice. Pelican ridge remains hot as well. Some days the fish are on top in 16 FOW and other days on the edge and bottom in 18-22 FOW. A lot of nice fish have been caught on the golden highway and pelican ridge. Pitching crank baits is producing fish as well. Not as many fish but really nice fish. Basically go back to the spots you fished this spring and cast away. Weeds are dieing so fish are moving back up shallow as well. Good luck and good fishing!

[The] big buck and doe contest is here again this year with a nice set of binocs for the buck and tail cam for the doe. North Dakota tags only and we go by weight of the deer field dressed.

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop.

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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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Fall fishing is here!

Posted: October 21, 2011

Hello,

Fall fishing is here and it has been pretty good. Jigging the bridges has been pretty darn good. Every bridge on the lake has been producing fish. Jigs and minnows. Jigging the structure spots on the lake has been producing as well. Lost jig, Cactus point, Bird Island, Rocky Point, The towers area, and the rock pile in six mile bay. Pitching crank baits is starting to pick up too for bigger fish. 3-6 feet of water has been the depth this week. Ft totten area, penny bay, new mill aera, stromme addition, storm sewer area and pelican lake have been the best spots. Trolling is working pretty good too, golden highway in the flats has been hot lately. Reef runners on top of the road have been great. Pelican ridge and the moon bars in pelican, highway 57 south end of main bay, budweiser bay area, stromme addition have all been producing fish while trolling. Troll in 10-25 ft of water depending on the structure and shoreline your on. Fishing is going great so cmon out. I basically have a fire sale on all my crankbaits right now, so come in and get them while some remain! 6.59 on raps and 6.59 on salmos.

Good luck and good fishing!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop.

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Silver Carp Caught in James River

Posted: October 10, 2011

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has verified a recent catch of a silver carp by an angler fishing the James River near LaMoure. Silver carp, an exotic species, are well established in the lower Missouri River and in the James River in South Dakota. This is the first report of this aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota waters.

Lynn Schlueter, Game and Fish aquatic nuisance species coordinator, said department personnel are disappointed but not surprised that silver carp have entered the state.

“Record high flows in the James River this year have facilitated their movements upstream, causing them to move up the James River in South Dakota in recent years,” Schlueter said.

Game and Fish staff will conduct additional sampling in the specific location where the unwanted carp was caught, in addition to surrounding areas of the James River.

“Control measures for these species are largely ineffective,” Schlueter said. “Once established in a large river system they are virtually impossible to eliminate.”

Silver carp out-compete native and other game fish in large river systems. They eat phytoplankton, a food item used by zooplankton, which in turn are eaten by small game fish. They concentrate below dams and can drive out desirable fish. When frightened, they can jump several feet out of the water, thereby posing a danger to boaters and skiers.

For more information please visit North Dakota Game and Fish website.

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Northern Pike in the Fall

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By: Bob Jensen , Fishing Buddy

Many anglers look forward to the outstanding fishing action that is available in the fall season. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are popular targets in many areas. Bass are equally popular in the Midwest, as are walleyes, perch, crappies, and even muskies. A species of fish that’s often overlooked, but can be very accessible in the fall are northern pike. Anglers can catch lots of small northern pike throughout the year, but oftentimes the truly big ones are hard to find. October and early November can be a great period of time to catch northern pike that qualify as trophies.

To read the rest of this article please visit FishingBuddy.com


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Still Time For Fall Fishing in North Dakota

Posted: October 6, 2011

By: Bob Jensen , Fishing Buddy

Labor Day 2011 has come and gone. For some folks, that marks the end of summer, and to some people that means it’s time to put the boat and their rods and reels in storage. If they want to pull the plug on fishing in early September, that’s certainly their decision, but, if they live in the Midwest, they’re missing out on two months of some of the best fishing of the year. I’m guessing that if they live somewhere else, they’re also missing some outstanding fishing opportunities. The following ideas will enable you to successfully extend your fishing season…

To read the entire article please visit Fishing Buddy.com

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