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2012 Devils Lake Visitor Guide has arrived

Posted: December 22, 2011

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With the coming of the new year comes the arrival of a new guide. The 2012 Devils Lake Visitors Guide is now available and you can get yours either by stopping by the Devils Lake Visitor Center, requesting one by mail, or downloading an electronic copy via our website.

Inside you will find features of area attractions, maps, fishing and hunting information and a listing of accommodations. It’s the official guide to the Devils Lake area.

Be sure to check out the entire website for updated fishing reports, events happening around our area, and other resources you will want when you come to experience Devils Lake!

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Register to win at Fox Sports North Fan Zone for a Devils Lake package giveaway!

Posted: December 6, 2011

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Register now for your chance to win one of two fishing packages on Devils Lake, through the Fox Sports North Fan Zone. The prize packages will be given away the weekend of January 14, 2012.

Participating in this year’s promotion is the Fireside Inn and Suites, with a two-night stay, Bry’s Guide Service with a guided fishing trip, food and gambling vouchers from the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort, and $50 in Devils Lake cash. The second package for giveaway includes a two-night stay at Woodland Resort, a two-day guided fishing package with Mitchell’s Guide Service, food and gambling vouchers from the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort, and $50 in Devils Lake cash from the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, log onto www.devilslakend.com or call the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701.662.4903 for more information, or to request your free vacation packet.

(PHOTO IS NOT CLICKABLE. CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE RIGHT TO ENTER THE FANZONE WEBSITE AND ENTER.)

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Devils Lake Ice Mean Hot Perch, Walleye & Pike Action

Posted: November 28, 2011

Jason Mitchell, of Perch Patrol Guide Service

Good ice fishing is a given on Devils Lake.  According to the top guides, all with decades of experience on the lake, they expect some of the best perch, walleye and pike action ever during the early months of 2012.

Traditionally a world-class perch factory, the numbers of perch have rebounded and are now providing great sport.  Travel was extremely restricted last season which saved tens of thousands of fish.  Jason Feldner of Perch Eyes guide service said, “I feel the deep bite will be there for perch as it has been in the past.  There’s just more water to search now, and our four guides work together on the ice.”

Jason Feldner, of Perch Eyes Guide Service

Hiring Jason or the guides featured in this article means they will have all the portable fish houses, augers, flashers, rods and reels, tackle, bait and in most cases tracked ATV vehicles to get to the hotspots.

Guide Jason Mitchell is one of eight guides with the Perch Patrol.  He said, “We saw lots of summer and fall perch.  When we have good fall fishing, it typically means a good ice bite.”  The Perch Patrol works as a team to find and stay on fish.  “People want to hire local guides to learn to navigate this large lake, plus they can understand and learn the methods and equipment to catch more fish on their own.”

Mark Bry of Bry’s Guide Service with eight guides said, “Perch populations are solid, and with walleye and perch our specialties, the key to consistent fishing is mobility.  We go to the fish.”  Moving on Devils Lake 150,000 acres is also the key for Ross Sensiba of Rush Valley Guide Service.  His guides target perch at mid-day, while devoting morning to pike, and afternoons to walleyes.  He said, “Good ice conditions will mean good fishing this year, because there hasn’t been much pressure for three winters.  Once we find them, we still keep looking.”

When asked to list some Devils Lake perch lures, the guides said: Lindy Rattl’n Flyer and Frostee spoons, Slick jigs, Northland Forage and Buckshot Rattle spoons, Fat Boys, Genz worms, Hali spoons and Rattle Snakie spoons.

Jason Mitchell, of Perch Patrol Guide Service

Winter on Devils Lake offers three options.  Perch are the Number One choice, but with so many walleyes and pike in the lake, they are moving up the popularity chart quickly.  Walleye action starts early and provides tremendous action until ice-out.  Jason Mitchell said the Perch Patrol is really a multi-species service, with walleyes and pike on the menu when customers ask.  “It’s amazing how many walleyes are in the lake, and pike in the teens and over 20-pounds are not uncommon,” he said.

Ross said his group targets walleyes by fishing high-percentage spots and developing patterns that produce.  “And, we move,” he added.  Mark Bry said his guys will take anglers to the best spots and provide all the gear, but urges anglers to bring some of their favorite lures.  “If they’re confident with a special walleye lure, I bet it’ll work on Devils Lake,” he said.  Jason Feldner spends 300 days a year on Devils Lake, as do most of his guides.  He said, “We move with the walleyes winter and summer, and after the bite this past fall, I expect walleye fishing to be red-hot this winter.”

Devils Lake favorite walleye “guide” lures:  Lindy Rattl’n spoons, Northland Forage and Buckshot spoons and Puppet minnows, Salmo Chubby and Lindy darters, jigging Rapalas and plain minnows.

Pike may be an after-thought for some anglers when heading to this ice fishing destination where the entire community caters to fishermen.  Northern pike of amazing length and girth can hardly be squeezed out ice holes, but when they finally flop on the ice, they cause the biggest grins.  Every year, pike pushing 30 pounds are caught on Devils Lake.

Mark Bry offers a unique pike specialty, which really gets the heart pumping.  He provides “sight-fishing” pike adventure trips.  In a dark house, with a 24 x 36 inch hole, mostly along weed lines or in flooded timber (lots of this on the lake), he uses aggressive lures live the Five of Diamonds spoon jigged viciously in four to 12 feet of water.  He coaches novices through several pike attacks.  “The keys are the rods, FireLine, lures, location and jigging style.  Oh, and HOLD-ON,” he said.

Best Devils Lake ice fishing tip:  Bring a camera!!

Mark Bry, Bry’s Guide Service, brysguideservice.com, 701-739-0161.

Jason Feldner, Perch Eyes, percheyes.com, 701-351-1294 (also has 3 cabins and 3 houses for lodging.)

Jason Mitchell, Perch Patrol, perchpatrol.com, 701-351-3474.

Ross Sensiba, Rush Valley Guides, rushvalleyguideservice.com, 701-740-3868.

For more information on Devils Lake ice conditions, activities, a complete guide

listing, lodging and restaurant options go to www.devilslakend.com or call the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-662-4903.

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Disabled Veterans to Hunt Deer at Camp Grafton

Posted: November 16, 2011

 CAMP GRAFTON TRAINING CENTER, DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Disabled Veterans will get some necessary assistance to hunt again this year. Seven Veterans have registered for a special deer hunt at North Dakota National Guard’s Camp Grafton Training Center on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18.

 During the hunt, each Veteran will be accompanied by an assistant – typically a family member – and a representative from Camp Grafton. Retired Sgt. Maj.

Jim Verwey, Barnes County veterans’ service officer, assists veterans in registering for the hunt, while Chief Warrant Officer Larry Walford coordinates the event at Camp Grafton.

 The late Col. Dean Hildebrand initiated the hunt more than 20 years ago in order to give disabled Veterans an opportunity to enjoy a pastime they may have become unable to do on their own, as well as to slightly reduce the deer population on Camp Grafton. The hunt has taken place every year since.

 Any media who would like to accompany a hunter on Thursday or Friday must pre-coordinate no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Please call Jim Verwey at 701-490-1047 to arrange coverage and entrance onto Camp Grafton.

WHAT: Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, (hunters may finish the first day)

WHERE: Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake

MEDIA: The hunt will begin at approximately 8 a.m. If media would like to accompany the hunters, please pre-coordinate with Jim Verwey at 701-490-1047.

Also, pre-coordination is needed for main gate access.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about 225 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense.  For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.

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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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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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2011 Wine Walk

Posted: August 29, 2011

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2011 Wine Walk is set for Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tickets available at all participating businesses.

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