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March2012

Looking for a fishing tournament this year?

Posted: March 28, 2012

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Click here to check out our website to download all the details for fishing tournaments on Devils Lake this summer. Don’t forget – Early bird deadline for the 36th annual Chamber Walleye Tournament is March 31st! Download the application here.

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Devils Lake is Open for Business – All Ramps Open in 2012

Posted: March 27, 2012

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Devils Lake fits the description “Water, Water Everywhere.”  The expanding waterways have swallowed North Dakota fields, farms, villages, roads, bridges and marshes into approximately 250,000 acres of the best fishing in the Midwest.

There are more places to fish, more fish-holding structure, more young-of-the-year walleyes growing into adults, and all of it is accessible from multiple new launch ramps.  “This year, all ramps will all be open.  Anglers will be able to launch and motor from nine conveniently located public ramps,” said North Dakota Game and Fish Northeast District Fisheries Supervisor Randy Hiltner.

Concrete ramps are strategically located with adequate parking for trucks and trailers.  Hiltner said nine public ramps surround the lake so anglers can make decisions on fishing near their resorts or motels and close to the day’s fishing spots.  A complete map is featured on devilslakend.com.  The public ramps are:

Pelican Lake:  15 miles west of the city of Devils Lake on Hwy. 19.

Grahams Island State Park: 10 miles west of the city; 6 miles south on paved access road.

Six Mile Bay (Schwab Ramp):  7 miles west of the city on Hwy 19.

Creel Bay (Henegar Ramp):  1 mile west of the city on Hwy 19; 1 mile south on paved access road.

Creel Bay (Lakewood Ramp):  3 miles south of the city on Hwy. 20; 2 miles west on paved access road.

Spirit Lake Casino Ramp:  6 miles south of the city on Hwy 20/57.

East Bay:  3 miles south of the city on Hwy 20.

Black Tiger Bay (Estenson Ramp):  15 miles south of the city on Hwy 20.

Round Lake Bay:  3 miles south of Minnewaukan on Hwy 281.

Five launch ramps also have fish cleaning facilities: Graham’s Island, Six Mile Bay, Creel Bay (both ramps), and the Casino ramp.  A new year-round indoor fish-cleaning station will be constructed this spring behind Ed’s Bait shop in the city of Devils Lake.  Fishermen will be able to use this facility all year; it will be heated and prove very popular in winter.  The 24 x 24 foot building will be air-conditioned in summer.  Hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Several local experts, Jason Mitchell, Johnnie Candle and Al Freidig, were polled about spring fishing tips.

Mitchell, guide and TV host (fishdevilslake.net) said, “At ice-out, everything seems to be biting.  Whether from shore or boat, walleye, pike and white bass are on the shorelines.  I cast and slowly swim Mimic Minnows and paddle-tails on jigs.”

Candle, pro angler and guide (johnnie@gondtc.com) said spring run-off may not be as significant this season, which means many fish will hold in the shallow bays off the main lake.  “Fish any shallow bay that warms fast.  Pike and walleyes hold together.  I prefer shallow-running lures like Husky Jerks and Rattling Rogues with lots of pauses or Berkley Ripple Shads,” he said.

Freidig, respected tournament angler and on the lake almost daily, makes his early trips to Pelican Lake (northwest section of Devils Lake), Six Mile Bay and Mauvais Coulee north of Highway 19.  He casts shallow, targeting trees, rocks and old farm implements, running Shad Raps slow and steady.  “On any cast it could be a pike, a white bass or a walleye,” he said.  If walleyes follow or he misses a bite, he casts a bobber, usually for quick action.  “Early spring on Devils Lake is some of the best fishing of the season,” Freidig said.

For information on Devils Lake tournaments, lake conditions, ramps (all launch ramps on Devils Lake will be open this season), activities, guides, lodging and restaurants, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 1-800-233-8048.

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Whooping Cranes Migrating Through North Dakota

Posted: March 26, 2012

Whooping cranes are in the midst of their spring migration and sightings will increase as they make their way through North Dakota over the next several weeks. Anyone seeing these birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be tracked.

Whoopers stand about five feet tall and have a wingspan of about seven feet from tip to tip. They are bright white with black wing tips, which are visible only when the wings are outspread. In flight they extend their long necks straight forward, while their long, slender legs extend out behind the tail. Whooping cranes typically migrate singly, or in groups of 2-3 birds, and may be associated with sandhill cranes.

Other white birds such as snow geese, swans and egrets are often mistaken for whooping cranes. The most common misidentification is pelicans, because their wingspan is similar and they tuck their pouch in flight, leaving a silhouette similar to a crane when viewed from below.

Anyone sighting whoopers should not disturb them, but record the date, time, location, and the birds’ activity. Observers should also look closely for and report colored bands which may occur on one or both legs. Whooping cranes have been marked with colored leg bands to help determine their identity.

Whooping crane sightings should be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (701) 387-4397, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck at (701) 328-6300, or to local game wardens around the state. Reports help biologists locate important whooping crane habitat areas, monitor marked birds, determine survival and population numbers, and identify times and migration routes.

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Caution on Roadway

Posted: March 16, 2012

Caution is advised on Hwy 57/20 due to rough roads and soft shoulders. Please use extreme caution while driving.

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WARNING

Posted: March 13, 2012

Warning Ice Fishermen – Fishing is good, ice is getting bad in some areas on Devils Lake. 

  Please Remember to Take Caution When on the Ice.

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Devils Run Housing at LRSC OPEN

Posted: March 12, 2012

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Room Charges will be $50 per night for single or double occupancy, $55 per night for triple occupancy and $60 per night for quad occupancy.   We do not allow over 4 people per room.  There is a cancellation fee of $10 to cover processing costs.

These are College Residence Halls so they will not have all the amenities of a hotel room.  The following is a list of what is available in these rooms and the hall:

  • 2 Twin Beds per room with 2 desks and 2 closets (NO AIR CONDITIONING) you may want to bring a fan.
  • Linen, pillows, towels are provided with the room.
  • Community Baths with doors/curtains on shower stalls.  Men will have access to one Bathroom and Women the other Bathroom.
  • Health and Fitness workout room in the front of the hall just off the Lounge and Kitchenette
  • Local Telephone access is available, Televisions are located in the main lounges.  A Kitchenette is available with microwave and pizza cooker.
  • No Alcohol is allowed on the Premises by North Dakota State Law.  Violators are evicted.  We are Tobacco Free buildings and Grounds!
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Game and Fish Urges Early Fish House Removal

Posted: March 9, 2012

While the deadline for removing permanent fish houses from North Dakota lakes is March 15, the state Game and Fish Department is urging anglers to get their houses off the ice as soon as possible.

 Given the current weather forecast of temperatures in the 50s or 60s through March 15, department enforcement division chief Robert Timian says that ice conditions will deteriorate quickly by the end of the March 10-11 weekend. “Even on lakes where ice remains solid away from shore,” Timian said, “by the end of this weekend, getting a vehicle on or off a lake will likely be a challenge.  All anglers are urged to use extreme caution.”

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Friends of Sullys Hill Membership!

Posted: March 7, 2012

The Friends of Sullys Hill held their yearly strategic planning sessions in February. The group will focus this year on providing visitors within our community and beyond with more information about what is happening at Sullys Hill. The Friends of Sullys Hill membership is free of charge and includes a regular email newsletter. Within the last month, the Friends of Sullys Hill have signed up members that span the nation; from Oregon to New York City!

The Friends of Sullys Hill will form committees to allow interested members to play a more active role in helping to guide and shape the organization. These include marketing, outreach and event planning. Suzie Kenner, the president of the Friends group stated, “opening up our membership will draw in a wide variety of members, help them to become active with access to our newsletter, invitations to members-only events and programs at Sullys Hill. Our hope as a group is to engage our community and beyond to take advantage of what this great piece of land has to offer and find joy in nature.”

The strategic planning session also focused on creating short and long-term goals for the organization and Sullys Hill.  In the brainstorming session, ideas included everything from increasing visitor information, improving the nature trail, and installing cameras to allow viewers to observe animals in real time from their computer, to doing a huge project that will give visitors the ‘WOW’ experience.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife recently completed construction on an amphitheater and will host a variety of events throughout the summer at Sullys Hill. Kenner added, “the addition of the amphitheater will improve the visitor experience to make Sullys Hill fun and exciting for the whole family. Entertainment and educational opportunities are just a small part of what goes on at Sullys Hill. On days or evenings when the amphitheater isn’t being used, families can still come out and enjoy the nature trails, the visitor center, the bird garden, prairie dog town and so much more.”

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of Sullys Hill to get information on events or want to participate in one of the committees being formed, please contact sullyshill@gmail.com or 701-766-4272 with your full name, telephone number and email address.

Be sure to come out on Saturday, March 10 from noon to 4:00 PM for the next ‘Videos at the Visitor Center’ event. Dirt! The Movie will be shown at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM. This 80 minute, award-winning film highlights the importance of soil in our daily lives. The Friends will provide free popcorn and lemonade throughout the afternoon. Crafts will be available for the younger audience.

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