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April2012

Celebrate National Tourism Week!

Posted: April 27, 2012

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Please join us in celebrating National Tourism Week!

The Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to celebrate National Tourism Week, May 7th – May 12th. National Tourism Week is an annual salute to travel and tourism in America with a spotlight on the impact of travel.  Local events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to highlight the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May.

“Travel and tourism supports 14.4 million jobs across the nation, including many right here in the Lake Region,” tourism director Suzie Kenner said. “We are rallying this week to celebrate the benefits of travel in our community, and we’re letting our elected officials and local citizens know that a vote for travel is a vote for the Lake Region.”

In 2009, North Dakota lead the nation in all four categories measured by the United States Travel Association: travel expenditures, travel generated taxes, travel related job growth and payroll. Since then, North Dakota has seen record breaking numbers in hotel occupancy numbers, and airline passenger numbers.

To celebrate, the Lake Region is invited to participate in a new summer program, “Discover Devils Lake,” a ‘passport’ program which will be unveiled on Monday, May 7th during the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau’s open house (located at 208 Highway 2 West) from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Discounts will be offered on North Dakota, Devils Lake and Pride of Dakota merchandise, prize drawings will be held and you can take a look at the newly remodeled visitor center. The Devils Lake Chamber Ambassadors will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 along with refreshments served. Read more about the passport program here.

Trivia will begin on 96.7 the Mix starting Monday morning and will continue throughout the week.

On Tuesday, head to the Sheriff’s House (located on 6th Street) to take in the culture of Devils Lake from year’s past. It is open to the public from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

On  Wednesday, May 9th, the Devils Lake CVB will conduct their second annual familiarization tour. This is free to members of the Chamber of Commerce. Get your employees to come on board and learn about the area. This will give your employees the ammunition they need to help our visitors with a fulfilling stay in Devils Lake, and make your customers RETURNING customers.  The tour runs from noon until 5:00 pm. E-mail Suzie at suzie@devilslakend.com to RSVP or to find out more information.

On Saturday, May 12, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve will host an “International Migratory Birding Day” event at 10:00 am. Join Refuge Manager Tom Ibsen and volunteers in celebrating the return of hundreds of bird species to the Lake Region. Spring is an excellent time for beginners to learn to use binoculars to explore the world of birds and other creatures. This one-hour program will provide beginners with an overview of binocular use, basic identification skills, and time to practice. Families are welcome!

Governor Jack Dalrymple stated in the North Dakota Tourism 2011 Annual Report, “Tourism is growing our economy one trip at a time, and as more people experience the legendary qualities of our state, that trend will continue. Thank you to our tourism professionals and businesses, and communities for providing great experiences for our visitors and for contributing to the growth and strength of our state.”

We look forward to celebrating travel and tourism in our community again this year and hope you will celebrate with us.

For more information, contact Suzie Kenner, Executive Director of the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-233-8048 or suzie@devilslakend.com

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Mondays at the Museum

Posted: April 26, 2012

Next Monday Evening, May 14th 2012  the Lake Region Heritage Center (Old Post Office Museum) will be holding another presentation in the ongoing series “Mondays at the Museum”. This event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Old Post Office Museum, located at 502 4th St NE in Devils Lake. The guest speaker that evening will be Mr. John D. Chaske Sr. known also by his Sioux name Wanbdi Nonpa which means Two Eagle. Mr. Chaske is a member of the Spirit Lake Tribe and has held many positions at the Four Winds Community School and has been involved in Dakota Sioux Ceremonials for over 25 years. Monday evening he will be holding a presentation on Native Sioux spiritual beliefs and practices. His presentation will involve his own personal experiences as well as introductions to the traditional spiritual practices of the Dakota Sioux and the use of the medicine wheel, sage grass, and sweet grass. The presentation will also include a brief description of the seven rites and virtues of the Sioux people. This will be followed by an open discussion on the similarities and comparisons to Christianity. All Monday at the Museum events are free and open to the public. We welcome all interested to please join us that evening and if they have any questions call the Lake Region Heritage Center at 701-662-3701 or email us at lrhc@gondtc.com. Also check us out online at www.lrhcmuseum.com

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Experts Predict Excellent May Fishing on Devils Lake

Posted: April 19, 2012

AlFreidig

For the first time in memory, two dramatic weather occurrences – no incoming water and early ice out – will produce “hot” May fishing in Devils Lake.  North Dakota fishing experts and guides felt this historical spring will mean May 1 could start the best month of fishing on record.

Long-time guide Jason Feldner of Perch Eyes Guide Service (percheyes.com) said, “The May bite will be phenomenal.”  Usually late May is the peak, but Feldner feels with water temperatures in the 50-degree range, the best bite will be underway by May Day.  Guide and walleye champion Johnnie Candle (johnniecandle.com) said, “You never know what you’ll catch – walleyes, white bass, pike – but catch you will.  Your arms will be tired at the end of the day, any day in May.”

Jason Mitchell, TV host and owner of Mitchell’s Guide Service (fishdevilslake.net) said, “Everything will be relating to shorelines in every part of the lake.  Pick a bay and hit it.  Find the warmest water and fish.  Devils Lake will be a month ahead of schedule.  This is the time.”  Zippy Dahl, one of Mitchell’s 12 open water guides said, “This is a first for us with no run-off and the earliest ice-out I can remember.  It’s a game-changer, because walleyes will stay home, not running to distant lakes to spawn.”

Dahl said this year the resident fish will be found in the main lake or any of the adjoining waters.  The key will be water temperature.  Walleyes have spread into all the connecting lakes of Devils Lake as the lake expanded from 40,000 acres 20 years ago to approximately 250,000 acres today.  There are countless new bays and shorelines to fish.  Dahl likes to fish with slip-bobbers or jigs early.  “Get the bait in front of their noses and hang on,” he said.

Feldner said with the ice going out a month ahead of average he will fish with jigs or crankbaits.  For jigs, he prefers a Fuzz-E-Grub tipped with a leech.  He will be in shallow bays in 3 to 5 feet of water.  He also likes to cast Lindy Shadlings on windswept shorelines with rock or sand bottom.  He keeps the boat in 6 to 7 feet, and casts shallow, pausing his lures occasionally.  He watches for following walleyes, and returns to the area if they’re not hitting on his first pass.  “Walleyes and pike will be roaming together.  Catch the pike, then come back and catch walleyes.  I use a wire leader or pike can eat a lot of baits,” he said.

“The conditions will keep the fish in their normal spots, and all corners of Devils Lake will be good early,” Candle said.  “Warming conditions trigger bug activity, which draws minnows, which bring walleyes to the shallows.”  He recommends covering water, and moving until contacting fish.  “Find a shoreline stretch with fish, and go back,” he said.  His two tactics involve casting either lures or jigs.  He has many Husky Jerks, Rapala X-Raps and shallow Shad Raps ready for action.  When jigging, the number one soft plastic for Candle is the 3-inch pearl or firetiger Berkley Ripple Shad on a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce jig.

“Fish until you find ‘em,” says Mitchell.  His hotspots will be new back bays which will be over recently flooded cattail sloughs.  If emerging cabbage weeds, pencil reeds or flooded cattails are present, he knows walleyes are lurking there.  One of the benefits of no run-off is that the lake “greens-up” earlier due to algae growth, and this produces perfect conditions for shallow fishing.  “You could pick 15 fish off a spot instead of three,” he said.  “The boat won’t spook them, and they don’t scatter as much.”

Mitchell covers water with Salmo Hornets or Shad Raps to locate fish.  If fish hit or follow with few hook-ups, he switches to slip-bobbers.  “I really like to swim jigs – not on the bottom – but reeled slow.  Northland Mimic Minnows, Trigger-X and Mister Twisters really produce,” he said.

May fishing on Devils Lake, according to the experts, is shaping up to be one of the best in history.  “Jump-start your fishing season with us,” Candle said.  For information on Devils Lake conditions, ramps (all launch ramps on Devils Lake are open this season), activities, guides, tournaments, lodging, resorts and restaurants, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 1-800-233-8048.

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Lake Region Heritage Center New Director & Updates!

Posted: April 5, 2012

Kristin Wood was recently hired as the Director of the Old Post Office Museum. Eunice Davidson will still serve on the Board of Directors and be involved.

Kristin has several events planned including Mondays at the Museums with historical presentations given by the staff and board members. The first Monday at the Museum will be held April 16th at 7:00pm and will be open to the public! Join them that evening in honor of National Holocaust Memorial Week. On April 30th at 7:00pm, the museum will host Yamma Ensemble a group of Israeli musicians that tour with the Arts Midwest Worldfest Organization. They will be available at the museum for a meet & greet.

They also have a new website, www.lrhcmuseum.com that they will use to post information about upcoming events in order to keep members and the public informed!

The museum will be opening April 3, 2012 full tiem to welcome all visitors.

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Game and Fish Sponsors Earth Day Project

Posted: April 3, 2012

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring youth clean-up days on public-owned or managed lands in April and May.

Each member of a school, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H club or youth organization who participates in cleaning up public lands during April and May will receive a specifically designed conservation patch.

Last winter the Game and Fish Department sponsored a contest for students ages 6-18 to design a North Dakota Earth Day Patch. Winners receiving a pair of Nikon 8×40 binoculars in the three age categories were Maddie Hosek of Bismarck (6-9), Enya Agard of Selfridge (10-13), and Sarah Morris of Regan (14-18). Hosek’s design was chosen the contest winner, and will be used on this year’s Earth Day patch.

Groups participating in the Earth Day project are encouraged to take the following precautions to ensure safety: keep young people away from highways, lakes and rivers; and only allow older participants to pick up broken glass.

Interested participants are asked to contact Pat Lothspeich at 328-6332 to receive a reporting form for their project.

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Docks are in on Devils Lake for Spring Fishing

Posted: April 1, 2012

With a big thank you to the Lake Region Anglers, the docks are in at the following public boat landings on Devils Lake: Pelican Lake, Six Mile Bay, Lakewood, East Bay, and Black Tiger Bay.

Click here for the following information:

Fishing Reports

Ramp Locations

Accommodations

Call the Devils Lake CVB for a free fishing packet at 1-800-233-8048

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