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May2012

The fish continue to go!

Posted: May 29, 2012

The fish continue to go; however, the bite has been at its best when we have warmer weather. Seems like we get warmer weather for a few days and then cold and wind for a few. Water temps have dropped to the mid 50’s. Looks like we will be warming up a bit in the next few days and look for fishing to get better and better!
We are still pitching a lot of cranks and jigs/plastics into the warmest water we can find. Slip-bobbers with leeches have also been very good. Some people are pulling bottom bouncers and spinners around and catching fish as well. Again, as the warmer weather arrives, look for fish to be active all over. Most of the walleyes that we are catching are in that 15-22 inch range. Lots of bass with many up to 17 inches long (absolute footballs.) Pike fishing has been good as well, we have had several over 10 pounds this past week.
Summer is here! It is time to get out and catch some fish! Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service.

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Spirit Lake Casino Walleye Classic – Results

Posted: May 28, 2012

Article from fishingbuddy.com
The 12th Annual Spirit Lake Marina Walleye Classic is to be held on June 9th and 10th, 2012. This outstanding two day tournament boasts a large guaranteed $10,000 first place purse with up to twenty five payout spots. This is one of the highest first place guaranteed prizes among the North Dakota tournaments. There is a $250 entry fee and a 150 two person team entry limit. With spots filling up quick don’t miss your chance at an outstanding fishing opportunity.

This year’s anglers will have excellent fishing conditions due to the drastic increase of water levels in the last couple of years placing the largest natural lake in North Dakota; Devils Lake, a top the states fisheries. This fishery is continuing to grow with the rising population of wall hanger walleyes. Record numbers of walleyes were pulled out of Devils Lake last year leaving high expectations for this years catch to be an even healthier weight class.

The Spirit Lake Marina has excellent access to Devils Lake with the facility being top notch from the luxurious accommodations, superb dining and top-name entertainment, all on the scenic shores of the delightful Devils Lake.
Spirit Lake Marina is open 24 hours 7 days a week, offering bait, convenience, and accessibility to anglers and guests. The Spirit Lake Casino & Resort also has 6 fully furnished log cabins to rent, along with and RV park that has full hook ups. For more information on rules and tournament registration visit www.spiritlakecasino.com

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Here are the results for the 2012 Spirit Lake Walleye Tourney

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Another week of fantastic fishing…

Posted: May 27, 2012

Another week of fantastic fishing was enjoyed by all who fished with Mitchell’s Guide Service this past week.  We did have some pretty windy conditions to deal with and ended the week with a major cold front but the good news is that the fishing was outstanding anyways.  As you can see in the pictures below the size of the walleyes and the numbers of walleyes that were caught were both very impressive.  The northern pike are still ravenous as well and we did catch some pretty big ones while catching walleyes.  We have caught a few white bass but no numbers of them as of yet.  Perhaps it is still a little cold for them.

Our best success remains to be either slip bobbering the shallows or pitching crank baits, mimic minnows, and plastics.  Kind of depends how you want to catch them.  We even had some of our guides trolling crank baits for a couple of days and they were successful as well.

The water temperatures have been for the most part in the high 50s to low 60s and overall our afternoons have been better fishing than the mornings.  We have been picking our guests up a 9:00am lately and we are still a little on the early side of when the bite seems to kick in.

It was a busy week for the Mitchell’s staff of guides and it is fun to have all of our guides back to being busy working.  It is so nice when you have a team of guides to communicate with to not only locate more fish but to compare notes with as the day progresses.  We have a big body of water to keep tabs on every day and the “Team-work” approach is by far the key to our success.

Our schedule is filling in quite rapidly and we want to encourage all of you to come and partake in this shallow water extravaganza.  You won’t be disappointed!  We are off to a great start and it looks like we are headed for an incredible summer!

Good Luck Fishing Everybody!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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Went to slip bobbering….

Posted: May 26, 2012

Well despite this cold front with a high of 50 degrees we managed to catch fish. Water temps dropped to 50 to 55 degrees. In return we stopped casting cranks and plastic and went to slip bobbering shore lines. The pike are very active. With the warmer temps this next week I think we will be back to 50 fish days.

Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop & Perch Eyes Guide Service.

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Free Fishing June 2-3

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North Dakota anglers are reminded they can fish for free June 2-3.

That is the weekend North Dakota residents may fish without a license. All other fishing regulations apply.

Refer to the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide for season information.

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Did you catch a whopper? Did your son/daughter/grandchild catch their first fish?

Posted: May 25, 2012

Nick Studer

Maybe you just want to brag about your weekend on Devils Lake! Whatever the case, we want to see it! Send us your picture and information. We would love to celebrate your catch and your great time by highlighting your photographs on our websites and e-blasts! Submit your photo to the Devils Lake CVB here!

Thanks Nick Studer for submitting your photo to use back in April. Great catch!!

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First Fish Certificate

Posted: May 24, 2012

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding parents to capture their little angler’s first catch on a specially designed First Fish certificate.

First Fish has no qualifying weights or measurements. The only requirement is the successful landing of a North Dakota fish. Certificates are available to all who request them, and have ample room for all the important information, such as name, age, lake and a short fish story, plus a blank space for a photograph big enough to contain the smile of the happiest little angler.

Free certificates are available by contacting the Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6300, or send an email to ndgf@nd.gov.

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Summer Workshop Schedule for Educators

Posted: May 22, 2012

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is announcing the summer schedule of conservation workshops for educators. Graduate credit is available through the University of North Dakota.

  • Mammals of North Dakota – May 30-31, North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. Workshop participants are provided with the basis for teaching mammal studies relevant to North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana by integrating life science techniques with visual arts using information found in the Lewis and Clark journals. Links are made between mammals, their habits and morphology adaptations. Materials meet North Dakota curriculum standards. Registration is $30 payable to Bismarck Art and Galleries Association. Contact BAGA at (701) 223-5986, or email sherry.baga@midconetwork.com.

 

  • Science Resources for Elementary, Science and Social Studies Educators – June 4-5, Lake Area Career and Technology Center in Devils Lake. This workshop provides participants with an overview of resources available to educators, including The Whale, Wildlife of North Dakota, Elementary Aquatic Education, and Habitats of North Dakota. A $10 preregistration fee is required. Contact Jennifer Carlson, Lake Region Teacher Center, at (701) 662-7650, or email jennifer.carlson.1@sendit.nodak.edu

 

  • Science Resources for Elementary, Science and Social Studies Educators – June 20-21, Dickinson State University in Dickinson. Same concept as the workshop in Devils Lake. Preregistration fee of $20 for West River Teacher Center members and $30 for nonmembers is required. To register contact Joanne Fields at (701) 483-2728 or joanne.fields@dickinsonstate.edu.
  • Birds of North Dakota – June 27-28, North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. Teachers completing this workshop will have a basis for teaching bird studies relevant to North Dakota by integrating life science techniques with visual arts found in the Lewis and Clark journals. Links will be made between birds, their habits and morphology adaptations. Materials meet North Dakota curriculum standards. Registration is $30 payable to Bismarck Art and Galleries Association.  Contact BAGA at (701) 223-5986, or email sherry.baga@midconetwork.com.

Information for each workshop is available by contacting Sherry Niesar at (701) 527-3714.

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Threat of Exotics in State Waters Continues

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Silver carp are the latest threat in the ongoing campaign to stop the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota, which features 360-plus fishing waters.

However, silver carp aren’t the only ANS threat in a state that is fortunate not to have big management problems with new or expanded exotic populations.

Robert Timian, North Dakota Game and Fish Department enforcement division chief, said ANS violations brought more warnings than citations in the past, but after years of informing the public about the harmful consequences of aquatic nuisance species, things will change.

“Warnings are good during the information phase, but then you need to take direct action,” Timian said. “Citations send a message that we are serious about the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota.”

Current law states all water must be drained from watercraft prior to leaving a water body, including livewells. This means fish, including bait, cannot be transported in a livewell containing water. However, bait buckets and /or any container of five gallons or less in volume can be used to transport legal live baitfish or other bait in water. All other fish species may not be held in water and/or transported in bait buckets/containers when away from a water body. Transportation of fish in or on ice is allowed.

In addition, no aquatic vegetation, or parts thereof, shall be in or on watercraft, motors, trailers and recreational equipment when out of water. Time out of the water needed to remove aquatic vegetation at the immediate water access area is allowed.

All built-in structures to boats, including livewells and bait compartments, and containers (bait buckets) used to transport legal live bait, must also be free of aquatic vegetation.

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Would be hard to find more action than what we have going on right now…

Posted: May 20, 2012

Hate to sound like a broken record but the fishing remains Excellent!!!  This is easily shaping up to be the most successful spring that Mitchell’s Guide Service has ever enjoyed.  Cold fronts, bug hatches, Bah humbug the walleyes and northern pike seem be biting right through it.  Honestly, we have had some clients beg to take a break from catching fish.  We are still catching most of our fish either casting crank baits, mimic minnows, and powerbait ripple shads OR we are slip bobbering with leeches in 2 to 8 feet of water.

Mitchell’s Guide Service is in full swing.  All the guides are locked, cocked, and ready to rock and our schedule is really starting to fill in fast.  We still have plenty of room, but if you are at all serious about taking a world class fishing trip it would be hard to find more action than what we have going on right now.  We want you to come and experience this with us but also want to let you know to get this scheduled ASAP cause these dates will be filling up.  It is the last week of school, Memorial Day is next weekend, summer has begun!!!

Have a great week of fishing everybody!!!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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