Archive of Fishing reports

June2012

Best fishing times…

Posted: June 29, 2012

Well the fishing is really good. The water temp is from 65 to 70 you can catch fish slip bobber fishing, casting cranks and pulling spinners seem to be best. The best fishing times seem to be early morning and then 1 pm to 3 pm. Perch pattern spinners seem to be working best with a two hook harness tipped with a crawler.

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

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Update to Grahams Island Road

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Grahams Island road is NO PARKING and NO FISHING for the next 15 days due to the process of construction. Both Ramsey and Benson counties Sheriff offices will be patrolling.

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Fishing is fantastic!!

Posted: June 27, 2012

Fishing is fantastic on Devils Lake right now!! We are catching walleyes all over the lake in depths from 4-20 feet. We have caught walleyes bobbering, jigging, live bait rigging, pitching, and trolling. Worms and leeches are the ticket for live bait and it seems like and cranks with an orange belly is hot. Jigs and plastics are working as well. We are catching many fish in that 14-18 inch range. Seems like everyday we catch a few fish over 20 inches as well. The water is warm and now is the time to get to Devils Lake and enjoy some great fishing!!
If you would like to book a trip, give us an email or call and we will make it happen! Good luck to all and have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service.

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Something for Everyone Season!

Posted: June 25, 2012

It has been a very good week of fishing for the Mitchell’s Guide Service crew.  Do you have a favorite method of catching a limit of walleyes?  It is now the “something for everyone season” as the methods of catching fish are many.  Some of our guides are still casting crankbaits and plastics and doing well, some of our guides are slip bobbering with leeches on weedlines and doing well, and some of our guides are trolling bottom bouncers, spinners, and worms along weedlines and doing very well too.  We are catching a ton of fish throughout the day and the biggest challenge for the guides has been keeping from running out of bait!

With the earlier than normal spring, the walleyes seem to be entering their typical summer pattern ahead of schedule.  With June coming to an end and July right around the corner the numbers of fish caught in a day should increase…which is already happening.  We do literally have every size fish in the system right now.  This is due to some incredibly high rates of reproduction over the last three years.  These truly are the “glory days” of walleye fishing on Devils Lake and a lot of our customers are amazed at how many walleyes they catch on their way to achieving their limits.  The good news is it just seems to keep getting better.

Our schedule for July still has some availability so if you are looking to take a world class fishing trip this summer, we will find room for you.  Some dates are full but there is plenty of availability and opportunity to fit your group in so please give us a call (701) 662-6560.

Have a great week of fishing Everybody!

Steve “Zippy” Dahl

Courtesy of Mitchells Guide Service & Woodland Resort

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Fishing has been very good for us.

Posted: June 22, 2012

Fishing has been very good for us. Bobbers, spinners and pitching jigs with sliders and assassins or shadlings has all. Even productive bobber fishing along with spinners have been best in 7 to 12 foot of water. If your going to pitch put your boat in 8 ft of water and cast to the wind blown shoreline. We still have a couple openings if you want to get a trip in. 

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

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Fireworks Prohibited on Wildlife Management Areas

Posted: June 20, 2012

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds citizens that lighting fireworks on state wildlife management areas is prohibited.

The primary objective of a wildlife management area is to enhance wildlife production, provide hunting and fishing opportunities, and offer other outdoor recreational and educational uses. Only activities that would not disrupt the intentions of how these areas are managed are encouraged, and a fireworks display is not compatible.

Excessive noise and commotion that come with fireworks disturbs wildlife, and their explosive nature is a potential source of wildfires. Chances of a wildfire developing are greatly enhanced when explosives, such as fireworks, come in contact with tall grasses in rural areas.

A complete list of the WMA regulations is available on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

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Catching limits of walleyes sure beats the alternative…!

Posted: June 18, 2012

It has been a very interesting week weather wise.  Every other day the wind blows 30 to 40 mph.  This limits us as to where we can go and where we can get to.  We base our decisions on wind direction.  This will dictate not only where we can fish but also where we can safely launch our boats and the severity of wave action.  Although we cannot bounce around on these days and fish where we sometimes want to, we have been able to put together a very successful week of catching limits of walleyes.  The overall size is down but this is understandable considering the weather we have had to cope with.  Catching limits of walleyes sure beats the alternative – sitting in the cabin wondering if the fish are biting somewhere.  The bottom line is that our guests come from a long ways away to fish with us and they deserve our best effort no matter what mother gives us.  Thunder and lightning are another story however.

We have still been catching most of our fish slip bobbering weedlines in 6 to 11 feet of water.  It is important to set some bobbers shallow and some deeper and find the magic depth the fish are at.  Every spot we anchor over, we have to find the “hot” zones.  It seems like the walleyes are traveling the same pathways and once you find the zone the bobbers sink pretty rapidly.

We are still catching some northerns and white bass as well but with all the wind, our time spent casting was drastically reduced.

The forecast upcoming looks improved and hopefully mother nature will give us some better fishing conditions.

Good Luck Fishing and Be Safe on the Water Everyone!

Courtesy of Mitchells Guide Service & Woodland Resort

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Many different presentations that are working…

Posted: June 17, 2012

I must say that I am truly impressed with how good the fishing has been despite major winds, rain, and cold fronts we have had off and on the past week. Seems like the wind has blown from a different direction everyday. Our water temps dropped about 10 degrees but they are slowly climbing back up!!

As far as the fishing there are many different presentations that are working right now for walleyes. Many of our guides are still pitching jigs/plastics and cranks into the shallows. Usually, the best best is to follow the wind (but not always.) We have also had days where the live bait has been the ticket. Bottom bouncers and spinners or slow death rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. We have also had some great bobber bites. Our best depths are anywhere from 3-14 feet of water.  Seems like there are 14-16 inch eyes everywhere. We have many 17-22 inch fix mixed with a few over 22 inches most days.

Bass are in the shallows with the walleyes. Seems like if you cover enough water you will run into them. We are seeing many larger bass mixed in with some smaller ones as well.

Pike have been caught in shallow but we are not catching quite as many as we were a few weeks ago. However, we had some really slough sharks hitting witch always makes it fun!! Look for bigger pike to get more aggressive for the second half of June. This is usually the best time of year for a true monster pike!!

So overall life is good on the waters of Devils Lake! We have had a busy summer and the future looks busy as well. If you would like to get out and have some fun, give us a call. Also, some of the best action of the year is coming up…Fishing in July and August can be awesome on Devils and if you would like to experience the action, we would be more than happy to take you out! Thanks, and good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service.

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Summer Safety on the Water

Posted: June 12, 2012

Failure to wear a personal floatation device is the main reason people lose their lives in boating accidents.

The National Safe Boating Council warns boaters that most drowning victims had a life jacket available, but were not wearing it when they entered the water. “It is difficult to put a life jacket on once you are already in the water,” said Nancy Boldt, boat and water safety coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “The single most important part of safety on the water is wearing a personal flotation device.”

North Dakota law requires all children ages 10 and younger to wear a personal flotation device while in boats of less than 27 feet in length. The law also requires all personal watercraft users to wear a life jacket, Boldt said, as well as anyone towed on skis, tubes, boards or other similar devices.

Water users should make sure to wear life jackets that are the appropriate size, and in good condition. It is also important that children wear a PFD while swimming.

When purchasing a PFD, Boldt suggests considering the most prevalent water activity. Water skiers and tubers should wear a life jacket with four nylon straps rather than one with a zipper, because straps are stronger than zippers upon impact with water. Anglers or persons paddling a canoe should opt for a PFD that is comfortable enough to wear for an entire outing.

Water skiers and tubers are reminded it takes three to ski and tube. When a person is towed on water skis or a similar device, an observer other than the operator is required on the vessel.

It is important for swimmers to know water depth, as serious injuries can occur from diving into water. Large objects hidden below the water’s surface can lead to significant injury.

North Dakota boaters also are reminded that marine VHF radios are an important part of boat safety that should not be improperly used by operators. Boldt said they are intended for boat operators who are in distress and facing an emergency situation.

Regulations to help ensure safe boating this summer are found in the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide. A more comprehensive listing is available in the North Dakota Boat and Water Safety Guide or the Boat North Dakota education book. These guides are available online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or at a local Game and Fish Department office.

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Devils Lake June Walleyes Heating Up

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Article from fishingbuddy.com
The perfect set of fishing conditions hit all at once making Devils Lake in central North Dakota one of the hottest walleye bites on the continent this spring. May was spectacular according to local guide Mark Bry. “It was my busiest guide month on record, with the most bookings in 12 years,” he said.

He quantified the fishing by saying an average day means catching 20 to 50 walleyes, with plenty “eaters” (under 19 inches), but many pushing 25 inches. Describing pike, Bry said, “They’re everywhere, and 50 to 60 a day are common, with some in the 10 to 12 pound range; tops so far in my boat was 17 pounds.” What about the third popular Devils Lake species, white bass? Bry said, “They’re insane, and when my clients target them (quite a few do), they easily catch 100 in a typical day.”

With one of the earliest ice outs and minimal incoming water, walleyes warmed up with the water, and Bry predicted that June will be even better. “Based on the past, with water temperatures being about 60 degrees now, the fish will only become more active in June. The shallow bite will remain consistent through June. This lake will get better and better,” he said.

That could make the 36th annual Chamber Walleye Tournament June 22 – 23, one of the best also. Spots remain in the team event, with a guaranteed $5,000 first place check. Devils Lake is a world class fishery, but the city of the same name hosts numerous family events such as a Devils Run the first weekend in June and the Spirit Lake Casino walleye classic June 9 – 10.

On the lake, all ramps are open this season, and fish cleaning stations are operating at Graham’s Island State Park, Lakewood access and Six Mile Bay access.

Bry concentrates most of his guiding on the eastern portion of the lake, but has eight guides working for him that travel the entire 200,000 acres. Currently, he has found most walleyes in long, shallow bays less than 10 feet deep. A hint is to fish where emerging reeds and cattails are growing.

Tactics for shallow walleyes make fishing fun. He explained that most fishing is casting either jigs or crankbaits. Fish will be scattered for a few more weeks, and he searches by covering water with long casts. When casting jigs, he favors 5/16 and 3/8 ounce jigs with 3-inch Gulp Alive or Berkley Ripple Shads. He likes to keep his rod tip high and twitches the jigs just above bottom.

Crankbaits for Bry and his guides translates to number five Rapala Shad Raps with orange bellies. “Check the retrieve rhythm – pause, slow it down, make some erratic moves, but slow is usually best. Watch for following walleyes. If you see ‘em, they want it, just change-up until your cadence matches their desires,” he said.

Most of his pike are caught while chasing walleyes, and said pike anglers expect 40-plus inch fish daily. “Pike will really pick up in June,” he said. He also addressed those who might turn up their noses at white bass, “Land several dozen three pound whiteys, and tell me it’s not work. They never give up.”

Mark Bry: 701-739-0161; bry1979@gra.midco.net

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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