Archive of Fishing reportsJuly2012
Walleye Widow Outing
Posted: July 31, 2012
2012 Walleye Widow Outing will be held on Saturday August 11th at Henegar Landing with a steak fry and get together at Ruger Park afterwards. Originally we listed it as being held on the 18th but that was my mistake.
The Walleye Widow is an oportunity for the male of the species (“fisherman addictus”) to show the female of the species (“patience unlimitus”) how much we appreciate them while also showing them the glories of our addiction. Teams can consist of one or two couples, one male and one female or two males and two femals. The males are the guides, the females are the competitors. There will be tee shirts for the ladies and all trophies and cash awards are presented to the women. The men are the menial slaves for the day.
A good time to wind down the summer fishing season.
Outing entry form but you can enter the morning of. We will reschedule for Sunday if there is inclement weather. You can check with me by cell 701-351-0019 if you aren’t certain.
Each week seems to top the previous one…
The fishing this past week for all the guides on Mitchell’s Guide Service was absolutely one for the record books! If you are one that follows our weekly fishing reports, you have read that each week seems to top the previous one. Well, this past week the walleye and northern pike fishing we have enjoyed just cannot get any better. The numbers of fish we are catching and the size of the fish are so impressive our customers are absolutely blown away! Just take a look at the many photos below. There really isn’t a whole lot more to say than fishing on Devils Lake right now with Mitchell’s Guide Service is as good as it can get.
We are still slow trolling bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers along weedlines. This method has been the ticket for us for the past month and probably will be for the next month. The weeds are still holding the larger fish and when they see 3 or 4 spinners swim by loaded with a juicy night crawler, they just can’t help themselves but to hammer it.
This incredible fishing will continue and the best news of all…WE HAVE ROOM to take your party fishing! We do have a lot of groups in the books for August but we have plenty of room to add more. There is plenty of summer left and you will not find better fishing anywhere in North America than what we have going on right here, right now. SO, lie to the wife (or bring her along), Call in sick, (or bring the boss) Gather your friends, bottom line is, it is time to pull the trigger or set the hook on a world class adventure!!! See you soon!
Bobbers, jigging, casting cranks, trolling, pulling bottom bouncers with crawlers
Posted: July 28, 2012
Bobbers, jigging, casting cranks, trolling, pulling bottom bouncers with crawlers. You will catch fish! You can literally catch fish in any depth you want. Bigger fish are shallow and it takes a lot of patience to get them. Fish a little deeper and you’ll get numbers and some nice eaters.
Lure Em for Life
Posted: July 25, 2012
Lure Em for Life is an organizations that runs fishing camps for kids 8-14. Lake Region Anglers sponsors a number of scholarships for members children and other underprivileged children interested in fishing. The week of August 6-10 there is a fishing camp at the Lakewood Bible Camp cosponsored by the Devils Lake Park Board. On Wednesday, August 8th and Friday, August 10th they are asking for a few Lake Region Anglers members with boats to help take a few kids fishing. Life jackets and bait are provided. If you’d like to help out and take a few kids fishing contact Rhonda Ferguson at email@example.com..........................................................................................................................................................
Lots of walleyes are being caught at a variety of different depths
Fishing remains good!! Where is this summer going to… Lots of walleyes are being caught at a variety of different depths. It is really fun now because you never know what you are going to catch. We have seen everything from 8 inch up to 25 inch walleyes. The majority of the walleyes have been in the 14-16 inch range. There have been several dandy pike caught while we are fishing for walleyes and we have even had the occasional perch. Some of our perch have been flat out huge!! Seems like the size of fish can vary from day to day. One day you might find a school of 14-16 inchers and the next day they might be 16-19 inchers. Also, it seems like there are days when the fish are tight on spots and other days they are scattered. We have had our best luck pulling live bait rigs and trolling cranks. There are days we have had great luck pitching jigs and plastics as well. Best depths seem to be in that 8 to 17 ft. range; however, we have caught fish shallower and deeper than that.
Best tip to give you would be to cover water until you find active fish. Don’t be afraid to try different presentations and depths, with a bit of persistence, you will be on fish!!
Good luck to all, if you want to get out to Devils Lake and enjoy some of this great fishing, shoot us an email or give us a call and we will make it happen!
Fishing so Good, It’s Causing Traffic Jams
Posted: July 24, 2012
“Where else can you step out of your car and catch fish?” asked Ramsey County sheriff Steve Nelson. Pro angler and guide Johnnie Candle and Devils Lake, North Dakota resident said, “Shore fishing is exceptional here, and that brings droves of people. Often times it’s better from shore than in a boat.”
People, fish, narrow roads, parking and traffic have caused the county commissioners to create a task force to look into solutions for the safety of all. “Nobody wants to eliminate fishing from all these miles of easy-to-reach fishing spots and nobody wants an accident,” said North Dakota regional game warden supervisor Paul Freeman. Also on the task force and agreeing with the warden was Lake Region Anglers fishing club official Ed Dosch, “This is some great fishing, and we want to keep it going, that’s why our club will do all it can to educate people.”
The sheriff noted that anglers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and throughout North Dakota, including many Devils Lake residents (himself included) fish from dozens of roadside shoreline areas. Candle explained why, “Many of these roads are at necked-down areas or bridges with current. These rip-rap sections are ideal habitat in spring with good fishing stretching into much of the summer. When the wind blows into these rocks, it brings the game fish. The same scenario repeats itself in fall with major walleye, pike and white bass migrations.”
Commissioner Mark Olson said, “We don’t want to close roads or stop fishing opportunities. There are not many good shore fishing places in this state, except from the many road-crossings around Devils Lake. We also don’t want accidents.”
Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Suzie Kenner said they hope to meet with the Minnesota DNR Southeast Asian specialists to raise awareness and safety concerns within the Hmong community. Devils Lake is one of their top destinations. “We want to communicate and educate every angler who comes to town, because we don’t want any accidents,” she said.
Sheriff Nelson indicated that problems have been occurring since the lake began rising in 1993. With lake levels increasing upwards of 40 feet, the lake spread out. That resulted in construction of new roads and re-building existing roads. Some of those are narrow town and county roads, barely wide enough for two cars to meet and safely pass. “Add fishermen parking, and problems occur,” he said.
Some signage restricting parking has been placed and speed limits reduced already. Future task force sessions will deal with ensuring safety and determining the best methods to educate anglers and drivers. Dosch said the Lake Region anglers will conduct an “anglers talking to anglers” program. “These safety concerns can be resolved,” he said.
Candle said that shore fishing is one of the best ways to get kids involved with fishing. “They don’t have to be skilled; just cast out a split shot and a minnow on a bobber and catch white bass every cast,” he said, “This is shore fishing at its best, and that’s what we have on Devils Lake.”
For information on Devils Lake conditions, ramps (all launch ramps on Devils Lake are open this season and fish cleaning stations are operating at Graham’s Island State Park, Lakewood access, Six Mile Bay access and Henegar Landing), activities, guides, tournaments, lodging, resorts and restaurants, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903 or toll-free 1-800-233-8048..........................................................................................................................................................
ANS Monitoring Continues
An ongoing effort to monitor state waters for aquatic nuisance species has not produced any significant discoveries this year.
Fred Ryckman, ANS coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said only one limited infestation – curly leaf pondweed – was found at Lake Elsie in Richland County.
“There were only a few individual plants in Lake Elsie, and they likely are already dying back for the year,” Ryckman said. “However, anglers and other water recreationists should take extra time to inspect, clean and drain equipment before leaving the lake.”
After documenting silver carp in the James River in 2011, this year’s monitoring efforts, and the recent fish kill in the James River downstream of LaMoure, did not yield any silver carp. “Only time will tell, but hopefully this summer’s extremely low flows in the James are harsh enough to eliminate whatever population remnants of silver carp that are present.”
Ryckman said it is vital that anglers and other water recreationists follow ANS regulations. “Our monitoring efforts will continue, and we ask those on the water to do their part as well,” he said.
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 across land 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 aquatic 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, any aquatic vegetation, or parts thereof, is not allowed 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.
Game wardens will continue to enforce ANS regulations and violations will be dealt with appropriately according to the law..........................................................................................................................................................
Isn’t enough time in a day to hit all of the good spots!!
Posted: July 21, 2012
The weather has been red hot and so has the fishing!!! It has been an incredible week of walleye and northern pike fishing, heck we even got into the white bass a time or two! We have been very fortunate to catch all of our limits in the morning when it was a little cooler. The afternoons have been a little on the miserable side, especially if there is no breeze, as the temperatures have been in the 90’s. Our biggest issue we face right now is the water temperatures have been 80 to 82 degrees. This makes it tough for us to keep fish in the live wells alive all day long. So we have to keep an eye on them. We have been catching such beautiful walleyes and we cannot let them spoil. This is North Dakota and we all know the weather will cool off eventually.
I feel like a broken record as to our methods. We are still working weed lines with spinners, bottom bouncers, and either night crawlers or Gulp minnows. We did cast for the white bass with Mimic Minnows and crank baits. We have been very busy guiding lots of parties and we have had all of our guides on duty. With all of our force working everyday the number of spots that we have in our war chest right now is at an all time high. Honestly, there isn’t enough time in a day to hit all of them. The good fishing seems to have been exploding for us.
This has been one of the best July fishing months we have ever had. Every week seems to top the previous one. August will be no different. There is so many fish in the Devils Lake system right now it is unbelievable. The larger ones are not everywhere and we do have to work harder for them but it would be hard to find better fishing than Devils Lake is kicking out on a daily basis right now.
Our schedule has been very busy and we are busy coming up. We do manage to always find openings some how some way so if you are thinking about bring a group to fish with us, we will do our best to find room for you. We wouldn’t want you to miss out!!! We would love to have you.
Have a great week and We hope to see you very soon!
Steve “Zippy” Dahl
2012 LRAA Adult Child Outing
Posted: July 18, 2012
The 2012 Adult Child Outing will be held on Saturday July 28th at Lakewood Beach. This is different than the date of July 21 stated on the Calendar. They had originally looked at the 21st but regulations required either the AYA or LRAA change dates or locations. They chose to change to the 28th and leave the AYA as it was.
Tournament Director Jay Hagen is requesting help at weigh-in especially. It takes a bunch of people to make it special for the kids. Even if you plan of fishing you can help out.
Contact Jay for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-7729.
Walleye action is nonstop!
Posted: July 17, 2012
Well even with temps into the 90’s the walleye action is nonstop, pulling spinners, bobber fishing and pitching jigs and crank baits are all working great. Most of the nicer fish are coming less than 12 foot of water. Crawlers and leeches are the bait of choice. We still have a few openings yet this summer if you want to make a trip out.