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Wine Walk tickets on sale next week!

Posted: August 24, 2012

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Wine Walk tickets on sale next week. Click here for a sneak peak!

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Spectacular Big Walleyes & Sensational Big Pike This Fall

Posted: August 23, 2012

Ken Miyamoto pulls in a big pike on Devils Lake

“This summer has been one for the record books,” said Devils Lake, North Dakota guide Jeff Katzer. “The next several months are looking even better, and I expect spectacular big walleyes and sensational big pike this fall.”

Katzer like so many current-day Devils Lake residents fell in love the first time he duck hunted the cattail marshes in 1996. He couldn’t get enough, often visiting the area four and five times per year from his Wisconsin home, where he guided on the Lake Winnebago chain. “When Kyle Blanchfield, owner of Woodland Resort called in 2008, and asked Katzer to consider guiding from the resort, it took his wife a minute to agree. They sold their new house and moved.

The life of a guide (he’s with the famed Mitchell Guide Service of 12 active, regular guides) includes 100 days of open-water guiding, three winter months of 14-16 hour days with no days off running Woodland’s ice fishing business, and waterfowl guiding three months each fall. In his “spare” time, he runs heavy equipment for the Resort to combat the rising water. He knows the lake.

“If you like to fish and hunt, this is your Mecca,” he said. “And, for fishermen, the upcoming months will produce double-digit walleyes and pike from 10 to 20 pounds consistently.” Katzer said Devils Lake fish generally stay where they’re at as the summer transitions to late-summer and early fall, and even late fall. “My best areas are weed lines in 8 to 15 feet of water,” he said. Spinners with nightcrawlers or casting crankbaits are most productive, but like many guides, he will fish the tactics preferred by clients. He even controlled the boat while a client caught walleyes on a fly rod. “He went thru 20 pike for every walleye,” he said.

He experiments from east to west on the sprawling lake system, which now encompasses about 220,000 feet of water. He laughed when describing the lake, “It’s new every year. I start out with a ‘clean’ GPS, and already this year I have 417 new waypoints. Weed lines can change from outside to inside quickly, but it appears to be stabilizing this season, even dropping a bit since spring.”

Late season on Devils Lake means fishing weeds, bridges or underwater roads. By bridges, he jigs vertically; on weed lines, cranks or spinners perform well. He also likes slip bobbers with live bait. Trolling over the many submerged roads is a Devils Lake tradition. He uses 18-pound wire leaders with crankbaits (number 7 Shad Raps or Husky Jerks when casting, Salmos when trolling); 17-pound fluorocarbon leaders when bobber fishing (due to pike); and he ties spinner rigs with 20-pound fluorocarbon.

“Limits of five walleyes might take minutes, and a boat can average more than 100 pike daily,” he said. There are no length or slot limits on the lake. Anglers may possess 10 walleyes, 10 pike (5 daily limit), and 60 perch (20 daily).

Guides always say the two words – walleyes and pike – together, because as Katzer said, “You never know what you’ll catch next, pike or walleye. They live in the same spots.” Earlier this summer, Katzer’s Minnesota client, Ken Miyamoto landed a 26-inch walleye, his personal best. On the very next cast he hooked a 30 ¼ inch walleye with a girth of 16 ½ inches.

Fall days can be filled with casting and blasting, with ducks in the morning and walleyes and pike in the afternoons. “These are win-win days for everybody,” he said, but also warned that visitors will likely fall in love with Devils Lake like he did. His wife April runs reservations and housekeeping at Woodland Resort, and when calling to reserve one of their modern cabins, deluxe lodge units or motel rooms, you might talk to her, 701-662-5996, or woodlandresort.com. For the Mitchell Guide service, summer, fall, winter or spring, call 701-662-6560, or fishdevilslake.net.

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, Henegar Landing and coming online in October, the four-seasons fish cleaning station on South Highway 20), activities, guides, tournaments, lodging, resorts and restaurants, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 1-800-233-8048.

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Community Fish Fry and Corn Feed

Posted: August 13, 2012

The Community Fish Fry and Corn Feed is in less than two weeks on August 23rd at the Bill Jerome Arena. If you would like to help the Lake Region Anglers Association please contact Clark Williams at shadrap@gondtc.com. They will start setting up at 4pm.

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MEG SPIELMAN-PELDO ART SHOW

Posted: August 8, 2012

For the next few weeks the Lake Region Heritage Center (Old Post Office Museum) located in downtown Devils Lake will host the artwork, “no lumps, thank you. a bra anthologie” by Fargo resident Meg Spielman- Peldo. Her collection makes light of one of the most common garments around, the bra. Enjoy the humor in Spielmans creations as you see a variety of different everyday items can make up one of the most essential pieces in the average woman’s wardrobe. From antlers to eggs and everything in between this collection will be sure to amuse you as well as have you wanting to help support Spielman and others in their drive to help breast cancer charities.

 Come in and see how there is, in the artists own words “a universal vibe of humor surrounding these garments that lift and separate our breasts. It crosses gender, age, and culture”. Enjoy the light hearted nature of Spielmans’ work as she says on her website, “it’s good medicine for all of us to let down our guard and laugh. My hope is to bring a smile to your spirit and a chuckle to your heart…”

 Dates of show: Friday August 10 —Friday September 7.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays 10 AM to 3 PM.

Where: Main floor of Lake Region Heritage Center (Old Post Office Museum)

502 4th St NE Devils Lake

Call us at 701-662-3701 or email us at lrhc@gondtc.com with any questions, also check us out online at www.lrhcmuseum.com.


Spielman- Peldo’s show is made available by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association along with grant monies from the North Dakota Council on the Arts in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and state legislative funding.

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Back to School Programs at Sullys Hill

Posted: August 4, 2012

 Join us for two free, special programs for school-aged visitors and their families that are designed to celebrate summer at Sullys Hill. 

Preschool Play Day: Tuesday, August 7, 10:00- 11:30 AM

Children aged 3 to 6 will explore the outdoors by completing an outdoor scavenger hunt, making a bird feeder, and enjoying a dirt cup snack. Preschool Play Day is a free program designed to enhance childrens’ awareness and knowledge while they investigate nature and the world through their senses. Registration is not required.

Exploring Wetlands: Wednesday, August 8, 10:00 AM- Noon

This new program offers an opportunity to get dirty and muddy while exploring the wetlands at Sullys Hill. Participants will catch frogs and invertebrates with dip nets and learn why wetlands are so important to both wildlife and humans.

‘Exploring Wetlands’ is designed for children ages 6 to 12 but parents are also strongly encouraged to participate! A free lunch of hotdog, chips and a drink and a hay ride will be provided to each participant following the program. Pre-registration is required.

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Sullys Hill Auto Tour Open for Business!

Posted: August 1, 2012

 The rising waters of Devils Lake flooded a portion of Sullys Hill including a vital section of the one-way portion of the auto tour route through the refuge. After over a year and a half, we are pleased to announce that the auto tour has been opened for business!

The staff at the Devils Lake Wetland Management District assisted Sullys Hill over the last two weeks in helping to provide access to the full auto tour. After waiting for the official project to begin for months, this temporary fix will provide visitors with an opportunity to complete the entire auto tour until a long-term repair is made.

Come out and take a drive through the full refuge! Please use caution when descending the hill and approaching the short unpaved portion.

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