Archive of Fishing reports

August2012

Outdoors Online

Posted: August 30, 2012

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov

NDGF district game warden Jackie Lundstrom talks about the Report All Poachers Program.  Click here to Watch!  https://vimeo.com/48515187

The webcast can be seen on the following community access channels:

Grand Forks

•             GFTV Channel 2 – Saturday, 10 p.m.

•             UND Studio One Channel 3 – Monday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Dickinson

•             Consolidated Channel 18 – Monday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Fargo

•             TV Fargo Channel 12 – Thursday, noon, and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Bismarck

•             Community Access Cable Channel 12, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

Jamestown

•             Cable Services, The Replay Channel, CSi Channel 10

Minot

•             Cable Channel 19, Thursday, 6 p.m

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The more things change the more things stay the same…

Posted: August 27, 2012

As the song goes, “The more things change the more things stay the same,” as far as the fishing goes on Devils Lake these days.  This past week we have had quite the variety of weather patterns thrown our way.  From flat calm to high winds to cold front to warm fronts and yet the fishing has remained excellent!    Both the numbers of walleyes and northern pike and the sizes of them has been very impressive.  We had a group from Iowa keep track of the number of walleyes they caught and released on their way to catching their limits of 15 per boat.  They sizes they kept were from 15 to 22 inches.  The one boat caught 52 and the other caught 63.  They did not keep track of the northern pike but on the walleyes alone that is over 100 fish per day for these boys!    Hard to keep these guys from running out of bait and thanks to the northern pike, running out of spinners too.

Our methods have remained the same as the last 6 reports…slow trolling bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with a half a crawler or Berkley gulp minnows.  We are still concentrating on weed line edges that the wind and waves are coming into.  The depths are anywhere from 8 to 13 feet of water.  These weed lines are not everywhere and it does take some practice staying on the edge of them but once you get the course down and plotted on the gps, life becomes a lot easier.

Well by now school has started most everywhere and now that the kids are back to work, it is the perfect time for a lot of people to sneak away on a fishing trip.  It is not too late by any means as the fishing quite honestly could not get much better.  Our schedule for September looks pretty solid but we do still have plenty of room to fit your party in on most dates.  We wouldn’t want you to miss out on one of the best seasons Mitchell’s Guide Service has ever had on Devils Lake!  We would love to have you.

Courtesy of Woodland Resort Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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The bite goes on!!

Posted: August 24, 2012

World class fishing an hour from home! Great weather and fishing on Devils Lake! There is a good chance for walleye, pike, bass, and perch right now! It is hard to think of a time when we have had a better August bite than this year. The walleyes are biting all over and are running in that 14-17 inch range for the most part but we have had some nicer fish (18-22 inchers) mixed in as well. We are starting to see some fish move back into the shallows; however, we are still catching the majority of our fish in that 12-25 ft of water. We have been jigging and live bait rigging with minnows and crawlers. Trolling cranks has been productive as well, seems like jointed shad-raps and slamos hornets have been the best! We have had some days where the shallow water bite has been good pitching jigs and cranks, but the most consistent bite has been deeper. Working the edge of the weeds, points, and flooded rocks has still been the ticket! Fall is near and the bite is going to continue to be great! Good luck to all!

Courtesy of Mark Bry of Bry’s Guide Service

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Outdoors Online!

Posted: August 23, 2012

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov

Bowhunter Steve Goroski  gives some archery  safety tips and tactics.  Click here to Watch!  https://vimeo.com/48078325

The webcast can be seen on the following community access channels:

Grand Forks

•             GFTV Channel 2 – Saturday, 10 p.m.

•             UND Studio One Channel 3 – Monday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Dickinson

•             Consolidated Channel 18 – Monday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Fargo

•             TV Fargo Channel 12 – Thursday, noon, and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Bismarck

•             Community Access Cable Channel 12, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

Jamestown

•             Cable Services, The Replay Channel, CSi Channel 10

Minot

•             Cable Channel 19, Thursday, 6 p.m

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Spectacular Big Walleyes & Sensational Big Pike This Fall

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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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Lake Link Report

Posted: August 21, 2012

Courtesy of Mark Bry of Bry’s Guide Service via Lake-Link.com


“Fishing remains very good on Devils Lake! We are doing a lot of the same presentations that we were working in early July. Weed lines, long points, and flooded rock piles have been the best for us. We are fishing in 12-30 ft. of water. Some days they tend to be a bit shallower and other days they are deeper. Trolling cranks or live bait rigging has been the ticket!! We have caught fish vertical jigging and bobbering, but it seems like the action is better when you cover water! If you are looking for a great way to end summer, give us a call and we will get you out! School is right around the corner and this is a great time to get the kids out!! Also, look for the fall fishing on Devils Lake to be very good this year! Cooler temps, less fisherman on the water, and the overall beauty that fall brings can make it a pretty special time out here! Again, give us a call and we will make it happen!!”

Mark Bry

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Outdoors Online!

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This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov

NDGF private lands biologist Casey Anderson gives a preview of the 2012 PLOTS Guide .  Click here to Watch!  https://vimeo.com/47632975

The webcast can be seen on the following community access channels:

Grand Forks

•             GFTV Channel 2 – Saturday, 10 p.m.

•             UND Studio One Channel 3 – Monday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Dickinson

•             Consolidated Channel 18 – Monday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Fargo

•             TV Fargo Channel 12 – Thursday, noon, and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Bismarck

•             Community Access Cable Channel 12, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

Jamestown

•             Cable Services, The Replay Channel, CSi Channel 10

Minot

•             Cable Channel 19, Thursday, 6 p.m

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The fishing has remained spectacular and now the weather is just beautiful…

Posted: August 19, 2012

Fun to be a guide on Devils Lake these days!  The fishing has remained spectacular and now the weather is just beautiful.  Gone are the 90 degree days of a few weeks ago.  We are enjoying mid 70 degree highs with 10 to 15 mph winds and lots of hungry fish.  This has been by far one of the best fishing seasons Mitchell’s Guide Service has ever experienced.  These cooler temperatures have lowered the water temperature by about 10 degrees.

We are still mainly slow trolling bottom bouncers and spinners and are still catching limits of walleyes every day.  We are also catching lots of northern pike along the way and we could easily have a limit of them by the time all the walleyes are in the box if our guests wanted all of them.  Not a lot new to report, which is good because the fishing for us has been so incredible this past month and I am glad to say we have not experienced a slow down yet.

It is not too late to plan a trip with Mitchell’s Guide Service.  We have plenty of room to fit your group in and we would love to have you.  Get them kids off to school this next week or two and plan on coming to Devils Lake and fish with us.  The fall bite should be excellent too.  Plenty of summer left though and we want to remind everyone that the good fishing does not tail off here.  The month of September is one of our favorite months.  Hope to see you!!!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort & Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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Latest fishing report from JJ’s & Perch Eye’s!

Posted: August 15, 2012

Fishing remains very good on Devils Lake with limits coming in every day. Most walleyes are coming from 8 to 10 feet of water pulling cranks or spinners. Bobber fishing the humps is also working well. We have a few slots open in Sept. if you would like to book a trip.

Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop & Perch Eye’s Guide Service

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Active Spots This Week!

Posted: August 14, 2012

Fishing on Devils Lake has been very active over the last week, Bottom bouncer and spinners have been very good in the stromme addition, 14-19 feet of water, chart, white, and silver spinners tipped with crawler or leach.  Pitching cranks into and along weed beds has been producing bigger fish, best spots are Bud point, Six mile bay east side south of the old tower base. Doc hagens, Directly across from Grahams Island boat ramp along trees heading South.  Best colors Firetiger, Bleak, Hot Perch, Hot Steel. For the Lead trollers Penny bay has been on fire, 14-16 feet of water Salmo Hornets, Rapala #5 Jointed,Berkley Flicker shads. Best colors have been Black Tiger, Viking, Hot Perch, Dalmation in hornets, Fire tiger, fire craw, clown, silver black in the rapala’s and flicker shad.  Some fish have started to show up on the humps and jigging is going well with good reports coming out of Bonzers and haley’s .   For the deep water guys try rocky point in 42-46 ft you will be surprised.

Courtesy of Professional Fisherman Al Freidig.

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