Archive of Fishing reports

September2012

Beautiful Fall -Still time to get out and enjoy!

Posted: September 27, 2012

Weather has been beautiful the past few days and the bite has been very consistent around all of the bridges on Devils Lake. Seems like most days they are adjacent to the main channel but there are days or times during the day when they are right in the middle of the current. Jigs tipped with live bait or live bait rigs slowly trolled have been the ticket. Worms, leeches, and minnows have all produced. When water isn’t to turned up there is a shallow water bite. The key on this bite is to have somewhat clean water, if we get high winds this bite seems to take a few days to turn on again. There are still fish being caught near weeds, on rock piles, and near points. Seems like the best depths are 12-25 feet of water, we have pulling cranks and live bait rigs with some pretty good results.
Again, this is a great time of year to enjoy some great fishing. We have had a beautiful fall and there is still time left to get out and enjoy some excellent fishing!
Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Mark Bry of Bry’s Guide Service

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Check for ANS When Removing Structures

Posted: September 25, 2012

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department requests local entities and water recreationists to monitor for new aquatic nuisance species infestations when pulling and storing fishing piers, boat docks and lifts prior to ice up.

Fred Ryckman, ANS coordinator, said it is especially important to look for zebra mussels. “Zebra mussels will attach to hard surfaces,” Ryckman said. “Inspecting these types of structures provides a good opportunity to determine if mussels may be present in the respective water body.”

To date, adult zebra mussels have not been found in any North Dakota waters.

If mussels are found, citizens are requested to leave the suspicious mussel attached, take a digital picture, and report findings immediately to a local Game and Fish Department district office.

Pictures of zebra mussels are available on the 100th Meridian Initiative website at 100thmeridian.org/.

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Some of our guides are holding strong with…

Posted: September 20, 2012

The fall season has definitely hit the Lake Region this past week.  High winds, cold temperatures, and very unstable weather has definitely impacted our fishing and not for the better.  We are still catching limits of fish pretty much every day but the overall size has been down.  Most of our fish are in that 15 to 17 inch range and a few 14 inchers to satisfy the getting the limit.  The northern pike numbers have been down as well.  A lot of fish are on the move lately and with all the fronts that have hit us we are having to work harder than we have for quite a while to limit out for the day.  Some of our guides seem to think our lake has gone through the turn-over period as all lakes do.  This happens when the surface water gets colder, which it has, it gets heavier that the water on the bottom of the lake and the two switch or “turn-over.”  Who knows?  The bottom line is once the fish get used to it they will turn on again.

On the bright side of things the forecast for all next week looks absolutely beautiful!!!  Highs back in the mid 60’s with plenty of sunshine.  This should be the nice shot of stable weather we need again.  When the sun is shining you will not find a more beautiful time of year to fish, with all the leaves changing color and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  You are going to make sure to bring your camera.

Our methods have been many lately as all of us have been trying many different tactics and many different places to catch our fish each day.  Some of our guides are holding strong with the bottom bouncers and spinners, some of our guides are jigging rock piles and current areas, and some of our guides are trolling crankbaits with lead chore.  All of these methods have proven themselves to be very successful in the fall season.

The rest of September looks very busy.  October needs help however.  The best of the fall fishing season is ahead of us.  For those of you that are coming to visit Devils Lake to hunt waterfowl, a day or even a half day of fishing with Mitchell’s Guide Service can be the highlight of your trip.  We are offering again this year the “Hunter’s Special”  This is a half day of afternoon fishing with Mitchell’s Guide Service after your hunt.  See below for more information…

Courtesy of Woodland Resort Mitchell’s Guide Service.

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Pulling spinners and bottom bouncers…

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I have not updated the fishing report lately..sorry to all you that read it!! Fishing this summer has been most likely the best that I have seen out here in the past few years..we have been pulling spinners and bottom bouncers with a single hook harness for most of the summer. Some good days we would use a golf counter and end up seeing we ended up with 164, 189, 211 fish  just name a few of our days!! with these days every 2 minutes there was another walleye coming into our boat. Great for kids and adults of all experience levels. Our water temp. only got to 72 degree’s this year allowing the fish to stay active all summer. Now it has fallen to 60 as our beautiful summer is leaving us.  With the past few weeks of NW winds, some up to 50 mph our leaves are blowing off our drought stressed tree’s fall patterns will start soon.
This week looks like 50 to 60 degree days and 30’s at night which will kick off our fall patterns quickly including spinners, crankbaits and jigs…
If your interested I still have a few openings in the 2nd half of October…we should still have some good days pulling crankbaits…for the nicer fish but not the quantity. Many limits still to be caught in October.

Looking forward to Winter:

Last year was very good.  Here are some of the pictures, some #2 perch the biggest on the scale was 2.69 in our houses.  I think this past winter was the best on record with us, but if we do not get much snow this next winter it is shaping up to be better than even last year.

Coming up this winter the fishing should be AWESOME again.  We should have good action in our comfortable portable insulated ice shacks!!  Adding to our 6 1/2×16 Ice Castle I am looking at Zach shacks for added comfort over our other portable houses. Trying harder to keep you warmer in your next ice fishing adventure.  I have open dates for early ice starting December 11-20 for good walleye and perch action. January 1 thru end of March for our walleye or big perch give me a call…last year we had many days with our limits of these beautiful perch, which 20 of these fill a bucket real quick!!
Words to live by when fishing “The more days you fish.. the more fish you will catch”
Email, text or call to put your mark on my calendar…Hope to see you this fall or winter on the pond…
Thanks for reading.
Courtesy of McQuoid Guide Service.
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North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, 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 upland game biologist Stan Kohn previews Pheasant, Grouse, Partridge, and Turkey hunting seasons. Click here to Watch!

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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Shallow water bite that is getting better and better each week!

Posted: September 18, 2012

Mark Bry posted on Devils Lake, Ramsey County

“The weather has been the biggest factor involved with catching fish on Devils Lake this past week. We have had everything from calm and upper 70’s to windy and lower 50’s. The biggest factor involved on windy days is good boat control. Seems like the most consistent action is current. Some days the fish are in the current or just off it a bit, while other days they are scattered many yards either direction from current. Deeper rock piles have been very productive for us as well. We have caught many nice fish in that 25-32 ft of water over rocks or on the edge of them. As mentioned in the last few reports, there is a shallow water bite that is getting better and better each week. Pitching cranks or jigs and plastics has been deadly at times. This bite stays very solid and consistent right to freeze up. Here are just a few activities that are happening around Devils Lake this weekend: (duck hunting, goose hunting), right now: grouse hunting, and archery hunting for whitetails…and oh ya some excellent fishing still!! So many opportunities this time of year and so little time!”

Mark Bry

Join the Devils Lake, Ramsey County discussion

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Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest Deadline Sept. 28

Posted: September 17, 2012

Photographers are reminded that the deadline for submitting photos to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest is Sept. 28.

The contest has categories for nongame and game species, as well as plants/insects. An overall winning photograph will be chosen, with the number of place winners in each category determined by the number of qualified entries.

Contest entries are limited to digital files submitted on disk or via email. Contestants are limited to no more than five entries. Photos must have been taken in North Dakota.

By submitting an entry, photographers grant permission to Game and Fish to publish winning photographs in North Dakota OUTDOORS magazine, and as part of the magazine on the Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

Photo disks should be sent to Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest, C/O Patrick T. Isakson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095.

Send emailed digital photos to photocontest@nd.gov. Digital submissions can be either original digital photographs, or scans made from prints or slides/transparencies. Photographers will need to supply the original image if needed for publication.

Photo disks will not be returned. All entries must be accompanied by the photographer’s name, address, phone number and email address if available. Other information such as photo site location and month taken are also useful.

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Rost, Hecker Named to Game and Fish Advisory Board

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Governor Jack Dalrymple has appointed Tom Rost of Devils Lake and Dwight Hecker of Fairfield to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s advisory board.

The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.

Rost, an avid hunter and angler, replaces Tracy Gardner, Devils Lake, in District 3. Hecker, a farmer-rancher, replaces Wayne Gerbig of Amidon in District 8. Gerbig and Gardner’s terms expired on June 30.

“Public input is critical to the effective management of our fish and wildlife resources and this advisory board plays an important role in our on-going commitment to involving landowners, hunters, anglers and other stakeholders in the management process,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “We appreciate the service of Tracy Gardner and Wayne Gerbig and we welcome Tom Rost and Dwight Hecker as new members to the advisory board.”

Four members of the advisory board must be farmers or ranchers and four must be hunters/anglers. Appointments are for a term of four years. No member can serve longer than two terms.

Advisory board members host two public meetings, held each spring and fall, to provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel.

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ND Game and Fish Webcast

Posted: September 13, 2012

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

NDGF hunter education coordinator Zach Peterson discusses the Hunter Education Program and Hunter Safety Tips.  Click here to Watch!

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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Pick a piece of structure and fish it the way you want and you’ll catch fish.

Posted: September 10, 2012

This season is chalking up to be one of the best on record. Fishing is still stronger than ever. Spinners, trolling lead core, jigging, bobber fishing and casting cranks is how you can catch fish. Depth range 3 to 25 foot. And that’s a fact. Pick a piece of structure and fish it the way you want and you’ll catch fish. Here are some pictures of some nice fish from the last week.

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

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