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April2013

Devils Lake at the Top of the List for Pros & Everyday Fishermen

Posted: April 30, 2013

Johnnie Candle holding a walleye on Devils Lake

More everyday anglers are flocking to Devils Lake in central North Dakota each year.  They keep returning because it quickly grows on them.  Most pro walleye anglers list this diverse lake at or near the top of their favorite places to fish.

“After years and years of Canadian fishing, I know I catch more fish and bigger walleyes in Devils Lake than Canada,” said Steve Sanders from Kansas City, a 7-year regular with guide Zippy Dahl.  “I put a pencil to it, and hiring a guide and staying at Woodland is as economical as towing my boat from Kansas to Ontario.”   He also said, “At Devils Lake we can eat fish and keep a limit every time.  I don’t think I’d go anywhere else for walleyes – there’s a lot of fish there.”

Minnesota walleye Pro Bruce Samson said, “It is one of my favorites, because I like the challenge of finding new patterns in a lake full of fish.  The memory of winning two PWT tournaments gives me confidence.  The location is a bonus because of the low ‘people’ population.”  Walleye Pro Mike Gofron hails from Illinois and has more top 10-place tournament finishes than any pro.  He said, “Devils Lake is one of my top five picks for walleyes.  I like the fact I can explore all corners of this broad lake.  I can’t wait to get back.”

Ken Spader has been fishing with guide Aaron McQuoid since 2006.  Spader fishes with his daughter, who at 13 years old immediately bonded with Aaron the first time they fished.  “The first trip was fabulous.  Each trip is better than the last.  Aaron puts us on fish,” Spader said.  “My daughter and I like action all day long, and that’s what Devils Lake is – fish after fish after fish.”  He ice fished with Aaron this past winter and caught three perch over two pounds including a 2-pound, 6-ounce brute.  “I’ve now fished in winter, in spring right after the ice went out, during the heat of summer and in fall – I don’t know which is better – so I keep going back,” the Kansas angler said.

Central Iowa farmer Randy Rieken has been fishing with McQuoid for eight years, and due to his occupation, only gets away in January and March.  “I would really like to fish Devils Lake in a boat, but the ice trips are tremendous.  He works hard to get us into fish, and that’s what he said all the guides do.”

One of the winningest walleye pros with multiple Championship trophies adorning his home in Colorado is pro walleye angler Ron Seelhoff.  He said, “Devils Lake is one of my top places to fish.  The lake forces me to adjust and re-learn the bite every time.  What I really like is I start catching them as soon as I drop lures over the side.  Then I refine my patterns.  Staying in Devils Lake is like being home.”

Scott Glorvigen, double Championship winner on the walleye tours put it simply when asked why Devils Lake ranks so high on his list of favorites, “Diversity of habitat and variety of techniques.”  Another walleye pro with many first place victories is Tommy Skarlis.  The Iowa pro said, “Devils Lake is definitely a ‘Great Skarlini’ Top 10!”

He continued, “The fishing is out of this world with tactics more diverse and unique than most Walleye Factories.  Where else can you cast Berkley Ripple Shads or Salmo Executors or troll Berkley Flicker Shads or live bait rig, pull spinners, pitch jigs or toss slip bobbers?  Maybe as important are the great people out there in the country.”

Walleye pro and Championship winner Johnnie Candle lives on the shores of Devils Lake.  He said, “This is one of the few places where you can catch walleyes any way you want, despite this lake never being the same two years in a row, much less month to month.  One hundred walleye-days are not uncommon.  This community supports angling like no other, that’s why I live here.”

Sam Steele fishes with Candle, and his fishing club from the south side of Chicago travels there annually.  “Johnnie taught us how to fish for walleyes better.  This was more like fishing with a family.  His guides were great, the fishing was better than any other place, the shore lunches were excellent, and our big groups will be back,” he said.

This season, ND Game and Fish Northeast District Fisheries Supervisor Randy Hiltner said, “All ramps will be open.  Anglers will be able to launch and motor from nine conveniently located public ramps.”  Concrete ramps with adequate parking are strategically located.  A complete map is featured on devilslakend.com.  Devils Lake increased in size from 40,000 acres in 1992 to approximately 240,000 acres today, but wherever they launch, boaters will be able to drive under all bridges.

A high-tech fish-cleaning station – free to the public – is located just south of Ed’s Bait Shop on Hwy 20 (south of the city of Devils Lake).  The 20 x 32 building can handle 15 anglers at one time, with two grinders, a clean-up sink, regular and handicapped bathrooms.  It is air-conditioned (heated in winter), has plenty of parking for trucks and trailers and is well-lit.

Walleye & Spinners Video

Devils Lake fishing guides target perch, walleyes, white bass and pike.  They welcome every first-time angler and the thousands of anglers who return year after year.  For Devils Lake guides, conditions, fishing reports, lodging, activities, restaurants, the June 21-22 Chamber walleye tournament, and resorts, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903.

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Jason Mitchell Outdoors recently filmed fishing segment on Devils Lake

Posted: April 11, 2013

Jason Mitchell with a nice walleye caught recently on Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Jason Mitchell of the outdoor program, Jason Mitchell Outdoors recently filmed a fishing segment on Devils Lake, North Dakota.  Mitchell filmed the episode with Ice Team Pro, Jeff Andersen.  The anglers targeted walleye.  During a day and a half of filming, the anglers caught several nice fish using a rattle bait called the Salmo Zipper in six to seven feet of water.  “Shallow water walleyes during the late ice period are often aggressive and catching these fish on a lure with no bait is just entertaining because the strikes are so hard,” explained Mitchell.  Mitchell and Andersen fished on the west end of the lake, finding most of the fish relating to shallow rock and gravel bars.

 

More information on fishing in the Devils Lake region can be found through the Devils Lake Tourism website; www.devilslakend.com.  To find out more on Jason Mitchell Outdoors or to watch streaming video of past episodes online, go to: www.jasonmitchelloutdoors.com.  The show will air this upcoming December and February.  Jason Mitchell Outdoors reaches over 12 million households across the Midwest, airing on both Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Midwest on Sunday and Saturday mornings.  Over the past three years, Jason Mitchell Outdoors has had one of the highest viewer ratings on Fox Sports North for outdoor programming.  The show airs in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana with wider coverage via satellite.

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Photo Caption:  Jason Mitchell with a nice walleye caught recently on Devils Lake, North Dakota.

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Early Bird Winners Drawn for the 37th Annual Chamber Fishing Tournament

Posted: April 3, 2013

The early bird winners have been drawn for the 37th Annual Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament.

Representing Woodland Resort: Larry Zimmerman, Napoleon ND and Dennis Andruski, Grand Forks ND

Representing Ed’s Bait Shop: Connie Bernabacci, Fargo ND and Mark Olson, Kindred ND

Representing Leading Edge Equipment: Jay Hagen, Devils Lake ND and Jon Becker Devils Lake, ND

Representing The Glass Shop: Kraig Gellner, Langdon ND and Jared Ellingson, Edinburg ND

Representing Leever’s County Market & Bottle Shop: Jeff Eskelson, Horace ND and April Eskelson, Horace ND

Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to our Early Bird Sponsors!

See you in June.

 

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Devils Run 2013

Posted: April 1, 2013

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Devils Run 2013 information has been updated, including information for dorm rooms at Lake Region State College. For more information on this year’s event, click here.

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