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May2013

Devils Lake 5/31/2013 Fishing Report

Posted: May 31, 2013

While the weather just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate whatsoever, anglers who’ve been going out are reporting improved and excellent fishing.  Shorefisherman are reporting the Mauvee Coulee and Channel A continue to produce nice catches of both pike and walleyes and anglers are also starting to see the white bass showing up.  These anglers are also reporting some great fishing around the moving water bridges and the rip rap along the highways.  Early morning, mid day when the water’s warmest, and dusk have been the best periods.  For walleyes, anglers are using jigs with minnow or leeches, jigs with twister tails, mimic minnows, and cranks such as shad raps, countdowns, flicker shads, and hornets.  Pike are also being caught with these presentations or with herring or smelt.  For white bass, jigs with minnows, chartruese twister tails, or cranks in firetiger or blue have been working well and are year in and year out goto presentations.  For boaters, most anglers have been hitting the far west warmer waters of the Flats and Six Mile Bay.  However, Bill Woods of East Bay Campground (www.eastbaycampground.com) says anglers in that part of the lake are starting to have some excellent fishing as well.  The shallower bays are warming up and the moving water bridge areas are firing up.  At the bridges he indicates anglers are jigging with leeches and minnows from 15-25 feet for some nice walleyes and pike.  In the shallows anglers are cranking shad raps, countdowns, and hornets.  Blue/silver, perch , firetiger, and silver/black all have been working well.  Bill also said the south end of Black Tiger has really turned on for monster white bass.  This weekend is the annual Devils Run car show.  So, after you catch that limit of fish, be sure to stop in town and check out the hundreds of classic cars that come to this great annual event each year!  Good Luck and Good Fishing from everyone at the Devils Lake Tourism and Chamber offices.

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Warmer Temperatures Are Forcasted For The Upcoming Week!

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That’s right, we finally started heating up! Temperatures were reaching the mid 60′s this past week which helped our water temp’s to climb as well.  Walleyes have been getting more active in the afternoon when the sun is the highest and the warmest. Jigs and gold hooks under bobbers with leeches has been the best bet. Try targeting areas in the 5 to 15 foot of water along wind blown shorelines.  Also,  pitching #5 raps and plastics has been producing some very large pike and walleye. Pike seem to be getting bigger this year with some real whoppers reaching the 20 lb mark.  While pitching for walleyes, we are picking up white bass which have been becoming more active and have been found in the back bays were the water is a bit warmer.   Warmer temps are forecasted for the upcoming week so  things should only get better. Good luck to all!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service:

www.fishdevilslake.net /www.Woodlandresort.com

 

 

 

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Good News Come To Those Who Wait…..

Posted: May 27, 2013

Good news come to those who wait…. The fishing has started to pick up this week fighting the winds however was not alot of fun but, once we got to our spots we found fish. We caught larger walleye 20-26″ were not uncommon. The pike are mixed in with them but we took the good with the better. Not everyone caught their limits but a good time was had by all. The water temps have warmed up a bit. The warmest water that we found was 54.6 degrees. Finding weedlines by old roads and using leeches and bobbers in 10-15 ft on water was the key. I have a few trips this week and if the weather cooperates the water temps will only make fishing better. I do have openings in June, so if your thinking of a trip give me a call and let us treat you to a great time on Devils Lake.

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

 

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Despite the weather… fishing is good!

Posted: May 24, 2013

Hello everyone, its been an interesting week here at Mitchell’s Guide service with about every weather pattern you can imagine hitting us for the past week. But, with a little hard work our guides were able to put some nice fish both walleyes and monster pike in the boat. There were plenty of whoppers that were photographed and released like the 29.5″ walleye pictured below that was caught  on 05-24-13. Water temps ranged 50.5 to 55.8 water was fairly clear about 1.5 feet of visibility. Tactics that worked for us were leeches under bobbers with both jigs and plain hooks, also casting wooded shorelines with plastics white or silver in color. Either a twister tail or a paddle tail worked well. Don’t rule out cranks its not to early we had to guides do very well casting cranks on wind blown shorelines. We have opening beginning June 7th, don’t hesitate to book your trip of a lifetime here!!

 Courtesy of  Mitchell’s  Guide Service

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Devils Lake 5/23/13 Fishing Report

Posted: May 23, 2013

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, the Devils Lake Chamber, Tourism, businesses, and community would like to welcome all visitors as we wish you an enjoyable and safe holiday!  For those of you here to experience some of the great fishing Devils Lake has to offer you’ve come at what’s typically one of the best times of the year.  A cold late spring has put things behind a bit, but that still means some excellent fishing should be in store.  For you shore fisherman, the moving water coulee areas continue to offer some of their best fishing.  Both pike and walleyes can be found in most all the coulees and streams flowing into Devils Lake.  Some of the best and most popular spots are the bridges along the Mauvee Coulee both north of Lake Alice and south of Lake Irvin; the coulees that feed into Dry Lake from the Garske area; and Channel A.  While pike can usually be caught all day long, the best time for walleye fishing is in the early morning hours, during the peak temperature time of the day, and right at dusk.  Moving water and warmer water are the two keys to finding the best fishing this time of year.   For you boaters, moving water and warmer water are your keys as well.  The north end of Pelican Lake near where the Mauvee Coulee comes in, the north end of Six Mile Bay near Channel A, the moving water bridge areas, and any of the shallower bays that warm up quickly during the day are the best areas to find more active fish.  For walleyes, both shore fisherman and boaters are doing best using jigs, slip bobbers, or lindy rigs tipped with minnows or leeches, jigs with twister tails (white, chartreuse, pink, and blue are great colors to try), or cranks such as shad raps, countdowns, flicker shad, and eskos.  Perch, silver/blue, silver black, white, and firetiger all work well.  For pike, smelt or herring fished below bobbers or on the bottom as well as any of the prior methods for walleyes all work well.  As for you white bass fisherman, Jon Dircks with Eds Bait Shop says there hasn’t been much action yet as water temps are still in the high 40’s to low 50’s.  Jon figures that as temps approach that 55 degree mark, they should start their spawn run and action should pick up.  That could happen any day now.   Chartruese jigs tipped with a minnow or cranks in firetiger or blue/silver  always work great.

After your great fishing excursion when it comes time to clean that catch, check out Devils Lake’s new year around indoor fish cleaning facility located next to Eds Bait Shop just south of town on Hwy 20/57.  The facility is heated and air conditioned, has plenty of parking, and lots of room to handle numerous fisherman at once.

Good Luck and we hope you have a GREAT Memorial Weekend!

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Rain and Strong Winds Hampering Fishing

Posted: May 20, 2013

Fishing slowed down the past couple of days with strong northeast winds and rain.  Water visibility has become poor and the walleye fishing in particular has seemed to slow down but we expect things to pick up once this weather clears. 

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service: http://fishdevilslake.net

 

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Start you Engines!

Posted: May 19, 2013

 Hello to everyone, well here we go! Our guide staff has taken a couple of groups out this past week with great success. We have been catching a lot of males in the 14 to 21 inch size with a couple of the big females showing up for a photo and then back in the water to do her business. The pike as usual are a fun and delicious treat with fish being caught this last week in the 12 lb range.   The weather has been difficult at times but with a little patience and a knowledgeable guide we have put some limits together. A few tips to our success has been, snap jigging plastics in coulee channels with current, tipping jigs with leeches and bouncing them off bottom, and of course we are using our favorite for this time of year which is leeches under bobbers with hooks or small jigs. After mother nature settles down in a few days use one of these techniques to help you put a limit together or simply get a hold of us at Mitchell’s Guide service to take you out and teach you these techniques. Our guide staff will be out scouting for active pods of fish daily to insure your time on Devils Lake to be a memorable one.
 
Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service: http://fishdevilslake.net/
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Devils Lake ‘Open’ and Ready for Business!

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Mark Bry with a Walleye on Devils Lake

Springtime on Devils Lake, the jewel of central North Dakota, has finally arrived.  The open (and rapidly warming) water is a welcome sight after one of the longest winters on record.  Most importantly, water levels will not deviate much from last year.

“We dodged a bullet this spring,” said Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resources board.  Original estimates based on the snow pack were for the lake to rise three feet.  “We lucked out with the dry conditions last fall, and the ground absorbed much of the melting snow,” he said.  After dropping a couple feet last year, Frith said projections are that the lake may come up a foot to 18 inches this spring.  Boaters will be able to motor under the bridges and drive from one end of the lake to the other.

Two local guides, Mark Bry and Ross Sensiba, were grateful for the change of scenery and know the warmest water will jump-start the walleye bite and keep it going for many weeks.  Bry looks for shallow warm bays, and Sensiba will focus on flowing (incoming) current areas and the north ends of bays.  He said, “With ice out May 15, my ideal situation is when the temperature gauge reads 54 to 57 degrees.”

Sensiba continued, “This is strictly a time for cranks and plastic in 4 to 6 feet of water.  I stay in about 8 to 10 feet and cast shallow.”  He favors an old standby, the Rapala Count Down.  “I’ve got boxes of them.  They work better than other baits because they cast a mile in wind.  I can also reel them slow or twitch them.”  His best tip, “Watch for following walleyes; they often hit in the last eight feet of the cast.”  After years of springtime Devils Lake walleyes, the guide said, “There will be a peak time of day, usually noon to 2 p.m.  When the water temp jumps, be in your favorite spot.”

Staring at the lake, Bry said, “The ice went out and the walleyes were immediately in spawning mode.”  He knows from sport shows and talking with clients across the country that Devils Lake is famous for its shallow walleyes.  “I like the 3 to 5 foot range the first month after ice-out.  With the lake up a bit over last year, there are more fields, trees and marshes for fish to find bugs and food.  That’s where the walleyes will be.”

For Bry and his clients, exploring and even launching in ditches with a smaller boat is the key for successful days.  “We hunt fish down,” he said.  He also keeps a close eye on the temperature, knowing that a one or two degree rise triggers fish.  He advised anglers heading to the lake to be ready when the afternoon window opens and walleyes go on the feed.

Casting is the preferred tactic in his boat, but there are times when they follow and don’t hit.  “That’s when we rig with live bait.  With all the debris on the bottom, jigs and rigs tend to snag, so we go to slips.”

Springtime walleyes are not the only creatures waiting to snap up a Rapala or a Northland Mimic Minnow.  Northern pike of all sizes are intent on eating every lure they see.  “Pike and walleyes are in the same spots,” Sensiba said.  “It’s a fun time to be on this great lake.”

This season anglers will be able to launch at nine convenient public concrete ramps.  A map is featured on devilslakend.com.  A modern fish-cleaning station is located south of Ed’s Bait Shop on Hwy 20 (south of the City of Devils Lake).  The 20 x 32 building with two grinders, a clean-up sink, regular and handicapped bathrooms can handle 15 anglers at one time.  It is air-conditioned with plenty of parking space and free-of-charge to anglers.

Devils Lake fishing guides target perch, walleyes, white bass and pike.  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.

Casting Crankbaits on Devils Lake video

 

 

 

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Devils Lake

Posted: May 17, 2013

Last week’s warm weather and some windy days resulted in Devils Lake now being ice free and open to both boating and shorefishing.  As for shorefishing, this is one of the best times of the year.  With warmer water moving in from the coulees that feed Devils Lake, spawning fish congregate in those areas and the result is some excellent shorefishing.  Anglers are reporting some excellent pike and walleye fishing in Channel A and the Mauvee Coulee.  The Mauvee Coulee areas that have been producing walleye and pike include both the section north of Lake Alice that goes up towards Cando and between Lake Irvin and Pelican Lake.  In these areas anglers are using jigs tipped with twister tails, leeches, or minnows.  Anglers are also using cranks such as shad raps, countdowns, flicker shads, and hornets.  The best bite is early morning, and late evening.  On warmer days, anglers are also reporting some good fishing in the middle of the day when the water temps are at their peak.  Anglers are also reporting excellent pike fishing in the coulees in the Garske area.  This time of year the fish are moving and if they’re not biting in one area, don’t be afraid to move to the next bridge or bring up Google Earth and look for your own remote spot to try.  As for boaters who finally have some open water to fish, the best bite is similar to that of the shorefishing.  Best times are early morning and evening at the moving water bridges and in shallow bays and warmer water areas during the peak temperature times of the day.  This time of year moving water and the warmest water are keys to better fishing.  In the moving water bridge and coulee areas, try jigging with plastics or using livebait.  In the shallow bays, cranking smaller cranks such as #5 shad raps, hornets, countdowns, and flicker shads works well.  Blue/silver, black/silver, perch, firetiger, white, bleak, and purpledescent are the typical hot colors this time of year.  Some of the better early open water spots are the moving areas such as the mouths of the Mauvee Coulee, Channel A, any of the bridges around the lake and the shallower warmer water bays.  These can be the bays of the Mauvee, the north end of Six Mile, the western shores of the Minnewaukan Flats, and the shallower bays of Black Tiger and East Bay.  The best fishing has been for walleyes and pike with perch and bass fishing being rather slow at this time.  As water temps pick up, the spring bass spawn should start as well and add to the action for both shorefisherman and boaters.  After you catch that limit of fish, don’t forget that Devils Lake now has a new year around heated and air conditioned indoor fish cleaning station located next to Eds Bait Shop for the public to use.  There is no charge for it’s use.

This weekend, the Lake Region Anglers Association will be having their annual Spring Northern Outing on Saturday May 18th at the Pelican Lake ramp.  Take off is at 8:00 am and participants must register prior to that time.  ANS inspections are required and can be done at the tournament site or Eds Bait Shop.  No late entries are accepted.

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ICE OUT – FISH ON

Posted: May 16, 2013

The water is heating up fast with the ice off and warm temps. The walleyes are spawning hard and the males are feeding very well. We have some openings next week if anyone is interested. It’s a great start to the season.
Keep your line tight. Call Jason Feldner to book a trip.

Courtesy of Perch Eyes Guide Service

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