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June2013

Devils Lake Fishing Report for June 27th 2013

Posted: June 27, 2013

Fishing on Devils Lake continues to be nothing short of excellent with anglers doing well on all three major species; walleye, pike, and white bass.  Shore fishermen continue to do well fishing the moving water bridge areas around the lake as well as the Mauvee Coulee and Channel A.  These anglers are catching fish throughout the day but report the evening walleye bite just before dark is fabulous with most fish being a bit bigger than last year.  This being the result of some excellent spawning results with Devils Lake’s high waters.  In addition to the moving water areas on the lake, anglers working the windy side of rip rapped roadways are reporting excellent success as well.  For pike and walleyes, most shore fishermen are using lindy rigs, slip bobbers, or jigs tipped with leeches, crawlers, or minnows with leeches being the bait of choice.  Anglers are also doing well on plastics such as mimic minnows as well as cranks.  As for boaters, local guide Johnny Candle says it’s almost impossible to not catch walleyes right now with most fish still in the shallower bays and in water under 18 feet deep.  Johnny says to target the outer edges of weedbeds in that 8-10ft depth or work little pockets right up in the shallows.  With the better bite still in shallower water, target the smaller bays rather than the larger more open areas.  Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Holy Bay, New Mill, Knudson’s, Penny Bay, the south end of Black Tiger, and Browns Bay have all been producing a lot of nice pike, walleyes, and white bass.  Anglers are reporting the lake is clear for this time of year and getting right up to the weed edges or working the windswept shorelines can make a world of difference.  In these areas anglers are using most all methods of fishing right now.  Try casting cranks or jigs into the shallows, working the outer edges of weedbeds with slip bobbers, jigs, or cranks.  Some of the hot cranks continue to be #5 or #7 Rapala shad raps, Berkley flicker shads, esko’s, countdown, and hornets.  Typically blue/silver, firetiger, black/silver, and perch are the go to colors, but Johnny says this year it seems almost every color is working.  Good Luck and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable time here in the Lake Region.

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Fishing Remains Simply Awesome on Devils Lake

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6-27-2013

Fishing remains simply awesome on Devils Lake. The weather may slow things down a bit at times, but the food bag is strapped on and everything is biting well.

Most activity is still happening in the bays off of the main body of water. Areas like Pelican Lake, Howard’s Bay, New Mill Bay, Penny Bay, Black Tiger Bay and Brown’s Bay are all producing fish. You can catch them just about any way you would like as well. The weeds are growing fast and are becoming the major ingredient to success.

Walleye fishing is as good as it gets on Devils Lake right now. Casting #5 Flicker Shads or Shad Raps over the deeper weeds or Rapala Eskos or Husky Jerks over the shallower weeds is producing well. Color doesn’t seem to matter much. Fire Tiger, Chrome/Blue, and Perch are solid choices.

Trolling Bottom Bouncers and Gulp! Killr Crawlers along the edges of the weeds is also producing many nice catches. Small spinners or Slow Death Hooks are working. The weed edge is between 8 and 10 feet. Stay just outside the weeds and hold on.

Bobbers with leeches are also a great way if the fish turn a bit negative. Cast until you see a follow or two, then set up camp with the bobbers.

The pike are everywhere, no need to tell you how to catch them. Trust me, you will catch them.

White Bass are hit and miss. Windy shorelines are key and staying on them has been difficult. When you find them, expect to catch 20 or so before they move on. Small crank baits and jigs are equally effective.

This bite will last a while. Water temps are in the upper 60s. Things will not change much until we see temps in the 70s.

Courtesy of Johhnie Candle Professional Angler and Guide: http://www.johnniecandle.com/

 

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The Fish are Biting!

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Hello everyone, it’s has been one of the funnest weeks to be a guide this year. Why? you ask, well you can catch fish doing any method that you would like. Lets start with the easiest, slip bobbering has been and will be good for quiet awhile. Leeches and crawlers on 1/8 ounce jigs under bobbers near trees or weed edges have been great. Pitching #5 or #6 raps or 3/8 ounce mimic minnows  along wind blown shorelines have been awesome! Trolling #5 raps at 2.3 mph has been putting some real whoopers in the boat as well. Some of our guides have been pulling spinners already with great success using crawlers and Berkley Gulp along the same wind blow shorelines. Try to remember one very important thing when fishing Devils Lake,  always follow the wind. Meaning, any wind swept shoreline whether it be trees, rocks, or weeds they will be there just move until you find them.  Looking to go out with Mitchell’s Guide Service?  We have openings so give us a call at either one of the numbers below. It will be a great trip! Until next week, happy fishing!!

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

Woodland Resort:  Woodlandresort.com

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The bite is on!

Posted: June 26, 2013

Walleye, bass, pike, and even some bonus jumbo perch are all biting on Devils Lake!

Water temps continue to rise, weed beds are growing, and fish are active!!
 
We have caught fish pitching jigs/plastics and cranks. Play the wind for best results. We have also done a lot of slip bobbering with leeches. Best depths have been 3-10 ft.
 
The majority of fish are being found in shallow bays; however,they can be found just about anywhere now! This is a great time of year to be a lake good luck and enjoy the bite!!!
 
Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service: www.brysguideservice.com
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The Bite Has Been Awesome

Posted: June 24, 2013

The bite has been nothing short of awesome. I had clients out 5 days this last week and 4 of those took home limits of walleye and a few pike and the white bass were on fire too! Our techniques have changed a little but once you locate them they will bite. The bays and weed lines have been the key, and anywhere from 3-15 feet seems to hold fish most days. Pulling spinners, pitching cranks, jigs and slip bobbers all seem to fair well. The majority of the fish are in that 14-17″ class with occasional larger fish in the mix. Now is the time to get off the couch, pack your bags and give us a call and book your guided trip of a lifetime here on Devils Lake with Big John.

Courtesy of Big Johns Guide Service: http://fishingguidedevilslake.com/

 

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Summer is Finally Here!

Posted: June 19, 2013

Well, it looks like summer is finally here! The water is heating up and so are the fish. We have had our best luck on wind swept shorelines with leeches under bobbers. Also, a great way to locate fish is to cast #5 raps or 3/8 ounce Mimic Minnows in a perch pattern along these shorelines and when you bump into a couple of fish anchor in that spot and bobber it. Also, bottom bouncers with leeches and crawlers have been starting to produce some nice fish.  With the weather straightening out, the water temp has started to rise into the upper 60’s and in some spots the 70’s!  Watch for new weed growth to emerge in the back bays this is a key area to find active fish. All of our guides have been out guiding 7 days per week now with limits of both walleyes and pike being caught. If your looking for a fantastic fishing experience give us a shout, we would love to have you. Until next week, Good Luck!

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

Woodland Resort: www.Woodlandresort.com

 

 

 

 

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Fishing Has Been Good!

Posted: June 17, 2013

The fishing is very good right now with clients bringing in limits of 15-21 inch walleyes. Along with that the pike are very aggressive and really put up a fight and some nice 8-10# are being caught too. Pitching cranks along windswept shorelines seem to catch the larger 20″+ walleye and the pike too. If you want a pull spinners along weedlines that are starting to show up now, also has produced those good eater fish. Slip bobbering the trees and weedlines is also producing fish in that 5-12 foot range. I can’t stress enough, if fishing is on your mind now is the time to give me a call @701-381-2599 for a daily report, book a trip, or just to talk fishing. Until next report, Keep your lines tight and a smile on your face. John

 Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service: http://fishingguidedevilslake.com/

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Tis The Season To Catch Walleye!!

Posted: June 16, 2013

The bite is fantastic! We are starting to see lots of the 14-18 inch walleyes showing up! These are the best ones for the frying pan and they seem to be all over the place. We are still catching some big eyes as well, there are just more of the eater class biting of late. Pike are still in shallow and on the feed as well as the bass. 

We are spending the majority of our days pitching cranks or jigs/plastics. Seems like most of our fish are in the 2-8 ft of water.
 
Other bites are happening as well. We have had some guides bobbering in the trees with leeches. Some have pulled bouncers and spinners and we have even done pretty good trolling cranks. The key is to stay in shallower water (under 15 ft) is what seems to be the best.
Good luck to all! 
 
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6/14/2013 Fishing Report

Posted: June 14, 2013

What a difference a year makes. The spring never sprung and my travel schedule has kept me on the road instead on the water. When I started fishing, it has been non-stop with guide clients.

The fishing has been very good the past week and is getting better with each summer like day. There are fish in a variety of places. They seem to be hungry and hitting many different presentations.

The best walleye bite I have found for numbers would be on the humps in the main parts of the lake. These are off shore structure that normally are July and August hot spots. My best luck has been between 15 and 18 feet of water. Slip Bobbers with plain hook or Nuckle Ball jigs tipped with leeches has been the best.

Another good number bite would be pulling spinners in the back bays. Berkley Flicker Rigs of just about any color tipped with a half of crawler or a Gulp! Kill’r Crawler has taken many limits for us this past week. Stay just outside the old weed line. 8 to 10 feet of water seems to be the best.

The last good bite for Walleye is not so much for numbers of fish, but for larger one. Casting crankbaits and soft plastics to shallow windswept shore lines has been incredible with the right conditions. If there is no wind or if the sun is out, forget this. The water is gin clear and we can see bottom in ten feet of water in some areas of the lake. That makes fishing shallow a tough go. #5 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps in all colors have been the most consistent crankbaits. For soft plastic, try the Berkley Ripple Shad or the Havoc Beat Shad. Both have been producing well.

As for areas of the lake to try, I have caught fish from one end of the lake to the other. Pelican Lake is the go to spot this time of year, but is crowded with anglers and the pike seem to be out of control there. The Walleye are big, but you have to catch 20 pike for each eye some days. The Minnewaukon Flats have turned out some nice eaters. East Devils Lake has been a pleasant surprise for me this spring. I have caught numbers of fish in Brown Bay and found nicer sized walleye in the main parts of East Devils Lake.

Now that the season in going full guns, there will be regular reports. My apologies for the delay in getting started this spring.

Courtesy of: http://www.johnniecandle.com/

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Devils Lake Fishing Report for June 13th, 2013

Posted: June 13, 2013

Local guides and fisherman say Devils Lake is on fire right now for both shore fishing and boaters.  Jason Feldner with Perch Eyes Guide Service says shore fishing is especially hot from 9:30-10:30 in the evenings.  For boaters he recommends shallow, really shallow.  Under 4 feet.  Jason says he’s been keeping his boat in around 6 feet of water and casting into the shorelines with shallow running cranks like #5 Lindy Shadlings.  He also says don’t be afraid to work deeper areas such as humps and points with bottom bouncers and spinners.

Some of the better shorefishing spots this time of year continue to be the coulees that run into the lake such as the Mauvee and Channel A and the moving water bridges.  But with the miles and miles of rip rapped shorelines available, these are also great areas to fish.  These areas are can be found east of town along Hwy 2, the Woods Rutten bridge area, Hwy 57 bridge area, Hwy 20 bridge area, the south end of Black Tiger Bay off Hwy 20, and the areas from Six Mile Bay to the Hwy 19/281 intersection are all great places to try.  In addition to the walleye and pike bite that’s been great lately, anglers are also now reporting an excellent white bass bite.  As Jason mentioned, the evening hours tend to be the best for walleyes, but pike and white bass and walleyes can be caught throughout the day.  The windy side is always the best.  For shorefisherman, try lindy rigs, jigs, or slip bobbers tipped with leeches, crawlers, or minnows.  Or try pitching jigs tipped with twister tails or premade plastic jigs such as mimic minnows.  Chartruese green, chartruese yellow, blue, white, and pink all are great colors to try.

For you boaters, as Jason mentioned fish shallow.  The shallow bays of the Flats, Pelican, the north end of Six Mile Bay, Old Mill and New Mill Bays, Knudson’s Bay, Penny Bay, the shallow bays of Black Tiger Bay, and Browns Bay (especially good right now) are all producing good catches of walleyes, pike, and white bass.  Cranks such as lindy shadlings, rapala shad raps, eskos, and countdowns, salmo hornets in perch, white, firetiger, blue/silver, and black/silver have all been working well.  Anglers are also pitching jigs tipped with plastic tails and/or leeches; slip bobbering the shorelines or humps and points; or running bottom bouncers with spinners both shallow and out a bit deeper.  Jason indicates his guides are finding the biggest fish are shallower right now.  As temps warm up these fish will tend to go a bit deeper, but the late spring still has a lot of fish really shallow at this point.

This weekend the Spirit Lake Marina is hosting their annual Spirit Lake Marina Walleye Classic Tournament.  Stop out and watch some of your favorite anglers bring in their daily catches and maybe share some of their secrets.  For those looking for guides or places to stay, visit our listing of members here on www.devilslakend.com.  Good Luck and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip to our area.

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