Archive of Fishing reports

July2013

Anglers Continue to Report Excellent Fishing

Posted: July 27, 2013

Devils Lake anglers continue to report excellent fishing in most all parts of the lake and about any way you want to fish.  While a lot of anglers continue to work the edges of weed beds in 8-12 feet of water with bottom bouncers and spinners, pitching or trolling cranks, or slip bobbering, local guide Mark Bry of Bry’s Guide Service says he’s been finding nice numbers of eating sized fish with some larger fish mixed in out in the deeper waters as well.  Mark and his guides have been working deeper rocky points and humps around the lake anywhere from 18 on out to 30+ feet of water.  In these areas Mark likes using bottom bouncers with brighter spinners in orange or chartreuse.  He’s working them a little slower (.8-1mph) than many anglers and has also had good luck with slow death style setups.  Once Mark finds fish he’ll often try jigging or slip bobbers as well.  And similar to last year, Mark and other anglers are also reporting some nice Devils Lake perch mixed in with the walleyes.  Living on the east end of Devils Lake, Mark’s been working mainly the East Bay, Black Tiger, and East Devils Lake section of the lake but they also go west some and are finding similar patterns to work there.  Some of the better areas for boating anglers continue to be Pelican Lake, the north shore and sunken 281 areas of the Flats, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, the north end of Six Mile Bay, the Ft. Totten area, Concrete Bay near the casino, the storm sewer area, Penny and New Penny Bays, the south end of Black Tiger Bay, and East Devils Lake.  In these areas look for the outer edges of defined weed beds or work those deeper rocky points Mark mentioned.

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service: http://www.brysguideservice.com/

 

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Another Great Week of Fishing

Posted: July 26, 2013

Greetings everyone, this week has been another great fishing week here at Devils Lake. We have been catching some nice limits of walleyes and pike. Pulling spinners with either Gulp or crawlers has been one of the best tactics. Try to target deeper weed edges from 10 to 16 feet of water. Pulling the bouncer within feet of the weed edge has been the ticket on real cold mornings because the weeds will hold the heat longer. Also, it is about time to get the lead core rods dusted off and get them trolling. A few of our guides have been doing fantastic pulling both #4 and # 5 jointed raps along with Salmo’s at 3 mph in 10 to 18 feet of water along side roads and weed edges. We have even been catching a few dandy perch along the way with some in the 13 inch range. Shore fishing remains good on all bridges with a Lindy and leech or a crawler being your best bet there. Until next week, tight lines to all!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide service: fishdevilslake.net

Woodland Resort www.woodlandresort.com

 

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Devils Lake Fishing report for July 26, 2013

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Devils Lake anglers continue to report excellent fishing in most all parts of the lake and about any way you want to fish.  While a lot of anglers continue to work the edges of weed beds in 8-12 feet of water with bottom bouncers and spinners, pitching or trolling cranks, or slip bobbering, local guide Mark Bry of Bry’s Guide Service says he’s been finding nice numbers of eating sized fish with some larger fish mixed in out in the deeper waters as well.  Mark and his guides have been working deeper rocky points and humps around the lake anywhere from 18 on out to 30+ feet of water.  In these areas Mark likes using bottom bouncers with brighter spinners in orange or chartreuse.  He’s working them a little slower (.8-1mph) than many anglers and has also had good luck with slow death style setups.  Once Mark finds fish he’ll often try jigging or slip bobbers as well.  And similar to last year, Mark and other anglers are also reporting some nice Devils Lake perch mixed in with the walleyes.  Living on the east end of Devils Lake, Mark’s been working mainly the East Bay, Black Tiger, and East Devils Lake section of the lake but they also go west some and are finding similar patterns to work there.  Some of the better areas for boating anglers continue to be Pelican Lake, the north shore and sunken 281 areas of the Flats, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, the north end of Six Mile Bay, the Ft. Totten area, Concrete Bay near the casino, the storm sewer area, Penny and New Penny Bays, the south end of Black Tiger Bay, and East Devils Lake.  In these areas look for the outer edges of defined weed beds or work those deeper rocky points Mark mentioned.  For those who don’t own boats, Devils Lake is a paradise for shore fishing anglers.  With miles and miles of rocky rip rapped shorelines and numerous moving water bridge areas, there’s plenty of room to take your family out and enjoy what Devils Lake has to offer.  While you can catch some walleyes, pike, and white bass all day long, the early morning and especially the just before dark bites are excellent for walleyes.  Some of the better areas for shore fisherman are the rip rapped shorelines along Hwy 19 east of West Bay resort, any of the bridges including the Mauvee bridge, Six Mile bridge, Hwy 57 bridge, Hwy 20 bridge, and the Woods Rutten bridge.  In these areas try minnows with bright colored jigs or slip bobbers for white bass; leeches or crawlers on lindy rigs, jigs or slip bobbers for walleyes and pike; or smelt or herring for just pike.  With school activities just around the corner, now is a great time to get the family out and enjoy one of Devils Lake best treasures.  It’s AWESOME fishing!!!

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Devils Lake Fishing Report for July 18th, 2013

Posted: July 18, 2013

Jason Mitchell with Mitchell’s Guide Service out of Woodland Resort says if you want to catch big numbers of fish or want to get your kids into fishing by catching a lot of fish, NOW is that time.  His guides and other fisherman are catching a lot of nice eating sized fish along with some nicer big fish mixed in.  Jason says spinners behind bottom bouncers with artificial bait, leeches, or night crawlers run along weedbeds in the 8-12 foot depth has been especially hot.  The good bite on artificial baits in addition to livebait should be especially good news to anglers who are pre-fishing for the upcoming no live bait MWC walleye tournament in a couple weeks.  With the excellent bite going on right now, in addition to spinners most any fishing presentation is working including pitching cranks or jigs, trolling cranks, and slip bobbering.  While Jason’s guides are largely fishing the western Flats and Pelican Lake areas, others are reporting a similar bite in most all parts of the lake.  Some of the other more active spots have been the north end of Six Mile Bay, Doc Hagens, Bud Bay, New Mill and Old Mill Bays, the Fort Totten area, Stromme Addition and Storm Sewer area, Penny and New Penny Bays, Skadsens Bay, the smaller bays of Black Tiger Bay, Browns Bay, and the outlet area in East Devils Lake.  Shore fishermen also continue to report some excellent fishing with the best bite in the early morning and just before dark periods of the day.  Shore fishermen do say that period just as it’s about to get dark gets especially hot.  The numerous miles of rip rap along the lake and the moving water bridge areas all offer great shore fishing places to fish for pike, walleyes, and white bass.  While the walleyes and pike tend to bite best during those morning and evening hours, white bass can be caught all day long with the windy shores typically being better than the calm water areas.  For white bass try using chartreuse or white jigs tipped with minnows or cranks such as shad raps, countdowns, flicker shads, and salmo’s in white, blue, firetiger, and perch.  For pike and walleyes, try leeches or crawlers with lindy rigs, jigs, or slip bobbers, or most any of your favorite crankbaits.  From all of us at the Devils Lake Tourism and Chamber offices, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable stay here in the Lake Region.

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Another Fantastic Week

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Yes, it has been yet another fantastic week on Devils lake. The old reliable bottom bouncer and spinner tipped with a crawler, leech, or Gulp has been the ticket. Continue to try and target the wind blown shores with sharp weed lines. Salmo hornets trolled 110 feet back in 12 feet of water has been another walleye producer.  If you are using a braided line for trolling you will need to set out a little more line than lead core line. We like to set our lures at 100 feet back in 8 to 10 foot of water and 110 to 120 in 12 to 14 foot of water. That should get you started on the right track, and remember to stagger a rod or two back a little more to find the sweet spot. 2.3 to 2.8  mph has been the speed that has worked well, we  like to use  12 lb Berkley Fireline for this. The past 7 days our clients have caught some real monsters, with one of them being 29 inches! There also have been a lot in the 23 to 28 inch range as well.  That will do it for this week, good luck to all and remember if you would like to go out with us for an unbelievable experience give us a ring at the numbers below.

Courtesy of: Mitchell’s Guide service 701-662-6560 http://fishdevilslake.net/

Woodland Resort 701-662-5996 www.woodlandresort.com

 

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The Fishing on Devils Lake Continues To Be Fantastic

Posted: July 14, 2013

The fishing on Devils Lake continues to be fantastic with limits of eater sized walleyes being caught by all the clients this last week. Spinners, jigs, and slip bobbers and pitching cranks have been working. I am mainly a live bait guy so I don’t pitch or troll cranks until I can’t get em with spinners, jigs or bobbers. Leeches and crawlers in jigs in the normal Devils Lake colors have been working in 6-20ft of water. Same for the bobbers. If pulling spinners green or chartruse color blades have been the best for us. The fish are starting to relate to structure eg. roads, rockpiles so this should hold true for most of the summer.

The weedlines are also starting to show up so spinning them is alot easier for a good spinner bite too. The pike are still very easy to catch and find… They are all over the lake! A few perch are being caught while fishing for walleyes along the weed edges pulling spinners. This week is busy with Saturday and Sunday open for trips. I have dates open for the rest of the month, so, if your planning a trip give me a call. I would love to take you out for a fishing experience you will not forget. Until next time..Keep the lines tight. John

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

 

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The Bite Has Been A Lot Of Fun!

Posted: July 13, 2013

The bite has been a lot of fun this past week on Devils Lake!! We have had great action for walleyes, bass, pike, and….JUMBO PERCH!! We have had some clients catch limits of them and they have been averaging 11-13 inches! What a great bonus it is when you get on an active school of Jumbos!
We have had a few clients decide to put a few of the 14 inch plus Jumbos on the wall.

As for what we are doing…We have really done a bit of everything. Our most consistent presentation has been a bottom bouncer tipped with a third of a crawler. We have also trolled cranks a bit with some solid results, and slip bobbered weed lines and that has also been productive. Best areas to fish include weed lines and any water in the 8-18 ft range. We have caught them really scattered all over and it seems like everyday is a bit different so keep covering water until you locate active fish.

Weather has been beautiful and the fish are cooperating, life is good here in Devils Lake!! Good luck to all!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service: http://www.brysguideservice.com/

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Anglers Have Smiles On Their Faces!

Posted: July 12, 2013

What a great week we have had at Mitchell’s Guide Service. Our clients have been going home with smiles on there faces and fish in there coolers. A few of the tactic’s we have been using this past week have been the old reliable bottom bouncer with either a night crawler, leech, or Berkley Gulp crawler or minnow grub. It seems that color didn’t matter to much between white or chartreuse with natural being a close runner up. We would target weed edges in 7 to 15 feet of water. Old road beds have been producing some nice fish too. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find them on the top of the road beds, try sliding over to the ditch. Sometimes it doesn’t take much of a depth change to find active fish. Another productive presentation has been trolling crank baits in the same waters as you would pull spinners. It seemed that they preferred them a little faster this past week, with speeds around 3 mph working well. Don’t forget pitching crank baits or plastics along weed edges or rock piles has also been producing well. If you are looking to go on a trip of a lifetime give us a call at one of the numbers below. Until next week. Good Luck Too All!!!!

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

Woodland Resort http://www.woodlandresort.com/

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Fantastic Fishing on Devils Lake

Posted: July 8, 2013

I hope everyone enjoyed the 4th of July with family and friends. We had 6 days of guiding this past week, clients were happy, happy, happy. Limits of good eater walleyes 14-17″ were caught all over the lake and clients caught, caught, caught. We jigged and bobbered and pulled spinners anywhere from 6-18ft. Old Mill, Maddock and Monkey Ridge, and weed edges in Docs have all been good. I have a couple trips this week then next week is busy I have the 20th and 21st open and that is a weekend, so, if you would like to book even at a short notice, I might be able to take you out for this fantastic action on Devils Lake. If you can get here, you won’t be dissappointed the lake is on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep the lines tight. John

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

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Hot Weather….and Fishing!

Posted: July 5, 2013

Boy has it been Hot! Both fishing and the weather. Lets start with the fishing. We have been having great success using bottom bouncers  and spinners  this past week which means the fish are starting to move into their summer patterns. Look for these fish along weed edges, sunken roads, and contour lines. Crawlers have been the best bet but don’t forget about Gulp in the 3 inch minnow grub or the 4 inch crawler. We have been trolling at speeds of 1.3 to as fast as 1.8 mph. Bobbers with leeches and half of a crawler set within a foot of bottom have also been productive.  Again, target weed edges, sunken roads and trees are your best bet. We have plenty of openings at Mitchell”s guide service so don’t delay a trip of a lifetime, it’s only a phone call away. Good luck to all!

 

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

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