Archive of Fishing reports

August2013

Devils Lake Fishing Report for 8/29/2013

Posted: August 29, 2013

Devils Lake Tourism and Chamber staff would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.  For those of you here to enjoy the awesome fishing Devils Lake has to offer, the reports continue to be excellent with anglers catching fish in most all parts of the lake and just about any way you like to fish be it slip bobbering, pitching cranks, trolling cranks, jigging, or running bottom bouncers with spinners.  In Pelican Lake anglers are reporting a little better sized fish, but not the large numbers they’re catching elsewhere around the lake.  In Pelican anglers are pitching cranks or jigs with plastic into openings and along the edges of well defined weedbeds or windswept shorelines;  running bottom bouncers with spinners along the edges of weedbeds anywhere from 8ft on out to 18ft of water; or trolling cranks along those same weedbeds or the old shorelines of the original Pelican Lake.  In the Flats, anglers are trolling cranks along sunken points or the Golden Highway; pitching cranks or jigs into weedbeds and windswept shorelines; slip bobbering the edges of sunken trees, old points, or sunken islands such a Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, or Maddock Ridge; trolling bottom bouncers with spinners about anywhere.  Some of the better Flats spots have been Howards Bay, Haley’s Hump, the north shore of Grahams Island, Holy Bay, the north shore near West Bay Resort, and Patience Point.  Six Mile Bay’s producing fish in similar patterns in the Doc Hagen’s area, around the old cut off towers, and the north end of Six Mile Bay.  Anglers fishing the Main Lake are catching a lot of smaller and eating sized fish in the 24-30 foot depths in front of Camp Grafton, and the entire shoreline along Hwy 57 from Camp all the way to Ft. Totten and over to the Towers.  Trolling cranks such as salmo hornets, Berkley flicker shads, and jointed shad raps or bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with crawlers or powerbait has been working great. Another area to try is the north end of Creel Bay where fish are being found at most all depths.  In East Bay and Black Tiger Bay anglers are fishing similar to other areas working sunken points and weedbed areas such as Stromme Addition, the storm sewer area, Penny Bay, Foughtys Point, Birkland’s Point, Black Tiger Point, and the old shorelines and weedbed edges in the south end of Black Tiger.  In East Devils Lake, Browns Bay and the outlet area continue to produce fish as does the very south end.  Different from the past few years anglers are also reporting to catch some nice perch in with their walleye and pike catches with some anglers actually targeting those perch.  Those that have been are reporting some nice perch catches.  Most anglers are catching them in the 24-28ft depths of the old original shoreline, but some are also catching them shallower and much deeper.  For those targeting them, a good way to find them is to use your electronics and look for small groups of fish in deeper water and then slip bobber or troll spinners for them.  Another way to find them is trolling with bottom bouncers and spinners and paying attention to when you get those little “machine gun” style bites. When you do catch some continue to work those areas.  Rainbow, gold, and firetiger spinners on a crawler harness with only a half of a crawler works great.  Use a whole crawler and they’ll rob you blind, but a half crawler with the second hook near or coming out of the end of the crawler and your odds will increase substantially.  Some areas to try are those similar to good winter areas.  Six Mile Bay, Howards Bay, Creel Bay, in front of Camp Grafton, the Casino area, Black Tiger Bay, and East Devils Lake.  White bass fishing has been  a bit spotty.  When you find them they’re big and a lot of fun to catch.  Look for windy areas where bait fish will tend to get blown up into the shoreline and pitch jigs with minnows or smaller cranks in firetiger, perch, or silver/blue.  For you shore fisherman, Devils Lake has miles and miles of rip rapped shorelines along the highways with plenty of room for parking.  Shore fisherman continue to report a good early morning bite for walleyes and pike and a great evening bite just before dark.  Jigs or Lindy rigs tipped with leeches, crawlers, or minnows all work well.  Some of the better areas continue to be the bridges around the lake, the area along Hwy 19 west of West Bay Resort, the Grahams Island road, Hwy 57, and the Woods Rutten road.  After your catch, Devils Lake has public outdoor cleaning stations located at Grahams Island, Six Mile Bay boat ramp, Henniger boat ramp at the north end of Creel Bay, and Lakewood on Creel Bay.  And new this year is a new air conditioned double table indoor cleaning station next to Eds Bait Shop.  Good Luck and Good Fishing!!!

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Four Seasons Fish Cleaning Station Down for Maintainence

Posted: August 27, 2013

The year-round fish cleaning station is down for maintenance from Tuesday (August 27) – Thursday (August 29) for outside concrete work. The station will be open on Friday, August 30 for the holiday weekend.

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Work the weedlines on Devils Lake

Posted: August 23, 2013

What can I say but….The fishing has been very good. We have been working the weedlines in 8-22′ of water and catching limits of walleyes. The lake went completly flat a couple days this past week and that made it a little tougher to use any type of wind swept areas where the baitfish were stacked up as a targeted area to find fish and to pull spinners. However moving around the lake and working deeper areas of the lake proved to keep the customers happy catching 14-20″ even on those tougher days. I will be out tomorrow pulling crankbaits to figure out some patterns for my clients this week, I am normally a live bait person but, I can’t wait to dust off the line-counter rods and pull cranks again!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are looking to book a trip on Devils Lake with us just give a call with your dates and we will try to fit you in. Till next time….Keep the lines tight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Courtesy Big John’s Guide Service

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Devils Lake Fishing Report for August 16th, 2013

Posted: August 16, 2013

Fishing reports for Devils Lake are sounding like a broken record.  Fishing is awesome!  That’s been the word for most of the summer and this week’s report is no different.  While earlier reports indicated a shallower bite, anglers are now finding fish at most all depths.  Boat fishermen continue to report a good bite running bottom bouncers with spinners along the outer edges of weedbeds in that 10-15 foot depth range.  In these areas, anglers are looking for weeds that have grown up and are visible on top of the water.  They’re then running their electric motors along the edges of the weeds with spinners tipped with nightcrawlers, leeches, powerbait, or gulp nightcrawlers.  When using nightcrawlers or powerbait, most anglers are reporting that using a half crawler seems to work better as fish can’t steal your bait as easy.  Anglers are also reporting a good bite along more rocky areas such as sunken roads, long points that go out into the lake, and the older rocky shorelines in that 24-30ft depths.  In these areas anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners or trolling cranks such as Salmo hornets, Berkley flicker shads, and Rapala jointed shad raps behind leadcore line.  Some of those weedbed areas anglers are working include the shallower bays in Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Old Mill/New Mill Bay area, Doc Hagens, Ft. Totten Bay, the storm sewer area in East Bay, Penny and New Penny Bays, Skadsen’s Bay, and the south end of Black Tiger Bay.  Deeper rocky areas anglers are working include the Moon Bars and ridge area in Pelican Lake, the Golden Highway, Patience Point, Haleys Hump, Doc Hagens, Cactus/Ft. Totten Points, the old shoreline in the north end of Six Mile Bay and in front of Camp Grafton, Foughty’s Point, Birklands Point, and the outlet area in East Devils Lake.  Some of the better spinner colors for Devils Lake include rainbow, gold, silver, white, perch, chartreuse, and pink.  For you shorefishermen, fishing continues to be excellent as well.  White bass have been a little tougher but the walleye and pike fishing remains excellent with the best times continuing to be the early morning hours and just before dark.  Leeches or crawlers fished with jigs, slip bobbers, or lindy rigs have been working the best.  Some of the more popular and better producing areas continue to be the bridges of the Mauvee, Channel A, Six Mile Bay, Hwy 57, Hwy 20, and Black Tiger.  Other areas include the rip rapped shorelines along the highways in the West Bay Resort area, south end of Black Tiger, Haybale Bay, and the Grahams Island road.  Good Luck from all of us at the Devils Lake Chamber and Tourism office and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable week!

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Devils Lake has been super!

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Week after week we tell you how good it has been on Devils Lake, but it has really been super! The big fish have been just as active as the 14 to 18 inch fish. Bottom bouncers and spinners or slow death hooks have been the number one method. Tipping these rigs with crawlers,  either whole or half, gulp crawlers or minnow grubs in white, and leeches have all been working great. Lead core has been producing some big fish this week along mid lake structure, such as sunken roads and weed edges. Number7 shad raps and number 9 Flicker shads in blue chrome, fire tiger, purple decent, and gold has been the best. 10 to 18 feet has been a good starting point for your lead core trolling. With the next 7  days being stable and with  highs in the 80’s the fishing should remain just as stable so hurry up and book a trip with Mitchell’s Guide Service, before school starts and the fall harvest get going. Until next week have fun and be safe.

Courtesy Mitchell’s Guide Service

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And the Bite Goes On!

Posted: August 9, 2013

And the bite goes on!!

 We are catching most of our walleyes in 22 to 32 feet of water. We have moved around a lot and fished many different areas of the lake and had good luck in nearly all of them… Our best presentation has been a bottom bouncer and spinner with either nightcrawler or a plastic gulp/crawler. Best spinner blades have been chartreuse orange pink and on sunny days hammered gold or silver. We’re catching a lot of walleyes in the 14 to 18 inch range with a few larger ones mixed in…We are also catching some jumbo perch with a few of the measuring over 14 inches… Northern pike have been scattered in with the walleyes and there are days we catch a fair amount of them as well.
This is a fun time of year to be on Devils Lake so get out there and enjoy the rest of summer!!
Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service: http://brysguideservice.blogspot.com/
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The Walleye and Pike Have Been Putting on Quite a Show!

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Oh what a week we have had! The walleyes and pike have been putting on quite a show the past 10 days with limits of both being brought in. The most popular method is still the old bottom bouncer and spinner tipped with a crawler or gulp. Try to target the wind blown weed edges and off shore structure in the 8 to 15 feet of water. 1.3 to 1.6 mph has been the speed to be at. Trolling #5 raps or #9 flicker shads has been a good alternate method. 2.5 to 3 mph has been the trolling speed to target. A few fish have been caught at the many bridges with a jig and a minnow or crawler combination. The temps are supposed to be heating up in the next 7 days and the fishing should just get better. If you would like to go out with one of our guides for a trip of a lifetime give us a call on one of the numbers below. Good luck to all!

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

and

Woodland Resort: http://www.woodlandresort.com/   701-662-5996

 

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Fishing on Devils Lake is still Red Hot

Posted: August 5, 2013

8-5-2013

Fishing on Devils Lake is still red hot despite the cooler weather.

Walleye can be found on just about any type of structure in the lake. The humps and bumps in the Flats are producing fish. The “Old Lake Shore Line” is also producing fish in 28 to 30 feet of water. Weed beds and flooded roads are holding fish as well.

Spinners with a single hook and a Gulp! Killr Crawler or Gulp! Minnow has been my go to. White and Gold have been hot colors. Fish these along the edges of structure or weed lines and hold on tight. Lead Core and smaller crankbaits is another great option. #5 and #7 Flicker Shads in Whites and Perch colors are rock solid choices.

If you want to try for a few bigger fish try vertical jigging the deeper structure in the main lake with jigs and Gulp! Minnows. The bite is much slower, but during the most recent MWC tournament on Devils Lake, there were several big fish caught this way.

There are still a few perch coming incidentally while walleye fishing. I can only imagine if a good pan fish angler stopped and targeted them just how many they would catch.

Pike are all over the lake still and are also caught pretty regularly while walleye fishing.

The white bass have become a bit of a challenge this year. They are still here and when you find them they are big, but they can be hard to locate. The numbers are down a bit. Windswept shallow shorelines still seem to be the spots to look for. Crankbaits and jigs tipped with a twister tail are solid producers here.

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

 

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