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September2013

Fall bite starting on Devils Lake

Posted: September 16, 2013

mitchell_walleye_September

Hello, again everyone! We sure have had a absolutely fantastic summer with limits upon limits of walleyes being brought in. Now, with cooler mornings and some strong north winds occurring the fall bite has started. We are still catching our fish on bottom bouncers and crawlers or gulp at 1.2 to 1.6 mph. Pulling plugs with lead core line has definitely picked up this past week. Salmo #5 in firetiger and any chrome pattern has been great. Speeds when using leadcore with plugs generally should be in the 2.3 to 2.8 mph. Many of the sunken roads in Pelican or the Golden Highway have been producing well. Some of the many bridges have been producing some nice limits of walleyes and a few jumbo perch as well. Methods here have been a jig and minnow or leech, remember to use a heavy enough jig so you always make good contact with the bottom. A Lindy rig and a minnow or leech worked very slow on the bottom has been a favorite with the shore fisherman. If you are looking to go on a fully guided fishing trip with one of the many guides at Mitchell’s Guide Service just contact us at one of the numbers below.

Mitchell’s Guide Service 701-662-6560

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Fall is our favorite time of year for one simple reason, OPTIONS on Devils Lake!

Posted: September 10, 2013

brysguide

We still have fantastic fishing!! There are 14-16 inch walleyes biting well all over the lake…we are still finding the majority of them in 22-30 ft of water; however,there are more fish are being caught in shallow water again and in the current areas of the bridges! Pitching cranks or jig/plastic combos in 6-12 ft of water can be deadly, look to catch a few nicer fish in shallow as well…vertical jigging, slip bobbering, or ripping blade baits is the presentation of choice near the bridges. We are still catching some beautiful jumbo perch and northern pike while we are fishing for walleyes!!

Goose and sharp tail grouse season is open and there have been a lot of geese harvested!! Duck opener is right around the corner and the sloughs are loaded with them…if you have never experienced Devils Lake in the fall, we highly suggest you give it a try, you won’t leave disappointed!!
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Fishing still strong on Devils Lake

Posted: September 9, 2013

This last week has been very good. Still pulling spinners over submerged humps and rocks in 14-23 ft. of water. Weed edges have still been producing eater sized walleyes also pulling spinners. Water temps have cooled off a few degrees and the fish are active. A few more weeks with the temps being in the 60’s and 70’s should make the fish even more active. (If that is possible). The clients have sure been happy with their limits of 15-18″ fish. Just a reminder the “fowl and fish” combo…. Hunt waterfowl in the morning then fish a few hours in the afternoon. The fall fishing will only get better as the temps drop the fish get active. If you are looking to get in on the fall action, NOW is the time to give us a call and reserve your dates for your trip of a lifetime. I still have openings for September, So what are you waiting for? Till next time… Tight Lines

Courtesy Big John’s Guide Service

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Walleyes are still hanging out in very predictable spots in Devils Lake

Posted: September 1, 2013

The weather heats up and so does the fishing. I have not posted many new reports because they are getting a bit boring.

The walleye are still hanging out in very predictable spots. The bite I have enjoyed the most would be on the weed edges. Find a weed bed, put on a bottom bouncer over an ounce, troll the outside edge with a hammered god spinner and your favorite Gulp! on the hook and hold on. Not all weed beds have the same numbers or size fish, but they do all seem to have fish. There is not one part of the lake that is better than others either. It is happening literally everywhere.

The next bite that is also rock solid would be the deeper fish. The old lake shoreline is now 25 to 30 feet deep. There are walleye using it like we use HWY 2 to get to Grand Forks. Get the same spinner and Gulp! on the bottom in the depth range and you will score a limit if walleye for sure. If you can find where that depth intersects with flooded roads, rock piles, or deep timber, then you have a double whammy. Again, far east to far west, this pattern is holding up across the entire lake.

Northern Pike and Perch are also showing up in the same areas. The Perch have been big too when you find them. Many anglers are having success targeting them when they find them. Spinners or small jigs with a piece of crawler have been best for perch.

The white bass have still been a bit elusive, but are there. Casting small swim baits or crank baits have been best. A little wind seems to stack them up and make the easier to find. Look shallow.

Courtesy of Johnnie Candle

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