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December2013

Trails Plowed on Devils Lake Main Bay

Posted: December 23, 2013

The Spirit Lake Casino & Resort Marina has plowed trails on the Main Bay off the casino ramp.  Please use caution when driving on the lake.

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Fishing Report

Posted: December 17, 2013

December 16,2013

Writing this report is very easy because the perch and walleye are biting and Ice Fishing has been nothing short of awesome!!! Limits of perch caught Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Today. The perch are good size too, 11-13″ has been very common and the walleyes are 13-17″ both are just slammin the bait we put in front of them. I have had groups out last week and have groups out this week and next and fishing should be good if the weather stays stable. January is 80% full and Febuary is showing signs of being awesome. The lake has 15-18″ of Ice and we are driving out to our spots. I have gotten all my rods from 13 fishing, I use the WICKED combo’s ML 26″ or the Whiteout combo’s 27″ ML these rods have a light action with a great backbone for those jumbo perch and walleyes. I also use vexilar FL 18’S. Without the electronics you are just fishing blind and with a little instruction to the clients, they sure enjoy watching the fish appear on the flasher and it helps them “catch more fish”. Also in the arsenal is the all new Eskimo Flip-Mo 2 thermal, these guys have made fishing in a shelter alot more ejoyable with their larger design and thermal cover helps keeps the heat in on those -40 below wind chills. I also have the rod storage hard cases from Ice Fishing Inovations, these rod lockers hold and protect my rods with no problems. Please be sure to check out my sponsors above and support them like I have….. You won’t be dissapointed. If you are looking for a fully guided Ice Fishing Adventure on beautiful Devils Lake North Dakota, then what are you waiting for???? Give us a call. Till Next Time…Tight Lines<{{{{{>

Courtesy of  Big John’s Guide Service

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Game and Fish News

Posted: December 16, 2013

ANS Prevention in Winter
North Dakota ice anglers are reminded that regulations designed to reduce the spread of aquatic nuisance species also apply in winter, and law enforcement officials will continue their efforts to ensure compliance.

It’s important to reiterate that only legal live bait can be transported in water in a container up to five gallons. Neither game nor nongame species can be transported in water, although a daily catch can be packed in snow.

Other simple methods to prevent winter ANS introductions are:
• Do not use illegally imported baits.
• Do not empty a bait bucket into any water body.
• Do not drop plant fragments into the water.
• Dispose any unused bait into the trash.

Winter Fishing Regulations
North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the State Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.

In addition, anglers can visit the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, for an extensive list of fishing questions and answers, and a winter fishing preview from North Dakota Outdoors magazine.

Some winter fishing regulations include:
• A maximum of four poles is legal for ice fishing. However, when fishing a water body where both open water and ice occur at the same time, an angler is allowed a maximum of four poles, of which no more than two poles can be used in open water.
• Tip-ups are legal, and each tip-up is considered a single pole.
• There is no restriction on the size of the hole in the ice while fishing. When a hole larger than 10 inches in diameter is left in the ice, the area in the immediate vicinity must be marked with a natural object. See regulations for more information.
• It is only legal to release fish back into the water immediately after they are caught. Once a fish is held in a bucket or on a stringer, they can no longer be legally released in any water.
• It is illegal to catch fish and transport them in water.
• It is illegal to leave fish, including bait, behind on the ice.
• Depositing or leaving any litter or other waste material on the ice or shore is illegal.
• Any dressed fish to be transported, if frozen, must be packaged individually. Anglers are not allowed to freeze fillets together in one large block. Two fillets count as one fish.
• The daily limit is a limit of fish taken from midnight to midnight, and no person may possess more than one day’s limit of fish while actively engaged in fishing. The possession limit is the maximum number of fish that an angler may have in his or her possession during a fishing trip of more than one day.

Fish House Regulations
Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.

A popular question this time of the year is if campers qualify as legal fish houses. The answer is the same for any structure taken on the ice – if it’s left unattended, it must be able to float; if it’s not able to float, it must be removed when the angler leaves the ice.

Other fish house regulations include:
• Fish houses do not require a license.
• Occupied structures do not require identification. However, any unoccupied fish house must have the owner’s name, and either address or telephone number, displayed on its outside in readily distinguishable characters at least three inches high.
• Fish houses may not be placed closer than 50 feet in any direction to another house without consent of the occupant of the other fish house.
• Fish houses shall be removed from all waters by midnight, March 15, of each year. They can be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.
Anglers should refer to the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide for winter fishing regulations.

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Win a trip to Devils Lake, ND!

Posted: November 26, 2013

Win a trip to Devils Lake, ND

Sign up for the Devils Lake Tourism’s e-news information before March 31, 2014 and be entered for your chance to win a 2-day vacation package to Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Package includes a 3-night stay at the NEW Sleep Inn & Suites, 2-day guided fishing trip with Mitchell’s Guide Service and $400 in Devils Lake Cash from Devils Lake Tourism.

Package valued at $1,600 and is for two people.

Click here to sign up for our e-news and be entered for your chance to win a trip to Devils Lake! Prize given away on March 31, 2014 and winner will be notified by e-mail.

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Devils Lake Ice Fishing Season about to Get Hot!

Posted: November 25, 2013

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With the cold Thanksgiving week, anglers are gearing up for their first Devils Lake perch forays of the season.  The back bays and even some major portions of this sprawling North Dakota lake have frozen, however local authorities are in the “warning mode,” and urging first-icers to use the utmost caution.

Perch have always been a Devils Lake favorite, and since surveys began, area fisheries researchers show populations of large perch at record levels.  Biologist Todd Caspers said, “Since our surveys began in 1992, we now have a record level of 12-inch and larger perch in the system, with most of those being right at a foot long or slightly bigger.  I expect ice fishermen will have good luck with perch in the winter months.”

To put the “record level” in perspective, Caspers said, “The numbers of 12-inch plus perch that we encountered in our survey this year are at the highest level that we have documented since our surveys began in 1992.”  The actual numbers show the current level of 12-inch plus perch to be three times the average.

Ice fishermen will also encounter amazing numbers of walleyes and northern pike, along with some white bass.  Looking at the early fishing with the help of a 25-year Devils Lake regular and Perch Patrol guide Dave Randash could help narrow the search.  “Wait for 4 to 5 inches of ice before walking out,” he advised.  “And, plan the day so early morning and late afternoon become your walleye-times.  Target perch in mid-day.”

The crew fishing with Dave Randash of the Perch Patrol. A great daily catch on Devils Lake.

The crew fishing with Dave Randash of the Perch Patrol. A great daily catch on Devils Lake.

His perch advice is to start with the hot “early” areas from last year: the east side of Creel Bay (across from Woodland Resort) and the “dome” house area on Creel.  The region referred to as “Doc Hagens” was also a top producer.  He will also be checking the Pelican and Minnewaukan Flats.  “Early perch for me means fishing water from 35 to 54 feet deep,” he said.

Favorite perch tactics include a small Northland Buckshot spoon tipped with a minnow head or a wax worm.  Randash also has a second rod with a heavy dropper to get his tiny jigs with waxxies down immediately after catching a perch.  “The school doesn’t remain long; make hay while you can,” he said.  “Often, a third rod with a bobber and a tail-hooked minnow works best.”  Anglers may use up to four rods while ice fishing.

Devils Lake fisherman Clint Devier feels the good late summer and fall bite will carry over into winter.  “This summer, we’ve been catching the nice 12 to 13 inchers, some just a bit smaller and then bunches of 8 and 9 inch fish.  This winter will be like the good old days,” he said.

Walleyes were as hot as perch all summer and fall, and that action should also continue under the ice.  Randash fishes shallow water (10 feet or less) early and late in the day, but has found that many large walleyes roam the deep basins, where he catches quite a few with perch tackle.  His top two walleye presentations are spoons and Jigging Raps.  “The past two years, I figure at least two-thirds of my walleyes came in the evening while fishing rock piles with brush and/or trees,” he said.  Best spots to try include Pelican, Dry Lake, Lake Irwin, the western flats, near the Casino, and he recommends anglers keep moving, drilling and watching their Vexilars.  Randash tip: “In deep water, use a nine degree transducer for less interference from nearby buddies.”

Guided by Dave Randash of the Perch Patrol on Devils Lake, holding a giant northern pike.

Guided by Dave Randash of the Perch Patrol on Devils Lake, holding a giant northern pike.

He likes to take kids northern pike fishing.  His favorite spots are the north end of Six Mile Bay and anywhere on Pelican.  “Set tip-ups with a treble hook and half a smelt or cisco, and watch them run for the flags; it’s a ball with all the quality pike in the system,” Randash said.  The pike and walleye limits are five per angler per day and 10 in possession.  The perch limits are 20 daily and 80 in possession.

A map of the nine convenient public drive-on accesses 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 station can handle 15 anglers at once, and like the Devils Lake fishing season is open 12 months of the year.  It is free, heated, has two grinders, a clean-up sink, regular and handicapped bathrooms.

Devils Lake fishing guides target perch, walleyes, white bass and pike.  To contact guides and for the latest lake and ice conditions, fishing reports, lodging, activities, restaurants, tournament news and resorts, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903.

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Summer fish cleaning stations closed

Posted: October 22, 2013

The fish cleaning stations are closed at Henegar, Six Mile and Lakewood Boat Landings as of today. The year-round fish cleaning station will be open for the remainder of the winter and is located on Highway 20 South.

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Ice Fishing Anglers Don’t Miss Out; $225,000 in Cash and Prizes on Devils Lake

Posted: October 21, 2013

Devils Lake Ice Fishing Tournament video

Watch the ice fishing tournament video (click the link to watch)

Before the lake even starts making ice, Devils Lake already has its thoughts on ice fishing; and ice fishing tournaments. Devils Lake is the largest natural lake in North Dakota and covers well over 200,000 acres.

The ice fishing season kicks off as soon as conditions permit, but officially with one of the biggest events in the area, the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament. The 30th annual event occurs January 25, 2014, and averages over 4,000 anglers out on the ice for the afternoon. With over $225,000 in fishing prizes and a massive 150-prize drawing, this perch, pike and walleye tournament is designed for family fun.

Fire Chief Jim Moe said the easy-to-fish contest on Six Mile Bay offers convenient parking within walking distance of the pre-drilled holes.  Third prize for largest perch wins a 2014 Ram Quad 1500 Express Truck.  Second place in the walleye division wins an $8,000 ATV, and the second place pike wins a $9,000 hard-shell ice shelter.  Cash prizes will also be paid to the top five places.

Tickets for the event go on sale every year in October and the 18,000 tickets go fast.

“This ice fishing tournament has a huge economic impact for the City of Devils Lake.  It fills up the motels and resorts, and the money raised comes back to the community,” said Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director.  Jim Moe said, “This fund-raiser has helped buy some nice fire trucks and rescue equipment over the years.”  Also funded are local youth activities and scholarships.  More details are at dlvfdicefishingtourney.com.

Devils Lake fishing guides target perch, walleyes, white bass and pike.  To contact guides and for the latest lake conditions, fishing reports, lodging, activities, restaurants, tournament news and resorts, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903.

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This year marks the 30th annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tourney in Devils Lake, North Dakota! So clear your calendar for Saturday, January 25th, 2014!

See what participants from last year’s event have to say about the experience! It’s fun for the whole family on a world-class walleye and perch fishery — with the possibility of winning some outstanding prizes — like a brand new F150, deluxe permanent fishhouse, ATVs, thousands of dollars in cash cards, all-expenses-paid vacations and much more! All proceeds fund charitable efforts in the Devils Lake community! Talk about a win-win! At $25 a ticket, sure seems like a no-brainer! Watch the ice fishing tournament video (click the link to watch)

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WPAs Opened to Hunting

Posted: October 14, 2013

North Dakota’s waterfowl production areas will be open to hunting on the pheasant opener after all. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday afternoon rescinded its closure of WPAs to public access, including hunting and fishing, effective immediately. That means the WPAs in North Dakota will be available to hunters for the state’s pheasant opener on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“The waterfowl production areas are important public lands for hunters,” said North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand. “We have been working hard all week toward the goal of having these areas back open by the pheasant opener, and we appreciate Service Director Dan Ashe’s reconsideration of their closure action.” The WPAs and national wildlife refuges in North Dakota and other states were closed to public access on Oct. 1 as a result of the federal government shutdown. National wildlife refuges in North Dakota remain closed, however, as today’s action by the Fish and Wildlife Service only affects WPAs.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish

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NDGF data: Population of big perch in Devils Lake is high

Posted: September 26, 2013

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These are pretty good times for anglers on Devils Lake. The best of times? Well, we’ll leave that up to your personal experience.

But we know this:

  • Numbers of big perch in the lake — 12+ inches — are believed to be at their highest level since at least 1992.
  • Anglers caught piles of walleyes this summer.

North Dakota Game and Fish biologist Todd Caspers in Devils Lake shared some test-netting numbers and creel survey data that confirms what I’ve believed for the past several years — Devils Lake is one of the top fisheries in North America right now.

First, the perch.

Oh, the perch.

Read the full story here

Article taken from Mike McFeely (KFGO)

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Wondering what’s going on for the National Walleye Tour Championship?

Posted: September 18, 2013

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Wondering what’s going on for the National Walleye Tour Championship? Here is a list of events throughout the week. Make sure to come out to Graham’s Island State Park to cheer on your favorite PRO Angler, your Co-Angler and participate in the kid’s clinic!

Wednesday, September 18th – Bill Jerome Arena (Roosevelt Park, 4th St. W , Devil’s Lake, ND)

2-4 PM – Mandatory Registration (meal provided)

NWT Clothing (including Championship t-shirt) for sale

4-5 PM – Sponsor Recognition

5 PM – Mandatory Pairings Meeting

 

Thursday, September 19th – Graham’s Island State Park (Full Field Fishing)

7 AM – Official take off —Public is welcome to attend

RAM Trucks on display  All Day—Public is welcome to attend

3-4:30 PM – Boats come in & weigh-in—Public is welcome to attend!

 

Friday, September 20th – Graham’s Island State Park (Full Field Fishing)

7 AM – Official take off —Public is welcome to attend

3-4:00 PM (approx.) – Boats come in & weigh-in —Public is welcome to attend

4:00 PM (approx.) – Bring the Kids!  ”NPAA Future Angler” Fishing Clinic (Come win some prizes!) — Public is welcome to attend

 

Saturday, September 21st – Graham’s Island State Park (Cut to Top 10)

7 AM – Official take off —Public is welcome to attend

10AM-3PM – Triton 216 Fishunter/Mercury Demo Ride – http://www.tritonboats.com/demo_tour_signup.aspx

10 AM-3 PM – Evinrude/Ranger Test Rides – Call George 218-255-3535 for more details and to get registered–Open to the public

3-4:00 PM (approx.) – Boats come in & weigh-in —Public is welcome to attend

4:30 PM (approx.) – Final Awards & Check presentation– Public is welcome to attend

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