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May2014

Devils Lake Fishing Report for May 30th, 2014

Posted: May 30, 2014

Finding the warmer dirtier water has been the key to better walleye fishing according to John Adams of Big John’s Guide Service.  Big John recommends anglers concentrate on the shallower small bays around the lake that warm up quickly during the day.  Some of the better areas for anglers to concentrate on include the northern areas of Pelican Lake; the smaller bays around the flats such as Golden Pond, Howards Bay, Hog Bay, Holy Bay, and the shallow back bay across from the Grahams Island ramp; the north end of Six Mile Bay; New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, and Ft. Totten Bay off the Main Lake; Mission Bay; the storm sewer area, Penny Bay, New Penny Bay, and Haybale Bay in East Bay; the smaller bays towards the south of Black Tiger Bay; Browns Bay in East Devils lake, and the moving water bridge areas around the lake.  In these shallow bays work the windy side that tends to have the warmer water blown into it.  Temperature is key this time of year and the warmest water has the best fishing.  Try pitching cranks such as #5 or #7 shad raps, salmo hornets, #7 or #9 countdowns, esko’s, or jigs with plastics.  Firetiger, perch, silver blue, hot steel, and silver black are some of the more popular crank colors this time of year.  For jigs or plastics, chartreuse, blue, red, purple, and white all work well at times.  Around the bridge areas, jigs tipped with leeches, crawlers, or minnows work well as do slip bobbers fished close to the bottom.  In all the areas mentioned, anglers can expect to find LOTS of pike, groups of walleyes, and scattered schools of white bass.  For you shore fisherman, Devils Lake has miles and miles of great fishing along it’s rip rapped highways and moving water bridge areas.  The bridges of the Mauvee, Six Mile Bay, Hwy 57, Hwy 20, and the Woods Rutten road are all popular areas that consistently produce fish.  The best bite for shore fisherman tends to be the early morning and especially the evening hours just before dark.  Jigs or Lindy rigs tipped with minnows, leeches, or crawlers all work well for both pike and walleyes in these areas.  For you white bass fisherman, look for windy rocky shorelines and work firetiger or blue/silver cranks or jigs in white or chartreuse tipped with minnows.   And when you’re done fishing or need to take a break, swing into Devils Lake and take in the Annual Devils Run Car Show that’s going on this weekend.  We wish you the best of luck and hope you have a great weekend here in Devils Lake!

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May 28 Fishing Report!

Posted: May 28, 2014

This spring has produced really great fishing so far in the Devils Lake basin.  Our guides are catching some impressive walleye and northern pike so far this spring.  Most of our guide boats are bringing in nice limits of walleyes most days while catching a large number of pike.  Most of the walleyes have been caught fishing shallow with either slip bobbers tipped with leeches or casting crank baits and soft plastics like Northland Mimic Minnows.  Successful anglers have been targeting shallow banks and protected bays where water temperatures have been warmer.  Water temps are accelerating now with the nice weather and the bite should only get better.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Things Are Heating Up!

Posted: May 27, 2014

5-27-2014

Memorial Day brought some incredible weather and some incredible fishing. I finally got a break from traveling and hit the water fairly hard this week. Guiding for me is going full guns so reports should be fairly regular.

The great thing about Devils Lake this time of year is that everything can be found shallow. You never know on any given cast what will come in on the end of your line. For non-stop action, think shallow and casting. Pick out your favorite size 5 crank bait or a 3.5 to 4 inch soft plastic swim bait on a 1/4oz jig and hold on tight.

The Walleye, Pike, and White Bass are all biting well when you find them. The Pike are literally everywhere. You can catch 100 in a day if you really want to. If there is a good time of the year to keep pike, now is it. The water is clean and cold. The fish are very tasty and not that hard to clean. Casting to any shoreline will provide pike.

The White Bass action was hot in Brown’s Bay for me on Friday. Literally cast after cast for over an hour. All sizes up to 18 inches. Again, #5 Flicker Shad and 3.5 inch Ripple Shad were the go to baits. Just cast and reel.

The walleye are always a bit tricky this time of year. The best walleye action has been in the bays that are away from the main lake. It seems if you can find 60 degree water you will find the eyes. Pitch the above lures toward the old cattail edges has produced some nice sized fish with the biggest of the week being 27 inches long. We had better luck with numbers by fishing similar areas with slip bobbers and leaches. Again, warm water is the key right now.

There is also a good walleye bite vertical jigging near any of the bridges in the lake. This is best with some current flowing under the bridge. Look for the current seams and drop your favorite jigging lure over the side of the boat. The Jigging Rap continues to be hot here on Devils Lake.

Fishing will get better and better with rising water temps over the next several weeks. Now is the time. Good luck.

Courtesy of Johnnie Candle

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Devils Lake Fishing Report for May 23, 2014

Posted: May 23, 2014

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, the fishing on Devils Lake appears ready for a great weekend.  Warmer temps have finally pushed up water temps and anglers are reporting increased action as well.  Johnny Dircks from Ed’s Bait Shop says to look for that warmer water in the shallower bays and you’ll find the fish.  Johnny says the pike are everywhere and super active right now and there’s plenty of walleyes mixed in with them.  With temps now approaching the higher 50’s and low 60’s, the white bass are also starting to turn on as well.  Some of the better areas early on Devils Lake include Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Old Mill Bay, the north end of Six Mile Bay, Penny and new Penny Bay, the Storm Sewer area, the smaller bays off Black Tiger Bay and Browns Bay in East Devils Lake.  In these areas anglers are pitching shad raps, hornets, flicker shads, countdowns, and jigs with powerbait or other plastics.  Some of the better colors tend to be firetiger, black/silver, blue/silver, perch, and hot steel for cranks and chartreuse, white, blue, and minnow colors for plastics.  Work the windy shorelines and go shallow.  With the weed edges not yet well defined, sandy rocky areas are often the better spots to hit.  Many anglers will also stop and throw out slip bobbers with leeches once they find a school of fish in an area.  For you shore fisherman, Devils Lake didn’t have a very big run off this year and that’s resulted in there not being a real hot bite up north in the coulees.  Johnny Dircks says shore fisherman have been finding a good walleye and pike bite in the early morning periods and especially in the evenings near the bridges.  Lindy rigs or jigs tipped with leeches or minnows have been working the best in these areas.  And with water temps now warmed up some, the white bass should be turning on as well.  The white bass tend to bite all day long.  Finding windswept rocky shorelines and working bright colors such as chartreuse or white with minnows is the key to catching white bass from shore.  Some of the better areas for walleyes and pike have been the bridges of Six Mile Bay, the Mauvee bridge on Hwy 19, Channel A and Churches Ferry bridge on Hwy 2, the Hwy 57 and Hwy 20 bridges south of Devils Lake, and the Woods Rutten road bridge.  After your outing, Devils Lake has free public fish cleaning stations located at the Six Mile Bay boat ramp, Heneger boat ramp, Lakewood boat ramp, and new last year an indoor facility located next to Ed’s Bait Shop just south of Devils Lake on Hwy 57.  Good Luck from all of us at Devils Lake Tourism and the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

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The Bite is Starting to Pick Up!!

Posted: May 19, 2014

Shallow water time!!

Tis the season to fish shallow!!! Pitching jigs/plastic combos, cranks, and slip bobber in the shallow water has been very good for pike with some dandy walleyes and bass too!

Look for the shallow water bite to get better and better as the water warms…best areas to fish: flooded trees,rocks,roads, and cattails. If you can find new growth, get ready, cause fish will be there!!
This is a special time of year and Devils Lake has become famous for the simple fact that you can catch pike,walleye, and bass all in water less than three feet deep. This is also a great time to connect with some of the true giants that swim in lake as they are shallow and hungry!!
Get here!!!
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May 11 Report from Big John

Posted: May 11, 2014

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there and if you have the privilege of your Mom still with us, make sure to give her a call and wish her a happy day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On the fishing front…. Ice is off and the ramps are in!!!!!! New rods are on the way from 13 FISHING and they are paired up with new PFLUEGER REELS. I have not been out yet because we have had about 3 days with no rain and the fish are not completely spawned out yet. I will be fishing this coming weekend so, I will be posting some pictures and a report next weekend. I have heard that people are catching fish in shallow water and the bridges are starting to produce fish using twister tails with jigs and some are using leeches and some minnows. The season is right around the corner and June is filling up. I have been getting calls now each day and people are starting to think SUMMER and FISHING!!!!!!!! This year is going to be another stellar year for Devils Lake and the fish are going to be hungry and plentiful. So, What are you waiting for….. Give us a call and come to Devils Lake for a fishing experience of a lifetime!!!!!! Till Next Time…..John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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Docks Are In and Ice Is Off!

Posted: May 9, 2014

The docks are in at all public landing locations (thanks Lake Region Anglers!). Click here for a list of landing locations. The fish cleaning stations at Six Mile Bay, Henegar and Lakewood landings are still closed due to freezing nights. But the good news is, the year-round fish cleaning station is open for your convenience on south Highway 20.

We will keep you updated as soon as all fish cleaning stations are open. Happy fishing!

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