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June2014

Final Results of the Chamber Fishing Tournament

Posted: June 28, 2014

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Here are the final results for the Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament. (click the link to view)

Thank you to all the anglers for participating is this year’s tournament. We look forward to the 39th annual next year!

Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, tournament committee and Graham’s Island State Park Staff for making this tournament possible.

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Day 1 Results of the Chamber Fishing Tournament

Posted: June 27, 2014

Here are the results for day 1 of the Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament.

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Devils Lake Walleye Tournament Adds More Fun & More Ways to Win

Posted: June 25, 2014

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The longest running walleye tournament in North Dakota has been made even better after the Devils Lake tournament committee spent several late winter nights huddled around the fireplace. Several contests within the main tournament have been added, and the community has created a walleye festival around the tournament dates, June 27 – 28.

Todd Caspers, Devils Lake biologist said last summer produced a good walleye and perch bite; the good fishing continued all winter and said, “Walleye populations are at very good levels with lots of keeper-size fish in the lake. Pike are under-utilized and anglers should consider taking home limits.”  Research shows many pike between 20 and 30 inches with top-end pike in excess of 40 inches.

The usual walleye tournament rules prevail, but on day two, anglers who may seem out of contention for the major prizes still have options for winning.  They may ante $50 on the final tournament day and compete in the one-day pike contest by weighing two fish.  Top three teams split all the money by percentages – 50 for first; 30 for second; and 20 for third.

This year marks the 125th anniversary as a state for North Dakota, and a number of special “125” awards will add money to contestant’s payouts.  Any perch or white bass weighed exactly at 1.25 pounds, and walleyes and pike pushing the scales to 12.5 pounds will win an extra $125.  The largest daily walleye pays $500, the largest daily pike pays $250, and the largest daily perch and white bass are worth $100. Other prizes will be given away from Berkley, and a steak fry will take place Thursday night.

The overall winning walleye team will receive $5,000, with many places receiving cash.  Tournament Director and Professional Angler Johnnie Candle said, “My gut tells me with so many great places to fish, this event will be about locating the right school of fish and hoping they stay put.”

After years of tremendous fishing, and being at one of the best times of the year to fish Devils Lake, he added, “This is the time for old friends to enter and those who have missed the past couple of seasons to jump back in.  This tournament is about family, friends and fishing.  We encourage families to join this homecoming event.”  Check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903 for details and to enter the 38th Devils Lake Chamber Fishing Tournament or download the application here.

The local Chamber businesses will conduct a Reel Fun Days downtown with huge sidewalk sales and a Friday night street dance.  Slumberland Furniture will be hosting a hot seat giveaway for the tournament and many more activities are being planned.

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Reel Fun Days June 27 & 28

Posted: June 19, 2014

Reel Fun Days is fast approaching, see the attached poster for a schedule of all the fun events!

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Devils Lake Tourism Announces Outdoor Movies in Roosevelt Park

Posted: June 10, 2014

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Devils Lake, ND – The Devils Lake Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (Devils Lake CVB) has announced their summer outdoor movie schedule. The movies will take place as night falls in Roosevelt. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and whatever else they need to be comfortable watching the movie. A small set of bleachers will also be available.

The first movie, Firehouse Dog (2007, PC), will play on Thursday, June 19, 2014, on an inflatable screen – a respectable 16 by 9 feet. The Devils Lake CVB has partnered for this movie with the Devils Lake Rural Fire Department. The movie will play around 8:30 pm. Before the movie, come out the park and enjoy a free will donation picnic and fun activities for the kids with the Rural Fire Department.

The second movie, Life As We Know It, starring Josh Duhamel (2014, PG-13), will play on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm. The Devils Lake Tourism department will be partnering with Bremer Bank. Details will be out in the next couple of weeks regarding events for the evening.

The third movie of the summer series, The Lego Movie (2014, PG), will play on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Partnering with the Devils Lake Park Board, they will have many other activities throughout the evening, including a campfire. Your own tent and sleeping gear is needed. The campout is for ages 10 and under and must be supervised by an adult, but the movie at 8:30 pm is open to the public for all ages.

Suzie Kenner, Executive Director of the Devils Lake CVB recently stated, “We are very excited to provide an opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors. The outdoor movie series should provide great entertainment throughout the summer and we are very pleased to have great sponsors to help us provide food and entertainment before and during the movies.”

Roosevelt Park is located on the corner of US Highway 2 and Highway 19, and the movies will play under the band shelter. In case of inclement weather, an alternate date will be provided at a later time. If it rains earlier in the day and if it’s not raining at 8:00 pm, then come on out for the fun. Bring plastic for under your blankets.

For more information, please visit our website at www.devilslakend.com or call the Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau at 701-662-4903.

For more information on the Devils Lake Area Convention & Visitors Bureay visit http://www.devilslakend.com.

Catch it all in Devils Lake!

Devils Lake Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, PO Box 879, Devils Lake, ND 58301. Suzie Kenner can be reached at suzie@devilslakend.com or 701.662.4903 for questions or comments.

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It’s Time – Devils Lake Fish are Turning On!

Posted: June 4, 2014

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Following a winter that produced a 50-inch layer of winter ice on North Dakota’s Devils Lake and an unusually cool spring, the fishing action is beginning to heat up right now.

Three local experts weighed in with “what’s happening now,” and all pointed to the phenomenal northern pike fishery.  Aaron McQuoid of McQuoid Outdoors complete lodge and guide service said one of his guides fished with the same group for three days recently (3 people for 3 days) and caught a total of 650 pike.  “It’s an astronomical bite,” he said.   Most are three to six pounds with a number of 12 to 15-pounders in the mix.  “And, every day, the clients catch their walleye limits,” he said.

At the end of May, he had clients out for a 6-hour guide trip and they caught 25 walleyes and 25 pike.  “Every client has to catch their own fish — it’s the law — so we teach them to cast, how to work a lure, how to set the hook,” McQuoid said.  One of the daily surprises (he guides 250 days per year), is this paraphrase from guests who eat northern pike fillets prepared at the lodge, “I never knew they tasted that good.”

McQuoid said, “Mid-June is start of the time to be on Devils Lake this year.”  Walleyes will be in five to 15 feet of water throughout the entire 220,000 acre lake and bays.  Tactics change with the weed growth, but he starts with Northland Mimic Minnows retrieved steadily.  His slash baits include Rapala Husky Jerks, X-Raps, and perch-colored Countdowns.

Dustin Larson guides for Bry’s Guide Service and said the “light-switch” will be tripped when water temps in the back bays nudge 60 degrees.  “Afternoons are best for walleyes, and I cover water, moving two mph with my electric motor, casting cranks or jigs in 2 to 8 feet of water.

“We call it pitching jigs, and use exclusively plastics like white or pearl Twister Tails or Berkley Ripple Shads.  Those with chartreuse tails are best,” Larson said.  When he contacts a walleye, he fancasts the entire area.  “Something is holding them; maybe new weed growth; it could be wind blowing into a shoreline; or bait could be stacked there.  There could be 20 to 30 walleyes in one tiny spot,” he said.

In the first half of July, Larson follows walleyes when they pull off the shorelines by trolling crankbaits or spinners with bouncers.  “I target 8 to 12 foot depths using 2 or 3-inch Killer Crawlers or 3-inch Gulp! crawlers on spinner harnesses.  Walleyes, pike, perch and white bass all chomp this presentation,” he said.

Long-time observer of all things fishy on Devils Lake, Clint DeVier, loves the mid-June bite, saying, “Everything will work.  Cast shallow against the cattails; cast the windy shorelines; jig; troll lures in 8 to 10 feet of water; fish rocks, weeds or bridges; standby to get bit,” he said, “I start searching the smaller bays, trying to find walleye concentrations near edges of old cattails.”  Shore fishermen will also find good activity right now.

Two species, white bass and pike, always seem to bite.  “Pike are nuts, totally nuts.  Throw anything, anywhere – it doesn’t matter,” he said.  White bass thrive where the wind is blowing across a point or into rip rap shorelines.  “They can’t resist a white or chartreuse crank or spoon, and they sure offer a change of pace,” he said.

DeVier advised anglers to pay attention to water temperature in June.  If some water is 55 degrees and some is 65, he said, “Choose the warmest water.”  He finds white bass, pike and walleyes mixed together at times, and fishes through the bounty for his favorite species – walleyes.

The website devilslakend.com features a map of the nine convenient public accesses.  It also lists information about Devils Lake fishing guides, resorts, history, current tourism events and activities, fishing reports and the latest lake, lodging, restaurant, and tournament news.  The longest running North Dakota team walleye tournament, the Devils Lake Chamber walleye tournament with cash awards for walleyes, pike, white bass and perch, takes place June 27 and 28.  Openings remain.  Tournament entry and walleye festival details are on this same website.

A free-to-the-public 20 x 32 fish-cleaning station is located next door to Ed’s Bait Shop (on Hwy 20 south of the City of Devils Lake).  Like the Devils Lake fishing season, it’s open all year with A/C, two grinders, a clean-up sink, regular and handicapped bathrooms. There are also fish-cleaning stations (open-air with water and grinders) at many other ramps.  DeVier said, “This is a fishing and outdoors community.  People will know that once they show up.  We want them to catch fish, and share we what we know to make that happen.”

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