Archive of Fishing reports

June2014

June 28th Report!

Posted: June 28, 2014

The Devils Lake basin is on a frenzy!!!! The Walleye and Pike are hungry and biting on most presentations we throw at them. Slip Bobbering, and jigging the wind swept weedlines has been very successful in 3-13 fow. Pitching the weedlines with cranks or jig head and plastics has been working. Another good way to go is bottom bouncing with a crawler or leech, its a good way to cover ground and find fish then you can change presentations or stay with whats working. I have been getting calls daily and my July is over 1/2 full and people are calling for August and September, NOW is the time to get in on this “FRENZY” by giving Big John’s Guide Service a call today and we will work hard to earn your business and have fun while catching fish. Till Next Time…. Tight Lines John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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The bite on Devils Lake is a lot of fun right now!!

Posted: June 26, 2014

Walleyes are being caught using a variety of presentations. Pitching jig/plastic combos and cranks in the shallows (4-8) feet has been good! We are also fishing deeper bites (8-14 ft) trolling cranks and or bouncer/spinners. More algae is showing up in the lake daily, which is really helping to give the water some color and it is making it easier to catch fish in shallow, especially when it is calm.

Best cranks have been: shad raps, salmos, and flickershads. Colors can vary from day to day; however, perch, hot steel, and purple have been very good for us! Cover water, fish in the 4-14 ft depths and life should be good! It is fun time of year because we are catching all species in the shallow water: pike, bass, walleye, and perch are all in the shallow water with one thing on their mind, FEEDING! Get there and get ready!!

Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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June 26th!

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The weather has been unstable this past week, but the fishing has not. Having to endure some high winds and fierce waves, our guides from Mitchell’s Guide Service have continued to battle the weather to catch some nice bags of walleye and northern. Our guides have continued their success by mainly fishing the windswept shorelines.

The number one presentation has continued to be bottom bouncers with spinners. A few ways to run your spinners are with night crawlers, leeches, and also plastics. Berkley Gulp! and Northland Impulse have many options available such as minnow grubs. Chartreuse and white have continued to work great on Devils Lake. Spinner colors that have been producing fish include but not limited to gold and orange. Our guides have been running their spinners between 1.3 and 1.6 mph staying in depths of 6 to 12 feet.

Our guides have also continued to pull crankbaits with great success. Both pitching into the shallows as well as trolling has been producing some nice fish. Like the last fishing report, our guides have been running their crankbait in 8 to 14 feet of water at speeds between 1.8 and 2.2 mph. Lures of choice have continued to be #5 or #7 Rapala Shad Raps and #4 and #5 Salmo Hornets. Colors that have been working are similar to last week which were Perch, Crawdad, Gold and Firetiger.

Areas to target on Devils Lake include any of the larger shallow bays along the windswept shorelines. Good locations include the northwest end of Six Mile Bay and Mauvas Coulee bridge areas, New Mill Bay, and Hog Bay. Strommes has also been doing well in East Bay, along with East Devils Lake has been producing some nice fish.

We have all of the tackle mentioned above along with some of the hottest colors that have been working well here at the Woodland Resort Baitshop.

We still have dates open for the end of June as well as many great dates available for July and August. Get out and experience some of the Midwest’s best walleye fishing this season with Mitchell’s Guide Service.  Call our office at 701-662-6560 to make your reservations, or call Woodland Resort at 701-662-5996 book a lodging and fishing package to make your fishing experience as hassle free and productive as possible! Be sure to check out our websites and Facebook pages to keep up with the latest information.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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June 22, 2014

Posted: June 22, 2014

Fishing for walleyes right now is on fire!!!!! Easy limits of walleyes in the 15-18″ has been the norm with the occasional 20+ being caught. Bottom bouncing in depths up to 20 fow is common now as the walleye start their transition to summer structure. Walleyes are even being taken in shallow (5 fow) too using bobbers and jigs. We can use 2 lines for summer fishing here so slip bobbering and jigging increases your odds and help figure out color patterns and bait they want. Pelican lake is heating up too. Water temps in the mid to upper 60’s also helps find active pods of fish. I have been on the water every day this past week and this continues for the rest of the month of June!!!!!! I have posted some great pictures from the past week on my photo page…Check it out!!!! Yours could be one of them. I have been getting calls for July and August and before you know it, summer will be gone!!! So, make that phone call and book a trip with us and learn why we are the hardest working guide service on the lake that cares about you and your summer vacation!!!!! Till Next Time..Tight Lines John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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June 19th Report!

Posted: June 19, 2014

Windy, windy, windy. That has been the phrase for the past week, but that has not stopped our guides from Mitchell’s Guide Service from going out and catching some impressive limits of walleye and northern. With the wind blowing 20 mph nearly all week, our guides have found the most success fishing the windswept shorelines. The number one technique for our guides has been running bottom bouncers with spinners. A few ways to run your spinners are with night crawlers, leeches, and don’t forget about plastics. Berkley Gulp! and Northland Impulse have many options available such as minnow grubs.  Chartreuse and white have still been working great on Devils Lake.  Also try using the 3 inch crawler fry with this method. Our guides have been running their spinners between 1.3 and 1.6 mph in depths of 4 to 10 feet.

Crankbaits have continued to work great on Devils Lake! Either by casting into shorelines or trolling. Running 1.8 to 2.2 mph in depths of 4 to 10 feet had been producing the most fish. Lures of choice have been #5 or #7 Rapala Shad Raps and #4 and #5 Salmo Hornets. Colors that have been working are Perch, Crawdad, Gold and Firetiger.

Slip bobbers have continued to work well with the correct weather conditions. With it being so windy this past week, bobber fishing has been most effective in the evenings once the wind subsides. Areas that have been producing fish include weed edges and sunken timber. On windy days, use 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jigs under the bobbers while hooking the leech in the sucker. If it’s calm try using number 2 Daiichi walleye bait hooks, hooking the leech in the center. Try running both of these about a foot off of the bottom in depths of 6 to 12 feet.

Areas to target on Devils Lake include any of the larger shallow bays along the windswept shorelines.  Good locations include the northwest end of Six Mile Bay and Mauvas Coulee bridge areas, Hogs Bay, Wolford Bay, Rocky Point and Military Point. The Golden Highway has also started to produce some nice fish with anglers pulling spinners and crankbaits.

We have all of the tackle mentioned above along with some of the hottest colors that have been working well here at the Woodland Resort Baitshop.

We still have a few dates open for the end of June as well as many great dates available for July and August. Get out and experience some of the Midwest’s best walleye fishing this season with Mitchell’s Guide Service.  Call our office at 701-662-6560 to make your reservations, or call Woodland Resort at 701-662-5996 book a lodging and fishing package to make your fishing experience as hassle free and productive as possible!

Good luck anglers and get out fishing!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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The bite goes on!!

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Some days it seems like jig/plastic combos or cranks pitched in  the shallows is the ticket and other days pulling live bait is…go  figure, they are walleyes and they move around.

Still is very important to find stained water. The back bays are  still producing the majority of fish but look for that to change as  water temps start warming. We are catching walleyes from 10  inches up to 27, but the norm is 14-20 inchers.

This is always a fun time if year because you never know what  you will catch..,we have caught walleye,bass,pike,and perch all  on the same pass!

 Best depths are 2-12 ft. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to  mix it up and life should be good!
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June 6th Report!

Posted: June 12, 2014

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Fishing report for June 12, 2014

 

Summer is here!  Water temperatures are warming up towards 70 degrees and the fun fishing is here.  It’s that time of the year that we are truly blessed to be fishing Devils Lake. Every presentation imaginable is working. The number one presentation that has been working well all year so far is leeches under bobbers along weed edges and sunken timber. On windy days, use 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jigs under the bobbers while hooking the leech in the sucker. If it’s calm try using number 2 Daiichi walleye bait hooks, hooking the leech in the center. Try running both of these about a foot off of the bottom.

Another productive technique for our guides right now is running bottom bouncers with spinners. This can be done when the bite is slow to cover more area in order to locate groups of fish. A few ways to run your spinners are with night crawlers and leeches, and don’t forget about plastics. Berkley Gulp! and Impulse have many options available such as minnow grubs.  Chartreuse and white have been working good on Devils Lake.  Also try using the 3 inch crawler fry with this method. The great thing about using plastics is that if you have a bite, you do not lose your bait, often catching up to 5 fish before having to replace your bait. Our guides have been running their spinners between 1.3 and 1.6 mph in depths of 4 to 10 feet.

Crankbaits have been working great! Either by casting into shorelines or trolling. Running 1.8 to 2.2 mph in depths of 4 to 10 feet had been producing the most fish. Lures of choice have been #5 or #7 Rapala Shad Raps and #4 and #5 Salmo Hornets. Colors that have been working are Crawdad, Gold and Firetiger.

We have all of the tackle mentioned along with some of the hottest colors that have been working well here at the Woodland Resort Baitshop.

Areas to target on Devils Lake include any of the larger shallow bays along the windswept shorelines.  Good locations include the northwest end of Six Mile Bay and Mauvas Coulee bridge areas, Howards Bay, Haybale Bay, and Rocky Point.

Good luck to everyone going out fishing this next week!!

We still have many great dates available for the end of June and also into July and August. Get out and experience some of the Midwest’s best walleye fishing this season with Mitchell’s Guide Service.  Call our office at 701-662-6560 to make your reservations or call Woodland Resort at 701-662-5996 book a lodging and fishing package to make your fishing experience as hassle free and productive as possible!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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Report from Mitchell’s Guide Service

Posted: June 5, 2014

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Hello everyone,

 

What another great week of fishing we have had here on Devils Lake. Our clients have been enjoying many methods of fishing, with leaches under bobbers being number one. Try using small jigs or hooks with this method. Pitching crank baits, such as number 5 shad raps in either Purpledescent or Firetiger has worked well. Berkley Gulp! or Northland Impulse with 1/4 ounce jigs being pitched into shorelines with a steady retrieval has also been working well. The spinner bite has picked up this last week with water temps hitting 70 in certain areas. As new weed lines start to emerge, work these are close as possible with spinners.

 

That’s all for now, good luck fishing everyone!!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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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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Now is the Time for Pike!

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June 3,

Greeting from Pikeville!!!!!! I mean Devils Lake. Pike fishing on Devils Lake has been nothing short of incredible!!!! I know alot of you love to catch and eat the most saught after fish… WALLEYE. But when you consider catching 50 to 100 pike each day that gets me excited. The pike here are 3-8 pound average and the water temps in the 60’s make these fun to catch and put in the frying pan. Pike get a bum rap when it comes to them because some have a difficult time removing the Y bone just say pike are aweful. Well I got news for you, they are fantastic! Coming out of cold water these can be cooked the same as walleye, eg. shore lunch, beer batter, on the grill, or 1 of my families favorite boiled in” SPRITE” till the filets turn white then dunked in garlic butter……Tastes like LOBSTER!!!!! Try it. I dare you. On the walleye front, They are being caught mixed in with the pike, a leach with a bobber and a jig has been the key. Shallow water I mean shallow 2-5 ft is the area to target. I have very few days in June left and July and August still remains slow for reservations. Till Next Time…… Tight Lines… John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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