Archive of Fishing reports

July2014

Game On or Should We Say Fish On!

Posted: July 30, 2014

7-30-2014

Game on doesn’t even do it justice right now. The walleye bite is torrid on Devils Lake. I am not making this up when I say it, but you cannot do it wrong right now.

In the past week I have caught fish from 4 feet deep to 30 feet deep an anywhere in between. Casting to shallow rocky shores or weeds is producing when the wind is blowing in is working. Trolling spinners and Gulp! or crankbaits along flooded road beds and deeper weed edges is working. Bobber fishing humps, bumps and rock piles between 10 and 25 feet of water is catching. Trolling spinners and crankbaits on the old lake shoreline in 25 to 30 feet of water is working too. Literally everywhere you go you can catch a walleye.

Baits that have been hot for me are #3 Indiana spinner blades in white, firetiger, gold or silver tipped with a Gulp! Curly Tail grub or a Gulp 3″ Minnow. #5 and #6 Flicker Shads in Flashy Perch, Mouse, Ghost White, and Firetiger. 1/8 to ¼ oz chartreuse jigs with a leech or a plain red hook below a float should not be ruled out either.

There is no best area so I will just list a few. Golden Pond, the Golden Highway, Hog Bay, Patience Point, Ft Totten Bay, Military Point, Strommes Addition, Mission Road, and the list goes on and on.

Do yourself a favor and just get here. The pike are still mixed on with the walleye a bit and a few good ones are caught each day. The white bass have gotten scarce but I have not honestly tried to catch one for a while. Who cares when the walleye are biting so well?

Courtesy of Johnnie Candle

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It Has Been a Great Month!

Posted: July 24, 2014

What a great month of fishing it has been. Practically every presentation imaginable has been working as of late. Whether it is lindy rigs, slip bobbers, jigging, pulling spinners or pulling cranks, they have all been very effective when targeting walleye and northern pike. The fishing techniques our guides from Mitchell’s Guide Service have been utilizing the most is trolling spinners connected to bottom bouncers. When using this method, baiting the hook with half a night crawler, a leech, or plastics such as Northland Impulse and Berkley Gulp! have all worked well. Depths for this method has continued to range from 7 to 12 feet, with some people going past 15 feet. The best speed to troll spinners is 1.2 to 1.5 mph. Trolling Crankbaits such as Rapala and Salmo hornets have also been producing a lot of nice fish. Running crankbait at 2.3 to 2.5 mph in depths of 7 to 12 feet of water has been the key.

Areas to target on Devils Lake include flooded roads such as the Old Minnewaukan Road (Golden Highway), and roads in New Mill Bay and Six Mile Bay to name a few. The edges of weed beds are another great place to target as well as flooded timber. The north end of Six Mile bay, Doc Hagens, and New Mill Bay all have excellent weed beds to target. Trolling along Highways 20 and 57 are also a good place to target.

Some of the hottest fishing of the year is going on right now on Devils Lake. We still have some dates with Mitchell’s Guide Service available for the last few days of July and into August if you want to get out and experience some great action. Whether you are an experienced fisherman looking to land a trophy of a life time, or just looking to take your family on an excellent fishing experience, now is the time to book your trip.

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

We have many great dates open in August and September, so let one of our 11 guides take you 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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July 23rd!

Posted: July 23, 2014

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We had a great bite on Devils Lake today with the clients. Pulled spinners in 10-17 FOW rigged with leaches and crawlers on points and old shorelines. Although 80+ fish were boated, there were many small Walleyes that were thrown back with patients being necessary to get the keeper fish. We landed some nice pike that also were in the Walleye mix that added to the excitement with a 9 lber being the biggest. White Bass are tougher to come by, however, we did catch a dozen or so white bass caught on spinners mixed in with the walleyes. Although there are many ways to be boating Walleye this time of year, live bait rigs such as spinner rigs covering water seems to be the most efficient and the easiest for the clients. Tight lines and be safe on the water!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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The Fishing Continues to be Good!

Posted: July 18, 2014

The fishing continues to be very good on Devils Lake. The fish cand an be found everywhere in the Basin and the Lake itself!!!! Any depths from 6-30 fow holds fish. Jigging, slip bobbers, pitching cranks, pulling spinners and even trolling cranks has proven to be successful. The lake is so vast that when the parking lots are full, you hardley see alot of boats while out fishing or even just pleasure boating. I would like to let you people know while I was fishing this week I found a stump 6″ under the surface that would have taken out anyones lower unit right in the middle of the lake, so if you bring your own boat its not a bad idea to book a guide who knows the lake and can show you around the lake to avoid these hazards and show you spots that hold these fish instead of taking the risk of damage to your boat and how to navigate to some good fishing too!!!! I still have a few openings in July and August has many open dates, so what are you waiting for….. Come and fish with Big John and let us put you on fish and show you a good time! Till Next Time…… Tight Lines John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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July 17th Report!

Posted: July 17, 2014

It was a good week for everyone except the walleye. Fishing patterns and techniques have remained similar to the rest of the summer thus far. Working areas where the wind has been blowing into continues to be the key. Weed lines and flooded roads have been the main structures our guides from Mitchell’s Guide Service have been targeting. Depths have continued to range between 7 and 12 feet, with some people getting them in up to 15 feet of water.

Similar to previous fishing reports, bottom bouncers with spinners have generated the most success. The fish have not seemed to be picky when it comes to color. Our guides have been using everything from pink to green to gold to white, with them all catching nice fish. Try using regular 1 or 2 hook harnesses or even slow death hooks with crawlers, or just your regular spinners with leeches, plastics, and crawlers. When using this technique try running them with speeds between 1.2 and 1.6 mph.

Using slip bobbers in flooded timber and on the edge of weed beds continues to produce many nice fish even into mid to late July. The number one bait with slip bobbers continues to be leeches, however crawlers have also been working well. Crankbaits have producing many fish with either #5 Rapala or #4 Salmo hornets. Colors including perch, hot tiger, and firetiger have all been producing nice fish. Trying running your crankbaits between 2.1 and 2.5 mph in 7 to 15 feet of water.

Areas to target on Devils Lake The Cliffs in East Bay, Lost Jig, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Six Mile Bay, and the Old Minnewaukan Road.

Shore fishing on Devils Lake has continued to be very good in the early morning and late evenings for anyone that is looking to put some lines in the water and catch some nice walleyes. Areas to target when fishing from shore include the Woods-Rutten Road, any of the bridges including Six Mile Bay and the Casino Bridge, and also the road out to Grahams Island just to name a few spots.

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 bait shop.

We still have many great dates available including weekends for July and August, so let one of our 11 guides take you 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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July 16th Report!

Posted: July 16, 2014

I was only able to fish two days between my last tournament and a trip to the Stratos Boats dealer meeting, but they were two pretty incredible days.

Here is what I learned in those two days as well as some information from my network here on Devils Lake.

Walleye fishing is absolutely nuts. Just about any depth and any technique is working. If you want to troll crankbaits you can. If you want to cast jigs, you can. If you like bobber fishing, that is working too. Spinners, easy money. It is that time here. Everything is working just about anywhere on the lake. If you want to catch 100 walleye in a day, now is the time. It is honestly that good.

Spinners in Gold, White or Fire Tiger with a leech, half a crawler or a piece of Gulp! on them are working very well. Pull them along weed edges, flooded roads or along main lake structure and hold on. 1.1 to 1.5 is the best speed lately.

Crankbaits like #5 and #6 Flicker Shads in the same colors are working well in similar areas. Troll about 2 mph. Use lead core if the depths are not possible with FireLine.

Jigs with leeches below bobbers or verticle jigging in the deeper water of the main lake is also producing
fish.

Areas to try, sorry for the long list: The area west of Old Hwy 281, structure in Pelican Lake, Golden Pond, Don’s Bay, The Golden Hwy, Hog Bay, Ft Totten area, Strommes, Black Tiger Bay.

The pike are mixed in with the walleye and seem to prefer crankbaits right now. I did not catch a white bass in the two days I fished so no update there.

My August bookings are coming around, but I did have a cancellation and have a few really good dates open still. Don’t forget about my new park model for your lodging needs as well.

Courtesy of Johnnie Candle

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Walleyes are Cooperating!!

Posted: July 12, 2014

This is that special time of year on Devils Lake when the walleyes are biting all over and at all depths! We have caught fish as shallow as 4 ft and as deep as 30 ft. We have caught fish jigging, bobbering, pulling spinners, pulling cranks, and pitching cranks/jigs into the shallows. We’ve used plastics, crawlers, leeches; and they have all produced!

Devils Lake is such a tremendous fishery! We are catching walleyes as small as 6 inches and have caught them as big as 26 inches this past week. The majority of the walleyes are in that 13-16 inch range, which make for some awesome meals. Awesome variety of classes of fish, which is great to see.

Best areas to fish: Weedlines, the edges of flooded trees, flooded roads, and rock piles. There are many places on Devils Lake where there are big rocks, which holds bait, which will hold walleyes. Look for many of the best rock piles to be in the 20-35 ft range. Study your chip or lake maps and get a game plan the night before of places that look “fishy”, and get ready!

The bite should stay solid and look for the deeper bite to get better as more fish are heading deeper. If you have someone you would like to get out fishing, this a great time of year to do it. The weather has been awesome and the fish are biting, LIFE IS GOOD!!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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July 10th Report

Posted: July 10, 2014

Fishing Report July 10, 2014

Finally some stable weather here on Devils Lake which helps produce more consistent fishing. Techniques have been consistent for the past month which means fishing the windswept shorelines using bottom bouncers with spinners. Night crawlers have been the number one bait with spinners, however leeches and plastics have also been working well. #5 and #7 Rapala and Salmo have also been producing a lot of fish particularly in perch and firetiger colors. Jigging around the various bridges and towers on Devils Lake has continued to produce many fish. Don’t forget about slip bobbers. Slip bobbers were working extremely well early in the year, and have continued to do so in July. Either with a plain hook or with a small jig, both have worked well with leeches and crawlers.

Areas to target on Devils Lake include flooded roads and deep weed edges which can range from 7 to 12 feet of water. Several spots in East Devils Lake, New Mill Bay, Hog Bay, Cactus Point, and the north end of Creel Bay have all been producing a lot of fish.

Shore fishing on Devils Lake has continued to be very good in the early morning and late evenings for anyone that is looking to put some lines in the water and catch some nice walleyes. Areas to target when fishing from shore include the Woods-Rutten Road, any of the bridges including Six Mile Bay and the Casino Bridge, and also the road out to Grahams Island just to name a few spots.

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 bait shop.

We still have many great dates available including weekends for July and August, so let one of our 11 guides take you 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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July 6th Report!

Posted: July 6, 2014

The Bite continues here on Devils Lake!!!!! Limits of walleyes come easy some days (when the wind is blowing), then we have days where we struggle a bit but being persistant and patient pays off. The walleyes can still be found along shallow (under 10 fow) weed edges pulling spinners and pitching cranks. Finding the right combination is key to success, things change from jigs, bobbers, cranks in different colors vary from day to day and so does live bait to plastics. I have been starting to add plastics to my daily plan and getting a little more comfortable using them has been challenging but slowly and with patience it will be good. I know there are alot of kinds of plastics to use but, don’t forget about live bait too!!!! The water temps are starting to rise in the upper 60’s to some spots lower 70’s which in turn are starting to force some fish into deeper structure and their summer patterns. Try fishing the humps and deeper structure and you may be suprised what you may find. Jigs and bobbers work well in this with a leech or a crawler. If you want to search larger areas put the cranks or bottom bouncers on and go!!!!! My schedule has been filling up fast so if you want to experience what Devils Lake has to offer…. Give Big John’s Guide Service a call. Till Next Time… Tight Lines John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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Report for July 4, 2014

Posted: July 4, 2014

Oh what another windy week we have had. Despite having 3 days of the windiest weather of the season, after it passed and our team from Mitchell’s Guide Service finally got back on the water, the fish were right where we left them. The best places have continued to be the windswept shorelines, using bottom bouncers with spinners or pitching plastics and #5 or #7 Rapala and Salamo in Perch pattern into these areas. Jigging some of the many bridges with jigs tipped with minnows or leaches as worked well. Keep in mind when doing this method to use a jig heavy enough to keep contact with the bottom. Some of these areas do have some strong current, so always remember to use a heavy enough jig.

Areas to target on Devils Lake include sunken roads and deep weed edges which can range from 7 to 10 feet of water. East Devils Lake, New Mill Bay, Cactus Point, and the north end of Creel Bay have all been producing a lot of fish.

Shore fishing on Devils Lake has been very good in the early morning and late evenings for anyone that is looking to put some lines in the water and catch some nice walleyes. Areas to target when fishing from shore include the Woods-Rutten Road, any of the bridges including Six Mile Bay and the Casino Bridge, and also the road out to Grahams Island just to name a few spots.

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 bait shop.

We still have many great dates available for July and August, so let one of our 11 guides take you 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.

Happy 4th of July and good luck fishing everyone!​

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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