Archive of Fishing reports

August2014

Labor Day is Upon Us

Posted: August 28, 2014

I know I always sound like a broken record this time of year, but it really seems like the summer just flew by. We had our busiest summer in the history of Bry’s Guide Service!! We had such wonderful clients! It makes being a fishing guide a lot of fun!! We thank everyone for their business and a special thanks to the many of our clients that have been repeats for over ten years, so THANK YOU!!!!!

As for the fishing, it has been good but not great. There are days we really get them and their are days that way have to search a bit. Weather has been all over the place (no excuses) and I think there are a lot of different patterns going on between shallow and deeper bites. So basically fish can be caught just about anywhere right now.
So the absolute key right now is to cover water. Trolling cranks and pulling bottom bouncers and spinners is probably the most productive way to do so. Work weed edges( 10-14 ft) or the old shoreline (22-26 ft).

Current areas are always a good bet this time of year and they will get better and better as fall progresses. Vertical jigging live bait or thumping a jigging rap/blade bait is usually the most productive. Look for fall fishing to be solid again this year! With the number of fish in the lake right now, I don’t know how it won’t be excellent!

So Labor Day weekend is here, get out and enjoy some fishing, family, and fun on beautiful Devils Lake!!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Things Just Keep on Keepin' On!

Posted: August 25, 2014

Things just keep on keepin’ on here at Devils Lake, ND. The fishing is one of them. Limits are the rule not the exception and there are some bigger fish to be had as well.

There are a few patterns that are working right now. First is to find a flooded road anywhere in Devils Lake and troll a #3 Indiana or Colorado Spinner down it. I have been using 2 oz bottom bouncers in all depths and tipping with a 3 inch Gulp! Minnow or Curly Tail Grub. Gold, Silver, White and Fire Tiger spinners with matching Gulp! has been the ticket. Most of these fish are in the 12 to 18 inch range.

The next pattern is to find the old lake shore line. In most of Devils Lake, that is 24 to 28 feet of water, in some of the newer parts of the lake the depth could be shallower. This is an area of exposed rock and gravel created form the consistent erosion over the years with Devils Lake at that same level. It was created before the flooding. There are many walleye relating to this old lake shoreline. The same spinners mentioned above are working here too. This is a great way to catch 100 walleye in a day if you want to try.

The last pattern is to cast crank baits and swim baits or put a bobber and a leach next to a weed edge. Depths can be from 4 to 8 feet of water. The wind blowing in is better, but not always necessary. Eskos, Flicker Shads, Berkley Ripple Shads and Shallow Shad Raps have a caught fish in the past weeks. Anything white or perch colored will do the trick. Many of these fish are a bit larger, but the bites are less frequent.

The Pike and White Bass can literally show up at any time. I have seen them as deep as 25 feet and as shallow as 3 feet. One never knows where they will be. They are all eating the same food, so the fish can be mixed together quite often.

If you thought about coming to Devils Lake, you just need to get here. The fishing will take care of itself.

Courtesy of Johnnie Candle

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Fishing Report August 22, 2014

Posted: August 22, 2014

Some people think fishing slows down in August and September, not here on Devils Lake! Fishing continues to be exceptional throughout the entire lake. Presentations have been similar throughout the entire summer, with the fish not being too picky. Some of the popular presentations include trolling with either cranks or bottom bouncers with spinners. Slip bobbing and jigging along with Lindy rigs also continue to be popular especially around the bridges on Devils Lake.
As leeches become tougher to get this time of the year, many guides and anglers have been using crawlers and Gulp! with their spinners.
Anglers that have been jigging have been using leeches when possible, crawlers, and are now slowly moving towards minnows.
The overall fishing has been fantastic on Devils Lake. Practically all presentations and depths are producing fish. There is currently quite a few smaller fish in the lake so make sure to stock up on bait in order to help you weed through them to get to the larger fish.
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 still have some dates open in September and October, 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.
Some of the best fishing of the year is going on right now on Devils Lake, so get out and enjoy the action!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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August 14th Report!

Posted: August 14, 2014

The August bite continues on Devils Lake!  Not only has August provided us with some beautiful weather, it has also provided us with some great fishing.  We are covering lots of water on Devils Lake, trolling spinners and crank baits, dressed with 1/3 crawler, leech or plastic. We have been catching fish in that 17-26 foot depths, however, fish have been found in waters as shallow as 4 feet and as deep as 32.

The name of the game is to cover water!! We are also getting some nice pike trolling along weed lines, some have been up to 40 inches! Bass are being caught, but you need to cover water. We have caught most of them along rip rap shorelines. We have even had some dandy perch mixed in with our walleyes as well!
 Make sure to get out on the water before the summer is over.  Lots of fun, sun and fish to be had!
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August is Off to a Good Start!

Posted: August 8, 2014

As expected, August fishing has started off outstanding! Many presentations continue to work great including trolling with spinners and/or cranks, slip bobbers, jigging, lindy rigs, and pitching plastics into flooded timber and weed beds. The best locations are the wind-blown shorelines where the baitfish are stockpiled. Keep in mind that the wind-blown shorelines are not the only place to fish on Devils Lake, however it is a good starting point.

Our guides from Mitchells Guide Service prefer the trolling technique due to the fact you can cover more ground in less time. This gives you a better opportunity to zero in on the fish in order to work an area more aggressively.

We have some of our guides from Mitchells Guide Service fishing in 6-8 feet of water with great success, and others are fishing depths ranging from 15 to 20 feet with the same success. As you can tell there are not any particular fishing techniques or depths that are more effective than others. Some of the larger fish that have come in tend to stick really tight to the weed beds. In order to get this big fish out of the weed beds it takes a lot a patience and passes in front of these weed beds to get them to come out and strike.

There has been a lot of success on Devils Lake as of late, not only for our guides, but for the fishermen going out on their own as well. A few spots that have been doing really well include the area in Six Mile Bay between the two bridges, Concrete Bay by the Casino, the Minnewaukan Flats, and Pelican Lake to name a few. Hot colors include Perch, Yellow Perch and Shad for crankbaits. The fish do not seem as picky when it comes to spinners as people are catching them on many different colors. When fishing with spinners, Gulp!, night crawlers and leeches have all been working great.

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 towards the end of August and into 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.

Some of the best fishing of the year is going on right now on Devils Lake, so get out and get into the action!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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This lake is on fire!!!

Posted: August 5, 2014

8-5-14

If you haven’t had a chance to fish Devils Lake this year for whatever reason…this is definitely the time to make sure you get out here!
Time seems to fly and we are already approaching fall. Kids will be back in school soon, the harvest is right around the corner, etc. Get out here! Weather has been great and the fishing has been super!

We are doing our best covering water. Seems like walleyes can be in 9-30 feet of water. We are usually in that 18-25 ft range, but we will fish deeper or shallower, we just adjust to where we are getting the best action. Without a doubt the best way to catch fish is pulling a bottom bouncer with a spinner. A third of a crawler, leech, or plastic will all produce fish! Trolling cranks can be fantastic as well. Berkley Flickershads or Salmo Hornets have been the ticket!
Jigging and bobbering is still very good, the key is to find that active pocket, so do a bit of searching!
We are catching some dandy pike mixed in with our walleyes. We are not catching large numbers, but they are averaging between 5-15 pounds!! The bass are also out deeper and we catching them mixed in with the walleyes. Seems like everyday we catch a few perch as well!
It is fun when you never know what is going to bite next…

Again, summer is really starting to slip away. Come fish from shore, go with a buddy that has a boat, or give us a call, Devils Lake is fishing so well right now!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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August 1st Report!

Posted: August 1, 2014

The fishing was great throughout July and August should produce more of the same. Many presentations continue to work great. Presentations include trolling both with cranks and spinners, slip bobbers, jigging, and lindy rigs. Both shore fishing and boat fishing have been producing great results. For best results when fishing from shore would be to target any of the bridges on Devils Lake. Whether it’s Six Mile Bay, Hwy 20 or 57, or one of the many other bridges, many anglers have found good luck fishing these areas. The best times to fish the bridges seems to be early morning or later in the evening, however you should still be able to get some fish during the middle of the day.
Fishing from boats continues to be exceptional! There is currently a healthy population of walleye ranging from 6 to 25+ inches, so make sure you have plenty of bait so you don’t run out when sorting through the smaller fish to get to the larger fish.
The bridges and towers have been really productive when jigging around them, especially on rock structure in about 15 to 20 feet of water.
Pulling bottom bouncers with spinners has still been the number one technique that our guides from Mitchell’s Guide Service have been using, with cranks being a close second. The fish have not seemed to be too picky when it comes to color, however pink and white have been popular with spinners and hot steel and firetiger being popular with cranks.
Good areas to target include Six Mile Bay, the Minnewaukan Flats, the Golden Highway, and the Camp Grafton shoreline east of Military Point.
Fishing west of highway 57, including East Bay and East Devils Lake have been just as hot as any other spots in the lake. The majority of fish are being caught in depths of 10 to 15 feet when trolling, but are not necessarily limited to those depths.
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 throughout August and September 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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