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September2014

The Best Time of the Year!

Posted: September 25, 2014

Again, I have said it before, but this is truly the best time of year to be in the Devils Lake area! Duck/goose hunting opens this weekend for residents. If you take a look at any of the sloughs, it doesn’t take long to realize that there are ducks everywhere.  Next weekend it is open to everyone!
There is grouse hunting, youth deer hunting, archery deer hunting, and there is still time for some fishing. Lots to do!
As for the fishing… It has been pretty good. Not unreal, but solid! Seems like we are getting our best action in the areas that are in or near current. The best aspect of this time of year is that there is always a chance at a very big walleye, pike, bass, or perch. There are lots of “young of the year” bait in the lake, so it is often a good idea to match the bait with a larger profile. Cranks, plastics, and jigging raps often catch bigger fish.
Also, do not forget rocks! There are rock piles all over lake, so look at yor lake chip or map. The old shorline (22-26ft) is full of rocks and gravel, so do not be afraid to go that depth.
It is always fun to be in the boat on a nice fall day in October/November! With a bit or work and persistence, you should be rewarded!!
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September 16th Report!

Posted: September 16, 2014

Fall transition has begun!!!!! The water temps have been dropping in the past couple weeks and this means bridges bridges and bridges. Water temps in the upper 50’s to almost 60 has brought our fall mentality. Jigs and jigging shad raps where current is running is key for finding limits of walleye and pike. I was not fishing alot the past week and a half because my Dad passed away and being able to get thru the past 15 days has been a struggle for me. Dad fished some and supported me more! I know he is in looking down from up above telling me to keep moving forward. Not to dissapoint him I had 5 days guiding this week and found success at the mauve and 6 mile bridges….. Limits of walleyes being taken in the 14-20″ range and some nice 4-13# pike too!!!! The lake will be flipping over soon and that will be a good thing as far as stability for the fishery. My phone has also been ringing for winter guiding and this is a great thing. I still have openings for a fall trips and encourage you to take a hard look at coming here to fish for your chance to catch some really nice fall walleyes with us. Till Next Time….

Tight Lines John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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Options Like Crazy on Devils Lake!

Posted: September 11, 2014

This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Fall colors, harvest, cooler days, hunting is getting going, and of course, FISHING!! Really the biggest issue is deciding what to do or how much can one do in a day…

The bite has been solid! There are days we really get into them and there are days we work a bit. This is a transition period and we are still finding fish scattered from the shallows to the deeps on Devils Lake. We are using a variety of presentations: bottom bouncers and spinners is still the most productive for us; however, we are doing pretty well jigging live bat or jigging raps in current or on rocks. This time of year offers great potential for a trophy fish!

Again, current areas or areas close to current should get better and better. Also, do not forget to work some of the shallower water again. Those frogs are heading back to the lake and the walleyes and pike are going to be waiting for them!

Good luck to all and enjoy one of the best times of year in North Dakota!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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The Fall Bite is Heating Up!

Posted: September 9, 2014

September walleyes are in full swing on Devils Lake. Whether it is trolling with cranks or bottom bouncers and spinners along the weed beds, or vertical jigging the bridges and towers around Devils Lake, both techniques have been very successful the past couple of weeks.

The crank and spinner bite has been most successful in shallow waters of less than 12 feet. The larger fish with this technique have been coming as close to the weed beds as possible. Area like this include Six Mile Bay, Pelican Lake and Lake Irvin to name a few. Spinner colors include any with yellow or orange, but it has not been limited that. Try tipping your spinners with either night crawlers, Gulp! or Northland Impulse. Crankbait colors include firetiger, perch, and yellow perch.

Many anglers have been having success by jigging one of the many bridges located around Devils Lake, including Hwy 20 and 57, Six Mile Bay and the Mauvas Coulee Bridge. Jigs tipped with minnows and night crawlers have been working well. Also try Rapala jigging raps in sizes 7 and 9.

It has been a fantastic year of fishing and as guide Mike “Spider” Shell would say “It was a good day (year) for everyone except the walleye”.

There is still a few days open for fishing for the rest of this year and we are now taking reservations for fishing trips next year. It is never too early to call and book your reservation and reserve your fishing guide for next year. Give us a call at Mitchell’s Guide Service at 701-662-6560 or to book your full lodging and fishing package call Woodland Resort at 701-662-5996 ext.1.

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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