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2015 Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Tournament Produces Amazing Results

Posted: June 30, 2015

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How did the Team in the Smallest Boat Win the Top Prize!

They slugged it out on North Dakota’s magical walleye factory, Devils Lake, June 26 and 27. The lake is so popular that the number of teams entered this year, 112, was a 36 percent increase over 2014.

Walleye anglers love their boats, and “big” has been the word for the past decade as typical walleye rigs in the 20-foot range with 200 horses pushing them is the norm. Many of those boats were on Devils Lake for the 39th annual Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce tournament. Yet, it was the team fishing from the smallest boat that captured first place and $5,000.

In fact, the boat’s name in lime green letters along each side is: Abbylander. Not Lund, Ranger, AlumaCraft or Crestliner, but Abbylander. That’s because winning partner Jarvis Kaderlik from Bismarck fished out of this same boat growing up. Dad Mike (also his tournament partner) refurbished the 1986 aluminum boat’s floor, seats, etc., to “brand new” status. He then gave it to his son for a wedding gift – hence the name. “It’s named after my main sponsor, my wife.” It does have an upgraded outboard, a 1986 60-hp Evinrude E-Tec. Top speed is 29.6 when conditions are just right.

Kaderlik, a hydrological engineer with the US Geological Survey shared the winning pattern. On the calm first day, they ran 17 miles to the Pelican Lake section of Devils Lake. They cast jointed floating Rapalas in sizes 9 and 11 over and around new-growth weeds in old cattail sloughs, targeting the 3 to 7 foot depths. Slow steady retrieves with twitches and pauses did the trick. On day two, they ran the same 17 miles, but into a stout Dakota wind. Jarvis said, “The guys in the big boats told me it looked painful to watch us crashing through those waves. They were right, because we were soaked when we finally arrived an hour later.” He added, “Everything from the delicious steak fry to the volunteers to the Cabela’s jackets were great. This is the best-run tournament we fish all year.”

The top three teams all averaged four pounds-plus. Places 4th to 10th averaged

3 ½ pounds, while 11th to 23rd “money places” all averaged more than three pounds. Teams weighed five walleyes per day. The largest perch, white bass and pike won cash prizes and many special awards were distributed. The northern pike day two shootout was won by Corey Anderson and Ken Remmen with two pike for 16.3 pounds and $1,025.

Second place winners Cody Armstrong and dad Joe, from Devils Lake also fished Pelican, but pitched jigs with 4-inch Berkley Ripple Shads (smelt or black/gold) on 1/4th ounce jigs Cody pours himself. They targeted pockets in the weeds in 4 to 5 feet of water, and steadily retrieved the lures, working them like crankbaits instead of jigs. On day two in the wind, with the weeds pushed down due to surface current, they cast Rapala Eskos over the tops of the weds. Cody said, “We stayed away from the boat traffic, and fished about six spots. If more boats showed up, we moved.”

The third place team of Jay Hagen and Jon Becker from Devils Lake also succeeded with artificial lures. They fished jigs in the “Doc Hagen’s area” for a nice fish, but quickly moved to main lake structure in 20 to 30 feet. “We snapped # 9 Jigging Rapalas (UV green) from one to two feet off bottom and slowly covered areas where we spotted fish.” They caught their biggest fish this way, and also ran spinners behind bottom bouncers baited with Berkley Gulp 3-inch minnows. Day two resulted in two 7-pounders deep, but with a short time remaining, they ran to the trees across from Graham’s Island tournament headquarters and finished their limit of 17-inchers. “The right bites make the difference,” Hagen said.

Tournament director Johnnie Candle, also a Devils Lake guide and World Walleye Champion said, “Anglers crossing the stage wore big smiles because they were catching 50 or more walleyes each day. People like fishing here. Next year will be the 40 annual Chamber tournament, and this lake is never the same year after year. I fully expect 150 teams to enter in 2016.”

Devils Lake is where fishermen go to catch fish. Guides, bait shops, tournament anglers and folks at the cleaning stations located around the lake will share what’s working and where. Or, call the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Division at 800-233-8048. The website for complete tournament results and special award winners, resort, motel and casino accommodations, fishing reports, ramp locations, a lake map, plus regional activities for all ages and all interests is devilslakend.com.

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Final results are in for the 39th annual Chamber Walleye Tournament

Posted: June 28, 2015

The final results have been tallied for the 39th Annual Chamber Walleye Tournament. Click here for results.

For all tournament information click here.

 

Thank you to all those that fished the tournament, volunteered their time to help out at the tournament and to those that came to watch the weigh-ins!

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Livefeed for the 39th Annual Walleye Tournament

Posted: June 26, 2015

Here is the link for the live feed.

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Record Payout for 39th Running of the Devils Lake Chamber Tournament

Posted: June 24, 2015

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The June 26-28 Devils Lake, ND Chamber Walleye Tournament offers anglers a little bit of everything and lots of walleyes. “These people know how to throw a party, and it’s all about fishing,” said tournament director Johnnie Candle, a respected Devils Lake guide and World Walleye Champion.

Based on the early interest and entries, this could very well be the biggest Chamber Tournament in its 39 year history. This will be the largest payout, also, with more than $61,000 in cash and prizes ($15,000 more than last year). First place is a guaranteed $5,000 sponsored by Devils Lake Tourism. Entry information is located at devilslakend.com.

Candle said, “This will be a very good year to sign-up. Walleye year-classes and numbers seem to be at an all-time high, and fishermen can catch them the way they like. Slip-bobbering is a favorite, but trolling and casting jigs or crankbaits also produce fish. The best thing about Devils Lake is that late June is traditionally the best bite of the year. They’re hungry and can be found anywhere.”

The “Something for Everyone” concept applies, with more opportunities for teams to win. Prize categories include:

Cabela’s Jackets: The first 120 teams entered win special Cabela’s tournament jackets.

Scheel’s and Farmer’s Union Oil Big Walleye Each Day: $500.

Scheel’s Biggest Walleye of Tournament: $500 in gift cards.

ND Telephone Co. and Horizon Financial Bank Big Pike Each Day: $250.

Old Main St. Café, Mr. & Mrs. J’s, and LaMotte’s Paint & Glass Big White Bass Each Day: $100.

Blake’s Marine & Gerrells Sports Big Perch Each Day: $100.

Pooh’s Taxidermy will mount the largest walleye and pike of the tournament.

Klemetsrud’s Plumbing & Heating Big Walleye Basket: $250

State Farm Insurance/Kevin Vistad Top-Placing Mixed Couple: $100.

Sleep Inn & Suites Sleeper Award: Biggest move up in the standings from day one to day two: 4 free room nights.

Pete’s Bait Shop Petered-Out Award: Largest weight differential – backwards – from day one to day two (20 pounds on day one; 6 pounds on day two = -14 pounds): $250.

Proz End of the Line Award: Lowest total weight (must weigh fish): $200.

Real Estate 7 – 7th Place Award: $100.

Creative Impressions Winner’s Jackets: To the Top Walleye Team.

Other prizes given away from Berkeley, Auggie Stix and Hilton Garden Inn/Home2 of Fargo.

Radio Works Live Weigh-In Streaming (www.lrradioworks.com): Fans can listen to the exciting “play-by-play” and follow their friends as they cross the stage — on radio and internet. The best seat in the house is at Graham’s Island State Park at 3 p.m. when the stage show and weigh-in begin each day.

Rilos & MiMi Youth Fishing Clinic: Following Saturday’s weigh-in at the stage.

Day 2 Optional Northern Pike Shootout: Teams enter for $50 and weigh two pike (day two only). 100 percent of entry fees are paid out with 50 percent to first; 35 percent to second and 15 percent to third. Last year half the field signed up and the winners earned $975.

Reel Fun Days with a street dance occurs Saturday in downtown Devils Lake with music by the band Blue English starting at 9:00 pm. Retailers will have street sales throughout the day. Food vendors set up downtown, bounce houses and games for kids.

The entire Devils Lake region is geared to accommodate fishermen and their families with numerous resorts, motels, a casino and the most-visited state park right on the lakeshore. Fishing guides, lake conditions, fishing reports, ramp locations, a lake map, fish-cleaning stations, tournament entries and news, plus area-wide activities are featured on devilslakend.com, an information-packed website.

Entry fee is $275 and you can download the application at devislakend.com or call the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-233-8048.

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City of Devils Lake Awarded $361,728 from ND Industrial Commission for Shore Fishing Project

Posted: June 17, 2015

Devils Lake, ND – The City of Devils Lake has been awarded $361,728 from the ND Industrial Commission through the Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant Program for fishing access improvements for elderly and physically impaired anglers. The funds will go towards installation of access ramps and stairs to fishing piers while enhancing existing facilities and creating new fishing access points.

Mike Grafsgaard, City of Devils Lake Engineer; Suzie Kenner, Director of Tourism for the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce; and Terry Wallace, Director for the Devils Lake Park Board presented to the Outdoor Heritage Fund on June 3rd.

“The City of Devils Lake and local sponsors have understood the need for accessible fishing locations for some time.  Funding through the Heritage Fund and strong support from the Devils Lake City Commission will now make it possible”.  Kenner stated. “I am excited for this project on Devils Lake. It will give many fishing opportunities to those that may not have been able to fish before.”

Dick Johnson, the Mayor of Devils Lake stated, “We are excited to support this much needed project on Devils Lake. We’ve fought the fight on flooding for many years and now that we have flood protection in place to protect the city it’s nice to improve upon our shoreline to provide shore fishing access to those that need it.”

Devils Lake’s shoreline is mostly rip-rap (large boulders) that makes it very difficult to access the shoreline with your gear to fish. This project will provide access for elderly and physically challenged anglers, who love to fish and enjoy the outdoors, but have limited access to the water due to the rip-rap and steep banks.  Challenges of the project include wave action, lake level fluctuations and winter ice.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $610,765. Kenner stated, “The community has really stepped up and gotten behind this project and we cannot thank them enough. Without their help and support we wouldn’t have been able to get the funding through the Outdoor Heritage Fund and find some options to improve our shoreline fishing.” In addition to the $361,728 provided by the Heritage Fund is funding from local sponsors:

City of Devils Lake…………………………………..up to $100,000
City of Devils Lake……………………….. In-kind work up to 60,000
ND Game and Fish…………………………………………….45,000
Lake Region Anglers Association……………………………….10,000
Devils Lake Chamber – Tourism Division………………………… 5,000
Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board…………………… 5,000
Devils Lake Access Committee…………………………………. 1,000
Lake Region Sportsmen…………………………………………..500
VFW Post 756…………………………………………………..500
Ramsey County Water Board…………………………………….. Land

The three locations that will receive ramps, stairs and pier access will be Channel A, Henegar Landing and the East Ditch Recreation Area. You will be able to find complete details of the project, along with project updates at www.devilslakend.com under the tourism tab.

The plan is for the City of Devils Lake to lead this project with engineering and administration and the Devils Lake Access Committee will manage the facilities and take care of maintenance when the project is complete. Parking will be marked accordingly and signage will be placed at all three locations. As of now, the plan is to sign the piers for use priority, with those that are mobility impaired and elderly having top priority for use of the piers.

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Devils Lake Tourism and TrainND Northeast Sponsor Catching Service Excellence Customer Service Training

Posted: June 9, 2015

Devils Lake, ND – Devils Lake Tourism has teamed up with TrainND Northeast from Lake Region State College to sponsor, Catching Service Excellence.

Catching Service Excellence is a customized, online customer service training that takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on the learner.

“Everyone knows excellent customer service is critical for a business to succeed. It is vital for Devils Lake to be known as customer friendly. The businesses in Devils Lake, and all North Dakota, have a shortage of skilled workers and a high turnover rate.” said Suzie Kenner, director of Devils Lake Tourism. “We are all in the same boat – doing more with less staff!”

Kenner continues, “We know it’s hard to send all of your staff to a training out of the business, even if it’s only for a few hours. Plus, with the high turnover rate, business owners are hesitant to train someone who might quit the next day. That is why we teamed up with TrainND Northeast to provide effective, on-demand training that is available to everyone.”

What you’ll learn:
1. Who is your competition
2. How to make a good first impression
3. Building customer rapport
4. How to handle an upset customer
5. What is there to see and do in Devils Lake?

For participating, businesses could win $200 in Devils Lake Chamber credit. Drawings are quarterly. Participants will be receive a certificate of completion at the end of training.

“Our hope is that businesses will use this tool to train their existing staff, and then utilize the video on the start date of an employee. Once their paperwork has been completed and before they hit one-on-one training in their new position, we hope that the businesses will take the short amount of time that’s needed to have their staff sit down and watch this interactive video to become more aware of what Devils Lake has to offer as well as training on customer service techniques” stated Kenner.

To access the training, go to www.devilslakend.com and click on the Tourism tab or click here.

 

Catch it all in Devils Lake!

For more information call Suzie Kenner.
Suzie Kenner can be reached at suzie@devilslakend.com or 701.662.4903 for questions or comments.

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“Right Time; Right Place!” That’s What the Experts Say about Devils Lake Fishing

Posted: June 1, 2015

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In fishing, timing is everything. That’s why those who know Devils Lake best – long-time fishing guides – say late June is the best time to catch the lake’s favorite species, walleyes.

“It’s the right time and the right place to be,” said Johnnie Candle, world walleye champion, fishing educator and Devils Lake guide. He also emcees the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce walleye tournament set for June 26-28. “Late June is considered THE time to be on Devils Lake,” he continued.

TV host and head of one of the largest guide services on this north-central North Dakota lake, Jason Mitchell, coined a word for fishing the 39th annual Devils Lake tournament, saying, “This is really one of the ‘funnest’ times to fish Devils Lake.” His guides and their clients locate numbers and quality walleyes over deep rocks, flooded timber, shallow weeds and a variety of locations during this period.

Half of the winning team last year, Rick Darling said, “This is the one we most look forward to fishing. The camaraderie, meeting old friends and making new friends is what it’s all about,” he said. With $61,000 in cash and prizes, and a host of special prizes including big fish for walleye, pike, perch and white bass, plus a northern pike optional shootout on day two, many anglers of all ages and all skill levels have been making plans.

“There is still time and space for teams to enter, and this year’s event is special with the highest Chamber tournament payout in history,” said Suzie Kenner, tournament coordinator. Entry information is at devilslakend.com, at many businesses and the chamber office, or call 701-662-4903.

Mitchell said, “What is really cool is that no matter how you like to fish, you can find a good pattern that fits what you like to do.” He is so busy guiding that he cannot break away to compete, but offered this advice, “If I were to fish it, I would target shallow weed beds or possibly flooded timber in less than six feet of water.” He would cast Berkley Ripple shads, Impulse paddle tails or Kalin’s Sizmic shads (all plastic on jigs) or Salmo 8F crankbaits in perch pattern and shallow Shad Raps in sizes seven and eight.

Candle echoed the shallow water target area, and said, “Walleyes will still be in shallow water, and casting for these fish is the rule.” His favorite presentations are Flicker Shads in sizes five and seven. He also mixes up casting crankbaits or jigs tipped with Berkley Ripple Shads. Way down his list for late-June is live bait below slip bobbers. With a knowing touch of humor, he said, “If the wind blows, fish the gravel shorelines where the waves are rolling in.”

A Devils Lake guide who always seems to be on the move to locate walleyes, Jason Feldner said, “Be mobile. Keep rotating through spots until the big walleyes show themselves. I would fish shallow weeds with slip bobbers and cast jigs and cranks all day.”

Candle, who has hundreds of walleye tournaments under his belt, including the World Walleye Championship title, said, “The only way you can win is by entering.” He also knows that one of the best ways to learn a lake and test your skills is in a tournament. The Devils Lake event runs Friday and Saturday, June 26-27 (with the option of fishing Sunday in case of bad weather), with a special dinner at the Thursday rules meeting.

The launch and weigh-in take place at Graham’s Island State Park, with a youth fishing program after Saturday’s weigh-in where 50 rods and reels will be given away. The downtown business community also participates with their Reel Fun Days and a Saturday street dance.

The tournament stage-show each day will be live-streamed at www.lrradioworks.com. Fans and families not at Graham’s Island will be able to tune in and listen to the fun from anywhere in the world.

Devils Lake is the place fishermen go to catch fish. When they can claim bragging rights by doing well in the Chamber Walleye Tournament only adds to the excitement of the fishing trip. Tournament entry and updates can be found at devilslakend.com, or by calling 701-662-4903. This is also the website for resort, motel and casino accommodations, fishing reports, ramp locations, a lake map, plus regional activities for all ages and all interests.

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Photo Competition at the Lake Region Heritage Center

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Do you love summer in Devils Lake? The Lake Region Heritage Center does and they want you to share your favorite summer moments! The LRHC and Devils Lake Tourism will be hosting a photo competition throughout the summer. The Lake Region is full of life during the summer and we want to put together an art exhibit that captures that life. What better way to do that than to have the people who are enjoying all the area has to offer submit photos? Submit photos of what you love about summer in Devils Lake and you could get a chance for your photo to be featured in a special exhibit at the museum.

How does it work? Follow the Lake Region Heritage Center or twitter (@heritagemuseum) or Instagram (@lakeregionheritage). Take a photo and upload it to your Twitter or Instagram with the #SummerDVL. Submissions will be accepted from May 18th through August 22nd with fifteen winners to be chosen for exhibition on canvas. The 2015 Summer in Devils Lake Exhibit will be on display this September at the Lake Region Heritage Center. For more information about rules or submitting photos visit www.lrhcmuseum.com.

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