Archive of Fishing reports

January2016

Steady is the Word!

Posted: January 28, 2016

Perch and walleye’s are being caught consistently on Devils Lake, with some days having a bite that is fast and furious while other days the bite is more steady and consistent. You never really know when or where that furious bite may occur, so we stay persistent and positive and usually good things happen!!

Best depths to fish are about 12 to 25 foot range. Seems you like our best lures are: Buckshots, Hali’s, Slender spoons, and a bobber with a hook and minnow set-up.

Ice conditions are good just remember to use caution around the bridges and near pressure ranges. Good luck to everyone participating in Ice-fishing tournament this weekend!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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January 24th!

Posted: January 24, 2016

Hello anglers!

Looks like the next few days are going to bring us some of the warmest weather that we’ve seen this season. The barometric pressure is hovering around 30.00 in and slightly climbing. Look for these fish to be on a lighter bite. Walleyes and perch may move to deeper water with the pressure rising. With the cloud cover we will see the next few days, fishing with a brighter or a flashy lure might help attract fish. Anglers are still having success using buckshots, puppet minnows/jigging raps, and tungsten jigs. Lures are being tipped with minnow heads, wax worms, or spikes. Don’t be afraid to use 2 or 3 wax worms at a time when using these smaller baits. Changing presentation is key when dealing with tough fish. Try to downsize or use a dangle chain if you are marking without receiving a bite.

Ice Conditions:

We are seeing an average of 14 inches of ice on most parts of the lake. We have also found up to 20 inches in areas of Creel, Walford, and Budweiser. As low at 8 inches have been reported in areas of the Flats. Slush pockets remain scattered throughout the lake system. We still have a pressure ridge at the mouth of Creel running from Rocky Point towards Military Point. Lake Irvine and Alice have an average of 16 inches of ice throughout.

Be Safe! Stay Warm! Have Fun!

-David

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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January 21st Report!

Posted: January 21, 2016

Good Afternoon Everyone from beautiful Devils Lake North Dakota!

Things are going good as far as ice fishing and ice conditions are going. The current report on ice conditions is that people are starting to drive half ton pickups on certain parts of the lake. Lake Irvine and Lake Alice has anywhere from 14-18” of ice with some spots pushing 20”. There are a few slush pockets in that area so keep an eye out for them. Creel Bay has around 16” of ice on it. And the rest of the basin is getting close to a 12” average. There are a few spotty spots with some thinner ice, the Minnewaukan Flats has been reported to have a little ice as 8-10” in certain areas, so be sure to use extreme caution when venturing out to new areas that you haven’t been to yet.

The fishing has been good. Walleyes have been going good between the first couple of hours in the morning as well as the last few hours before dark. The perch have been active throughout the day and we are seeing nice bunches of perch being caught throughout the whole Devils Lake Basin.

The typical jigging spoons such as Northland Buckshots, Clam Blade Spoons, or Custom Jigs and Spins Slender Spoons tipped with a minnow head has been a good combo to use. If you are getting follows but no reaction bites trying changing to different colors and if that isn’t working don’t be afraid to downsize lures to a smaller presentation.

Good luck to those that will be fishing this weekend as it looks like a nice warm weekend to spend on the ice. Don’t forget to share you catches on our Visit Devils Lake North Dakota Facebook page!

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Ice is Getting Better!

Posted: January 15, 2016

As we continue to get colder, ice conditions continue to improve on Devils Lake! There are still some areas where the ice is “spotty”,so please make sure to get out and check areas frequently that you have not been on yet!

As for fishing…Steady is the word. There have been some solid catches of both walleye and perch coming in. We have caught walleyes in the shallows and we are also starting to see some out deeper as well (12-25ft). Perch have been caught in 10-35 ft, with the most consistent bite bring in the 17-30 ft depths. As always, persistence, moving, and searching are the keys to continually catching perch.

Best lures: Hali’s, smaller buck shots, slender spoons, and a bobber w minnow set-up.

All and all life is pretty good in Devils Lake these days, good luck!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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January 11th Report!

Posted: January 11, 2016

The fishing has been good on Devils Lake. We are seeing ice conditions anywhere from 7-11 inches throughout most of the lake. There are still some spots that have a spotty 4 inches so be very cautious when venturing out on the ice.
The bite has been good, lots of people are finding perch throughout the lake. The walleye fishing has been pretty consistent. Some are finding walleyes shallow while others are finding them in 25-35 feet of water. Find good structure or hard contour lines and start drilling! The best methods have been using various types of jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head. The colors vary from day to day but orange, pink, and red have been working fairly consistent. With this cold front over the weekend the walleyes were preferring a slowed down cadence while jigging. Keep trying different colors until you find the one that produces a reaction from the fish.
A tactic to give a try is drill your holes for your house to setup a nice warm base camp. Then drill a circle around your house and hole hop around until you find which hole is producing the most fish and then move your house to that particular spot! Good luck to everyone fishing this week, don’t forget to share your photos on the Visit, Devils Lake North Dakota Facebook page!

1-11-16 Reduced

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Lake Alice Map

Posted: January 8, 2016

New this year is the opening of Lake Alice to public ice fishing. Please see the following picture on Lake Alice to find out how to access the ice and where to park.

Lake Alice Access Map

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January 1st Report!

Posted: January 1, 2016

Happy New Year to everyone!

Ice conditions have remained about the same as previously reported. The next few days are going to bring us temps around 30 degrees. Use of full size vehicles is still not advised anywhere on the lake. People are primarily using ATVs, side-by-sides, snobears, and snowmobiles to navigate the ice.

Ice Conditions

Irvine: 8-10 inches

Pelican: 8-10 inches

Minnewaukan Flats: 8-11 inches

North End of 6 Mile Bay: 10 inches

Creel bay: 6-11 inches

Slush still remains on various parts of the lake. Track machines in these areas are best for getting around.

Perch are starting to become more active in the last few days. Walleyes and Pike have still been biting in shallower areas (7-20 feet). Buckshots have been the hot lure as of late. 1/16 oz in size and green, orange, and pink colors. Minnow heads and wax worms are being used to tip these lures.

We are still moving houses onto the lake and moving houses into new areas. The ice crew is working hard getting these houses set up on fish and were looking forward to see some nice fish pulled out of our houses!

Have a great start to the new year and be safe out there!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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