Archive of Fishing reports

February2016

February 23rd

Posted: February 23, 2016

The fishing this last week has been good. Perch have been found in a wide variety of depths and locations. Look for perch to be out in mud flats cruising around; the key to staying on these perch is to drill a lot of holes and keep hopping around to stay on top of the school. A lot of perch have been found in 14-20 feet of water.

The walleye fishing has been good as well. Look for those shallower structure points early in the morning and evening time. Don’t be afraid to push out from the shallows as the sun starts to get higher in the sky. It seems that small rattling spoons have been the key to attracting the fish. If you are having trouble getting the fish to finish, drop down a small tungsten jig tipped with a waxworm. This tactic seemed to pay off well the last few days. It’s like a 1-2 punch; call them in with a rattle spoon and seal the deal with a tungsten jig.

The extended forecast looks like it could be a little on the warm side, make sure to keep an eye out for changing ice conditions as we get into March and start warming up a bit! Where we sit today we have around 18-20 inches of ice in most areas.  Make sure to use caution when venturing out as there are some spots that have less ice and good luck to everyone fishing!

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February 17th Report

Posted: February 17, 2016

Hello again everyone!

Looks like we are going to see another warm weekend. The wind is also supposed to blow around 30 mph on Friday, but it will dial back a little come Saturday. Walleyes and perch are both being caught at a moderate rate the last few days throughout the lake region. We are seeing ice in most areas at around 20 inches. Buckshots, jigging raps, and smaller tungsten jigs have still been the presentations of choice. Throughout the day many people switch between presentations trying to get these fish to bite. This can be and is a good approach to dialing in the fish, however sometimes it is best to fish with what you are most comfortable doing.

The 16th Annual Shiverfest is right around the corner! Starting Friday February 20th the party is to be kicked off at The Cove with “Portland Junction” playing at 8:00 pm (no cover charge). Saturday will be a busy day out here. At 9:00 am the Frozen Fanny 5k will start off the morning activities. This will be followed by a bunch of events. North Dakota Pond Hockey Tournament, Curling on ice, and Sleigh Rides will be all day events out here at Woodland Resort. Ackerman Acres will be hosting kite flying from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a Winter Wonderland Vendor Show at the Peterson Arena from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Youth Ice Fishing Tournament will be from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Vehicle parking for this will be on the South side of our Marina. From there it will be just a short walk onto the ice where the tournament is being held. The evening events will be capped off by a Fireworks Display and “Portland Junction” at 8:00 pm at The Cove. Sunday will be kicked off by the Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Benefit for Fishing has No Boundaries will start at 8:00 am at the KC Hall (downtown Devils Lake) and will run until 2:00 pm. We will have also have Day 2 of the North Dakota Pond Hockey Tournament out here at Woodland Resort. Curling on the Ice will be taking place all day at the resort as well. Ackerman Acres will be hosting Kite Flying from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a Gun Show at the City Plaza from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

We invite you out to our resort to enjoy the weekend events. This is a weekend where fun can be had by all. Bring the family out and enjoy the nice warm weather and do some fishing! If you would like more information about the Shiverfest weekend events please visit the www.devilslakend.com and if you would like more information on Fishing Has No Boundaries please visit http://www.fhnbinc.org.

Be Safe! Stay Warm! Have Fun!

-David

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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February 12th Report

Posted: February 12, 2016

Hello everyone!

Ice conditions are holding around 18-20 inches in most areas of the lake. We did get some snow within the last few days, but we are only seeing about 3-4 inches on top of the ice. Today is a little on the cold side, but we will be seeing some warmer temps coming the next few days. Perch and Walleyes are both being targeted in 15-40 foot of water. Every part of the lake fishes differently. Drill holes in all depths to find where the fish are schooling. Every day has been different.

Buckshots, tungstens, and jigging raps are still the favorite presentations being used on the lake when fishing for both perch and walleyes. Never hurts to have a dead stick in the water in hopes to keep the attention of schooling fish. Minnows heads and wax worms are still the bait being used to tip lures. Full minnows on a single hook work well for a dead stick under a bobber.

Pike are being caught on the west end of pelican and walfords bay. Tip Ups are being rigged with full minnows, smelt, or sardines. Large jigging raps and buckshots are good lure choices to use when targeting pike.

Stay Warm! Be Safe! Have fun!

-David

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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A Bit Up and Down

Posted: February 11, 2016

We have had an interesting week on the pond. Temps from 40 above to 10 below at night, some days windy, others pretty calm. With all this up and down weather, the bite has done the same for us. We are still catching a fair share of fish, but we are working a bit harder this week from others.

The weather is suppose to get more stable and look for the bite to get better and better!

Best bet for walleyes is early 7am-9, fishing 6-20 ft, there has also been an afternoon bite as well. For perch, we are getting the majority of them in the 24-30 ft range. The key is to find the big active schools, so make sure your auger is ready to go!

Good luck to all!!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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February 6th!

Posted: February 6, 2016

Good Morning Anglers!

Today is going to be another warm day but we are also going to see some high winds. Sunday will produce snow and high winds (40+mph). Ice is holding steady at 16+ inches in most areas. We are finding ice at 20 inches in areas outside of creel bay on the main part of the lake. There have been reports of many cracks and small ridges in 6 mile bay. With this storm coming we are watching the pressure fall. Look for fish to be slightly more aggressive during this time. Buckshots, jigging raps, and tungstens have been the preferred presentations being used to target both walleyes and perch. Gold and any glow UV have been the colors of choice as of late. Minnow heads and wax worms are being used to tip.

Do not be afraid to change presentations a few times throughout the day if you cannot get the fish to cooperate. When targeting either perch or walleyes, it is not uncommon to drill over 100 holes in a certain area within a day. When drilling holes at this capacity, try locating different structure types and depths to dial in the bite. Look for rock piles, old treelines/shorelines, mud flats, and contour points.

Be Safe! Stay Warm! Have Fun!

-David

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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February 1st!

Posted: February 1, 2016

Hello Everyone!

Another month of the ice season has passed. We have been experiencing some warm weather as of late causing most of the snow on the lake to melt. In Creel bay and most other main portions of the lake we are seeing ice around 16 inches on average, however we have found areas down to as low as 6 inches. One area that should be avoided is in front of the country club in Creel Bay. Our ice crew guys found thin ice around that area. Shorelines throughout the lake are starting to thin a little as well. In front of the retreat center (Creel Bay) we have found around 10 inches. Lake Irvine and the other north lakes have large amounts of slush covering the ice. Slush pockets have been reported as deep as 2 feet.

Walleyes have been targeted in the 15-25 foot zone lately. Buckshots, Puppet minnow/Jigging raps, and small tungsten jigs presentations have had the most success. Tipping your lures with a minnow head or wax worm seems to work best.

Perch are being found 18-30 feet of water in parts of the lake. Perch have been reported as being caught up to 45 feet deep as well. Buckshots, Hali’s, and small tungsten jigs are the favorite option when targeting perch. Minnow heads, wax worms, and spikes are all being used to tip lures.

Northern Pike are still being caught in shallower water. Don’t be surprised to pick one up 20-30 feet deep. Pike can be caught on big aggressive presentations as well as smaller set ups. Success with Tip-ups are coming from using smelt or full minnows on larger treble hooks, single hooks, or some type of predator rig with spinners. Jigging Raps or “Live Targets” can be used to create some noise in these shallow waters to attract pike.

Everyday is different out here on the lake. Don’t be afraid to drills holes and change presentation when the fishing gets tough. Making the right adjustments can be the difference between slow day and a wild day.

Be Safe! Have Fun!

-David

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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