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Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament Celebrates 40th Season June 24-25

Posted: May 22, 2016

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The 40th annual Devils Lake Chamber walleye tournament June 24-25, has over $60,000 in prizes up for grabs.  The North Dakota 2-person team event is a first-class affair for anglers with a $5,000 guaranteed first place cash prize and more than 10 times that in other special cash and merchandise awards.  Space for this popular tournament is still open; teams should register soon at devilslakend.com.

Last year’s walleye winners with 48 pounds were Travis and Mike Kaderlik.  The father-son team from Mankato (dad Mike), MN and Bismarck (son Travis), landed about 200 walleyes, but didn’t keep any unless they measured at least 22 inches.  They cast Rattlin’ Raps and Jointed Rapalas in 2 to 10 feet of water over and through weeds in the Pelican Lake section of Devils Lake.

Devils Lake walleye chasers love the lake because they can usually catch fish with their favorite tactics.  Casting crankbaits like the Kaderliks did is very productive near shorelines and weedbeds.  Anglers also jig with live bait or the many excellent plastic “minnows.”  Trolling from shallow to deep water is very popular, as is bottom-bouncing and Lindy rigging.  One of the Devils Lake techniques that always seems to put fish in the livewell is slip-bobbering with leeches in and around flooded timber.

PrintThe weigh-in ceremonies hosted by tournament director, Devils Lake guide and world champion walleye angler Johnnie Candle will be streamed live from Graham’s Island State Park.  All team members receive a Cabela’s jacket, and are eligible for daily big fish prizes. New this year is Ranger Cup status.  Only the top tournaments nationwide qualify.  Registered Ranger boat owners are eligible for cash depending on their finish.

The biggest daily walleye is worth $500.   The largest perch each day is worth $100.  The largest white bass pays $100.  The largest daily pike is worth $250. The northern pike final day tournament is optional for those out of “walleye” contention after day one. Cory Anderson and Ken Remmen won the shootout with 16.3 pounds last year.  Suzie Kenner, executive director of the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “No matter where people are from, they keep talking about all the pike they catch.  The adults like catching pike ( a 52-inch trophy was caught this spring), but the kids smile all the way home to Wisconsin or Iowa and tell all their friends about the BIG fish they caught on Devils Lake.”

As an incentive, if both team members are under 21, the entry fee is $235, compared to the normal $275 fee.

A kid’s fishing clinic is set after Saturday’s weigh-in at Graham’s Island State Park with 50 rods and reels to be given away.  The latest fishing and tournament details can be found at devilslakend.com.  The website features a list of fishing guides, lake, ramps, fish-cleaning stations and fishing conditions, events, resorts, lodging and restaurant news plus a helpful map.  At the tournament, shoot pictures for the Coolest Cooler Giveaway contest, with details at the website.  For tournament questions or tourism information, call 701-662-4903.

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2016 Summer Outdoor Movie Series Set

Posted: May 17, 2016

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Devils Lake, ND – The Devils Lake Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (Devils Lake CVB) has announced their 2016 summer outdoor movie schedule. The movies will take place as night falls in Roosevelt Park. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and whatever else they need to be comfortable watching the movie. A small set of bleachers will also be available.

The first movie, Madagascar (2005, PG), will play on Thursday, July 7, on an inflatable screen – a respectable 16 by 9 feet. The Devils Lake CVB has partnered for this movie with Lake Region State College. The movie will play at dusk, usually around 9:45 pm. Before the movie, come out the park and enjoy fun giveaways, meet Louie the mascot as well as athletes from Lake Region.

The second movie, Home (2015, PG), will play on Friday, August 5, at dusk, usually around 9:30 pm. Partnering with the Devils Lake Park Board, they will have many other activities throughout the evening, including a campfire and games. Your own tent and sleeping gear is needed. The camp out is for ages 10 and under and must be supervised by an adult, but the movie at 9:30 pm is open to the public for all ages.

Suzie Kenner, Executive Director of the Devils Lake CVB recently stated, “We are very excited to bring back the outdoor movie series for the third summer. It has been going very well and we’ve had quite a few in attendance. We are expecting even bigger turnouts this summer. It’s a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors. The outdoor movie series should provide great entertainment throughout the summer and we are very pleased to have great sponsors to help us provide food and entertainment before and during the movies.”

Roosevelt Park is located on the corner of US Highway 2 and Highway 19, and the movies will play under the band shelter. In case of inclement weather, an alternate date will be provided at a later time. If it rains earlier in the day and if it’s not raining at 8:00 pm, then come on out for the fun. Bring plastic for under your blankets.

Please note: All times are approximate and movie will start as soon as the light fades enough for the movie.

For more information, please visit our website at www.devilslakend.com or call the Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau at 701-662-4957.

For more information on the Devils Lake Area Convention & Visitors Bureau visit http://www.devilslakend.com.

Catch it all in Devils Lake!

Devils Lake Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, PO Box 879, Devils Lake, ND 58301. Suzie Kenner can be reached at suzie@devilslakend.com or 701.662.4957 for questions or comments.

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