Archive of Fishing reportsMay2016
The 2 W’s of Spring…….Walleyes and Warm Weather
Posted: May 24, 2016
This past week has been good for walleye fishing. The water temps are starting to pick up and some of the back-bay areas have reached 60-64 degrees. Look to target these areas in the late morning/afternoon. Anglers have been having luck pitching jigs and plastics in these areas. Try to find areas with any kind of weed structure that will hold fish. Don’t be afraid to throw a slip bobber out with a leech once you find a walleye or two in an area. It seems the slower presentation of a leech and bobber works best after our windier days or after the temps have dropped. Try using just a plain hook or a very small jig underneath the slip bobber.
Vertical Jigging and slip bobbering the shorelines and rip-rap along the bridges has worked well in the evenings too. Look to target that 24-30ft of water early on and as the sun sets move in closer to shore as the walleyes are coming in to feed. Blade baits like jigging raps have been working well in these areas as well.
If you are looking to come try your luck at pike, throw on a crank bait or a jig with any kind of paddle tail and just start pitching almost any shoreline. Make sure to tie yourself up a leader as these pike are very aggressive and nothing short of fun to catch!
As the weather turns into a summer pattern look for the walleyes to become more active throughout the whole day.
Don’t forget to check out our Coolest Cooler Promotion that will be going on from May 1st- June 25th. Click here to find out the details on the giveaway!
Good luck to all the anglers that will be out over this coming Memorial Day weekend. Don’t forget to share photos of your catch using #devilslakend
Devils Lake Action
Posted: May 19, 2016
Shallow is the word on Devils Lake, ND!!
One constant with Devils Lake is change, seems the lake is either going up a few feet or down a few, depending on the year. Traditional “hot spots” might be located in different areas as the lake is down over three feet from last year. There are still plenty of places to catch them, but it is important to find the following:
-warm water, the warmer the better, we have water in the low to mid 50’s in places, with some areas in the low 60’s.
-the right color of water, if it is crystal clear you will have a difficult time catching fish as they tend to spoke from the boat easier.
-flooded catails, trees, rocks, etc. this looks much different from last year because many of the catails are out of the water. Without cover, you are not going to find the numbers of fish you want!
-fish the longest shallowest bays you can find, these are always the warmest!
Remember that shore fishing is often fantastic this time of year as well, try to fish the afternoons and evenings.
Pike are every cast in places, so make sure to bring leaders and some tape for your fingers!
Jig/ plastic combos have produced the best results!
Good luck to all!!
Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service
Shallow Water Bite Time!
Posted: May 11, 2016
The shallow water bite on Devils Lake is starting to heat up. Over the last weekend water temps were ranging from 50-60 degrees. The key right now is to find the shallow bays that are the warmest. Look for walleyes to become more active throughout the day as the sunlight has had a chance to warm the water up. Walleyes are being caught in 2-6 feet of water in these bays. A couple different presentations have deemed successful.
First off, try pitching small crank baits into the water like a #5 Shad Rap or a Flicker Shad. Colors have varied but a couple main stay colors that seem to work best are firetiger and blue.
Another successful tactic is to use 1/4oz jigs tipped with plastics (paddle tails or twister tails) into the shallows as well. White tails have seem to work the best on various colors of jig heads. The key with pitching jigs is to have a more controlled and slow retrieve. A good tip to keep in mind is tying yourself a heavier leader with mono or fluorocarbon, as you will find lots of pike mixed in with the walleyes in the shallow areas!
This 25” walleye was caught in 6 feet of water with a 1/4oz jig and white paddle tail presentation.
Good luck to all the anglers out there, our fish cleaning stations will be turned on in the next couple of weeks when temps aren’t dipping down close to freezing overnight. Our year-round fish cleaning station located next to Ed’s Bait Shop is open for you to clean your catch.
Don’t forget to check out our Coolest Cooler Promotion that will be going on from May 1st- June 25th.
May 2nd Report!
Posted: May 2, 2016
The warm days of summer are approaching very quickly! With the nice weather we’ve been experiencing lately, the fishing has picked up! By the looks of it, the spawn period is reaching its end and the fish are becoming more active. With most of the fish starting to come back from the northern portions of the lake system, look to target warm water temps. Fish are being caught in different depths on a variety of presentations. 6 mile bay and Pelican will be the best areas to target the next few days while the water temps continue to rise. Use extreme caution when traveling to/through Pelican. Don’t forget that we lost water since last year, so some areas can be dangerous. The Pelican landing is not and will not be in use this year. We have lost 4 feet off of our all time high. Since the end of last summer we have lost around 18 inches or so. The lake level is hovering around 1450 feet above sea level.
Walleyes have picked up the last few days after the cool weather passed. People are still finding success at bridges where the water is moving. Using a slip bobber/lindy rig set up with a leach or minnow has been catching walleyes in these locations, especially from shore. Moving a little deeper at the bridges and vertical jigging has put some anglers on bigger walleyes. A #9 jigging rap has been the lure of choice for most anglers that are using this technique. With the nice weather comes warmer water temps. Try to target shallow structure (submerged tree lines, rock piles, and old shore lines) with plastics and crankbaits. Smaller size jig heads (1/8 oz to 1/4 oz) on your plastic presentation will allow you to stay above weeds, preventing snags. If crankbaits are your preferred lure, look to use #7 and #9 countdowns or #5 Shad Raps. Countdowns are great crankbaits for this time of year when you are targeting new areas that start shallow and drop off. These countdowns allow you to sink your lure to the depth that you want it to run, perfect for hitting the edge of weed pockets or big submerged ledges. Try not to limit yourself to a single method of fishing when planning your adventure on the lake. We’ve seen these walleyes caught anywhere from 3 feet to 35 feet deep the last couple days.
The Pike have been pretty crazy over the weekend. We have found a lot of pike almost anywhere you go, mixed in with the walleyes. Pitching crankbaits or plastics have been the best presentations when targeting Pike as of late. Don’t let Pike discourage you if you’re looking for walleyes. These pike will be mixed in with the walleyes in a lot of areas. At this time of year, you will have catch your way through pike to find walleyes in these shallow areas, but catching fish to catch more fish isn’t a bad way to spend a day on the lake.
It is that time of year! Make sure you have the appropriate life preservers on board, enough tackle to get through the pike and walleyes, and enough fuel/snacks to spend a day on the lake! Come in and see us and we can get you set up with anything you need or help get you pointed in the right direction to get you on some fish. We have our rental boat fleet ready to rock! Our Marina also ready to go. We will be finishing the last of our docks this week. With the forecast calling for temps in the 80s, it would be the perfect time to get your summer fishing off to a nice start!
Be safe! Have fun! Take a kid fishing!
Courtesy of Woodland Resort.........................................................................................................................................................