Archive of Fishing reportsJuly2016
The Dog Days of Summer and Good Walleye Fishing
Posted: July 27, 2016
The dog days of summer may be here but that hasn’t slowed down the walleyes. The bite on Devils Lake has still been good. Many anglers are catching a lot of eater size fish in the last week.
The trolling bite has still be one of the most productive methods of fishing right now; focus on old shorelines like the structure that is found in the Doc Hagens area. Don’t overlook trolling other structure such as rock piles and sunken roads. Throw on a 1 ½ oz or 2 oz bottom bouncer with a spinner. A couple colors to try for a spinner blade are: red & white, gold, pink & white, and chartreuse. Tip your spinners with either live bait like worms or leeches or try artificial bait like Berkley Gulp! minnows or minnow grubs. It seems the best trolling speed has been between .9-1.2 mph. Once you get a bite or two turn right back on that spot and keep plugging away, it seems where there is one walleye, there is usually more. Another method that has been working lately on Devils Lake is trolling slow death rigs. If things are a little slow, don’t be afraid to try vertical jigging as many people are starting to find success jigging lately.
Good luck to everyone on the water and don’t forget to share photos of your catch on our Visit, Devils Lake North Dakota page.
Warm Weather and Good Fishin’
Posted: July 19, 2016
The weather has finally started to feel like a North Dakota Summer this week. It looks like the weather is going to shape up for a nice week to be on the water and the fishing has been good.
The trolling bite has still been going strong. It seems that most fish are starting to be caught in depths right around 20 feet, off old submerged shorelines. Try using a 1 1/2oz or 2oz bottom bouncer with a spinner to get down to the fish at these depths. Spinners tipped with products like Berkley Gulp! have been working well, if you happen to be out fishing after one of the major weather fronts that has come in don’t be afraid to mix things up and tip your spinner with live bait such as a worm or leech. Spinner colors have been all over the board but it seems a good go-to color on Devils Lake is red and white or hammered gold. If you have multiple people fishing, try throwing out a variety of colors to see what the fish are preferring that particular day.
Some areas to focus on are Doc Hagens, Six Mile Bay, Golden Highway, and Pelican Lake.
Slip bobbering has still been working and seems to be the go to ticket when a front hits and slows things down a little. Try slip bobbers along weed edges or even submerged structure like sunken rock piles. Good luck to everyone out on the water this week, make sure to stay cool with this heat wave coming in and make sure to share your pictures of your catch on our Visit, Devils Lake North Dakota Facebook Page.