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August2016

Walleyes and MWC Fishing

Posted: August 23, 2016

The walleye fishing has been good this last week! We just recently held the MWC Walleye Tournament on Devils Lake on August 19th and 20th. Congratulations to Troy Morris and Cory Heiser on winning the tournament with a 44lb 2 day bag! It was awesome to see the amount and size of fish these anglers could produce. All of the fish that were cleaned will be used for our 11th Annual Community Fish Fry and Corn Feed that will be taking place on Thursday, August 25th from 4pm til gone at the Bill Jerome Arena in town. Please stop on by if you are in town that day!

As far as the fishing, we are starting to notice a little bit of a transition of walleyes from shallow structure to a little bit deeper. We found walleyes this last week from 22-40ft of water. We had really good luck using 1 ½ oz bottom bouncers while fishing in less than 30ft of water and using 2 oz bottom bouncers when fishing in deeper than 30ft of water. We focused on sunken roads and submerged rock piles. It seemed the fish were hanging in the road ditches vs the top of the roads so we would make passes along the road ditches where the shoulder dropped off and found most of our fish there. As far as spinners go, there was no rhyme or reason to what color they preferred; it seemed once you found the fish you could throw out any colored spinner and get bites. Some colors did produce a little more aggressive bites but those colors varied every day so don’t be afraid to throw different colors at them. The Berkley Gulp! Still seemed to be hot bait again, try using white minnow grubs and minnows/chartreuse minnow grubs and minnows/or pumpkinseed minnow grubs or worms.

With fall right around the corner we have noticed the vertical jigging bite has also picked up to. Focus on the sunken rock piles and submerged structure as well as the many bridges around Devils Lake.  Don’t forget to share your photos of your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook page! We would love to share pictures of what you are catching.

Good luck to everyone that is venturing out on the water!

8-17-16

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East Bay Landing Docks

Posted: August 11, 2016

The East Bay Boat Dock is unusable this morning due to the high winds in the storm overnight. We hope to have the dock back in and usable later today!

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Walleyes and More!

Posted: August 5, 2016

Devils Lake fishing has been good this last week. The walleye fishing has been going well; many people are still catching their limits of walleyes trolling bottom bouncers. The beauty of trolling this time of year is that when you find a pocket of fish you can have a hay-day catching lots of walleyes. For trolling right now, try using 1 ¼ oz or 1 ½ oz bottom bouncer when fishing in 20 feet or less and use a 1 ½ oz or 2 oz bottom bouncer when fishing deeper than 20 feet. Spinner blade colors have been a day by day thing, try using firetiger, red & white, white & silver, and hammered gold as these seem to be a safe bet for walleye fishing on Devils Lake. Tip your spinner with either a worm or plastic like Berkley Gulp!  When looking for a location to troll focus on break lines this time of year, it seems the fish are transitioning off break lines of old lake shoreline. Set your trolling speed between 1-1.3mph and start your trolling path, I would start shallow and work my way out to deeper water to see where the fish are holding up. As stated in previous reports, once you catch a walleye make sure to mark that waypoint and turn right back over it. If there is any bit of wind try and fish the wind-blown side of the shore as this is where the bait fish will be holding up at. Some areas of the lake to try are: Doc Hagens, Six Mile Bay, Golden Highway, and Pelican Lake (Pelican might be a little bit slower fishing wise but will produce good size fish when you do catch them).

The neat thing about Devils Lake this time of the year with trolling is that you just never know what you might catch: Walleyes, White Bass, Pike, Perch and even Crappie like this dandy that was caught trolling this week! Don’t forget to share pictures of your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page!!

Good luck to everyone that will be hitting the water this weekend!

Suzie Crappie Selfie 8-2-16

 

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