Archive of Fishing reportsJanuary2017
Warm Weather Brings Better Access
Posted: January 25, 2017
This last week has brought some much needed warmer weather. We are currently sitting with around 20 inches of ice on Devils Lake. The warmer weather and January rain has helped bring down the snow a little out on the ice; this has made for a little better traveling conditions. Right now it is still best to utilize snowmobiles, tracked atv/utvs and snow-bears. Atvs with chains and pickups are getting around in some areas but there are still some areas with good snow drifts.
The Perch fishing has remained good, keeping mobile in these conditions has brought the best luck to anglers. Focus on the basin areas in deeper water for perch or fish in the submerged trees. With the very light bite we have been experiencing, it is best to have an ultra-light rod and small blade baits, Genz worms, or tungsten jigs. The same goes for walleyes: Northland Buck Shots, Kastmaster baits, and Clam Blade Spoons are just a few of the lures that have been working. When looking for walleyes focus on the early morning bite and late afternoon/early evening bite. One benefit to having the snow cover on the lake is that it seems the walleyes are biting a little bit later into the morning with less light getting through to the water.
All of our access points have been cleared out as of today. The north end of Six Mile Bay has been producing a fair amount of fish and there is now an access point cleared out right off of 51st St on the East side of Six Mile Bay. Take Highway 2 West of Devils Lake to find this access point.
It looks like a beautiful weekend for the upcoming 33rd Annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Tournament. Good luck to everyone fishing the tournament this weekend, don’t forget to share your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page and also use #devilslakend..........................................................................................................................................................
Ringing in the New Year
Posted: January 6, 2017
This week has brought more snow into the DL Basin! We are recommending tracked vehicles(atvs, utvs, or sno-bears) or snowmobiles to get around right now. We are sitting with around 10-18 inches of ice in most areas of the lake. All of our access points have been cleared off and are ready to go for the weekend as of today!
There have been good reports of fish being caught. Pike and walleye are being caught in the shallower structure areas. Focus on finding those sunken rock piles, old shoreline breaks and submerged trees for the walleyes. The key with the walleyes are the first few hours after sunrise and the last few hours before sunset. Rattling spoons like Northland Buckshots and Clam Blade Spoons have been working. Try using a 1/4oz jig size and if you start marking fish but can’t get them to bite, try using a smaller jig in 1/8oz. Tipping these jigs with either a minnow head and/or a wax worm. Some colors that have been working are orange & white, pink, blue & white, and fire tiger. Don’t be afraid to mix up the colors if you don’t get much reaction form the stated colors.
As the sun starts rising for the day focus on moving out deeper for the jumbo perch, as these guys are basin roamers. Drill, drill, drill seems to be the word of choice right now for getting on the perch. Downsize to small tungsten jigs or jigging spoons for the perch, wax worms and minnow heads have been working for perch just like the walleyes.
A tip for those fishing in portable houses this weekend, with the amount of snow on the ice right now there will eventually be water showing up in your house. To minimize this from happening I suggest you leave all the snow in your portable house fishing area versus shoveling it out. This method seemed to give me a few extra hours of “dry” boots while fishing this last weekend!
Don’t forget to post your catch this winter on our Visit, Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.