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May2017

The Shallow Water Bite Is On

Posted: May 19, 2017

Things are starting to warm up here in Devils Lake. This last week has brought us a few different fronts that have come through but the fishing has remained steady. We are seeing water temps in the mid 50’s range with some reports of people finding pockets of 60 degrees. Right now the key to finding walleyes is shallow water (in that 2-6 feet of water range). The warmer the water you find, the more likely you will find active fish.

There are a couple presentations that are working on Devils Lake right now. The first presentation is the pitching/casting presentation. Jigs tipped with paddle-tails and twister tails are working well, also casting Rapala’ s and Salmo Hornets are working well right now in the shallows. The key with pitching jigs is to have a more controlled and slow retrieve.  The other presentation that is working is live bait-rigging. Try using slip-bobbers or a lindy rig setup tipped with a leech. With the cooler air and water temps it seems the live-bait rigs have been working better and once the water has warmed up for the day it seems the pitching methods start to turn on.

Some areas to key in on this time of the year are 6 Mile Bay, Pelican Lake Area and the Bays out in the Minnewaukan Flats area. These shallower areas seem to have a lot warmer water which is what you want to be looking for right now. Good luck to everyone fishing the AIM Tournament this Sunday on Devils Lake and also good luck to everyone venturing up this way this weekend.

Don’t forget to share your photos of your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.

 

As many of you have heard, there was a diesel spill out at Camp Grafton this last week that let 500 gallons of diesel into their storm drains that ends up in Devils Lake.  Due to the timely response, impacts appear to have been limited to the area adjacent to the storm water outfall. Fishing and recreation on the lake has not been affected.

 

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Spring Fishing is Here!

Posted: May 3, 2017

Warmer weather has arrived and the fishing is picking up! We are seeing surface temps on Devils Lake hovering around that 45-50 degree range which means shallow water is key right now. It seems like the afternoons and evenings have been best for the bite after the water temps have warmed up from the sun throughout the day.

Right now is a great time to be fishing for Pike and Walleye on Devils Lake. If you are fishing from shore, pick a shallow area next to the rip-rap shorelines or find one of our coulees that are running and try your luck at finding fish.  I was out in the boat fishing the main lake this last weekend with some success. If you are taking the boat out, try to find the back-bays that are protected and shallow. These areas always seem to warm up the quickest and provide some of the better spring fishing. Another trick is to find “stained” water this time of the year, the fish seem to be a little more lure-shy when in crystal clear water vs stained water.

As for presentations right now try using jigs tipped with plastics and also jigs with leeches.  Pink, Chartreuse and Orange jig heads have been working the best, tip these jig heads with plastic paddle tails. Try various colors of paddle tails to see what is working the best. This last week it seems that the white paddle tails have been working well. It looks like we are in for quite the warm up this weekend which should help warm the lake and make the fish even more active.Walleye-5-2-17-Web

Don’t forget to share your photos of your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.

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