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June2017

Think Deeper for Walleyes

Posted: June 29, 2017

The fishing on Devils Lake has remained good despite some cold/wind fronts that have come through. This last weekend the 41st Annual Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament was held. Due to high winds on Friday and Saturday it was just a one day tournament on Sunday. The winning team of Scott VanOverBeke and Sam Thomas pulled in an impressive one day catch of 5 fish weighing in at 25.90 pounds! The largest walleye for the day was 8.5 pounds and largest northern for the day was 15.5 pounds! Congrats to everyone that fished the tournament!

Last week’s wind and cold front has changed up the shallow water bite and has got a lot of people thinking deeper water. Guys are still finding fish in the shallow water weed edges but the fish have started to transition deeper, if you are looking to fish shallow try to avoid the heavily stained water areas that have been churned up from the wind action.  A lot of good reports have come from people starting to troll in the 25-30 feet of water range. Bottom bounces and spinners have been producing along with pulling lead core and cranks. Another thing to try is find submerged rock piles in deeper water and slip bobbering or vertical jigging these areas, a couple of the top teams in the tournament ended up using this tactic to put some nice fish in the boat. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to jig the bridges right now as a little thinking outside the box will definitely help you put fish in the boat.

Don’t forget to share your photos of your catches on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page and good luck to all that will be out fishing on Devils Lake over the long 4th of July weekend!

 

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Bobber Down

Posted: June 9, 2017

This last week has been a good one on Devils Lake. Water temps are slowly warming up and the bite is getting good. It seems that the best presentation this last week has still been slip bobbers. The 2 ways to rig up your slip bobber are either with a split shot and small hook or just a small jig head. Set your rig to sit off the bottom anywhere between 12-24”, leeches are king when it comes to slip bobbering. There are still fish being caught by casting with cranks and jigs. The key right now is to find those need weed growth areas where you can see reeds starting to stick up out of the water. When you find these areas pull up as close as you can get to the weed bed edge and throw out your bobbers. Focus in on the depth ranges from 4-10ft; it seems that most of the fish are still relatively shallow right now. If there is a breeze pick the choppy side of the shore to fish as this is where most of the baitfish should be stacked up in at and you will find the hungry walleyes right in there with them. Remember that in North Dakota you can use two fishing poles during the open water season, so make sure to try and increase your odds by throwing a bobber out and rigging up another rod for casting with a jig or crank. It could also be beneficial to have two bobbers out as well instead of a casting setup. The key is to not be afraid to try a few different things until you figure out what the fish are preferring.

Good luck to the anglers fishing the Spirit Lake Marina Walleye Classic this weekend and also good luck to everyone else that will be out on the water this weekend. Don’t forget to share your photos from out on the lake with us on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page and also use #devilslakend in any of your social media posts!

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June is Here!

Posted: June 2, 2017

Summer fishing is in full swing now on Devils Lake, there have been a lot of good reports the last few weeks of people catching walleyes. The bite is still fairly shallow, which means think slip bobbers. Try using a slip bobber with a small plain hook with a leech s or small jig head tipped with a leech. The pitchin’ bite has still be effective too so don’t be afraid to tie up a jig with plastic or a crankbait to cast to the shallows while bobber fishing. With the different weather patterns that have rolled through this last week some guys have started pulling spinners with some pretty good luck. Right now we are moving into that unique time on Devils Lake where you can fish for walleyes with a variety techniques.

For those of you looking to fish from shore, the evening bite from shore has been great. A lot of guys have had good luck throwing Lindy Rig setups out tipped with leeches from shore. The shore bite seems to be best those last few hours before dark along the rip-rap where the walleyes are coming into the shallower water to feed.
Some areas to key in on right now are the North End of 6 Mile, Pelican Lake, Howard’s Bay and any other shallow areas of the lake. Good luck to everyone venturing out on the lake this weekend, remember to share your photos of your time on the water with us on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.

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