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December2017

December 27th Ice Conditions Report

Posted: December 28, 2017

Updated ice conditions report for Devils Lake on December 27th. Cold snap is here and helping make ice!

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December 21st Ice Conditions Report

Posted: December 21, 2017

Updated ice conditions report for Devils Lake on December 21st!

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December 13th, 2017 Ice Condition Report & Tip

Posted: December 14, 2017

Updated ice conditions report and early ice fishing tip for December 13th, 2017.

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December 7th, 2017 Ice Conditions Report

Posted: December 7, 2017

Current ice conditions report for Devils Lake, ND as of December 7th, 2017.

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Ice Conditions Report

Posted: November 29, 2017

Current Devils Lake Ice Conditions Report as of November 29th, 2017

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Fall Is Right Around The Corner

Posted: August 30, 2017

The fishing on Devils Lake the past few weeks has been good. A lot of people have been having success catching a good number of Walleyes. This time of the year you will find a lot of smaller Walleyes that you will have to sort through to find your keepers.  Bottom bouncers are still the preferred method to catching these eater size walleyes! Ounce and a half bottom bouncers in 20-25 feet of water still seems to be working well. Crawlers and Gulp! are still working great, slow-death presentations are also producing walleyes now. Focus on main lake structure again and also rip-rap areas along the miles of road that surround the lake.

The jigging bite is starting to pick up as we transition into fall fishing. Some of the best fishing on Devils Lake is just right around the corner. As the water starts to cool down and fall air temps show up, the walleyes go on a feeding craze and put a feed bag on. Some of the most ideal times to catch a big healthy walleye on Devils Lake is September-October so it’s not too late to make a trip up here yet for the season. Also duck season opens up the end of September and Devils Lake provides a unique opportunity for a Blast & Cast (duck hunting in the morning & walleye fishing in the afternoon). To us that is a true slice of paradise being able to do both a duck hunt and walleye outing in the same day.

Good luck to everyone that will be out fishing over this long weekend, hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day! Make sure to share pictures of your Devils Lake adventures on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook page!

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August is Here and the Walleyes are Active

Posted: August 9, 2017

This past week on Devils Lake has been another good one! Many people have been finding a good number of walleyes. We have had stable weather with very little wind which has made for some great fishing.

The trolling bite in 15-25 feet of water is still working very well. Bottom bouncers and spinners are working great to find these fish in that depth. Try using a 1.5oz or 2oz bottom bouncer with a spinner attached to that. As far as colors go it can vary by day, but red & white, gold and silver are always a go to on Devils Lake.  Tip the spinner with either a night crawler or some type of Berkley Gulp! The key to trolling is to stay in that 1-1.5mph range and when you get a bite, mark that spot and turn right back over it. A quick tip to try is when tying your own spinners, is to use 20 pound Fluorocarbon line which helps with break offs with the infamous snags on Devils Lake and also putting a quick swap clevis on so you can change your blade color very quickly.

Deep water structure is starting to produce fish now as well. These fish can be a little tougher to get to but there are 3 main tactics that are used to target deep water structure fish. #1: Pulling Lead core-using lead core with crankbaits on is a great wait to cover deep water when trying to find active fish.  #2: Rip-Jigging: Using Rapala Jigging Raps and Johnson Johnny Darter’s are good ways to target fish holding in the deep water near structure. #3: Slip Bobbers: Slips bobbers can be another great way to catch fish on a sunken rock pile in deep water. The only downfall to jigging and slip bobbering these areas in the middle of the lake is that you need a fairly calm day to stay on top of the spot where pulling lead core you can cover it more effectively on a windy day.

The most recent creel survey from the ND Game & Fish just came out and can be found here.

As far as particular locations to fish right now, focus on structure: any sunken structure like rock piles, road ditches, rip-rap, areas where you see a “hump” or sharp change in the bottom. Most of the lake holds fish at this time of the year, it’s just a matter of getting them to bite!

Good luck to everyone heading out fishing this weekend and don’t forget to share pictures of your Devils Lake adventures on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook page.

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Warm Days and Good Fishing

Posted: July 27, 2017

The walleye bite on Devils Lake has been good this past week. We are just coming off hosting the Cabela’s MWC fishing tournament where the top two teams finished with impressive 2 day (10 fish) weights at 48 pounds.  That is an average of almost 5 pounds a fish….pretty dang impressive for July I must say.

Pulling spinners with bottom-bouncers has seemed to be the most effective way to put walleyes in the net this last week.  Many people are still pulling their spinners along weed edges with good success, but we are also noticing some of the deeper water structure (rocks and road ditches) in about that 20-25 feet of water range are starting to produce fish. Water temps have been hovering in that 72-74 degrees range as of late.

For those of you looking to try the spinner bite out, the best thing you can do is hook a spinner up to a 1oz, 1 ¼oz or 1 ½oz bottom bouncer depending on the depth you are fishing at. Find an area on your map or sonar that you think would be holding fish and start trolling at 1-1.4mph and cover water. If you catch a fish, mark that spot and turn back over it and keep working that area, as the old saying goes….where there is one walleye there is usually more!

Good luck to everyone hitting the water this weekend, it looks to be a nice one to be out on the lake! Don’t forget to share your pictures of your catches and time on Devils Lake on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.  

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Spinners Galore

Posted: July 19, 2017

The dog days of summer may have arrived but the walleye fishing on Devils Lake has remained good. Most people are finding their best luck pulling spinners on the lake right now. A typical spinner setup for Devils Lake is usually a 1 1/2 ounce bottom bouncer with a spinner rig attached to that. Tip the spinner rig with either crawlers or a plastic like Gulp! Personally I like using Gulp! As when you get short bit or miss a fish you don’t have to worry about reeling up and rebaiting. If you hit a time where a front has come through I would suggest crawlers at that point. Pulling crankbaits has also been producing fish as of late, so don’t be afraid to give that a try as well if pulling spinners isn’t your thing.

Areas to focus on for walleyes right now are the shallow areas right outside the weed beds and also in deeper water (15-20ft) working the old submerged lake shoreline. Surface temps on the lake right now are around 75 degrees and we have had some stable weather these last few weeks that have helped keep the bite fairly consistent.

The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit will be held on Devils Lake this weekend (July 21st & 22nd), we are excited to be hosting them and if you are in the area stop out at Graham’s Island on Friday and Saturday at 3pm to watch the weigh ins.

Good luck to everyone hitting the water over this weekend! Don’t forget to share your photos with us on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.

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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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