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August2017

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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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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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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The Last Hurrah!

Posted: March 24, 2017

The fishing on Devils Lake has been good the last few weeks.  The Perch fishing has been good on sunny bluebird days and Walleye fishing has been best on overcast days. The Perch have been a little bit more of a finesse bite as of late, try working transition lines in the main basin of the lake in that 25-40ft of water range. Small rattling spoons (like Northland Buckshots or Clam Blade Spoons) have been great in locating fish and getting them to show up on your electronics. If the bite is a little tougher and you can mark a fish with your rattling jig but can’t get them to commit, throw down a small tungsten jig tipped with a wax worm and work that about 2 feet off bottom to create a feeding frenzy to activate the Perch.

The Walleye bite has still been good in the early morning and late evening times when the low light conditions are present. The Walleyes this last week were  a little more active than before and  preferred rattling jigs tipped with minnow heads. Work these jigs a foot off bottom and when a fish mark shows up keep raising the lure up to tease the fish to trigger that aggressive bite.

Ice conditions will soon become a day-to-day thing, as of right now we are sitting with around 24” of ice on the lake, access points are holding up okay so far as we speak today. With the extended forecast showing highs in the upper- 40s to mid-50s it will be atv and sled travel on the lake after tomorrow (Saturday the 25th). As everyone knows the shorelines are always the first things to go so make sure to use caution when getting on and off the lake this time of the year.

Now is the time to get your trip planned for summer fishing on Devils Lake as a lot of our Hotels and Resorts are already booking up, things are looking up for another great summer season ahead of us!

Don’t forget to share your fishing photos with us on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.

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Good Ice and Good Fishin’

Posted: February 28, 2017

Things are looking good for the next few weeks here in Devils Lake. We had some warm days that really helped melt our snow on the lake and has made access a lot easier. The temps have adjusted back now and have frozen the melted snow. Our access points are still holding up and we a currently sitting with a good 24 inches of ice still. There is still time to get your ice fishing fix in for the winter.

The perch fishing has been picking up in the last few weeks. It seems that the stable weather has created a little bit better of a bite. Look to find the perch out in the deeper basins in that 20-45ft of water. Lately gold and pink color jigs have been working the best. Try using small jigs for the perch 1/16th oz jigs have been an ideal size. If you notice these fish are a little shy with your rattling jig, switch out to something more subtle that doesn’t have a rattle in it. North Dakota allows you to use up to 4 poles while ice fishing, so make sure to utilize this and give yourself a dead stick/bobber hole right next to your jigging hole. Sometimes these perch will come into your rattle jig and finish with your deadstick/bobber. The walleye fishing has still been good in the early morning and evening times. Try pinpointing structured spots or pinch points in the contour lines to find these fish.

Don’t forget to share your fishing photos with us on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page. Check out this dandy 2+ Pound Perch that was caught on Devils Lake this weekend. Guided by Tanner Thomas of the Perch Patrol!

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