Archive of Fishing reports

March2017

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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Good Weather and Good Fishing!

Posted: February 13, 2017

This past weekend brought us some much needed good weather on Devils Lake, the warm sunny afternoons were not only good for perch fishing but also snow melt. Access and travel on the lake has been getting better every day. Many people are still using snowmobiles and tracked vehicles to move around. I have fished the last 3 weekend with my 4 wheeler that has just tires and haven’t had any issues on getting around.

Now for the fishing, the perch have been hungry now that we have had some stable weather. The depths that the perch have been coming from are variable as some are fishing the deep basins in 35+ feet of water. I personally found my perch in the last 2 weeks up in the shallow mud flats, I found inside turns on my Navionics fishing chart and started drilling holes there. I found most of my perch on these inside turn areas holding up in 14-16 feet of water. The bite has been a little more on the finicky side. I would recommend using an ultralight rod with a sensitive tip or spring bobber to feel this delicate bite. Rattling spoons (the smaller the size, the better) have been working the best. We have been tipping these with minnow heads and also plastic minnow heads. This last week we needed to rattle just a bit to cause a commotion on bottom and then dead stick your lure 6 inches of bottom until you could get the fish up off the bottom and once the fish came off bottom you would slowly rise that lure above them to cause the reaction bite. The bite wasn’t very aggressive and was just more like just having dead weight on your rod (this is where ultralight rods and spring bobbers come into play). Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t consistently marking fish as we were finding these perch coming in waves of 2-3 fish every 10 to 15 minutes.  The color of lure varied by day so make sure to have a variety along with you. Another tip to utilize is to drill a second hole in your house for a dead stick with a full minnow on it, it doesn’t hurt to increase your odds buy throwing that extra line in.

The walleye bite has been picking up as well in the early morning and late afternoon. You will find a few walleye mixed in when perch fishing the basins but focus on more of the structure based (rocks, trees, sunken roads, old shorelines, etc.) areas to find these fish. Lure choices have been rattling spoons as well, make sure to have some glow/uv spoons with as it helps when you are fishing these walleyes in the lowlight conditions.

Good luck to everyone fishing this upcoming week, don’t forget to share your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page and also use #devilslakend to tag your photos.

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Warm Weather Brings Better Access

Posted: January 25, 2017

1-20-17This 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.

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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.

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