Archive of Fishing reportsFebruary2017
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.
Warm Weather Brings Better Access
Posted: January 25, 2017
This 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..........................................................................................................................................................
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.