Archive of News

June2018

Devils Lake ‘Nicest Fat, Healthy Walleyes’ Biting Now

Posted: June 12, 2018

VanOverbeke_Web

Devils Lake Up-to-the-Minute Fishing News – When asked about the fishing, Devils Lake, ND guide Aaron McQuoid said, “Right now, my clients are catching some of the nicest fat, healthy walleyes in the 22 to 29 inch range I’ve seen.  Many are landing their personal bests.”

He also said numbers of 15 to 20 inch walleyes are being caught, mostly in the three to 10 foot depths.  This bodes well for the Chamber of Commerce Walleye Tournament
set for June 22-23.  Some openings still exist.  Tournament host, local fishing guide, pro angler, fishing educator and world walleye champion Johnny Candle said, “Anglers love that they can catch walleyes jigging, trolling, casting crankbaits, slip-bobbering, rigging, bottom-bouncing and any other way they like to fish, shallow to deep.”

The winning team is guaranteed $6,500.  More than 48 Chamber businesses participate which brings the total purse to a cash payout of 118 percent in addition to the extra big fish prizes, and other awards.  Scheels recently announced that they added $1,000 cash to the payout.  They also added $1,000 in gift certificates, and is giving a gift to each participant at the rules meeting. Airwave pedestal seat bases will also be awarded.

Last year’s winner Scott VanOverbeke won by slip-bobbering a 25-foot hump in the main lake.  He and his partner Sam Thomas, also from the Marshal, MN area, will try what worked, but knows from years on the lake that he won’t put all his eggs in one basket.  “What I’ve found on Devils Lake is that it doesn’t matter your favorite technique, you can catch fish every day doing what you love to do on this system,” he said.

He also added, “The Chamber tournament offers not only great fishing but it’s unlike any other tournament.  People actually talk with you.  There is a great camaraderie among the contestants.  Of course, it helps that they run a safe and fair event, with the anglers the winners because of the way the Chamber takes care of us.”

McQuoid (mcquoidguides.com or 701-351-6058) said the lake is down two feet from last year and six feet down since 2011.  He also said, “Slowly jig the bobber back to the boat on non-windy days.  In the wind, Lindy rigs with a short leader and leeches are very effective in back bays and near cattails.  It looks to be another great year on Devils Lake.”

Daily prizes for biggest walleyes, pike, white bass and perch include mounts of the largest walleye and pike by Pooh’s Taxidermy.  The optional northern pike tournament on day two keeps things interesting.  Teams out of the walleye hunt can enter the 100-percent cash payback pike shoot-out.

A special youth event sponsored by the NPAA and Deutz Fishing occurs after the final day weigh-in at Graham’s Island State Park.  The first 50 youngsters receive rods and reels.

Teams are encouraged to enter the June 22-23 Chamber walleye tournament at devilslakend.com. This website also includes details about Devils Lake motels and resorts, fish cleaning stations, water levels, ramps, public fishing piers, fishing reports for walleye, pike, perch and white bass, community activities, guides, dining, casino and much more.  Or call the Tourism office, 701-662-4903.  All teams will have their boats inspected for aquatic invasive species at Newby’s Ace Hardware prior to pre-fishing.  Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

.........................................................................................................................................................

Devils Lake Walleye and Pike Action Going from Warm to Hot!

Posted: June 4, 2018

Cherney_walleye_small

Anglers on Devils Lake don’t miss a beat.  With fishing seasons open continuously, they ice fish until the ice retreats.  As soon as the ice pulls away, they fish the strip of open water along miles and miles of shoreline.  Now, exploring all corners of the expansive 180,000 acre North Dakota lake in boats, they are enjoying a bonanza of walleyes and pike.

“There’s always something going on, and right now it’s a fun-time for people who want to catch fish,” said guide Mark Bry (701-739-0161).  “It’s pike on every cast in many places.  Both pike and walleyes are shallow.  The walleyes are averaging 19 to 20 inches, and we cannot catch any under 18 inches.”

Bry and his guides seek the warmest water in the backs of bays or current areas under bridges.  They are casting crankbaits or jigs with plastic tails and plopping bobbers with leeches into the two to five foot shallows.  Bry had some fly fishermen chasing pike recently, and said that sport seems to be more and more popular.  “The fishing is really good now, but Memorial week and early June will be fantastic,” he said.  “The lake is shaping up for a tremendous bite during the Chamber tournament.”

Guide Dan Bonham (701-371-5969) said, “Memorial Day is usually the beginning of the big push for lots of fish.  But, the walleyes have been actively biting with some really nice fish in the 26 and 27 inch range as soon as we could launch boats.”  He is targeting fish in the three to four foot depths while casting jigs and plastic, but some clients prefer to watch bobbers, which he matches with tiny jigs and leeches.

With the great ice fishing and no let-up in walleye action so far this season, Bonham said, “I look for the end of May and all of June to be as good as always, maybe even better this year.  I predict another good bite during the Chamber tournament, with shallow fish caught casting and on bobbers.  Pulling spinners will work for deeper walleyes.”

The 2018 Chamber walleye tournament is June 22-23.  Tournament host and local fishing guide, pro angler, fishing educator and world walleye champion Johnnie Candle said, “Anglers love that they can catch walleyes jigging, trolling, casting crankbaits, slip-bobbering, rigging, bottom-bouncing and any other way they like to fish, shallow to deep.”  The winning team is guaranteed $6,500.  More than 35 Chamber members participate which brings in even more prize payouts to the anglers.

Daily prizes for biggest walleyes, pike, white bass and perch include mounts of the largest walleye and pike by Pooh’s Taxidermy.  The optional northern pike tournament on day two keeps things interesting.  Teams out of the walleye hunt can enter the 100-percent cash payback pike shoot-out.  A special youth event sponsored by the NPAA and Deutz Fishing occurs after the final day weigh-in at Graham’s Island State Park.  The first 50 youngsters receive rods and reels.

Enter the June 22-23 Chamber walleye tournament at devilslakend.com.  This website also includes details about Devils Lake motels and resorts, fish cleaning stations, water levels, ramps, public fishing piers, fishing reports for walleye, pike, perch and white bass, community activities, guides, dining, casino and much more.  Or call the Tourism office, 701-662-4903.

.........................................................................................................................................................


All News

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011