Bringing in limits but with effort to find keepers…
The fishing on Devils Lake this past week has still been very good. The bait vendors are happy because everywhere we seem to go we have to weed through a ton of fish to get our keepers. We are still bringing in limits of nice walleyes anywhere from 14 to 23 inches but it does take some effort and many days it does take the full eight hours to get the limit of keepers. This is typical this time of year – mid summer patterns where the smaller walleyes of the lake seem to be everywhere and in most cases are very aggressive in pursuing a good meal.
The methods we are using to catch fish are many. We have some guides still pitching crank baits, we have some of our guides slip bobbering weed lines and flooded timber, we have some guides that are bottom bouncing weed lines with spinners and night crawlers, and we have some guides that are trolling crank baits along shorelines in 10 to 12 feet of water. All of us are trying to find a pattern that we can get away from the smaller fish but I don’t think any of us are finding any spots that have just the big walleyes exclusively. One thing about it, there is no lack of action anyway.
The month of July is cruising by and before we know it August will soon be here. The month of August we spend a lot of time trolling. We are either pulling spinners with bottom bouncers or trolling Salmo Hornets and jointed Rapalas. The fishing is still red hot on Devils Lake in August. This is what makes Devils Lake so special is that there really isn’t any time period you need to avoid. The fish keep biting and we just need to make sure we have plenty of people in our boats ready to catch them!
Have a great week and we hope to see you on the water!