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Blue42 – Social Media & You! Seminar

Posted: March 13, 2017

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Jeff “Boomer” Stelmach & Jordan Blommer

Since 2014, Blue42 has grown the Visit Devils Lake Facebook page from 4,391 fans to over 33,000 fans today and has us reaching a daily engagement of over 9,200 people. In the year 2016, we reached over 3.3 million impressions on Facebook alone!

The Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Devils Lake Area CVB have teamed up together to provide the businesses in Devils Lake an in-depth, half-day seminar on social media. Blue42 will break down specific topics and tie in how we can all collaborate together as a destination.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Social Media
  • Why is Social Media important
  • Social Media for business
  • Understanding Social Media channels and what channels work best for business (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linked In, etc)
  • Why is “Current Important” – Trends & Hashtags
  • Employee vs. Agency
  • Advertising on Social Media
  • Social Media & SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • How does Social Media fit into a complete digital strategy, i.e. your website
  • Social Media dictionary (what’s a follow, tweet, share)
  • Measuring your Social Media ROI

Breakout Sessions include:

  • Creating a strategy
  • Developing a schedule
  • Acquiring assets
  • Understanding your consumer (Geographies and demographics)

This class is limited to the first 60 people registered so please register early. The Devils Lake Area Chamber and Tourism are offering this seminar FREE to our members. The cost for non-members is $50. Please use the RSVP to suzie@devilslakend.com to RSVP early for this event. Learn more about Blue42 here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:30 am – Noon

High Plains Equipment
8373 East Highway 2, Devils Lake

Learn more about the Blue42 team:

Boomer Stelmach
boomerBoomer has been working in Marketing and Media realm for almost 20 years after graduating from Missouri Southern State University with a degree in Economics/Finance. Four years ago he co-founded Blue42, a Media Agency based in Minneapolis, MN that specializes in Digital Strategy (Web and Social Media). The vision of Blue42 was to create “Peace of Mind” in the Digital World for companies covering all aspects of Digital Marketing & Strategy. Prior to Blue42, Boomer founded and lead Heres My Gear, an Outdoor Promotion Company specializing in Web and Social Media that attracted 70,000+ Followers in just 3 years. Out of College, he worked for notable companies like General Mills and Reckitt Benckiser where his passion for helping other companies in Marketing grew.

He has spoken at High Schools, Conventions and with multiple companies from a variety of Industries
(Outdoors, Tourism, Restaurants, HealthCare and Fitness) such as: Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, Sonarphone, ScentBlocker, Navionics, Cabelas, Smude’s Sunflower Oil, Wolcyn Tree Farms, Chanticlear Pizza, Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping (FXB), Alumacraft, Dan’s Southside Marine, Devils Lake ND Tourism, Robert’s Fine Jewelry, FishHead, G2 Gemini, and Trade Tools. Currently he resides in Minneapolis with his fiance Nicole and 2 children, Cole & Sophia. Out of the office, he has a strong passion for the Outdoors and his family. His favorite fishing destination is Devils Lake ND!

Jordan Blommer

jordanA driven product promoter with 11+ years of marketing, management and sales experience in a retail and

business-to-business environment. After graduating from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Marketing, Jordan began working in management for a national imaging and technology retailer. He then spent over nine years as a Director of a medical device company working in sales and marketing with companies such as: University of Minnesota, Summit Orthopedics and Twin Cities Orthopedics. He is currently the Creative Operations Director at Blue42 orchestrating marketing and advertising campaigns, and social media strategies for companies such as Chanticlear Pizza, Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping (FXB), Trade Tools, Inc., and Eurotech Auto Service. He currently lives in St. Paul with his wife Crystal and 2 children, Harrison and Elle. He enjoys family and the outdoors in his free time.

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Biggest Payout Ever, $61,000, for 41st Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament!

Posted: March 1, 2017

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The Devils Lake 41st annual Chamber Walleye Tournament total cash and prizes are the largest in history at $61,000.  The winning team is guaranteed $6,500, a $1,500 increase over past seasons. The June 23-25 weekend has been a special homecoming, vacation and reunion for teams that return for the fun, friendship and fishing. [Find all the details for the tournament here]

Walleye fishing has been graded A-plus by out-of-state and local anglers.  Catches of hundreds of walleyes per day have been reported.  Johnnie Candle, tournament host, world walleye champion and Devils Lake guide said, “It amazes us guides how good this lake has been, and with the many year-classes moving up, any bite could be a 9-pounder.  Teams should expect plenty of 15 to 20 inch walleyes with numbers of 3 to 5 pound fish this year.”

More than 35 local Chamber members have stepped up with more support and chances to win cash and prizes than ever before.  All team members receive a Cabela’s jacket and are eligible for the daily big fish prizes for walleye ($500/day), pike ($250/day), white bass and perch ($100/day).  The biggest walleye last year weighed 7.33 pounds by Troy Goltz, Leonard, ND, and David Johnson, Kindred, ND.

The day two optional pike “100 percent cash payback” shootout is for those out of walleye contention after day one.  Pooh’s Taxidermy will mount the biggest walleye and pike.  Other awards include mixed couple, biggest basket, Power-Up, Sleeper, end-of-the-line, 41st place team, 7th place team, and the Early Bird.  Actually, Early Bird is for five teams entered by March 31; winners receive their $250 entry fee back.  Candle said, “This year the tournament is limited to 125 teams. With the growing popularity, it makes sense to get in right away.”  Headquarters and ceremonies take place at Graham’s Island State Park. Weigh-ins will be streamed live via RadioWorks.

Last year’s tournament winners, Eric Hanson, Lisbon, ND, and Virgil Nogowski, Gwinner, ND, were fishing their first-ever Chamber event.  They weighed 24.81 pounds and caught their five walleyes casting Rapala Esko crankbaits in 3 to 5 feet of water in Pelican Bay.  As a side-note, three weeks prior to the tournament, they caught 200 pike in the same area, but only caught two pike there during the competition.

The directors acted prudently based on the day two weather report of 30-mph winds and cancelled the final day last year.  The second place team, Mike Kaderlik, Mankato, MN, and son Jarvis, Bismarck, ND cast jointed Rapalas, Rattlin’ Raps and Husky Jerks in 5 to 12 feet of Pelican Bay water.  Their 5-fish limit weighed 21.27 pounds.  Third place went to Don and son Jacob Denning, Fargo, ND with 20.98 pounds, also in Pelican Bay.

The National Professional Anglers Association and Deutz Fishing will conduct a youth fishing clinic after Saturday’s weigh-in at the state park.  The first 50 youngsters will receive rods and reels.

The website devilslakend.com features the latest tournament news, entry forms, prize lists, up-to-date reports and more.  For personal assistance, call 701-662-4903, and talk to a friendly Devils Lake resident who can address questions about the event, lodging, dining, guide services, access/ramp status, fish-cleaning stations, community events, family-activities, shopping, and help with other vacation/tournament plans.

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Devils Lake World Record Awaiting Confirmation

Posted: February 16, 2017

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After one year of careful planning and a commitment to his goal, Blake LaFleur finally caught THE fish he was targeting.  The magic occurred the day before Valentine’s Day. He caught what will likely be the new IGFA line-class world record white bass on Devils Lake.

Located in north-central North Dakota, Devils Lake is known for huge white bass and great walleye, perch and pike fishing.  However, to finally land the 4-plus pound monster on two-pound test line and meet all the requirements of the International Game Fish Association, LaFleur studied the rules (15 pages of specific requirements), contacted the organization via phone and email and assembled the appropriate tackle.

Actually his quest began about six years ago when he caught a few white bass while chasing the lake’s famed jumbo perch.  “Not many people catch bass under the ice, and after battling a few on light tackle, I became intrigued.  So did a few friends like Clayton and Kurt Davis from Belcourt, ND.  Together, we hunt to find them, and the tactics have evolved to the point where only the biggest bass are targeted.”

Details of the fish:  18 ½ inches long with a 16 inch girth.  Two scales (recommended by IGFA) weighed the fish at 4.27 and 4.32 pounds.  The current world record is 3.50 pounds.  Both scales will go to IGFA with 50 feet of the line used.  The line was an Italian monofilament (Asso Micron Three) rated at 1.5-pounds, with a breaking strength of 1.6-pounds.  “I broke the first six knots I tried to tie,” LaFleur said.  He used a Palomar knot.  A 4-pound fluorocarbon leader, approved by IGFA, completed the rig.

“These big bass go crazy at the hole, and to turn one and bring it up, the leader was necessary,” he said.  “The six-inch hole was another problem.  When his head finally pointed up, he became wedged in the hole.  I plunged my hand into the ice-cold water all the way to my armpit and grabbed it.”

The lure:  a very shiny 1/16th ounce Northland Buckshot rattle spoon.  The rod was a Thorne Brothers Sweetheart customized perch rod, made to LaFleur’s specifications.  It was 43 inches long, IGFA compliant, with a very fast and soft tip with the necessary forgiveness on the thread-like fishing line.

This season, the white bass crew did not find them anywhere near where they did in the past.  On the day that will be remembered forever, LaFleur said he moved 25 times, hunting by drilling hundreds of holes until stumbling into the school.  “I had never fished that spot before,” he said.  It was in the main Devils Lake basin in 40-feet of water.

“This passion might seem odd to many, but we have fun and enjoy what we consider the finer side of fishing,” he said. “White bass in winter act much like lake trout.  It’s a cat and mouse game.  Lures must be kept close, but not so close to the fish that they ignore it, and not so far away they lose interest.”

He added, “They traditionally feed on larvae in the lake bottom all winter, and to get bass to bite a Buckshot means annoying them so their instinctive, natural aggression takes over and they strike.”  When the flasher screen shows 10 to 12 feet of bass, that’s when action really picks up.  “We call this the ‘mob’ and when the rapidly moving school arrives, it is game-on,” he said.

Playing cat and mouse with the jigging spoon, LaFleur fishes the top of the mob.  “These monster white bass bulldog for 20 seconds or more, screaming through the rest of the mob, and that triggers the entire school,” he said.  He alternates the Buckshot with another favorite, the CLAM blade-spoon to find the optimum presentation.

When the sonar screen shows fish, the key is recognizing they are white bass, not perch.  Another factor is that every white bass yanked from their comfort zone 40 feet under will kill them.  “Catch and release is not an option,” he said.  “What my friends and I do is limit the number of fish we catch and limit the number of trips.  That is our ‘catch and release’ system.”

So far this winter, LaFleur has only fished five times for white bass.  His job with I.F. LaFleur and Sons, a coin-operated amusement business in North Dakota and northern Minnesota demands his full attention, as do two young LaFleurs, aged one and four.

The IGFA was founded in 1939.  Its mission statement reads, “The IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.”  Once submitted, LaFleur will wait several months before final certification of his world record.

For more information about Devils Lake water levels, ramps, fishing reports for walleye, pike, perch and white bass, community activities, fishing tournaments (the 41st Chamber Annual Walleye tournament is June 23-25), guides, lodging, dining, casino, resorts and much more, go to devilslakend.com, or call the Tourism office, 701-662-4903.

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Weather Updates for ShiverFest 2017

Posted: February 15, 2017

Looks like wonderful weather for ShiverFest this year. Because of the warm temperatures we would like to announce a few items:

  • The Pond Hockey Tournament has been cancelled but activities will stay take place. Open to the general public, please register by 11:00 am:
    Boot Hockey Tournament
    Bean Bag Toss Tournament
    Sauce Toss Tournament
    Curling Event
    Food and Beverages available on the ice

 

  • The Woodland Resort Boat Landing will be shut off to all vehicle traffic. Conditions are safe, we are just trying to maintain the Woodland Resort landing for their customers for as long as possible this winter.
  • We will have people directing traffic to park on land from 11:30-2 but any time before or after self-parking is available.
  • The Kids Fishing Tournament starting at 1:00 will be on the east side of the marina. There will be easy access to walk down to the registration tent and fishing area. The area may be a little wet so please dress accordingly with good waterproof boots.
  • Those wishing to drive on the ice can access the pond hockey area as well as the fishing area via the Lakewood Boat Landing. A trail has been plowed from that location over to Woodland Resort.

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Winter Wonderland Vendor Show opens at 10:00 am

Pond Hockey activities cancelled

Frozen Fanny 5K – registration inside Woodland Resort Bait Shop at 10:30 am

Sleigh Rides start at 11:00 am

Ice Fishing Tournament starts at 1:00 pm

Fireworks at 8:00 pm

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41st Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament Applications are out!

Posted: January 27, 2017

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Tournament applications are now available for the 41st annual Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament, set for June 23 & 24, 2017.

Click here for all of the tournament details!

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17th Annual ShiverFest Set for February 18

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DEVILS LAKE, ND. –  It’s time again to celebrate our annual winter event – ShiverFest! The dates this year will be February 18-19, 2017. Friday kicks off with Lakeside at the Cove rocking with Portland Junction, starting at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, Ackerman Acres will offer high flying, large kites from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Out on Creel Bay, you can find sleigh rides, bon fires, curling, frozen fanny 5K run/walk, Corn Hole/Bean Bag Toss and family skating. Starting at 1:00 pm is the annual Kids Ice Fishing Tournament. Again this year, there will be trophies for the largest fish, a drawing to win an ice fishing starter kit, Devils Lake Chamber Bucks prize awards for the top 8 finishers in the Northern, Walleye and Perch categories. The entry fee is $10 and you can purchase tickets at the fire station, the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce or on the ice the day of the tournament. The North Dakota Pond Hockey Championship starts at 10:00.

Also going on around town is a Gun Show at the Memorial Building along with a wood carvers demonstration. The Winter Wonderland Vendor Show will be at the Peterson Arena on Highway 19 starting at 10:00 am.

Portland Junction is back again at Proz Lakeside at the Cove Saturday evening at 9:00 pm right after the fireworks display at Woodland Resort at 8:00 pm.

Rounding out the weekend on Sunday is a pancake and sausage feed at the KC Hall to benefit Fishing Has No Boundaries and more activities on the ice.

For any questions, please visit the Devils Lake Tourism’s website at www.tourism.devilslakend.com or call at 1-800-233-8048.

We hope to see you all in Devils Lake participating in the 17th Annual ShiverFest!

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Devils Lake Anglers Finding Fish Despite Rough Ice Fishing Season Start

Posted: December 30, 2016

When North Dakota makes the weather news, anglers with their eyes on Devils Lake know it’s not business as usual.  The Christmas blizzard kept most fishermen off the lake, but travel remains possible with tracked-vehicles.

img_9124img_9125The Devils Lake guide services have been venturing out with clients, but travel has been limited. The fishing is “OK,” and the ice thickness is reasonable.  Another cold front is about to create even more ice over New Year’s weekend.  Midway between Christmas and New Year’s Day, ice thickness throughout the main lake was 10 to 18 inches.  The northern basin lakes and Lakes Alice and Irvine have nearly 18 inches.  Six Mile and Creel bays have about a foot of ice.

There is at least a foot of snow on the ice with some huge drifts.  The lake access ramps are being plowed out and scheduled to be open by New Year’s weekend.

Now, for the good news from two guide services.  John Dirks, owner of Ed’s Bait Shop and also a guide, said, “Check with the bait shop (edsbaitshop.com) on where to go.  Fishing’s fine!”  A few days ago he and a friend fished perch in 10 to 12 feet, hauling up 38 in less than four hours.  “Most were 10 to 12 inchers, with a few 13 and 14-inchers mixed in,” he said.

Right now, he’s found perch in 12 to 18 feet of water in the old flooded trees on the west side.  He also located some perch in 20 to 40 feet on the main lake.  “My advice is to select an area and drill, drill, drill,” he said.

Rapala Slab Raps and Buck Shot rattle spoons with minnow heads are consistent walleye producers for Dirks.  He prefers six to 12 feet of water close to deep water for the early and late-day bites, and slides out to 15 to 20 feet during the day.  He added, “Lots of 14 to 17 inch walleyes are being caught, with some bigger ones also biting, but it seems the hefty walleyes are in six to eight feet of water.”

brys_perchOn Thursday, Dec. 29, Mark Bry with 20 clients cleaned more than 400 perch.  He said, “They averaged 10 inches long, but there were some 12 to 14-inchers in the buckets.  The best bites seem to be shallow, starting at eight feet.  We’re catching fish despite the up and down weather.”

For walleyes, Bry’s advice is to pick a part of the lake and fish it.  “It’s just getting going, and not on fire, and we haven’t gotten to what we consider our best early-ice spots yet,” he said.  He said some walleyes are hitting in water as shallow as four feet, but also some have been in 31 feet.  Early morning and the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. walleye bites are best.  “Hey, it’s been brutally nasty, but when the weather pattern straightens out, the fish will go,” he predicted.  For more, see brysguideservice.com.

The website devilslakend.com features up-to-date reports with emphasis on the current fishing activity, lake and ice conditions.  It is also loaded with info about guides, resorts, lodging, casino, restaurants, fish-cleaning stations, ice tournaments and community events.  Check out the pike de-boning video.  A helpful map serves as a great reference tool.  For personal assistance, call 701-662-4903, and talk to a friendly Devils Lake resident who has the pulse of Devils Lake.

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A New Season Dawns: Ice Fishing Devils Lake, ND

Posted: December 13, 2016

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img_3168 Anglers will soon begin their annual return to the surface of Devils Lake, the lake made famous by so many happy anglers.  In fact, the popular Perch Patrol guide service kicks into high gear Monday, Dec. 16.

Zippy Dahl of the Perch Patrol said, “We’re really looking forward to a good year.”  He based his assessment on the fact that the fall walleye fishing was “phenomenal, and remember, last winter Mother Nature dictated her terms, and we missed one-third of the ice season,” he said. “All those perch are bigger and fatter this season.”  Last year, lots of good-size 9 to 11 inch perch were hauled through the ice.  That perch year-class will now be 11 to 13 inches.

Everybody wants to know about ice conditions, and even though a huge snow storm whipped across Devils Lake and most of North Dakota a week ago, the main lake was open, and didn’t start freezing until a few days ago.  “Ice grows fast, about an inch a day when temps are below zero,” Dahl said.  “I expect we will live up to our reputation as one of the top ice spots in the country.”

A recent survey by the respected authority on all things ice fishing, Target Walleye/Ice, surveyed their email subscribers, asking opinions on best ice fishing destinations.  Devils Lake was ranked second, which is an amazing statistic, based on all thimg_3163e ice fishermen in the states to the east.  When asked what the Perch Patrol’s 32 to 38 daily clients say about Devils Lake, Dahl offered these statements:

“We love multi-species.  We come for the perch, but walleyes add weight to the cooler.”

“There is so much water; we never feel crowded.”

We like the run and gun approach; being mobile; finding fish; and learning new tactics.”

At the recent St. Paul Ice Show, the Devils Lake Tourism folks were present with a booth.  These were the most common things they heard:

“We head to Devils Lake annually.  It’s the best place to catch a limit of fish.”

“This is our place now.”  (After fishing many other top spots, anglers return every year, many making several trips of hundreds of miles.)

“We love the free year-round fish cleaning station.”

“Biggest perch ever!”

Zippy and the Perch Patrol can be reached at 701-351-3474 or perchpatrol.com.  Their 10 guides still have a few days open in January and February.

The website devilslakend.com features up-to-date reports with emphasis on the current fishing activity and ice conditions.  It is also loaded with info about guides, resorts, lodging, casino, restaurants, ramps, fish-cleaning stations, ice tournaments and community events.  Check out the pike de-boning video.  A helpful map serves as a great reference tool.  For personal assistance, call 701-662-4903, and talk to a friendly Devils Lake resident who was probably on Devils Lake yesterday.

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Ice is Nice and so is the Fishing on Devils Lake!

Posted: November 22, 2016

earlyice_brosdahlThe lake and town with the same name, Devils Lake, North Dakota, seem to have been made with one purpose in mind – fishing.  With seasons open 12 months of the year, the open water transition to ice seems to be just a shrug of the shoulders.  Anglers park their boats, hook-up ice houses and continue fishing.  The community with numerous modern lodging units with their own heated fish-cleaning facilities, several bait shops, a host of fishing guides (many with full-service accommodations, meals, ice travel, ice shelters and gear), a Casino and many great eateries caters to anglers.

The town of about 7,200 people is less than one percent of the state’s total population.  Yet, an amazing 25 percent of the non-resident 3-day and 10-day fishing licenses are sold in Devils Lake.  Estimates are that fishing guides escort more than 15,000 clients on the lake’s 200,000-plus acres during the open water season and the same number during the much shorter three to four month ice season.

Interesting statistics from creel surveys show 18 percent of winter anglers primarily seek walleyes, 28 percent said “perch,” while 27 percent said “walleyes and perch.”  A quarter of survey respondents said, “Anything.”  Adding all the answers together that mention walleyes, 70 percent of anglers would just as soon catch walleyes.

Devils Lake walleye populations are rated one of the best in the Midwest, and this past summer netting surveys proved that, “All size groups had a bump in catch rates,” according to area biologist Todd Caspers.  The total number of walleyes caught per net this year was 24, compared to 18 last season, a 33 percent increase.  He continued, “The above average catch of big fish indicates these year-classes are doing pretty good.”

Thousands of out-of-state fishermen flock to Devils Lake to chase fish under the ice.  Many professional anglers prefer this special North Dakota lake. When Dave Genz speaks ice fishing — people listen.  In fact, the entire ice fishing fraternity of anglers, plus tackle, auger, electronics and shelter manufacturers take notice.  From his first visit to Devils Lake in the 1970’s, Genz said, “I go there and so do thousands of visitors to catch the biggest perch of their lives.  And, the walleye fishery is amazing.”

Genz is widely respected as the Godfather of ice fishing.  He may be the single person most responsible for dragging ice fishing from the “stone age” to the “modern, technological age.”  Much of the early lessons occurred on Devils Lake.  He has visited Devils Lake each of the last 30-plus years due to the quality of the perch.  Many of the everyday ice fishing tactics and gear most anglers use today were developed by Genz during those trips to central North Dakota.

“I remember when there was no limit on perch.  People loaded coolers.  Today, with 20 daily and 40 in possession, and with the tremendous size, anglers can still take home what I think are extra-tasty perch fillets,” he said.

Genz is the Godfather of ice fishing, and Brian “Bro” Brosdahl is the Heavyweight Champion.  Bro contacts an average of 20,000 people directly each winter (seminars, appearances, in stores, on the ice, etc.), and loves fishing Devils Lake.  “We film TV show segments and shoot photos for ads on Devils Lake because something is always biting,” he said.  “This is one place I know where a number of species of true trophies can be caught in a day – monster perch, walleyes no matter where you go, big pike and white bass.”

Bro lives in northern Minnesota surrounded by several fabled perch lakes.  “Anywhere in the Midwest, it’s rare to find a 2-pound perch.  The panfisherman in me is attracted to perch, and every year at Devils Lake, the bar is raised,” Bro said.  On a calibrated scale, his largest perch weighed 2.62 pounds during a filming session.  “I keep going back because my quest is a 17-inch Devils Lake perch that will tip the scales at 2.75 pounds.  I know that fish is swimming there,” he said.

Fishing wherever water freezes has taken Bro to lakes in dozens of states and provinces.  He said, “The friendly atmosphere in this small town exists because most people are sportsmen.  Everybody wants you to catch fish and they go out of their way to make it happen.”  He feels it is one place where folks who have never fished before can be successful.

Devils Lake allows four ice lines per person.  Those fishing pike with tip-ups will be rewarded.  Pike populations are peaking with many in the 28 to 34 inch class, and the chances of a true 15-pound porker (or bigger) are realistic.  The pike limit is five per day with 10 in possession.  They provide some of the best tasting fillets in the fishy world.

Visitors often hire guides for the first day or the entire trip.  The package “deals” are super attractive.  But, the DYI anglers are in for a treat with many places to fish.  Tactics don’t change on Devils Lake compared to “home” waters.  Perch, walleyes, white bass and northern pike are the four game fish swimming in the lake, along with a few crappies in recent years.  Devils Lake has space for all and everybody smiles and says, “Hi,” or more likely, “Howdy,” when they meet visitors.

The website devilslakend.com features up-to-date reports with emphasis on the current fishing activity and ice conditions.  Also, the site contains a new pike de-boning video, plus contact info for fishing guides, resorts, lodging and restaurants.  In addition, learn about ramps, fish-cleaning stations, ice tournaments and community events.  A helpful map serves as a great reference tool.  For personal assistance, call 701-662-4903, and talk to a friendly and knowledgeable North Dakotan who was probably on Devils Lake yesterday.

 

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Ducks, Geese and Walleyes…All in the Same Day…Right Now!!

Posted: October 12, 2016

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This is the magical time of year at Devils Lake, North Dakota.  Waterfowl season is open.  Walleye season is always open.  Birds are flying and fish are biting.

The good news is this will continue until early December or first-ice.  “The duck hunting has been good, geese too, but the mass migration hasn’t yet kicked in,” said duck and goose guide and walleye tournament winner and guide Jason Feldner (percheyes.com).  “Canada goose hunting has been really good, and with a daily limit of eight birds and 24 in possession, hunters are really having fun.”

While talking with fellow hunters, Feldner said that the majority of the ducks and geese that typically fly to the Devils Lake region are staging in the flooded Saskatchewan grain fields.  “Right now, it’s a mixed bag of some teal, mallards and divers.  Within the final two weeks of October, make plans to be in Devils Lake,” he said.  Based on the western end of Devils Lake in Minnewaukan, his guides handle waterfowl hunters in mornings and chase walleyes and pike in afternoons.  “Our clients stay at our lodge during the super popular Cast and Blast season.  Guides spend late afternoons and early evenings scouting for the best spots the next morning.  We go where the birds are, and that could be anywhere in a 40-mile radius of the lodge,” he said.

dsc_7422_smalldsc_8097_smallHis operation is similar to many other area full-service lodge and guide services.  Jason Mitchell, TV host with a large stable of respected hunting and fishing guides also caters to the Cast and Blast late-season crowd (jasonmitchelloutdoors.com).  “Devils Lake combines some of the best waterfowl hunting with some of the best fishing in the entire nation,” he said.

His clients stay at Woodland Resort (woodlandresort.com) which has offered waterfowl and fishing packages for decades.  “Much of the hunting is done over field spreads.  After a morning hunting and a solid lunch, they are ready for afternoon walleyes.  Devils Lake has fished extremely well through the summer, and that is continuing into a solid fall pattern.  This is the best time to catch the biggest walleyes in the lake,” Mitchell said.

Mark Bry (brysguideservice.com) also offers Cast and Blast packages.  He said, “The best chance at an 8 to 10 pound walleye is now.  Trolling cranks or jigging Raps over rocks or fishing in current areas near bridges are high-percentage spots.  The duck and goose hunts have been very successful so far, but the best time for ducks and geese is about to happen.”

Local fishing guide and World Walleye champion Johnnie Candle (johnniecandle.com) said, “The worst hunting weather is the best giant-walleye fishing weather.  Dead calm, sunny, bluebird days are the times walleyes go nuts.  The summer season was fantastic and the fall bite is incredible.  I don’t chase ducks, but this is my time to guide clients to really trophy walleyes.”

With the next big cold front, perhaps with some snow, but with gusty north winds, Devils Lake will be home for hundreds of thousands of migrating ducks and geese.  “Stay at an outfitters lodge, at any of the area motels or the casino, but try to squeeze in a Cast and Blast trip, even if for only a few days yet this fall,” Candle said.

The website devilslakend.com features up-to-date reports with emphasis on the current fishing activity and hunting conditions.  Also, the site contains a new pike de-boning video plus contact info for guides, resorts, lodging and restaurants.  In addition, learn about ramps, fish-cleaning stations, open water and ice tournaments and community events.  A helpful map serves as a great reference tool.  For personal assistance, call 701-662-4903, and talk to a friendly and knowledgeable North Dakotan who was probably on Devils Lake yesterday.

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