Cold Snap Brings Much Wanted Ice
Well it is that time of the year again! Ice fishing season is upon us and is about to get off into full swing here soon. Christmas time and the New Year usually bring the beginning of the much anticipated ice fishing season here in North Dakota. Last week we had quite a few days that were below zero, this really helped create a good foundation of ice. As of today, December 22nd people are reporting ice depths of 6-15 inches.
Some of the upper basin areas (Lake Irvine and Lake Alice) have some of the better ice depths, pushing upwards over a foot to 15 inches in those areas. The West end of the lake and the Flats have just over a foot of ice. Six Mile Bay and Creel Bay have varying depths from 7-12 inches. As far as ice travel goes right now, it is still highly recommended to stick to snowmobile, 4 wheeler, and sno-bear traffic. There are still some areas that are seeing only 6 inches of ice so make sure to check your ice depths every so often when venturing into new spots.
Walleye and pike fishing has been producing some good fish. For walleyes focus on the structure based areas and transition points. Lures that have been working are Jigging Raps and Buckshots, try tipping the buck shots with a minnow head.
The perch bite has been picking up, try fishing some shallower areas of the basin for perch right now as they have not moved to the really deep water yet. Make sure to use a small presentation and light or ultralight rod to feel to the light bite. Try using a small Tungeston Jig or Genz Worms tipped with Wax Worms.
Don’t forget to post your catches this winter on our Visit, Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page.
Good luck to everyone venturing out on the ice this weekend and Happy Holidays!!