Devils Lake Fishing Report for April 17th, 2014
Well it’s finally about that time to put away the ice fishing rods and break out the long ones. Ice conditions have deteriorated and we don’t advise people wandering out on the ice at this point. Shorelines are melting and moving water bridge areas and coulees are starting to open. Without a heavy snow pack as in some years, it’s hard to judge at this point what kind of a spring pike and walleye run we’ll have in the area. And with our late spring and ice just starting to melt we don’t have a lot of fishing reports yet. However, a few anglers have been going out and are reporting some pike running in the coulees in the Garske and north of Lake Alice areas. Anglers are also reporting some nice walleyes being caught at the Channel A and Churches Ferry bridges in the open water at dusk. With warmer temps expected this weekend, we expect more anglers to venture out and available fishing areas to expand. For you anglers visiting the area and wanting to give our early spring fishing a try some of the areas to try are the coulees in the Garske area, the Mauvee Coulee between Pelican Lake and Lake Irvin, and the coulees to the north of Lake Alice. Jigs with plastic such as Powerbait or twister tails in chartreuse, white, bright blue, or minnow type colors with or without a minnow are the go to presentation for most anglers this time of year for both pike and walleyes. Also for pike, smelt or herring fished with a bobber or on the bottom works well most all times of the year. Keep in mind it’s against the law to snag fish in North Dakota. A snagged fish is defined as a fish caught behind the gill plate. Good Luck and we hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Easter Weekend!