Devils Lake Fishing Report for August 16th, 2013
Fishing reports for Devils Lake are sounding like a broken record. Fishing is awesome! That’s been the word for most of the summer and this week’s report is no different. While earlier reports indicated a shallower bite, anglers are now finding fish at most all depths. Boat fishermen continue to report a good bite running bottom bouncers with spinners along the outer edges of weedbeds in that 10-15 foot depth range. In these areas, anglers are looking for weeds that have grown up and are visible on top of the water. They’re then running their electric motors along the edges of the weeds with spinners tipped with nightcrawlers, leeches, powerbait, or gulp nightcrawlers. When using nightcrawlers or powerbait, most anglers are reporting that using a half crawler seems to work better as fish can’t steal your bait as easy. Anglers are also reporting a good bite along more rocky areas such as sunken roads, long points that go out into the lake, and the older rocky shorelines in that 24-30ft depths. In these areas anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners or trolling cranks such as Salmo hornets, Berkley flicker shads, and Rapala jointed shad raps behind leadcore line. Some of those weedbed areas anglers are working include the shallower bays in Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Old Mill/New Mill Bay area, Doc Hagens, Ft. Totten Bay, the storm sewer area in East Bay, Penny and New Penny Bays, Skadsen’s Bay, and the south end of Black Tiger Bay. Deeper rocky areas anglers are working include the Moon Bars and ridge area in Pelican Lake, the Golden Highway, Patience Point, Haleys Hump, Doc Hagens, Cactus/Ft. Totten Points, the old shoreline in the north end of Six Mile Bay and in front of Camp Grafton, Foughty’s Point, Birklands Point, and the outlet area in East Devils Lake. Some of the better spinner colors for Devils Lake include rainbow, gold, silver, white, perch, chartreuse, and pink. For you shorefishermen, fishing continues to be excellent as well. White bass have been a little tougher but the walleye and pike fishing remains excellent with the best times continuing to be the early morning hours and just before dark. Leeches or crawlers fished with jigs, slip bobbers, or lindy rigs have been working the best. Some of the more popular and better producing areas continue to be the bridges of the Mauvee, Channel A, Six Mile Bay, Hwy 57, Hwy 20, and Black Tiger. Other areas include the rip rapped shorelines along the highways in the West Bay Resort area, south end of Black Tiger, Haybale Bay, and the Grahams Island road. Good Luck from all of us at the Devils Lake Chamber and Tourism office and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable week!