Devils Lake Fishing Report for July 18th, 2013
Jason Mitchell with Mitchell’s Guide Service out of Woodland Resort says if you want to catch big numbers of fish or want to get your kids into fishing by catching a lot of fish, NOW is that time. His guides and other fisherman are catching a lot of nice eating sized fish along with some nicer big fish mixed in. Jason says spinners behind bottom bouncers with artificial bait, leeches, or night crawlers run along weedbeds in the 8-12 foot depth has been especially hot. The good bite on artificial baits in addition to livebait should be especially good news to anglers who are pre-fishing for the upcoming no live bait MWC walleye tournament in a couple weeks. With the excellent bite going on right now, in addition to spinners most any fishing presentation is working including pitching cranks or jigs, trolling cranks, and slip bobbering. While Jason’s guides are largely fishing the western Flats and Pelican Lake areas, others are reporting a similar bite in most all parts of the lake. Some of the other more active spots have been the north end of Six Mile Bay, Doc Hagens, Bud Bay, New Mill and Old Mill Bays, the Fort Totten area, Stromme Addition and Storm Sewer area, Penny and New Penny Bays, Skadsens Bay, the smaller bays of Black Tiger Bay, Browns Bay, and the outlet area in East Devils Lake. Shore fishermen also continue to report some excellent fishing with the best bite in the early morning and just before dark periods of the day. Shore fishermen do say that period just as it’s about to get dark gets especially hot. The numerous miles of rip rap along the lake and the moving water bridge areas all offer great shore fishing places to fish for pike, walleyes, and white bass. While the walleyes and pike tend to bite best during those morning and evening hours, white bass can be caught all day long with the windy shores typically being better than the calm water areas. For white bass try using chartreuse or white jigs tipped with minnows or cranks such as shad raps, countdowns, flicker shads, and salmo’s in white, blue, firetiger, and perch. For pike and walleyes, try leeches or crawlers with lindy rigs, jigs, or slip bobbers, or most any of your favorite crankbaits. From all of us at the Devils Lake Tourism and Chamber offices, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable stay here in the Lake Region.