Devils Lake Fishing Report for May 23, 2014
With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, the fishing on Devils Lake appears ready for a great weekend. Warmer temps have finally pushed up water temps and anglers are reporting increased action as well. Johnny Dircks from Ed’s Bait Shop says to look for that warmer water in the shallower bays and you’ll find the fish. Johnny says the pike are everywhere and super active right now and there’s plenty of walleyes mixed in with them. With temps now approaching the higher 50’s and low 60’s, the white bass are also starting to turn on as well. Some of the better areas early on Devils Lake include Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Old Mill Bay, the north end of Six Mile Bay, Penny and new Penny Bay, the Storm Sewer area, the smaller bays off Black Tiger Bay and Browns Bay in East Devils Lake. In these areas anglers are pitching shad raps, hornets, flicker shads, countdowns, and jigs with powerbait or other plastics. Some of the better colors tend to be firetiger, black/silver, blue/silver, perch, and hot steel for cranks and chartreuse, white, blue, and minnow colors for plastics. Work the windy shorelines and go shallow. With the weed edges not yet well defined, sandy rocky areas are often the better spots to hit. Many anglers will also stop and throw out slip bobbers with leeches once they find a school of fish in an area. For you shore fisherman, Devils Lake didn’t have a very big run off this year and that’s resulted in there not being a real hot bite up north in the coulees. Johnny Dircks says shore fisherman have been finding a good walleye and pike bite in the early morning periods and especially in the evenings near the bridges. Lindy rigs or jigs tipped with leeches or minnows have been working the best in these areas. And with water temps now warmed up some, the white bass should be turning on as well. The white bass tend to bite all day long. Finding windswept rocky shorelines and working bright colors such as chartreuse or white with minnows is the key to catching white bass from shore. Some of the better areas for walleyes and pike have been the bridges of Six Mile Bay, the Mauvee bridge on Hwy 19, Channel A and Churches Ferry bridge on Hwy 2, the Hwy 57 and Hwy 20 bridges south of Devils Lake, and the Woods Rutten road bridge. After your outing, Devils Lake has free public fish cleaning stations located at the Six Mile Bay boat ramp, Heneger boat ramp, Lakewood boat ramp, and new last year an indoor facility located next to Ed’s Bait Shop just south of Devils Lake on Hwy 57. Good Luck from all of us at Devils Lake Tourism and the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!