The Last Hurrah!
The fishing on Devils Lake has been good the last few weeks. The Perch fishing has been good on sunny bluebird days and Walleye fishing has been best on overcast days. The Perch have been a little bit more of a finesse bite as of late, try working transition lines in the main basin of the lake in that 25-40ft of water range. Small rattling spoons (like Northland Buckshots or Clam Blade Spoons) have been great in locating fish and getting them to show up on your electronics. If the bite is a little tougher and you can mark a fish with your rattling jig but can’t get them to commit, throw down a small tungsten jig tipped with a wax worm and work that about 2 feet off bottom to create a feeding frenzy to activate the Perch.
The Walleye bite has still been good in the early morning and late evening times when the low light conditions are present. The Walleyes this last week were a little more active than before and preferred rattling jigs tipped with minnow heads. Work these jigs a foot off bottom and when a fish mark shows up keep raising the lure up to tease the fish to trigger that aggressive bite.
Ice conditions will soon become a day-to-day thing, as of right now we are sitting with around 24” of ice on the lake, access points are holding up okay so far as we speak today. With the extended forecast showing highs in the upper- 40s to mid-50s it will be atv and sled travel on the lake after tomorrow (Saturday the 25th). As everyone knows the shorelines are always the first things to go so make sure to use caution when getting on and off the lake this time of the year.
Now is the time to get your trip planned for summer fishing on Devils Lake as a lot of our Hotels and Resorts are already booking up, things are looking up for another great summer season ahead of us!
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