Things Are Heating Up!
Memorial Day brought some incredible weather and some incredible fishing. I finally got a break from traveling and hit the water fairly hard this week. Guiding for me is going full guns so reports should be fairly regular.
The great thing about Devils Lake this time of year is that everything can be found shallow. You never know on any given cast what will come in on the end of your line. For non-stop action, think shallow and casting. Pick out your favorite size 5 crank bait or a 3.5 to 4 inch soft plastic swim bait on a 1/4oz jig and hold on tight.
The Walleye, Pike, and White Bass are all biting well when you find them. The Pike are literally everywhere. You can catch 100 in a day if you really want to. If there is a good time of the year to keep pike, now is it. The water is clean and cold. The fish are very tasty and not that hard to clean. Casting to any shoreline will provide pike.
The White Bass action was hot in Brown’s Bay for me on Friday. Literally cast after cast for over an hour. All sizes up to 18 inches. Again, #5 Flicker Shad and 3.5 inch Ripple Shad were the go to baits. Just cast and reel.
The walleye are always a bit tricky this time of year. The best walleye action has been in the bays that are away from the main lake. It seems if you can find 60 degree water you will find the eyes. Pitch the above lures toward the old cattail edges has produced some nice sized fish with the biggest of the week being 27 inches long. We had better luck with numbers by fishing similar areas with slip bobbers and leaches. Again, warm water is the key right now.
There is also a good walleye bite vertical jigging near any of the bridges in the lake. This is best with some current flowing under the bridge. Look for the current seams and drop your favorite jigging lure over the side of the boat. The Jigging Rap continues to be hot here on Devils Lake.
Fishing will get better and better with rising water temps over the next several weeks. Now is the time. Good luck.
Courtesy of Johnnie Candle