Walleyes and Mallards!
The seasons have changed and we have now have begun a favorite time of the year in the Devils Lake Area. October provides many people with a unique Cast and Blast opportunity here. Waterfowl hunting is in full swing along with walleye fishing!
If you are looking to get out fishing after a morning of duck hunting or just plan to hit the water all day, now is a fun time to fish Devils Lake. Many people are catching walleye as we speak and some nice eyes at that. Right now the fish are starting to put on their feed bag before winter hits in the next few months so this is a great opportunity to catch that walleye of a lifetime.
Two words that you will hear quite often right now for catching walleye on Devils Lake are: jigging and lead core. If you prefer jigging focus on the many bridges around the lake, the bridges at Highway 57, 20, 6 Mile Bay, and Mauvee Coulee have all been producing fish. When fishing the bridges try various depths around the current in 25-40 feet of water. Try using reactionary jigging baits like Rapala Jigging Raps or Johnson Johnny Darters or any other type of blade bait. The movement of these lures seems to cause an aggressive bite from passing fish. If the bridges are not producing try some submerged main lake structure at places such as (Bird Island, Cactus Point, The Towers, or Haley’s Hump). With the cooler mornings we have seen lately, it seems the walleye bite picks up once the sun has had a few hours to shine on the water and warm it up a bit!
If you are more of the trolling fisherman than a jigging fisherman lead core is an excellent option right now. Throw on your favorite crank bait and start trolling. Some areas to focus on for lead core are (The Golden Highway, Rip-rap shorelines along the lake, and the old lake shoreline). Remember that preferred lure colors can change quite frequently here so don’t be afraid to try different colors until you find the right one the fish are wanting.
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