Warm Weather Brings Better Access
This last week has brought some much needed warmer weather. We are currently sitting with around 20 inches of ice on Devils Lake. The warmer weather and January rain has helped bring down the snow a little out on the ice; this has made for a little better traveling conditions. Right now it is still best to utilize snowmobiles, tracked atv/utvs and snow-bears. Atvs with chains and pickups are getting around in some areas but there are still some areas with good snow drifts.
The Perch fishing has remained good, keeping mobile in these conditions has brought the best luck to anglers. Focus on the basin areas in deeper water for perch or fish in the submerged trees. With the very light bite we have been experiencing, it is best to have an ultra-light rod and small blade baits, Genz worms, or tungsten jigs. The same goes for walleyes: Northland Buck Shots, Kastmaster baits, and Clam Blade Spoons are just a few of the lures that have been working. When looking for walleyes focus on the early morning bite and late afternoon/early evening bite. One benefit to having the snow cover on the lake is that it seems the walleyes are biting a little bit later into the morning with less light getting through to the water.
All of our access points have been cleared out as of today. The north end of Six Mile Bay has been producing a fair amount of fish and there is now an access point cleared out right off of 51st St on the East side of Six Mile Bay. Take Highway 2 West of Devils Lake to find this access point.
It looks like a beautiful weekend for the upcoming 33rd Annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Tournament. Good luck to everyone fishing the tournament this weekend, don’t forget to share your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page and also use #devilslakend.