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Ice Angler’s Bucket List – Late Ice on Devils Lake

Posted: February 25, 2019

Cody Roswick with a nice Devils Lake jumbo perch

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – February 25, 2019 – “It’s the best big-fish, fun-time of the year,” said Woodland Resort owner Kyle Blanchfield about Devils Lake late ice fishing action. With some of the most brutal storms, snow and cold “in a generation” (-35 on many days) according to local North Dakota weather forecasters, anglers are looking forward to better days ahead.

Devils Lake is a natural lake that has grown from about 40,000 acres to nearly 160,000 acres in the past three decades.  Devils Lake offers a year-round open fishing season for perch, walleyes, northern pike and white bass.

Guide Cody Roswick, owner of Fin Hunters Guide Service (finhunter.com or 701-840-5407) will be on ice as long as it’s safe.  Weather stabilizes with longer, warmer days and fish become more active.  His normal routine is perch mostly, followed by walleyes in the evening.  This winter’s perch action has been consistent with 20 to 50 a day; some catches have been 100-plus per day.

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Blanchfield’s personal best trophies have all come during late ice season.  “Being more mobile and hole-hopping in nice temperatures is more fun,” he said, “Plus the perch put on the crazy feedbag.”  February storms forced the Perch Patrol 10-man guide service operating from his resort to use tracked vehicles to move anglers in portables.  The resort also has 44 permanent houses.  He will offer special angler lodging packages in late March (woodlandresort.com or 701-662-5996).

Group guided by the Perch Patrol

Roswick’s formula for success deals with “perch personality.”  They move constantly, and he uses jigs or spoons to quickly drop back down after catching a fish.  “This keeps ‘em excited and biting,” he said.  His tools are 1/16 ounce Northland Forage Minnows or Buck Shot rattle spoons.  He tips spoons with a minnow head, wax worms or perch eyes, with best colors being glow chub and orange and white.  He also uses Northland Fireball tungsten jigs in 1/16 ounce size, tipped with bait.  “Don’t forget pike!” Roswick said.  He also guides tip-up and spearing trips for the lake’s abundant toothy-critters.

Jason Feldner’s 7-man Perch Eyes guide service (percheyes.com or 701-351-1294) loves late Devils Lake ice.  Feldner said, “With the icepack, we should be fishing well into April.”  He concentrates his efforts on current areas saying, “Find current…find fish.”

As the season progresses, the main basin remains key, but fish begin to move with longer days.  When current is present, and this year he expects good run-off, the perch and walleyes gravitate “upstream.”  He feels Six Mile Bay will be especially good. For perch, gold-colored tungsten jigs are his best weapon.  Tipped with spikes/maggots, he holds his lure about 3 to 4 feet above bottom.  “It’s easier for fish to see it.  Perch are bottom-huggers, but they will rise to eat.  If not, drop down,” he said.

When searching, he uses an attractor spoon like the Lindy Rattlin’ Flyer (wide profile) or the new Lindy Glow Spoon (pink and white has been best so far).  Baited with a minnow head or spikes, he uses the spoon to bring them in then switches to tungsten jigs.  “It’s great when they’re hitting the spoons,” he said.

When current is noticeable, he fishes walleyes in 4 to 10 foot shoreline areas early and late in the day.  If close to the current (safety first!!) walleyes could be active all day.  A favorite of late ice clients is the fast pike action.  “With 4-lines, we plant three tip-ups and also jump around with a jig rod (spoon baited with a minnow). Pike are fun and great eating,” he said.

Devilslakend.com website is loaded with details about tournaments, the area’s motels and resorts, guide services (they cater to outdoorsmen and women), fish cleaning stations, ice/water conditions, fishing reports, community activities, upcoming events, dining, casino and much more.  Talk to a Devils Lake Tourism representative at 701-662-4903.

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Devils Lake Walleye Tournament Number 43 set for June 21-23

Posted: February 21, 2019

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – February 21, 2019 – Anglers are already making plans for the 43rd Annual Devils Lake Walleye Tournament.

This North Dakota community knows how to throw a fishing party.  Dates are June 21-23, 2019.  Many teams return to what they call a “homecoming.”  Some have fished almost since the beginning.

What was happening 43 years ago?  Gas was 59 cents a gallon.  The Apple Computer Company was formed.  The VHS cassette recorder was introduced.  The average cost of a new home was $43,000; the annual average income was $16,000.  Popular TV shows were the Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, All in the Family and MASH.  Top movies were One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, All the President’s Men and The Outlaw Josie Wales.

Back to 2019 – the walleye tournament offers a $6,500 guaranteed first place, along with two Airwave Pedestals.  Five teams entering by March 31 will be in a drawing to have their entry fees paid.  If the 125-two-person field is filled by June 14, the Chamber and Tourism Bureau will add an extra $1,500 to the well-run tournament purse.

Even though this is a walleye tournament, the directors have always made it for everyone.

The largest daily walleye pays $500 from Proz End of the Line and Lakeside; largest pike pays $250 daily from NDTC and Horizon Financial Bank; the largest white bass daily pays $250 from Blue Sky Realty and LaMotte’s Paint & Glass; biggest perch is worth $100 daily from Blake’s Marine and Nikolaisen Land Company.  Pooh’s Taxidermy will mount the overall largest walleye and northern pike.

The highest placing mixed couple teams win $250 courtesy of State Farm insurance – Kevin Vistad; the biggest one-day (Klemetsrud’s Plumbing & Heating) weight is worth $250; the Hot Seat giveaway is worth $400 from Slumberland Furniture; Blake’s Marine power-up award is $400; Real Estate 7 awards 7th place $100; Lake Region state college honors 43rd place with a scholarship and nice swag.

Additional payout money has been provided by Devils Lake Tourism, Scheels, Ottertail Power, Holiday Inn Express, Newby’s Ace Hardware, Lake Liquor, BeMobile, Radio Works, Ramsey Bank, Old Main Street Café, and Gerrells Sports Center.

The Day Two Pike Optional Shootout at $50 per team pays first place 50 percent of all entries for three pike; 35 percent for second; and 15 percent for third.  A tournament lunch is provided by Leevers Food, Flatlanders, Farmers Union Oil, Schwan’s Wholesale and Walmart.  Many additional prizes are up for grabs.  Tournament entry fee is $275 per team.  Tournament headquarters is at Grahams Island State Park.  Pro Angler, Educator and Guide Johnnie Candle is tournament emcee.

For more information on the tournament, call the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce at 701.662.4903. You can also download the application at tourism.devilslakend.com.

The devilslakend.com website is loaded with details about the tournament, the area’s motels and resorts, guide services, fish cleaning stations, ice/water conditions, fishing reports, community activities, upcoming events, dining, casino and much more.  Talk to a Devils Lake Tourism representative at 701-662-4903.

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Winter Plowing Map

Posted: February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019 – This is a rough draft of where the plow made access points on Devils Lake. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE and DO NOT fish on the trail system. The trail is provided to help gain access onto the lake. Please park as far to the side as possible (or off the trail if you can) to allow vehicles to pass, then walk to the area you would like to fish.

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ShiverFest 2019 UPDATE on Events

Posted: February 14, 2019

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We’ve made a couple of changes to the line up for ShiverFest this year. All the details for the weekend you can find right here!

Friday

All Day…. Frosty Quilt Show…. Downtown Devils Lake

Saturday

All Day… Mite Jamboree Hockey Tournament… Burdick Arena & Bill Jerome Arena
All Day… Frosty Quilt Show…. Downtown Devils Lake
All Day… Sledding (bring your own sled)…. Creel Bay Golf Course
9 am – 5 pm… Gun Show…. Memorial Building
9 am – 5 pm… Cross Country Skiing…. Creel Bay Golf Course
10 am – 4 pm… Winter Wonderland Vendor Show…. Creel Bay Golf Course
10 am – 4 pm… Relay for Life Food Fundraiser…. Creel Bay Golf Course
10 am – 5 pm… Team on Team/World Cup Rules/8 End Games…. Lake Region Curling Club
11 am… Frozen Fanny 5K…. Creel Bay Golf Course
12:30 pm… SnowGa…. Creel Bay Golf Course
5 pm – 9 pm… Steak Fry Fundraiser, Optimist Club…. Proz End of Line

Sunday

All Day… Sledding (bring your own sled)…. Creel Bay Golf Course
8 am – 2 pm… Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Fishing Has No Boundries…. KC Hall
9 am – 5 pm… Cross Country Skiing…. Creel Bay Golf Course
9 am – 3:30 pm… Gun Show…. Memorial Building

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