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Devils Lake is poised for another spectacular ice fishing season

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Devils Lake is poised for another spectacular ice fishing season. The high water levels of the past two decades have created record year classes of fish and Devils Lake has matured into a multi-species destination where anglers can target walleye, jumbo perch and pike. In the 80’s, Devils Lake was put on the map because of enormous jumbo perch. Today, jumbo perch (some topping out at more than two pounds!) are still caught by anglers each winter but perch numbers are currently down. Walleye and pike numbers however are currently through the roof.

Anglers experienced a phenomenal walleye bite this past summer and most anglers expect this bite to continue through the winter. Several year classes are present with numbers of fifteen to twenty- two inch fish available although anglers land walleyes over ten pounds each winter.

Northern pike are also extremely abundant with some fish topping twenty pounds. New for this winter, Minnesota residents will be able to spear pike on Devils Lake! Spear fishermen do extremely well early in the season on Devils Lake. Tip ups are another productive method that works well for catching these predators.

Jason Mitchell

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