01 2014 »

July 1st Report!

This report is long overdue. Too many tournaments during the month of June. The good thing is that Devils Lake is as good right now as I have ever seen it. Anywhere and anyway you want them, you have them.

The Walleye bite is ridiculous. Many patterns right now are all working. Spinners and crawlers or Gulp! trolled along weed edges in 11 to 14 feet of water is a no brainer right now. It may take a bit to find a school of feeding fish, but when you do, just stay on them. Limits are literally coming in minutes, not hours. Gold and Perch patterns have been the best followed by Silvers and Whites. Some of the best areas are New Mill Bay, Golden Pond, RR Tracks in Pelican Lake, and Brown’s Bay to the east.

If bobbers are your ticket, try the same areas. Troll spinners till you find them, then bobber up and hold on. The fish are taking leaches and crawlers under the floats. A small jig seems to be better, but there are days when a plain red hook does the trick too.

The larger fish seem to be coming by casting crankbaits or jigs tipped with plastic. For me the #5 and #6 Flicker Shad has been hard to beat. I may have a new favorite color. The Pro Series Flashy Perch is the best looking perch bait I have ever seen. For jigs, try a 1/4oz head with a 3.5 inch Berkley Ripple Shad in Firetiger. Guarantee you will not go home empty handed. Same areas are holding the bigger fish, they just seem to be closer to the weed edges.

The pike are mixed in with the walleye still, but not nearly in the numbers as a month ago. I did have a great day of white bass fishing in a very small bay on the far east end of East Devils Lake. The fish had the bait corralled in a cat tail lined bay and were chowing down. It was non-stop for hours.

I will do my best to keep up to date the rest of the summer. Just on derby in July and one in August. Thanks for checking. I still have openings for August and September. Late summer looks to be shaping up nicely.

Courtesy of Johnnie Candle

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