Just got back from my first trip to devils, stayed at woodland resort also.very nice resort, people were amazing. Marina helped fix my trolling motor, very helpful . Yes pier docking can be an issure if winds are more than 20 mph you should pull your boat. Restaurant is absolutely awesome, food was top notch at reasonable price. Now for the lake. First off figuer 1/3 of the time it will be very windy, and you can't get away from it, if you do find a calm spot there will be 10 boats sitting there. The fishing pressure is insane here. However it's a huge lake and right now it's a fish factory. I feel that might be coming to an end tho, the lake is down 4 feet and lowering. Alot of the best shoreline structure is above water now. Spawning habitat is dwindling. And the fishing pressure. Couldn't believe how many people are around this lake, RVs, cabins,ect. Did I say the lake is big? Oh yah, but alot of it is really shallow, the shorelines drop real gradual. Not much for nice weeds but they say they grow later. Now for fish, if there is weeds there is pike, 20-30 inch. Just like every other lake once the water is above 60 big pike go deep, do not go there and expect big pike if water is above 60. Tons of small walleye, I mean tons. But don't expect to cast and get them everyday u may read. That is a window deal, and like every lake the windows are short. I don't think I'd go back, 10 hour drive. If your just about getting your limit of walleye and catching lots of fish, good lake for you. If you like interesting structure to fish , trophy walleye ,not numbers not here. Canada much more interesting to fish. Devils does have good trophy pike possibility, but water has to be cold. Glad I went just to see it but doesn't hold a candle to lake of the woods when it comes to interesting structure to fish . Go soon cause unless it rains alot and fills it back up, I don't see how it can keep being the fish factory it is.
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Just returned from my first trip to Devil's Lake. We stayed at Woodland Resort and hired Mitchell's Guide Service for our first day. The guide took us around to many fishing spots on the lake but we did not catch a lot of walleyes and most were small (13"-"15"). It was disappointing, I expected better that that with a guide. The next day we fished on our own and caught about 40 walleye in the afternoon, again a lot of small fish, largest was 16". The next 3 days the wind was cranking and difficult to get out even in my 20FT boat. The local people said the windy conditions is the norm on Devil's Lake. Launched at other places to avoid fighting the waves, fishing was very slow and disappointing. On the last day of our trip the wind died and caught 40-50 walleye in 5hrs. Most of the walleyes were small but did catch a few 18"-19" which salvaged the trip. Overall a disappointing trip. Too much hype and advertising about Devil's Lake on TV shows. If you have never fished Devil's Lake don't waste your time and money even with a guide. When I made reservations at Woodland Resort I inquired about docking my boat over night and was told it not a problem. When we arrived and asked about the docking we found out the dock area is small and not protested from wind/waves. We were told it was best to pull the boat out every night, what a pain!. The parking lot at the launch area is not paved and gets muddy when it rains, what a mess. The motel room we stayed in at Woodland is suppose to sleep 3, there is barely room for 2. We also had issues with the hot water in the shower and frig wasn't working well. Not a good trip. We will not be returning to Devil's Lake or Woodland Resort. Better off going to Canada and catch some real Walleyes.
Hey guys, taking the family to devil's for first time, were pulling our boat and staying at woodland resort. Question is, is there decent fishing within a few miles of woodland?? Looks to me the "new" parts of the lake which I would think would be the better fishing are quite a ways north of woodland. Can you boat all the way up there or is it better to just pull boat to a different boat landing. Thanks
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The bite has been steady on Devils Lake, ND! We have experienced solid action in 3-6 feet of water. Best presentations to catch these shallow water beauties is pitching jig/plastic combos or casting cranks. Seems like the best action comes in the back end of the shallowest bays on the lake. We have also slip bobbered these areas had had some fine action when the fish are more neutral.
Pike, bass, and walleyes are all being caught in the shallows. This time of year it is common to catch nicer fish, (3-5 pound walleyes are very common). We have also had many pike over 35 inches with some in the low 40's. Look for more fish to slide deeper as water temps continue to increase and weeds continue to grow.
Please practice CPR on the nicer fish and good luck to all.
Lastly, people often ask me when is the best time of the year to come of for the best action. Truly, every month has its reasons for coming. July and August seem to produce more numbers than May and June; however, this time of year seems to produce a bit bigger fish most days. Good luck to all!!
Fished D.L. from the 20th - 27th. Went home with our limit of walleye, but had to work for them. Some long days on the water. Used a variety of lures/baits. Flicker Shads, Wally Divers and Shad Raps in the deeper water with some current. A jig with a 3" Gulp soft plastic minnow was the top lure overall. Blue and white was the best color. Slip bobbers with leeches did work too. We caught hundreds of northerns. Mostly 20-24". They were mostly a nuisance as we were after the walleye. A lot of discussion on whether the northerns are hurting the walleye fishing. The locals seem to feel that way too. The N.D. DNR was doing a survey about the northern problem. Got into some White Bass in some shallow bays and a few nice Crappies for the first time ever. Did see a very large northern(mid 40s) swimming with a walleye tail sticking out of its mouth. Big fish!!!
The lake is down 1.5 - 2' from last year. Some of our favorite spots were difficult to get to or not accessible at all this year. The Pelican Lake launch is closed due to low water levels. Had to launch at Grahm's Island and boat to Pelican this year. Only a couple of spots open to get north of the RR tracks which are easily seen this year. We heard the lake is to be drawn down another 4' over the next 2 years. If you are heading to D.L. be careful as it is definitely different that previous years. Ask around for lake info or danger spots.
Water temps varied from 58 to 70 in some spots.
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The shallow water bite on Devils Lake is starting to heat up. Over the last weekend water temps were ranging from 50-60 degrees. The key right now is to find the shallow bays that are the warmest. Look for walleyes to become more active throughout the day as the sunlight has had a chance to warm the water up. Walleyes are being caught in 2-6 feet of water in these bays. A couple different presentations have deemed successful.
First off, try pitching small crank baits into the water like a #5 Shad Rap or a Flicker Shad. Colors have varied but a couple main stay colors that seem to work best are firetiger and blue.
Another successful tactic is to use 1/4oz jigs tipped with plastics (paddle tails or twister tails) into the shallows as well. White tails have seem to work the best on various colors of jig heads. The key with pitching jigs is to have a more controlled and slow retrieve. A good tip to keep in mind is tying yourself a heavier leader with mono or fluorocarbon, as you will find lots of pike mixed in with the walleyes in the shallow areas!
Good luck to all the anglers out there, our fish cleaning stations will be turned on in the next couple of weeks when temps aren’t dipping down close to freezing overnight. Our year-round fish cleaning station located next to Ed’s Bait Shop is open for you to clean your catch.
Don’t forget to check out our Coolest Cooler Promotion that will be going on from May 1st- June 25th.
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