Bass 423. Myself and couple buddys are heading to Devil's Thursday unguided. Wondering if you would help on areas , depths, where you got your perch at. Can message me if you don't want to report. Thanks
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Our group of 8 returned on Sunday after fishing TH-SAT with Bry's Guide Service. The fishing was tough on Thur with only 28 perch caught. Fri was better with 90 caught, and Sat was the best with 96 perch and 5 walleye. Overall a good trip. Pretty cold with heavy winds on Thur and afternoon on Sat. Sno-Bears made it fishable when it was too cold to hole hop. Decent average size but not as good as last year. The fish were finicky most days with one guy putting on a clinic on Sat and catching 15 in a row while others within 10 feet got nada or a few. He is also the best fisherman in the group and has likely caught more fish than the rest of us combined. The fish were caught on spikes, wax worms and minnow heads at various times. Had to switch up based on their mood (just like my wife!).
I cannot believe a community that says they so depend and care about their tourism is so lacking in their reports on ice fishing, roads, accommodations and weather alerts. Woodland resort's live cam is either down or stuck in one time spot. Their last lake post was December 26th.when they were trying to get shacks out and said they would post again soon but -nothing. I am schedule to go out next week but with no information after the storm last weekend I am going to go where I know I can at least get out and fish without taking a caterpillar out.
Looking for any guide service on Devils Lake for a 3 Day guided ice fishing trip for my son and I. Dates to be determined depending on conditions and preferably before the first of the year. In return for a 3day guided King Salmon fishing trip for 2 this coming summer out of Kewaunee Wisconsin, aboard my 33ft fishing boat. My son and I have been doing trips out of Kewaunee for many years, putting aboard numerous fish every summer. Fully equipped with all gear and tackle. With the option of either lodging on the boat with my son and I for no extra cost or staying at hotel in the area at your cost. Would be looking for the same in return when coming to Devils Lake. Have heard wonderful things about your area and would love the opportunity to expierience this. Any guides in the area that would be interested in swapping a trip like this please contact Gary at your earliest convienience to work out the details @715-754-5897 or 715-853-3543 cell
Walleyes and MWC Fishing
The walleye fishing has been good this last week! We just recently held the MWC Walleye Tournament on Devils Lake on August 19th and 20th. Congratulations to Troy Morris and Cory Heiser on winning the tournament with a 44lb 2 day bag! It was awesome to see the amount and size of fish these anglers could produce. All of the fish that were cleaned will be used for our 11th Annual Community Fish Fry and Corn Feed that will be taking place on Thursday, August 25th from 4pm til gone at the Bill Jerome Arena in town. Please stop on by if you are in town that day!
As far as the fishing, we are starting to notice a little bit of a transition of walleyes from shallow structure to a little bit deeper. We found walleyes this last week from 22-40ft of water. We had really good luck using 1 ½ oz bottom bouncers while fishing in less than 30ft of water and using 2 oz bottom bouncers when fishing in deeper than 30ft of water. We focused on sunken roads and submerged rock piles. It seemed the fish were hanging in the road ditches vs the top of the roads so we would make passes along the road ditches where the shoulder dropped off and found most of our fish there. As far as spinners go, there was no rhyme or reason to what color they preferred; it seemed once you found the fish you could throw out any colored spinner and get bites. Some colors did produce a little more aggressive bites but those colors varied every day so don’t be afraid to throw different colors at them. The Berkley Gulp! Still seemed to be hot bait again, try using white minnow grubs and minnows/chartreuse minnow grubs and minnows/or pumpkinseed minnow grubs or worms.
With fall right around the corner we have noticed the vertical jigging bite has also picked up to. Focus on the sunken rock piles and submerged structure as well as the many bridges around Devils Lake. Don’t forget to share your photos of your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook page! We would love to share pictures of what you are catching.
Good luck to everyone that is venturing out on the water!
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Walleyes and More!
Devils Lake fishing has been good this last week. The walleye fishing has been going well; many people are still catching their limits of walleyes trolling bottom bouncers. The beauty of trolling this time of year is that when you find a pocket of fish you can have a hay-day catching lots of walleyes. For trolling right now, try using 1 ¼ oz or 1 ½ oz bottom bouncer when fishing in 20 feet or less and use a 1 ½ oz or 2 oz bottom bouncer when fishing deeper than 20 feet. Spinner blade colors have been a day by day thing, try using firetiger, red & white, white & silver, and hammered gold as these seem to be a safe bet for walleye fishing on Devils Lake. Tip your spinner with either a worm or plastic like Berkley Gulp! When looking for a location to troll focus on break lines this time of year, it seems the fish are transitioning off break lines of old lake shoreline. Set your trolling speed between 1-1.3mph and start your trolling path, I would start shallow and work my way out to deeper water to see where the fish are holding up. As stated in previous reports, once you catch a walleye make sure to mark that waypoint and turn right back over it. If there is any bit of wind try and fish the wind-blown side of the shore as this is where the bait fish will be holding up at. Some areas of the lake to try are: Doc Hagens, Six Mile Bay, Golden Highway, and Pelican Lake (Pelican might be a little bit slower fishing wise but will produce good size fish when you do catch them).
The neat thing about Devils Lake this time of the year with trolling is that you just never know what you might catch: Walleyes, White Bass, Pike, Perch and even Crappie like this dandy that was caught trolling this week! Don’t forget to share pictures of your catch on our Visit Devils Lake, North Dakota Facebook Page!!
Good luck to everyone that will be hitting the water this weekend!