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November 12th, 2013

Ice fishing is still a few weeks or more off...people are still out in the boat catching walleyes at any of the bridges or structured areas on the lake. Use jig and minnow......A heads up for this winter, if results of this past summer and fall continue, PERCH fishing is going to be lights out this winter. Anglers have been catching big numbers of perch of great size. Don't miss out on the bite for this winter, besides the PERCH walleye and pike will be amazing like usual. If your looking for a guide or to rent some ice houses, give me a call at 701-230-9469

Big group or small, we will gladly guide you for a great day on the lake! Any questions feel free to call anytime.

June 27th, 2013

Hello, fishing on the lake has been super. Whether you want pike or walleye with bass mixed in come here. Everywhere you go you will catch a mixture of pike and walleye. Fish weeds anwhere from 3 FOW to 12 FOW. Bigger walleyes are coming right in the weeds pitching through and over them with #5 shadraps. Color seems to change a lot, Bleak, Purple, Helsinki Shad, hot steele or perch have been popular colors. Scatter raps have been working really good. Fish the weeds in Pelican, howards bay, doc hagens, new mill, ft totten area, over in east bay you have dairy farm, storm sewer, penny bay and browns bay in East Devils Lake. B ridges in the evenings jigging with a leach or lindy rig for the shore fisherman. Keep moving around and you will find the fish you are looking for. Wind blown shorelines are usually the better bite. You can also bobber fish on edges of weeds along with spinners using a crawler or leach. Good luck fishing!

May 30th, 2013

Hello, fishing has been picking up over the past week with some much needed sunshine. Pike have been hammering cranks regardless the past few weeks, but with the warmer temps walleyes are starting to hit crankbaits which is a great sign. You can pitch cranks or bobber with leeches in 1-7 FOW...find wind blown shorelines and warm water along cat tails, trees and rocks. Just keep moving around..get ready to catch tons of northerns with walleyes mixed in...as the water gets warmer walleyes will become more aggressive. Fish Pelican lake....north end of sixmile, and both bridges on highway 19. Shore fisherman are also having success fishing those two bridges using lindy rigs and leeches. Stop in and get everything you need for your day on the lake and the latest hot spots!

I still have room for some guiding...dont miss out on a great day...call me at 701-230-9469

May 7th, 2013

Hello, coolies are open and fish are being caught. Please throw back all snagged fish and females with eggs. Help the lake stay what it is for a long time. Thanks and good luck.

April 5th, 2013

Hello Fisherman........Ice fishing, yes ICE FISHING still....has been decent..work six mile bay south and north of the bridge, black tiger east devils lake for the perch. Walleye find structure...Mauvis Bridge, 6 mile bridge, 57 and 20  bridges...Mission Bay, Penny...Pelican lake and the flats. Work 5-20 FOW.

There is NO running water yet, the coolies are NOT open...and the fish are not spawning yet..we are all still ice fishing here...ice is great need something with tracks to get around for all the snow we still have. Looks like another month of ice fishing ahead...hopefully some open water by early may. Good luck!

Feb 26th 2013

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere is your fishing report....Its been hit and miss the last couple 3 or 4 weeks. One day its really good then slow for 4 or 5. Perch spots..East Devils Lake, Black Tiger Bay, Mouth of creel, towers area and Casino area. Small jigs tips with wax worms or minnow heads. Walleye fishing is hit and miss as well. Find structure in 10-25 FOW and you will find Walleyes. On a personal note if you have issues with lack of reports, call me personally 230-9469.. Please dont hide behind your computer and bash my businesss along with other business in the area. Call me id be glad to talk!

Stable weather should help fishing. This is day number 5 of nice temps. Getting around the lake is just fine. Accesses are cleaned out. March is almost here! Thanks and good luck!

Jan 8th,2013

Well happy late new year. Not a lot of snow on the lake great ice. Average of 20 inches id say through out the lake. Walleye fishing has been great on the lake since christmas. Doc Hagens is the most consistent, mission bay, Golden highway, rocky and military points, bird island (mix of walleyes and perch) casino area have been the most fished and successful. Fish structure 10-20 ft depending on which spot your fishing useing buckshots or forge minnows tipped with heads. Pike fishing remains good in Walfords bay, north end of six and Lake Irvine. Hearring is the bait of choice...or try a hot dog it works! Perch fishing is still kind of hit and miss...big perch but the numbers are not there. Still searching for the biggers schools. Mouth of creel, towers area, black tiger and east devils lake have been the better spots. Move around a lot and search. Hopefully the perch become more active soon. Small jigs with minnow heads have been working the best. Good luck and good fishing! Call for guided trips if your interested!

December 21st, 2012

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.!!! Which in our case is a really good thing. Making lots of ice, some people are driving most still ATV's. By next weekend it should be safe to drive pretty much anywhere. Just use common sense. Fishing wise perch...creel bay picked up again..the school of fish moved south out in front of the Country Club. Good numbers the last couple days. Heard some rumors of Black Tiger and East Devils Lake..just havnt had the time to go check those two spots out. Walleye fishing has been really good, Lake irvine has been on fire, Mission bay on the tracks and gravel pits has been really well. Doc hagens, The gap, golden highway, Stromme addition, Knutsons bay. Basically find structure you will find walleyes. Minnow heads so far seem to be working the best for Walleye and Perch. Buckshots, forge minnows, lindy rattlin spoons, genz worms, halis are the hooks of choice. Stay warm have fun and good luck! Be safe

December 17th, 2012

I was waiting for the weekend to be over before i did any reports. Lots of people were in town fishing this weekend and i heard some really good reports and some not so good ones. North end of Creel Bay perch fishing was excellent friday and saturday. Sunday was still ok but not as good as the first two days. Jeruselim bay in East Devils Lake i heard was pretty good as well. Still catching fish on Military Point, mix of walleyes and perch. Mission Bay has still been good for walleyes, Stromme addition mix of Walleye and Perch. Spots i have not heard reports from yet that should be good are Doc Hagens area, South end of Black Tiger, Golden Highway, Patience Point. When people start driving pickups out on the ice more reports will come in. We are looking at 9-11 inches of ice right now with cold temps ahead. I dont feel safe driving yet but im sure by the weekend there will be people with pickups on the ice. Still advise 4 Wheeler traffic for at least another 7-10 days. Good luck!

December 10th, 2012

Hello fisher people. COLD COLD COLD temps over the last few days is making some great ice finally. Reports are saying anywhere from 7-10 inches on average around the lake depending on where you are. Shallower bays will obviously have more ice then the big lake. Fishing has been decent with limited areas people are fishing. East Bay Boat ramp has been good for Walleyes and a few perch, North End of Six  mile is producing Pike and Walleye. Over in East bay behind pops i heard reports of good Walleye action along the underwater road. Pelican lake is producing Walleyes, west side of the Flats, Golden Highway, Grahams Island area and Mission Bay. Find Structure fishing from 10-25 FOW and you will find Walleyes. Buckshots, Forge Minnows, Lindy Rattlin Flyers tipped with minnow heads have been working the best. Herring for the tip ups . 4 Wheeler action should be good to go now, still neeed to be careful, but with more people out in about hopefully i will get some Perch Reports...im guessing Black Tiger Bay, Six Mile bay, or east devils lake should be good for perch if you can get there. Just check the ice first. Good luck!

December 4th, 2012

Hello fisher people. The lake is finally froze over with people walking out in the shallow bays. 4-6 inches on the smaller stuff with 2-4 on the big stuff. Anglers are reporting some success North End of Six Mile Bay, Pelican Lake, West side of the flats, Lake Irvine, Dry Lake. Walleye and Pike mainly fishing 4-15 FOW using buckshots, forge Minnows with a minnow head. Use tip ups as well with a full minnow...glow beeds help! Pike find shallow weed areas by catails using hearing on a tip up!. Been out a few times myself north end of six and caught some nice walleyes and a few pike. Colder temps this week so we should be making some ice! Good luck

June 14th, 2012

Fishing on the lake has been pretty good. Steady water temps and some wind from time to time makes for a good bite. Fish Pelican lake with cranks or boobers along the weeds and cat tails in 3-6 FOW. Use leaches under the bobbers. Howards bay has been producing walleyes, doc hagens, ft totten/knutsons bay area..New mill cover the flats and main bay. East bay people are catching fish in penny bay, stromme addition area, haybale bay, ruttens bay. East devils lake has been producing fish as well in browns bay. Lots of pike are being caught, scatter threw the pike and you find your walleyes. Crank the windy shorelines or bobber on the edges. Anglers are catching fish in the evening from shore at Mauvis Bridge and six mile bridge. The whole lake is now producing fish, cmon out stop in and we will help you with where to start. Good luck

April 6th, 2012

Fishing on the lake has been fair. Shore fishing people are catching lots of pike mixed in with a few walleyes. Lack of running water this year has made the spawn bite for walleyes hit and miss. One day its good the next day its slow. Try any of the spawing areas from the past...six smile...mauvis bridge..channel A and all the culverts north of Devils Lake. People who are in the boat are having better success for Walleyes. Jigging at the bridges and taking soft baits pitching them into the cat tails working them slow. Jig and minnow at the bridge. Good luck and good fishing.

Feb 24th, 2012

Ice fishing has been decent this week. With a few front that came in and out there were a few days of slower fishing but most of it was pretty good. Walleye bite remains good around Grahms Island, Doc Hagens, Mission Bay, Stromme Addtion, Along the tracks in Pelican...basically find structure and you will find Walleyes. Work structured areas in 6-25 FOW using anything with a rattle and a minnow head. Perch fishing this week was hit and miss..good one day and not the next..Swansons Point by the casino..Bud Point..East Devils Lake and Black Tiger bay were the spots for the most success. Work 25-60 FOW depending on what part of the lake you are fishing. Small Jigs with minnow heads, wax worms or spikes were working the best. Our first real snow storm is suppose to come this weekend, so we will see what the does to the fishing and lake access. Pray it goes North or South of us. Good luck and good fishing!

Feb 17th, 2012

Ice fishing ice fishing ice fishing...what a great year it has been. Hardly any snow and good ice has made getting around on the lake awesome! Perch continue to bite fairly well over in east devils lake..south end of black tiger..and new spot this week the towers in the main bay. Work depths 35-55 FOW depending on what part of the lake you are fishing. Smaller buckshots, halis, forge minnows tipped with wax worms or a minnow head have been working the best. Walleye fishing is still pretty good in the mornings and evenings. Work mission bay area, stromme addition, penny bay, west side of the flats. Basically find a structered area and use anything that has a rattle in it tipped with a minnow head. Work 8-25 FOW depending on the structure you are fishing. Pike fishing remains good north end of six mile bay, lake irvin and the little lakes north of town. Herring is the bait of choice. Like i side ice is still great you can drive anywhere you want. Just stay away from pressure ridges and bridges and you will be good to go. Good luck fishing, hope you stop in, we have everything you  need for your day on the lake!

Feb 10th, 2012

Ice fishing continues to be pretty decent on the big lake. The walleye bite has been pretty fair all over the lake. West side of the flats has been good in spots like Golden Highway, Maddock Ridge, along old 281, the old lagoon in minnewaukan...Patience Point, the underwater road by Grahams Island...Doc hagens, Bud Point, Towers...Mission Bay on the tracks...Stromme Addition..Penny Bay..fish in 8-25 FOW depending on the structure your fishing using basically anything with a rattle in it tipped with a minnow head. Perch fishing has been really good out east. East Devils Lake and Black tiger have been mostly consistent with a slow day here and there when a front moves in. Fish 30-50 FOW using smaller jigs with minnow heads or wax worms. Other spots that have perch are mouth of Creel bay...in front of the Dome house...Patience Point....south end of six mile bay. Looks like another nice week of weather ahead of us..ice is still great so cmon out and try your luck! 701-230-9469 for guide service....300 a day two person min. Everything Provided.

Feb 1st, 2012

Ice fishing has been excellent on Devils Lake. With not much snow and good ice people are being able to get around everywhere. Perch fish has been GREAT!. East Devils lake has been the most successfull. Behing Pops in east bay has been day to day, one day its great next day slow...Dome house and mouth of creel have a lot of fish with the bite being ok in those two spots. West side of the flats perch has been really good as well...spots like Paitence Point and the south west side of Grahms Island...Walleye fishing has been pretty good as well...Bud Bay, Ft Totten area, Mission Bay...Penny Bay, Black Tiger Bay, and Stromme Addition. Depth for perch work 20-50 FOW depending on what part of the lake your fishing using smaller jigs with wax worms, spikes, or minnow heads...Walleye bite has been better on anything that rattles....Buckshots...Salmo Zingers.....Lindy Flyin Rattle SPoons tipped with minnow heads....Cmon out and try your luck, fishing should only get better!

December 9th, 2011

Ice Fishing is starting to pick up on Devils Lake. With no snow and cold temps we are making ice daily. Still walking and 4 wheeler traffic only for safety. Anglers are catching walleyes north end of six mile bay in 7-12 FOW using buck shots, forge minnow, jiggin raps tipped with minnows. Lake Irvine has also been good on the west side out in front of the green box north of Churches Ferry. Hopefully with these cool temps continueing we will start getting reports on perch fishing. Havnt heard any yet but we need some anglers out on the ice moving around first. Pike fishing remains very good north end of six mile, morrison, and sweetwater lakes. Herring on tip ups have been working very well. We should be in for a great winter if this weather continues. Longer the snow stays away the better ice we will have in a few years. Use caustion while fishing early ice, thanks and good luck!

December 2nd, 2011

Ice fishing is having a slow start but there are anglers finally getting out in a few spots. North end of Six Mile Bay is producing nice pike, few nice perch, and walleyes along the flooded road with 3-6 inches of ice. Buckshots, jigging raps tipped with minnows are working. Few spots in Pelican lake and west side of the flats people are starting to walk out with 3-5 inches of ice catching some walleyes in 6-10 FOW. Pike fishing is pretty good up north on sweetwater and morrison lakes using tipups and herring with 5-8 inches of ice. The big parts of the lake is still open water. Hopefully calm winds and colder temps are in the near future. Stop in and check out the store, did some more remodeling with LOTS of tackle to choose from. The shop is full this winter with great prices for all. We will match anything. Thanks and BE SAFE! GOOD LUCK!

November 11th, 2011

Late late late fall early winter is on its way. Not a lot of people out fishing but ones who are getting out are having great success. Troll with leadcore the moon bars and pelican ridge on Pelican lake with salmos or wally divers. Golden highway has been very good as well. Any of the bridges or deeper points and rock piles are producing fish as well. Put a jig on with a minnow and keep moving around. BIG fish are hitting on cranks...dont catch a lot but they are nice fish. Deer contest is still going on with a week to go. Bring in your deer so we can weigh it, maybe its big enough for the prize! Binocs for the buck and trail cam for the doe. Thanks and good luck!

October 28th, 2011

Cooler temps are here somewhat but the fishing continues to be pretty darn good if you can handle the cold. First off jigging all the bridges with minnows or crawlers has been working pretty good. Seems 11am-3pm has been the best time for jig fishing. All the deep rock piles and structured spots on the main bay have been producing fish as well. Trolling the golden highway with leadcore has been excellent. Wally divers flicker shads and salmo hornets have been the bait of choice. Pelican ridge remains hot as well. Some days the fish are on top in 16 FOW and other days on the edge and bottom in 18-22 FOW. A lot of nice fish have been caught on the golden highway and pelican ridge. Pitching crank baits is producing fish as well. Not as many fish but really nice fish. Basically go back to the spots you fished this spring and cast away. Weeds are dieing so fish are moving back up shallow as well. Good luck and good fishing! Big buck and doe conest is here again this year with a nice set of binocs for the buck and tail cam for the doe. North Dakota tags only and we go by weight of the deer field dressed.

October 21st,2011

Hello, fall fishing is here and it has been pretty good. Jigging the bridges has been pretty darn good. Every bridge on the lake has been producing fish. Jigs and minnows. Jigging the structure spots on the lake has been producing as well. Lost jig, Cactus point, Bird Island, Rocky Point, The towers area, and the rock pile in six mile bay. Pitching crank baits is starting to pick up too for bigger fish. 3-6 feet of water has been the depth this week. Ft totten area, penny bay, new mill aera, stromme addition, storm sewer area and pelican lake have been the best spots. Trolling is working pretty good too, golden highway in the flats has been hot lately. Reef runners on top of the road have been great. Pelican ridge and the moon bars in pelican, highway 57 south end of main bay, budweiser bay area, stromme addition have all been producing fish while trolling. Troll in 10-25 ft of water depending on the structure and shoreline your on. Fishing is going great so cmon out. I basically have a fire sale on all my crankbaits right now, so come in and get them while some remain! 6.59 on raps and 6.59 on salmos. Good luck and good fishing!

September 6th, 2011

Hello, report time again and every week. Sorry for the no reports my fault. Anyway fishing on the lake has been pretty good all summer and still is. Right now you can do about anything you want to catch fish in any depth you want. The nice fish are coming on pitching crankbaits in the shallows still. 4-8 FOW on edge of weeds and cattails. Wind does help as usual. Pelican lake, Howards Bay, Hog Bay, Holy Bay, Old mill, Ft Totten area, Stomme addition, penny bay, browns bay have been producing fish. Live baiting use spinners, bobbers, jigs. Use leeches or crawlers in 12-25 FOW. Producing numbers of fish but the size isnt always there. Have to weed through them to get what you want. Ft totten area, Golden highway, deeper shorelines up in Pelican, Rocky and Military points, Doc Hagens, budweiser bay...and again stromme addition, dairy farm, storm sewer area, Foughty's Point, any of the bridges on the lake. Keep moving to you find the right depth.. basically anything with structure this time of year holds fish. Fishing is only going to get better when the water temps cool down and the weeds start to die off. A lot more to look foward to till ice fishing starts! New store hours for fall and winter are 6am-9pm. Stop in we will help you out! Thanks and good luck!

June 17th, 2011

Hello, fishing continues to be pretty good. Having a little wind always help, but usually its not enough or too much. Pelican remains very good with pitching cranks on wind blown shorelines on edge of weeds or trees. Get in that 3-7 FT range. Refuge Island, Loomis Bay, and north of the tracks remain the best spots. Howards bay is producing nice sized eating fish. The south shoreline of Howards seems to be the best. New mill and the FT Totten area are producing fish as well. Penny bay, stromme addition, haybale, ruttens bay, browns bay remain the best in east bay. Moving around is having the most success, pitch till your arms fall off and cover the most shoreline as you can. Colors for cranks have been purple or blue tiger flicker shads, hot steal, purple, and firetiger shad raps. If you want to live bit, get in that 5-10 Ft and use bobbers with leeches. Some people are starting to get fish on spinners and crawlers as well. Good luck to the anglers in the Devils Lake Open tomorrow put on the the Lake Region Anglers Association. CMon out and fish, it will be lots of fun and fishing with great people and a great Association! Good luck and good fishing

May 27th, 2011

Hello, some sunny days this past week as helped fishing somewhat. The main lake and the flats remains hit and miss with colder water temps. People are pitching #5 berkley flicker shads or #5 shad raps. Bleek, black and sliver, or purpledecent seem to be the best colors. With colder temps fish seem a little slow at times, so if you run in to a spot where you are having some hits and follows, throw the anchor out and try to bobber the walleyes with leeches. As for pelican, the ramp is done and useable, fishing has been pretty darn good up there. Find back bays where the wind is blowing in and start pitching away. A lot of nice walleyes and decent pike are being caught. More shoreline you cover the more fish your going to catch. Just be careful, the lake is a lot bigger with a lot of new water to try and things to hit. Interested in a guide, give me a call, 701-230-9469. I have been updating some pictures on the home page, will put some up every week. Thanks and good luck!

May 20th, 2011

Hello, well the sun finally came out this week. Warmed up that water a little bit but we still need warmer water. Rain is on tap this weekend and a lot of it with cooler temps to follow. Fishin remains slow with the best luck using lindy rigs and leeches in front of Mauvis or Six mile bridge working them really slow on teh bottom. Edge of underwater roads. Basically any area where you can find rocks...which is spawning grounds. People are getting some fish but you have to work for them. People who move around the most and have the right presentation are doing ok. If you come out, stop on in we will get you set up for your day on the lake :) Anyone intersted in a guide give me a call...701-230-9469. Im starting to get filled up a little so call soon and i will make time for you. Good luck and good fishing!

May 13th, 2011

Hello, BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR it is cold outside. Cold and windy does not make for very good fishing this time of year. With water temps in the low 40's this week fishing remains slow. If you are in town and fishing, try channel A with jigs and twister tails, jig and leech or jig and minnow.  Work your bait on the bottom slow and keep casting. If your in the boat, try to find areas with rocks, mainly road beds, shallower shorlines. Basically spawning areas for fish. Work jigs slow in these areas as well. Most walleyes are spawned out with few remaining to finish. The eyes not spawned out yet are still biting someone. Basically what we need for great spring fishing is warm weather which is SUPPOSE to start Monday. With temps in the mid to high 60's water should start to warm up. Anyone looking for a guide give me a call, 701-230-9469. Thank you, good luck and good fishing....summer will be here sometime!

May 8th, 2011

Hello, the ice on the lake has been finally gone now for a little over a week. But with cooler temps and not much sun the lake is warming at a very slow process. With surface temps in the 42-46 degree range, boat fishing is pretty slow. Work is being done on all the ramps and hopefully will re-open end of next week. If you do wanna come fish, shore fishing remains the best. With the spawn coming to an end, shore fishing slowed down quite a bit from what it has been but some fish are still being caught in and around bridges with moving water and the coolies. We are pretty much in the waiting game right now. Hopefully the sun comes back out and the water warms up quick, then the real fishing begins. Anyone intersted in a guided trip, give me a call at 701-230-9469. I will have prices and other info on the home page. Thank you and good luck!

April 23rd, 2011

Hello everyone, time to start writing some reports because there actually is something to write about. The bad news first, there is STILL ice on the lake which isnt cool but what can you do. The good news is the bridges and coolies have open water and are producing fish. Find moving water, you will find fish. Mauvis Bridge jigging in a little duck boat with minnows and a jig is producing, channel A is producing as well. Walleyes and pike. Shore fishing, the coolies around Churches Ferry and north to Cando have been doing very well. Jigs and twister tails with the occasional minnow have been working the best. Nice weather ahead so hopefully the ice goes quick. Me and a lot of people are ready for boat season. The bait shop is TOTALLY FULL AND STOCKED with qaulity tackle. Come and and check it out. Good luck and good fishing.

March 17th, 2011

Hello...Gotta love March! Nice weather, snow melting and excellent fishing. Six mile bay has been the hot ticket for perch. With fish starting to school up and actually starting to bite pretty good. Movement is the key, get on the school catch fish. When the fish are gone, pack up and move again. Nice sized perch are being caught on wax worms, spikes, and minnow heads. Smaller jigs like ratsos, hali's, forge minnow, genz worms have been usefull. Plain hook with bigger minnow has triggered a better bite some days as well. For walleye fishing, it been been fair but scattered...mission bay has been the best..fish the tracks or humps. 57 and 20 bridge are also starting to pick up since the water has started to move under those bridges. Bucks hots, Rapala jigs, Nils Masters have been working the best tipped with a minnow head. Pike fishing has been great...nort end of six mile, lake irvin, and morrison have been the best. Herring on tip ups, or a bigger jig with twister tail and full minnow if you wanna jig. Travel on the ice is starting to get sloppy but remains pretty good. That could change in the next week or so...which means get ready for 4 wheeler traffic to get around safely. Cmon out and fish while its still good. Good luck and good fishing!

Feb 25th, 2011

Hello everyone, sorry for the lack of reports...website was down and repairs were being maid. As for fishing goes, well things are a lot better then it was couple weeks ago. Warm weather knocked down a lot of snow then it got cold again. Results in that are driving on the lake, yes i said driving. From what iv seen and heard you can drive in quite a few different areas of the lake. As for fishing goes it has been hit and miss this last week. Up and down weather usually does that. Walleye bit has remained OK with the better areas being north end of Six Mile Bay, Mission Bay, in front of Camp Grafton, towers area, Military Point, Walfords Point, Ft. Totten area, and in front of the casino. Try to find structured areas, rock piles, Humps, Points, Old shore lines...Fish anywhere from 10 FOW to 25 FOW depending on which area you are at. As perch fishing starts to pick up some, reports of a lot of perch being found in front of the country club, mouth of Creel Bay, North end of Creel Bay, Casino area, Towers area, and North End of Six Mile Bay. Fish depths of 26 FOW to 45 FOW.The Perch bite remains hit and miss with some days better then others. Moving around is the biggest key to success when perch fishing. So with being able to drive on the lake, cmon out and give it a try. Its been a slow season getting around, but hopefully with the conditions we have now things will pick up. Good luck and good fishing!

Feb 4th, 2011

Hello, warmer temps a few days this week has a result in a few more people fishing. Overall fishing has been decent. Walleyes continue to bite in several areas. North End of Six Mile Bay along the sunken road has been decent, the ridge on the west side of the towers in the main bay, Ft Totten area, Mission bay fishing the tracks and the humps. Stomme addition area, Military Point, and Doc Hagens. Fish anything with structure, depths between 10 FOW and 25 FOW. All depends on which area you are fishing. Anything with green has been working the best, buck shots, forge minnows, Live forage baits from Northland tipped with a minnow head or full minnow. Perch fishing continutes to be hit and miss. Better areas are swansons point, towers, dome house area, Foughty's Point, north end of creel bay, and north end of Six mile bay. Fish depths of 28 FOW to 48 FOW depending on which area you fish. Genz bugs, Live Forage baits from northland, forge minnows, and kasmasters tipped with wax worms, spikes, or minnow heads have been working. A bobber with a little minnow always seems to trigger a few bites as well.....Moving around a lot has been the ticket to success. Find the school and follow it. Anything with tracks still seems to be the way to get around and its the safest way. Good luck and good fishing! Stop in and we will point you out in the right direction!

Jan 21, 2011

Hello, snow continues to make fishing difficult this year. Sled traffic or anything with tracks please! Best for everyones safety. As for fishing, it remains fair with few reports from time to time. In front of the casino has been decent for walleyes and perch. Get in the 18-22 FOW along the ridge line and move around. Perch are also being reported out deeper of swanson's point in front of the casino....34-44 FOW...difficult bite but has been decent some days. Doc hagens remians fair in 12-22 FOW for mix of walleyes and perch. Ft. Totten area reamins good but use extreme causion because of all the water and slush. Fish the humps and bird island down in Ft. Totten. Other walleye spots are the towers, Walfords bay, Miltary Point, Rocky point and Stromme addition. Find structure anywhere from 8-22 FOW. Perch areas are south end of black tiger, in front of the dome  house, casino area, mouth of creel, and in front of the country club. 34-50 FOW depending on which area you fish. Buckshots, macho minnows, Lindy darters, and the new live forage baits from northland have been the best tipped with minnow heads, wax worms, or spikes. Pike fishing remains fair north end of Walfords and north end of Six Mile Bay. Reports from the West end of the lake have been very few and not very posative. Big Ice fishing tourny n ext weekend, stop in and get everything you need for your day on the lake! We have the LARGEST selection of tackle in the lake region...we can help you out with everything you need. Good fishing and good luck!

Jan 06, 2011

Hello, getting some more reports coming in.....walleye fishing continues to remain fair on the lake. Mission bay has been pickin up on the humps and the tracks. Stomme addition has been ok fishing the old 18-22 ft shoreline and the underwater road just north of that. Walfords bay has been ok jigging the old shorelines or out on the point in 18-22 FOW. The ridge by the towers has also been producing walleyes....doc hagends, north end of six mile....and out in front of the casino. Various depths depending on where your at...hit old shorelines...humps or rock piles anywhere from 12-25 FOW. Ft Totten has been getting the best reports by i stress NO pickup traffic...exspecially in the ft totten area...if you do drive out on ft totten stay away from the trail that was made....a pickup went down thus morning and is now in 35 FOW.  Please we stress foot traffic or something smaller with tracks. Perch fishing remains hit and miss with the better areas in east devils lake, mouth of creel bay, in front of the dome house and country club. 36-49 FOW has been the depth depending on which spot you fish. Buck shots, frostees, rapala jigs have been working the best for walleyes tipped with a minnow head or the tail....hali's or the smaller northland jigs with wax worms, spikes, or minnow heads has been working. Good luck STAY SAFE and enjoy your fishing.

Jan 01, 2011

Hello all, reports reports....these are kinda hard to do when im not getting many reports! Iv been asking around digging through all my contacts and got a little bit of information. First of all lake access is really really difficult this year so far. We have A LOT of snow on the ice and only 8-14 inches of ice below the heavy snow.....causing lots of slush pockets and water on the ice. This makes pickup traffic nearly impossiable.....Anything with tracks is pretty much what YOU need to get around on the lake....As for fishing goes it has been OK in between all of these storms we are getting. This past week walleye fishing was pretty decent with good reports coming from the Ft. Totten area jigging the humps in 18-25 FOW. Anglers had very good luck down there a few days this week they got out. Limits of eaters with some bigger fish mixed in. Walfords bay remains ok in 10-22 FOW, Mission bay has been producing some fish on the humps and now the tracks on the east end of mission. Doc hagens has been ok producing some walleyes and bigger perch mixed in. Other perch spots have been rocky point, military point, the towers area, dome house, black tiger bay and north end of six mile. 26-40 FOW has been the depth for them. Lake irvin has been hit and miss with walleyes and a few bigger perch. Pike fishing remains decent north end of Walfords, NOrth end of Six Mile bay, and New Mill bay. I will now try to update the website every three days as i scratch for reports....Fishing however is decent if you can get out there....get something with tracks, stop in and we will point you in the right direction! Good luck, be safe and Happy New Year!

December 19th, 2010

Hello all, ice fishing season is still getting under way but with a damper in things. We recieved 17 inches of snow couple days ago which makes getting around on the lake kinda hard.  Right now the snow is soft so IF you do drive, and you have another pickup with you, you should be a ble to get around. The ice i dont think is totally safe with ice from 10-16 inches. Sleds or anything with tracks will work great. As to fishing, people  have  been pickup up decent walleyes in depths from 6 FOW to 22 FOW. Better areas have been Doc Hagens, Mission Bay on the humps, Rocky Point, NOrth end of six mile, Walfords bay, Ft Totten area. Find structure and you will find fish. Buck shot rattle spoons, Frostee's and the NEW Live forage jigging baits from northland have been working the best tipped with a minnow head OR full minnow minus the head. Pike fishing remains good north end of walfords and north end of six mile bay. Perch have been slow but some being caught in front of the counrty club, dome house and south end of black tiger bay. Wax worms and spikes using smaller colorful jigs in 25-45 FOW have been working. Be safe and good luck to all!

December 7th, 2010

ICE FISHING ICE FISHING ICE FISHIN!!!!!

Well its finally here, ice conditions over the past week and a half have improved quite a bit. We went from 3 inches on small bays and open water to 7-10 inches of ice on small bays and 4-6 on the bigger stuff. People are starting to venture out on foot mostly and some are using ATV's and Snow Machines......Reports of some walleye action in mission bay jigging the humps, north end of six mile bay, lake irvin is producing some, north end of creel, and Walfords bay. Anglers are fishing 9-17 FOW on humps, weed beds and shallower points. Pike action has been good on lake irvin, north end of six mile bay and north end of Walfords bay. For the perch i havnt heard much of anything yet, once there are more people out fishing the reports will start to come in......but if you wanna try some spots try around the casino, towers area, in front of the country club or mouth of creel bay. Once i hear some reports on perch i will post them as soon as i get them in. Good luck and good fishing, saftey first, drill more holes as your going out to check the ice.

November 12th, 2010

Hello fisher people and deer hunters. Lets talk a little about fishing in november and deer hunting. The fishing side of things not a lot of people are making out because of the cooler weather and of course Deer hunting season going on. If you do happen to make it out on the lake, bridge fishing is usually pretty good this time of year. Jig and a minnow of course are working the best right now. Mornings and evenings are the best if you can handle the cold, but as well as during the day as well you can pick up some nice fish. Fish are hungry and feeding to get ready for winter. So give it a try, 57 bridge, 6 mile bridge, 20 bridge and mauvis coolee are good chioces. You can also try the deeper points in rock piles...Lost Jig, Bird Island, Rocky and Military Point, 5 crows, the towers are some good spots.

Deer hunting deer hunting deer hunting......in full swing people are out chasing down the big one..Some nice deer have been brought here for weighing in pictures for are big buck big doe contest. We have pictures here at the shop as well as on our website under 2010 big buck contest. Check the pictures out, or stop in and see whos on top! For big buck we are giving away a pair of Leupold Olympic Binocs and big doe gets a Moultree Spy Game Trail cam! Good luck hunting and fishing to all! And remember cheapest on and off sale prices in town, every sunday 2 dollar anything from noon to 5...NFL network...stop in and watch your favorite team!

October 6th, 2010

Hello Anglers.......sunny skies a little wind and warmer temps has been making Devils Lake fishing a success. Reports this past week have been pretty good for the most part. Anglers moving around the most and trying different methods are having the best of luck. Pitching and trolling cranks remains to be the best method on catching nicer fish. Not the numbers but the size is there. The weed beds and shallower tree lines in east bay have been successfull with the right wind. Penny bay outside and inside the bay have been good, north of the stromme addition along the dike and weed beds, dairy farm and haybale bay have been some good spots. Doc hagens, old and new mill bays, howard farm area, and scattered spots up in Pelican lake...( Refuge Iland, small bays to the west, and north end of the tracks for pitching.) If you want to troll moon bars, old road of refuge island, and pelican ridge have been the better spots. Crank in 5-10 FOW and troll in 12-25 FOW. Brighter colors have been the best since the lake is still pretty murky. Live bait fishermen spinners and bottom bouncers on pretty much any old shoreline, deeper points and rock piles have been working. Leeches, crawlers, and minnows have all been bait of choice. Any of the bridges are also producing fish in the mornings and evenings. Use a jig tipped with a minnow. Good eating size fish are being caught at 57 bridge, 6 miles bridge and mauvis coolee bridge.

There are still quite a few birds around but with these nice days we are having the bird hunting is a hit and miss. Pheasent season opens this weekend, lots of good reports on pheasents. Good luck to all, keep those lines tight!!

September 30th, 2010

Hello Angerls....the annoying windy rainy weather has finally stopped and people are finally starting to get out fishing on a regular basis. Fishing reports have been pretty good over the last week. Seems to me people are still catching fish in the same areas everyone has been fishing all summer. Stromme addition, Fought's Point, Dairy Farm, Haybale, and with the cooler weather the bridges are starting to pick up as well. Fishing 5-10 FOW if you want to pitch crank has been pretty good. Right on the edge of the weeds and trees. #5 Bleek, Purpledecent, Hot Steel, and Firetiger have been the popular cranks of choice. Fishing 12-25 FOW using spinners and bottom bouncers tipped with a crawler or leech has been working for numbers of fish but not the size. Pitching Cranks and trolling them have been the best for nicer fish. Areas for that include the dike and weed beds north of stromme addition in east bay, New Mil area, Doc hagens, Howards bay, and Pelican. Up in Peilcan Refuge Island, Pelican Ridge and various underwater roads have been successful. Again anglers moving around a lot are having the best success.

Duck report........lots of water lots of ducks!!! Opening weekend for residents went very well...opener for non residents starts saturday morning...Good luck with the hunting and fishing from Ed's Bait Shop! Shoot straight and keep those lines tight!

September 10th, 2010

Hello Anglers...Fishing the past week has been very good. Only problem is its been a day here and there to actually get on the lake to move around because of thunderstorms, rain, and high winds. Reports that i have been getting sound pretty good. Bigger fish are starting to bite a little more by pitching cranks along the weed beds and trolling cranks in 15-25 FOW. Better areas for that have been the various weed beds and cattails in pelican lake and the flats. East bay has some reports of nicer fish along the beds and deeper shorelines using these methods.

  The spinner and bottom bouncer bite is still going quite well, a lot of smaller fish but good numbers. Weed through them to get your eaters. 12-20 FOW seems to still be the ticket. Stromme addition, Haybale Bay, Dairy Farm seem to still be the main spots. Jigging deep water pionts and rock piles is also producing fish. Tip your jigs with a leech or crawler. South end of main bay in spots like Cactus Point,Five Crows, Ft. Totten Point, the Towers, Rocky point and milatry point. Over west you have Patience point, Halies Hump, Golden HIghway. Anglers Moving around are still have the best of luck.

  The weather is suppose to turn around starting saturday afternoon so hopefully we will get some more reports in. Other then that good luck and good fishing, keep those lines tight!

  One more thing, we are having out grand opening saturday, September 18th. Fish fry and happy hour from 4-6. Cmon in and have a good time!!!!

August 26th, 2010

Hello Anglers...Sorry about missing last weeks fishing report. I was pre-fishing for that MWC Cabelas tourny and totally forgot to do last weeks report! The past couple weeks fishing has been about the same..catching a lot of fish but a lot of small ones at the same time. East bay continues to produce around the Stromme Addition, Foughty's Point, Dairy Farm, Haybale, and Penny Bay. Jigging the bridges of 20 and 57 have also been good in the evenings. South end of the main bay is reporting success on the humps and rock piles.....Cactus point, Ft Totten point, and 5 crows are a few. The towers, old and new mill bays cover the main bay. In the flats Haily's Hump, Patience Point, Howards Bay, and the Golden highway remain good spots as well. Pelican is picking up for some better fish, moon bars, Pelican Ridge and various weed lines around the lake are getting better. People are trolling, bobbering, jigging, spinners, and pitching cranks. Better depths for trolling have been 15-25 ft, 6-10 pitching cranks, 10-14 for the bobbers and 12-25 for spinners and bottom bouncers.

  The best success comes from anglers moving around a lot and trying different presentations, depths, and locations. Good luck and good fishing! Keep those lines tight!

August 13, 2010

Hello Anglers...This past week of fishing was good and bad from the reports we revieved. Hot humid weather along with very light winds made fishing some what difficult during mid-day hours. The best bite was occuring early morning or later in the evenings as temperatures were cooler. Areas that remain good fishing have been the same for quite sometime now. Over in East bay anglers reported good fishing in Stomme Addition, in front of the Dairy Farm, Foughtys Point, inside and outside of Penny Bay, Haybale Bay and south end of Black tiger. 12-20 FOW seems to be the deth for success whether your trolling cranks, spinners and bottom bouncers, or jigging and bobbering in the flooded timber. The main bay continues to be successful on Bird Island, Five Crows, Ft Totten point, Cactus Point, New mill and Old Mill bay, and the towers. If your jigging in these areas 18-35 FOW has been good, trolling get in that 15-25 FOW and troll 2.0-2.5 MPH. The Flats remains good in howards doing about anything you want along weed beds and deeper shorelines. Troll Golden Highway with cranks or spinners. Up in Pelican Angerls are reporting hit and miss with a few nicer fish. Pitching cranks on weed lines, Trolling old shorelines, and Bobbering in some of the deeper flooded trees. Moving around has been the best success rate for nicer fish. Weed through the smaller ones, be patient and you will catch you 5 keepers.

Cooler weather is on its way with some wind, hopefully the fishing for better fish will pick up a little. Good luck and good fishing, keep your line tight!

August 06, 2010

Hello Anglers....Fishing this past week has been posative for most anglers. Numbers of smaller fish are still being caught quite frequently. Anglers moving around the most tend to find some bigger fish mixed in with the small ones. Areas of the lake that have been successful have been Stomme addition, Haybale Bay, Dairy Farm, Penny Bay, South end of black tiger and East Devils Lake. Fishing in 12-25 ft of water using spinners and bottom bouncers, Trolling Cranks, and lindy rigs tipped with a leach or crawler have been working the best. Slip Bobbering in the trees in depths 10-15 FOW has also been working well. Anglers are also having success in the main bay fishing the deep water points and rock piles in areas which incluse Ft totten point, catctus point, lost jig island, Rocky point, and the towers. Deeper water fish in the main lake in depths of 15-30 FOW. Jigging or lindy rigging have worked the best in these areas. Pelican lake and the flats remain successful for some nicer fish pitching cranks on weed beds, bobbering in the trees, and trolling along the weed beds in depths of 10-15 ft. Again this week like last anglers moving around the most are having the best luck. Morning and evenings seem to be the best time of the day for numbers of fish.

I want to mention we have done some remodeling and added some things to help serve you. Come in and let us know what you need to we can help you with all you need for your day on the lake! Football season is coming up, stop in the bar we now have the NFL TICKET!!!!! Watch a game of your choice on the new flat screen TV's we have to enjoy the game and have some of the cheapest drinks in town along with quality service! Good luck and good fishing. Keep that line tight!

July 29, 2010

Hello Everyone.....I would like to apologize for the lack of fishing reports on the website. Ed's Bait Shop is now under NEW OWNERSHIP and I would like to welcome everyone to the lake region and to our new business. We offer a FULL stock of bait and tackle along with added premium gas and diesel. Stop in and check us out so we can point you to the right direction on your next fishing trip!!!!

Ok lets talk fishing.....Which I am sure everyone wants to know what's going on! Fishing has been pretty good over the past month since the lake has started to dirty up a little bit. I will talk about the last week or so of fishing for the reports.....Fishing has been successful for most anglers all over the lake. Anglers moving around are having the best luck. Some of the better areas for walleye fishing have been Stromme Addition, Dairy farm, Penny Bay, Haybale bay in East bay....Ft Totten are fishing the humps and deeper rock piles, Doc hagens area, the trees around Grahams Island, Patience point, Howards Bay, the underwater road leading from Grahams to old 281 and various places in Pelican Lake. Ways people are fishing include spinners and bottom bouncers in 12-25 ft. over water, trolling cranks in 12-25ft of water, throwing cranks along weed beds in 5-12 ft. to water, slip bobbering in the trees in 10-15ft of water, and jigging deep water points and rock piles in 18-35 ft. of water. Seems to me people are buying the colors they like best which would be the main ones like fire tiger, perch, hot steel, purple decent, black and sliver,and bleak for the cranks. Gold and or silver have been popular on the spinners. Again I stress anglers who move around the most are having the best of luck.

Shore fishing has been successful using lindy rigs with a leech or crawler in ares which include the bridges on highway 19, along the dike south of the bait shop and the rocky shoreline just west of the airport on highway 19. Early mornings or evenings have been the best from shore.

Again I want to apologize for the lack of reports. Things have been pretty crazy around here!!! Please stop in and check us out to see what we can help you with. Good luck and good fishing!

6/11/10

On the rare occasions of late when the weather actually allows fishermen to get out most are reporting some excellent fishing. Walleye anglers continue to report some excellent cranking action and the slip bobber bite and live bait trolling bite are starting to take off as well.

Crankers are working the edges of shallow weed beds and windswept shorelines with raps, countdowns, eskos, wally divers, and hornets. Some of the better colors have been silver/blue, black/silver, firetiger, black/gold, fireperch, and clown. Cranks with blues in them or some orange on them seem to continue to work the best. Some of the better areas have been the weedbeds and rocky shorelines of Pelican, the smaller bays in the Flats, the Doc Hagens area, Old Mil and New Mil Bays, Knudson’s Bay, the Storm Sewer area, Penny and New Penny Bays, Hay Bale Bay, Ruttens Bay, and Browns Bay.

Pike continue to be caught in most all areas of the lake along with walleyes. As for white bass, they’re everywhere. With a booming population and ridiculously low limit, these fish have really taken off and anglers are finding huge schools in most all parts of the lake. Just look for a windy shore and pitch a blue or firetiger crank or a chartreuse jig with a minnow.

Shore fisherman are also reporting some excellent fishing in the early morning and especially the evening hours. Work the windy shorelines with cranks or lindy rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. Some of the better areas for walleyes have been any of the bridge areas, the rip rap shorelines along Hwy 19, and near the Hwy 19/old 281 intersection.

Good Luck and Good Fishing!!!

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6/4/10

Devils Lake anglers are reporting some excellent fishing as of late. Walleye anglers are reporting a good bite in the early morning and mid day hours and an excellent bite right at dusk in most parts of the lake. While most anglers are pitching cranks into cattail edges or rocky shorelines on shallower bays, other anglers are reporting some fish out a bit deeper in that 10-15 foot depth as well.

Some of the better areas this past week have been any of the newly flooded areas in Pelican Lake and the Flats, the area across from Grahams Island, New Mil and Old Mil Bays, Doc Hagens, Knudson’s Bay, Walfords Bay, the north end of Creel Bay, the Storm Sewer and Dairy area in East Bay, Penny and New Penny Bays, Combine Bay, Ruttens Bay, Browns Bay in East Devils Lake, and the area near the outlet to Stump Lake.

For cranks, anglers are primarily using shad raps, eskos, countdowns, wally divers, husky jerks, and salmos. Black/silver, blue/silver, hot steel, bleak, and firetiger have all been good. Shore fisherman are reporting some excellent early morning and evening fishing as well.

Some of the better areas from shore have been any of the bridges on the lake, the Hwy 19/old 281 area, the Woods Rutten road, and the ditch at Camp Grafton. Pike and white bass are being caught along with walleyes in most all areas of the lake. Some of the better white bass areas have been the Woods Rutten area, the Storm Sewer, the Grahams Island road, and for boaters most any of the smaller windswept shallow bays on the lake. Cranks with blue or chartreuse seem to work well but a jig with a minnow tends to be the best for white bass.

Good Luck and Good Fishing!!!

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5/28/10

Anglers this past week have reported some excellent fishing for walleyes, pike, and white bass. Water temps are increasing and the start of new plant growth in shallow bays means things are only going to get better.

Anglers are reporting the best fishing pitching cranks, mimic minnows, or other jigs with plastics into the edges of cattails or windswept rocky shorelines in shallow bays; jigging the bridges or other moving water areas, or slip bobbering in the trees. For cranks, try using shad raps, countdowns, x-raps, wally divers, or other shallow running cranks.

Some of the better areas for walleyes and pike have been most all newly flooded areas around the lake, the bays of Pelican and the Flats, New Mil and Old Mil bays, the Doc Hagens area, Holy Bay, Knudson’s, Mission Bay, the ditch along Camp Grafton, Penny & New Penny Bay, the Storm Sewer area, Ruttens Bay and Combine Bay in Black Tiger, and Browns Bay in East Devils Lake. In these areas, anglers are reporting the fish appear to be in small scattered pockets. Keep moving around until you catch some fish, work that school, and then move on looking for the next one when things slow down.

Anglers are also reporting some really hot white bass action in most all areas of the lake. Most all cranks are working on whites with blue being the best color. Also, jigs tipped with minnows can really be hot on whites.

Good Luck, Good Fishing, have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, and don’t forget to say a prayer for our military service men!!!

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5/20/10

Finally some nice weather’s warmed up the water temps and fishing along with it. Boat fisherman are finding excellent fishing in most parts of the lake for pike, walleyes, and white bass. In these areas anglers are pitching cranks such as shad raps or countdowns or jigs with plastic into shallow windswept shorelines and along the edges of developing weedbeds. Find warmer water temps and you’ll find fish.

Anglers are also reporting some jig fishing in the early morning and evening hours in the moving water bridge areas. With new record high lake levels, anglers are finding a lot of newly flooded areas around the lake and are reporting most of these areas to hold fish. Some of the better areas have been the small bays in Pelican and the Flats, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, Mission Bay, Penny Bay, the storm sewer area, Black Tiger Bay, Browns Bay in East Devils Lake, and most of the bridge or other moving water areas.

Shore fisherman are reporting some good fishing at the bridges in the early morning and evening hours and along the rip rap roads on the western part of the lake near Minnewaukan. For walleyes try jigs or lindy rigs tipped with leeches or minnows. For pike, spoons, cranks, smelt, or herring. For white bass, white or chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows.

Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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5/13/10

Wind, rain, and snow kept most anglers off the lake last week and seems to have set the normal great fishing back a bit. But a beautiful day today and great forecast should really turn things around.

Anglers were finding some walleyes at the bridges and a few cranking or pitching jigs with plastic, but low water temps kept things fairly slow overall. That should change starting today. With a forecast in the 70’s shallow water areas should warm up fast and so should the bite.

Some places to try for walleyes and pike will be the moving water bridge areas in the morning and evening hours and shallow bays in the mid morning and afternoon periods. Some of the better areas for this time of year are Pelican Lake, the shallow bays in the Flats, the north end of Six Mile Bay, Doc Hagens, Knudson’s Bay, the Storm Sewer area, Mission Bay, Penny and New Penny bays, Rutten Bay, and the south end of Black Tiger. In these areas try pitching cranks such as shad raps and countdowns in blue/silver, black/silver, perch, and firetiger; or jigs tipped with twister tails or powerbait into windswept shorelines.

Water temp is a key factor this time and finding the warmest water typically means finding more fish. White bass action has been slow as well but should start picking up in the coulees and Channel A. Jigs with minnows or twister tails work well for whites. With new record high water levels, boaters are urged to use extreme caution. Keep an eye out for floating debris and in newly flooded areas underwater hazards. Good Luck and Good Fishing!!!

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4/30/10

Rain and windy weather’s kept most fishermen off the lake this week. Those going out are reporting hit and miss fishing. One day the fishing will be great and the next nothing. With the walleye spawn slowly ending, things should start picking up and getting more consistent. Some of the better reports have come from the western part of the lake. Those areas tend to warm up first and usually kick off the early spring bite.

For shore fisherman, anglers are fishing the Mauvee Coulee from Pelican Lake on up to Churches Ferry. The coulees to the north have slowed some and fishing there has as well. Other shore areas producing fish include most of the bridges around the lake and Channel A. In these areas anglers are pitching jigs tipped with leeches, plastic, or minnows; or cranks such as shad raps, countdowns, and wally divers. Boat fisherman are reporting some fish in the northern areas of Pelican Lake, Six Mile Bay, and at most of the bridges around the lake. Try pitching cranks such as shad raps and countdowns or jigs tipped with twister tails or powerbait into shallow shore areas, or jigging the bridges with leeches or minnows. White bass are just starting to show up in Six Mile Bay and Pelican Lake. It’s still fairly early and we expect things to really start taking off as the spawning ends and water temps increase. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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4/23/10

Boat ramps are open and docks are in. Anglers this week are reporting some hit and miss fishing on both pike and walleyes as it appears in some areas fish are in their spawn and in other areas are in the early post spawn. Water temps are in the mid 40’s to mid 50’s. As temps increase fishing should start picking up in most all areas of the lake. Anglers catching some fish are reporting the best bite in the morning and evening hours. Some of the places that are producing fish have been the coulee’s north of Lake Alice, the Mauvee Coulee, the bridges on the lake, the storm sewer, and other small coulees and streams coming into Devils Lake. For walleyes, angler are pitching jigs with twister tails, pitching cranks such as shad raps and countdowns, or jigging the moving water areas and bridges with minnows or leeches. Pike are being caught on smelt or herring, daredevils, or jigs with twister tails. As water temps increase and we hit the post spawn period, action should start to pick up.
Good Luck and Good Fishing!!!

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4/16/10

Spring is here and the ice is gone. While most boat landings are now usable, most will not yet have their docks put in. With DL’s high water, most entities wait a couple weeks due to floating trees and other debris that can cause a lot of damage. The exception will be Henegar landing in Creel Bay which will be closed most of the summer due to the raising of the dike protecting Devils Lake. As for fishing, most anglers are fishing the bridges of the moving water coulees that feed into Devils Lake as fish move into these areas for the spring spawn. Reports this week have been spotty. This is probably due to the cold fronts and high winds that we’ve experienced this past week. During this time of year, water temp is critical. Find warmer water and typically you’ll find fish.

Some of the better areas this time of year are Channel A, the bridges on the Mauvee, the bridges north of Lake Alice, the coulees in the Webster area, the bridges of 57, Six Mile, and the Mauvee, and most all other culverts and water ways feeding into Devils Lake. In these areas anglers are using jigs in chartreuse, white, pink, or black with twister tails or other plastics such as powerbait. Pike fisherman are also using smelt, herring, and daredevils. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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4/9/10

Warm temps continue to improve fishing in the Devils Lake area. Anglers have been catching quite a few pike in the open water coulee and bridge areas and are now starting to report some walleye action as well. The biggest problem this year has been getting to many of the more popular bridge and coulee areas. High water has resulted in many roads being closed. County law enforcement personnel are being quite strict and are not making accommodations for anglers. We advise all anglers to not go around barriers as you will more than likely be ticketed.

Some of the better areas have been Channel A, the bridges on the Mauvee, the bridges north of Lake Alice, the coulees in the Webster area, the bridges of 57, Six Mile, and the Mauvee, and most all other culverts and water ways feeding into Devils Lake. In these areas anglers are using jigs in chartreuse, white, pink, or black with twister tails or other plastics such as powerbait. Pike fisherman are also using smelt, herring and daredevils!
Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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4/1/10

Time to put away that ice fishing gear and get out the long rods. Ice conditions have deteriorated to the point that very few anglers are still going out on the ice. While ice fishing has pretty much ended, the spring runs of pike and walleyes are just beginning. Coulees are opening and anglers are reporting pretty good pike fishing with some walleyes starting to bite as well.

Some of the places anglers are reporting fish include Channel A, the Mauvee bridge, the bridges from Pelican to Churches Ferry, some of the open water spots near culverts on Pelican and the Flats, the coulees north of Webster, and most other coulees leading to Lake Alice and the Chain Lakes area. In these areas anglers are pitching some cranks, but typically this time of year a jig with a plastic tail in white or chartreuse works the best for both walleyes and pike.

The best thing is that this is only the start of the open water season and fishing will get better every day as water temps increase. Also, North Dakota’s fishing season starts April 1st meaning a new fishing license is now required. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/26/10

Warm temps continue to take their toll on the ice, but most anglers are still finding ice conditions to be plenty good for atv’s and foot traffic. Biggest problem now starting is that the edges are beginning to deteriorate making it more difficult to get on the main ice sheet.

Anglers making it out are reporting some excellent walleye fishing in the early morning and evening hours. Best areas continue to be the Mauvee Coulee area, Six Mile Bay (both the north end and south of Hwy 19), Doc Hagens, the Bay View/Bud area, the Casino and 57 bridge area, East Bay near the Camp entrance, the sunken road in Black Tiger Bay, and East Devils Lake. Sonars and chubby darters, or nils, raps, buckshots, and kastmasters tipped with minnows or minnow heads have all been working. Try working the rocky areas on sunken points and the edges of old tree lines.

Perch fishing continues to be hit and miss with some fish being caught in the Bayview area in Six Mile Bay, the Casino, the Woods Rutten area, and East Devils Lake. Hali’s, genz worms, raps, and other small jigs tipped with wax worms, minnows, or minnow heads all work at times.

Pike fishing’s been good in the north end of Six Mile Bay and the Churches Ferry area. Anglers are also starting to fish some open water from shore around the bridges and Channel A. A few walleyes and pike are being caught, but it’s still a little early for the big runs. Warm temps are predicted for the next week and this means ice conditions will continue to deteriorate. We urge all anglers to use extreme caution and stay away from open and moving water areas. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/19/10

Anglers have been reporting some hit and miss fishing this past week on both perch and walleyes. As usual, the walleye bite has been best during early morning and evening hours with only spotted activity during the day. Some of the better areas have been Pelican Lake, the sunken points in the Flats, Six Mile Bay, both the north end and Doc Hagens areas, Rocky/Military Point, the Casino area, Mission Bay, the Mauvee Coulee, East Bay near the camp entrance, Foughty’s Point, the sunken Black Tiger road, and East Devils Lake.

Sonars, chubby darters, nils, raps, and spoons such as buckshots, forage minnows, and kastmasters tipped with minnows or minnow heads have been working well. Best bites have been in shallower rocks and trees. Perch fishing while good one day, can be next to nothing the next. Some of the areas producing fish continue to be Jerusalem in East Devils Lake, the Woods Rutten area, the Casino area, and Six Mile Bay. Small raps, hali’s, and kastmasters with dropper lines tipped with wax worms or minnow heads have all been working. Pike fishing has picked up in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, Lake Irvin, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well.

As for ice conditions, most anglers are finding last week’s warmer temps to have weakened shorelines and made driving a bit more difficult, but still available in most areas. However, we would recommend anglers start using atv’s as things will only get worse as temps increase. Bridges now have open water and the water is moving in coulee areas, so extreme caution is adviced in those parts of the lake. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/12/10

WOW... What a difference a week can make. Last week heavy snow made travel on the lake by vehicles almost impossible. This week warm temps have turned the heavy snow pack into slush. Anglers are now reporting being able to drive on the lake, but some areas now have a lot of water and slush pockets can seem kind of scary even though the ice underneath is still in good shape. With the wet slush and water on the ice, anglers should bring along a good pair of rubber boots if they want to keep dry.

As for fishing, reports continue to be scattered. Each day some do well while others tend to struggle. Those moving around and working less pressured areas have been doing fairly well on walleyes and also catching some perch. Some of the better walleye areas have been Pelican Lake, the humps and points in the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, the Casino area, East Bay near Stromme’s and out from the Camp entrance, the sunken Black Tiger road, and East Devils Lake. Buckshots, forage minnows, raps, nils, and kastmasters tipped with minnows or minnow heads have been working well in the morning and evening hours.

Perch fishing remains spotty with some fish being caught in East Devils Lake, the Woods Rutten area, and the Casino area. Try using hali’s, fat boys, genz worms, raps, and kastmasters tipped with wax worms or minnow heads. Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, Lake Irvin, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/5/10

While deep snow continues to limit access to many angler’s favorite spots, those using atv’s with tracks and snowmobiles are reporting some decent walleye fishing and fair perch fishing. The walleye fishing’s been good in the early morning and evening hours most days, but perch fishing’s been more inconsistent with anglers finding some one day but not being able to again the next. The best walleye reports are coming from Pelican Lake, the Doc Hagens area, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Swansons Point near the Casino, East Bay near the Camp Entrance, the sunken Black Tiger road, and East Devils Lake. In these areas anglers are jigging with sonars and chubby darters, or buckshots, forage minnows, nils, raps, and kastmasters tipped with minnow heads in depths from 12 feet out to 25 feet.

Perch fisherman are finding some fish south of the sunken Black Tiger road in Black Tiger Bay, the Woods Rutten area, East Devils Lake, the Casino area, and in East Bay near the Camp entrance. Raps, forage minnows, kastmasters, hali’s genz worms, & fat boys tipped with wax worms or minnow heads all work at times. While some fish are being found shallow, most anglers are fishing the 30-45 ft depths. Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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2/19/10

Mother nature continues to make things difficult for ice fisherman on Devils Lake. The heavy snow pack now on the ice is making vehicle mobility off trails next to impossible in most areas of the lake. Anglers wishing to venture to their favorite spots are largely limited to snowmobiles or vehicles with tracks. Even with these, anglers are finding some heavy slush areas that make fishing and mobility quite difficult. As for trails, there is a trail out of Ackerman Acres to Foughtys and the Dairy, the Casino to the bridge and point, and in Creel Bay out of Woodland Resort to the Rocky/Military Point areas. On the other hand, those with the ability to venture about are reporting some excellent walleye fishing in the morning and evening hours. Places producing fish include rocky humps and points in Pelican, the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten area, Rocky/Military Points, the Casino area, storm sewer, East Bay near the Camp entrance, the sunken road in Black Tiger, and East Devils Lake.

Try fishing these rocky areas in 12-25 feet of water with sonars, or jigs such as buckshots, kastmasters, raps, nils and forage minnow tipped with minnows or minnow heads. Perch fishing remains tough with a few fish being caught in the deeper water in the Rocky/Military Point area, the Casino, the Woods Rutten area, and East Devils Lake. Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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2/12/10

With snow conditions on the lake constantly getting worse it’s tough to gauge how the fishing really is. Those using snowmobiles or going through the work of getting to their favorite fishing spots are doing fairly well, but access is tough. Woodland, the Casino, and Ackerman’s have been plowing trails in their areas. But on days the fishing’s tough in those areas the ability to look for more active fish is limited.

Areas where anglers are reporting some decent walleye fishing include Lake Irvin, the Golden Highway, Doc Hagens, Rocky/Military Points, the Casino area, storm sewer area, Foughty’s Point, the sunken Black Tiger road, and East Devils Lake. In these areas try sonars or chubby darters, or buckshots, kastmasters, nils, raps, and forage minnows tipped with a minnow head in water depths from 12 feet to 25 feet.

Perch fishing remains especially tough. The areas producing some fish are the mouth of Creel near Military Point, the Casino area, and East Devils Lake. Hali’s, small raps, genz worms, fat boys, and hanger rigs tipped with wax worms, minnow heads, or minnows all work at times.

Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, Lake Irving, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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Fishing this past week has been somewhat spotty. Walleye anglers continue to do well on sunken roads and rocky points but the bite is largely in the early morning and evening hours. Some of the better spots for walleyes have been the Flats, the Doc Hagens area, Ft. Totten/Cactus Point, Knudson’s Bay, the Casino and Concrete Bay area, Mission Bay, the Stromme/Storm Sewer area, the sunken road in Black Tiger Bay, and East Devils Lake. In these areas anglers are fishing from 6-25 feet of water using buckshots, jigging raps, kastmasters, and nils tipped with minnow heads.

Perch fishing continues to really be hit and miss with some fish being caught at the mouth of Creel Bay, the north end of Creel Bay, the Casino area, Black Tiger, and Jerusalem Bay. Hali’s, genz worms, kastmasters, and hanger rigs tipped with wax worms or minnow heads have been working the best. Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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1/29/10

Welcome anglers to the Annual Devils Lake Fire Department Tournament. We wish everyone the best of luck and hope you enjoy your time in Devils Lake.

As for fishing, heavy snow on the lake really limited anglers this past week. However, the access group and the resorts have worked hard and been able to make some trails for anglers this week. The Casino, Woodland Resort and Ackerman Acres have plowed trails in their areas. The Chamber will be updating the trail list this morning at www.devilslakend.com (too long to include here). With the heavy snow anglers wishing to adventure out off the trails will find it tough going without a snowmobile. Possible, but tough.

Walleye anglers have been reporting a good morning and evening bite. The better areas have been the humps in the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, the Casino area, Rocky/Military Points, East Bay near the Camp entrance, the Stromme Addition area, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger. Try using sonars or buckshots, nils, raps, or kastmasters tipped with minnows or minnow heads.

Perch fishing is really hit or miss. Some anglers do well each day, but it’s been tough to duplicate it the next day. Some of the better areas have been the Casino, Rocky/Military Points, and the south end of Black Tiger. Look for deeper ledges from 30-50 feet. Hali’s, kastmasters, genz worms, hanger rigs with jigs such as ratso or ratfinkies, and small raps tipped with wax worms, minnows, or minnow head all tend to work at times.

Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Lake Access Update from John Dahlen (The "Trail Man")

  • Lakewood landing is cleaned out.
  • Trail looping around in North end of 6 mile bay is good.
  • Trail from the 6 mile bay boat ramp to Doc Hagens has water on trail, will try and loop around the bad spots on Friday.
  • Trail from Acorn Ridge Landing to Camp Grafton entrance good, trail then leaves landing and follows North shore through Strommes to Township road good. Trail then goes to Foughty's and on into Skadsoms Bay. From Foughtys the trail also goes South to Ackermans. All in good shape Trail leaveing Highway 2 looping in Haybale bay is good.
  • In addition Woodland and the Casino have trails.

Also Woodland Resort has cleared trails in Creel Bay, the Casino in their area, and Ackerman Acres in their area.

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1/22/10

Anglers are reporting fairly good fishing but it can also be hit and miss. The best walleye fishing is in the early morning and evening hours. Rocky points and other structure seem to be the key. Some of the better areas include the sunken roads and points in the Flats, the Doc Hagens area, Ft. Totten/Cactus Points and Knudson’s Bay, the Casino area, Stromme Addition and the storm sewer area, the sunken road in Black Tiger Bay, East Devils Lake, and Lake Irvin. Sonars, chubby darters, or buckshots, kastmasters, raps, and nils tipped with minnow heads have all been working well.

Perch fishing remains quite spotty with a few people getting some fish each day, but not much for numbers or consistency. Some of the areas producing perch have been the Towers area, Creel Bay, Military Point, Casino area, and Black Tiger.

Pike fishing’s been decent as well with fish being found along with walleyes in most parts of the lake. Those targeting pike have been doing best in Walfords Bay, Jerusalem Bay, Lake Irvin, and Sweetwater/Morrison. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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1/15/10

A warmer than normal weather forecast has finally gotten fisherman out exploring the lake. Most anglers are reporting a good 18 inches of ice and are accessing the lake with their vehicles.  Recent snows have resulted in a fair amount of snow in some areas.  Those wishing to venture around will need a 4x4 vehicle.  With very little money available for lake trails this year, trails will largely be limited to the casino and Creel Bay areas as the casino and Woodland Resort have been plowing those areas.  Other areas will only have the access points opened.  As for fishing, anglers have been reporting some excellent fishing this past week.

Walleyes are being caught in most areas of the lake with the better spots being the sunken humps and points in the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, the Casino area, Black Tiger, Stromme Addition, the storm sewer area, the south end of Black Tiger, East Devils Lake, and Lake Irvin.  Anglers are using lures such as sonars or chubby darters; or jigs such as buckshots, kastmasters, raps, and nils tipped with minnows or minnow heads.  Perch fisherman also reported catching some fish this past week.  The better areas have been Black Tiger Bay, East Devils Lake, Creel Bay, and the Towers area.  We’ve also had some reports of fish being caught in Pelican and the Flats.

Haleys, kastmasters, genz worms, ratfinkies, and other small panfish type jigs tipped with minnow heads or wax worms along with a plain hook and minnow set up have all been working.  Pike fishing’s been decent as well with fish being found along with walleyes in most parts of the lake.  Those targeting pike have been doing best in Walfords Bay, Jerusalem Bay, the north end of Irvin, and Sweetwater/Morrison.  Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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01/08/10

Extremely cold temps the past couple days have made fishing miserable, but have really helped with ice conditions. The forecast for the upcoming week looks awesome though. Most anglers are now finding from 14”-18” of ice and are driving vehicles. While finally thick enough to drive on, anglers still need to stay away from moving water areas such as bridges and coulees.

As for fishing, most anglers are reporting excellent walleye fishing, good pike fishing, but perch have been tough to find. Walleye fishermen are doing well on sunken rocky structure. The better spots have been the sunken roads and humps in the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Rocky/Military Point, the north end of Creel Bay, the Casino area, Mission Bay, East Bay near the Camp entrance, Stromme Addition, and the sunken road in Black Tiger. Buckshots, nils, raps, and kastmasters tipped with minnow heads have been working well as have sonars and chubby darters. The best fishing has been in the early morning and evening hours. The exception would be Lake Irvin were anglers are also reporting some fish throughout the day. Pike fishing’s been good in Pelican Lake, the north end of Six Mile Bay, Wolfords Bay, and East Devils Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups is your best bet. With perch numbers way down, perch have been tough to find. A few anglers are finding a few in the north end of Creel Bay, the mouth of Creel, the Towers area, the Casino, and in Black Tiger, but no real numbers. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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01/01/10

Ice conditions are starting to improve with most anglers reporting 10-14" of ice. While some are starting to drive on the ice, we still recommend foot, atv, or snowmobiles. Recents snows have put some snow on the ice, so four wheel drive will more than likely be necessary.

Walleye anglers have been reporting some decent fishing in Lake Irving, the gap near the Mauvee, Doc Hagens, the north end of Six Mile, Ft. Totten area, Casino, Mission Bay, East Bay near the camp entrance, and Black Tiger. Buckshots, raps, kastmasters, and nils tipped with minnow heads all work at times. Pike fishing's been fairly good to the north at Sweetwater/Morrison as well as the north end of Six Mile and Jerusalem Bay. Perch fishing's been slow with a few fish being caught in Black Tiger Bay and the Country Club area. We hope you all have a Great New Year!!!

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12/23/09

Ice conditions continue to improve on Devils Lake with most anglers now reporting 8-10 inches of ice. There have been a few people driving out, but we strongly recommend anglers to use atv’s or snowmobiles at the most. Also, we had a wet fall and there is still some open water in the moving water bridge, coulee, and channel areas. Use extreme caution around these areas.

As for fishing, anglers are reporting some decent walleye fishing in Mission Bay, the Casino area, East Bay near the Camp entrance, the north end of Six Mile, and the Doc Hagens area. Sonars and chubby darters, or buckshots, kastmasters, raps, and nils tipped with minnows have all been working. Anglers are also reporting some good walleye fishing along with pike at Lake Irvin. Perch fishing has been a bit slow yet with a few reports of some fish being caught near the Country Club in Creel Bay, the south end of Black Tiger Bay, and in East Bay out from the entrance of Camp Grafton. Pike fisherman and spearer’s are reporting some nice pike in Jerusalem Bay and some in Walfords Bay. Moving around a bit can help you find clearer water. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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12/18/09

Cold temps the past couple weeks have finally put enough ice on the lake for anglers to start venturing out. Most anglers are reporting from 8-10 inches but some have found spots with as little as 5-6 inches. Those going out have been walking out or using atv’s and snowmobiles. No vehicle traffic is yet advised!!!

As for fishing, anglers are reporting a few perch in Creel Bay and in Black Tiger. Walleye anglers are finding some fish in the north end of Six Mile Bay, East Bay, Mission Bay, the Ft. Totten area, and the Casino area. Pike anglers are reporting some fish in the north end of Six Mile, Jerusalem Bay, Lake Irvin, and the Sweetwater/Morrison lakes. With the ice just becoming fishable, there haven’t been a lot of reports as of yet. This should change as warmer temps and better conditions mean a lot more fisherman will be venturing out this weekend. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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12/11/09

Extremely cold temps finally resulted in Devils Lake freezing over. The best part this year is that calm winds helped it freeze smoother than it has in years. A few daredevils have been venturing out and are reporting from 6-8 inches in the earlier freezing areas but only around 4 inches in other parts. This weekend we would expect a few anglers starting to venture out on foot and possibly on atvs or snowmobiles. But at this time we’d only advise travel by foot and to use extreme caution. Good Luck and we urge all angler to use common sense and extreme caution.

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12/4/09

Cold weather has finally started to make some ice on Devils Lake. Some of the smaller bays have now frozen over as have the smaller pike lakes to the north. Ice is still quite thin and we urge anglers to not venture out yet at this point. But it’s a start and hopefully by next weekend anglers may be able to start walking out on some of the smaller early freezing bays.

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11/6/09

Anglers continue to report good walleye fishing on Devils Lake. Most anglers are now jigging the bridges of Hwy 57, 20, Six Mile & the Mauvee with minnows or jigging or trolling cranks along sunken points and roads. Some of the better areas include the Golden Highway, sunken road in Pelican, and sunken points such as Haley's Hump, Patience Point, and the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area.

BIG BUCK & DOE CONTEST: Once again Eds will be having its big buck and doe contest. The heaviest buck will win a CVA Blackpowder rifle kit and the heaviest doe a $50 gift certificate. Good Luck and have a save and enjoyable deer season!!!

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10/23/09

Welcome hunters and fisherman to the Lake Region. With waterfowl hunting in full swing very few anglers have been hitting the lake. Those going are reporting some excellent success on walleyes and pike. The most productive areas have been the bridges of Six Mile, Hwy 20, Hwy 57, and the Mauvee; the sunken road in Pelican and the Golden Highway; and sunken points such as Haleys Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Ft. Totten/Cactus Point, and Five Crows. At the bridges and on sunken rock piles anglers are vertical jigging or slip bobbering with minnows. On the sunken roads, anglers are trolling cranks such as shad raps, walleye divers, salmos, and reef runners. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!! Keep in mind that with no CST, Ed's offers the areas lowest offsale beer prices.

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10/16/09

Welcome hunters and fisherman to the Lake Region. Another week of cold temps and some added snow this past week once again kept most fishermen off the lake. Prior to this cold front, anglers were reporting some excellent walleye and pike action on the lake. Typical fall patterns of working moving water bridge areas, trolling sunken roads and rocky points, or jigging these areas were the most effective presentations. Some of the better areas this time of year include the sunken roads of Pelican and the Flats, the bridge areas, and sunken rocky points such as Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Ft. Totten/Cactus Point, Five Crows, and Foughy’s Point. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!! Keep in mind that with no CST Ed’s offers the areas lowest offsale beer prices.

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10/9/09

Welcome hunters and fisherman to the Lake Region. Cold cool temps and wind kept most fisherman off the lake this past week. The few who did make it out continue to report good fishing. Typical fall patterns are working the best with anglers working sunken roads, moving water bridge areas, and rocky points. In these areas anglers are trolling cranks or bottom bouncers with spinner or jigging with minnow, leeches, or crawlers. Some of the better areas continue to be the sunken roads of Pelican and the Flats, Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Five Crows, Foughty’s Point, all the bridges and the area near the outlet to Stump Lake in East Devils Lake. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!! Keep in mind that with no CST Ed’s offers the areas lowest offsale beer prices.

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10/2/09

Welcome waterfowl hunters to the Lake Region. With an excellent summer duck hatch action should be fast and furious. For those hunters looking to add some fishing to their trip, walleye and pike action has been excellent. Anglers are reporting good success at most of the bridges around the lake including the Mauvee bridge, Six Mile bridge, Hwy 57 & 20 bridges, and the Woods Rutten bridge. Other areas producing fish include the sunken roads of Pelican and the Flats, rocky points such as Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Bird Island, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Five Crows, Foughty’s Point, and the far east part of East Devils Lake near the outlet to Stump. In these areas anglers are jigging with minnows, leeches, or crawlers; or running bottom bouncers with spinners. Some anglers are also trolling cranks such as jointed shads, wally divers, or salmo’s on the points and sunken roads as well.

Devils Lake also has some of the best shore fishing you’ll find anywhere. The bridges and the rip rapped highways near the Hwy 19/281 intersection, the bridge areas mentioned above, the north end of Creel off Hwy 19, and the area south of DL near Acorn Ridge all offer some excellent walleye fishing. Try using lindy rigs or jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, or crawlers. The best action tends to be in the morning and evening hours on the windy sides. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!! Keep in mind that with no CST Ed’s offers the areas lowest offsale beer prices.

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9/18/09

Anglers have been reporting some excellent pre-fall fishing on Devils Lake. While many anglers continue to report good fishing around the edges of weedbeds, typical fall patterns such as working the moving water bridge areas and deeper rock piles are heating up as well. Some of the better areas have been the bridges of the Mauvee, Six Mile, Hwy 57, and Hwy 20; sunken rocky structure such as the sunken roads of Pelican and the Flats, Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Five Crows, the Stromme Addition area, Foughty’s Point, and the outlet area in East Devils Lake are all producing some nice walleyes along with some pike. Try trolling cranks such as jointed shad raps, wally divers, and hornets; vertical jigging with minnows, leeches, or crawlers, or bottom bouncers with spinners. If you’re not catching fish in one spot, move until you find a school of active fish and work that area. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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8/28/09

Fishing on Devils Lake continues to be excellent for most anglers. Those doing well are reporting good bites working the edges of weedbeds, old sunken points, the trees, and the bridge areas. Some of the better spots have been the sunken roads in Pelican and the Flats, Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens & Scooters Point area, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Five Crows, Stromme Addition, Foughty’s Point, Haybale Bay, Black Tiger Bay, and the bridges of Mauvee, Six Mile, 57, & 20. In these areas anglers are mostly jigging or trolling cranks or bottom bouncers with spinners. Both leeches and crawlers work at times. Most anglers are reporting a lot of smaller fish with some nice eating sized ones mixed in. Larger fish have been more difficult to find. A few pike are being caught along with walleyes, but pike fishing overall has been rather slow. White bass continue to be caught in most all areas of the lake with the windy shorelines and bridge areas producing better than others. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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8/14/09

Fisherman continue to report excellent fishing on most all parts of Devils Lake. Those doing the best have been trolling the edges of weedbeds or rocky points with cranks or bottom bouncers with spinners, jigging rocky points and humps, or slip bobbering in the trees. The better areas continue to be the sunken roads and humps in the Flats and Pelican Lake, Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, the Casino area, all the bridges around the lake, Foughty’s Point and the area from there to Skadsen’s Bay, and the Black Tiger area. Try trolling cranks such as jointed shads or salmo hornets; or bottom bouncers with gold, firetiger, rainbow, or red/white spinners tipped with leeches or crawlers; or slip bobber or jig with leeches or crawlers. Anglers pitching windswept shorelines are also reporting some fish but wind is key and catching is a bit more sporadic.

Shore fisherman continue to report excellent fishing at the bridges of 57, Six Mile, and the Mauvee. Shore fisherman also continue to report a good bite near Acorn Ridge, the north end of Creel, and the Hwy 281/19 area. Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers have been working the best. White bass are being found in these areas as well, but the windy side is key. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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7/31/09

Fishing on Devils Lake has been excellent with most all presentations working this time of year. Walleye anglers are pitching cranks into the edges of weedbeds or windswept shorelines, jigging sunken rock piles or around the bridges, trolling cranks along shorelines or deeper rocky structure, slip bobbering in the trees, or trolling spinner with bottom bouncers along the outer edges of weedbeds and along sunken rocky points. Some of the better areas have been the weeds of Pelican Lake; the sunken roads and flooded timber in the Flats, sunken points such as Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Bird Island, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, 5 Crows, and Swanson’s Point; the trees from Foughty’s Point to Black Tiger Bay; and the bridges around lake. Pike have been a little tougher to find, but are mixed in with walleyes in most areas. White bass are being found in most all areas of the lake by both boaters and shore fisherman. Jigs tipped with minnows along windswept shorelines have been the best.

Shore fisherman continue to report a good evening bite along the rip rapped shorelines. Some of the better places continue to be all the bridge areas, from the dike to Acorn Ridge south of DL, the north end of Creel Bay along Hwy 19, and the Hwy 281/19 area to the west. Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have been working well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

 

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7/17/09

Winds and a major cold front slowed fishing this past week, but a nice forecast for the weekend should turn things around. Prior to this cold front anglers were reporting excellent fishing in most all areas of the lake.

Anglers have been finding fish cranking the windswept shorelines and edges of weedbeds, trolling bottom bouncers or cranks along sunken roads and points, slip bobbering in the trees, and jigging deeper rocky points.Some of the better cranking areas have been Pelican Lake, the smaller bays in the Flats, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, the north end of Creel Bay, the Storm Sewer area, Haybale Bay, and Browns Bay with shad raps, wally divers, and hornets.

Slip bobber fisherman have been doing well in Pelican Lake, the Mauvee area, Florida near Grahams Island, Swanson’s Point, and Foughty’s Point.

Live bait fisherman have been working the sunken roads in Pelican, the Flats, and Six Mile and sunken points and rock piles such as Haley’s Hump, Patience Point, Doc Hagens, Bird Island, and the Ft. Totten/Cactus area. Pike fishing’s been a bit slower, but most anglers are reporting some fish mixed in with walleyes. White bass continue to be caught in most all areas of the lake. Their population has skyrocketed and now’s a great time to take advantage of their abundance. Jigs or plain hooks tipped with minnows or cranks in firetiger, blue/silver, or perch all work great.

Shore fisherman continue to report an excellent evening bite at most all the bridges, the rip rap near Acorn Ridge, off Hwy 19 on the north end of Creel Bay, and the Hwy 281/19 area. Leeches on lindy rigs or slip bobbers have been working the best. Saturday the Lake Region Anglers Association will be having their annual Adult/Child fishing tournament at Grahams Island starting at 9:00am. This is sponsored in part by West Bay Resort. For more details check out the anglers site at www.ndsportfishingcongress.org. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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7/10/09

Anglers continue to report excellent fishing on Devils Lake. While anglers are still catching fish shallow, many are starting to also find fish out on deeper rocky points and humps as well. The most popular presentations continue to be slip bobbering in the trees and along weed edges or cranking windswept shorelines, but live baiters runner bottom bouncers and spinners or trolling cranks deeper are also reporting increased success. Slip bobber and live bait fisherman are working the trees and weed edges of Pelican Lake, the Mauvee Coulee area, the north shore of the Flats, Howards Bay, Holy Bay, the trees near Grahams Island, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, the Ft. Totten/Cactus area, Swanson’s Point, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger Bay. Crankers are mainly working Pelican Lake, the Flats, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, New Mill, East Bay along Hwy 57 north and south of Acorn Ridge, Haybale Bay, and East Devils Lake. Cranks such as #5 or #7 shad raps, wally divers, countdowns, esko’s, and hornets have been the most popular. Best colors have been blue/silver, black/silver, hot steel, perch, and firetiger.

Shore fisherman continue to report excellent fishing at the bridges, the Hwy 281/19 area, north end of Creel Bay, and Hwy 57 near Acorn Ridge. Best bite’s in the early morning or evening hours. Try using lindy rigs tipped with leeches. White bass fishing’s been excellent in most all areas of the lake. Unfortunately for the other fish species in the lake, the bass population has exploded making for some excellent fishing for those who target white bass. Minnows or powerbait fished with white or chartreuse jigs along with firetiger or blue cranks have been working well for bass.

This weekend is the Angler Young Angler tournament at Lakewood. We wish all you young anglers the best of luck. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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7/2/09

Fishing continues to be quite good on Devils Lake for both shore fisherman and boaters. Anglers are now finding walleyes in most all parts of the lake, but the western part of the lake continues to be the better area.

Boaters are finding fish by slip bobbering the trees, cranking windswept shorelines and weed edges, and working sunken roads and rocky points with bottom bouncers and spinners or cranks. Crankers are working shad raps, countdowns, rattletraps, and wally divers in the shallower bays in Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, and Browns Bay in East Devils Lake. Blue/silver, black/silver, perch, and firetiger have been the better colors. Slip bobber fisherman have been working the trees near the Mauvee Coulee, Grahams Island area, Ft. Totten area, casino area, Howards Bay area, and most all the bridges. Those using bottom bouncers and spinners have been doing well working sunken roads in Pelican Lake and New Mill Bay and also most of the rocky points spread throughout the lake. Pike and white bass continue to be caught along with walleyes in most all areas of the lake.

Shore fisherman are reporting their best action in the evening hours just before dark for walleyes with bass and pike action happening all day. The better areas for shore fisherman have been all the bridges, the Hwy 19/281 area, Hwy 19 near the airport, Skadsens Bay (which has now been shut off for boaters due to the new coffer damn being built across the entrance), and the area from the dike to Acorn Ridge on Hwy 57. In these areas anglers are pitching jigs or cranks, slip bobbering, lindy rigging, or using a split shot or other weight and a plain hook or floating jig tipped with a leech. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday weekend. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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6/26/09

Welcome anglers to the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Annual Walleye Tournament. Walleye fishing this past week has been excellent for most all fisherman. Those having the best luck have been working wind swept shorelines and weed lines with cranks such as #5 shad raps, #7 countdowns, or plastics such as mimic minnows and slurpies; or slip bobbering with leeches or crawlers in the trees. Some of the better areas have been Pelican Lake, the smaller bays and points in the Flats, the trees near Grahams Island and Patience Point, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten/Cactus Point area, Swansons Point by the Casino, Stromme Addition, Skadsen's Bay, and Black Tiger.

Shore fisherman continue to do well in the early morning and evening hours. Try using lindy rigs, slip bobbers, or cranks. The better areas have been the bridges, the Acorn Ridge area, north end of Creel Bay along Hwy 19, Skadens, Mauvee area, and the Hwy 19/281 area. Bass and pike are being caught along with walleyes in most areas of the lake. Good Luck and Good Fishing!!!

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6/19/09

Overall fishing remains quite good on Devils Lake for both shore fisherman and boaters. For walleyes, anglers have been working windswept shorelines on windy days or slip bobbering in the trees on calm days. Some of the better areas for cranking have been Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, New Mill Bay, Doc Hagens, the storm sewer area in East Bay, Penny Bay, Skadsen’s Bay, and Haybale Bay. In these areas anglers are pitching #5 shad raps, #7 or #9 countdowns, and jigs with plastic such as mimic minnows or slurpies. For cranks the best colors continue to be firetiger, blue/silver, black/silver, and perch. For slip bobbering, the trees of Pelican and the Mauvee area, the trees near Grahams Island (Florida as it’s called), Patience Point, the trees near Ft. Totten, Swanson’s Point, Foughty’s Point, and the Skadens area have all been producing fish. Anglers are also reporting some fish on bouncers and spinners and that should improve as water temps increase. Pike and white bass continue to be caught along with walleyes in most areas.

Shore fisherman are reporting some excellent early morning and evening fishing for pike, walleyes, and white bass. The best fishing has been along the Mauvee, the Hwy 19/281 area, the Mauvee, Six Mile, 57, 20, and Woods Rutten bridges, the north end of Creel Bay along Hwy 19, and Hwy 57 just before Acorn Ridge. In these areas, anglers are pitching cranks or jigs, lindy rigging, or slip bobbering with leeches, minnows, or crawlers. Leeches have been working the best for walleyes and minnows for white bass. While the windy areas are tougher to fish, the better action is usually worth the extra effort. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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6/12/09

A little warmer weather and things really start picking up on Devils Lake. Water conditions have been playing a big role for boaters. Later in the day when the water warms up, so does fishing. Also, a little wind blowing into shorelines also seems to trigger better action. Most anglers are pitching cranks such as shad raps and countdowns and plastic into shallow windswept shorelines or are slip bobbering along weed edges or in the trees. Those finding the warmest water are also finding a little better fishing. The better areas continue to be Pelican Lake, the Mauvee area, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, the north end of Six Mile, Knutson’s Bay and the Ft. Totten area, New Mil Bay, Mission Bay, Penny Bay, and Skadsens Bay. Pike and white bass continue to be caught along with walleyes in these areas and also in East Devils Lake.

Shorefisherman are reporting some excellent fishing at the Mauvee, Six Mile, Hwy 20, and Woods Rutten bridges in the evening hours. The rip rap along the north end of Creel Bay and the Hwy 281/19 area have been picking up as well. In these areas anglers are pitching cranks, jigs, or using slip bobbers or lindy rigs tipped with leeches. Anglers in these areas are reporting the better fishing being on the windy sides. For white bass, anglers are finding fish in most areas of the lake. Some of the better areas have been Channel A, Hwy 281, the Brinsmade Bridge, and County #4. Each day one area seems better than the other and those moving around have been having the best luck. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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6/5/09

Most anglers reported excellent fishing this past week. Boaters are finding walleyes in the warmer shallow bays during midday and the afternoons as the water warms up.

Shore fisherman are reporting great fishing in the evening hours. Boat fisherman are now finding pike, walleyes, and bass in most all of the shallow bays located around the lake. Finding the warmest water continues to be the key. Water temps have been ranging from 52 degrees on up to 64 degrees depending on the weather. The best presentations continue to be pitching #5 shad raps, #7 and #9 countdowns, esko’s, and jigs with plastic such as mimic minnows.

Anglers are also finding fish slip bobbering in the trees or along windswept points. Some of the best areas have been New Mill Bay, the north end of Six Mile, Pelican Lake, Howards Bay, Doc Hagens, Knudson’s Bay, Penny & New Penny Bays, and East Devils Lake. Shore fisherman are reporting good bites at all the bridges (Mauvee, Six Mile, 57, 20, & Black Tiger) and along the rip rap in these areas as well as the Hwy 281/19 area. In these areas anglers are pitching jigs with leeches or plastic, slip bobbering, and using lindy rigs. Bass fisherman are doing best on jigs and minnows or jigs w/plastic. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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5/29/09

As water temps increase on Devils Lake anglers are finding action heating up as well. Most anglers are finding water temps in the mid 50’s to low 60’s with the warmer temps occurring later in the day. Anglers doing best are looking for the warmer water and working those areas.

For walleyes, anglers are doing well during the warmer afternoon periods and near dusk. Try pitching cranks such as shad raps and countdowns, or jigs tipped with plastic twister tails or powerbait into windswept shorelines. Some of the better areas have been Doc Hagens, Pelican Lake, the shallow bays of the Flats, New Mill Bay, Knudson’s Bay, Six Mile, the moving water bridge areas, Channel A, and Penny Bay.

Shore fisherman are reporting excellent fishing in the evening hours along the rip rap of the north end of Creel Bay, Six Mile Bay, Hwy 281/19 area, and the Brinsmade bridge area. Pike and white bass continue to be caught along with walleyes in most areas of the lake. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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5/22/09

With water temps finally warming up fishing on Devils Lake is really starting to take off. Shorefisherman are reporting excellent walleye and pike fishing along the coulees feeding into Devils Lake, the Mauvee and Six Mile bridges, and along the rip rap shorelines of Six Mile, the Flats, and Pelican. In these areas anglers are pitching cranks such as shad raps and countdowns, jigs tipped with twister tails or leeches, and lindy rigs or slip bobbers tipped with leeches. The best bite is from mid day to dark during the warmer water periods.

Boat fisherman are finding some excellent jigging along the bridges, pitching cranks or jigs tipped with twister tails or power bait, or pitching slip bobbers with leeches in the trees or wind swept shorelines. The key is to look for the bays and areas with the warmest temperatures. White bass are just starting to turn on. Boat fisherman are finding large schools of white bass in the north end of Six Mile Bay, Penny Bay, and the Flats.

Shore fisherman are finding fish in Channel A, the Mauvee and Six Mile bridge areas, and the culverts on the coulee from East Devils Lake to Stump Lake. One of the better areas is about 7 miles south off County #4 south of the Southam turn off Hwy 2. Firetiger cranks or chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows or twister tails have been working well. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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5/15/09

Anglers continue to report some excellent spring fishing even despite the cold fronts that have been moving through the area. The best fishing continues to come from shore fisherman in the far west and far east parts of the lake. The Mauvee Coulee, Channel A, the bridges north of Lake Alice, the bridges leading to Stump Lake, and the bridges on Hwy 19 have all been offering some excellent walleye and pike action. In these areas anglers are pitching jigs with leeches, minnow, or chartreuse or white twister tails.

Boat anglers are also starting to report some good walleye and pike action in the shallower western bays of the Flats and Pelican. The best fishing for boaters has been pitching cranks or jigs into shallow water during the warmer mid day periods or jigging the moving water bridge areas. A few white bass are starting to show up at the bridges and Channel A, but water temps need to improve a bit more before that action will heat up. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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5/8/09

A good spring runoff continues to offer anglers some excellent spring shore fishing this year. Anglers are reporting good catches of walleyes and pike in most all the coulee and bridge areas that lead into Devils Lake. These include the bridges north of Lake Alice all the way to the Cando area, the Mauvee bridges from Lake Irvin to Pelican Lake, the bridges in the Webster/Garske area, Channel A, the bridges on the lake itself, and the bridges between Devils Lake and Stump Lake. While the larger spawning walleyes seem to have already spawned, anglers are reporting good catches of the smaller more eating sized male fish.

Pike are also being caught along with walleyes in most areas as well. Water temp this time of year is a big factor. The warmer water areas are typically the better areas and anglers are finding that moving from one bridge to another can make a big difference in action. For walleyes and pike most anglers are doing the best on jigs tipped with plastic such as powerbait or twister tails. White and chartreuse tend to be the better colors. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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4/23/09

Anglers this week reported some excellent fishing on the coulees and bridges in the Devils Lake area. The key for the best fishing is to move around if the fish aren’t in the area you’re fishing. Chances are there’s another area where they are.

The pike started really strong and have since slowed a bit, but now the walleye action has picked up. Anglers are reporting good catches of eating sized males and some nice large females as well. Keep in mind these large fish are our future and we ask all fisherman to practice catch and release on these bigger females. Also, G&F rules require any fish caught behind the gill plate to be released as its rules consider those fish to be snagged and you will be issued a ticket.

As for fishing for walleyes and pike, anglers are reporting the best success with jigs with plastic. This includes twister tails, mimic minnows, powerbait, and other jig/plastic body type jigs. White, chartreuse, firetiger, or silver/black all work at times. Some of the better areas include the bridges along the highways of the main lake, Channel A, the bridges of the Mauvee Coulee, Edmore Coulee, and the coulees going north of Lake Alice. Anglers are also reporting that those putting in small boats off the ditches are having some excellent success as they target the edges of the moving water and calmer water areas. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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4/17/09

While there are few people still walking out on the ice, we DO NOT recommend it. Ice conditions have deteriorated to the point that even foot traffic is not safe. However, anglers shore fishing are starting to find some excellent fishing around the open water bridge and coulee areas. These areas include the south end of Channel A near Hwy 2 and the railroad bridges, The bridges along the Mauvee Coulee from Churches Ferry to Pelican Lake, the coulees in the Webster/Garske area, and the coulees north of Lake Alice.

For pike, anglers are using jigs tipped with plastic or daredevils. For walleyes, anglers are primarily using jigs with white or chartreuse plastic twister tails or powerbait. Keep in mind, ND Game and Fish laws consider any fish hooked behind the gill plate as being “snagged” and they must be released immediately. We also ask all anglers to help insure the future of our fishery and to release the larger spawning females. The next few weeks can be the best and most enjoyable time for shore fisherman and we wish you all the best of luck.

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4/3/09

Cold temps have allowed ice fishing to continue on Devils Lake. Currently, most anglers are driving vehicles on the ice but as temps increase shorelines will start deteriorating and anglers will need to start using atv’s or concentrating on shore fishing around bridges and coulees as they open. Reports from anglers indicate fishing continues to be hit and miss. Walleye fishing remains quite good, but the bite seems best in the early morning and just before dark periods. Some of the better areas for fishing have been Mission Bay, Doc Hagens, the north end of Six Mile Bay, Stromme Addition, the storm sewer area, and the sunken Black Tiger road. Sonars and chubby darters, or buckshots, raps, nils, and kastmasters tipped with minnows or minnow heads have all been working.

Perch fishing has been tough for most anglers. Those catching some are reporting marking a lot of fish, but find they’ll only be able to stay on active schools for short periods of time. The better perch areas have been Skadsens, the Woods Rutten area, and the south end of Black Tiger Bay.

Pike fishing’s been good in the north end of Six Mile Bay with some nice fish coming from that area. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/27/09

Last week warm temps deteriorated shorelines and it appeared the end of driving on the lake was near. But this week’s cold snap has refrozen shorelines and appears to have given ice fisherman a reprieve. Fishing on the other hand continues to be a bit hit and miss. Anglers are reporting decent walleye catches but are having trouble staying on any perch.

For walleyes, anglers have been fishing the north end of Six Mile Bay, the Doc Hagens area, Mission Bay, Foughty’s Point, the sunken Black Tiger road, and Jerusalem Bay. Sonars and chubby darters or nils, buckshots, kastmasters raps, and other spoon type jigs tipped with minnows or minnow heads continue to be the lures of choice. Perch fisherman are finding some fish in the south end of Black Tiger Bay, the Woods Rutten area, Skadsen’s Bay, and the mouth of Creel Bay.

Perch fisherman are reporting they have to move quite a bit to both find fish and to stay on them once they do. Hali’s, kastmasters, small raps, genz worms, and other small jigs tipped with minnows, minnow heads, wax worms, and spikes all work at times.

For pike fishing try Jerusalem Bay or the north end of Six Mile Bay near Channel A. Smelt or herring off tip-ups continues to work the best. Pike and walleyes are also being caught in Lake Irvin, but access has been deteriorating and moving water in that area will make it one of the first areas to cause problems. As temps warm up, anglers will need to start using atv’s or walking out. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/20/09

Anglers reported fishing this past week to be hit and miss. One day anglers would do quite well in an area only to not do so well the next day. Some of the better areas for walleyes have been Lake Irvin, Mission Bay, Doc Hagens, Jerusalem Bay, and Six Mile Bay. The best bite has been in the early morning and evening hours but anglers are reporting some fish throughout the day. In these areas anglers are using sonars and chubby darters, or kastmasters, raps, nils, buckshots, and other spoon type lures tipped with minnows or minnow heads.

Perch fishing has been hit and miss as well with the better areas being the Woods Rutten and south end of Black Tiger Bay areas. Hali’s, kastmasters, genz worms, forage minnows, and ratso’s tipped with wax worms, spikes, minnow heads, or perch eyes all work at times.

Pike fishing remains good in the Churches Ferry and Lake Irvin area. Smelt or herring off tip-ups remains the best bet. Ice conditions have been pretty good with most of the snow cover having melted down some allowing travel by vehicle in most all areas. The ice in many areas is quite thick and the use of an extension is a good idea. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/13/09

The recent cold blast and wind kept most anglers off the lake this past week. The few who did venture out reported typical cold front conditions with slow or hit and miss fishing. But this week we have a completely different weather forecast which should help things pick up. Typically, this time of year offers some of the best perch, walleye, and pike ice fishing. Prior to the recent cold front, anglers were reporting good to excellent fishing.

For perch, anglers were finding fish in the Woods Rutten/East Bay Campground area, south end of Black Tiger Bay, Casino area, and the mouth of Creel Bay. Hali’s, small raps, kastmasters, genz worms, buckshots, and ratso’s tipped with wax worms, spikes, minnow head, minnows, or perch eyes all work at times. Each day a few anglers were doing well while others struggled. Mobility and trying different presentations were the keys to those doing better.

Walleye fishing’s also been good in most areas of the lake. Anglers are reporting good catches of eating sized fish on the sunken Black Tiger road, Stromme Addition, Casino area, Mission Bay, Creel Bay, and Doc Hagens. Sonars and chubby darters, or raps, kastmasters, and buckshots tipped with minnow heads have been working the best.

Pike fishing continues to be good in Lake Irvin. Anglers are mainly using smelt or herring on tip-ups, but those using sonars, chubby darters, and other walleye type setups are also reporting some nice walleye catches with a few jumbo perch mixed in. There’s a fair amount of snow on the lakes, but driving around with a 4 wheel drive hasn’t been too bad. Ice thickness is to the point where and extension is required in some areas. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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3/6/09

Fishing this past week picked up a bit as the weather stabilized, but it was hit and miss with some anglers doing quite well while others continued to struggle. For walleyes, the best areas were Lake Irvin, the sunken Black Tiger road, Doc Hagens, Mission Bay, the Casino area, and East Bay near the camp entrance. Sonars, chubby darters, buckshots, kastmasters, raps, and nils have all been working for anglers.

Anglers reported some perch catches in the Woods Rutten area, Casino area, and Black Tiger Bay. Hali’s, small raps, genz worms, kastmasters, or small jigs such as ratfinkies tipped with wax worms, spikes, minnows, or minnow heads have been the best bets.

Pike fishing continues to be good on Lake Irvin, Walfords Bay, and Jerusalem Bay. Smelt or herring with tip-ups continues to work the best. Recent temps and resulted in the snow being more compact and getting around a bit easier. Four wheel drive is still needed and snowmobiles are recommended for those wishing to venture. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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2/27/09

Most anglers are have been reporting poor fishing the past couple days since this major cold front moved in. Prior to this snap though fishing was pretty decent and as the weather improves this week things should pick up again.

Some of the better areas for walleyes have been Doc Hagens, the Casino/57 bridge area, East Bay near the Camp entrance, and the sunken Woods Rutten road. Other areas producing fish include Bud Bay, the Ft. Totten area, Rocky/Military points, the Woodland and Country Club areas, Stromme Addition, and Foughty’s Point. In these areas anglers are jigging sonars and salmos; or using buckshots, raps, nils, kastmasters, and other spoon type lures tipped with minnows or minnow heads.

Perch fishing has also been hit or miss with some anglers doing quite well each day while others around them will struggle. Mobility continues to be the key for perch. Some of the better areas have been the Casino area, Military Point, Woods Rutten area, and the south end of Black Tiger Bay. Buckshots, forage minnows, genz worms, hali’s, kastmasters, and ratfinkies tipped with minnows, minnow heads, wax worms, spikes, or perch eyes all work at times. Lake Irvin continues to produce pike, walleyes, and a few jumbo perch. The bridge area and the far north east area have been the best. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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2/20/09

Fishing has been a bit hit and miss as of late. Each day some anglers do great while others around them will struggle. The better areas for walleyes have been the Casino, 57 bridge, Doc Hagens, Stromme Addition, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger. Those catching fish are reporting a short early morning and evening bite in anywhere from 8-25 feet of water. Sunken trees and rocky ledges or points have been the more key areas to work. Try actively working sonars or chubby darters; or nils, raps, buckshots, kastmasters tipped with minnows or minnow heads. When pressure occurs in an area the walleyes tend to scatter or shut down and those working the outer edges and away from the crowds tend to do the best.

Perch fishing’s been hit and miss as well. Some of the better areas have been the deep water off Rocky and Military Points, the Casino area, the Woods Rutten area, and the south end of Black Tiger. Kastmasters, genz worms, buckshots, small raps, or hanger rigs tipped with spikes, waxworms, minnow heads, or perch eyes all work at times.

Some anglers have also reporting Lake Irvin picking up for pike and walleyes with an occasional jumbo perch mixed in. For pike, smelt and herring off tip-ups has been the setup of choice. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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2/13/09

Last week’s warm weather blast brought some excellent fishing and really helped ice conditions. But as the weather cooled and snow moved in ice conditions deteriorated and fishing really slowed. At the present, moving around on the ice is again tough as there’s a fair amount of water under the snow in places and a hard crust is forming on the snow. Until things freeze up a bit (or warm weather again appears), driving will remain difficult.

As for fishing there has been some perch being caught in the Woods Rutten area, south end of Black Tiger, the 57 bridge area, and Military/Rocky Points. Hali’s, small raps, buckshots, genz worms, and ratfinkies tipped with wax worms, spikes, or minnow heads have been working the best.

Walleye fishing while a bit slower than last weekend continues to be quite good with a good morning and evening bite. Some of the better areas have been Doc Hagens (snowmobile access only), Bud Bay, Rocky/Military Points, the 57 bridge area, East Bay near the camp entrance, Foughty’s Point, and the sunken Black Tiger road. Try working sonars or chubby darters, or raps, nils, kastmasters, buckshots, and other jigs tipped with minnows or minnow heads. The best success has been in the 10-20 foot range in trees or rocky points.

Pike fishing remains steady with some good fishing in Walfords Bay and Jerusalem Bay. Lake Irvin continues to be good for walleyes, pike, and a few large perch. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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2/6/09

Walleye and pike fishing continue to be good to excellent on Devils Lake while perch fishing remains spotty. Those catching walleyes are reporting good fishing in the Doc Hagens area (snowmobile access only), Bud Bay, Military/Rocky Points, the Casino area, Foughty’s Point, Stromme Addtion, and Lake Irvin for larger fish. Salmo’s, sonars, or jigs such as buckshots, kastmasters, nils, raps, and rocker minnows tipped with minnows or minnow heads have all been working. In these areas, try rocky points or the edges of trees from 8-24 feet of water.

Perch fishing remains spotty, but some anglers are reporting good success. The best area has been Black Tiger Bay were anglers are reporting some nice sized perch and quite a few smaller ones mixed in. In this area, anglers are working the 30-36 foot range and using small buckshots, kastmasters, rocker minnows, small raps, ratso’s and ratfinkies tipped with wax worms, spikes, perch eyes, or minnow heads. Also, a plain hook and a minnow fished off a slip bobber also works well and often catches the larger perch. Rocky/Military Points and the casino area are also producing some perch. Pike fishing remains good on Morrison Lake, Walfords Bay, and has started picking up in Lake Irvin. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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1/30/09

Welcome fisherman to the Annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Dept Annual Fishing Tournament!!! We wish you all the best of luck. For those of you who are in town to do some non-tournament fishing you should find a fairly decent bite going at this time.

Walleye fishing’s been good in the early morning and evening hours in most parts of the lake with some fish being caught all day long on deeper rocky structure. Those finding fish are working buckshots, kastmasters, raps, & nils tipped with minnows or minnow heads; or try jigging sonars or chubby darters in depths from 8-24 feet of water. Look for edges of trees or rocky structure. Some of the better areas have been Swansons Point by the Casino, Doc Hagens, Bud Bay, Military/Rocky Points, Old Mil Bay, the 57 bridge, Mission Bay, Stromme Addition, Foughty’s Point and Doc Hagens. Perch fishing has also picked up a bit.

Not big numbers or bite going, but those working for perch are finally reporting some success. Two size classes have been dominate. Either some nice large perch or ones too small are what are being caught. Moving around can help change from one size to the other. Those catching fish have been using small raps, kastmasters, buckshots, genz worms, hali’s, or small jigs such as ratso’s and rat finkies on hanger rigs. Tip them with wax worms, spikes, or minnow heads. Some of the areas producing fish have been the Dome house area, Rocky/Military Points, the Casino, and Black Tiger Bay.

Pike fishing remains good in Walfords Bay, Jerusalem Bay, Morrison Lake, and Lake Irvin has finally started picking up for pike as well. Smelt or herring fished with tipups continues to work the best. Trail systems on the lake have been helping access, but getting off them and venturing around is quite difficult. Those wanting to venture should plan on traveling in groups or use snowmobiles. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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1/23/09

Fishing on Devils Lake continues to be fairly good for walleyes and pike, but remains slow for perch. The biggest problem has been mobility due to the heavy snow cover on the lake. While the local Access group and the resorts are keeping a main trail system open, getting off the trails to do any exploring is getting quite difficult even with a 4x4 vehicle. Those wishing to venture around to look for fish should plan on using snowmobiles or travel in groups with 4x4 vehicles.

Some of the better walleye fishing has been coming from Doc Hagens, Bud & Old Mill Bays, Rocky/Military Points, the north end of Creel Bay, the trees around Swansons Point near the Casino, 57 bridge, Mission Bay, Stromme Addition, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger Bay on Devils Lake and the north and east areas of Lake Irvin. Try jigging raps, nils, buckshots, kastmasters, and Swedish pimples with a minnow or minnow head. Also, jigging with sonars and chubby darters has been working as well.

Pike fishing remains good in Walfords Bay and Jerusalem Bay on Devils Lake, Morrison Lake to the north, or Lake Irvin. Smelt or herring fished with tipups continues to be the best bet. Perch fishing remains slow with a few people catching some fish each day, but it’s more of a hit and miss deal.

Some areas where perch are being caught is near Military Point, the Dome house area, the Casino, Skadsens, and Black Tiger Bay. Hali’s, kastmasters, small raps, buckshots, ratsos, and some of the new Northland grubs tipped with waxworms, spikes, or minnows/heads all work at times. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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1/16/09

Trails on Devils Lake continue to improve due to efforts by local resorts and the Lake Access Committee. Mobility off the trails however is limited to 4 wheel drive vehicle and even that is tough in areas. Those wishing to do any venturing should plan on using snowmobiles.

As for fishing though it has been good to excellent for walleyes, slow for perch, and good for pike. As usual, the walleye bite is best in the early morning and evening hours with most fish being in the good eating sized range with a few larger fish being mixed in. Some of the better areas include, Doc Hagens, Bud Bay, Rocky/Military Points, the Casino area, Mission Bay, Stromme Addition, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger Bay. Anglers are also reporting some good walleye fishing in Lake Irvin. In these areas anglers are working the shallow areas in the trees on out to the deeper old rocky shorelines. Sonars, chubby darters, jigging raps, buckshots, or a plain hook and minnow with a slip bobber all work at times.

Pike fishing remains good in Walfords Bay, Jerusalem Bay, and Sweetwater/Morrison lakes. Smelt or herring with tip ups have been working the best.

Perch fishing remains slow with a few being caught in Creel Bay, the Main Bay near the Dome house, the Casino area, Skadsens, and Black Tiger bays. Hali’s, small raps, buckshot, and other small jigs tipped with minnows or wax worms all work at times. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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1/9/09

This past week the lake access committee was finally able to get out and make some trails. Luckily we missed the heavy snows last night and that should help them stay open for a bit. Currently there are trails in Creel Bay, the Casino area, the Towers area to Bud Bay & the 6th tower, East Bay to the Camp entrance and from the boat ramp to the storm sewer area, Ackerman Acres to Foughty’s and Haybale, and East Bay Campground/Black Tiger area. Special thanks not only to the access committee, but also Woodland Resort, the Casino, Ackerman’s, and East Bay Campground as these folks are also doing their own trails to help anglers.

As for fishing the walleye fishing’s been quite good, perch fishing a bit slow, and pike fishing good as well. Walleye anglers are reporting good success in the shallower 10-20 foot zones in the am & pm hours and a decent bite during the day out on the gravel humps and points in the 15- 24 foot zones. Buckshots, raps, and nils tipped with minnows or minnow heads; or sonars and chubby darters have all been working. Some of the better areas include Doc Hagens, Bud Bay, the Casino area, Mission Bay, East Bay near the camp entrance and Stromme Addition area, Foughty’s Point, and Black Tiger Bay.

A few perch are being caught in the mouth and north end of Creel Bay, the Casino area, Black Tiger Bay, and Jerusalem Bay. Lake Irvin has also been really good for walleye fishing, but access is much more limited due to the heavy snowfall.

Pike fishing and spearing remain good in Jerusalem Bay, Walfords Bay, and Sweetwater/Morrison. Irvin’s been slow for some reason this year. While there are some trails on the lake, the snow cover is heavy and those wishing to be more mobile may want to use snowmobiles. Four wheel drive is essential if you plan on driving off any of the trails. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

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1/2/09

Heavy snows have made getting around on the lake somewhat difficult and the continued snow and high wind forecasts have resulted in the Lake Access Committee delaying the plowing of it's main trail system. A few trails are being maintained by local resorts such as Woodland, Ackerman Acres, the Casino, & East Bay Campground. With the heavy snow, four wheel drive vehicles or snowmobiles are required.

As for fishing walleye fishing remains good with anglers reporting good eating sized fish with an occasional large fish in Creel Bay near the Country Club and north end, the Casino area & Mission Bay, East Bay near the Camp entrance, Stromme Addition, and Foughty's Point, Black Tiger Bay, and Jerusalem Bay in East Devils. Buckshots, sonars, jigging raps, and chubby darters are all working at times. Try fishing the outer edges of trees and rocky structure in the 12-24 foot depths.

Pike fishing and spearing remain good in Walfords Bay, Jerusalem Bay, and Sweetwater Morrison. Lake Irvin has been slow for pike, but walleye action has been excellent.

Perch fishing remains slow with a few fish being caught by the Casino, East Bay near the Camp entrance, Black Tiger Bay, and Jerusalem Bay. Good Luck and we wish everyone a Great New Year!!!

 

 

 


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