Devils Lake Walleye & Pike Seasons Open; the Bite is On!


Devils Lake, North Dakota (PRWEB) March 16, 2013

Devils Lake fishing season is open year-round and fish populations are at their highest levels in 10 years. Out-of-state anglers will experience some great April and early May walleye and pike action, when these seasons are closed in their home states. Fishing now could be from shore, from a boat or from the ice. Starting about mid-April, Id guess about April 20 this year, the current areas under bridges will be open. We have a good snow-pack and will see incoming water soon, said long-time North Dakota guide Jason Feldner.

Feldner (percheyes.com) concentrates on the current areas that first open up near bridges and culverts. The walleyes and pike will be moving upstream, just like they do in rivers, and depending on the amount of open water, he will cast from the shoreline, or wrangle a small boat down the bank and into the lake. The third option is to jump on the 2-feet of ice and drill holes near the open water. He said, You dont have to be exactly in the current; fish stack up in the vicinity. More show up all the time.

Devils Lake guides have experienced one of the best ice seasons ever, and its still going strong. The perch are back, and the perch bite will continue as long as we can get out there, Feldner said. Big walleyes, including several over 10 pounds were iced and released this winter, along with lots of good-eating fish, he said. And, the pike are shallow already. A client was recently thrilled with his personal best — 41 inches. The ice should completely disappear by the first week of May.

Pro angler and guide Johnnie Candle, a Devils Lake resident said, Shore fishing is exceptional here, and that brings droves of people – often times its better from shore than in a boat. Ramsey County sheriff Steve Nelson asked, Where else can you step out of your car and catch fish? The sheriff noted that anglers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and throughout North Dakota (himself included) fish from dozens of roadside shoreline areas.

Feldner begins his open water current fishing at Six Mile Bay bridge and goes upstream towards Dry and Mikes Lake. Or, he starts at Mauvais Coulee and heads north to Lake Alice, fishing each bridge area. One of his sleeper spots is the Sheyenne River below Devils Lake, since water has been flowing out of the lake during the past year.

Nearly 25 percent of the states non-resident 3-day and 10-day fishing licenses are sold in Devils Lake. Fishermen heading to the area each spring select from 540 motel rooms, 18 resorts with cabins, 300 overnight camping sites, 900 seasonal camping sites and three marinas (Ackerman Acres, Woodland Resort, Spirit Lake Casino) with a fourth marina, Eastbay Campground being built.

Ramp Status: This open water season, North Dakota Game and Fish Northeast District Fisheries Supervisor Randy Hiltner said, All ramps will all be open. Anglers will be able to launch and motor from nine conveniently located public ramps. Concrete ramps with adequate parking are strategically located, and a complete map is featured on devilslakend.com.

Road & Bridge Status: Rising water has created havoc and headlines as Devils Lake increased in size from 40,000 acres in 1992 to approximately 180,000 acres today. No matter where they launch, boaters will be able to drive under bridges to reach all corners of the lake this season. Most roadwork is now complete.

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