by Jason Mitchell
From North Dakota Tourism.
“The North Dakota Game and Fish Department echoes what anglers are seeing on Devils Lake. Perch numbers are solid and the winter of 2014 should easily be one of the best winters for perch that we have seen in more than fifteen years.The stars are lining up with good ice, a great population of fish over twelve inches and numbers of fish. Besides perch numbers that are getting attention, the lake still remains one of the best walleye fisheries in the Midwest.” Read more…
Planning a Trip to Devils Lake?
Know Where To Go and How To Catch ‘Em…
[Where to Stay]
Click here for comfortable accommodations at Devils Lake area hotels, motels, resorts, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds.
Click here for a map of the convenient public drive-on accesses. Visiting anglers will appreciate the fish-cleaning station located next door to Ed’s Bait Shop (on Hwy 20 south of the City of Devils Lake). The 20 x 32 station, like the Devils Lake fishing season, is open all year. The heated building has two grinders, a clean-up sink, regular and handicapped bathrooms, and is free to the public.
1/31/14. The bite continues to be good! It’s all about finding that window and/or flurry during the day. Our best walleye action has been in 8 to 14 feet of water. We have caught walleyes all day but the bite is best just before dark (3-5pm). Buckshots with the minnow head have been the best, but we also have had luck with more subtle presentations. Perch fishing has been fairly consistent. The key is to find the active school. There are days they need a bit of coaxing and other days they really go! The size and quality of the perch is very special right now on Devils Lake; we have had many over 13 inches. Buckshots, Hali’s, and dropper rigs tipped with a minnow head or waxies have been the best. Ice is thick and there are areas where extensions are needed. Trucks can still get around, but some areas are tricky. Good luck to all!! –Bry’s Guide Service
Click here for the latest ice fishing reports, courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service, Perch Patrol and Bry’s Guide Service.
Nick with Perch Patrol talks about the importance of a sharp hook while
targeting light-biting perch on Devils Lake.
For more information on Devils Lake (guides, fishing reports, accommodations and more) go to devilslakend.com. Or, give us a call at 1-800-233-8048.