Calling all men! My church, Hope Lutheran in Fargo, ND, is bringing a bunch of guys up to legendary Devils Lake, ND June 12-14th for a weekend of fellowship, faith, friends, and of course–fishing. After check in on Friday night, we’ll hear a great message, sing some great tunes, and get an up-to-the-minute fishing report and seminar before heading back to spend time hanging out together in the cabins. Saturday morning begins with a fantastic breakfast and a short devotional time before heading out on the water.
Devils Lake is an incredibly fun fishery because you can catch a variety of species, and you can fish almost any method you want to catch them. If you like to troll spinners, run slip bobbers, pitch jigs, or cast cranks, there are opportunities for you. Last year the weather was perfect and the fishing was insane. Most of the guys in our group of 90+ caught at least their limit of walleye. Read more
While there’s still a thick sheet of ice over all the bodies of water in the upper Midwest, spring is just around the corner! Next Sunday is the last day of walleye season in Minnesota which won’t reopen until May 9th. If you’re getting the open water itch I estimate that in seven or eight weeks (early April), the first fishable open water on the Red River will open up by the dams and warm water runoffs. Walleye fishing in the spring is as unpredictable as the river itself. Rising water levels with runoff from the snow melt mixed with weather that doesn’t seem to want to make up its mind can make catching ‘eyes a bit of a challenge.
I will warn you, you will lose a lot of jigs fishing by the dams and other places walleyes typically congregate. My suggestion is to buy the cheapest generic jigs available. I almost always start with 1/4oz and go down in size from there. Bigger jigs cast farther and let you cover more water if you’re fishing from shore. The advantage of downsizing to a 1/8oz jig however is that it naturally drifts with the current and will appear more natural to the fish. Read more