The window for ideal fall fishing seemed to open and close more quickly than usual this year. High temperatures across much of the ice belt have been below freezing for about a week now. Some overnight lows have approached zero degrees. Skim ice has formed on ponds and the shallow bays of some lakes. This has some people champing at the bit to get out on hard water and drill their first holes of the year. Read more
The water temperature almost reached 60℉ this weekend while the river level maintained a very low level around 14.5′. However, a cold front starting Sunday has dropped the water temperature about five degrees since writing this. Cooler weather this week and potential for rain this weekend should shake things up a bit.
This unusual spring with it’s low water and high water clarity has left many anglers stumped when it comes to finding fish. Position your bait upstream of the deepest holes you can find, and be ready to move if you don’t get any hits. There will be 3-5 fish in a spot, and then they’re gone.
There hasn’t been any impressive size to any of the catfish we’ve caught yet (mostly 1-3lbs), but plenty of them to make for a really good time bending rods.
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