Now that the weather is finally settling down and the lake is cooling, fish should move back out to deeper water. This should allow for more fish to be caught while jigging. Crank baits should continue to be effective for a few more weeks, but we are starting to see spinners and bottom bouncers slowly fade away. Minnows are being used much more as the days get cloudier, and they are now our guides' go to bait.
The Devil’s Lake fishing report for the week August 28th to September 3rd, 2017. Brought to you by Mitchell’s Guide Service. The largest, most experienced, professional, full time Guide Service serving the Devils Lake basin. This is been a very interesting and sometimes challenging week of fishing for us here...
Fish are still being caught in deeper water, 20- 30 feet. Spinners and bottom bouncers are continuing to work well, and crank baits are starting to show success. Vertical jigging with a leech set up will also work in deep water or directly over structure or weeds.
Fishing is still very good in the southern parts of the lake, as well as Pelican Lake. The main presentation is still spinners, bottom bouncers, and night crawlers. The crank bait bite should increase in the coming weeks. Trolling with spinners in deeper water, anywhere from 10-30 feet is ideal.
The fish are still biting on spinners and bottom bouncers, in deeper water (20-30 feet). The fish are being caught mainly on the south side of the lake near Sully's Hill and in the Minnewaken Flats. Hover you can be successful in most parts of lake with a bit of patience.
At this moment the fish are not biting leeches, the leech bite is well over and the time has come to use night crawlers. Most people have been having success trolling spinners on ridge-lines from 15-25 feet. Gold and other reflective, warm colors have been showing great successes. Some fishermen and guides have been jigging over deep rock piles, anywhere from 25-30 feet, and have pulled out a few nice trophy fish.