The Devil’s Lake fishing report for the week of September 4th to September 10th, 2017. Brought to you by Mitchell’s Guide Service. The largest, most experienced, professional, full time Guide Service serving the Devils Lake basin.
Mitchell’s Guide Service enjoyed guiding the UND hockey team this last Sunday. These young men and their coaches are a fine representation of what it takes to be winners, not just in hockey, but in all things in life. The team spent an enjoyable evening at Woodland Resort, fished a half day with the guides of Mitchell’s Guide Service, and then had an excellent fish fry courtesy of Proz Lakeside at the Cove. All in all it was an extraordinary time.
This week at Devil’s Lake we saw a lake in transition. Our guides worked hard to put their clients on fish that were biting. The lake is transitioning from summer to fall patterns so right now we are finding scattered fish that have an abundance of forage to feed on. The 2017 young of the year white bass hatch has been incredible. These 2017 year class white bass seem to be everywhere in the Devil’s Lake system. At three to four inches in length the white bass are perfect targets for larger predators such as walleye and Pike.
The good news? The 2017 year class of walleyes is very strong also. In years to come that will make for some excellent future walleye fishing. These little fingerling walleyes have grown to surprising size already ranging from four to five inches. We see them in the stomachs of the fish we clean and even attacking some of the baits and lures we offer the fish. The mature walleyes we catch continue to be very fat, healthy and well-fed. Our eater walleyes from 14 to 21 inches are very round footballs with thick fillets. No sickly looking walleyes to be found here at Devil’s Lake!
Once again some good fish have been caught this week and some nice catches of eater walleyes also. Our fishing now sees shorter active feeding periods and much of our guided trips are spent coaxing well fed walleyes into reactionary strikes. While challenging at times, the fishing now requires a little more patience and concentration to be successful. The fall bite will strengthen with cooler temperatures. Right now we are finding surface temperatures in the 62 to 65 degree range in most of the lake.
The beautiful weather we have been experiencing makes for some enjoyable days on the water. The fall colors are just starting to show up in the trees. The wheat harvest is done. The soybean harvest will soon be starting. Waterfall are once again filling the skies as they head to harvested fields. Plain and simple, it is a just a great time to enjoy the outdoors here in the Devils Lake basin.
With the changing seasons and the good weather, now would be an excellent time to schedule a fall fishing trip to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota.
Mitchell’s Guide Service has openings in September and October with guides available on short notice for day trips or two and three day guided packages. We can and have handled groups of up to 50 anglers. One thing for certain, our staff of professional, experienced guides will work hard to see that your day of fishing is both memorable and productive. There is no better time than right now to get in on the incredible fall fishing that Devil’s Lake, North Dakota offers! Just pick up the phone and give us a call at 701-662-5996 extension 1. Or for more information on our guide service check us out at fishdevilslake.net.
All of us at Mitchell’s Guide Service will work hard to see that you will not be disappointed experiencing the fantastic fall fishing the Devils Lake basin has to offer!
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Submitted by MGS Guide,
Pete Harsh / MR.TILLERThe fishing has been becoming more difficult as we transition from summer to fall but fish are still being caught. Crank baits are now effective, along with the standard slip bobber set up. We are seeing fish biting on both night crawlers and minnows.