The bite on Devils Lake has finally started to pick up the past couple of weeks. The early morning and late evening bite has certainly been the best chance for catching walleye. Northern pike fishing has been very good all season long thus far, with the time of day not making too much of a difference. The perch bite continues to be a little finicky, but anglers are seeing and marking a lot with cameras and vexilars. Some anglers seem to be doing very well, with others struggling to find the perch. The more holes that are drilled, the better chance you have to finding a school of perch.
Anglers seem to be finding the most success fishing shallow waters (15-20 feet) in the morning and evening for walleye then moving out deeper (30-40 feet) in the afternoon to extend the bite and get into some perch. Studying the lake history and fishing on structure whether its rock piles, old shore lines, flooded roads, or steep drop offs will greatly increase your chances of catching fish.
Popular lures have been buckshots, Swedish pimples, jigging raps,and kastmasters. The smaller sizes of all the hooks seem to be working the best. A plain hook and small minnow on a bobber has also been working well.
Good luck to those of you going out fishing!