The Woodland ice crew guys have nearly all fish houses out and we’re now in full swing with the exception of a few. They’re looking to get the remaining houses out there this afternoon using our tracked rigs. We’ve been primarily sticking to Creel Bay and Walford’s Bay due to the snow pack and ice conditions. Creel has anywhere from 10 to 17 inches with the thickest ice found towards the mouth of the bay.
For snow on the ice there’s a consistent foot or so with drifting. The last couple of storms we’ve had dumped 20″+ with winds between 30-40 mph. This has made the snow hard in most spots but we still aren’t driving any full sized rigs because of the ice conditions. Quite a bit of slush pockets randomly spread throughout the lake and we recommend using extra caution.
Temperatures have been cold this week allowing us to create more ice yet with that- some smaller pressure ridges have been forming throughout the lake. We’re looking to have a few plowed trails in a week or two, but your best bet is going to be a snowmobile or an ATV with tracks if possible.
Earlier in the week when the cold front first moved in the fishing was on the slower side but the bite picked up yesterday. We went out finding fish for Woodland houses with Tommy and he shared a lot of valuable information about fishing Devils Lake including lure choice, structure, finding fish, and different techniques.
Areas producing fish are the main bay, walfords, north end of creel and the golf course. Look for any structure as Tommy points out including rocks, humps, or timber and you should find some luck.
Looks like warmer temps are on the horizon so we should start seeing some pretty consistent fishing.